November Pack Meeting - The next Pack Meeting will be on Wednesday, November 20th in the JLES All-Purpose Room. This is the always exciting Raingutter Regatta. Admiral Sievers assures us good weather. The meeting will start promptly at 7:15PM. The Webelos I are responsible for set-up so please arrive by 7PM. The Bears will lead the opening and closing ceremonies - your Den Leader will practice this with you. Wolves are responsible for clean up.
Parent Volunteers - Thanks to all the parents who have signed up for volunteer roles; if you haven't done so please do, and let Eric ( email@example.com) know if you have an idea but don't see anything that looks like it will fit the bill. You can find the link at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050545A5A96-pack1.
Scouting for Food - The annual Scouting for Food (food drive) bag delivery is Saturday, November 2nd. Bag pick up is November 9th. See your Den Leader for details on timing and location for where your den will meet. (Tim Sievers's house will also be open on the 9th for Raingutter Regatta practice after the bag dropoff.) This is a great opportunity to help those in our area who are less fortunate. We are trying to set a record for the most food collected by our Pack, so please make every effort to help your den deliver and pick up bags. For more details contact John Magnani.
Pack Hike - The Pack 436 Fall Hike is scheduled for Sunday, November 3rd (yes, that's going to be a busy weekend) with hiking starting at 12:30 pm. We will be hiking in Sugarloaf. Meet in the Sugarloaf Mountain west parking lot (partway up the mountain) at 12:30, ready to hike at 1:00. We are going to do a combo of the blue, yellow, and white trails (starting on blue from the parking lot) and finishing down the "stairway" trail back to the parking lot. Roughly 4.5 miles, 3 hours. Since parking is limited, please consider carpooling. Please be there by 12:30 pm if you want to hike with the Pack (instead of behind the Pack!) Remember comfortable hiking shoes, appropriate layered dress, plenty of water, and possibly some left over Halloween Candy for the leaders. For details or questions contact Steve Peet.
Popcorn Sales - Hopefully scouts are busy selling popcorn. If you need more forms, they can be downloaded from the NCAC website atNCAC - Support Scouting - Popcorn click on the "Order Form" link. This is our ONLY fundraiser for the year, and not only supports our Pack but also less fortunate families who want to join scouting but cannot afford to do so. Order forms are due to Ann Mulford at 12505 Hialeah Way by November 1st:
- Anne will have a box on my front porch for the forms.
- PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE MONEY!!!
- Anne will also accept order forms electronically. The order form must be scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to include your Scout's first and last name and the prize request.
Popcorn pickup will be at the Mulfords on November 23rd, and all money is due in to Anne by November 30th. Questions can be addressed to Anne at email@example.com or 301-869-3008.
Donating Used Scout Items - In Su McCue will be collecting donations of used Cub Scout clothing in good condition. All shirts should have patches taken out of shirts. They will take patches, beads, slides, belts, hats, pants, pins and current handbooks. Please bring them to the November Pack meeting. If you have any questions, please contact In Su McCue (firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-947-9024).
T-shirts - T-shirt have been ordered and should be delivered by mid/late November - stay tuned for more info.
Disability Awareness Pin and Belt Loop Information:
Cub Scout parents,
In looking at some information on the Cub Scout site, I came across this belt loop and academic pin, so I contacted the chair person in charge of Ability Awareness week at JLES. I found out that what they cover during the week at school covers most of the requirements for the disability awareness belt loop and academic pin.
So, if you would like your son to receive the belt loop or the pin OR both, please let your den leader know that you have covered the activities in bold (below).
Please check with your child's teacher to see if they complete any of these activities at school, during the course of the Ability Awareness instruction, since all the grade levels are covering different abilities.
There are people coming in to talk to each grade level, and there is a wheelchair basketball game on November 9th at school, so the only thing we would need to do at home is to have the boys make a poster. If we want to, they can do this in a den meeting after Ability Awareness:
For the Academic pin, I have highlighted the things that will be covered at school. Can you help the boys look at an online catalog of items that would help people with disabilities ( http://www.kyaskrusade.org/info/resources/adaptive-equipment/ --this is a comprehensive database of links to many adaptive resources).
Complete these three requirements: (belt loop)
- Visit with a friend, family member, classmate, or other person with disabilities. Find out what this person enjoys and what this person finds difficult.
- Attend a disabilities event such as an Easter Seals event, Special Olympics, a performance with sign language interpretation, an activity with Guiding Eyes dogs, or a wheelchair race. Tell your adult leader what you thought about the experience. (there will be a wheelchair basketball performance at school in November)
- Make a display about one or more disabilities. It can include physical, learning, or mental challenges. Share the display at a pack meeting . (check with the teacher to see if this was done at school)
Earn the Disabilities Awareness belt loop, and complete five of the following requirements:
- People with disabilities move around in different ways such as crutches, scooters, and wheelchairs. Explain the differences. With an adult's supervision and permission, try to safely use one.
- Using sign language, demonstrate the Cub Scout Promise and motto.
- Read a book about a person with a disability.
- Explain how your school helps students with disabilities (elevators, ramps, small classes, special tools and equipment, specialized teachers)
- Describe one of the following and its purpose: occupational therapy, speech therapy, or physical therapy. Visit with a person who works in one of these fields and learn about his or her position.
- Read about a famous person who has been physically or mentally challenged. Report what you learned to your den or family.
- For two one-hour periods, and with adult supervision, go about your normal routine doing chores, watching television, studying, etc. Change your abilities by using one of these experiences, then share what you learned with your den.
- Hearing impairment - Muffle your ears with earmuffs or bandages.
- Sight impairment - Blindfold one or both eyes.
- Physical impairment- Bind an arm or leg so that it cannot be used.
- Speaking impairment - Cover your mouth or do not speak
- Choose an impairment of your own that is approved by an adult
- Look at a catalog and find three items that could help a person with disabilities in their daily life. Explain how each item would help the individual.
- Volunteer and help someone with disabilities in school, sports, or another supervised activity.
- Visit a nursing home or elderly person and help someone with a meal.
- Talk to someone who works with people who have disabilities. Ask what the person's position is like and how he or she helps people with disabilities.
- PDF files for current and previous newsletters are available here:
- September 2013
- October 2013
- November 2013