Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Archery this saturday

Event is at Jim Cox Archery 28 Quail Run Circle Suite D in Salinas.  Meet there at 8:45 am this Saturday the 22nd (they have a small shooting range in back, so we're going in early to avoid crowds.  They're actually opening up the store early just for us).
Bows will be provided.  Since space is limited, we do request scouts only, no siblings.  $5 fee per child. 8 year old minimum age.
Hope to see you there!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Archery event and Den meeting

Hello everyone,

Based on input to our request for the best dates/times for the Archery shoot, Dec 22nd at 9:00AM is the choice.  We will provide directions shortly, but the location is in Salinas.  The cost is $10 per boy.  The Pack will pay half, so you need to bring $5.00.  Because of limited size inside the facility, this event is only for the boys, no siblings.

We will also be meeting this week, on Wednesday, Dec 19th, for our next den meeting.  We will be at the Church at 6:30.  Please make sure the boys bring their handbooks.  We will be reviewing them for signoffs of things we have gone over so far.

We will also be handing out kits for our special event in January, so please try to attend!

Monday, December 10, 2012

University of Scouting

Hello everyone,
For those of you looking for more leader training, there will be an all day training session up in Santa Clara on Jan 26th.  It is very good and offers quite a bit at both the Cub Scout level and the Boy Scout level.  There is a fee, and the early registration deadline is Dec 15th.  After that the fee starts going up from $20 to $25 and then $30.  Check out the link and see if you might be interested.  The first link lists the date, time and location.  The second link lists all the training available.

(this second link is at the bottom of the page you see when you open the first link).

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Archery date selection

To try to find the best date and time for our December archery event, please click on the link and enter your choices.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

December Archery event

We are planning an archery event for December.  After talking with the owner, he suggests Saturday at either 8AM or 4PM.  The two dates we are looking at are Dec 15th or Dec 22nd.  School ends on Dec 21st. 

Our thoughts are to select the 9AM time as that gives families the rest of the day for their own activities.

If anyone has thoughts on the time or date, let us know.  Please send us an email.

Steve Tackett

Monday, December 3, 2012

December Den meeting

An earlier post said we would meet Dec 5th and 19th.  Due to some planning changes, we will NOT meet Dec 5th.  Our next Den meeting will be Dec 19th.

At each den meeting we are working on the achievements needed for the next Cub Scout Rank.  For the third graders, this is the Bear badge.  For the second graders it is the Wolf Badge.  There are 24 possible achievements, for the Bear rank, of which the boys must complete 12.  To ensure everything is recorded properly so that the boys get credit for completing achievements, please make sure the boys bring their handbooks to each meeting.  We will check for any signatures that parents have entered in the book, as well as sign off things we work at during the meetings.  So please, make sure the boys bring their handbooks do the meetings!

We are still planning an archery event for December, but have not yet completed the details.  We will post more information soon when we get it.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Den Meeting Nov 26th

Hello everyone,
Just a reminder our next Den meeting will be Monday Nov 26th at 6:30 at the  Church of the Good Shepherd.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Den meeting Nov 12th

Hello everyone,

We will be meeting Nov 12th at 6:30 at the Church of the Good Shepherd for our next Den meeting.  At the last Den meeting we discussed Acheivements 22 (Knot tying) and 23 (Sports). Refer to your Bear handbook for fulfilling these.  We also discussed ways to earn your citizenship and tennis belt loops.

The focus will be on Bear rank achievements, but we would like to help out the Wolf and Webelos Cub Scouts as well, so please attend if possible.

Thank you.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

November, December and January Den meetings

Hello everyone,
At the last committee meeting we decided to try the alternating Monday/Wednesday den meeting times, based on some input from parents, so that more kids could attend.  
What we decided was 2nd and 4th Monday in Nov (Nov 12 and 26)
1st and 3rd Wednesday in December (Dec 5, 19)
2nd and 4th Monday in January (Jan 14, 28)
We are going to try this for the next few months and see how it goes.  We still need to get confirmation from the church but this should be good for planning purposes.  We will update as we need to.
The Den meetings will primarily focus on the Bear requirements, since that is the bulk of the boys right now. 
If anyone has any opinions on this one way or the other, please let us know.
Steve Tackett

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Point Lobos Hike next Saturday

We're going to do a 5 mile hike around Point Lobos next Saturday.  Sign up below so we can get a head count.  Details are available through the link below. 

Image below:  Optionally park on red lines, meet at Red Circle (Whalers Cove), hike is in blue.

See you all then!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Den Meetings

Thanks to everyone who put their meeting time preferences on the spreadsheet.  It looks like the time that will work best for most people is the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, at 6:30pm.

With that in mind, we will have our next den meeting on Oct 17th at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Corral de Tierra.  See the following link for the church website and location/directions.

