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September 2012 Newsletter

posted Sep 4, 2012, 6:33 PM by Web Admin   [ updated Sep 4, 2012, 6:34 PM ]

Dear Scout Parents,

Core Value
September’s core value is cooperation. Please take a minute and talk with the different ways your son can cooperate within the family, at school, and with God.


SSA Pack Fees
The total fee for this year is again $70 per scout ($40 for Council registration and $30 for pack fees). The Council registration provides for a subscription to Boy's Life magazine, scout insurance, and awards provided to scouts at our pack meetings.

The Program Fee of $30 per scout covers the cost of the Blue & Gold Banquet, Pinewood Derby, camp food, and pack meeting refreshments. This $30 program fee allows us to conduct the banquet and derby without having to charge for these events.

New scouts only need to fill out the Council Registration Form. However, all scouts (new and returning boys) must complete our Pack Registration Form (attached or available at the pack meeting). Turn in this/these form(s) with and a check made out to "SSA Pack One" to Jim Putlock or Tim Doweiler at the pack meeting. No cash, please.

There will also be some event fees for this year: October’s 5-mile hike ($5 or $9 per car depending on your county residence), the November Whaler’s Hockey Night ($8 per ticket), and a fee for USS Silversides overnighter in December. Summer Resident Camp fees will be collected in three amounts: $40 per camper in December, $40 per camper in January, and the balance (about $40 depending on any price increases set by BSA Council) due in late February.

To help offset many of these fees, our pack again is selling Cub Scout popcorn as a fundraiser. Your scout can earn "scout bucks" based on 30% of your total popcorn sales to fund scout expenses. It is a great program to help offset the cost of the scouting experience.


Popcorn Sign-Up at the Pack Meeting
If you are selling popcorn, be sure to sign-up for your Show-N-Sell dates. Initially, you can sign up for 8 hours of Show-N-Sells per scout from now until the Pack Meeting on the 20th. Attached you will find the most up to date spreadsheet of Show-N-Sells. Simply email or call Phil Puccillo (734-904-4459) papucillo@yahoo.com (Show-N-Sell Coordinator…thanks Phil) with your requested dates. We want to ensure every scout has an opportunity to sign up for a slot before they fill up. During the Sep 20th Pack Meeting you will then have an opportunity to sign up for additional vacant slots to sell popcorn. There will be no limit on signing up for slots at or after the Pack Meeting.


Popcorn Fundraiser
If you choose to sell popcorn, here is how it works. There are four methods for selling popcorn:
  1. Take Order – Scout sells door to door with the order form (Can start right now.) Popcorn will be delivered by the scout in late Nov early Dec.
  2. Show and Sell – Scout sells at various store front locations with popcorn (sign up with Phil Pucillo for dates in late Sep and Oct, see attachment for specific times/locations; usually net about $45 per hour at store per scout) 
  3. Show and Deliver – Scout sells door to door with popcorn on hand to make an instant sale (starts in late Sept). 
  4. Sell Online – Scouts can go to www.trails-end.com and click on "Scouts" tab. From there they can send an email to family and friends inviting them to online ordering using our pack number 3001. Also, they can select "track my online sales" to monitor their progress. If there are issues with online ordering, please contact Amy Beers, our Online Popcorn Sales Coordinator, for help at 248-756-5934, (…thanks Amy). 
Note there is also a mobile app available!!!

Plan to get out on our "Statewide Unit Blitz Day" on September 29, 2012. Scouts from all over the Michigan Crossroads Council will be going door to door or participate in Show-N-Sells in front of local stores. Sign up to participate today and be eligible for great prizes!

See attached document for contact info for our popcorn coordinators.


1st Pack Meeting, Thursday, September 20th from 7:00 - 8:15 PM.

Our first pack meeting of the new school year is Thursday, September 15th from 7:00 - 8:15 PM. Normally each den has a responsibility to help out at a pack meeting, check with your den leader on how you can participate. For this meeting,

§ Webelos 2 are to arrive 15 minutes early to setup chairs and then prepare to conduct the flag ceremony. Additionally, Webelos 2 will do the closing.
§ Bears are “greeters” so they should be 5 minutes early (greet scouts and families as they enter the gym) and their parents then supervise the game.
§ Webelos 1 will provide a skit on popcorn selling skills.
§ Wolves provide refreshment and will do cleanup.


Fall Service Project, Saturday, September 22th: 1-4 PM
Since Scouts are a service organization at heart, we will be working at SSA Joy Road (Ann Arbor) for our Fall Service Project. Please bring rakes, shovels, gloves, brooms, etc. to accomplish generic cleaning of the school grounds. We will all meet at SSA Joy Road (AA) to give back to our wonderful Charter Organization. Siblings are welcome as well, if they need service project hours. Please sign up at the Sept 20th Pack Meeting so we know how many to expect.


5 Mile Color Hike, Saturday, October 20th from 9-11 AM
The Annual Fall Color Hike will take place this year at Independence Lake County Park (3200 Jennings Rd. Whitmore Lake, MI 48189) on Saturday, Oct 20th at 9 am. Thanks to Leah Prucka for volunteering to find the Pack a great hike. The hike is for all members of the scout's family! This is an approximate five-mile hike taking about 2 to 3 hours. We will meet and commence the hike at the parking lot furthest into the park, the northern most lot at the end of the road. Leah will have maps/brochures for each family on the day of the hike, but if anyone wishes to hike independently, they can obtain a trail map from the website www.parks.ewashtenaw.org. Detailed directions to the park can also be obtained at the website. Families unable to go on the hike with the Pack can go any time Saturday or Sunday. All scouts will receive a patch upon completing the hike (given out at the following pack meeting). Bring a snack and drink to consume during a break halfway into the hike. Cost is $9 per car for Non-Washtenaw County Residents and $5 for Washtenaw County Residents, paid upon entry to the park (if someone is manning the booth). All Tiger Cubs need to do this hike as a Go-See-It.


