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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!


February News 2020

posted Jan 29, 2020, 3:26 PM by Margo Wei

Welcome to our newest Cub Scouts! Ameilia F. and Peter K.  We are so happy to have you in our pack!


Blue and Gold Party is almost here!  Thank you to everyone who sent in their RSVP.  We need a little more information from those who said, yes, they are attending.  Please respond to the 30 second questionnaire. List if you are bringing a cake, and if you need vegetarian or gluten free options on the email sent out today.


Cake contest rules:

1. The primary/largest portion of the cake must be cake/brownie/cookie or other home-baked good. You may use a cake mix, or make one from scratch. The primary piece(s) of the cake must be homemade, not purchased. 

2. All decorations or special effects on the cake must be edible. Please watch for choking hazards. Do not embed hard items like candy inside the cake. Small edible items are okay as long as they are visible. 

3. No baking expert may help with the cake! This includes answering questions. The cake must be baked and decorated by the Scout Team (this may be any adult family member, family member, relative, neighbor, or mentor). 

4. The Scout team must be all the shopping, preparation, baking and decorating by themselves. 

5. Every Scout team just also clean the kitchen when they are done! 


Date of Party: Tuesday, February 4th 

Time: Please check cake entries in by 6:15 p.m.

Dinner and Games from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Kirkland Congregational Church Fellowship Hall (downstairs)


Must RSVP prior to January 31, 2020 via email.


Pinewood Derby Workshops - We will have our first workshop on Feb 1st  and our second one on Feb 11th. This is an opportunity for you to get help building your car using the following power tools: scroll saws, drills, a dremel and a sander. We will also have paint and paint brushes. If you want to use spray paint, please do it at home. You can purchase weights for your car to make it go faster while making sure you don’t go above the maximum weight.


Volunteer Sign ups for events for the Pinewood Derby

We are in need of all hands on deck to have a successful Pinewood Derby. We ask that every family who has a racer, volunteers for one of the four days or on the actual day of the Pinewood Derby. If you are helping at a workshop, please be sure your Scout(s) are supervised. Sign ups are in your email.  


Pinewood Derby Car Check-in. Everyone who is planning to participate in the Pinewood Derby needs to check in  their car the night before the Derby. Check in will be Feb 17th from 6:10 to 8:00 p.m. at the Church--though the specific location within the Church is TBA..  


Pinewood Derby: Pinewood Derby  is on February 18th from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Come enjoy pizza and drinks while you wait for your race. We invite the whole family so feel free to bring siblings. We ask that you RSVP and list the number of adults and children in your family attending, so we can ensure we have enough food. Please also specify if you need Vegetarian or Gluten Free options.


Register your Car by February 10th : Registration link is in your email. - ALL CARS MUST BE REGISTERED TO RACE!


RSVP for everyone in your family by February 10th - Link in your email.


March Pack Meeting - PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE TO 3/31/20! We are switching our pack meeting in March from 3/3 to 3/31 because the 4th and 5th graders have a music concert on the 3/3/20.  We will be celebrating our 5th graders crossing over to Boy Scouts on 3/31/20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Church.   


Medical Forms- If you haven’t turned in your medical forms, please turn in the new BSA forms.  https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-001_AB.pdf


Ice Skating - LEAP Day, Friday, 3/13/2020 It is time to go ice skating on this very special LEAP Day!  We will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Highland Ice Arena in Shoreline. You can skate until 2:45 if you can skate that long!  Make sure you bring your bicycle helmet with you. Cost: $6.50 for youth under 12, $7.00 for people over 12. Cost to rent ice skates: $4.00.  Pay at the ice arena. If we have more than 7 skaters, there will be a discount, so arrive at 10:30 a.m. so you can see your friends. It will take about 35 minutes to drive there from Kirkland.  Address: 18005 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133


Pack 550 made the front page of Kirkland Reporter! We had a great turn out for the MLK Day of Service project where we pulled blackberry plants and covered the areas in mulch.  See if you can find Den Leader Chad M. and his son Will M! Thank you to everyone who attended and a special thanks to Belinda B. for organizing this great event! https://www.kirklandreporter.com/life/diggin-service-day-in-kirkland/


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 April 15th!  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 April 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 R. 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

 

Thank you!

