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2019 Food Drive

posted Nov 6, 2019, 10:52 AM by Web Master


Recruitment Night

posted Sep 9, 2019, 7:36 PM by Web Master   [ updated Sep 9, 2019, 8:02 PM ]


Welcome Back Picnic

posted Sep 9, 2019, 7:34 PM by Web Master   [ updated Sep 9, 2019, 7:34 PM ]


April Cubmaster Corner

posted Apr 4, 2019, 4:08 PM by Micah Weinberg

Folks:

There's LOTS of information here because we've got LOTS of fun activities coming up.  Please read all the way to the end and sign up for all of the opportunities you'd like so you don't miss out!


Thank you so much for joining us at the Blue and Gold Dinner.  At that time, we let you know about the Family Charitable Giving Effort to support Scouting beyond our regular dues.  Every dollar that we raise through this reduces dues that we will have to pay in future years and will help keep us from taking on other fundraising activities.  

We've set a goal of $4500 for this effort for the remainder of the year.  We've got about 100 families in Pack 296 which means that if we all give an average of $45 we'll meet that goal.  Some will give more, some less but please do make a tax-free donation if you can.  Make your gift here.  (Please mark Peralta District, Pack 296)


Our annual pack camping trip is Saturday, April 13th at Hawk Ridge camp in Anthony Chabot Regional Park.

The pack has reserved the campsite for 2 nights, April 12th AND 13th. You are welcome to spend the night in the park on your own on April 12th and the scheduled program will begin at 12:30 on the 13th. Please let us know on the form if you will be attending both evenings so we can get the parking pass and gate code to you. More details and sign up form here. Please sign up to help with food here.

Build a Go Kart !!

Sign up for a Go Kart Kit ! The kit includes: Wheels, Body, Seat, Brake and Hardware and the Price is $40.00 You can send a PayPal to treasurer@pack296.org (preferred) or any other legal tender.

Pick up your kit and build it at home, or bring it with you and have some of our handy volunteers help! Feel free to customize and jazz it up.

Kits will be available at the Pack meeting on April 24thD

Date of event is Saturday May 11th 8:00 am to 11:30 am.

Meet at the Roberts Park Lower Lot: 10570 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94611

April Pack Meeting, 4/24, Sequoia Elementary, 630pm

The April Pack meeting for everyone will be at Sequoia Elementary School at 630. We'll be doing a fun STEM adventure with rockets, catapults, marbles and more!

May "Crossing Over," 5/22, Montera Middle School, 630pm

The May Pack meeting is the final meeting of the year when the kids advance to the next level and receive their Tiger, Bobcat, Wolf, Bear or Webelos Patches. The oldest Scouts will receive their Arrow of Light and will be welcomed by the Boy Scout troop they have chosen to join. More information on this will be presented at the Pack meeting in April.

AND FINALLY ...

Scout Day at the As

June 2nd game at 1:07pm. Tickets are $30 each. Parking ticket is available to purchase in advance for $16 vs. $30 at the door. Festival will start about 9am. Parade will start about 11am

Please contact me with any questions or check the website!

YIS,

Cubmaster Micah


March Cubmaster Corner

posted Mar 10, 2019, 11:33 AM by Micah Weinberg

This Edition of Cubmaster Corner is going to look ... a lot like the last one! 

Due to the OUSD strike we had to postpone our Blue and Gold until a week from Wednesday (the 20th).  I hope everyone made their savory dips and has been keeping them in the fridge for the last month to share ... on second thought maybe make a new batch ... *grin* 

But please read all the through for additional details for upcoming events including the Pack Campout.

BLUE AND GOLD BANQUET

Who: Everyone is welcome
What: A potluck and awards ceremony
Where: Montclair Elementary School Cafeteria 
When: 3/20, from 6-830pm 
Why: Because we love getting together and celebrating with our Scouting family!

Each den organized its own potluck without desserts, the Pack provides cake.

DIP OFF! - Each den brings food for its own potluck as well as an entry into the 2nd Annual SAVORY DIP OFF.  Last year, a den brought a chocolate dip and won handily!  But sweet dips will be DQd from the competition this year! 

Upcoming Events

All events for the rest of the year can be found on our website http://www.pack296cubs.org/ but here's what we're looking at in the next couple of months.

Pack Campout! - Friday and Saturday April 12th- 13th at Hawk Ridge Campground (Anthony Chabot Regional Park)  There will be no packwide activities Friday but people are welcome to be at the site either with their families or with their whole dens.  The whole pack will arrive after lunch on Saturday around 1 and leave after breakfast on Sunday.  The Boy Scouts are going to be joining us to run some fun activities in the afternoon, we'll have a big dinner and then a campfire that evening.  Every den should prepare a short skit (or song!)  And parents with guitars (or other portable instruments) should feel free to bring them.  More specific details as the event approaches.