Youth Protection Training…Great for all Parents!!!
Here is the link to BSA’s Youth Protection Training. We encourage all parents to take this simple on-line course geared to protect our youth. It is mandatory for all leaders to complete and strongly encouraged for all parents. Normally, it will take 30 minutes of your time, and it is important to know how your son is protected.



Pack Website and Calendar
We have another exciting year planned for the boys and attached is a copy of our yearly calendar. Additionally, thanks to Kevin Galbraith our Pack Webmaster, our site is full of great information to answer your questions about our Pack (i.e. where do all these patches go on the uniform, calendar of events, popcorn sales info, etc) 


Next Committee Meeting – Saturday, September 8th from 7-8 AM
This is a planning meeting for the monthly pack meetings. At this meeting we'll plan for the upcoming pack meeting and events. Parents are encouraged to attend at least one committee meeting over the course of the year. We will meet at the Alex’s Family Restaurant (42400 Ford Road, Canton) at 7 am.


Jim Putlock

Assistant Cubmaster

August 2012 Newsletter

posted Aug 22, 2012, 9:52 AM by Web Admin

Dear Cub Scout Parents:

Wednesday, August 29th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm - Annual Pack Picnic / Scout Roundup
It’s Back-to-School and the return of Cub Scout Pack One fun! Our first meeting as a pack is actually a picnic!

We’ll have a potluck pack picnic and scout signup night Wednesday, August 29th from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at Plymouth Township Park, which is one block east of Beck Road on Ann Arbor Trail in Plymouth.

The pack will provide a charcoal fired grill, condiments, water and lemonade. Each family should bring their own meat (and buns) to grill (enough only for their own family), along with a dish to pass to share with everyone. Those with last name A-M bring side dishes or salad; those with last name N-Z bring desserts to pass.

Scouts and siblings can play on the children’s PlayScape area or SprayScape (swim suits and towels recommended). This is an opportunity for scouts to get reacquainted and for new scouts to meet “old” scouts. If you have a 1st grade boy, bring him. If you know a 1st grade boy interested in scouting, invite him! Questions? Contact Jim Putlock (734-546-1758) or Pat Schloss (734)424-0331.


Popcorn Sign-Up at the Picnic
Thank you, thank you, thank you…to our Popcorn Kernal Carolyn Palka for volunteering to lead us in our annual fundraiser. Phil Puccillo will be assisting her with West Side sales. Carolyn and Phil will be available for you to sign-up for your show/sell dates and/or pickup product to sell door-to-door (or at work) at the picnic. Initially, you can sign up for 4 hours of show-and-sells per scout starting at the picnic. We want to ensure every scout has an opportunity to sign up for a slot before they fill up. During the Sep 20th Pack Meeting you will then have an opportunity to sign up for additional vacant slots to sell popcorn. There will be no limit on the slots offered at the Sep 20th Pack Meeting.


Cub Scout Leaders for 2012-2013
Tiger Cubs – ?????
Wolves – Aerik LaFave
Bears OSP -- Kevin Galbraith
Bears SSA– Steve Terhaar
Webelos 1 – Thomas Cook
Webolos 2 – Jeff Schubert

2011 – 2012 Calendar of Events
Our first pack meeting is Thursday, September 20th, at 7 pm at Plymouth SSA School.

Our website has great info from where to place your patches on the uniform, calendar of events, popcorn sales info, etc. It is a great resource for you. Thanks to Kevin Galbraith for maintaining our website!!!

See you all at the picnic..

Jim Putlock
Assistant Cub Master

May 2012 Newsletter

posted May 15, 2012, 5:09 AM by Web Admin   [ updated May 15, 2012, 5:11 AM ]

Dear Scout Parents,

Pack Meeting
Our next pack meeting is Friday, May 18th at 7:00 pm. It will be the last meeting of the school year and will be an outdoor event around the campfire. Come for just the meeting or stick around for the entire night as we will be sitting around the campfire, roasting s'mores/hotdogs and camping out until Saturday AM. Bring you your tent, campfire chair and join us for a family overnight at SSA Plymouth.

Normally each den has a responsibility to help out at a pack meeting, so check with your den leader on how you can participate. For this meeting,
  • Tigers prepare to conduct the flag ceremony, provide refreshments and do cleanup 
  • Wolves parents supervise the game 
  • Webelos will provide a demonstration on camping 
Please reply to Jim Putlock by Wednesday, May 16th if you are going to attend the family campout on May 18th so we can plan the food requirements. The following materials below are recommended.

Campout Essentials
Tent
Rain Gear (Hopefully we do not have to use)
Sleeping Bag
Air Mattress
Roasting Sticks (Pack has some, but feel free to bring your own)
Flashlight

Food Provided by the Pack
Evening
Drinking Water
Individual Bags of Chips
Hot Dogs
Buns
Ketchup, Mustard
Graham Crackers
Chocolate Hersey Bars
Marshmallows

Morning
Drinking Water
Bagels/Muffins


Parent’s Meeting During This Pack Meeting
During the game portion of the pack meeting we will hold a Parent’s Meeting. We need to fill all our leadership positions for next school year (detailed below), and solicit feedback whether the leaders are doing the right things for your sons and can improve in any way. So please make it a point to attend this month’s pack meeting.


School Year 2012-13 Volunteer Needs
Our pack has been blessed with a very generous group of parents making it possible for us to offer a quality program to our sons. Many of our positions are already filled with returning volunteers but we have some openings for which I’d like you to consider volunteering.
  1. 2 Popcorn Coordinators (West, North)
    • a. Arrange for “show & sells” at grocery stores in your area. 
    • b. Manage the staffing of these sale sites through coordination. 
    • c. Tally the sales for each scout for the sale sites. 
  2. Tiger Den Leader
  3. Picnic Coordinator – obtain permit from Plymouth Township, purchase paper products from store, show at site in Sep early and start charcoal fire for cooking 
  4. Service Project Coordinator – coordinate Pack’s 2 service projects, contact servicing organization and assign Dens to service projects 
  5. Summer Camp Coordinator - obtain summer camp slot from council, purchase food for camp (hot dogs, s’more material), collect summer camp fees and liaison with council on attendance
The following parents have graciously volunteered to serve your sons for the next school year. Thank you all for volunteering!

