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Welcome and Welcome Back!

posted Aug 20, 2017, 8:59 PM by Alice Walker

We have been busy planning for the new Cub Scout year and it is going to be great!  We have a new Assistant Cub Master, Joel Arevalo!  Lots of fabulous returning Den Leaders, and a new Tiger Den Leader, Eddie Chavez.

One important change to our calendar:  monthly Pack Meetings are on the FOURTH Thursday of the month (no longer on the third Thursday) from 6:30-7:30 in the Bryker Woods cafeteria.

The Den Meeting schedule is still being worked out and will be posted soon.

If you are a NEW Cub Scout please come to our special recruiting event, Sunday, August 27, from 2-4 at Bailey Square.  I will conduct a Bobcat training with all boys there at 3:30.  


Raingutter Regatta

posted Oct 15, 2016, 4:16 PM by Alice Walker

It's almost time!!!

Fall Camp Out!

posted Oct 2, 2016, 9:05 PM by Alice Walker

Hello Everyone!
I had such a great time at our Fall camp out, even with the insane humidity.  I hope you did too.  The Bear Cubs made a really excellent dinner for our entire den, kids and parents.  I know every Den did something cool.  A big thank you to Derek & Tristin Sullivan for leading a "hike to the swamp" Sunday morning after the rain cleared up.  Thank you to all the Den Leaders and other volunteers especially for making this camp out a success.  

I thought I used enough bug spray but the state of my ankles tells a different story.  It's all part of being outside, right?

Our next big event is the Rain Gutter Regatta on Sunday October 16th, from 1-3.  Alice and I are still looking for more volunteers to help make these afternoon a huge success.  We need more tables, people to help run the brackets day of, and more hands setting up and breaking down too.  Just let one of us know if you can commit to help.  Get your son's boat kit from his Den Leader.  See you there!

Volunteer Opportunities

posted Sep 16, 2016, 9:54 PM by Alice Walker   [ updated Sep 18, 2016, 11:26 AM ]

Volunteer Opportunities!Hello Pack Parents!

I think Pack 9 is an absolutely amazing organization, for my sons, but also for me.  Like any organization run entirely by volunteers, though, it is only as good as we, the volunteers, make it.  I am asking every family to commit to a MINIMUM of one "job" on my volunteer list, preferably two, each year.  Some jobs are big, some are small, but all are important.  And don't worry, we won't "run out" of jobs.  There are more I didn't include in the list as these are the most important.  

So take a look and then send me an email letting me know which jobs are for you (I have not been able to make a form you can edit directly)!  Ask questions, talk to other parents, ask me about it.  I want to get everyone involved and having fun!

Thank you,

Fantastic Recruiting Event and First Pack Meeting!

posted Sep 11, 2016, 8:36 PM by Alice Walker

Wow!  I had such a great time today and it seemed like a whole lot of boys did too!  Thank you all for coming out to Bailey Splash Pad today for our combined Fall Recruiting/September Pack Meeting event.  I really loved seeing all the returning faces and meeting all the new boys and parents who showed up.  We have new boys in all of our dens.  I'm so excited about that.

If you didn't get all the information you needed today feel free to email me ( and I'll help you out or direct you to the best person who can.  The main info is that we are GOING CAMPING September 24-25 at Cub World in Bastrop and it looks like it is going to be a really great campout, so I hope to see you all there.  I know that especially for Tiger families or families who have not camped before that this feels really overwhelming.  I was exactly in your shoes just two years ago, so please, feel free to reach out to me.

Maya, Cub Master

Welcome Back!!!

posted Aug 25, 2016, 8:15 PM by Alice Walker

Hello Everyone,
I'm so excited that we are about to get our Cub Scout year going!

The next can't-miss event?  Fall Recruiting and September's Pack Meeting, this year combined!  September 11, 2016 1:30-3:30 at Bailey Splash Pad.  Come prepared to spend a few minutes filling out forms and bring a check to get your dues paid up.  And bring one of your son's friends who might be interested in scouting.  We always have room for one more.