Since the vast majority of the boys are working on their Bear rank, this will be the focus of the den meetings.  We do want to serve the Webelos and Wolf/Tiger Scouts as well, but honestly will need help from those families to do so.  Please contact us to discuss.

Thank you.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Fire Station visit

Just a reminder we will be meeting at the Fire Station in Carmel Valley Village on Saturday, Oct 6th at 1pm.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Pack meeting time preferences

Hi all-
We are going to establish a regular meeting time and place for our pack and den meetings at the Church of the Good Sheperd (301 Corral De Tierra Road.  Take Corral de Tierra off Highway 68, turning left at the stopsign at the corner of Robley Rd. and Corral de Tierra).  Please follow this link and fill in your availability.  We'll make a decision based on feedback by the end of this weekend and let everyone know.  Very excited to have a place for us to call home!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Day camp advancement signoffs

Hello everyone,

For the boys that attended day camp at Toro Park back in June, they accomplished some things that can be signed off in their books.

Parents can sign off the following items in their boy's book:

Bear Cub Scouts

Achievements: 3f, 3i, 15a partial and 23b

Electives: 8a and 20a partial

Belt Loops: Archery, BB, Badminton and Marbles


Webelos Scouts

Craftsman #2: 1 wood project

Scientist #6

Showman/Music #9

Sportsman #3

Arrow of Light: Tie the joining knot (square knot)

Belt Loops: Archery, BB, Badminton and Marbles
Thank you
Steve Tackett

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Fire Station visit

Hello everyone,

We are planning a visit to the Carmel Valley Village fire station on Oct 6th at 1pm.  We'll put out more details soon.

We are also going to begin focussing on Den meetings so the boys can work on their Advancement ranks.  We are planning on two meetings per month.  We expect the meetings to take place at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd.  We are working on the exact dates and times right now and hope to get info out soon.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

thank you
Steve Tackett

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Cub Leader training and committee meeting

Hello everyone.
Just a reminder that this coming Saturday, Sep 15th, the Scout council is offering adult leader training.  Please see the post below for more information.  Since many of us are new to Cub Scouts, I think this is very important training and will hopefully see you there.

You can find  the info on the training here:

Also, we will be having a committee meeting at my house Monday Sep 17th at 6:30.  If you have any input please let me know.  If you would like to join the committee you are welcome to do so.

Steve Tackett

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Sep 10th meeting location

Hello everyone,

Our Pack meeting for Sep 10th will start at 6:30 pm and will be held at the Meadows Clubhouse.  The Meadows is just off Coral De Tierra, on the left side.  The gate code is #8080.

Hope to see you all there.

Steve Tackett

Friday, August 31, 2012

Kickoff Pack meeting Sep 10th

Hello everyone,
We are going to have our first Cub Scout Pack meeting on  Monday Sep 10th at 6:30 pm.  Location is still being worked on and will be announced soon.

This first meeting is very important as we will go over the plan for the year.  While the kids are involved in their activities for the night, we will also have a parent overview and talk about how the Pack runs, what we do at den meetings, what we do at pack meetings, what things the boys will be doing to work on their rank achievements, and what you as parents can do.  Please come!

Thank you
Steve Tackett

Monday, August 27, 2012

Beach Cleanup and Camp Fire

Toro Park Cub Scout Pack 93 Beach Clean Up And Camp Fire

When: Friday September 7th 5:00pm

Where: Del Monte Beach, Monterey

This event is for the scouts and their families. After the trash clean up we will have a hot dog roast, including a bag of chips and drink, followed by roasting marshmallows and making s'mores.

Provided for each participant will be: hot dogs, bag of chips, a drink and the makings for s'mores. Anyone who cares to bring any other food to share, please feel free to do so.

For the clean up: plastic bags and latex gloves will be provided. If you have better thicker gloves at home that you would like to use, please bring them. It's also been suggested that if you want to use plastic buckets or burlap sacks to collect the trash, please bring them. This will cut down on the additional trash created by the plastic bags.

The city of Monterey requires that each participant sign a waiver form (for children and adults) prior to the clean up. Below is a link to the form. Please read and sign and return to me by the Wednesday the 5th. I am at Toro Park school every day for pick up or you can call me and I'll pick up the forms from you. I also need an accurate head count so we have plenty of supplies and food. Please RSVP with me via email or by phone, 831-663-1545, no later than Wednesday the 5th.

Every participant will receive the "Coastal Cleanup" patch. This will be given at a later date since we will not order them until we know how many participated. The Scout Council is having a design contest for the patch. Interested Scouts are encouraged to submit their design. Designs must be submitted to the Scout Office in Salinas by 5PM Sep 4th. There is a flyer which may be downloaded from the Council website at Scroll down to the link that says 2012 Coastal Cleanup Patch.