John Yurko - Committee Chair
Pat Schloss - Cubmaster
Jim Putlock - Assistant Cubmaster
Aerik LaFave - Wolf Den Leader
Kevin Galbraith – Bear OSP Den Leader
Steve Terhaar – Bear SSA Den Leader
Thomas Cook - Webelos I Den Leader
Jeff Schubert - Webelos 2 Den Leader
Jeanne White - Awards Coordinator
Sarah Schloss – Blue and Gold Banquet Coordinator
Aerik LaFave – Pinewood Derby Coordinator
Web Master - Kevin Galbraith

Scout’s Baseball Game Sleepover
as a reminder, the Toledo Mudhen’s game and a scout sleepover on Friday, June 1st at Fifth Third Field, Toledo, OH. Contact Steve Terhaar by email or phone at (734) 376-3175 with questions.


Summer Resident Camp, Thurs-Sat, July 26-28 at Camp Munhacke
The medical forms and camp details found in the parent leader guide are linked below for download. Bring the completed medical form for each camper (adult and scout) to camp Thursday at 1 pm. Camp ends at 3 pm on Saturday, July 28th. Attending the pre-camp meeting mentioned in the parents guide is optional (since the same info will be repeated after dinner on the first day). 


Jim Putlock

Asst. Cubmaster

April 2012 Newsletter

posted Apr 1, 2012, 2:03 PM by Web Admin   [ updated Apr 1, 2012, 3:18 PM ]

Dear Scout Parents,

Next Pack Meeting
Our next pack meeting is Thursday, April 19th at 7:00 pm. Normally each den has a responsibility to help out at a pack meeting, check with your den leader on how you can participate. For this meeting,

  • All Bears are to arrive 15 minutes early to setup chairs and then prepare to conduct the flag ceremony 
  • Webelos 1 are “greeters” so they should be 5 minutes early (greet scouts and families as they enter the gym) and their parents then supervise the game 
  • Tigers will provide a skit 
  • Bears provide refreshments and will do cleanup 
Since we weren't able to launch our rockets at the Air Zoo due to inclement weather, we will launch them at the Pack Meeting in April. Please have the boys bring their rockets and engines to the meeting for a fun filled launch fest.

If your son did not go on the Air Zoo trip but has a rocket he would like to launch, please bring it. We are going to limit the size of the rockets to only those that handle "A" size engines.


St. George Feast Day April 23rd
St. George is the patron saint of scouting – as he is one who epitomizes the qualities of selflessness and both moral and physical courage which is seen as being among the aims of scouting. Review this saint with your son on April 23rd perhaps by reading the following prayer.

“Faithful servant of God
and invincible martyr, Saint George;
favored by God with the gift of faith,
and inflamed with an ardent love of Christ,
thou didst fight valiantly
against the dragon of pride,
falsehood, and deceit.
Neither pain nor torture,
sword nor death could part thee
from the love of Christ.

I fervently implore thee
for the sake of this love
to help me by thy intercession
to overcome the temptations that surround me,
and to bear bravely
the trials that oppress me,
so that I may patiently carry the cross
which is placed upon me;
and let neither distress nor difficulties
separate me from the love of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Valiant champion of the Faith,
assist me in the combat against evil,
that I may win the crown promised to them
that persevere unto the end.”


Spring Service Project – School Cleanup – Saturday, April 21st from 9-11 am
Volunteers are needed for the annual grounds cleanup held at SSA Plymouth. Sign up at the pack meeting or respond to this email noting how many to expect from your family. You can come any time from 9 – 11 am. Bring gloves, rakes, wheel barrows, and shovels. Plan on spreading mulch and picking up trash around the grounds to beautify our Charter Organization. It's a great way for siblings to earn service hours too.


Scout’s Baseball Game Sleepover
Come join SSA Pack 1 for a fun Toledo Mudhen’s game and a scout sleepover on Friday, June 1st at Fifth Third Field, Toledo, OH. $30/person includes the game ticket; a snack pack (hotdog, chips & soda); fireworks & family friendly movie after the game; camping on the outfield overnight (bring your own tent); and an all-you-can-eat breakfast (eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns and juice/coffee). Contact Steve Terhaar at sadpjn@gmail.com or by phone at (734) 376-3175 to reserve your spot. Sign-up & payment deadline is the April Pack meeting (April 19th). If you think your scout may be interested, just “do it”.


Scoutmail
The District “Scoutmail” provides information on the District’s activities. If you would like to subscribe to “Scoutmail” you can simply sign up by going to: www.gstcbsa.org and scroll down to the box on the left hand side that says “Sign Up Here for Scoutmail”.


Committee Meeting
Our next committee meeting is on Saturday, May 12th at Alex’s Restaurant (42400 Ford Rd, Canton, MI 48187) at 7:30 AM. Come join us for a nice breakfast and fellowship.

Jim Putlock
Asst. Cubmaster

March 2012 Newsletter

posted Mar 5, 2012, 12:39 PM by Web Admin

Dear Cub Scout Parents (and old Webelos II Families that have Crossed Over to Scouts...you are still invited to race),

Pinewood Derby
Our next pack meeting is Friday, March 16th and will be our annual Pinewood Derby Race. The timing of the Derby is different than pack meetings. We ask people to come any time after 5:15 pm to register and weigh their car. The opening ceremony and race will start promptly at 6:45 pm. We'll try to keep the schedule moving so we can end by 8:30 pm followed by cleanup from our Bears and Webelos I Dens.