Thank you Maureen B. for speaking at our January Pack Meeting!  Thank you Julie B.for organizing the February Hockey game! Thank you Maggie & Justin Z. for loaning your water cooler for upcoming parties! Thank you Belinda B. for organizing the wonderful MLK Day of Service Project! Thank you Stacy C. for organizing “Tubing in the snow”!


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Pack 550 Upcoming Events

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[b]Upcoming Dates![/b]


February 1 (Saturday) Pinewood Derby Workshop #1 1:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

February 4 (Tuesday) Blue and Gold Party 6:15 to 7:40 p.m.

February 10 (Sunday) Deadline to RVSP for Pinewood Derby and to register your car

February 11 (Tuesday) Pinewood Derby Workshop #2 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

February 17 (Monday) Check in your Cars for Pinewood Derby 6:10 to 8 p.m.

February 18 (Tuesday) Pinewood Derby 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. 

February 21-23 (Friday to Sunday) Winter Camp for those who are already signed up 

February 29 (Saturday) Fundraising Prize 

March 7 (Saturday) Pack Hike

March 13 (Friday) LEAP Day Event - Ice Skating 10:30 a.m. - Highland Ice Arena, Shoreline $

March 21 Service Project “Green Kirkland”

March 28 Service Project - Scouting for Food


January News 2020

posted Jan 26, 2020, 10:16 PM by Margo Wei

January 2020 Newsletter - Cub Scouts


Pack Meeting 1/7/20 6:30 to 7:30 - We have a fun pack meeting planned for January.  We will learn about first aid from Cole’s Mom, Maureen, who is a Physician’s Assistant who specialized in working in the ER.  After a short presentation, Scouts will participate in a first aid relay race and practice what they learn by rotating through stations.  Please consider signing up to help on the sign up below.


Chocolate Money is Due - January 7, 2020!

Payments for chocolate is due by the pack meeting on January 7, 2020, While checks are the preferred method of payment, due to safety and ease of record keeping, cash will also be accepted[/b].  Please turn payment in to our Treasurer, Kara P. She will be at the chocolate table. We so appreciate everyone for selling chocolate or participating in the buy-out. All of your hard work and support is what allows us to offer fun activities to everyone all year! 


Pinewood Derby Cars - Scouts can pick up their Pinewood Derby car kit at the January 7th Pack Meeting!  We will have our first workshop on 2/1 and our second one on 2/11. Times are at the bottom of the page. We have tools at our workshops so kids can have their cars cut out and they can prepare them for racing at the 2/18/20 Pinewood Derby.  


Gluten from or Vegetarian? We are ordering pizza for Pinewood Derby and we will be planning food for the Blue and Gold Party.  Please email Margo by January 10th if you are gluten free, or need vegetarian accommodation. We will try to accommodate food needs.


Beverage Cooler for pack to borrow? Do you have a large beverage cooler or dispenser the pack could use for our Blue and Gold Party on 2/4/20 and also for the Pinewood Derby on 2/18/20?  If you aren’t sure what it is, there is an example below on Amazon. We would like to serve water in cups rather than having all the plastic from bottled water. Please email Margo at if you have one to loan the pack for these dates. 


Evening Summit at Snoqualmie Tubing! - Saturday, January 25th

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Cost: $26 per person 7 and over, $8 for kids 6 and under

Location: Summit Tubing Area (Snoqualmie) 


Snow tubing is a fun-filled, carefree way for family and friends to enjoy the exhilaration of sliding on snow. With over 20 tubing lanes during the peak of the season and a covered lift to take you back to the top, it's easy to get your winter thrills!  Currently, there are four lanes open, but there may be as many as 20.

