Pack News

March 22, 2021

posted Apr 2, 2021, 8:38 PM by Margo Wei

Upcoming Dates!
Ongoing - Sign up for summer camp (camp is August 5-8)!
Ongoing - Donate to “Friends of Scouting”
Now through May 15 - “Flat Scouty Challenge”
April 1 - Sign up for Twilight (day) Camp (camp is July 12-15)
April 3 (Saturday, 7:30 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.) - “Glow-in-the-Dark Easter Egg Hunt” at Peter Kirk Elementary
April 13 (Tuesday 6:30 p.m.) - Virtual Pack Meeting - Make Recycled Robots for Earth Day!
April 17 - Scouting for Food (details to come soon!)
April 17 - April 25 - Pick up trash at a park or school in honor of Earth Day
May 11 (Tuesday) Pack “Dinner Scavenger Hunt”
June 8 (Tuesday) Graduation

Time to sign up for Summer Camp at the beautiful Camp Edward We are attending Session 5 (August 5-8, 2021) at the beautiful, newly refinished Cub Scout Camp, Camp Edwards. This is the perfect place for Mom or Dad to take your Cub Scout for three days of fun! You will stay in a group site with other families from our pack. There are cabins and options for tenting. Meals will be cooked for you, but you will have the fun of making s’mores at the campfire! You will also enjoy a night at the Camp’s campfire where you will experience skits and songs with the whole camp! There are showers and nice washrooms to use with flush toilets and running water. This is the perfect way to start camping with your Cub and to enjoy time with members from your den and pack! Those of us who have been to camp love to go each year to build amazing memories with our kids! Register as soon as you can. Make sure you select “Session 5”. Cost is $300 for a Scout and $197 for an adult. There is a $20 non-refundable deposit. You can sign up if your child is going into first grade, through fifth grade. https://seattlebsa.doubleknot.com/OpenRosters/ViewActivitySpaceAvailable.aspx?classificationid=63998&orgkey=3929

Help us reach our goal for Friends of Scouting - We need the help of every family!

To help ensure the success of the Scouting program, we are asking every family in our pack to consider an investment in character, by making a voluntary gift to our annual Friends of Scouting campaign. Every dime raised by Friends of Scouting is spent locally supporting our Scouts and making Scouting possible for families like ours, and others less fortunate.

This fundraising campaign helps to provide:
Every youth the opportunity to be a Scout, no matter their economic circumstances
First-class camping programs
Support and training for volunteer leaders
Recruitment materials for every unit
Online resources
Professional staff that serves every community
Thank you sincerely for your contribution to Scouting! And if your employer provides matching funds, we encourage you to double your donation. Donate here:

Monthly contribution: https://seattlebsa.networkforgood.com/projects/122218
One time donation: https://seattlebsa.networkforgood.com/projects/122219

STEM Night - Earn a NOVA Award Friday, 4/9/2021 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. - Sign up for NOVA Award Class Your Scout can take a free science class for an evening to earn a NOVA award. The theme for April is “Uncovering the Past”. They are for 2nd grade through 5th grade Scouts. Sign up for the class here: https://sites.google.com/scoutsnova.org/novawebpage/cub-scouts

Time for “Flat Scouty” Challenge!
Until May 15, we'll be running a Flat Stanley - that is, “Flat Scouty project” with the pack.

Flat Stanley is a book about a boy who gets squished flat when a bulletin board falls on him. You can hear a read aloud of the original Flat Stanley story here: https://youtu.be/OkO_qyas7a0.

We're going to use Flat Scouty as a way for the kids to share their scouting adventures with one another while social distancing. Here's how it works:
Create your own Flat Scouty, use the template in the email sent out on 2/10/21. Take your Scouty along with you on scouting activities, and don't forget to take pictures! Post your Scouty photos to the Pack 550 Facebook page or email them to Den Leader Maggie at maggiezilke@gmail.com . Each child that submits a photo by May 15 will earn a special Flat Stanley patch!
There's all kinds of things you can do with your Scouty! Take it on a hike. Take it to the beach. Take it on a community service project. Have it nearby while you complete requirements. Have your child write a letter to a relative and mail it - ask them to take a photo in their town and mail it back! Please submit all photos by May 15 to earn a special patch.

Twilight Camp at Hans Jensen Group Campground in Issaquah - Sign up starting April 1 Come have all of the fun of Cub Scouting without having to stay overnight at Camp! Are you ready to take your scouts on a walkabout through the Outback of Australia? Along the way, scouts will experience shooting sports, songs and skits, and cool crafts! Getting involved is the best way to be part of the FUN, so let's get ready for the trek of a lifetime! For more info go to: https://lakesammcubdaycamp.org. To register go to: https://seattlebsa.org/camping/day-camp/#.

Glow-in-the-Dark Easter Egg Hunt - April 3rd at 7:30 p.m. We will be hiding lit up Easter Eggs for you to find in the grass and throughout the wooded area near the main Peter Kirk Elementary parking lot. Please be sure to wear a mask and bring a basket to collect your eggs!

April - Virtual Pack Meeting - April 13th 6:30 p.m. We will celebrate Earth Day by making robots from recycled materials. We will meet on-line and 6:30 and you can work on your own creation. Save odds and ends from now until then so you can have fun creating. Make sure you have some glue or a glue gun on hand so you can paste fun things together. You might like some googly eyes or you may like to create them!

Scouting for Food - Saturday, April 17 Scouting for Food is a massive, annual, council wide food drive. This is an awesome (and easy!) community service opportunity where scouts can easily help fight hunger locally. In 2019 alone, scouts in Chief Seattle Council collected over 74,000 pounds of food. We plan to team up with another local Pack and BSA Troop; we will have our own collection stations but will share advertising with them in hopes of having the greatest success we all can. More details about time slots and locations will be shared soon.

Trash Pick up for Earth Day Between April 17th and April 25th, go for a walk through any park, school or public area, and pick up trash to make our public spaces beautiful. Make sure you wear gloves and avoid picking up anything that is sharp. Wear a mask if you are around a lot of people.