Below is a list of upcoming events, put them in your calendar now, or better yet, subscribe to our Google calendar so you never miss a thing (link on the left).

Maya, Cub Master

Saturday, September 24 -25 – Campout at Camp Tom Wooten
Saturday, October 16 – Raingutter Regatta
Thursday, October 20 – 6:30 pm Pack Meeting – BW Playground
Sunday, November 13 (tentative)– Fall Service Project – BW Playground
Thursday, November 17 – 6:30 pm – Pack Meeting
Saturday, December 3 – Campout on USS Texas
Thursday, December 15 - 6:30 pm – Pack Meeting

Pack 9 2012 Mid-October & November Newsletter

posted Oct 28, 2012, 6:48 AM by Unknown user

Pack Meeting 10/18/12

Looking forward to seeing ya’ll this Thursday for our upcoming Pack meeting. Pack Meetings are the third Thursday of every month unless otherwise specified. Please have your cub wear his Class A uniform. Don’t forget to help your Scout work on the Rain Gutter Regatta kit that was handed out at the last Pack Meeting. Since we’ll be sailing the boats this weekend, I thought we’d work on some of our seaman skills at the Pack meeting. Ahoy mates!


Rain Gutter Regatta 10/20/12

The race starts at 12 pm on the Brykerwoods Playground. Check in starts at 11:00 am. I’ll be posting a Rallyhood sign up for leaders and parents who would like to assist with the race. As always the Pack could use an extra hand in support of our events. Don’t fret if you haven’t started. Sandpaper, glue, and paint (optional) are all that’s needed to put the kit together. Let me know if you have questions.



Popcorn orders and money can be brought to this week’s meeting. If you do not yet have all of your items, you may deliver them to the Cub Scout mailbox in the Bryker Woods school office throughout the week of Oct. 22nd. Hard deadline for money is the morning of Friday October 26th. Checks should be made payable to Pack 9. I will submit the Pack’s order over the weekend. Please remember that our goal is 100% participation at the $50 level, either via an order for popcorn or a Military Donation. Please send questions to the Kernel: Get poppin’!


Fall Carnival 10/27/12

Pack 9 is at the ready to assist with recycling efforts at the School carnival. What this means is that our Scouts and parents are encouraged to help in the management of these materials. There are stations that need attending. I’ll be on site to help and with details about our responsibilities. Please have your cub wear their Class B uniforms (Pack 9 or other Cub Scout tee shirt) if not in costume.


Webelos Woods 11/09-11/12

CALLING ALL WEBELOS! Attend Webelos Woods on November 9-11 at Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive, Austin TX 78754. During this great outdoor activity you'll participate in Boy Scout skills and games, see troops demonstrating boy-led programs and get a cool Webelos Woods patch! This is an overnight camping opportunity – Friday and/or Saturday night, rain or shine!




USS Texas 11/17/12

November camping is going to be awesome! We are booked on the USS Texas for a day tour of the ship and a sleep over. I’ll have more details at the Pack Meeting tomorrow night!


Matt Shaw

Pack 9 Cubmaster


Pack 9 September 2012 Newsletter

posted Sep 4, 2012, 6:05 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Sep 25, 2012, 6:52 PM ]

Hello everyone, I trust that you had a great summer and are ready to get going again with Scouting. We had some fun times this summer during our activities, even though we got rained out at the last one (Reed Pool), I appreciate all the participation. Pack 9 has some new and cool things happening this year but first let’s get down to business:

Fall Recruiting (09/09/12)

Leadership had been gearing up for new what we hope are a lot of new Scouts. We are looking for new boys to join Pack 9. Our recruitment drive kicks off after Labor Day. All Pack 9 Cub Scouts please wear your Class A uniforms to school on Tuesday September 4th. We plan to handle the flag ceremony for school assembly that morning (Wolves Den 2) and give a brief presentation about Scouting. I look forward to seeing you and your cub after the holiday.

