Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Bear Facts - April 2009

Spring Break is upon us!! Take a look at your Electives section in the handbook, and find some opportunities for your Scout to earn elective points during break – Go to All Fired Up and make some pottery (9); head to the Natural History Museum and check out the planetarium(1); experiment taking photos with your digital camera (11), etc. etc.

Be sure to keep track of accomplishments and let us know your Scout’s progress. We will be awarding the Scouts with their beltloops, pins, and arrow points at May’s pack meeting (changed from April). Remember, for every 10 electives completed = 1 arrow point is earned.

Training Courses Available – PLEASE SIGN UP!

New Leader & Position Specific (ie. WEBELOS) Training, Saturday, April 18, 2009, 8:30am until noon. Green Valley United Methodist Church, 620 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Rd. Akron, 44319. Call Bill Hedrick 330-524-0381 or send me an email if you’re interested.

We need several trained (guys!!) WEBELOS leaders in our group. Adrienne and Susan have signed up to attend – please consider joining us. It’s not too late to register. Visit the following website for more info:

OWL and BALOO Training are mandatory training classes, meaning at least one person from den must attend in order for the den to be eligible to participate in overnight outdoor campouts. This includes the Akron Aeros campout.

OWL (Outdoor Webelos Leader Training). This course is offered May 8-9 at Camp Butler. It is an overnight course, opening ceremony at 6pm on Friday evening; closing ceremony at 5pm on Saturday evening.

BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation), May 9 at Camp Butler (time to follow). This class is for anyone who wants to acquire the skills and confidence necessary to plan and carry out a successful Cub Scout-level overnight activity; and increase their knowledge of the resources available from the BSA. For more information about BALOO Training, visit:

Costs for attending any of these classes will be reimbursed by the Pack. Thank you for your willingness to attend. Please reply back to let us know which training class you will attend.

Next Pack Meeting: Wednesday, April 15th at 7:00pm at Holy Martyrs Church. Join the celebration as the Webelos II officially cross over to Boy Scouts!

Next Den Event: Mark your Calendar for Saturday, May 24th. We will meet at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery to place flags throughout the cemetery in honor of our veterans. (More details to follow at a later date).

Other District Scouting Events:

District Pinewood Derby Race, Saturday, April 18th at Medina National Guard Armory.
Join us for a great time on Saturday, April 18, at the Medina National Guard Armory. Remember, the top two in each rank (Tiger, Wolf, Bear & Webelos) from your pack advance to the District Pinewood Derby.
Tigers and Wolves sign in at 8:30 a.m., Bears and Webelos sign in at noon, and adults/siblings will race at 11:15 a.m. There will be trophies for the top three finishers for each rank as well as trophies for various car decorating categories. Call Sean Kirkpatrick for more info at 330-331-8130.

Cub Scout Fish Fest, May 9th at Hubbard Valley Park
The program starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. It’s free and includes prizes and awards. Have questions? Call Scott Showman at 330-769-3108.

Scout Nights at Canal Park, Saturday, (*)June 27, 2009 or July 18, 2009
Plan to join the den for a campout at Canal Park (the Webelos are going on July 18) and enjoy an Akron Aeros game!! Cost is just $20 per camper. Space is limited, so we need to make our reservations NOW. Activities include a home run hitting contest, inflatable slide and a movie. Of course, you’ll enjoy watching the Akron Aeros vs. Binghamton Mets game too. Participants will also receive tickets to the July 25 and August 29 Scout Nights at Canal Park. Let us know if you’re interested, as we’ll register as a group.

(*) NOTE: June 27 conflicts with the dates for Summer Day Camp. However, the boys are eligible to attend overnight Webelos Camp this year! Dates for Webelos Camp are August 5-8 (more details to follow).

Questions? Comments? Just call or email. Have a wonderful holiday!!

Susan & Tom
(330) 764-3080

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