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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,, 734-737-9304

·      Phil Pucillo, West Side sales,, 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

Web Admin,
Oct 4, 2011, 12:43 PM