Go Karts - We're going to be doing Go Karts again! Thank you to Scott Flurher for volunteering to run this event.  The build and race will be in late April/Early May, date and location to be announced soon.

PERALTA CUP - Please represent Pack 296 at the Peralta Cup which is the Saturday March 16th.  RSVP here and check out all of the details on the attached flyers.

Please contact me with any questions!

Best,
Cubmaster Micah

February Cubmaster Corner

posted Feb 17, 2019, 6:28 PM by Cub Master

Having run an AWESOME Pinewood Derby, it's time to look ahead to the Blue and Gold Banquet.  And it's not too far ahead!  Just a week from Wednesday.  

BLUE AND GOLD BANQUET

Who: Everyone is welcome
What: A potluck, awards ceremony and meeting with the Mayor of Oakland.
Where: Montclair Elementary School Cafeteria *
When: 2/27, from 6-830pm 
Why: Because we love getting together and celebrating with our Scouting family!

The Details ...

DIP OFF! - Each den brings food for its own potluck as well as an entry into the 2nd Annual SAVORY DIP OFF.  Last year, a den brought a chocolate dip and won handily!  But sweet dips will be DQd from the competition this year! (And we're providing cake anyway.)  I know it's silly to have such strong feelings about this but I'm using my !!ultimate power!! as Cubmaster to make this call here.

THE MAYOR and AWARDS - We'll be giving out Pinewood Derby and other awards and Mayor Schaaf had so much fun the last time that she visited with us that she's joining us again to answer kids questions about Oakland and the world.  

Upcoming Events

All events for the rest of the year can be found on our website http://www.pack296cubs.org/ but here's what we're looking at in the next couple of months.

PERALTA CUP - Please represent Pack 296 at the Peralta Cup which is March 16th.  RSVP here and check out all of the details on the attached flyers.

Go Karts - We want to do our Go Karts activity again this year but we're looking for just a couple more parent volunteers to make this happen.  Please reach out to me if you're interested in working with experienced people to pull this off.

March Pack Meeting - Held on the 3rd Wednesday (the 20th) instead of the 4th due to OUSD Spring Break.  The focus will be preparing for the Campout.

Pack Campout! - Saturday April 13th at Hawk Ridge Campground (Anthony Chabot Regional Park)

Please contact me with any questions!

Best,
Cubmaster Micah

* We looked into getting another space given concerns about the strike but it was prohibitively expensive on this notice for this number of people.  We've consulted with a striking teacher at OUSD and he said he wouldn't consider this crossing the picket line since it's off school hours. Please reach out to me if you have any concerns.

January Cubmaster Corner

posted Jan 23, 2019, 9:32 AM by Micah Weinberg

Sign up for Summer Camping

Sign ups for Spring and Summer Camps are now open 

A few quick notes: These camps are organized around the year that your Scout will be NEXT YEAR.  So, for example, if you're a Bear now, you'll attend the Webelos Camp this summer.  (And if you are an Arrow of Light Scout, you'll attend Boy Scout Camp with the Troop that you choose.)  

We all try to go to the same week and this year again we are planning on going to the 1st set of sessions that start this year on July 29th.  You can go the following week but you'll be placed with Scouts fro other Packs.  People also are planning to attend the second session of the Mom and Scout Camp May 17-19.  This one sells out every year so please reserve your spot son. 

Finally, the Pack does not recommend that Peralta District Summer Day camp since people's experience with it has been uneven and there are better local options such as the Piedmont Council Day Camp that is also open to our Scouts.

Pinewood Important Dates

All of these dates can be found at our Pack Website http://www.pack296cubs.org/

Big Cuts Night - Former Pack 296 Cubmaster Eric Runge is now the industrial arts teacher at Montera and will be letting us use his shop there.  Your Den should have signed up for a night on either the 9th, 10th or 17th.  You do not have to wait until then.  You can make your cuts with a coping saw (old school style).  But this will be an option for you and you'll find out about the schedule from your den leaders over the holidays. 

Impound - This will be held at the regular Pack Meeting date, January 30th from 6:30-9 at Sequoia Elementary.  This is where we will be checking and checking in your cars and having you make modifications there to make them legal if necessary/possible.  Bring your car in a shoebox because you'll be leaving it there after checking it in.  

THE BIG (PACK) RACE - The race this year is going to be on Saturday, February 2nd at Montera Middle School at 2pm.  This should give us more time to get through the races and it'll be easier for kids to stick around until the final races.  We'll have food and other fun activities.

THE BIG (DISTRICT) RACE - March 19, 2019 in Kaiser’s personal airplane hangar at the Oakland airport.  Mark your calendars now.  Formal invitation to follow closer to the date.  No pinewood derby car should race just once!  This race is Former Cubmasters of 296 are organizing this event. Anyone can participate (you don't have to win our race to race in this one.)