Pizza at the Derby
Some of the families have already pre-ordered a pizza. If you still wish to order a pizza for the derby, please contact Patrick Michel at patrick.michel@att.net or by phone at 248-770-4089 by March 10th. He is collecting pizza orders for $5 (Little Caesar’s) for cheese pizzas (it is, after all, a Friday in Lent). The Pack will have lemonade or water to drink. You are welcome to eat at home or bring with you a picnic dinner to eat in the cafeteria prior to the race as well.


Pinewood Derby Volunteers Needed
Let Aerik LaFave know if you can help, call (734-780-1076 ) or email (aerikl@umich.edu) if you can assist in making this a great event for the boys and all families.

The areas of responsibility/number(s) of people needed are listed below:
  1. One more person for set-up (this will start at 4:00 p.m. on the day of the Derby). 
  2. One person to help with car weigh-ins (car weigh-ins start at 5:15). 
  3. One person to help to run the derby track (place cars on the track, etc.). This will begin at 6:45 p.m. 

Derby Night Rules and Schedule
We will abide by the district rules posted on our website.

The 2 differences between the district rules and Pack 1 rules are you cannot modify the position of the axles and you cannot race a pre-made or e-bay car.

The weigh-in starts at 5:15 pm, the pizza arrives at 6:00 pm, and the race starts at 6:45 pm.

Finally, we will again be having the “Open Heat” at the end of the Scout races for siblings and “illegal” cars. This will be a free-for-all race. The only rules that apply for this race is the car must not weigh more than 5 ounces. Therefore, pre-made and e-bay cars are allowed. No rules apply and it should be fun to watch. No prizes or trophies for the winners of this race.

Please remind your scout that this event is a great opportunity for him to learn skills, develop a sense of accomplishment and practice sportsmanship in both winning and losing.


How to Build a Derby Car:
On March 10th from 1-4 pm, Aerik will be opening up his garage/home to allow people to work on their derby cars. He will be providing sanding blocks of various grits as well as tools and advice….bear in mind, the last time he worked on a derby car was when he did it as a Cub Scout J. Please bring some foamies” (those little foam ear plugs; you can pick them up pretty much anywhere) if you intend to use the band saw/compound miter saw/table saw. He has a couple of pairs of workshop protective glasses so that shouldn’t be a problem. He, unfortunately, will not be supporting painting. Since you will be in the garage in March the painting will be better accomplished in your own home with warmer temperatures (paint doesn’t work so well when it is really cold).

Aerik’s address is 2386 Foxway Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 (Fox Fire sub-division). Give him a call at 734-780-1076 (cell) if you have trouble finding our home (feel free to park in the driveway).


Summer Camp
Final payment of Summer Camp is due March 16th (Pinewood Derby Night). The full cost of the camp is $125 per camper, less what you’ve already paid in deposits or paid via Scout Bucks. It is a great opportunity for One-on-One time with your son with no distractions. Don’t let his unique opportunity get away from you. We now have 32 campers and have plenty of room if you still want to register for this fun camp from Thursday, July 26th at 12 pm to Saturday July 28th at 3 pm at Camp Munhacke. See the attached Summer Camp Parents Guide for your reference on all the fun activities.

Scoutmail
The District “Scoutmail” provides information on the District’s activities. If you would like to subscribe to “Scoutmail” you can simply sign up by going to: www.gstcbsa.org and scroll down to the box on the left hand side that says “Sign Up Here for Scoutmail”.


Committee Meeting
Our next committee meeting is on Saturday, March 24th at a place to be determined.

Jim Putlock
Asst. Cubmaster

February 2012 Newsletter

posted Feb 7, 2012, 11:01 AM by Web Admin

Dear Scout Parents,

Our next event is the annual awards banquet called the Blue and Gold Banquet on Friday, February 10th. Please arrive by 6 pm and take your seats at 6:15pm. The timing of the event is different from the Pack Meetings. The events will begin sharply at 6:15 and end at 8:30 pm. The full program consists of dinner, awards, a graduation ceremony where Webelos 2 scouts will end their Cub Scout career and join Boy Scouts, and finally our entertainment is Jeff Wawrzaszek, the Ann Arbor Magician. As a reminder: Webelos 2 have setup, flag ceremony and clean-up. The Wolf Den also has clean-up.

Uniform Note for Blue and Gold Banquet
Any scouts who have earned their religious emblem (Light of Christ or Parvuli Dei) and have received their medal, should wear it on formal scouting occasions like the annual Blue & Gold Banquet. Medals should be pinned just above the purple knot to drape over it. Normally the medal should not be worn at Pack meetings and activities -- which is why scouts have the purple patch.

Your Blue & Gold Banquet Responsibility
As a reminder, bring a side dish, (enough to serve 10 people):
Tigers = fruit salad
SSA Wolves = green salad
OSP Wolves = starchy side (like potatoes or rice)
Bears = bread products
Webelos I & II = desserts

Volunteers Still Needed for Blue and Gold
Many hands make light work, so please assist. Although we are distributing the work, we are still in need of volunteers. Here's where we need help:

• Food preparation (4-6 pm)
• Decoration of the gym (4-6 pm)
• Help with supervision during meal
• Clean-up after the banquet

Please respond to Sarah Schloss' email (sjschloss @ gmail.com) or call her at 413.548.4444 if you are able to help.

Friends of Scouting Appeal
The annual Friends of Scouting appeal to support our area Council's scouting program will be conducted during our Blue & Gold Banquet this year. A short presentation will be given by a Council Representative about what FOS is and how your financial donations will help our council. Please support our Council in this worthwhile appeal.

Popcorn for Sale
The Pack has excess popcorn for sale at 30% off and will be sold at the Blue and Gold Banquet. What a great opportunity to get some tasty treats at a great price.