May - Virtual Pack Meeting- May 11th 6:30 p.m. Get ready, we are having our first ever Dinner Scavenger Hunt! We will be sending you a list of things to search for in your cupboards and your Scout will work with you to prepare a fun dinner with what they find in the pantry! We will meet on-line at 6:30 to share our creations! We can’t wait to hear about your fun cooking adventure!!! The list will come out in May.

June - Graduation - June 8th 6:30 p.m.Come join us for your drive-thru graduation. Decorate your car, toot your horn, come celebrate the end of our Scouting year, and get your “rank patch” and other awards!

February 17, 2021 Newsletter

posted Apr 2, 2021, 8:37 PM by Margo Wei

Pack Leadership - We have great news!  Kara P. will be stepping into the Committee Chair role for 2021/2022 and Jani B. will be our new Pack Treasurer.  Kara has been very involved in all aspects of the pack and pack leadership over the past two years, and Jani has been very involved in the pack.  She has been a Den Leader with Stephanie H. for the Webelos.  They both have a wealth of experience to offer.  We are so excited to have the two of them!  Margo will be reaching out to each family in the coming weeks, to see what event or outing, your family can lead in the upcoming year.  If everyone does a little, it will lighten the load for all!  Thank you for your help!  


Time to sign up for Summer Camp at the beautiful Camp Edward - We are attending Session 5 from 8/5/21 to 8/8/21 at the beautiful, newly done, Cub Scout Camp, Camp Edwards.   This is the perfect place for Mom or Dad to take your Cub Cub Scout for three days of fun!  You will stay in a group site with other families from our pack.  There are cabins and options for tenting.  Meals will be cooked for you, but you will have the fun of making s’mores at the campfire!  You will also enjoy a night at the Camp’s campfire where you will experience skits and songs with the whole camp!   There are showers and nice washrooms to use with flush toilets and running water. This is the perfect way to start camping with your Cub and to enjoy time with members from your den and pack!  Those of us who have been to camp love to go each year to build amazing memories with our kids!  Register as soon as you can.  Make sure you select “Session 5”.  Cost is $300 for a Scout and $197 for an adult.  There is a $20 non-refundable deposit.  You can sign up if your child is going into first grade, through fifth grade.  https://seattlebsa.doubleknot.com/OpenRosters/ViewActivitySpaceAvailable.aspx?classificationid=63998&orgkey=3929


Help us reach our goal for Friends of Scouting - We need the help of every family!


To help ensure the success of the Scouting program, we are asking every family in our pack  to consider an investment in character, by making a voluntary gift to our annual Friends of Scouting campaign. Every dime raised by Friends of Scouting is spent locally supporting our Scouts and making Scouting possible for families like ours, and others less fortunate. 

 

This fundraising campaign helps to provide:

  • Every youth the opportunity to be a Scout, no matter their economic circumstances

  • First-class camping programs

  • Support and training for volunteer leaders

  • Recruitment materials for every unit

  • Online resources

  • Professional staff that serves every community

Thank you sincerely for your contribution to Scouting! And if your employer provides matching funds, we encourage you to double your donation.  Donate here: 

 

Monthly contribution: https://seattlebsa.networkforgood.com/projects/122218

One time donation: https://seattlebsa.networkforgood.com/projects/122219

 

STEM Night - Earn a NOVA Award Friday, 3/12/2021 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. -  Sign up for NOVA Award Class[/b] Your Scout can take a free science class for an evening to earn a NOVA award.  The theme for March is “Cub Scouts Can Code”.  They are for 2nd grade through 5th grade Scouts.   Sign up for the class here: https://sites.google.com/scoutsnova.org/novawebpage/cub-scouts

 

Time for “Flat Scouty” Challenge!

From 2/10/21 to 5/15/21, we'll be running a Flat Stanley - that is, “Flat Scouty project” with the pack.   

 

Flat Stanley is a book about a boy who gets squished flat when a bulletin board falls on him. You can hear a read aloud of the original Flat Stanley story here: https://youtu.be/OkO_qyas7a0.  

 

We're going to use Flat Scouty as a way for the kids to share their scouting adventures with one another while social distancing.  Here's how it works:

Create your own Flat Scouty, use the template in the email sent out on 2/10/21.  Take your Scouty along with you on scouting activities, and don't forget to take pictures!  Post your Scouty photos to the Pack 550 Facebook page or email them to Den Leader MaggieEach child that submits a photo by May 15 will earn a special Flat Stanley patch!

There's all kinds of things you can do with your Scouty!  Take it on a hike.  Take it to the beach.  Take it on a community service project.  Have it nearby while you complete requirements.  Have your child write a letter to a relative and mail it - ask them to take a photo in their town and mail it back!  Please submit all photos by May 15 to earn a special patch.

 

Pinewood Derby Race - We can’t wait to see you on 2/20/21 at 1:00 p.m. to see your car race.  Bring your Pirate Booty found in your Pinewood Derby bag and enjoy the race.  

 

Make a card for a First Responder - Virtual Meeting 3/9 6:30 - Join us on a virtual call.  Bring your pens and paper and we’ll make a card for a first responder while we chat and enjoy one another’s company.   Parents please have pens and paper or a card ready for your Scout to make.  You can drop them off on Margo’s porch or Kara’s porch after and we will deliver them.  

 

Search for Gold - St. Patricks Day Walk (March 14 to 18) We will hide gold rocks for you to find at the park.  We will ask you to leave them in the park for your fellow Scouts to find.  Families can do this on your own at whatever time works for you.  You will see how many you can locate!  We will send more details, with location, as it gets closer!  

 

Easter Egg Hunt in the Dark - We will be hiding lit up Easter Eggs for you to find at a local park on the evening of April 3rd.  We will send out a Sign up Genius for this and you can sign up for a specific time so we can have social distancing.  We would ask that everyone wears a mask, stays with their family, and maintains social distance from others since you will see other pack members.  