Spots fill up early, so order your tickets on the website listed.   Purchase Tickets here. https://summitatsnoqualmie.com/snow-tubing

After you have purchased your tickets, please use the sign up Genius so we know who to meet at the slopes! 

March Pack Meeting - PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE TO 3/31/20![/b]We are switching our pack meeting in March from 3/3 to 3/31 because the 4th and 5th graders have a music concert on the 3/3/20.  We will be celebrating our 5th graders crossing over to Boy Scouts on 3/31/20 at 6:30 p.m. at the church.   


Band Saw or Scroll Saw & Operator needed! We will have a Pinewood Derby Workshop on February 1st (Saturday) from 1:45 to 4:30 at the church, and on February 11th (Tuesday) from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the church. We are in need of someone with a saw to cut out cars. A band saw or a scroll saw will work.  A band saw is ideal, to remove a lot of wood. We will have parents available to block off the area with saws. We have one parent who can bring and run a scroll saw, but we have too many Scouts for one person to work on all the carsr! Please email: Margo if you can assist.


Bring your Friends!Recruitment is the job of every Scout and every family in our pack.  We will be losing 12 of our Scouts this year as they graduate or cross over to Scout Troops and a year from March we will have 23 more Scouts crossing over to BSA Scouts or graduating out. We need to continue to bring in new members in our younger grades.  Families are welcome to bring friends to pack meetings. The ultimate way to grow the pack is to invite your friends to join the pack. You want to be where your friends are, and they want to be where you are! Families who join in the coming months will be able to sign up for the fun activities, including camps,. that we have during the summer.

 

Thank you! 

Thank you to Julie B.for setting up the Redmond Lights event and for getting the marshmallow kits for us to do at our December Pack Meeting!  Thank you Kara P. for setting up the tree planting event in December with the City of Kirkland!    


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Pack 550 Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Dates!

January 7 (Tuesday) Pack Meeting

January 20 (Monday) Service Project for MLK

January 25 (Saturday) Sledding/Tubing

February 1 (Saturday) Pinewood Derby 1:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

February 4 (Tuesday) Blue and Gold Party

February 11 (Tuesday) Pinewood Derby Workshop 6:30 p.m.

February 18 (Tuesday) Pinewood Derby

February 21-23 (Friday to Sunday) Winter Camp

February 29 (Saturday) Fundraising Prize


December News 2019

posted Jan 26, 2020, 10:13 PM by Margo Wei

December  2019 Newsletter - Cub Scouts


Pack Meeting 12/3/19 6:30 to 7:30- We have a fun pack meeting planned for December with our annual indoor snowball fight, a Santa Balloon game, skits, and a community service project where we will be putting together s’more packages for Redmond Lights.  Please email Margo, if you are able to help with the Gathering Activity for the meeting. It is easy, we just need a parent to oversee a table from 6:10 to 6:30 and them pack up the supplies.  


Redmond Lights Saturday 12/7/19 4:00 to 8:00

This progressive, three-part event starts at Redmond City Hall and takes you on a luminary walk along the Sammamish River Trail to Downtown Park and the Redmond Town Center. At City Hall campus, you’ll enjoy music performances and the tree lighting ceremony! View light and art installations and thousands of luminaries as you stroll down the Redmond Central Connector. More art and music awaits you at Downtown Park. On Saturday evening, a Winter Wonderland awaits you at Redmond Town Center, with a carousel, live ice carver, and even more performances. Sunday night gives you an encore opportunity to experience the luminary walk to Downtown Park once more.https://www.redmond.gov/1139/Redmond-Lights


Chocolate Update

Thanks to all who have ordered chocolates or contributed to the buyback.  We have almost 100% participation and have committed to sell a lot of chocolate.  Payment is due by the January 9th pack meeting. We will be accepting cash and check payments at the December 3rd Pack meeting as well.  Checks are the preferred method. Thank you to Shaiza D. for organizing the fundraiser and to Noa R. for sorting and distributing all of the chocolate this year.  If you have not yet picked up your chocolate, please email Noa.