The official recruitment day is Sunday September 9th at 2:00 pm in the Brykerwoods Playground. This is the time to introduce new scouts and parents to Pack 9. We plan to cover sign up, dues, Bobcat badge & group activities (Kickball Belt Loop). Please invite other parents you know. Personal referrals are the best. Please come provide support if you can.


The annual Cub Scout popcorn fundraiser starts this month, your popcorn kernel (Rita Constante) will be present at the first den meetings to provide more information to parents and hand out order forms. Pack 9 receives a portion of the proceeds directly to our bank account to fund the year’s activities. Past events have included trips to Fossil Rim, the USS Lexington, bat watching, ice cream and pizza parties, etc. The remaining proceeds go to the Capital Area Scouting effort and the national Scouting offices to help fund things like Camporee, Jamborees, and pay for camps like Philmont, Tom Wooten, and Lost Pines. There will be more popcorn information available at the Pack Meeting on 09/20/12.

Den Meetings (09/16/12)

Mega Den Meeting Day (monster truck voice)! Pack 9 will be having its first Den meetings of the year on Sunday September the 16th at the Brykerwoods Scout Hut. Here’s the break down:

  • Den 4 (Webelos) 1-2 pm
  • Den 1 (Tigers) 2:30-3:30 pm
  • Den 2 (Wolves) 3:30-4:40 pm
  • Den 3 (Bears) 3:30-4:30 pm

Please have your cub wear their Class A uniforms and bring their handbook. We have lots of great info and activities planned, so don’t miss out.

Pack Meeting (09/20/12)

First pack meeting of the year and man do we have some fun stuff on the agenda. First off, Pack 9 is bringing back the Den yell! During Mega Den Meeting Day I’ll be coaching the Dens on their yell. Come Pack meeting, I expect the Dens to show their stuff. It’s a hoot and I can’t wait to see what the boys come up with.

Next up, Pack 9 is adding the Rain River Regatta to the race circuit. What this means is at the end of the Pack meeting I’ll be passing out boat kits for the race in October (10/20/12). This is much like Pinewood Derby but on water. A workshop is in the works. Please have your cub wear their Class A uniforms. Pack 9 meets at the Brykerwoods Cafeteria every third Thursday at 6:30-7:30 pm during the school year.

Armadillo District Leader Training (09/22/12)

This is the big training day for our district. New and returning leaders can get caught up on training requirements.

Don’t forget you can also get caught up online. Sign up and take the online classes.

Campout (09/29/12)

McKinney Falls here we come. This a great group site with a big fire ring (please rain). Camp opens at 12 PM. We have the site until 11 AM the next day. McKinney Falls is not only close to home but has awesome Texas history. I’m thinking a good hike will tell the park story best.

Thank you,

Matthew Shaw

Pack 9 Cubmaster



January-February 2012 Update

posted Jan 31, 2012, 12:43 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 31, 2012, 3:09 PM ]

What a great month we had in January!

We started the month off with our second Pinewood Derby workshop (1/8/12) with lots of Scouts and parents coming out.  With everyone cutting out bodies, weighting and painting their cars it was clear that there was going to be great enthusiasm at this year's derby.

Our January Pack meeting (1/19/12) was touch and go for a while but in the end it turned out great.  Joana Johnson had arranged a visit by the Austin Police Department months ago for our main activity.  Then on the morning of the 19th, they cancelled.  Luckily for us, the Austin ISD Police Department was ready and willing to step in.  Officer Andrew and his dog Rocco filled in at the last minute and really gave a great presentation to our guys.  You can always tell when a presenter has the Scout's attention (they are quiet) and boy were they attentive that night.  Thanks again to Officer Andrew, Rocco and the AISD Police Dept.

