Peter Van Houten (peterva@QM.WV.TEK.COM)
Thu, 18 Nov 1993 11:19:17 -0800
This really isn't an important message and doesn't address any issues so if
you want to delete it I won't lose any sleep! I had some time (and my wrist
is feeling better) so I thought I share what Pack 383 has been doing lately.
For those who don't know Pack 383 is located in Beaverton, OR. We have 112
Cubs/Tigers in 12 dens & 3 Tiger Cub groups, and 35 Adult leaders. We
average anywhere from 200 to 250 parent/scouts in attendance at a pack
meeting. Last year we had 100% rank advancement, and we're well into
accomplishing that feat this year. Enough plumping of my chest (actually the
success is do to the 35 leaders that are very active).
Anyway, last weekend we had a pack activity where we visited a new pioneer
settlement being built here in Oregon. Eventually it will house a full-size
fort (which is already built), a pioneer village with blacksmith, candle
maker, soap maker, pewter shop, et al.; an indian village (Tipi's -- Even
though the West Coast Indians didn't use Tipi's); and pioneering
demonstration, wagon rides and other fun stuff. The owner of this endeavor
used to be a scout and is willing to let scouts visit free of charge, camp
out in the meadow and learn the skills to help demonstrate (more Boy Scouts
than Cubs). Anyway, he invited us out (119 attended) and we saw a Civil War
demonstration by the 7th New York Scottish Regiment. They divided us into
three groups and gave demonstrations on: 1) Daily life during the Civil war
which included a camp setup, daily activities (when not fighting), such as
drilling, cleaning, cooking, etc. 2) Uniform and Weapons used during the
Civil War period. and 3) Live fire demonstrations of the ball & muskets
(them, not the boys). All in all, the boys had a great time learning about
the civil war.
Last night we had our November Pack meeting. Our theme this month was
'American Heritage'. FYI, from start of opening to closing was 57 minutes.
The room was setup with a large Cave in the right front corner (why will be
explained later) with a 4'x4' Cub Scout Logo above it! Off to the fron Left
we had an overhead projector with a 'really cool' depliction of the American
Flag Slide. In the front center was the Cubmaster table and Pack 383 sign
hanging on the wall. In the back were the Den tables with everything from
Covered wagons to slides and photo albums showing what the dens did during
the month. We started the gathering activity with a rompus 'Swiss Boy' and
'Cubmaster Says:' and than as everyone was finding their seats played a tape
with Patriotic music and Lee Greenwood's 'God Bless America'.
After the opening flag ceremony the pack went on a Bear Hunt. Now almost
everyone one of you have gone on a Bear hunt, but we do it with props (aka -
Cave and Bear). We went through all the motions, but when I entered the cave
I found one of our leaders dressed in a full Bear Costume. The Bear chased
me out of the cave, up the hill, climbed the tree, down the tree, down the
hill, through the marsh, over the bridge, through the wheat field, past the
gate and into my house....whew, isn't a bear hunt fun! The boys absolutely
loved it...my wife said the looks on their faces showed they were really into
it and enjoying the bear.
We continued on through the Pack meeting with:
-- Den Song
-- Den Skit (hazards along the Oregon Trail -- they wrote it themselves)
-- Awards (2 Wolfs, 8 Bears, and 20+ Webelos activity pins)
-- Den/Pack Awards (literally hundreds of segments, belt loops, sport pins,
attendanace award, 100% Uniformed den
award, and the Cubby)
-- Another Song: America (song in a round with all boys holding hands in a
friendship cross -
lights off, with a spot light
on the American Flag, and a Cubmaster
minute on why America is
-- Retired Colors
Our Pack meetings are heavily based on audience participation and moving
along at a steady pace, thus the results are everyone enjoys the meeting and
noone complains about it being so long.
We completed our fund raiser last night which was Christmas wreath sales, for
a tally of 760 wreaths/swags for a gross of $11,100. I won't know our profit
margin until after accountants finish their accounting.
Future Pack activities for Dec/Jan include:
Scouting for Food - Dec 5th
Christmas Ships - Dec 19th (this is watching the parade of lighted christmas
ships from the
deck of an old PT Boat)
Christmas Tree Recycle - Jan. 1/2/3 - Fund raiser to recycle christmas trees.
Pack Swim Party - Jan 8 (we rent the High School swim pool and Life guards
for an evening
of water fun)
Pack Winter Trip - Jan 22 (this is our tubing trip -- expect 350 to attend)
Pack Meeting - Jan 26
Well, hope I didn't bore the daylights out of you. I just wanted to share a
bit of what my pack has been doing; and yes...we do have our share of
problems, but we deal with them and attempt to provide a quality FUN program
for our boys.
In Scouting . . .
Peter Van Houten
Snail Mail: 7225 SW 160th
Beaverton, OR 97007
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