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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) (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 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 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
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