Pinewood Rules

For those of you who are new to Cub Scouts or those who want to learn more about how to build pinewood derby cars, I encourage you to search online via Google and YouTube with your scout.  There are many resources available - almost too many.  Your scout will enjoy the research.  However, there are a number of techniques you may find online that are not legal for our race.  See below. Basically, they boil down to - use the kits we gave you and check before you do anything fancy.  

1.    Official Class cars must be built new for this season and cannot have been raced in previous years
2.    Use an official BSA Pinewood Derby kit, not a Revell nor PineCar nor any other kit.
3.    Aftermarket wheels and axles are not accepted.
4.    Car must weigh no more than 5.0 ounces on the official scale weighed on all 4 wheels
5.    Width shall not exceed 2-1/4 inches
6.    Length shall not exceed 7 inches
7.    Car must have a wheelbase of between 4” and 4-1/2”.
8.    Wheel treads must NOT be modified in any way (no trimming or sanding).
9.    No professional lathe may be used on wheels or axles.
10.  Axles may not be modified nor bent (removing the burrs is okay).
11.  Only dry powder lubricant may be used.
12.  The front of the car may not be modified to shorten the length to the finish line.
13.  No loose materials of any kind are allowed in the car.
14.  No springs or starting devices are allowed.

I will say that the rule that people run into the most frequently is making cars that are too long so make sure to keep that in mind. 

If you have any questions, ask.  If your car does not pass muster at impound you can race in the "Outlaw" class but it won't be against the members of your den and you won't be eligible to move on to the finals.  Again, many of the techniques online will make your car illegal for our race, so be careful. But also have fun!  This is a great activity for akelas (you) and your Scouts.  You can spend one hour preparing your car or one hundred.  Up to you!! 


December Cubmaster Corner - No Pack Meeting, Pinewood Next Month!

posted Dec 11, 2018, 9:09 PM by Micah Weinberg

First, thank you so very much to Jesucita for organizing a super successful Toy Drive Skate that over 130 Scouts and Scouters attended!

As a reminder, Dens are meeting this month but there is no pack meeting this month since it would fall during the Winter Vacation.  Pack fun will resume next month with tons of Pinewood Derby activities.

Speaking of which ...

IT'S (ALMOST) PINEWOOD DERBY TIME!!

You should be receiving your Pinewood Derby cars at your den meeting this month.  The rules for our Pack Pinewood are at the end of this message.  Do not consult rules online, they vary by Pack.

Pinewood Schedule

All of these dates can be found at our Pack Website http://www.pack296cubs.org/

Big Cuts Night - Former Pack 296 Cubmaster Eric Runge is now the industrial arts teacher at Montera and will be letting us use his shop at to be determined dates in early to mid January to make the major cuts for the car.  You do not have to wait until then.  You can make your cuts with a coping saw (old school style).  But this will be an option for you and you'll find out about the schedule from your den leaders over the holidays.

Impound - This will be held at the regular Pack Meeting date, January 30th from 6:30-9 at Sequoia Elementary.  This is where we will be checking and checking in your cars and having you make modifications there to make them legal if necessary/possible.  Bring your car in a shoebox because you'll be leaving it there after checking it in.  

THE BIG (PACK) RACE - The race this year is going to be on Saturday, February 2nd at Montera Middle School at 2pm.  This should give us more time to get through the races and it'll be easier for kids to stick around until the final races.  We'll have food and other fun activities.

THE BIG (DISTRICT) RACE March 19, 2019 in Kaiser’s personal airplane hangar at the Oakland airport.  Mark your calendars now. Formal invitation to follow closer to the date. No pinewood derby car should race just once! This race is Former Cubmasters of 296 are organizing this event. Anyone can participate (you don't have to win our race to race in this one.)

Pinewood Rules

 

For those of you who are new to Cub Scouts or those who want to learn more about how to build pinewood derby cars, I encourage you to search online via Google and YouTube with your scout.  There are many resources available - almost too many. Your scout will enjoy the research.  However, there are a number of techniques you may find online that are not legal for our race.  See below. Basically, they boil down to - use the kits we gave you and check before you do anything fancy.

