Monday, December 30, 2013

Popcorn sales news

Thanks to everyone who participated in the popcorn sales.  The Pack did a great job!

Many thanks to Dj Hill who spearheaded our sales effort.  She did a FANTASTIC job and contributed many hours of her time to ensure we had a successful event.  She also attended training sessions and did other work which resulted in us getting a higher percentage of the sales.  THANKS Dj!!

Overall we grossed $2922.00

Of that, our share is $971.14.

Of that, we divided it with the boys who sold popcorn.  To do this, we are creating "Scout Accounts".  These are not actual accounts, but rather amounts we are keeping in the Pack checking account but allowing the boys to spend.  There is no official account at the Scout Store.   To use the monies, the boys need to provide the Pack with receipts and we will reimburse them.  The funds can be used for anything at the Scout Store in Salinas, or for approved Scout equipment such as camping gear that you might find at REI, etc.  If your Scout intends to purchase something, please run it by the committee just to make sure it is a Scout item.  The funds are not to be used for electronic games, for example.

The amounts we have credited to each boy are:

Thomas M:  $5.70 scout bucks

Eamon M:   $42.90 scout bucks

Mark F:    $37.50 scout bucks

Aiden B:   $20.85 scout bucks

Noah F:  $64.50 scout bucks

Cayden T:  $84.15 scout bucks

Brayden G:   $32.70 scout bucks

Michael T:   $18.15 scout bucks

Gordy H:   $97.65 scout bucks

Christopher G:  $22.20 scout bucks.
These numbers may be adjusted slightly as Dj does the final tally.
If any figures look incorrect, please let us know.
Thanks again to all!! 
Steve Tackett

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Pack update and WE NEED YOU!

Hello everyone,
Hope you are enjoying the holidays!

Our next regular meeting is scheduled for January 13th, the second Monday of the month, at 6:30pm.

We are looking at a possible archery event as well, and will provide details as soon as we can.

On January 27th we will have our Pinewood Derby.  We had a great time last year and are looking forward to another successful event this time.  The Pack is buying the basic car kit for the boys.  We handed car kits out at our last meeting.  If you were not there or did not get a kit, let us know.  As we get closer to the event, we will publish the rules for how we will conduct the race.

Our first meeting in February will be on the 10th.

Our second meeting, February 24th, we are planning our annual Blue and Gold Dinner. This is a family event.  We will have dinner, and a short program.  More details will be coming out.  Patty Bloomer was in charge of this event last year and has kindly agreed to coordinate it again this time, but she cannot do this on her own.  We need additional parents willing to help out with this event.

Additional parent help is also a theme of this post.  We have grown a lot and need more parents who are willing to help with various parts of the Pack. 

One area we need help with is an Assistant Cubmaster.  Bryan Banks is our Cubmaster, but he is not always available.  Is there another parent willing to help out?  There is training available.  This is not something you have to do on your own.

I also serve as the Pack Treasurer. At the moment I am the only signer on our checking account.  Is there another parent that might be willing to take over the role of Treasurer?  There is not a lot of time required.  It would also be good to have another person authorized to sign checks.

We are required to have copies of the Annual Health form on file for each participant.  Right now we only have some.  Is there a parent willing to spearhead this effort?  I can provide more details.

The Cub Scout uniform is always appropriate at Scouting events, but there are times when the nice Blue shirt is not optimal.  This could be events like hikes, camp outs, service projects, etc.  There is a uniform called the Class B uniform which is basically a t-shirt with a Cub Scout design, and personalized to our Pack.  There is a company that makes these.  Is there a parent willing to take a look at the website, come up with a proposed design for the Pack to review, and be responsible for taking orders for the t-shirts?  The website is  Click on the Cub Scout link.

As we head further into the year, we will need parents to help plan and lead our meetings.  We will help you, so don't feel like this is something you will have to figure out by yourself.  I'll send out more info on additional opportunities for you to help as the need arises. 

Finally, we often take pictures at our events, and would like to post them to this blog.  We would not provide any names of any boys. Does anyone not want us to post pictures that include their boy?  If so, please let me know.

