Pack News & Events

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October Pack Meeting and Bonfire

posted Oct 11, 2014, 7:31 PM by Pack 345   [ updated Oct 9, 2016, 11:51 AM ]

Our October Pack meeting is on Friday, October 21rd starting at 6 pm. It will be held at the deChavez'. Check your email for the address and directions.

Note: Any boys/parents interested in joining our Pack are welcome to come at 6:00 p.m.

We will be playing some games, enjoying the bonfire and Smore's. Scouts should bring camp chairs, a flashlight, and marshmallow roasting stick. If you don't have a marshmallow roasting stick, no worries, there will be enough to share.

Scouts can wear either class A uniform or class B t-shirt for this event and please dress for the weather.

December Pack Meeting and Family Swim Night

posted Oct 11, 2014, 7:11 PM by Pack 345   [ updated Nov 2, 2015, 4:44 PM ]

December Pack Meeting and Family Swim Night

         
Our December Pack meeting is tentatively set for Sunday, 12/6 or 12/13 at the Hartland Pool. The Pack meeting will run from 3:30-4:30pm and include Popcorn awards, Bobcat rank awards, and other Den awards. Scouts should wear their Class A uniforms for this event.
 
Following the meeting (from 4:30-6:00pm) will be our annual Family Swim night. We have the entire pool area to use and we will allow time before for scouts to change out of their uniforms. Family are welcome. Review your scout handbook for any swim related activities and achievements that your scout can work on while at the pool. This is a great opportunity to get those swim activities completed.
 
The Pool is located at 10635 Dunham Road, Hartland, MI 48353 
www.hartlandschools.us - Phone: 810-626-2279
 
A copy of the pool's rules is below. Please review prior to attending.
 
  

Pack 345 Pinewood Derby 2014

posted Feb 10, 2014, 2:59 PM by Pack 345   [ updated Feb 10, 2014, 3:03 PM ]

Sportsmanship - The Big Win!

The father of the Pinewood Derby®, Donald Murphy, described his vision for the event to Scouting magazine in 1999: “I wanted to devise a wholesome, constructive activity that would foster a closer father-son relationship and promote craftsmanship and good sportsmanship through competition.” As Cub Scouts learn the skill of good sportsmanship, they are better able to recognize and appreciate the new skills they've acquired, to show respect to all those involved, and to experience the fun and excitement of competition.

The rules for the Pack 345 Derby are available at the bottom of this page. Please review them.

The Pack 345 rules are the same rules that are used by the Southern Shores Council races except for one exception. A maximum height for the car for the Pack races is 5.5 inches. That is the height of our track finishing gate that the car must go under. Council allows the car to be 6 inches.

Pinewood car kits will be distributed to Den Leaders. You must use the kit provided by the Pack.

Pinewood Tech Night

Date: Thursday, March 6
Time: 7-8pm
Location: Hawkins Elementary School multi-purpose room

At tech night, the scouts will have a chance to test their cars on the pinewood track, weigh their cars on the official scale, and make sure their car fits the template. We will also be testing the race management software.

Pinewood Derby

Date: Sunday, March 9
Time: 1-3:30pm
Location: Hawkins Elementary School Gymnasium

Pinewood Schedule (tentative)
12:00 pm -- Setup
1:00 pm -- Check in/Tech inspection begins -- Scouts will be called by Den.
1:40 pm -- Opening Ceremonies: Flag ceremony and National Anthem
1:45 pm -- Green Flag main event
2:45 pm -- Sibling races
3:00 pm -- Trophy presentation
3:15 pm -- Closing flag ceremony



Tech Inspection

Tech inspection will include an official inspection to confirm that all the rules have been followed. Each car will be weighed and must weigh 5 ounces or less. Each car will also be placed in a template box to ensure it meets height and width requirements.

If a car does not pass inspection, the scout will be directed to the garage area (separate table) where parents can help them with their car. Once the issues have been corrected, they can return to inspection.

