January 2011 News

posted Jan 19, 2011, 11:31 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Sep 16, 2016, 9:34 PM by Alice Walker ]

Great Scott, January is quickly getting away from us but there is a lot of fun ahead so let’s jump right in.

The January meeting is Thursday the 20th at 6:30.  Please remember to wear your Class A uniforms.   Our focus for the pack meeting will be on preparing for events coming up in the next couple of weeks.

Probably our most fun Scouting activity is happening this coming Saturday the 22nd of January – the Pinewood Derby.  I know everyone has been working hard on getting their cars ready and it should be a great day of racing.  Thanks to Matt Shaw and Steve Lemmon for running the two workshops we’ve had leading up to the big event.  We will check in the cars starting at 12:00pm and the racing should start about 1:00pm.  For the first-timers, check in consists of weighing your car to make sure it doesn’t exceed 5 ounces, filling out the registration care – to include the name of your car, and getting your picture taken.  There will be a table set up with some supplies and tools that you can use to make last minute adjustments.   Of course, please feel free to invite friends and relatives.  This is a great way to introduce someone that might be thinking about joining scouts the kind of fun things we do.  Kindergarteners are especially welcome.

After the Derby you get a weekend off then we’ve got a full throttle Scouting weekend coming up on 5-6 February.  On the morning of Feb 5th, we will be participating in the annual Report to State Parade.  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 bicylcle/tricycle/thing with wheels but no motor.  Boys and adults are welcome to ride.  During the line up for the parade, we will have some materials available that you can use to decorate your conveyance.  Make absolutely sure that if you are going to be riding on wheels that you wear your helmet.  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 the LAZ parking lot located at 2nd and Congress.  Here is a link to more info on the parade:  http://www.bsacac.org/PDFs/Report_to_State_Parade_Brochure_for_website_final.pdf.

Then to make it a complete Scout weekend, after the parade we will be joining Troop 9 for our annual joint Cub Scout/Boy Scout 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 1:30 or 2:00.  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 plenty of 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 see that Matt Shaw and the Webelos I’s have already signed up for doing the bacon and coffee.  I’ll get with the other dens to coordinate the rest of the meal 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.  It may get cold so be prepared for that.  A tent, a good sleeping bag, and an insulated mat or mattress will keep you comfortable.

Finally, for now, for next month’s pack meeting on Feb 17th I’ve arranged for representatives of the Travis County EMS organization to come and give a presentation.  It should be really interesting for kids and adults alike.  They will be demonstrating some of the equipment that they use and may even bring an ambulance that we can tour.  Please try to make every effort to join us for this so we can have a full house for this activity.

I think that’s about it for now.  I look forward to seeing everyone at the pack meeting and at the Derby on Saturday.

Happy Scouting,

Grady Gossard