The Pack 28 adult committee met at Sonali Dev's house on Tuesday, October 8 and we discussed and planned a lot of fun activities for Cub Scouts in Pack 28 that will happen over these next few months. If anyone wants to host next month's Committee meeting on the afternoon of Sunday, November 10 then please let me know and we will be happy to meet at your house.
Our Cubmaster Mike Bumgarner has recruited Mr. Dana Slavik as our new Outings Chairman. Dana will be responsible for ensuring there is a leader at all Pack outings and that any necessary paperwork is turned in to Council. Thanks, Dana, for taking on this important and rewarding role for the Pack!
At the meeting we started by discussing Popcorn sales. The Pack has sold a lot of its popcorn but there are still many openings this coming weekend to sell more. Boys should also be going door-to-door with their sales sheet and collecting checks. They can then pick up popcorn from Todd Northcutt for delivery. The Pack is out of popping corn and low on Butter Light so we will try to get some more of it from Council.
We reviewed how Stephanie Wegner has done a great job as Recruiting Chair and it looks like we might have as many as 10 new boys joining the Pack. Congratulations, Stephanie, on your successful efforts to help families choose our Pack for Cub Scouting! We talked about the possibility of one last recruitment effort at Dixie school but it was later determined that the school will be hosting a dance, and that's not the right venue for recruiting efforts. We talked about putting together another flyer for Friday folders to invite boys to the Pack meeting and having boys invite their friends to come. Please help your sons' efforts to get new boys to join the Pack at every level of Cub Scouts.
Next we planned the Pack meeting and decided to have handouts ready to give to new parents with forms needed by the Pack and schedules of the rest of the years' events. We need parents to bring in their payment for their sons ($100 for the first boy, $75 for additional boys in a single family). We will also have a signup sheet asking each parent to lead a hike or Pack activity during a future month in the year.
The Bears will bring in the flag this month and the Tigers will have that honor next month. If you want to do something different than the Pledge of Allegience then let us know and we can do that. We will have announcements and give out Bobcat awards and then move to our main activity, jack-o-lantern carving in the Multipurpose room. We will need a few parents to set up tables in the MPR.
The Northcutts will bring glow sticks to put in the jack-o-lanterns when we line them all up. Please bring a pumpkin and carving instruments for your son. It is okay if you gut it ahead of time but that's half the fun of making the finished product. Also, it was noted that pumpkins are for sale for $2 at a store but I can't remember its name. The Bumgarners will bring a snack for after closing ceremony.
We also agreed to have the boys do a uniform inspection at November's Pack meeting and that we would showcase what a Cub Scout in proper uniform looks like to the rest of the Pack at this month's meeting. At a minimum, the Cub Scout shirt is tucked in. It would be great to have the right neckerchief and slide, as well as the hat be worn. Extra credit for Cub Scout shorts/pants and socks. If you can have your son wear his uniform well we will call him up to show off what a properly uniformed Cub Scout looks like. Also, next month's core value is Citizenship so we will have next month's meeting planned with a good citizenship theme.
We also discussed the training opportunities there are for leaders in the Pack. This Fall there is BALOO training, Leader training and Cubmaster training courses offered at the end of October. All parents are encouraged to take the BALOO training because the Pack cannot have outings unless a BALOO trained parents attends. Only Michael Kan, Mike Bumgarner and myself are BALOO trained. If you can attend this please let us know and the Pack will pay for the cost of the course.
We briefly discussed that if there is no rain between now and the 26th that there is a chance that fire danger will be too high and Ranger Dana at Tamarancho would only let us shoot off paper rockets. So let's hope for some rain. We will send out a separate email with the timeline of the day's details later this week.
We also talked about the upcoming Scouting for Food as well as that we are opening up signups for both Winter Camp and the Aquarium of the Bay outings. If you can run an activity (indoor or outdoor) at Winter Camp then please let us know and we'd be glad to have it. Last year we ran an obstacle course, had a photography session, demonstrated setting up shelter, made a holiday pine cone, and had other fun activities for the boys.
Please come to the next Committee meeting which is planned for November 8 at another parents' house yet to be determined. Again, if you can host in November or the following month please let us know; otherwise we would try to have it at the Cubmaster or Assistant Cubmaster's house in November.
As always, if you have any suggestion for what the Pack or your son's Den could do please let us know and we will try to make it happen.
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