 

April - Virtual Pack Meeting - April 13th 6:30 p.m.- We will celebrate Earth Day by making robots from recycled materials.  We will meet on-line and 6:30 and you can work on your own creation.  Save odds and ends from now until  then so you can have fun creating.  Make sure you have some glue or a glue gun on hand so you can paste fun things together.  You might like some googly eyes or you may like to create them!  

 

Trash Pick up for Earth Day - Between April 17th and April 25th, go for a walk through any park, school or Public area, and pick up trash to make our public spaces beautiful.  Make sure you wear gloves and avoid picking up anything that is sharp.  Wear a mask if you are around a lot of people.  

 

May - Virtual Pack Meeting- May 11th 6:30 p.m. - Get ready, we are having our first ever Dinner Scavenger Hunt!  We will be sending you a list of things to search for in your cupboards and your Scout will work with you to prepare a fun dinner with what they find in the pantry!  We will meet on-line at 6:30 to share our creations!  We can’t wait to hear about your fun cooking adventure!!!  The list will come out in May. 

 

June - Graduation - June 8th 6:30 p.m.- Come join us for your drive-thru graduation.  Decorate your car, toot your horn, come celebrate the end of our Scouting year, and get your “rank patch” and other awards!  More information to follow.


 

Upcoming Dates!


February - Sign up for summer camp!

February - Donate to “Friends of Scouting”

February 10 to May 15 - “Flat Scouty Challenge”

February 20, 2021 1:30 - Pinewood Derby Race!  Watch your car race on-line!

March 9 (Tuesday) 6:30 p.m. - Virtual Pack Gathering - Make a card for a first responder

March 12 (Friday) - NOVA Award - sign up ahead

March 13 to March 18 - (Saturday - Thursday) - “Search for Gold” St. Patrick’s Day Walk”

April 2 and April 3 - “Night Time Easter Egg Hunt” - Spinney Park in Highlands (more info coming)

April 13 (Tuesday 6:30 p.m.) - Virtual Pack Meeting - Make Recycled Robots for Earth Day!

April 17-April 25 - Pick up trash at a park or school in honor of Earth Day

May 11 (Tuesday) Pack “Dinner Scavenger Hunt” 

June 8 (Tuesday) Graduation


January 1, 2021 Newsletter

posted Jan 1, 2021, 12:08 PM by Margo Wei

January 1, 2021 Newsletter - Cub Scouts Pack 550


Happy New Year Cub Scout Families!


Help our Camps continue to thrive! Support the annual giving our pack does for “Friends of Scouting”- We have many wonderful camps in the Pacific Northwest where our Cub Scouts and BSA Scouts can enjoy the outdoors throughout the year.  Every year we enjoy Summer Camp at Camp Edwards. Many of you have also had fun going to Camp Shepard’s Winter Camp.  These camps are costly to run, and they require funding in addition to our dues.

Click on this link.[b] https://www.seattlebsa.org/family-friends-of-scouting [/b]From there, click on “Join Summit Circle” or “Make one time Gift”. Enter the amount you want to give.  Then select: “Lake Shores District”.  From there it will ask for Unit type/Number.  Write in Pack 550.  


Knots - January 5, 2021

January is “knot tying month”.  You don’t need to do it on January 5th.  Pick any day that works for you.  You will find your rope in your bag that you picked up in January.  You can update Scoutbook with the knots you complete or email Margo, and she will update for you.  The knots are below with links to videos of how to do them. 


Resource for Cub Scouts and knot tying

https://cubscoutideas.com/412/knot-tying/


Tigers - 1st Graders - Try doing the overhand knot and the square knot that the wolves are working on.  


Wolves - 2nd Graders

Wolf AdventureCall of the Wild 5:  Show how to tie an overhand knot and a square knot.


Bears - 3rd Graders

Bear AdventureBear Necessities 5:  Demonstrate how to tie two half hitches and explain what the hitch is used for.


Webelos - 4th Graders - Try doing the Wolf and Bear knots, pulse the Arrow of Light knots.  


Arrow of Light - 5th Graders (4th graders can do these and check off the requirements)

Arrow of Light AdventureOutdoorsman Option A 5 and Option B 3:  Show how to tie a bowline. Explain when this knot should be used and why.

Arrow of Light AdventureScouting Adventure 5a:  Show how to tie a square knot, two half hitches, and a taut-line hitch. Explain how each knot is used.

 

Other knots to try: 

 

Bowline 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALQzG-mx-qw

 

STEM Night - Earn a NOVA Award Friday, 1/8/2021 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.[/b] -  Sign up for NOVA Award Class[/b] Your Scout can take a free science class for an evening to earn a NOVA award.  They are for 2nd grade through 5th grade Scouts.   Sign up for the class here: https://sites.google.com/scoutsnova.org/novawebpage/home 

Margo will send out information to everyone about it.  



Pinewood Derby Workshop - If you would like to have your car cut out by parents in our pack, please sign up for the date you would like and drop it off at Margo’s in the basket on her front porch. You will receive it back about a week later and you can add your wheels, weights, paint it and make it just the way you like it!  


Pinewood Derby - Check in your Car! Saturday, February 6, 2021 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. [/b] Please sign up for a time to check in your car.  We will weigh the cars and check to make sure they meet the parameters below.  The pack will not have weights this year.  You can put them on and weigh before you come to ensure you are within weight.  Many kids use pennies to add weight to their cars.  There are lots of YouTube videos about how to make a fast Pinewood Derby Car.  


Pinewood Derby Rules

Our Pack has been informal regarding the rules of our Pinewood Derby.  Should your scout win their den’s race, they are eligible to go on to a district race where things may not be so informal.  

The rules for Pack 550’s race are as follows:

[b]Car Body: [/b]

1. The car weight shall not exceed 5.0 ounces.  The official race scale shall be considered final.  

2. The overall length of the car shall not exceed 7 inches.

3. The overall width of the car shall not exceed 2 3/4 inches.

4. The car must have 1 ¾ inches clearance between the wheels.

5. The car must have ⅜ inch clearance underneath the body.

6. The wood provided in the kit must be used.  The block may be shaped any way that it is desired.

7. The car must be freewheeling, with no starting devices.

8. Paint must be dry and body free of sticky substances.

[b]Wheels and Axles[/b]

1. The wheels and axles supplied with the kit must be used.

2. Wheels and axles may be polished to remove burrs and imperfections, but should not be otherwise cut,    drilled, beveled or rounded.  You may remove the seam from the wheels.