Thank you
Steve Tackett

Friday, December 6, 2013

Craft Fair Sunday 8 December

Dear Parents:

Mr. O, our new music teacher, has agreed to lead the 4th grade boys on the recorder at 1:30 on Sunday at the Holiday Gift Fair held at Toro Park. Let's join together as a Pack for half an hour (or less) on Sunday to bring music to the school community! 
Would it be possible for you to persuasively encourage your son to perform an encore at Toro after their performance at Hartnell?
So far, I only have Eamon and Aiden signed up to represent the Pack. The boys may feel a bit funny about playing again. There is strength in numbers!! Quite honestly, I think that they will feel more comfortable with Mr. O leading them.

I look forward to having a group together on Sunday.

I can also prepare song sheets for the boys to sing a few carols after the recorder pieces. For the boys who are not in 4th grade, please let me know if your son can join the 4th graders to sing a few carols. Please let me know if your son will join us.

Yours in scouting,

Mary Catherine Malley

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Weekend Activities and next meeting

Hello everyone,

It looks like a busy weekend ahead!

Saturday Dec 7th we will be at the Foodbank in Salinas.  We meet at 8:45. See the below post for more info.  If you plan to attend, please email Kat Banks directly.  The foodbank wants to have an idea of how many of us will be there.  It looks like we will be outside sorting produce, so be sure to wear warm clothes.  Email Kat at to let her know if you will be joining us, and to ask any specific questions you may have.

Sunday Dec 9th is the Craft Fair.  See the below post for more info about that.  If you would like to participate, email Mary Catherine Malley directly at 

Our next regular Scout meeting is this Monday, Dec 10th, at the Church at 6:30pm.  Please make sure the boys bring their handbooks, and proper uniform is always a good idea.

Also, I still have only seen a few inputs regarding a Day Time den.  If anyone is still thinking about it, please put your preference on the Attendance spreadsheet.

We will be having a Pack Committee meeting on Dec 15th at 3:00pm. 

See you all this weekend!

Steve Tackett

Monday, December 2, 2013

Craft fair performance at Toro Park School on Sunday Dec 8th

This Sunday, Dec 8th,  the Washington Union Parents Club is having their Craft Fair. 
They are looking for groups to entertain for half an hour during the fair which is between 1- 5 p.m. I am thinking that the 4th graders will have just played winter and Christmas pieces at the recorder concert. Perhaps they could perform these pieces at the craft fair. It is a good opportunity to showcase the cub scouts in action at school. All of the boys could even sing holiday themed songs or something else.

Parent's club is looking to jazz up the craft fair and give it some energy.

If any Scouts are interested in participating, I am planning to go and could coordinate the boys. I may be doing the same for Brigid's Girl Scout troop so I would like them to be back to back. I would be interested in going at 1:00. Of course, I would need to check with Parents Club on available slots.
Please contact me at if you would like to participate.
Thank you!
Mary Catherine

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Food Bank Dec 7th

Hello everyone,

We are looking forward to volunteering at the Monterey County Food Bank on Saturday, December 7 from 9am-12. The Food Bank is excited to have our help and would like to know how many people they can expect. Please feel free to bring siblings or others and if you can RSVP to Kat Banks at, that would be great.

Scouts should wear their shirts and if your family wants to donate a fresh or frozen turkey or a bag of non perishable food, please bring it on the 7th.

The food bank is at 815 West Market Street.  Meet there at 8:45.

Thanks so much for helping others during your busy holiday season.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

4th grade Webelos Den options

Hello everyone,
So far there are only three inputs from the 4th grade families regarding a day time option for the Webelos Den.  If you haven't provided any input, please do so as soon as you can.  This is just an initial discussion topic.  If there is enough interest, we can look at it more closely as to exactly how it would work.

Go to the Attendance Spreadsheet tab on the blog, click on the link, and enter your preference.

thank you
Steve Tackett

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Upcoming events in December and Webelos Den structure

Hello everyone,

We had a great November with lots of activities!  Hopefully everyone was able to enjoy them!

For December, we are planning on volunteering at the Food Bank in Salinas, on Dec 7th from 9AM to 12.  More info will be coming out soon.

Our only Pack meeting will be Monday December 9th at 6:30 at the Church.  January is the exciting Pinewood Derby!  We will be giving the boys their car kits at the meeting on Dec 9th so please be sure to be there!