Summer Camp
Final payment of Summer Camp is due March 16th (Pinewood Derby Night). You can bring payment to the Blue and Gold Banquet as well, or send a check made out to “SSA Pack One” to Tony Guajardo (tguajardo72 @ yahoo.com). The full cost of the camp is $125 per camper, less what you’ve already paid in deposits or paid via Scout Bucks. It is a great opportunity for One-on-One time with your son with no distractions. Don’t let his unique opportunity get away from you. We now have 24 campers in two campsites and have plenty of room if you still want to register for this fun camp from Thursday, July 26th at 12 pm to Saturday July 28th at 3 pm at Camp Munhacke. See the attached Summer Camp Parents Guide for your reference on all the fun activities.

Pinewood Derby
Every scout has now received their Pinewood Derby car kit for the March 16th Pack Derby. It's not too early to start working on it now. If the kit was opened, be careful not to lose any pieces. As for the rules, you can follow the ones enclosed in the kit with three additions: you can't modify the axle width, you can’t buy a car pre-made, and you must have built the car in the last 6 months (can’t use previous years cars. Exception: you can race previous years cars in the OPEN HEAT at the end of competition racing).

Also to clarify an interpretation on the rules included in the kit, you have to use the wheels and axles provided with the kit. Yes, this is a competition, but let's have the kids focus on just having fun. They can set their aim on best design (1st, 2nd, 3rd for the pack) or fastest car within their rank (Tigers, Wolves, Bears, Webelos I and Webelos II).

If you are new to this, a tip I can offer is to first take a scrap piece of 2x4 wood and shape it in the same size as the kit to test out all your cuts before shaping the final car out of the wood in the kit. Alternately you can buy an additional kit at the Scout Store or Nankin Hardware (Westland) for a few dollars. You can also get weights, paint, and decals there.

We will abide by the district rules posted on our website.
The only difference between the district rules and those included in the kit is that the kit doesn’t clarify that you can’t modify the position of the axle.

Pinewood Derby Needs and Opportunities
Hi, my name is Aerik La Fave and I will be chairing the Pinewood Derby this year. My son, Brendan, is a Tiger Cub so this is our first year with the Pack. We are very happy to be with SSA Pack One!

I have had many volunteers already but could use some more. Please let me know via call (734.780.1076 ) or email (aerikl@umich.edu) if you can assist in making this a great event for the boys and all families.

The areas of responsibility/number(s) of people needed are listed below:
  1. One more person for set-up (this will start at 4:00 p.m. on the day of the Derby).
  2. Two more people to help with car weigh-ins (car weigh-ins start at 5:15).
  3. Three more people to run the derby track (place cars on the track, etc.). This will begin at 6:45 p.m.
  4. One person to be Emcee. This starts at 6:45 p.m. This person will announce racers as their cars are put on the track and then announce the race results.
  5. One more person to help run Derby Car voting. This starts at 6:30 p.m.
  6. One more person to handle the prizes. This includes manning the prize table, and running the raffle.
How to Build a Derby Car:
On the dates listed below, from 1:00 until 4:00, Aerik will be opening up his garage/home to allow people to work on their derby cars. He will be providing sanding blocks of various grits as well as tools and advice….bear in mind, the last time he worked on a derby car was when he did it as a Cub Scout. Please bring some foamies” (those little foam ear plugs; you can pick them up pretty much anywhere) if you intend to use the band saw/compound miter saw/table saw. He has a couple of pairs of workshop protective glasses so that shouldn’t be a problem. He, unfortunately, will not be supporting painting. Since you will be in the garage in February/March the painting will be better accomplished in your own home with warmer temperatures (paint doesn’t work so well when it is really cold).

The dates of the Build-A-Derby-Car Clinic are:
February 4th, February 18th and March 10th and, once again, the time is 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. These are all Saturdays.

Aerik’s address is 2386 Foxway Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 (Fox Fire sub-division). Give him a call at 734.780.1076 (cell) if you have trouble finding his home (feel free to park in the driveway).

Cheese Pizza Orders for Pinewood Derby Night
We will be taking pizza orders for Pinewood Derby Night once again. The pizzas will arrive at 6 pm and the Pack will provide either water or lemonade to drink during dinner time. Keep in mind the Derby night is on a Friday in Lent so we will only offer cheese pizzas. We will be ordering from Little Caesars and they will be $5 a piece. Pat Michel will be taking your pizza order. You can e-mail/call him with your order and pay for your pizzas at the Blue and Gold Banquet. Additionally, he will have a sign-up sheet at the Blue and Gold. You can contact Pat at: patrick.michel@att.net or by phone at 248-770-4089.

Committee Meeting
Out next Committee meeting is on Thursday, February 23rd at 8 PM. Place TBD.

Jim Putlock
Asst. Cubmaster

January 2012 Newsletter

posted Feb 7, 2012, 10:50 AM by Web Admin

Dear Scout Parents,

Pack Meeting (Thursday, Jan 19th at 7:00 pm)
Normally each den has a responsibility to help out at a pack meeting, check with your den leader on how you can participate. For this meeting,
  • All Tigers are to arrive 15 minutes early to setup chairs and then prepare to conduct the flag ceremony.
  • Webelos 1 are “greeters” so they should be 5 minutes early (greet scouts and families as they enter the gym) and their parents then supervise the game.
  • Bears will provide a demonstration.
  • Wolves provide refreshments and will do cleanup.
Important: Please do not allow kids outside before, during, or after the meeting without parent supervision as accidents can happen especially around the pond. Remind kids they are not to play with gym equipment including ropes and climbing bars (per school rules).

AIR ZOO (Friday, Jan 27 @ 3 pm - Saturday, Jan 28th)
(6151 Portage Road, Portage, MI 49002)

Cost is $45 per adult and $65 per scout/siblings. Siblings are welcome to join us as long as they are 5 or older (Air Zoo Policy). An adult needs to accompany your son on this overnight event, but we can handle exceptions on a case by case basis. 
Saturday in the museum is and all inclusive pass, which allows you to ride the rides, simulators, movies on an unlimited basis at no extra cost.
Here is the agenda and additional details for the overnight for your planning purposes. I NEED YOUR PAYMENT NOW IF YOU ARE JOINING US.