3. Wheel bushings, bearings, washers or other devices to reduce friction are not allowed.

4. The car must not ride on any type of spring.

5. No loose material of any kind may be used - weights or decorations must be glued or otherwise attached to the car.

6. Only dry lubricant may be used. 


Blue and Gold Party Tuesday, February 9, 2021, 6:30 p.m.- Make your “Mug Cake” from your bag you picked up in December.  We will eat them together at 6:30 on February 9th!  This year we wanted to make it easy for parents so they wouldn’t have to shop, but kids could still bake (in the microwave - a new experience)!  


Geocache There is still time to complete the Geocache if you haven’t!  Mark Rice set up a Geocache for your Scouts.  All information needed for it is in an email sent on: 11/19. It is titled: “Pack 550 Jobox Geocache” This is a one mile walk which you may be able to use for one of your hikes for a den requirement!  Please email Margo (margo.wei@gmail.com) after you complete it so she can put your name on the list for completing it, for a patch. Please submit names before 1/3/2021. 

 

Upcoming Dates!


Anytime before 1/4/2021 - Geocache 

January 8, 2021 (Friday) NOVA Award - sign up ahead

January Pack Activity - Knot tying kit

February 6, 2021 1:00 to 4:00 (Saturday), Sign up  - Pinewood Derby Check in 

February 9, 2021, 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. (Tuesday) Blue and Gold Virtual Gathering

February 9, 2021 6:30 Blue and Gold Party - Virtual 

February 20, 2021 1:30 - Pinewood Derby Race!  Watch your car race on-line!


December 2, 2020 Newsletter

posted Jan 1, 2021, 12:00 PM by Margo Wei   [ updated Jan 1, 2021, 12:07 PM ]

December 2, 2020 Newsletter


Geocache - Mark R. set up a Geocache for your Scouts.  All information needed for it is in an email sent on: 11/19. It is titled: “Pack 550 Jobox Geocache” This is a one mile walk which you may be able to use for one of your hikes for a den requirement!  Please email Margo (margo.wei@gmail.com) after you complete it so she can put your name on the list for completing it, for a patch. Please submit names before 1/3/2021.  


Virtual Cyber Sled Race - You can sign up for this virtual race that will take place on 12/5.  Cost is $25.  Register on the site.  https://www.homescouting.org/  This is through the National BSA organization. 


STEM Night - Earn a NOVA Award Friday, 12/11/2020 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.[/b] -  Sign up for NOVA Award Class[/b] Your Scout can take a free science class for an evening to earn a NOVA award.  They are for 2nd grade through 5th grade Scouts.   Sign up for the class here: https://sites.google.com/scoutsnova.org/novawebpage/home 

For homework you need to read and/or watch 1 hour total of anything related to Earth, the weather, geology, volcanoes, or oceanography. There are many Netflix documentaries recently for this as well as some episodes of The Magic School Bus. There are shows found on PBS (“NOVA”), Discovery Channel, Science Channel, National Geographic Channel, TED Talks (online videos), and the History Channel.  Once you watch those, please send 2 questions or comments in an email titled " Down and Dirty Homework ". It is important that the email is titled this way so Ash doesn’t lose your homework in a pile of scout emails. The questions or comments should be sent to: cubscout@scoutnova.orgIf your Scout sends me an email, please remember per Youth Protection Rules that a parent needs to be CCd on any emails sent to an adult.  Ash will send out a list of supplies needed, a week before the meeting, to a parent’s email address. 


Service Project - If our Scout enjoys creating art, there are lonely seniors in CA that would love a card.  They will receive your Scout’s card when meals are delivered to them.  This is a great way to help make someone’s holiday season a bit happier. Margo can provide you with details.  Here is the website of the organization: www.vic-la.org  .  If you have a Scout who enjoys sewing, this organization is in need of masks since they deliver meals to seniors.  In recent months they have delivered over 700,000 meals.  Here are instructions for making masks. https://www.deaconess.com/How-to-make-a-Face-Mask/Documents-Mask/Mask-Information  Please email Margo if you send cards or make masks.



Thank you Scouts for writing a letter to a Veteran - This year for Veteran’s Day scouts sent letters to a Veteran.  If your Scout sent a letter and you haven’t notified us, please email Margo so we can track this wonderful service.  


Thank you Stacy C.! - Thank you for talking to our pack about how to become a Veterinarian at our December Pack Meeting!  Parents, if you weren’t near the screen, and are curious, ask your Scout about how to “slow blink” with your kitty to help it become more calm, and about brushing your puppies teeth.    We also had a fun pet show.  Thank you Scouts for sharing your adorable fur babies with all of us! 


Thank you Stephanie H.! - Scouts made cards and pictures to give to the residents of Merrill Gardens in Kirkland to help brighten their holiday.  Thank you Stephanie for making a beautiful card with all of the artwork!  Thank you to all the Scouts who participated.  Your artwork is great and the residents will love it!


Kits - Your kits for January and February will be ready shortly.[/b]  Margo will send out an email when they are ready, with a pick up location for you.  January activity (knots), Pinewood Derby Kit and Blue and Gold Kit. If you turned in your neckerchief and slide, there will be a new one for this year in your bag.  


Pinewood Derby Workshops - We will send out information toward the end of December with dates to sign up to have your Pinewood derby cut out during the month of January.  Kara P. and Mark R. have offered to cut out one car for each of our Scouts who would like help.  We will have porch drop offs. 

 

Upcoming Dates!


December 5, 2020 (Saturday) Virtual Cyber Sled Race

December 11, 2020 (Friday) 6:00 to 7:00 NOVA (Sign up several days before)

Anytime before 1/3/2021 - Geocache 

January Pack Activity - Knot tying kit

February 6, 2021, Sign up  - Pinewood Derby Check in (turn in your car) - Mark your calendars!