The following is for the 4th grade families:

The Pack has grown quite a bit over the past year.  We now have 18 boys total.  Growth is good, but with it come challenges.  Our Webelos Den, the 4th graders, is now at 12 boys, with another one or two interested that I know of.  The Den is the core unit of Cub Scouts, and ideally should be 4-10 boys.  Once it gets over that size, it can be challenging to manage. 

We are at that point now.  12 boys is a bit much for one den, and it is time to divide it into two dens.  We can do this where we all continue to meet at the same time, just going to different 'corners' during the meetings.  I have also heard from a couple parents who are asking about meeting at a different time, specifically after school, so this could be another way to divide up the 4th graders.  One group could continue to meet in the evenings as we have been doing, and one group could meet in the afternoons.  Since a couple parents have asked about that, I have updated our Attendance page in order to take a survey of all the 4th grade families to determine your preference.

Please go to the attendance page, and indicate if you want to continue with the evening group, or if you want to become part of an afternoon group.  We will review this input and determine the best course of action to take.  If this seems viable, we can do it that way.  If not, then we will stick with our current time and just divide the boys into two groups.

However we decide to do this, one thing is vital.  We must have more parental involvement to be successful.  We need more parents at the meetings who are taking an active role in running the meetings.  Please think about how you could help out.

Thanks very much.
Steve Tackett

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Asilomar Beach Tidepools Trip this Saturday

Hi all-
We're going to go Tidepooling at Asilomar State Beach.  Meet at the Toro 7-11 parking lot this Saturday @ 1:30 to carpool.  We'll probably get to the beach by 2:15 if you want to drive yourselves.  Low tide is at 4.  Dress warmly and wear sturdy shoes.  A change of clothes isn't a bad idea just in case.

Here's where we're meeting.  Park in the yellow (or nearby), and we'll go tidepooling in the circled area.

Parents, please come with your kids.  We won't be able to keep an eye on everyone in this environment, so we need some backup.

See you there!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Pack meeting Nov 11th

Just a reminder we will be meeting at the Toro Firestation at 6:30pm Monday night. 

Boys, be sure to bring your handbooks.

Also, this coming Saturday is our Tidepool outing.  More to follow on that.


Saturday, November 9, 2013

Parade meeting time

Hello everyone,

Noon is a bit early to meet since the parade does not start until 2pm.  Let's make it 1pm. 

If you are planning on participating please sign up on the blog right away.  I plan to email those who are going with any final updates, in case we need to adjust the meeting time further.  Right now I see just four families signed up.

thank you

Friday, November 8, 2013

Veteran's Day parade

Hello everyone,

For those participating in the Veteran's day parade on Monday, meet at the Stage in the Salinas High School parking lot at noon.  Boys should be in uniform.

Only four families have signed up so far.  If you plan on being in the parade, please put your name on our Attendance spreadsheet, so that we know who to look for. 

Monday night we will meet at the Toro Park fire station at 6:30.

See you then!

Steve Tackett

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Veteran's Day parade and next meeting Nov 11th

Hello everyone,

Our next events are planned for November 11th.  It will be a busy day for our Scouts.

We are planning to participate in the Veteran's Day parade in Salinas. That starts at 2pm.  We are working on the details as far as when and where we need to meet.  If you would like to join us for the parade, please click on the Attendance tab and enter your name.  This will just help us know who to look for when we meet.

That night is our regularly scheduled Pack meeting.  Many thanks to Pete Dickson who has volunteered to go over several first aid and emergency procedures for us.  For this meeting, we will actually be meeting at the Toro Park Fire station, but still at our regular time of 6:30pm.  For the Webelos Scouts, the things Mr. Dickson will be showing us come from the "Readyman" Activity pin.  Take a look at that Activity in your handbook.  I know at the last meeting not everyone had their books yet.  Please get your books and be sure to bring them to each meeting. 

We will put out more info on the Veteran's Day parade, as well as the address for the Fire station in case you are not familiar with where it is.

Please contact me with any questions!

Steve Tackett

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Next meeting Oct 28th

Hello everyone,

Our next meeting will be Monday Oct 28th at the Church at 6:30pm.

For the 4th graders, we will be going over the Webelos Badge Requirements.  This is on page 49 of the Webelos book. Specifically we will be looking at requirements 3, 4, and 7.  I told the boys to study those items, so hopefully they have been working hard to learn them!