(Friday-Saturday)
5:15 - 5:30 Check in at Main Campus
5:30 – 6:15 Dinner and Camp Overview on the Mezzanine
6:15 Lock in begins
6:15 – 7:00 Guided tour of Main Campus*
7:00 – 7:45 Rocket Construction, Part 1
7:45 – 8:15 Scavenger Hunt on the Exhibit Floor
8:15 – 8:45 Rocket Construction, Part 2
8:45 – 9:00 Evening Snack
9:00 – 9:30 Decorate Rockets
9:30 – 10:00 Prep for lights out
10:00 – 6:00 Lights Out

Saturday
6:00 - 7:00 Clean up and stow gear
7:00 - 7:45 Breakfast on the Mezzanine
7:45 - 8:00 Finish Rockets and Rocket Safety
8:00 Lock in ends
8:00 - 9:00 Launch and Recover Rockets**
9:45 Free to experience the Air Zoo


*Guided tour reservations are not guaranteed and are contingent
upon the availability of our volunteer docents.

** Rocket launches may be cancelled due to inclement weather. In the event
of launch cancellation, scouts will be provided with a rocket, engine and igniters to launch at a later date.

DINNER: Pizza Buffet provided at 5:30 pm.
-includes assorted pizzas and salad with a soda or bottled water. Additional beverages may be purchased at $1 each.

EVENING SNACK: Evening Snack.
-includes snack and juice box. Additional beverages may be purchased at $1 each.

BREAKFAST: Breakfast provided at 7:00am.
-includes pastries, cereal, milk, juice and coffee.

Any special dietary needs should be discussed with the Air Zoo prior to arrival so accommodations can be made.


Camper policies and responsibilities

  • The maximum size of the camp is up to 75 children and up to 75 adults.
  • This is a lock in activity. At the time designated on your itinerary all doors will be locked and campers (adult and youth) will not be allowed to exit the building until the lock in ends at the time specified on the itinerary.
  • The Air Zoo buildings and grounds are a non smoking facility.
  • Campers will never be in a totally dark environment. Lights will be dimmed in sleeping areas.
  • The camp is a unique opportunity to experience the Air Zoo. Please remember that you are in a museum environment and respect the spaces and artifacts.
  • Stay together as a group as specified by your camp staff.
  • Sleeping will take place in a designated area which will be shown to you be the camp staff. Please help us supervise this portion of the camp by only sleeping in this area.
  • Attached to the contract is a blank roster. Please use this to bring a list of all campers, adult and youth who will be attending. If a completed form is not turned in to the camp staff upon your arrival, the roster will have to be completed before camp activities will begin.
  • Camp staff cannot dispense any medications.
  • Please notify us in advance of any allergies or special dietary needs.
  • No tents, cots or hammocks will be allowed for sleeping in the Air Zoo facilities. Sleeping bags and air mattresses are welcomed.

Summer Camp Registration & Deposit
We will be attending Summer Camp (Thursday @ 12 noon – Saturday @ 3 pm, July 26th - 28th). Summer Camp at Munhacke is for all current Tigers through Webelos 1 scouts. The cost of camp is $125 per camper. Camp is a good value and with our “scout bucks” program, it can be affordable for families.

We need to get your reservation and deposit at the Pack Meeting. Please communicate your reservation intentions and whether you wish to use some of your “scout bucks” towards your deposit. You can pay in a lump sum, or installments. Make checks payable to “SSA Pack 1”. If you choose the installment method, then $80 per camper is due in Jan and the final payment of $45 is due in Feb. See Tony Guajardo for Summer Camp Details and payments.

Pinewood Derby
At the last pack meeting each scout received their Pinewood Derby car kit for the March 16th Pack Derby. It's not too early to start working on it now. If the kit was opened, be careful not to lose any pieces. As for the rules, you can follow the ones enclosed in the kit with three additions: you can't modify the axle width, you can’t buy a car pre-made, and you must have built the car in the last 6 months (can’t use previous years cars. Exception: you can race previous years cars in the OPEN HEAT at the end of competition racing).

Also to clarify an interpretation on the rules included in the kit, you have to use the wheels and axles provided with the kit. Yes, this is a competition, but let's have the kids focus on just having fun. They can set their aim on best design (1st, 2nd, 3rd for the pack) or fastest car within their rank (Tiger, Wolves, Bears, Webelos I and Webelos II).

If you are new to this, a tip I can offer is to first take a scrap piece of 2x4 wood and shape it in the same size as the kit to test out all your cuts before shaping the final car out of the wood in the kit. Alternately you can buy an additional kit at the Scout Store or Nankin Hardware (Westland) for a few dollars. You can also get weights, paint, and decals there.

We will abide by the district rules posted on our website at:
http://www.ssapackone.com/
The difference between the district rules and those included in the kit is that the kit doesn’t clarify that you can’t modify the position of the axle.

Religious Awards
SSA Pack One encourages our scouts to earning at least one the two Cub Scout religious awards: Light of Christ and Parvuli Dei. Our website provides full details on how the boys can earn these awards (it takes about 3-4 months). The Detroit diocese deadline is Dec 31st while the Lansing diocese deadline is Feb 1st. Full details are on our website at http://www.ssapackone.com/ and scroll to the bottom of the page and click on any picture of the religious awards.

Help with Subcommittees – Banquet & Derby
Your help is needed in handling some of the details (decorating, purchasing items, ordering food, etc) at two upcoming events:
  1. February 10th Blue & Gold Banquet (contact Sarah Schloss at pschloss@umich.edu 734-424-0331)
  2. March 16th Pinewood Derby (contact Aerik La Fave at aerikl@umich.edu 734-780-1076)
They can really use your help!

