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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

October Cubmaster Corner

posted Oct 22, 2018, 9:20 PM by Micah Weinberg

Website and Registration

For starters, everything you'll need to know about Scouts (including an archive of these newsletters) can be found at http://www.pack296cubs.org/  PLEASE bookmark it and check it if you have questions about the calendar, uniforming or other issues.

Also, everyone needs to be registered by the end of October.  For people already in the Pack, this just means paying the dues of $175 to treasurer@pack296cubs.org on paypal or delivering a check to Pack Leaders at the Carnival Pack meeting on Wednesday the 24th.  For people new to Scouts, please also bring a filled-out copy of the application along with you as well.  You only have to fill out the first "Council" copy. (If you have signed up as a Den leader, you'll need to fill out an adult application, there is no extra fee for adults, we pay that as a Pack.)

October: Pack Meeting/Carnival at Sequoia Elementary

*Everyone* is going to be meeting at our Pack meeting on Wednesday the 24th this month at Sequoia Elementary where the Bears are going to be putting on our carnival.  Everyone should be there for all of the regular meeting time from 6:30-8pm.  The Bear leaders will be sending out another email with request for donated toys and food so please keep an eye out for that!

November: Food Drive and Pack Meeting

Our special activity in the month of November is a Food Drive.  There will be more announcements about that at the Pack meeting this month.  But mark your calendars for Saturday morning the 3rd and Saturday morning the 10th at 9am.  We'll be meeting in the Montclair Elementary Parking Lot and dividing up into dens to put out hangers asking for food and then to pick up the food the following Saturday.  The activity shouldn't take more than a couple of hours each Saturday but is extremely important for the people in need in our community.  Scouting for Food is the single biggest food collection for then Alameda County Food Bank every year. 

November Pack meetings will again be split again into meetings at Joaquin Miller at Sequoia. 

December: Ice Skating/Toy Drive, No Pack Meeting

In December we do an Ice Skating activity.  It'll be on Saturday the 8th at 5pm.  We'll provide more information.  Since the Pack meeting would fall squarely during the holidays, we have no Pack meeting in December.  

Pinewood Derby starts in January.  We'll be providing much more information about that at the Pack meetings in November.

As always, please contact me and/or your den leaders or other pack leaders with any questions!

Yours in Scouting,
Cubmaster Micah

Angel Island Overnight 2018

posted Sep 6, 2018, 3:57 PM by Web Master   [ updated Sep 10, 2018, 1:55 PM ]


August/September Cubmaster Corner

posted Aug 31, 2018, 1:44 PM by Web Master   [ updated Sep 7, 2018, 1:51 PM ]

Hello folks, Cubmaster Micah here!  You're going to be getting these "Cubmaster Chat" emails generally the first Wednesday of every month.  But since we have a few things to prepare for in September, you're getting this one a little early. 

UPGRADED PACK WEBSITE!

Thanks to our Webmaster extraordinaire, Paul Markette, we've redone our website and it will be a reliable source of information about events during the year and contact info for den and pack leaders.

You can access it here: http://www.pack296cubs.org/

IMPORTANT DATES FOR SEPTEMBER

Your Den Meeting - Most Dens will begin to meet in September, keep an eye out for a separate communication from your Den Leaders with more information.

Saturday, September 15th 11:00am - 1:30pm Back to School Picnic (Pinewood Picnic Area, Joaquin Miller Park) This is for returning and new families to reconnect and  barbecue and play some games.  Meet new folks, get questions answered, engage in epic rounds of potato sack racing.  Same place as we've held the picnic for the last couple of years.  There will be a **uniform swap** at this picnic and the first pack meetings.  If you have uniform pieces that your son has grown out of that you'd like to pass along, please bring them.  Folks can take things from the uniform box on a first come first served basis.

September 22-23rd Angel Island Campout This was a ton of fun so we're going to do it again.  It's a one night campout at the Service Camp at Angel Island on a trip that involves a couple of hours of providing service to the rangers of the park which ends up being lots of fun in some unspeakably beautiful corner of that amazing island.  Watch out for the raccoons though!  Keep an eye out for a separate email with a sign up link.

Wednesday, September 26th First Pack Meeting of the Year, 6:30pm - 8:00pm (Sequoia AND Montera) This will be our first pack meeting of the year and it will be a "split" pack meeting with the dens in the Montclair Area meeting at Montera Middle and the dens down the hill meeting at Sequoia Elementary.   There is a chance we'll be moving the Montera meeting to one of the elementary schools in the neighborhood.  We'll let you know as soon as possible.

I'm putting this last because this is just for new parents  ...

Wednesday, September 12th 7:00pm - 8:30pm Recruitment Night (Joaquin Miller Elementary) This is for new parents so none of you but maybe your friends?  We're going to be fielding, in particular, questions about Dens for Girls and figuring out how we're going to organize them based on amount of interest.

DUES

Dues for the year are now $175.  Please pay before September 30th at https://www.paypal.me/pack296cubs 

In the note field, please put your child's name, den number, your name and the best email and phone number to reach you at. We'll be providing reminders.

Dues are somewhat higher to accommodate additional charges from the Council.  Though this is still substantially less expensive than most other yearlong Bay Area activities, we understand that it can still be a stretch so please chat with your den leader if this is going to be a hardship.  As a reminder, we charge these dues so that, unlike most other packs and troops, we don't engage in any fundraising activities that can be very time consuming.