Item 8 is on Faith.  Faith is a very important part of Boy Scouts, but it is left to families to decide how they exercise their faith.  For the parents, please review item 8 and let us know when you feel that requirement has been met, and we will sign that off.

I also have some hiking patches for the Nisene Marks and Fremont Peak hikes we went on that we will be handing out.

Thank you and we will see you on Oct 28th!

Steve Tackett

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Popcorn update

Hello everyone,
Our popcorn fundraiser is coming to an end soon.  Dj Hill emailed out an update on the deadlines.  If you didn't get her email we may not have your address.  Please email me directly and I will add you to our email file as well.

She has some product at her home, but this needs to go back to the warehouse Thursday the 17th,  If you have any orders still, let her know right away.

You can still sell up to Oct 23rd, but after her supply is returned on the 17th, she will have to order any additional popcorn you sell, to be delivered by Nov 8th.

So far, here are the totals we have for the boys.  This does not include any online sales your boys may have done. 

Gordy Hill : $399
Mark Foley: $250
Christopher Gida: $156
Aiden Banks: $126
Michael Tackett: $101
Noah Fouts: $73

We are doing pretty good, but let's see if we can get those numbers a little higher!

Steve Tackett

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Next meeting Oct 14th

Hello everyone,
Our next meeting will be Monday Oct 14th at 6:30pm at the  Church of the Good Shepherd.

Our regular meetings are typically the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the  month. 

We have received several inquiries from new boys.  We will definitely have enough to form a Tiger Den, which is for first graders.  We will  need someone to be the Den Leader for that group.  If you have expressed interest in the Tiger Den, please be there at the Oct 14th meeting, so we can discuss forming of the Den.

We have received inquiries from Wolf and Bear boys as well, and I think we will have enough to from Dens for those groups, too, but it is important you come to the Oct 14th meeting so we can organize those Dens as well.

I have updated the calendar tab with our plans for the next few months.

See you all soon!
Steve Tackett

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Fremont Peak Observatory Saturday Oct 5th

Hello everyone,
This Saturday is our visit to the Observatory on Fremont Peak.

The viewing windows are 2 to 5 pm for Sun observing and then 8 til closing for star/planet observing.

For those who are going, you can arrive whenever you like.  We are not setting a specific time.  If you want to do Sun observing then arrive as desired. 

At 5pm we will start our hike.  The hike is part of the Monterey Bay trekkers patch we are working on.  It is a short hike, listed as about one mile. 

Sunset is about 6:45 on Saturday.

Upon completion of the hike we will have some free time until the evening session begins at 8pm. 

If you plan to participate in all the events, be sure to bring along food to eat for dinner. 

If there are any questions, please let me know.  The earlier blog entry lists info on Fremont Peak including links.

Our next scheduled meeting will be on October 14th.  More info will be coming out soon.

thank you
Steve Tackett

Monday, September 23, 2013

Rock Climbing with the Boy Scouts 10/3/13

We got an invite from Boy Scout Troop 93 to join them at Sanctuary Rock Gym in Sand City (behind Costco).  This would be a great opportunity to find out about the Boy Scout program (the boys will transition mid-5th grade year).

Meet @ Sanctuary Rock Gym in Seaside 6:30 on Thursday October 3rd.  Climb until 8 or so.  Adults $15, kids $8.  Rental of shoes + harness is an additional $10 per person.

If you've never been to Sanctuary, it's worth a visit.  The kids have a great time.

PS:  See you all tonight @ Good Shepherd @ 6:30!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Sep 23rd meeting and October 5th sun/star gazing

Hello everyone,

Our next event will be our Pack meeting on Sep 23rd, at 6:30 pm at the Church.  The focus of this meeting will be Recruiting new Scouts, so invite anyone who may be interested in joining Cub Scouts.

Following this, we will resume our regular Pack/Den meetings on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month.

On Saturday October 5th we will have an outing to the Fremont Peak Observatory.  On that day they will be set up for Sun observing as well as star gazing.  The Sun observing period is from 2 to 5 pm.  We have not yet worked out all the details of an arrival time etc, but will do so soon.

The evening session begins at 8:00 pm.  Families are invited to one or both sessions.  During the time between 5 and 8 pm, we are considering a hike.  Fremont Peak is one of the hikes for the Monterey Hiking patch we are working on.  Details still to be worked out, including allowing time to eat dinner, etc.

