February News 2020

Post date: Jan 29, 2020 11:26:33 PM

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”!

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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[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