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2016-17 Pack 329 Updates

posted Aug 26, 2016, 8:20 PM by Joe Sievers
Good Evening Pack 329 Community,

Believe it or not the end of summer is near, one that I truly hope you all enjoyed as much as I did.  I was probably more excited about the birth of my 4th child but coming in a close second was having the summer off from Cub Scouts.  With the kids going back to school in about 10 days, I wanted to take this opportunity to pass along some information regarding the upcoming Scouting year.  I have included an attachment to this email with the TENTATIVE Pack 329 2016-17 Calendar. 

If your scout is definitely not joining this year then please email me separately and I will remove you from this distribution.  Also, if you know someone that for some reason is missing from this distribution then let me know that as well so I can add them.  You can forward this information to prospective scouts and share my contact information with them.

Over the last couple of months I know that you all missed your emails from me, along with my numbering of upcoming events/information.  To pacify your need for this, here goes the latest:

1.)  Registration - There are currently 34 Scouts registered and paid for the 2016-17 year. At the end of 2016 we had 48 active scouts so we are well on our way to matching and/or surpassing that number.  If you want to register you can do so by contacting our Treasurer Donna Tucker at donnatucker10@yahoo.com.  You can also register at Indian Hollow Orientation on Thursday, September 15th (we will be in the lobby) or at our first Pack Night on Monday, September 19th.  You can pay by cash or check (made out to Pack 329) and the amount is $119 for registration and $75 for a refundable popcorn deposit.  For multiple scouts in the same family there is a $10 discount per scout and the popcorn deposit is only $100 total.  Please note that the popcorn deposit is fully refundable once your scout sells the minimum required amount of popcorn.  Tiger Cubs are not subject to the deposit.

2.)  First Pack Night - Our first pack night will be on Monday, September 19th 7pm at Burr Intermediate School in the auditorium or possibly at Indian Hollow (once it is confirmed I will send out an email).  There will be some paperwork to fill out, a discussion with the parents about the year, some information about the program and getting acquainted with the new families.  There will of course be fun for the scouts as well.  If you can, please get to the Scout Store or order online the next level slide, neckerchief and hat for your scouts.  For the new scouts they can come in street clothes for now.

3.)  September Event - On Friday, September 23rd (time TBD) we will be kicking off the new year with a Outdoor Movie Night (location TBD), the movie being shown will be the original Karate Kid.  This will be a nice casual environment for the new scouts and their families to be welcomed into the pack so make it if you can.  This will be weather permitting of course.

4.)  October Event (West Point Tour and Lafayette Leopards at Army Black Knights Football Game) - We will be going to the West Point Army base to tailgate, take a tour and attend the football game afterward on Saturday, October 15th (Tour at 8am and Kickoff 12pm).  Tickets are currently being sold for $45 each and include the tour, tailgate and ticket to the game (there is an additional cost of $15 to park per car to be paid in advance at the first pack night).  Tickets must be paid in full by Thursday, September 15th.  You can pay for your tickets by contacting our Treasurer Donna Tucker at donnatucker10@yahoo.com, at the IH orientation or to myself directly.

5.)  Leaders - We have AT LEAST 2 open spots on our permanent Pack Committee (Advancement Chair and Quartermaster).  Additionally, we will have openings on our seasonal committees (Popcorn, Blue & Gold, Campout and BBQ) and most importantly we need Den Leaders, especially for the Tigers.  If anyone interested in helping out please contact me.  The lifeblood of the pack is the parental participation.

6.)  Leaders Meetings - I will send something separately but our first leaders meeting will be Monday, September 12th.  The location is TBD right now but it will be at 7:30pm.  After the first one all future leaders meetings will be scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm.

7.)  Dens - Once we have the final registration list we will send out the den assignments.  Your first den meeting should be in October. 

Okay, that is all for now.  I threw a lot of information at you.  Just know that we have a REALLY exciting year planned.  We have the annual trip to West Point in October, an Islander game in early December, a Nets game in January, a sleep over at a science museum in March, a Fishing trip in June and much,much more.  As always you can also go to our website for information at www.pack329commack.org, the calendar has been updated there.

Any questions please let me know, I am looking forward to another great year!  I will see most of you at Pack Night on the 19th.

- Joe Sievers (Pack 329 Committee Chair)  
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