The website for the observatory is here:

If you think you are interested in going, please go to the Attendance Page of the blog and add your name.  This will help us as we put our plan together.  The whole family is welcome.

Camping is available at Fremont Peak.  We are not planning to camp as a group, but if anyone is interested in camping with their family, you are welcome to do so.  You will need to make reservations.  Go to the following website for more information.

I have updated the Calendar page on our blog to reflect our Pack plans for the next several months. Dates through December are fairly firm.  Dates after the New Year are still being worked on. 

If there are any questions, please don't hesitate to ask Bryan Banks or myself (Steve Tackett).

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!


Saturday, September 7, 2013

First meeting Sep 9th at 6:30 at the church

Hello everyone,

We will have our first Pack meeting this coming Monday night at 6:30 at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Corral.

Our plan is to go over the popcorn sales fundraiser we are doing, as well as go over our rough plan for Pack activities for the year. 

We will also go over the Webelos rank for our 4th graders, and talk about the other Ranks as well, for those boys who are in the lower grades.

Hope to see you all there.

Also, we have a few signups for the Dad and Lad campout.  If you still want to go but have not signed up yet, please do so asap.

thank you

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Dad and Lad campout

Hello everyone,
I don't see any sign-ups yet for the Dad and Lad campout.  Please sign up. If you know you are not going could you let me know, just so we have a good idea?


Saturday, August 31, 2013

"Dad and Lad" campout and Sep 9th Scout meeting

Hello everyone. The Pack committee put together a rough outline of activities for the coming school year. We are planning on resuming our meetings on Sep 9th at 6:30 pm at the Church of the Good Shepherd. Please plan to come. We will also be talking about our Popcorn Sales fund raiser. The Pack spent quite a bit of money last year, so we need to replenish our bank account! Also, there is another camping opportunity coming up at Pico Blanco Sscout Reservation. Sep 13-15 is the Dad and Lad campout. This one is for the boys only, not siblings, and a male adult partner. I have created a page on the Attendance Tab. If you would like to go, please sign up asap. We need to put together our plan for this event. thank you Steve Tackett

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Family Camp update

Hello everyone,
So far it looks like two families have expressed interested in the Family Camp at Pico over Labor Day weekend.  If you would like to go but have not yet done so, please add your name to the spreadsheet under the Attendance tab of the blog.  Please do this no later than Friday.

I have heard there is some interest in the Dad and Lad campout 13-15 Sep.  We'll start working on that soon.

If there are any questions please let me know.


Monday, August 12, 2013

Pico Labor Day Weekend Family Camp

Hello everyone,

There will be a family camp at Pico Blanco Scout Camp over the Labor Day weekend.  Several people have expressed an interest in going.  The camp begins Friday night August 30th and ends Monday Sep 2nd.  If you can't make all of it, you are welcome to come for the parts you can.

Cost is $30 per person, age 6 and over (kids 5 and under are free).  Cost is the same regardless of number of days you attend.

We need someone who is willing to organize this event, assuming enough people want to go.  Please contact me right away if you want to do that.

The link with the basic camp info is here:

There is a fair amount to do in the next two weeks. 

I have updated the Attendance page spreadsheet to include a page for the Family Camp.  Please sign up if you plan to go.

Again, we need someone to organize the effort.  Please contact me.

Also, two weeks later there is a Dad and Lad campout at Pico as well.  If there is interest for that let me know also.


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

August 3rd pool party update

Hello everyone,

The pool party will be at "The Meadows" off Corral de Tierra, courtesy of the Foley's.  Start time will be 1pm.  End time will be about 5pm.  We will have lemonade on hand but do not plan on providing any food.  Bring your own snacks, etc, as desired.

The Meadows is a gated community.  I will email the gate code to those who have signed up on the Attendance spreadsheet.  If you plan to attend but did not sign up, contact me or Terry Foley for the code.

If there are any questions please let us know.


Saturday, July 20, 2013

August 3rd pool party

Hello everyone!

We had a great time at the hike at Nisene Marks park. 

Our next event will be the pool party at the Meadows.  Please click on the spreadsheet page and indicate if you will be going.

To make the spreadsheet a little easier to find, I created a new page on the blog called Attendance spreadsheet.  Go there to find the link.

