April Update

posted Feb 16, 2010, 9:13 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Sep 16, 2016, 9:34 PM by Alice Walker ]
Well we've closed out Winter and made a good start on Spring and except for the strange layer of yellow-green dust that covers everything it's a great time to be in Austin.  We'll look back from the middle of July and wonder why the cool green of Spring has to be so short.  So let's make the most of it while we can.

Picking up from the last update, we had a great pack meeting in February with a visit from the the Travis County Search and Rescue organization.  Casey, who it turns out is an Eagle Scout, and Megan showed us a large sampling of the equipment that they use when called out to perform their mission.  Casey even taught us some new knot tricks, tying up one scout before he knew what was happening.  Then they brought out their four-legged team members and explained about how they were trained and how they are able to find people that are lost.  The program ended with a successful "rescue" of three lost scouts.

At the end of February, the pack held it's third camp out of the year at Hill Country State Natural Area.  Everyone enjoyed the natural beauty of the area and pitched in to do some trail restoration.  And Scott Denko demonstrated that he can arrange a polar bear outing with the best of them. 

While we didn't have a pack meeting in March, members of the pack participated in a service project at the Goodwill Computer Recycling facility at the beginning of March.  Everyone got a chance to work off some of their frustrations with computers and accomplish something good for the environment as well.  Our dens also pushed hard through the month to check off all their remaining achievements.

That brings us to April and a busy month it will be.  We are starting off with a recruiting event immediately after school on Friday the 9th of April.  In preparation, we have passed out flyers and Ben Allums has literally pitched his tent in front of the school to make sure everyone gets the message.  The Webelos will lead a flag ceremony at the school assembly on Thursday morning and we are encouraging everyone to wear a scout outfit (Class A or B) on both Thursday and Friday.  After school on Friday, we will have a campsite set up for kids to mess about with and we will organize stomp rocket construction and launches.  All of our Scouts and parents are welcome to join in the fun which should run from 2:45 to about 4:00 pm.  Hopefully we will finish the day with lots of prospects for the coming year.

The following Thursday, the 15th of April we will hold our annual Blue & Gold Banquet.  The invitation has gone out to the list serv.  Please feel free to forward it to any relatives or special friends that might enjoy the evening.  We have arranged to have the cafeteria for a little longer this year so we won't be so rushed.  Scouts should gather at the Scout Hut at 6:00 pm for Den and Pack photos - trying to get them while their uniforms are still put together.  We expect to start serving dinner around 6:30, featuring Ruby's BBQ accompanied by all the great dishes the pack members are bringing so everyone come hungry.  The theme for this years B&G is 100 Years of Scouting and we would like to encourage you all to dig around in all the forgotten places to find the Scouting memorabilia you couldn't stand to part with.  Bring them to the banquet and we will have a table set up for displaying these treasures.  Don't worry, you won't have to present them to the pack - unless of course you really want too.  All in all, I expect it to be a magical night.

But don't think that's it for April because the following weekend, April 17-18, we have our annual joint Boy Scout/Cub Scout camp out.  There was a scheduling conflict with Muster Day so we will be camping at Krause Springs instead of Camp Mabry this year.  Anyone who has been there before can tell you what a nice place this is, with a great (but slippery) natural pool for swimming, swinging from a rope, or just lounging about.  It's also very close to Austin making this one of our easier ventures.  The Boy Scouts will handle some of the activities and will prepare the evening meal.  We will also recognize the many accomplishments our Webelos II Scouts with the Arrow of Light ceremony as they continue their transition from Cub to Boy Scout.
On Sunday morning, the Cub Scouts will don our chef hats and aprons and show the Boy Scouts how breakfast is supposed to be done.  Look for Den breakfast assignments and more info about the trip to be posted here soon.

That should about wrap it up for now.  I look forward to seeing everyone at the Blue & Gold banquet if not sooner.

Happy Scouting,

Grady Gossard