We hope you all can attend. It's a great way to serve our community and have a little fun too!


Hilda Wolter

Waiver form:

Friday, August 24, 2012

Dad and Lad campout

Hello everyone,

The Scout Council is hosting a "Dad and Lad" camp out Sep 21 to 23 at the Council summer camp site, Pico Blanco Scout Reservation.  This event is specifically for the Scouts (no siblings) and their Dads ( or Uncles, Grandpas, etc). 

The deadline to register is Sep 6th.  Cost is $20 per person if paid by Sep 6th, $30 if paid after Sep 6th.

We need to register as a Pack. 

If you go to the Council website, there is a link with a pdf flyer that provides more details about the event, including what activities will be available, what you need to bring (food), etc.

If there is any interest, please let me know as soon as possible.  We need a Father to take on the role of organizing this event if there is sufficient interest in going.

Steve Tackett

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Garland Hike

We're going to have a hike at Garland Ranch in Carmel Valley this coming Saturday.  Follow this Link to see more information and sign up so that we can get a head count.  Hope to see you then!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Cub Scout Leader Specific Training

Hello everyone.

The Scout council is offering training for adult leaders on Sep 15th at the Kinship Center on River Road.  Registration starts at 8:00 AM and training starts at 8:30 AM.  It should be done by 1:00 pm.

Since many of us are new to Cub Scouts, I think this training is vital and encourage as many parents as possible to attend.  There is a $10 registration fee.  The form to register can be accessed at the following link.  Once you click on the link, scroll down to the part that says Local Training. Under that you will see Adult training, and then a bit further down you will see Cub Scout Leader Specific Training.  That link will have the form.

When you fill out the form, we are in the Santa Lucia District

As many of you know, the Cub Scout Pack is the top level unit.  Within the Pack are Dens.  Each den is comprised of age specific boys.  First graders are Tiger Cubs.  Second graders are Wolf Cubs.  Third graders are Bear Cubs.  4th and 5th graders are Webelos Scouts.  What exactly that means, and how each Den is typically run, will be a major point of the training.

The more adults that are trained and the more that get involved with the Pack, the easier it will be for all of us.

thank you
Steve Tackett

Sunday, August 5, 2012

2012-13 Calendar

Check out the updated calendar by clicking the calendar tab at the top of the page!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Planetarium visit July 18th at 7pm

Hello everyone,

To follow up with the email I sent, we are scheduled for the Hartnell College planetarium at 7pm Wednesday July 18th.  There will be no charge for this event.

Please scroll down the blog to see the directions on how to get to the planetarium.

Looking forward to the event!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Youth Protection Training

Hello everyone,

The Boy Scouts are very serious about preventing abuse of any kind.  They have prepared a training video that is about 30 minutes long that addresses this.  It is not required for everyone, but I think it is very important information and something we all should be aware of.  I have pasted in the link here.  You will need to create a 'My scouting' account to access the video.  I encourage everyone to do this.  It will make us a better Pack.

Steve Tackett

Council Merging

As you know, Pack 93 is part of the Monterey Bay Area council.  The council has been having major financial issues over the past few years.  Partly as a result of that, and other issues, a merger has been begun with the Santa Clara council.  Below is a letter from the Council discussing the path ahead.