Of course on the following Saturday (1/21/12) we held our annual Pinewood Derby and it was spectacular!  If we could only do one Scouting event in the year, I would want it to be the Pinewood Derby.  What a wonderful experience with the kids coming up with their great design ideas and then working hard (usually with some parent help) to bring their ideas to life.  There were lots of last minute preparations just before check-in, then the real action started right at 1PM.  With the triple elimination format that we've run the last couple of years, everyone got lots of chances to see their car run down the track and I don't recall ever seeing so many cool and fast cars.

Here are the final results:
  • For the Speed Trophy
  1. Max Shaw with the Orange Ninja
  2. Robert Gossard with Jim Clark Special
  3. Andrew Mosser with White Lightning
  • For the Best Overall Trophy
  1. Eli McDaniel
  2. Sean Hall
  3. Jack Goodacre
  • For the Funniest Car Trophy
  1. Nicholas Heinen
  2. George Borowski
  3. Erik Zeinner
Congratulations to all the participants.  Someone told me in years past that you know you've had a successful Pinewood Derby when no one goes home crying.  Certainly this year was a great success.  Thanks to everyone that helped pull off the Derby this year:  the Boy Scouts from Troop 9, John Oakley, Rita Constante, Dirk Heinen, Andrea Basinski, and everyone else that pitched in to make the derby happen.  I especially want to thank Matt Shaw who in addition to his other duties, ramrodded the whole Pinewood Derby event.  From picking up the car kits to planning and organizing the event and volunteers to running the workshops and finally to MC-ing the show, Matt did it all this year.  On behalf of Pack 9, a big thank you goes out to Matt.

Continuing on with the derby theme, February will start out with a full throttle weekend...

On the morning of February 4th, the annual Boy Scouting Report to State Parade will take place in downtown Austin.  This is an event where Cub and Boy Scouts from across the state proceed up Congress Avenue to the state capital to present their annual report to the Governor.  It’s a pretty fun experience and a chance to see how big scouting really is.  This year, we are planning to ride bikes in the parade so everyone bring your bicycle/tricycle/thing with wheels but no motor.  Boys and adults are welcome to ride.  Make absolutely sure that if you are going to be riding on wheels that you wear your helmet and the uniform is Class 'A'.  We will line up on the Congress Ave. bridge starting at about 8:00am.  The parade is scheduled to start at 9:00am but be prepared to be patient.  We will have coffee, hot chocolate and donuts for the early arrivers.  I’ve been told that the best place to park is in the TxDot lot at Congress and Riverside.  The Council is also asking that each Scout bring 5 cans of food in support of the ‘Souper Bowl of Caring’ to be dropped off at 220 S. Congress Ave.  Please take a look at Report to State Parade - Feb 4, 2012 for all the details.

Then to make it a complete Scouting weekend, after the parade we will be joining Troop 9 for our annual joint Pack 9/Troop 9 camp out at Camp Mabry.  We have the area near the picnic pavilion just down the hill from the main post complex reserved again for this year.  Try to get there in the early afternoon – say before 1:00PM to be present for the opening ceremony.  The boy scouts will be running a series of activities throughout the afternoon to give our Cubs a better idea of the kind of things Boy Scouts work on.  There will be some free time as well for the dens.  There is a small pond next to our camping area so fishing poles are in order, and visiting the Texas Military Forces Museum is definitely a favorite activity for our boys.  Troop 9 will be preparing and serving the evening meal to everyone.  We – Pack 9 – have the honor of preparing breakfast for the camp.  I’ll be working with the Den Leaders to plan the breakfast preparation.  If you haven’t been on a camp out before, this is a really good one to start with.  It’s close to home so if you forget something you can run back for it, and it really is a favorite for the Cub Scouts because they get to hang out with the big guys.  If you must, you can also just come out for the day(s) although you will have a hard time dragging your Scout away.  The weather should be pretty decent.  A tent, a good sleeping bag, and an insulated mat or mattress will keep you comfortable through the night.  Please take a look at 2012 Mabry Camp Out with Troop 9 for more details.
Finally, our February Pack Meeting will be held at 6:30PM on the 16th of February.  That should be about enough for now.  I hope to see everyone this weekend at the parade and the camp out.