Youth Protection Training…Great for all Parents!!!
Here is the link to BSA’s Youth Protection Training. We encourage all parents to take this simple on-line course geared to protect our youth. It is mandatory for all leaders to complete an encouraged for all parents.

Next Committee Meetings – Thursday, Jan 5th and Thursday, Jan 26th at 8:00 pm @ Ressler’s
This is a planning meeting for the monthly pack meetings. Parents are needed vote on decisions and to assist in planning the pack meeting and outings for the families. At this meeting we'll evaluate the recent pack meeting or event and plan for the upcoming pack meeting or event. Parents are encouraged to attend at least one planning meeting over the course of the year.

Jim Putlock
Assistant Cubmaster

November 2011 Newsletter

posted Nov 5, 2011, 3:50 AM by Web Admin   [ updated Feb 7, 2012, 11:02 AM ]

Dear Scout Parents, 

Pack meeting (Thursday, Nov 17th at 7:00 pm)
Normally each den has a responsibility to help out at a pack meeting, check with your den leader on how you can participate. For this meeting,
  • - Bears: Arrive 15 minutes early to setup; conduct flag ceremony 
  • - Wolves: “Greeters” (greet scouts / families as they enter the gym); parents then supervise the game 
  • - Webelos 2: Demonstration 
  • - Webelos 1: Refreshments and Cleanup 
All parents: Please do not allow kids outside before, during, or after the meeting without parent supervision as accidents can happen especially around the pond. Remind kids they are not to play with gym equipment including ropes and climbing bars (per school rules).


Splash Universe: We Need Your Vote
Splash Universe is not open on Wednesday, Dec 7th, so we have to reschedule the event. The committee wants you all to have a vote since it can be a very busy month. Of course, siblings are welcome to this very fun event.

Cost: $11 per swimmer, $3 for non-swimmers...4 hour block of time in the Water Park. It is a great deal since a regular ½ day pass is $25 per person.

You will find a survey on the home page.  Please vote for 1 option:
  1. Saturday, Dec 7th from 12 – 4 PM 
  2. Wednesday, Dec 21st from 10 AM - 2 PM 
  3. Friday, Dec 30th from 10 AM – 2 PM 
Click for more info on Splash Universe in Dundee, MI.     

Let your voice be heard...Vote today!!!


Scout Bucks
A final tally of “scout bucks” earned per family is being conducted and will be communicated next month (see Tim Dorweiler). If you participated in Popcorn fundraising you can estimate how many “scout bucks” you’ve earned with the following:

Scout Bucks Earned = [(Total Door to Door Sales) + (Total 2x4 Kit sales) + (Hours worked at Grocery Stores * $46.54)] * 30%...I know, I know it’s the engineer in me…Basically 30% of your total popcorn sales.


Summer Camp Registration & Deposit
Tony Guajardo our Camp Coordinator will be making reservations in early Nov for summer at Camp Munhacke for all current Tigers through Webelos 1 scouts. At the Nov Pack Meeting he will have more details on the dates of Camp. The cost of camp is $125 per camper. Camp is a good value and with our “scout bucks” program, it can be affordable for families.

We need to get your reservation and deposit at the Pack Meeting. Please communicate your reservation intentions and whether you wish to use some of your “scout bucks” towards your deposit or bring a check for $40 per camper (typically $80 per family) made out to “SSA Pack One”.


SSA Pack Fees
There are still a few families that haven’t registered or paid the Pack Fee for this year. Please register your son and make a check payable to “SSA Pack 1” for $70 per scout and turn it in at the Pack Meeting or you can mail it to me at:

Jim Putlock
3075 Greenwich Court
Canton, MI 48188


Religious Awards
SSA Pack One encourages our scouts to earning at least one the two Cub Scout religious awards: Light of Christ and Parvuli Dei. Our website provides full details on how the boys can earn these awards (it takes about 3-4 months). The Detroit diocese deadline is Dec 31st while the Lansing diocese deadline is Feb 1st. Full details are here on our website.


Help with Subcommittees – Banquet & Derby
Your help is needed in handling some of the details (decorating, purchasing items, ordering food, etc) at two upcoming events:
  1. February 10th Blue & Gold Banquet (contact Sarah Schloss at pschloss@umich.edu 734-424-0331
  2. March 18th Pinewood Derby (contact Aerik La Fave at aerikl@umich.edu 734-780-1076
They can really use your help!


Youth Protection Training…Great for all Parents!!!
Here is the link to BSA’s Youth Protection Training. We encourage all parents to take this simple on-line course geared to protect our youth. It is mandatory for all leaders to complete an encouraged for all parents.



Next Committee Meeting – Saturday, Nov 18th at 8:00 am @ Alex’s Family Restaurant in Canton (42400 Ford Road, Canton)
This is a planning meeting for the monthly pack meetings. Parents are needed vote on decisions and to assist in planning the pack meeting and outings for the families. At this meeting we'll evaluate the recent pack meeting or event and plan for the upcoming pack meeting or event. Parents are encouraged to attend at least one planning meeting over the course of the year.


Jim Putlock
Assistant Cubmaster

October Newsletter

posted Oct 4, 2011, 12:39 PM by Web Admin   [ updated Oct 4, 2011, 12:43 PM ]

Dear Scout Parents,

 

Pack Meeting, Thursday, October 20th, 7-8:15 pm

Our next pack meeting is Thursday, Oct 20th from 7-8:15 PM.  Normally each den has a responsibility to help out at a pack meeting, check with your den leader on how you can participate.  For this meeting:

 

§  Wolves arrive 15 minutes early to setup chairs and then prepare to conduct the flag ceremony

§  Tigers are “greeters” and should be 5 minutes early (greet scouts and families as they enter the gym) and then the Tiger parents supervise the game

§  Bears provide a demonstration on Religious Awards

§  Webelos 2 provides refreshments (microwave Cub Scout popcorn & water) and conduct in the cleanup of the facility


SSA Pack Fees

The total fee for this year is again $70 per scout ($40 for Council registration and $30 for pack fees).  The Council registration provides for a subscription to Boy's Life magazine, scout insurance, and awards provided to scouts at our pack meetings. 