1.    Official Class cars must be built new for this season and cannot have been raced in previous years

2.    Use an official BSA Pinewood Derby kit, not a Revell nor PineCar nor any other kit.

3.    Aftermarket wheels and axles are not accepted.

4.    Car must weigh no more than 5.0 ounces on the official scale weighed on all 4 wheels

5.    Width shall not exceed 2-1/4 inches

6.    Length shall not exceed 7 inches

7.    Car must have a wheelbase of between 4” and 4-1/2”.

8.    Wheel treads must NOT be modified in any way (no trimming or sanding).

9.    No professional lathe may be used on wheels or axles.

10.  Axles may not be modified nor bent (removing the burrs is okay).

11.  Only dry powder lubricant may be used.

12.  The front of the car may not be modified to shorten the length to the finish line.

13.  No loose materials of any kind are allowed in the car.

14.  No springs or starting devices are allowed.

 

If you have any questions, ask.  If your car does not pass muster at impound you can race in the "Outlaw" class but it won't be against the members of your den and you won't be eligible to move on to the finals.  Again, many of the techniques online will make your car illegal for our race, so be careful. But also have fun!  This is a great activity for akelas (you) and your Scouts.  You can spend one hour preparing your car or one hundred. Up to you!!

November Cubmaster Corner

posted Nov 12, 2018, 8:32 PM by Micah Weinberg

Scouts and Scouters:


Food Drive a Success!

First off, a HUGE thank you to Craig Hammond for organizing the food drive.  It was a big success and we collected more food (over 1,000 items!) than any other group in our district.  And a big thank you to those of you who braved the smoke to pick up the food this weekend.


Split Pack Meetings this Month

Second, the Pack meeting this month (Wednesday the 28th) will be split between Joaquin Miller Elementary (for dens in the Montclair area) and Sequoia Elementary (for dens down the hill).  Both will be doing civic spirit activities. Tremendously important to have our young folks learn about healthy forms of citizenship in these troubled and polarized times.


Skating Toy Drive in December

And speaking of important civic activities, December is the month for our Toy Drive, Ice Skating event.  A big thank you to Jesucita Castellanos for organizing this.

 

The Ice Skating event will be Saturday, December 8th from 5:45 to 7:30pm at the Oakland Ice, www.oaklandice.com. Please bring an unwrapped gift for each person that plans to skate, as a donation for the Mayor’s Toy Drive. We encourage your scouts to come in your regular cub shirt, tie and cap for pictures but also be prepared to come with gloves and a bike helmet for added safety.  

 

The private skate will be from 6pm-7pm and then we will have a private room to enjoy cake and take pictures with the gifts from 7-7:30pm.  Oakland Ice reopens its rink for public skate at 7:00 pm. If you are interested in continuing with public skate you will need to purchase your tickets at the box office.

 

Please note that there is a snack bar at the rink and please allow for time in finding parking. It can get busy on a Saturday night in this part of town.

 

Upcoming

 

There will be no pack meeting in December (since it will be right during the holiday break), though most dens will hold their meetings.

 

January is Pinewood and we're going to be sending out dates for kids to do the cuts for their cars.  Look for more information about this and reminders about the Toy Drive going forward.

And, as always, all of this information is always at www.pack296cubs.org

 

Yours in Scouting,

Cubmaster Micah


Cub Scout carnival this Wednesday 24th at Sequoia

posted Oct 23, 2018, 11:44 AM by Cub Master

Reminder we are all meeting at Sequoia Elementary this pack meeting (no split meeting this time).

Please bring your toys/books to donate with you on Wednesday. Please arrive before 6:30 and allow yourself some time to sort the toys into the provided bins in the cafeteria (first door on your right when you enter the gate). There will be labeled bins with approximate dollar value ranges that you can drop the toys into.
We hope to have the back gate open at 6pm for direct parking into the school yard.

Please bring small change for food.
Pizza $2 per slice
Drinks 50 cents each
Veggies, fruit and popcorn available also.
(Bear parents paid for all the food and we would appreciate anything to help cover our costs)

This year's carnival will be slightly different. Each scout/sibling can play a game activity once and then they must give someone else a turn. No tickets are needed to play the games and they can be played as many times (except the lollipop pull) as long as everyone is getting a turn. Tickets for prizes will be earned after completing the activity.
Each game will have a different reward system for tickets and the prize station will list how many tickets you need for each level. Big ticket items are only available for purchase at the end of the evening - so save your tickets if you want a big ticket item!
Our amazing Carnival RingMaster will go over rules, etc Wednesday evening.
We will have two game sessions with the whip cream pie eating contest around 7:05.

Lastly we still need parent volunteers- Can you help?
Please sign up on our google doc if you can - I have highlighted in yellow where we really need parent volunteers. 


Schedule
6:30 Flags- Announcements (Craig and Jesuscita)
6:45 Games - Bears and den chiefs for Bears (Bear parents to help throughout)
7:05 Whip Cream Pie Eating Contest
7:10/7:15 Games - AOL scouts to help & den chiefs
7:30 Games end/ cleanup/prize collecting
7:45 - Final announcements 
7:50 Vespers

Thanks - see you all soon!
Arianne Wagner
Den 8 Leader/Ast. Cubmaster

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