CUB SCOUT PACK 436

Chartered by American Legion Post 295, Germantown, Maryland

Pack located in North Potomac, Maryland

May 2019 Newsletter


May Pack meeting – Advancement & Bridging, May 15 –
the May Pack meeting will cap off another great year of Cub Scouting! We’ll be awarding the boys their rank awards, and also conducting the ceremony in which they’ll bridge into the next level (Tigers to Wolves, Wolves to Bears, and Bears to Webelos). We’ll also have a few fun activities. If you have family who are local, this will be a nice opportunity to see the boys recognized for their achievements.

Spring Family Campout – For the spring campout, we’re going back to Washington Monument State Park on May 4-5. Here’s what you need to know:
We’re hoping for terrific spring weather. Later in the evening, Den leaders will prepare skits and/or songs for the campfire. Note that we may have some special guests, so be sure to attend to find out!

Family Scouting decision – Following our discussion over the past couple of months, it looks like we’re planning to open membership in the Pack to girls starting in the fall. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Eric or Howie.

District Pinewood Derby – Congratulations to our Pack 436 Scouts who competed at the District Pinewood Derby – we had some great results:

Upcoming Spring & Summer Events – We’re still working on dates, but we expect to have a number of fun-filled events coming up, so keep an eye on this newsletter and the Pack website for more details; note that some of the events listed are run by the district or otherwise outside of our Pack (e.g., Archery Day, Blue Crabs):
Fishing Day – This is a district event, May 11, 8 am to 12 noon at Black Hills Park. Signup info at https://scoutingevent.com/082-25336

BALOO (adult camper qualification) training - We’re always looking for more adults to be qualified leaders. If you’re interesting to qualify for outdoor camping the next training session is May 17-18 at the Izaak Walton League off Muddy Branch. Registration information is available at https://scoutingevent.com/082-25434; please let Eric know if you’re interested.

Pack Boating day –– June 9, Black Hills Park –– Come out for a paddle at Black Hill Regional Park, on the afternoon of Sunday June 9 at 2 pm. We won’t be doing any sign-up in advance – you’ll get a boat when you’re there. Some key elements to note:

  • Because this is an activity on the water and safety is paramount, a parent is required to be in the same boat with each Scout.
  • Canoes, row boats, and pedal boats are available to rent first-come first-served to parents with a driver's license. Rental information is on the Black Hills website:  https://www.montgomeryparks.org/parks-and-trails/black-hill-regionalpark/black-hill-boats-little-seneca-lake/; costs are about $12-14/hour.
  • We do want to try to get a tentative count – if you’re planning to attend, please contact Dan Helgerman. Note that park access is currently only from 355 due to roadwork.
Blue Crabs baseball – The Blue Crabs of Southern Maryland baseball team host a Scout Night on Friday June 21; Scouts can see the game and camp out on the field. Cost is $27 for admission, including dinner and breakfast. Chris Washington will be organizing, so please let him know if you’re in no later than May 10 (deadline to register is 5/14). As with the campout, Paypal is preferred, or you can get Chris a check to Pack 436.
Summer Camp – Summer camping is one of the great things that distinguishes Boy Scouting, and it’s a great way for the boys to develop an appreciation for the outdoors, all while having a great time. There are several options available:

Camp Snyder (current Wolves & Tigers): For the younger boys (current Wolves and Tigers), Camp Snyder, located near Haymarket, VA, has weekend programs in the summer that are a great introduction to camping for the boys.  We will register as a Pack and have selected the weekend of August 2-4. Eric Jodts will be in touch with additional information for those families who indicated availability for that weekend.  If that's not you, but you are interested in attending, please shoot Eric Jodts an email to get added to the list.

Camp starts 9 am Friday morning and ends 9 am Sunday. They have platform tents for us and we eat in the dining hall. The 2-night trip is designed to introduce Cub Scouts to week-long Boy Scout summer camps on their own at an older age. It is for registered Cub Scouts only, no friends or siblings, and a parent or guardian is necessary (only one parent needed for multiple scouts in a family). There’s more information at the camp’s website: http://www.ncacbsa.org/outdoors/camp-william-b-snyder/summer-programs/

Pricing for the weekend is $240 for Scouts and $80 for adults, if paid by April 12; prices increase closer to the camp dates.

Goshen / Camp PMI (current Webelos & Bears): For the older Scouts (current Bears and Webelos), will be attending the Goshen Scout Reservation’s Camp PMI, about 3.5 hours away, past Harrisonburg, VA, the week of July 21-27. We’ll need at least 3 parents there at all times, and one or two more would be ideal, but you wouldn’t have to stay the full week.

Prices for the week start at $415 for Scouts and $265 for adults (which can be split between 2 if each stays half the week) if paid by April 17; prices increase by $40 after that. Contact Eric  to get registered, and more info has been sent via a separate email to our current Webelos and Bear parents. The council also has information at https://www.gotogoshen.org/camps-programs/camp-pmi/

Pack 436 Website - The Pack 436 website is www.pack436.com. A copy of this newsletter as well as information about our meetings and events can be found on the website. The Pack calendar is on the website as a Google Calendar, events can be added to your own calendars by clicking on the "Google Calendar" button just below the calendar on the right-hand side. Contact Matt Hicks (webmaster@pack436.com) with any questions or comments.

Communication - We will continue communication via e-mail in the form of a monthly newsletter and occasional special announcements. Your email address will NOT be given out to anyone and will be used for Cub Scout related events ONLY. Please keep us informed of any changes in e-mail addresses. If there are any changes, please contact Eric Victory at committeechair@pack436.com.

Feedback - We encourage your feedback on ways that we can improve Pack 436. Please forward your input to Eric Victory (Committee Chairman) at committeechair@pack436.com or Howie Draisen (Cubmaster) at cubmaster@pack436.com. We appreciate your input!