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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.

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

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:
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 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 734-424-0331)
  2. March 16th Pinewood Derby (contact Aerik La Fave at 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