January 1, 2021 Newsletter

Post date: Jan 01, 2021 8:8:28 PM

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


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

Wolves - 2nd Graders

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

Bears - 3rd Graders

Bear Adventure Bear 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 Adventure Outdoorsman 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 Adventure Scouting 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:



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!