 

The Program Fee of $30 per scout covers the cost of the Blue & Gold Banquet, Pinewood Derby, camp food, and pack meeting refreshments. This $30 program fee allows us to conduct the banquet and derby without having to charge for these events. 

 

New scouts only need to fill out the Council Registration Form.  However, all scouts (new and returning boys) must complete our Pack Registration Form (attached and available at picnic/pack meeting).  Turn in this/these form(s) with and a check made out to "SSA Pack One" to Jim Putlock at the Pack Meeting.  No cash, please.

 

There will also be some event fees for this year:  October 5-mile hike ($10 per car, unless you have a State Park Pass already), the November Whaler’s Hockey Night ($8 per ticket), a fee for Splash Universe in December, and another participation fee for our overnight to the Kalamazoo AirZoo in January.  Summer Resident Camp fees will be collected in three amounts: $40 per camper in December, $40 per camper in January, and the balance (about $40 depending on any price increases set by BSA Council) due in late February.  

 

To help offset many of these fees, our pack again is selling Cub Scout popcorn as a fundraiser.  Your family can earn "scout bucks" based on 30% of your total popcorn sales to fund scout expenses (registration, program fee, Whalers, AirZoo, or summer camp). For full details on our fundraising policy, click here.

 

Popcorn Fundraiser

If you choose to sell popcorn, here is how it works.  There are three methods for selling popcorn:

 

1. Kit sales (called 2x4 @ Door) where you have the popcorn stock with you and can sell it to friends, neighbors, work associates, etc. You can obtain stock from your coordinator or at the pack meeting (Sept 15th) and start sales immediately.

 

2. Order sales (complete an order form and then distribute product by early December).  Again you can sell it to friends, neighbors, work associates, etc. but the product is not available until early December but you have about 10 products to offer (you can start sales immediately).

 

3. Show & Sell sales: 2 - 4 scouts sell at grocery stores and you net about $45/hour.

 

See your popcorn coordinators for more information or to obtain 2x4@Door product or to sign up for a Show & Sell site.

 

·      Carla Romain - East Side sales, acromain@wowway.com, 734-737-9304

·      Phil Pucillo, West Side sales, papucillo@yahoo.com, 1-734-904-4459

 

5 Mile Color Hike at Maybury State Park, Sat. October 15th from 9-11 AM

This year's Fall Color Hike will take place at Maybury State Park, located at 8-Mile and Beck Road in Northville (20145 Beck Road, Northville, MI 48167).  Bring the whole family and enjoy the roughly 5 mile trail that leads us through stands of maple and other hardwood forests with abundant wildlife, across horse-riding trails, and around a pond.

Enter Maybury State Park off of 8-Mile Road, between Napier and Beck.  Turn left after passing the park ranger shack and park in the lot at the end of the road (labeled "Meet Here" on the attached map).  If you don't have a State Parks Recreation Passport on your vehicle, you'll need to buy one for $10 at the entrance.  The Passport gives you access to all Michigan State Parks. 

Remember to bring water and a snack.  Note the trail is dirt and is rutted and hilly in some areas - strollers are not recommended.

All scouts will receive a patch upon completing the hike (given out at the following pack meeting).  Families unable to go on the hike with the Pack can go any time Saturday or Sunday.  All Tiger Cubs need to do this hike as a Go-See-It.

Whalers Hockey Night,  Saturday, Nov 12th @ 7:05 pm

Once again we will attend Scout Night at Compuware Arena (14900 Beck Rd in Plymouth). Game time is 7:05 PM and is open to the entire family.  Be advised the parking lot is jammed 20 minutes prior to game.  (Parking hint: Enter via the North Entrance, usually a minimal line to enter the parking lot…just south of McDonalds on Beck Road).  To order tickets for your family, signup at the Pack Meeting and turn in a check made out to "SSA Pack 1" to Jim Putlock or mail it to Jim Putlock at 3075 Greenwich Court, Canton, MI 48188 no later than October 31st. Tickets are $8 each for everyone attending.  Tickets will be distributed at the November Den meetings prior to the game.  Keep in mind that it's not uncommon for emotions to boil for these young athletes resulting in fights on the ice (of course the players are heavily padded so injuries are rare).


Religious Awards

SSA Pack One encourages our scouts to earning at least one the two Cub Scout religious awards: Light of Christ and Parvuli Dei.  Our website provides full details on how the boys can earn these awards (it takes about 3-4 months). The Detroit diocese deadline is 12/31/2010 while the Lansing diocese deadline is 2/1/2011.  Full details are here on our website

 

Youth Protection Training…Great for all Parents!!!

Here is the link to BSA’s Youth Protection Training.  We encourage all parents to take this simple on-line course geared to protect our youth.  It is mandatory for all leaders to complete an encouraged for all parents.

 

Pack Website

Our Pack Website is up and running.  Please check it out for all your Cub Scouting needs.  If you have a question, it can probably be answered on the website.  Check out the Parent Resources and Calendar of Events.  Many thanks to Kevin Galbraith for taking over this big task as Webmaster!!!  SSA Pack 1 Website


Next Committee Meeting – Thursday, October 27th @ 8:00 pm

This is a planning meeting for the monthly pack meetings. Parents are needed vote on decisions and to assist in planning the pack meeting and outings for the families. At this meeting we'll evaluate the recent pack meeting or event and plan for the upcoming pack meeting or event.  Parents are encouraged to attend at least one planning meeting over the course of the year.  We will once again meet at the Ressler’s house (1720 Manton Blvd, Canton).

 

--

Jim Putlock

Assistant Cubmaster

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