The start time is 1pm.  We will work on the details and post more news soon.  If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Nisene Marks hike

Hello everyone,
Based on input we will be doing the guided hike on Sunday July 14th.

Meet at 2pm at the kiosk. 

Bring water and good shoes, and maybe some snacks if needed.

Info on the hike is at the bottom of the park website, linked here:

Everyone is welcome.

This hike is another one of the 8 hikes that make up the Monterey Bay hiking patch.  Scouts will get a small patch to add to their collection.

See you there!


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Nisene Marks Hike July 14th

Hello everyone,
Looks like the guided hike on July 14th is the preferred option, so we will do that.  Only a few people actually said whether or not they were going.  If you still want to go, you can of course, but please show that on the spread sheet.  Go to the previous blog post for easy access to the spreadsheet.

Also please notice there is a page for the swim party.  Please indicate if you will be participating in that as well.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Nisene Marks hike update - July 13th or 14th

Hello everyone,

thanks to Hilda for finding out that the Park staff conduct guided tours at 2pm on Sundays.  I have updated the attendance spreadsheet to include this as a third option, in addition to the two choices of time on Saturday. 

In summary, our choices are Saturday July 13th in the morning or afternoon, or Sunday afternoon at 2pm.

Please click on the link below and update your choices.  So far only a few people have expressed interest.  Even if you can't go, please indicate that on the spreadsheet so that we know.


Thursday, June 20, 2013

July 13th Hike, August 3rd pool party

Our next two events are a hike on July 13th and a pool party on August 3rd.  The pool party will be at the Meadows at 1pm.

The hike is at Nisene Marks park. See this link for more info.

We'd like to get a good  head count of who is interested in each event.  Please click on the following link to our attendance spreadsheet and indicate if you will be attending.  For the hike, please select whether you would like this to be a morning event or an afternoon event.
Please make your selection for the hike in the next week or so, so that we can plan the details.


Monday, June 10, 2013

Summer schedule

Thanks to everyone for a great year of Cub Scouting!  We had an exciting time at Family Camp at Pico Blanco over Memorial Day weekend.  What a great way to finish out the year!  Congrats to all the boys who earned their Bear Rank.

For the summer we will slow things down a bit.

For June, we do not have any Pack events scheduled.  Cub day camp at Toro is going on and some of the boys are attending.

For July, we are planning a hike in the Santa Cruz area.  The tentative date is July 13th, Saturday.  Exact time is still TBD but expect a morning departure, due to the distance to get there.

For August, we are tentatively planning a pool event.  More details to follow.

If you liked the Family camp, or missed it and want to see what the fun is all about, there is another one over Labor day weekend.  More details will be out soon, but keep your calendar open.

We expect to resume our meetings September 9th.

All of the boys have advanced to the next level.  Our 3rd graders are now 4th graders and are considered Webelos 1 Cub Scouts.  Webelos last for a year and a half, midway through their 5th grade year.  At that time they can cross over to join a Boy Scout troop if desired.  There is a new handbook, new neckerchief, and new hat for the boys, so please stop by the Scout office and pick yours up.

Our second graders are now third graders, and are now Bear Scouts.  Same thing here.  New book, neckerchief and hat.

We will put out more information later in the summer as we develop a schedule for the next school year.  Input, and help, from all parents will be very important.  Please think of ways you can help make the Pack successful.

Have a great summer, and stay tuned for details.

Steve Tackett

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Den meeting and family camp

Our next Den meeting is Monday, the 13th, at the church at 6:30.

Also, please sign up if you are going to Family Camp at Pico. 


Monday, May 6, 2013

Family Camp and Day Camp

Hello everyone,
So far only 5 families have signed up for the Family Camp over Memorial Day weekend.  We had several more indicate they were going.  Please sign up right away so we can get a good count!

Also, we still only have two of the boys signed up for Toro Day camp.  Can you email me with your intentions?

Thank you

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Cub Scout Day camp

So far only two boys are signed up for the Toro Day Camp,  June 17th-21st.  Right now the cost is $80 but after May 15th it will go up to $110.  The boys had a good time last year, with the archery and bb guns in particular, so hopefully more than just two are interested this year.

If you are interested, you need to sign up directly through the Scout office.  You can sign up online, or print out the form and mail it in.  If you go to the "Calendar Tab" on the blog and scroll down to the info on the day camp, you can find the link to the form.