Steve Tackett

Dear Scouting Families,
Two great Boy Scout councils, the Santa Clara County Council and the Monterey Bay Area Council, each with historic and heartfelt Scouting traditions, each with extraordinarily dedicated and capable volunteers, each committed to instilling Scouting values in the next generation of leaders, have begun discussions to merge the two councils into a combined council that would serve the counties of Santa Clara, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz.
Between 1920 and 1933, in the early days of Scouting, these four counties were served by the same council headquartered in San Jose. In 1933, the Monterey Bay Area Council was formed as an independent council headquartered in Salinas. We now have the opportunity to create a greater council to continue delivering Scouting’s promise to serve as many young people as possible.What the merger means to you?
Increased support for all units;
Additional resources for training, volunteer recruitment, programs and activities; Significant operational savings;
Potential of additional camp properties to utilize;
Full service National Scout shop in Salinas.
At its core, Scouting is a local movement and the Scouting experience in this area will not change. The merger will streamline operations and offer additional opportunities to Scouts. This merger will also help make Scouting stronger in this area. Over the past decade, the Monterey Bay Area Council has faced several challenges. During this period, updates and improvements to Camp Pico Blanco, many of which were requirements to comply with changing environmental regulations, have made it difficult for the council to cover operational expenses. Plus, in these difficult economic times, meeting these continuing responsibilities has compounded the difficulty of raising sufficient ongoing revenue to meet the council’s needs. The Monterey Bay Area Council initially introduced the idea of a merger and after careful review both councils concluded that a combined council would benefit from the staff and volunteer resources of a larger council to best support units, membership recruitment and fundraising.The merger would also create efficiencies and cost savings in the operations of the combined council including:
Additional youth serving executives working in community; Reduce duplication of support services;
Staff structure to support longevity and production.
Representatives of the Executive Boards for the two councils met on Monday, June 25, 2012, as a
Plan of Merger Committee and agreed on two guiding principles for the merger discussions:
Our focus, discussions, and decisions must be grounded in Scouting values and premised on how we can best serve the Scouts and youth in all of our communities and on what is best for the Scouting movement;
Fiscal and resource sustainability of the combined council is of paramount importance and the shared responsibility of the two Executive Boards and the communities we serve.
The Plan of Merger Committee is Co-Chaired by Rich Brenner, a former Santa Clara County Council
President and member of the Western Region Board, and Bill Tebbe, Monterey Bay Area Council President-Elect. Using a template provided by the National Office, the Plan of Merger Committee will be discussing and developing recommended resolutions in the Plan of Merger for such topics as:
Operating budget creation and combining endowments
Council operations, including maintaining existing District boundaries pending further study and professional and support staff organization and deployment
Reviewing with National Office assistance the utilization and need for Council properties, including office space, Scout Shops, and camps
Internal and external marketing and promotion, including the process for naming the combined council, development of a website for information on the merger, a schedule of fireside chats, and communications with the media
Coordination and combination of Council programs, including Order of the Arrow, training, advancement, and Council-level activities
Composition of the Executive Board and Officers
Friends of Scouting and fundraising events
The anticipated outcome of the Plan of Merger process is a merger agreement that would be voted on by the respective Executive Boards of the two Councils, as well as by the all of the chartered
partners. The tentative timeline for completing this process is December 17, 2012.
Including parents, volunteers and other friends of Scouting in this process is crucial. We are currently developing a website to help share updated information related to the merger and to answer
questions. We are committed to do everything we can to ensure a transparent and smooth process. If you have any questions please reach out to one of us below.
An Old Friendship Renewed: We are Stronger Together.

Dick Noack President
Santa Clara County Council

Tim Morgan
Monterey Bay Area Council
 Rich Brenner
Plan of Merger Committee Co-Chair

Bill Tebbe
Plan of Merger Committee Co-Chair

Monday, June 25, 2012

Pack Activities

Hello everyone,
We had a great week at Cub Scout Day camp at Toro!  Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out each day.  We needed everyone of you!

We are looking to plan one activity for July and one activity for August, and then pick up our regular meeting schedule once school starts.

We will send out more information soon.

Steve Tackett

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Wolf Den Meeting Monday June 4th

Hi Everybody-
We'll be having a den meeting on this coming Monday June 4th.  Meet at the park just east of Toro Park school (see picture) at 2:30.  Bring your rope (if you still have it) and we'll learn another knot.

Our main activity will be an egg drop contest.  This is a fun activity for parents and kids to work on together this week/weekend.  Rules are as follows:
  • Container must hold a large egg.   We will provide 1 egg for each scout.   
  • Weight and Size and Design Restrictions: 
    • 2 lbs, 10 inch maximum package in all directions 
    •  No wings or parachutes, No Styrofoam, No pre-made plastic bubble wrap or other store bought packing material or foam. 
    •  No gases other than air may be used. 
    •  No splatterables such as peanut butter, jell-o, liquids, fruit or vegetables (popcorn is OK). 
    •  No flammable substances. 
    •  No glass. 
  • Containers may be made with minimal adult help but should be primarily made by the scout.  
  • Containers must be able to withstand multiple droppings.  No alterations, repairs or repackaging can be made after first drop. 
  • Container must be constructed with a hatch or door so that the egg can be inserted before each drop and inspected after each drop.  Tape can be used for this purpose.   We will have tape on hand. 
  • Prior to the drop, the scouts may inspect eggs for cracks. All eggs will be of similar size, age and grade. 
  • Prior to the drop, at the site, the scout must insert the egg into the container. 
  • A cracked egg is defined as one that is visibly leaking its contents. Hairline fractures are not considered cracks. 
  •  After each drop the scout will be required to remove the egg from their container to show that it did not break.

Re: the Astronomy showing: there are a lot of conflicts for various folks this time of year, so I'd like to propose we reschedule this event for the summer or early fall.  Sometime this summer we'll be getting all interested parents together for a meeting to plan out the 2012-2013 activities.  We'll keep you posted.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Hartnell Planetarium Visit

Our next Pack activity will be the Hartnell College Planetarium visit Wednesday, May 23rd, starting at 6:00pm.  The doors will open at 5:45pm.  The Pack will cover the costs of this trip, and everyone is invited, including siblings.  Hope to see you there!