Happy Scouting,

Grady Gossard

May 2011 Updates

posted May 18, 2011, 9:43 AM by Unknown user

Greetings Pack Niners,

It's hard to believe that we are coming to the end of another school year and finishing up another busy Cub Scout cycle.  In April, we held our annual Blue & Gold Banquet and tried something a little different, moving the event from our usual pack meeting Thursday to a Sunday.  It seemed to me that things were a little less rushed and a little more fun but what did you all think.  Email me at mailto:gcg@systemanalytics.comwith your comments and help us plan for next year.  Let me also take this opportunity to say thanks to all the volunteers that helped organize and staff the event with a special thanks to McCoy the Magnificent for his revival performance.  Your hard work is what makes Pack 9 excel.

Late in April, we also had a camp out at Barton Creek Preserve.  I was not able to be there due to an under-the-weather scout but I heard that it was a beautiful setting and that everyone had a great time. 

Coming up on Thursday May 19th, is our annual end of year pack picnic, crossover ceremony, and water balloon battle.  This will be held at the pavillion on Shoal Creek, just below the Bryker Woods sports field.  Start time for the picnic is 6:30 and we will start the program around 7:15.  This is our final regular season activity where our graduating Webelos II Scouts "cross-over" to become Boy Scouts.  Representatives from Troop 9 will be on hand to appropriately outfit them and welcome them into the next phase of their Scouting adventure.  After that, we will continue the evening with the water balloon battle which will continue until all ammo and participants are exhausted.  This is another one of those activities that every Scout looks forward to so don't miss it.

The following day, Friday May 20th we will be hosting an after school recruiting event at Bryker Woods.  We had a very good response to this last year and hope for the same success this time.  We will have a tent and campsite set up, a couple of lashed together tripods, and of course stomp rockets for the kids to mess around with.  Meanwhile, we will try to corral the parents and give them some useful info about Cub Scouting in general and Pack 9 in particular.  Anyone who would like to join us and help pitch the pack is welcome and if you know anyone who might be interested in joining cub scouts, whether they go to Bryker Woods or not, encourage them to drop by.  They are also welcome at our picnic.

For our final regular season activity we will leave the kids at home and get together for a parents-only social.  On June 10th, Linda Burgess and Steve Lemmon will once again open their home for us to get together for an enjoyable evening where we can all get to know each other a little better without flashlights and smores.  This is your reward for all the hard work and time that you have put in throughout the year so make sure and put this on your calendar.  We will send out a reminder with the exact time closer to the event.

Finally, even though the school year is coming to a close, that doesn't mean that we are done with Scouting.  We have the following events lined up for summer activities that we will do as a pack:
  • Jun 26th - Pack 9 Rain Gutter Regatta.  This is a Sunday evening event that should provide some silly fun for everyone - just google Rain Gutter Regatta to see what it's all about.  We will start around 5 PM under the sun awning on the Bryker Woods play ground.  I'm sure there will be some judging and racing but nothing as involved as the Pinewood Derby.  Bring your dinner and sit a spell.
  • Campout at Steve's River Place.  We don't have a firm date for this yet but it will be sometime in July (the 16th maybe) and will depend on if there is water in the well.  Seriously, the well may run dry if we don't get some good rain before then.  A lot of you have been to Steve's place before and know how much fun it can be.  We will try and line up a visit to the Narrows again as well.  
I am also going to try to schedule a field trip or two over the summer months.  Last year we did an interesting tour of the LCRA Redbud Island facility but only had a few scouts attend.  I may try to set that one up again if there is sufficient interest.  If anyone else has ideas for field trips that we could do as a pack, please let me know.

That's about it for now.  It's been a great year and there is more to come.  Thanks for all the hard work on everyone's part, kids and parents alike, and we will see everyone on Thursday.

Happy Scouting,

Grady Gossard

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