I'd like to get an idea of whether or not anyone else plans to sign up.  Please email me and let me know what your intentions are.

Also, for the Family Camp, please sign up on our spreadsheet so we can get a good count.  We paid the fee based on our best guess, so the cost is $25 per person, but we need to solidify that number.  Please sign up on the speadsheet, using the link in the post from April 29th, even if you already told us verbally this past Sunday.

Thank you

Monday, April 29, 2013

Memorial Day Family camp at Pico Blanco


Thanks again to Brian Bloomer for the work he did with our trip to the USS Hornet.  I think the boys had a great time!

Our next Pack meeting is May 13th.  This is the last regular meeting for the school year.

Next up is the family camp weekend at Camp Pico Blanco, May 24th to 27th.  This will be our year end activity.  We are planning to attend this weekend as a Pack.  If you are interested in going, please click the spreadsheet link below and add your names. 

There is a cost of $25 per person ($30 after May 1st).  Kids 5 and under are free.

We will need to bring all camping equipment and food.  We can discuss a plan for this later, once we know how many are going.

If you want more information on the campsite itself, click here:

If you have never been to Pico, I highly encourage you to go.  It is a great camp site!

If you want information on the weekend schedule, click here:

This will bring up the registration form.  We are filling out one for all of us, so you don't need to fill this out, but you can see the schedule.

If you have any questions, let us know.

thank you

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

USS Hornet update

Hello everyone,
I sent out an email with updated info for our USS Hornet sleepover on April 27th.  If you did not receive the email please let me know.

The bottom line is that we need to finalize our roster and collect all fees at our next meeting on Monday April 8th.  If you plan to attend the sleepover, please come to the Monday meeting prepared to pay the fees.

thank you

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Hello everyone,
Our USS Hornet overnight event is coming up soon.  We will have to make our final payment soon, probably early April.  To prepare, please visit the link below and indicate if you will be attending.  I have the categories broken down by male/female in case we need to take that into account for berthing arrangements.

Just to make sure we don't overlook anyone, if you do not plan to attend please select "No" in the attending column.

The cost is $70 per person.  For the boys, we will subsidize that amount. I'll confirm but I believe the amount for the boys will be $35.

We will have more info available soon.

thank you

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Toro Day camp

The Cub Scout Day camp at Toro this year will be June 17th - 21st.  I have provided a link on the Blog Calendar tab which will take you to the signup sheet.  You need to fill this form out and print it in order to register.  On Saturday March 16th there will be an initial group signup at the Salinas Scout office from 10AM to noon.  If your son is interested in participating in day camp this year it would be good to get our list together and participate in this initial sign up, as a Pack.  If you still aren't sure, that is ok, as we can continue to sign up later on, but there is a small discount for those we sign up on March 16th.  The initial price is $75.  After that it goes to $80 and if registered after May 15th it goes up to $110.

I'd  like to ask if there is a parent that is willing to coordinate this effort?  We need someone to track the kids that will be attending, and coordinate parent volunteers as well.  If so, please let me know soonest.  If you think your son does want to go, let me know that as well.  We will also need parent volunteers everyday so if you would like to help please let that be known.

Please click the link here and indicate if  your son will participate in day camp.  You still will need to fill out the form referenced above, which you can access on the Calendar page of our blog.

thank you

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Camp Medical forms

Hello everyone,
The link below will take you to the Annual Health and Medical Record form.  This form is required for everyone participating in outdoor activities and is something we should have already done even for the day hikes we have completed.  Please take a look at the form and fill it out.

The form has four parts.  In most cases we only need to fill out Parts A and B, and these can be filled out by the parent.  Parts C and D are for longer term outings, and for 'high adventure' type activities.

For the Mom and me campout, the Family campout, and the Cub Scout Day camp, Parts A and B need to be filled out.  The forms remain with us and we keep them on file in case anything comes up. 

If you have any questions, please let us know.

thank you

Sunday, March 3, 2013

4 March Den meeting

Just a reminder, we are meeting Monday 4 March at 6:30 at the church.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Day camp at Toro Park update

Hello everyone,

I just found out today that the dates for the day camp at Toro have been changed.  They are now June 17th - 21st. 

