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