Apologies for the long update this week, but please stick with me and read to the end, there's a lot of important info.
Thanks to everyone that turned up yesterday for our trail cleanup event, it was a fantastic turnout. We are looking to add other service projects to the program that have a positive impact on the community. Any ideas? Let us know.
We have a pack meeting coming up this week, Wednesday October 29th, 6:30pm at the Middle School. We look forward to seeing you there. Don't forget that Wednesday is Wear Your Uniform to School day.
There is only a short time left to get out there and sell some popcorn. It is really important for the pack and there are great prizes involved for the scouts, above and beyond a free trip to the Aquarium. Thanks for everyone's effort so far.
Girl Scouts looking for a venue
We have a family in our pack who are also involved in Girl Scouts. Their unit is looking for a venue to meet at on Wednesday evenings (same time as us) and are having a lot of trouble finding one. They don't need a lot of space and wouldn't be loud or disruptive at all. If you know of somewhere available, please let me know as soon as possible. The Kucera family have been very involved and supportive of our pack, so we'd really like to help them out with this.
For the past few years, I have been very proud and lucky to have worked with a group of leaders/parents/volunteers that are passionate about bringing to Steamboat area boys the best possible experience and an environment that is super fun, and sets them up for life through building character, attitude and skills.
If we ever fall short in this goal, or seem disorganized or unstructured, I can assure you that it is not through a lack of dedication, but simply due to there being too much to do for a small group of people, who, like everyone, have busy lives already filled with work and family commitments.
That is why I encourage each of you to get involved with the pack beyond the parent role, even in a small way (e.g. coordinate an event). It will be more rewarding than you expect. Not sure what to volunteer for? A great start is by attending one of our monthly planning meetings at The Egg & I Restaurant. The next one will be held on Tuesday Nov 4 at 5 pm.
We believe that this kind of involvement is important for parents, so have come up with a little incentive. For anyone who attends 75% or more of the planning meetings during the year, and coordinates one or more events during the year, the pack will retrospectively refund 50% of dues for your scout(s) for the year (inclusive of council dues and pack-provided gear such as Class B uniforms etc.).
The pack is in the process of moving to a new system for rosters, record keeping (advancement, awards, training, attendance etc.), leader training, communication and calendars.
As parents, you will be able to track your son's progress through the various levels of achievement in scouting, add achievements that have been completed at home (for approval by the den leader), add/edit information within his profile and view upcoming events that relate to either the pack as a whole, or your den specifically.
The system can be accessed at www.scoutbook.com. You should receive an invitation to create an account in Scoutbook, within the next couple of weeks. Please keep an eye out for the email and check your spam folders in case you miss it. If you would like access sooner rather than later, just send me an email.
If your scout has completed any achievements recently, please make sure that you advise your den leader as soon as possible, so we have time to organize awards before the next Awards Ceremony. In general, please advise your den leader at least two weeks before a pack meeting.
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