There will be an initial group sign up on March 16th.  We can sign up as a Pack on that date.  After that we can still add people if more boys decide to attend.  I'd like to find an adult that is willing to put together our roster for the day camp.  This includes coordinating adults to attend as well.  We must have one adult per four kids that attend, although after doing this last year it will go much more smoothly if we have more adults than that.

Please let me know if you want to coordinate this effort.

thank you

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Mom and Me and Family Camp

Hello everyone,
I have put links on the Calendar page that will take you to the flyers with the information for the Mom and Me campout on May 17th-19th and then the Family Camp over Memorial Day weekend, May 24th-27th.  Both weekends are at Camp Pico Blanco.  If you have never been there, here is a link.  It is a great camp! 

If there is interest in either of these two events please let me know.  We are requested to sign up for the campouts as a group.  It would also be helpful to have someone volunteer to organize the signup process for each weekend.  If you want to do that, let us know as well.

thank you

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Calendar updates

Hello everyone,

We have a Calendar tab on the website.  Please look at that as we have updated it with the upcoming meetings.  I've also included information on future camping and day camps as well.

We are considering adding a hike to the Pinnacles in March.  More info will be forthcoming.

Our next Den meeting will be next Monday, March 4th.

Thank you

Friday, February 15, 2013

Blue and Gold dinner

Hello everyone,

Scouting in America was founded in February, so this is traditionally the month we celebrate this.  In Cub Scouts we have a Blue and Gold dinner.  This year we plan to do this on our next meeting, on Monday February 25th.  We will meet at the church.  The menu this year will be a spaghetti dinner.  The Pack will provide the spaghetti and sauce.  We are asking families to bring the sides.  First we need to get a good count of who and how many will be attending.  This event is open to all family members.

We are planning an earlier start time, approximately 5:30pm.

Please click the link below and indicate if you will be coming and how many will be coming.  We need this done by Monday night.  Then we will put out info on what all we will need families to bring.

Thank you

Saturday, February 9, 2013

February meetings

Hello everyone.

Our meetings in February will be this coming Monday night, Feb 11th, and Feb 25th.

Please watch the blog closely as we will be posting several updates.

Feb 25th will be our  Blue and Gold dinner.  The anniversary of Scouting is in February, so traditionally the dinner is held this month.  Stand by for more details.

thank you

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Hello everyone,
Our desired date of April 6th is not available.  We have been offered April 27th.  Please click the link below to go to the spreadsheet and indicate if you can make that date.

thank you

Please get your input in as soon as possible.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

USS Hornet followup

Hello everyone,

Only a few families have indicated what date works best for our Hornet overnight event.  We would really like to pick the date that works best for everyone but we need to do so soon.  Please click on the link in the USS Hornet post below and enter your preference.

thank you
Steve Tackett

Friday, January 11, 2013

Pinewood Derby

Our pinewood derby will be Jan28th at the church at 6:30pm.  Everyone should have a kit.  The kit has a block of wood along with 4 tires and nails.  Turning this into a car is the job of the Scout and parent (mostly the Scout)!  There are a lot of ways to make the car.  The following link has some information.  Since this is the first time most of us have done this, we will probably be figuring things out as we go.  If there are any questions, let us know.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

USS Hornet overnight stay

Hello everyone,
We are planning to spend the night on the USS Hornet, a retired aircraft carrier located in Alameda.  We are considering a few dates.  Because dates tend to fill up early, we are asking you to look at the dates listed on the spreadsheet you can get to by clicking on the link, and give us your input as soon as you can.  We'd like to finalize this by the den meeting Monday night. 

This link has a lot of the info. 

Cost is $70 per person.  The Pack will subsidize an as yet to be determined amount for the Scouts.  One adult needs to go per child.  Siblings can attend as well, but we need to know that in advance because we will need to put down a deposit.

Please click on the link below and comment on the three dates listed.  We have to be there by 5pm.  March 8th is a Friday which would mean leaving by 3pm to ensure we can get there in time.  March 23rd is a Saturday, but it is also the first day of the Toro spring break (last day of school is March 22nd).

Please get your input in as soon as possible.

Thank you
Steve Tackett 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

January meetings

Hello everyone,

Our January meetings will be January 14th and 28th, both at the Church at 6:30.  The 14th will be a regular den meeting.  The 28th will be our pinewood derby.  Hopefully everyone got a kit and is working on their car.  If not, let Bryan Banks know as he has car kits.