SUMMER PASSPORT

At our final meeting, I mentioned the Cub Summer Passport program.  Here is the booklet for the program.  We will recognize the scouts at the first Pack meeting of the year on Wednesday September 26th.  You have until then to finish the activities.  Those who finish 15 or more activities will get a 4 function watch/compass. Those who finish 23 or more will get an LED headlamp.  Take a look. These are many activities you may already be doing together as a family!  Please inform me by sending me an email whether your son has reached these milestones.  I'll trust you. 

WELCOMING GIRLS

As you may have heard/read, Cub Scouts are welcoming girls this year.  We don't at this point know how much interest there is going to be from girls in our area. Once we do, we'll figure out exactly how this will work our in our Pack.

So welcome back y'all!!  If you have any questions about anything, please do not hesitate to ask.

Best,
Cubmaster Micah

Your Summer Newsletter from Your Cubmaster

posted Jul 9, 2018, 4:18 PM by Web Master

Tough to believe the summer is halfway over!

Hope everyone's having a great one.  Some of us have a very exciting time coming up at Scout Summer Camp at Royaneh. I believe that I've been communicating with everyone who is registered for one of the camps so if you haven't been getting those emails, please drop me a line.

At our final meeting, I mentioned the Cub Summer Passport program.  Here is the booklet for the program.  Please use the form here to fill in your activities (scout's honor).  We will recognize the scouts at the first Pack meeting of the year on Wednesday September 26th.  You have until then to finish the activities.  Those who finish 15 or more activities will get a 4 function watch/compass. Those who finish 23 or more will get an LED headlamp.  Take a look. These are many activities you may already be doing together as a family! 

I have also attached the Calendar (with a few dates TBD) for next year. The key thing to know is that September is going to kick off with a bang for us!

Wednesday, September 12th 630-8 Recruitment Night (Location TBD) This is for new parents so none of you but maybe your friends?  We're going to be fielding, in particular, questions about Dens for Girls and figuring out how we're going to organize them based on the amount of interest.

Saturday, September 15th 10:30-1:30 Back to School Picnic (Joaquin Miller Park) This is for returning and new families to reconnect and barbecue and play some games.  Meet new folks, get questions answered, engage in epic rounds of potato sack racing.

September 22-23rd Angel Island Campout This was a ton of fun so we're going to do it again.  It's a one-night campout at the Service Camp at Angel Island on a trip that involves a couple of hours of providing service to the rangers of the park which ends up being lots of fun in some unspeakably beautiful corner of that amazing island.  Watch out for the raccoons though!  Keep an eye out for a separate email with a sign-up link.

Wednesday, September 26th First Pack Meeting of the Year, 630-8pm (Sequoia and Montera) This will be our first pack meeting of the year and it will be a "split" pack meeting with the dens in the Montclair Area meeting at Montera Middle and the dens down the hill meeting at Sequoia Elementary.  

Your Den Leaders will be following up with more information about when your first Den meeting is and anything else you need to know.

Best,
Cubmaster Micah

2018 - 2019 Calendar

posted Jul 6, 2018, 10:37 AM by Web Master   [ updated Sep 9, 2018, 11:31 PM ]

Hi all
Hope you are having a great summer so far

Here is a link to the PDF Calendar

Also the link to an editable version you can use for den specifics

Reminder
These dens are responsible for these pack meetings:
September = AOL
October = Bears
April = Wolf


Flag Duties (and more) listed here:

Pack 296 Cubs - Hike

posted Jul 5, 2018, 4:17 PM by Den8 Assistant Leader

Hi Everyone,

If you do plan on joining us on the hike, please fill out this form so we know how many to expect.

Thanks!
Katy McCarthy

Pack 296 Cubs - Hike **Switched** to Huckleberry this Saturday at 11

posted Jul 5, 2018, 4:15 PM by Den8 Assistant Leader

Folks:

It's supposed to be hot (DURN HOT! as we used to say at my Scout camp) this weekend in Sunol where we had planned our hike.  100 degrees to be exact!  And the hike we had planned is beautiful but doesn't have much shade.

So ... we're calling an audible and doing our hike instead at the Huckleberry loop up on Skyline Blvd.  It's going to be cooler, shadier and closer to home.  We'll meet up at the trailhead around 11, start soon thereafter and be done in no more than an hour or two.  (No dogs apparently. Sorry Spot!)

 
Please meet up by 11:10 or if you aren't there by then hustle up and meet us already on the trail.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer.

Best,
Cubmaster Micah

New Pack Website - Welcome!

posted May 17, 2011, 12:32 PM by Web Master   [ updated Jul 2, 2018, 11:04 AM ]

You will notice some changes in the way we go about Pack business over the next several months and we are pretty sure they will be changes for the better.  Our hope is that you can (eventually) rely on the website as your main source of information about our Scout program.

In the near future, our leaders will learn to post stories and update their calendars and some other nifty tricks to keep everyone at the top of their game. Please give them some leeway as the changes go into effect and everything starts smoothing out.  It might get a little rocky before it gets smooth.

We think you are going to like the changes.  This website is already packed with features and when we get in a groove at the leadership level it will be even better.

If you'd like to contribute let us know. 

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