Succession Planning in the Pack  Looking ahead, we are planning for our pack’s future leadership. This March and the following March, we will be losing some of our Committee as 5th graders move up to BSA Scouts or graduate out of the program.  The following people will be leaving to follow their Scouts on the dates listed below.

  • Dennis G. - Cub Master - Moving up March 2020

  • Mike G. - Cub Master - March 2021

  • Margo W. - Committee Chair - March 2021

  • Julie B.- Secretary - March 2021

  • Dana L. - New Member Coordinator - March 2021


We have a very strong pack.  It always has been, and it will continue to be. We are in need of parents with younger kids to come forward to take on these roles.  We will continue in our roles while we are with the pack, but we would like to share our knowledge in the coming months to make the transitions easy.  Justin Z. has stepped up to be an Assistant Cub Master and will be Cub Master when Mike G. moves up. We will need one or two Assistant Cub Masters to back fill his spot and the other spots will need to be filled as well.  The positions are all fun and rewarding. Please email any of us with questions about the roles. 


Parent Volunteers Needed:We have some volunteer spots we need to fill right away.  We need helpers to assist in [b]planning Blue and Gold[/b] and we also need someone to[b] lead the MLK Service Project on 1/20/20.[/b]  The service project could be one found online for MLK Day, and it could be picking up litter, helping to make a meal, or something else.  If you enjoy planning fun projects, we are looking for someone to plan “gathering activities”. These are the fun projects we have before the meetings for the Scouts to do while they wait for the meeting to start.  Please e-mail Margo to let her know what you are willing to help with. Thank you for your help!


Thank you!

Thank you to Belinda B. for setting up an incredibly fun game night!  We had over 40 attendees and families had a great time! Thank you to Noa R. for taking care of the chocolate, separating all the orders and providing it so quickly to families!  Thank you Shaiza D. for all your work taking everyone’s chocolate orders and tracking all of it! 


Committee/Leader’s Meeting- The Committee and Den Leaders meet the 2nd Sunday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the church in Room 14.  We welcome any parents to attend this meeting. If there is something you want to discuss at the meeting, please email Margo so the item can be put on the agenda. 


Veteran’s Day Ceremonies at School and Veteran’s Day Ceremony

We had several Scouts participate in the Veteran’s Day assemblies at Lakeview Elementary School and Peter Kirk Elementary School.  Additionally, several Scouts came out with their parents on Veteran’s Day to put flags next to graves at Sunset Hills Memorial Park.  


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

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Upcoming Dates!

November 23 (Saturday) MoPOP 

December 3 (Tuesday) Pack Meeting

December 7 (Redmond Lights ) Redmond Lights

January 7 (Tuesday) Pack Meeting

January 20 (Monday) Service Project for MLK

January 25 (Saturday) Sledding/Tubing

February 1 (Saturday) Pinewood Derby 1:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


November News 2019

posted Jan 26, 2020, 10:10 PM by Margo Wei

Harvest Project - Pack 550 families helped to pick 12,000 pounds of food (6 tons) at the Harvest Service Project. We picked pumpkins and squash and pulled carrots and beets for donation to Hopelink.


Chocolate Update

The deadline is upon us for ordering chocolate.  Please place your order by November 4th by emailing it to Shaiza and cc:ing the Chocolate Liaison for your den. If you have any questions you can ask your liaison or Shaiza.  


You may do pre sales by taking the marketing brochure Shaiza gave out at the pack meeting and sharing it with family, friends and neighbors. Some people do all their sales before the chocolate arrives. Others order the chocolate and then they go sell the product.  It is up to individual families. You can market them as great holiday gifts and teacher gifts!  


Game Night is coming!

Bring your favorite board game and come play with your pack at Kirkland Congregational Church, [b]Friday November 15th, 6:45pm to 8pm. [/b]Siblings of all ages welcome, we'll have games especially for our youngest pack and family members.

RSVP for Game Night (Sign up is in your email)

Sign up to bring food or volunteer for Game Night (Sign up is in your email)


Veteran’s Day Ceremonies at School!

