April Pack Meeting - different location and night than usual : The April Pack meeting will be the Arrow of Light ceremony, starting at 7:15PM sharp on Wednesday, April 30th. This is an exciting ceremony, with a Native American ritual performed, and the culmination of Cub Scouting for our graduating Webelos II den. The meeting will be held at the Purrings' home (thanks to Kim and Todd for hosting!) at our usual start time of 7:15 pm. Their address is 12601 Split Creek Ct., just off Travilah, near Travilah ES. (Backup location in event of rain will be JLES.) It will be outdoors with a campfire! Please dress appropriately and bring chairs or blankets to sit on. In case of inclement weather, the meeting will be held at Jones Lane ES – look for an e-mail if there is a chance of rain.
Pack Hike – rescheduled for April 6: given the snow (!) last weekend, the Pack Hike is rescheduled for April 6. Here are the details:
- We'll be doing Billy Goat Trail sections B and C and sections of the towpath for a total of 5.5 miles. It's a relatively flat hike with some easy rock scrambles. We will meet in the Carderock parking lot at 1:30, ready to hike at 2:00.
- Directions : Going south out of the neighborhood take River Rd South to right at Falls Rd. Take Falls all the way to the end, go left on MacArthur Blvd. Take MacArthur past the Old Anger Inn parking area all the way to Clara Barton Parkway, go right. Take Clara Barton a half mile to the first exit on the right. Follow the access road to the park through the tunnel under the trail, go right at stop sign. Try to park in the very last parking section, approx. 0.4 miles. We will meet in this lot on the right by a short connecting path to the towpath.
Chess Night: Our annual Pack Chess Night is being held Thursday April 10, at 7 pm in the Jones Lane ES multi-purpose room / cafeteria (same place we have the Pack meetings). No need for the boys to wear a uniform, but if you have a chess board and pieces handy we would recommend bringing them. Contact Lisa Fischer for more information.
Pack Service Project - Jones Lane Outdoor Classroom Clean-Up: – Pack 436 will be helping clean up the Jones Lane outdoor classroom on Saturday, April 26th, 3:00-4:30 pm. (Rain date is Sunday the 27th.) Rosemary is looking to get an accurate count, so please register at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/8050C4FACAC2C7-pack/88896. This is a great way for us to “give back” to Jones Lane, since the school's PTA is our sponsoring organization. Adult supervision is required – please come prepared for “yardwork” with appropriate clothing, shoes, and eye and hand protection. If you can bring along yard rakes, garden rakes, loppers, etc it would be much appreciated.
Spring Family Camping: The Spring Family Camping has been set for May 3-4 at Little Bennett. This is LOW-KEY but loads of fun. Please register ASAP at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050545A5A69-pack2. There will be a few organized activities Saturday afternoon. Different from our recent campouts, a grill will be provided, but you need to bring your own main dish for dinner; the signup has information about bringing a side dish. For more information, please contact Jim and Gina Simone at familycamping@Pack436.com.
Summer Camp: Outdoor camping is one of the great things the boys get to do as Scouts, and all the boys have the opportunity to attend a camp this summer:
- Camp Goshen is the capstone event for the current Webelos I and Bear dens (i.e., the boys who will be Webelos I and II dens following our bridging ceremony in May); it's a one-week camp in southwestern Virginia (near Harrisonburg). Some of the activities include a rock wall, rifle shooting, archery, swimming, boating, crafts, and playing with slimy animals. Scouts who have attended the Goshen Summer Camp in the past have had a blast (as have the parents who have gone with them as leaders). If you are interested and haven't signed up or if you’d like to help organize, please contact Jim Simone. Our camp dates are July 20-26, and you’ll need to register by April 25 to get the lowest rate.
- Camp Snyder is a nearby weekend camp (Thursday evening or Friday morning to Sunday morning) which is a great opportunity for this year's Tigers and Wolves to get a first taste of wilderness camping. Camp runs in five weekend sessions starting July 10-13 through July 31-August 3, and parents should attend with their Scout. Contact Gerard or Eric with any questions about what camp is like, or if you’re interested in organizing the trip – we still need one or more parents to put things together.
- Other camp opportunities : There are many other opportunities for scouts of all ages to participate in summer camp. These include shorter sleep-away camps, parent-son weekends, and weeklong day camps. For further information on what’s available please see the NCAC website and look under both “Cub Scout Day Camps” and “Camp William B. Snyder” for more details about the camps.
Adult Volunteers: As we approach the end of the current Scouting year, it's not too soon to start thinking about next year - we continue to rely on all of you as adult volunteers for each and every event we run. We're going to be losing a number of leaders this year and next, so if there is something you have in mind that you'd like to do (either an existing job or a need that you think isn't being currently filled), contact Eric and the job can be yours! The bottom line is that there is a lot of work to go around, and we all need to pitch in to contribute to the Scouting experience for our sons. Several in particular that we're pretty sure we'll need next year:
- Popcorn Kernel
- Camping coordinator
- Tiger den leader(s) and assistant(s) (incoming Tigers)
- Recruiting / Join Scouting Night coordinator
- We’ll need a Cubmaster apprentice – only 2 years left for Gerard…
- Pinewood Derby
- Blue & Gold
- Raingutter Regatta
- …and many more!
- District Archery Day : Seneca District is offering Archery Day
on Sunday, April 6th, from 1-4pm. Each archery session will be ½ hour long.
The cost is $5 per shooter. Archery Day will be held at Hanson’s Farm,
13703 Turkey Foot Rd (corner of Turkey Foot Rd & Travilah Rd), North
Potomac, MD. This event is open to all Cub Scouts, parents/leaders &
siblings age 5 & older can participate.
- Please register online at http://www.ncacbsa.org/events/event_details.asp?id=354548&group=114105 . You will be prompted to select your shooting slot for each person as you register.
- For questions – please contact the event coordinator – Deb Franklin at 301-540-3387 or email@example.com. Yes, this does overlap with the timing for the rescheduled Pack Hike – for better or worse, we’re in that time of year when there are a lot of possible activities and not enough time to fit them all in.
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