February 9, 2021 6:30 Blue and Gold Party - Virtual 

February 20, 2021 1:30 - Pinewood Derby Race!  Watch your car race on-line!


November 9, 2020 Newsletter

posted Nov 12, 2020, 9:00 PM by Margo Wei

Veteran’s Day - This year for Veteran’s Day we can send a letter of gratitude to a Veteran.  You may send a letter to a Veteran you know, or you may go to “Operation Gratitude”.  Fill out their form, they will send you a UPC code and you can write your letter, put a stamp on it, and mail it.  This is a service project, so please let us know after you have mailed your letter on the Google Form below.   

Here is the link to get your UPC Code:https://www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks-virtual/write-letters-virtual/


STEM Night - Earn a NOVA Award 11/13/2020 6:00 to 6:00 p.m. -  Sign up for NOVA Award Class - Your Scout can take a free science class for an evening to earn a NOVA award.  They are for 2nd grade through 5th grade Scouts.    Sign up here: https://forms.gle/34kwKtFrKYDELKbK7 . After signing up for the class, do this homework: For homework you need to read and/or watch 1 hour total of anything related to science for this one.


December Pack Meeting -  Tuesday, December 1,2020 6:30 p.m. - Virtual - It is time for a pet show!  Everyone in the pack can share their pet or their stuffie (favorite stuffed animal). We can’t wait to hear about your Fur Baby!  We are excited Evan’s Mom, Stacy C., a Veterinarian, will join us and talk about pet care!


[b]Service Project - Holiday Card for Seniors[/b] We will make a large card for the seniors at Merrill Gardens, Assisted Living Facility, in Kirkland. We need our Scouts to write a message and draw a picture that Stephanie H. can put onto a large card. We recommend drawing and writing on paper 4”X6” up to 8 ½”X11”   You can mail it anytime to Stephanie H. or drop off at her house.  Her address has been emailed to you in the newsletter.   You are welcome to drop it off at her house between 11/16 and 11/20.  To ensure your artwork is included, she must have it by: November 20th.  


November Geocache - We are setting up a Geocache and will have it out to you soon.  This will be a one mile walk which you may be able to use for one of your hikes for a den requirement!  You will receive the specifics in your email. 


Kits - January activity (knots), Pinewood Derby Kit and Blue and Gold Kit - We are planning to have kits ready the first week of December to pick up.  We will email you when they are ready.


Neckerchiefs and Slides - We will be giving out neckerchiefs and slides to those who turn them in.  If you have already turned one in, you should receive one for your current rank, in your December kit.  If you have not yet turned one in, to ensure there will be a neckerchief and slide for you in your December kit, please make sure your old one is turned in by November 20th.  You can place it in a bag with your Scout’s name on it, and leave it on Margo’s front porch (address in your email).  


Blue and Gold Party - We will do our Blue and Gold Party this year in virtual format on Tuesday, 2/9 at 6:30 p.m.  Scouts will show their friends their cakes and eat cake together virtually to celebrate Cub Scouts’ Birthday! 


Pinewood Derby Workshops - Our work shops will be a bit different this year since we can’t gather together to work on our cars at the church.  Thank you Kara P. and Mark R.!  They have offered to cut out one car for each of our Scouts who would like help.  We will have sign ups for the month of January.  Scouts will drop off their cars at Margo’s house with a design or template, and she will deliver them to the workshops.  You will be able to pick them up from her porch, the following week.  We will not be providing weights, graphite and other materials this year.  However, Scouts have used pennies and other creative means for adding weight to their car.  Siblings and parents are welcome to participate, but you will need to cut out and design your cars on your own.  If you don’t have power tools, hand tools work great to create great Pinewood Derby Cars.  


Pinewood Derby

Car Kits:  Your Scout will receive their Pinewood Derby Car KIt in their “December Kit Bag”.  If you have other family members who would like cars, you may order them along with the pack’s order, or you may purchase them on your own.  If you want to order with the pack, please list your name and the number of cars you want, on the sign up.  Then, you may pay by Paypal at paypal.me/pack550kirkland 1 car = $5.46, 2 cars = $10.61, 3 cars = $15.76, 4 cars = $20.91. [b]Deadline for ordering extra Cars: Sunday, November 15, 2020.[/b]

Pinewood Derby Car Order Form: (Located in your email with November Newsletter)


Pinewood Derby Car Turn in 2/6/2020 (Saturday): Mark your calendar for Saturday, 2/6/2020.  We will send out a sign up sheet and you can sign up for times to turn in your car. 


Pinewood Derby: The Pinewood Derby will be on 2/20/2020 at 1:30 p.m.  Your Scout can watch their car race on the track over Video Conference.  


Car Pick up: Cars will be available for pick up the week after the derby.  

 

[b]Upcoming Dates![/b]


November 3 (Tuesday) 6:30 to 7:30 pick up November kits at church

November 11 (Wednesday) - Make a card for a Veteran and mail it

November 9 -20 Holiday Card Service Project 

November 13 (Friday) NOVA Class 6:00 to 7:00 (must sign up)

November - Choose your day - Geocache - Details coming soon

December 1 (Tuesday) 6:30 Pack Meeting - Virtual

December 1 through January - Virtual Pinewood Derby Car Workshop

January Pack Activity - Knot tying kit

February 6, 2021, Sign up  - Pinewood Derby Check in - Mark your calendars!

February 9, 2021 6:30 Blue and Gold Party - Virtual 

February 20, 2021 1:30 - Pinewood Derby Race!  Watch your car race on-line!


September / October, 2020 Newsletter

posted Nov 12, 2020, 8:48 PM by Margo Wei   [ updated Nov 12, 2020, 8:53 PM ]

Pack 550 this Fall - Thank you for responding to our survey to learn what families would like from Scouting this year.  We have a plan for Fall and we are excited to share it with you!  