We will be doing the flag ceremony at both Lakeview and Peter Kirk Elementary for the Veteran’s Day Assemblies. If your child attends Lakeview and would like to participate, please contact Cheryl. If your Scout attends Peter Kirk and would like to participate, please contact Margo.   


Veteran’s Service Day Project - Pack 550 Scouts and their families are invited to the Veterans Day Ceremony on Monday, November 11, 2019 beginning promptly at 11:00 a.m. at Sunset Hills Memorial Park Cemetery in Bellevue. Immediately after the ceremony all scouts are invited to place flags on our veterans' graves. This is a wonderful opportunity for Scouts to serve the community in a meaningful and memorable way. Scouts should wear their uniforms while attending this event. We will not be meeting as a group there, but individual families can attend on their own. It’s a really easy way to address some of the Duty to God requirements for dens, at different levels, in a non-religious way.  There is a Duty to God requirement for each age in Cub Scouts. You can refer to the required advancements your kids are working on. You can click on this page to see the requirements. http://usscouts.org/advance/cubscout/intro.asp


Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop) Scout Day

Calling all Pack 550 Cub Scouts!You are invited to attend the annual Fall Scout Day at the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop) on November 23, 2019.  You, your family and friends can visit the museum and the special exhibition, Minecraft: The Exhibition, and leave with a fun patch (while supplies last)!

[b]Ticket costs are as follows[/b] and include access to the entire museum including the special exhibition:

  • $12.00 each:  Adults and children 13 and older

  • $9.00 each: Children 5-12 years old

Purchase directly from the Museum by visiting: Scout Day Tickets 

Please note the museum's order deadline is November 17. Tickets purchased online are nonrefundable.  Activity and patch pick-up will be located next to Indie Game Revolution.

Please complete the sign up genius so we can track who will be attending after you buy your tickets. (sign up in your email)

Questions?  Ask Julie.

 

Photos from the Pack Picnic!- Thanks to Mark for taking beautiful photos at the pack picnic!  Families, you won’t want to miss seeing your kids in these! View photos from the link in your email.


Parent Volunteers Needed:  Please sign up to help with an event.  Even if you are new to Scouting, we can mentor you and walk you through the process of leading an event. [/b]We need every family to help with an event or leadership at some point during the year. [b]  Thank you for your help! Please e-mail Margo to let her know what you can help with. 


MLK Service Project 1/20/20 -  Communicate the event, be the contact person, attend the event, and communicate who attended.

Blue and Gold Party 2/4/20- Committee of 2-3 to help plan the event.

Pinewood Derby 2/18/20 (February) - Committee of 2-3 to plan the event.

LEAP Day Event, 3/13/20 - Communicate the event, be the contact person, attend the event, and communicate who attended.

Green Kirkland (service) 3/21/20- Communicate the event, be the contact person, attend the event, and communicate who attended.

Scouting for Food (service) - March or April -(2) Organize and Coordinate event

Hike 3/28/20 - Communicate the event, be the contact person, attend the event, and communicate who attended.

Earth Day Service Project 4/18 or 4/25[/b] - Communicate the event, be the contact person, attend the event, and communicate who attended.


Thank you! 

Thank you to Julie B.  for being our Secretary, Justin Z.  for being our Assistant Cub Master, and Shaiza D. and Alif N. for organizing chocolate sales!  We are so grateful for your help! Please thank them when you see them!


Did you know Pack 550 has a Facebook page? [/b]Like us and share our news with prospective families!  ht

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Pack 550 Upcoming Events

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[b]Upcoming Dates![/b]

November 1 (Friday) Zoo Snooze!

November 1-3 (Friday-Sunday) Webelos Outreach (for 4th and 5th graders)

November 5 (Tuesday) Pack Meeting - Animal Encounters

November 11 ( Monday ) Veterans Day Service Project - Sunset Memorial Park 

November 15 (Friday) Game Night

December 3 (Tuesday) Pack Meeting

December 7 (Saturday) Redmond Lights

January 7 (Tuesday) Pack Meeting


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