April, 2012

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Congratulations Ninja Patrol

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Congratulations to members of the Ninja Patrol (formerly known as Den 3).

All members of the patrol earned their Arrow of Light award at last night’s Pack meeting.  The Arrow of Light is not only Cub Scouting’s highest award, but it is the only Cub Scout award that is worn on the Boy Scout uniform.

Mikey L. and Patrick M. elected not to continue into Boy Scouts. 

Troop 1120 welcomed Sheamus F. and Cody W.

Troop 883 welcomed:

  • Andrew A.
  • Anthony C.
  • Patrick H.
  • Michael L.
  • Tyler M.
  • Sammy N.
  • Paulie S.
  • Aidan Z.

Congratulations and best wishes to each of the former Cub Scouts!

And, of course, a very special thank you goes to Jim Lanier (Webelos Den Leader), Cary Arnold (Assistant Webelos Den Leader), Chris Maciejewski (Assistant Webelos Den Leader), and Cheryl Hammond (Advancement Co-Chair) as they end their leadership roles in Cub Scouting.

Pack Camping Trip

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Greetings Pack Families!

At last night’s committee meeting, we discussed the Family Camping Trip that is scheduled for May 18-19.  The camping trip committee was considering cancelling the event due to a lack of sign ups.

Rather than cancel the event, the Pack committee elected to change the format a little bit.  Here’s the new schedule:

Friday, May 18

  • You may begin setting up your tents at 5:00 PM on Friday night.  You can pretty much set up your tent at any time before or after the Pack Meeting, so don’t stress.  There will be plenty of time – and plenty of people who know how to set up tents.
  • 7:00 PM – Pack Meeting
    • This will most likely be outside – bring lawn chairs or blankets
    • Den Leaders – please bring a blanket(s) for your Den to sit on
    • 7:30 PM – Cub Scout Campfire
      • Each Den should prepare at least one skit that is suitable for a Cub Scout campfire.  I’d love for each Den to do a second skit.  Please email me the name of the skit(s), and I will put together a campfire program.
      • Den Leaders – please have your Den Chiefs come up with a cheer they are willing to lead.  Include the name of the cheer in the email you send me.
      • John Trottman and I will lead some Cub Scout songs.
        • John – shoot me a list of the songs you’d like to do
        • 8:15 PM – S’More’s and Drinks
          • I need a few people who are willing to help make S’More’s in the ovens in the kitchen while the Pack is doing the campfire.  If you can lead this project or can help, please shoot me an email.
          • 8:30 PM – Free Time with your Dens/Families
            • Younger children can go to sleep at any time
            • 10:00 PM – Lights Out
              • Restrooms will be available in the church all night long

 Saturday, May 19

  •  7:30 AM – Rise and Shine!
    • Pack up your personal gear
    • Leave your tents up to dry the dew off them
    • 8:00 AM – Breakfast in the Gym
      • I will handle breakfast for the Pack – this will most likely include a variety of “grab and go” items (like cereal, fruit, etc.) and some hot entrees (pancakes, breakfast meat, potatoes, etc.), but the menu has not been determined
      • Please let me know if your family has any food allergies.  We will try our best to accommodate your needs, but we may enlist your help with this.
      • I am trying to get some of the Troop families to help cook breakfast, but if you would like to help me cook breakfast, please email me to let me know you are available.
      • We can all work together to get cleaned up from breakfast.
      • 9:00 AM – Pack Up, Police the Area, Dismissal
        • After everyone has packed their tents and personal gear, we will all work together to police the area for trash – one of the central items to Scouting camping is leaving the area better than we found it.  Once we finish the police line, the group will be dismissed at the same time.  If we work together, we should be ready to dismiss by 9 AM.

 Things to Know

  •  There is no cost for this outing.  The Pack will cover the cost of the S’More’s and breakfast.
  • This is family camping – all Cub Scout/Webelos campers must have a parent/guardian with them at all times.  Boy Scouts (Den Chiefs, etc.) may camp without a parent/guardian.
  • Please fill out the attached medical form (Parts A&B only) and have it in your possession during the outing.  Since a parent/guardian will be there at all times, you must have the form in your possession, but you do not need to turn it in to the Pack.
  • This is really low stress camping – aside from putting up and taking down your tent, there is almost nothing you will need to do.
    • If you need a tent, please communicate with your Den Leader. 
    • Den Leaders – if you don’t have resources to help within your Den, please shoot me an email, and I will see if we can borrow Troop equipment.
    • In the event of rain, we will hold the Pack Meeting and the “camping” in the gym.
    • Please RSVP (either way – if you are camping or if you are not camping) by Friday, May 11 to www.bsapack883.com/rsvp  

Pack T-Shirts

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

All Cub Scouts and leaders are issued a Pack t-shirt when they join our Pack.  If you are a new Cub Scout or an adult leaders and you did not receive a shirt when you signed up, please see Lynn Kalmbach at the next Pack Meeting so we can issue your shirt!  Additional t-shirts (for family members or as “spares”) can be purchased for $10 each at the table set up at each Pack Meeting

Coordinator:  Lynn Kalmbach (lynn.kalmbach@comcast.net)


Webelos Leaders: Outdoor Leader Skills Course

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Webelos I and II leaders are REQUIRED to complete the Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) course. 

Carroll District is holding their training on March 31/April 1 and April 27-29. 

Four Rivers District is holding the same training over one weekend – May 18-20.  Keep an eye on the Four Rivers District site for more information: http://www.crwflags.com/4rd/index.html.

Harford District also has a one weekend course this Spring.

Best news – this is the same course required for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmaster, so it will count when you bridge to Boy Scouts.

Wood Badge

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Wood Badge is Scouting’s premier training course. Baden-Powell designed it so that Scouters could learn, in as practical a way possible, the skills and methods of Scouting. It is first and foremost, learning by doing.  The members of the course are formed into patrols and these into a troop.   The entire troop lives in the out-of-doors for two weekends – camping, cooking their own meals, and practicing Scout skills.

The course is designed to be a highlight –”a mountaintop experience” — for the course participants.  Careful planning and strict attention to detail provides a physical/logistic support and program second to none.   Add to this a thoroughly prepared and enthusiastic staff, and it is little wonder that most Scouters return from Wood Badge inspired and prepared to do an even better job of providing Scouting to boys. 

In addition to a fine course, all the traditions and heritage of Scouting are stressed and used to inspire those attending.  Wood Badge (in one form or another) is used throughout the Scouting world. Tens of thousands of Scouters proudly wear the Gilwell neckerchief, woggle, and beads of Wood Badge-trained leaders. 

For more information about Wood Badge in general:  http://www.woodbadge.org/

 For more information about the Spring 2012 course:


 For more information about the Fall 2012 course:


The actual course includes two 3-day weekends of camping at Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation in Harford County (spaced about a month apart) – and then two patrol meetings between those camping trips in order for your patrol to plan for the 2nd weekend.  After completing the course, you will have 18-months to complete your Wood Badge “ticket” – 5 projects you choose that will help our Pack to be stronger.  When you have completed the training program and your tickets, you will earn the Wood Badge regalia:  a tartan neckerchief and woggle and your Wood Badge beads. 

The cost of the course will be paid by the Pack.

To register:  EMAIL MARC FISCHER FIRST, then fill out the form on the website above and get it to Laura Miller for a Pack check.  She will mail it to the Wood Badge registrar, and you are in!  If you have any questions or want to talk about this opportunity, please call Marc Fischer at 410.977.2956.