Virtual BINGO Night Pack Meeting, Tuesday, 10/6/2020 6:30 p.m.  We are hosting our first on-line virtual BINGO Night!  We will send a link when it is close with instructions.  We will have “white elephant prizes.”  


October - “A walk in Bothell - Navigation” We will be sending out a walk with instructions, for you to explore a new place soon.  


November - Pick up your Science Kit - We are creating fun activities in a kit for your Scout.  We will email with pick up dates. Your Scout can enjoy the activities any time during the month of November.  


November - Geocache -  You can choose any day in November to enjoy a geocache set up, just for you!  We will send details as it gets closer. 


[b]Neckerchiefs and Slides[/b] If you have a neckerchief and slide from last year, please turn it in for a recycle patch and the next rank neckerchief and slide.


Registration/Dues - October is nearly here and we are registering in October for the year. If you haven’t paid your registration fees yet, please pay by September 30th.  


STEM NIght - Earn a NOVA Award 10/9/2020 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. -  Sign up for NOVA Award Class[/b] Your Scout can take a free science class for an evening to earn a NOVA award.  They are for 2nd grade through 5th grade Scouts.    


Sign up for:  Cub Day at Camp - Camp Halloween - Many kids from our pack have attended Camp Halloween each October.  It is a one day camp for a Scout and their parent to attend.  During this action-packed day, groups will investigate the camp areas, take part in games and craft projects, explore the nature trail, and visit the archery and BB gun range. Cub Day at Camp is open to all Cub Scouts (including Lions & Tigers), their friends and family!  If you would like to go, you may sign yourself up at the link below.  This is a great day in the outdoors!  https://seattlebsa.org/cub-scout-camping  Here is the link to learn about the safety precautions they are taking for COVID.  

Registration https://www.seattlebsa.org/

Dates: 10/17, 10/18, 10/24 or 10/25

Times: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Cost: $32 for youth, $8 for adults (includes lunch)

 

Fall Camp at Camp Shepard with your Family - Bring your family up to Camp Sheppard for a fun getaway weekend!  Families of 10 or less that are part of a single household are assigned to their own heated cabin, which has bunks with mattresses and private dressing area.  You will be cooking your own meals outdoors in a fire pit or your camp stove.  Restroom/shower buildings are located near the cabins. A large field is available for play, and trailheads to spectacular hikes are nearby.  There are several dates to choose from between 10/16/2020 and 12/20/2020.  This is a wonderful camp opportunity for you.  

 

Upcoming Dates!


October 6 (Tuesday) Pack Meeting - Virtual BINGO 6:30 to 7:30  

October 9 (Friday) NOVA Class 6:00 to 7:00 (must sign up)

October 17(Saturday) Cub Day - Must sign up, $

October 18(Sunday) Cub Day - Must sign up, $

October 24(Saturday) Cub Day - Must sign up, $

October 25(Sunday) Cub Day - Must sign up, $

October - Choose your day “Explore Bothell on foot - Navigation”

November 3 (Tuesday) 6:30 to 7:30 pick up November kits at church

November 6 (Friday) NOVA Class 6:00 to 7:00 (must sign up)

November - Choose your day - Geocache


August 22, 2020 Newsletter

posted Nov 12, 2020, 6:09 PM by Margo Wei

August Newsletter


Fall Family Camp - Virtual Camp Out -9/4/2020 to 9/6/2020 - Stay in your tent outside, or set up a fun campsite anywhere that is not your bed.  We are having another campout!   This will be a casual time to have fun with your family.  We hope you will post photos on the private Facebook page.  We have some fun activities to suggest for our fun camping weekend!  This will be our last “Summertime activity” which qualifies for the “Summertime Award.” Scouts who do three summer activities (Picnic, Water Party, Fall Family Camp, Hike at one of the parks, Summer Camp in a Box) will earn the award.  


Pack 550 this Fall- What’s up for Fall?  We know parents are anxiously waiting to see what virtual learning / school will be like this Fall.   Our event for September will be our Virtual Fall Family Camp.  We will be sending out a survey in the middle of September to see how you are doing, and to find out what you would like our pack to do during the year.  We are tentatively planning to have on-line Bingo in October and we are thinking of having a fun craft or science kit in November.  We understand parents are concerned about the amount of time their kids will be spending on-line.  We want to create a fun Scouting year that brings joy to your family, and doesn’t add stress. 


Hikes/Walks in the Parks - How are you doing with your hikes and walks?  We are hoping you are enjoying exploring the parks we sent to you.  You can continue to enjoy this into the Fall months.  In fact, trails tend to be less busy when it is overcast.  


Neckerchiefs and Slides-If your Scout is going into second grade, third grade or fourth grade, please drop off your Scout’s neckerchief and slide at Margo’s at 1208 2nd Street on the front porch when you get a chance.  Please put it in a bag and label who it is from.  You can take a recycle patch when you turn it in.  We wash them and recycle them each year.  Thank you for helping the pack!   


Registration/Dues- We are preparing to register Scouts for this coming year.  [b] We are asking you  to pay the fees to register by September 30th[/b] so we will know how many Scouts to plan for.    


Interested in STEM?  - Sign up for NOVA Award Class[/b] Your Scout can take a free science class for an evening to earn a NOVA award.  If they are going into 2nd grade through 5th grade, they can take these fun classes.  They are usually offered on a Thursday evening at 6:00 or 6:30 p.m.  


Cub Day at Camp - Many kids from our pack have attended Camp Halloween each October.  It is a one day camp for a Scout and their parent to attend.  During this action-packed day, groups will investigate the camp areas, take part in games and craft projects, explore the nature trail, and visit the archery and BB gun range. Cub Day at Camp is open to all Cub Scouts (including Lions & Tigers), their friends and family!  Dates: 10/17, 10/18, 10/24 or 10/25

Times: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Cost: $32 for youth, $8 for adults (includes lunch)


May 2020 Newsletter

posted Jun 6, 2020, 3:19 PM by Margo Wei

Virtual Camp Out! Join the Facebook Page - We will start on Saturday, 5/23/2020 at 4:30 p.m.  Kids can sleep anywhere, but their bed.  Click to join our FB group. We can’t wait to see you!

Refer to the link in your email for May 2020 newsletter for the Private Facebook Group.


Advancement - This is the time of year we like to have all of our requirements all wrapped up for each rank.  This year has  been a bit different, since we haven’t been able to meet as dens, or as a pack since the end of February.  We would like to encourage you to complete the requirements with your Scout if you can.  


Day Camp and Twilight Camp - New dates 8/24/20 to 8/27/20 - There is a new fabulous plan for Lake Sammamish Cub Scout Day Camp and Twilight Camp this year. We have 2 day options as well as our normal 4 day camps.  Things can (and will) change, and the organizers are staying abreast of all the developments.  Assuming we are well into the State’s Stage 4, the options are as follows:

 

Twilight Four Day – M-Th,   August 24-27

Twilight 1 – M/T August 24-25,- activities 1-10

Twilight 2 – W/Th August 26-27 activities 11-20

 

Daytime four day – T-F,   August 25-28,

Daytime 1 – T/W – August 25-26,  activities 1-10

Daytime 2 – Th/F – August 27-28, activities 11-20

 

Cost: Four day camps $100. Two day camps $60. If the camp has to be cancelled due to further health concerns, the Scout Council will issue a full refund.

 

Final times are still being worked on, but approximately

2:45 to 8:00 for Twilight

8:45am to 2:00 pm for Daytime.

 

Safety measures being taken for these camps are as follows:

Some of the changes we are making to protect Cub Scouts and their parents are (A) All sessions will be capped at 100, so traveling groups will be 12 or less.  This will allow for much more distancing between the Cubs during all of their activities. (B)  Stations are being modified to allow for extra spacing. For example, three picnic tables for a craft project with only 12 Cubs, they have lots of room to spread out.  (C) Sanitizing tools in between rotations, hand sanitizer at each station, etc.  (D) Additional hand washing stations throughout the camp. (E) If still suggested by the CDC, taking temperatures at arrival (F) Possible additional health form to be filled out the day before camp begins, evaluating current health.

These are just a few of the protocols we are implementing to have a safe environment while still offering the same quality Cub Scout Day Camp that we always do.

 

Registration will now open on May 22 Registration will be from the website

https://lakesammcubdaycamp.org/ 

 

Earth Day Trash Pick up - Thank you to all the families who helped to clean our neighborhood by picking up trash. 


Corona Virus Challenge There is still time to finish the Corona Virus Challenge.  The deadline is the last day of school.  Has anyone else finished it?  Email Margo .   


Resident Camp Update The Council is still planning on holding Resident Camp.  If they would have to cancel it due to COVID, they will move families registrations to 2021.   


Pool Party and Pack Picnic Update The City of Kirkland notified us this week that the Peter Kirk Pool will be closed this summer.   Due to social distancing concerns, we have decided to cancel both the swim party and the pack picnic.  


Pinewood Derby Photos - You can view Mark Scott’s amazing Pinewood Derby Photos by searching May 2020 Newlsetter and there will be a link in your email to this private group.


Did you know the pack has a Facebook page?[/b] Like us and share our news with prospective families!  https://www.facebook.com/kirklandcubscoutpack550/


Pack 550 Upcoming Events

Login to Scoutbook.com to see the full calendar or visit the Pack 550 Website.


Upcoming Dates!

5/22/2020 (Friday) Sign up for Twilight Camp 

5/23/2020 (Saturday)  Virtual Camp Out


Published May 17, 2020


April 2020 Newsletter

posted Jun 6, 2020, 3:08 PM by Margo Wei   [ updated Jun 6, 2020, 3:10 PM ]

Earth Day Trash Pick up -  It is Earth Week! It is a tradition to have a service project during Earth Week. Even though we can't meet in person, we can still hold our service project! Let's pick up trash in our neighborhoods and neighborhood parks. You can put on disposable gloves, grab a bag and go for a walk with your adults. If you have “grabbing sticks” they are fun to use to pick up trash.  It would be a good idea to wear a mask so you don't touch your face. When you are finished, you can dump your trash bag in a public trash can, or your own garbage can at home. If you participate, please email Margo so we can ensure you get a segment patch the next time we see you! It would be fun to see a photo of your service project too! It would be great if you wear your Cub Scout t-shirt or your Cub Scout uniform. I can't wait to see your photos!


Get ready for Pack 550’s first Virtual Camp Out! That’s right!  All families are invited to camp on the Saturday of Memorial Weekend 5/23.  Grab your sleeping bag and put up a tent, sleep under the stars, or anywhere, other than your own bed!  We’ll share fun camping recipes, have a campfire program, share skits and listen to fun stories!  We’ll have a great time all connected via the internet for this fun evening!  


Corona Virus Challenge - We have extended the Corona Virus challenge deadline to the last day of school.  Has anyone else finished it?  Email Margo .  


Cancelling Family Camp - 5/22 and 5/23 (Memorial Weekend)  Due to COVID-19, we have had to cancel our Family Camp for safety reasons.  We hope that families will join the “Virtual Camping” activity on Saturday the 23rd.  We are planning a Family Camp in September on Labor Day weekend.  We will send out a sign up as the date gets closer.  


Pack Meetings- Due to Coronavirus, we are cancelling our Pack meetings through the end of the school year, including Cross Over.  We will postpone our Pack picnic to August with a date to be announced soon.  


Summer Camps - Update -    As of today, Chief Seattle Council (our council) in Seattle has NOT cancelled any summer camps, resident camps, or day camps. They are taking a “wait and see” approach. From the website:  “While we will defer to the recommendations of health and government officials, we're optimistic that our summer camp program will continue as planned. Camps Pigott, Parsons, and Edward, as well as all Cub Scout Day Camps, are gearing up to provide an exciting Scout program for youth and their families. Many of the program expenses and investments are made prior to the camp season, so signing up now helps us ensure that camps are ready. “  Please sign up for camps.  If they are cancelled, by Chief Seattle Council, they will work with units to move reservations to 2021 or refund the payment to the unit. 


Twilight Summer Camp 2020 - Monday July 13- Thursday July 16, roughly from 2:30 pm to 8:00 pm. The sign up is coming on [b]May15th, it was 4/15, but has been changed to 5/15.  [/b] Location will be: Hans Jensen Group Camp, 4460 E Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE, Issaquah, WA 98029.  This is an amazing camp!  Your kids will get to do BB guns and archery every day at camp.  Additionally, they will do outdoor cooking, crafts, obstacle courses and more. Your kids will be busy from the moment they arrive!  It is open to all incoming first graders through 5th graders (both girl and boy Pack members may participate).  The cost is $100.  This camp requires that each family send an adult to help volunteer for two of the four days.  It is a great experience for the adults too!  Sign up will begin on May 15th.  Please email Margo if you are thinking of sending your Scout.  


Resident Summer Camp - Sign-ups are now open![/b]  Dates: July 30th to August 2nd. Location: Camp Edwards in the foothills of Monroe and approximately one hour from Kirkland. Sign up on the website below for this camp and then email Mark Rice at ricemarkj@gmail.com to let him know you are signed up and attending. The cost is $284 per Scout, $185 per adult.  


This is a fun 4-day experience for Cub Scouts along with their parents. While immersed in adventures of the wild, Cubs take part in activities such as archery, BB guns, nature hikes, crafts, swimming, and boating. Webelos can earn activity pins, and Wolf and Bear Cubs can also complete advancement requirements. Tigers are also welcome!  This camp is for both boys and girls who are members of Cub Scouts. Kids must be members to attend.  The camp features include a beautifully renovated dining hall, waterfront, BB gun and archery ranges, play fields, nature trails and a fantastic craft lodge. Campsites have two-person canvas tents (during the summer) and cabins with bunks. Showers and restroom facilities are centrally  located.  Depending on our group size, some Cubs and their parent(s) will want to bring a tent. We will eat our meals in the dining hall, and enjoy s’mores and other fun snacks together at our group site.  Everyone  loves the Chief Joe Race and on the last day, and the Polar Bear Swim. Your kids will leave singing goofy, fun camp songs that will go on all summer! This is a camp that can’t be missed!  One of the sessions is already full so register soon to ensure a spot for you and your Cub!  [b]Sign up here , select Session 4: https://seattlebsa.doubleknot.com/OpenRosters/ViewActivitySpaceAvailable.aspx?classificationid=59435&sf=f&orgkey=3929 [/b]


Pool Party - Save the Date!- Don't miss the Pack 550 Pool Party on Saturday, August 8th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Peter Kirk Pool. This is for all Pack families and you can bring a friend who might be interested in Cub Scouts. This is a fun, long-standing tradition, so bring you family, and come out and swim with your friends! 


Pinewood Derby Photos - A URL is located in your email for April 2020 Newletter. 


Did you know the pack has a Facebook page? Like us and share our news with prospective families!  https://www.facebook.com/kirklandcubscoutpack550/


Pack 550 Upcoming Events

Login to Scoutbook.com to see the full calendar or visit the Pack 550 Website.


[b]Upcoming Dates![/b]



5/15/2020 (Friday) Sign up for Twilight Camp 

5/23/2020 (Saturday)  Virtual Camp Out

Postponed - April Pack Meeting: Crossover - Moving to summer - Date TBA

Postponed - June 2 Pack Meeting: Graduation

Postponed - June 6 Pack Picnic - Summer Event- Moving to August - Date TBA

8/8/2020 (Saturday) 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Pool Party, Peter Kirk Pool


March 17, 2020 Newsletter

posted Jun 6, 2020, 3:01 PM by Margo Wei

Happy St. Patricks Day, everyone! We hope you are having a fun, green day!  Did you get outside to play in the green grass today?


We are excited to launch the (drum roll please……) Coronavirus Challenge.  All Pack 550 Scouts who complete the challenge by 4/28/2020, will receive a special patch for completing it!  


We have a fun list of activities for you to do.  All you need to do, is complete three of them.  We encourage you to do more, just for fun and to get your family out enjoying time together! 


  1. Complete a special Pack 550  Geocache

  2. Do a Pack 550 Photo Scavenger Hunt with your family or adult.  Choose 5 of the 8 and send your photos to your den leader. 

    1. A picture of an animal (and it could be your pet)

    2. A picture that proves that spring is here

    3. A picture of you doing your favorite hobby

    4. A selfie of your whole family, all making funny faces

    5. A picture of you helping out around the house 

    6. A picture of you jumping in a park.

    7. A picture of a deciduous tree

    8. A picture of an interesting rock on the ground.


  1. Finish your Cyber Chip

  2. Complete one “elective” from your rank

  3. Write or dictate a letter to a future Scout about what it felt like to be a kid right now, during the Corona Virus.  

  4. View this NPR Cartoon https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus

  5. You can choose one of the following: 

    1. Camp in your backyard with your family or adult;

    2.  or take photos of yourself enjoying two new parks you have never been to

    3. or take a photo of you on a hike your haven’t been on before.  



Annual Planning It is time to plan our Pack 550 activities for the 2020/2021 academic year.  If you are interested in participating, please email Margo before Friday, March 20th.    If you have an activity you would love to see included, please email her your suggestions as well.  


March Pack Meeting moved from 3/31/2020 to 4/28/2020


May Pack Meeting - New date: Tuesday, 5/12/2020, The second Tuesday of May.


Did you know the pack has a Facebook page? [/b]Like us and share our news with prospective families!  https://www.facebook.com/kirklandcubscoutpack550/


Pack 550 Upcoming Events

Login to Scoutbook.com to see the full calendar or visit the Pack 550 Website.


Upcoming Dates!



April 28 (Tuesday) 6:30 p.m. Pack Meeting - Cross Over Meeting! 

May 2 (Saturday) Pack Hike

May 12 (Tuesday) 6:30 Pack Meeting 

May 22 - 25 Family Camp

June 2 Pack Meeting: Graduation

June 6 Pack Picnic - Summer Event!


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