Cars that cannot be made compliant will be allowed to run, but will not be eligible for a trophy. They will however be eligible for the Best in Show award as voted on by the scouts.

Once the car passes inspection, it will be assigned a number. This number along with the car name and scout name will be logged into the race software. Please have your scout come up with a name for their car prior to inspection.

Each scout will be given a drivers badge (with their car number). Once the car goes through inspection, the scout is not allowed to handle the car and no adjustments can be made to the car. It is impounded until the races start.

Tip: if you attach weight to the bottom of your car, be sure to recess it or it most likely will not pass inspection because it will drag on the track.

Regional Semi-Finals

Southern Shores Field Service Council Regional Semi-Finals
2014 Pinewood Derby Regional Semi-Finals for our region (Far East) will be held in Saline on April 12. This race is open to the top 3 fastest cars per rank in a Pack. Click here for more details and to register.
Racing
Each car will race twice in each lane. The track has 6 lanes = 12 races per car. The race area will have 6 chairs for scouts whose cars are racing. The staging area will have 6 chairs for scouts “on deck” for next race. The racing software sets the race lineups, keeps track of all finishes and determines the winners. 

Sibling/Parent Race
After the scout race, we will run a series of open class races. The only rule for this race is that the car must weigh 5 ounces or less and must meet the height and width requirements. This open class race is open to all scout parents and siblings who would like to enter. No trophies are awarded in this race.

Trophies
Trophies will be awarded to the top 3 finishers from each Den as well as the top 3 finishers overall. If a scout wins an overall trophy, they are not eligible for a Den trophy. There will also be a trophy for the best car design as voted on by the scouts.

Check out www.pinewoodderby.org for car ideas.

Summer Camp 2014

posted Jan 20, 2014, 8:07 PM by Pack 345   [ updated Feb 15, 2014, 4:17 AM ]

Want to know how much fun summer camp is, just ask one of our scouts, or parents, who attended last year.

The Pack has reserved camp sites for 2014 summer resident camp at Camp Munhacke and D-bar-A.

Cub Scout Summer Resident Camp at Camp Munhacke
(Dens 1 and 8 and Next Years Tigers).

Cub Scout camp is for all scouts entering 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade next fall. The camp dates are July 24-26 (Session 5, Thu-Sat). Camp takes place at Camp Munhacke, 120 acres of land north of Chelsea in the Pinckney Recreation Area. It is on the shores of Bruin Lake. Tents, cots, all your meals and all activities are included. Activities include: swimming, fishing, kayaking, hiking, BB-guns, archery, bonfires, woodworking, ultimate Frisbee, and many other activities. Additional information about camp can be found on the Michigan Crossroads Council site - click here.

Fees:
  • Youth Fee - when paid in full by May 1st = $130
  • Youth Regular Fee – after May 1st = $145    
  • Adult Fee = $100
  • Adult BSA application fee = $16

Webelo Adventure Camp at D-bar-A
(Dens 5 and 10).

Webelos Adventure Camp, for scouts entering the 4th and 5th grades will be at D-Bar-A. Camp is 4 Day - 3 Night. Dates are June 18-21 (Session 1, Wed-Sat). D-bar-A is located in Metamora, MI. Lodging will be in cabins and all meals are included. Those who wish to bring a tent for the true camping experience are welcome to do so. Information can be found on the Council website - click here.

Fees:
  • Youth Fee - when paid in full by May 1st = $160
  • Youth Regular Fee – after May 1st = $175
  • Adult Fee = $85
  • Adult BSA application fee = $16

Payments and Details
If interested in attending camp, please add your name to the sign up sheet at a Pack Meeting or contact your committee chair.

  • The deposit ($50 payable to Pack 345) and confirmation (names of youth and adults attending) will be required at the Jan 28 Pack Meeting.
  • Final payment must be made at the April 29 Pack meeting in order to get the lower rate.
  • The $50 deposit is not refundable, but is transferable to another scout up to the May 1.
  • After May 1, the deposit is not transferable.
Forms
Youth are required to submit:
  1. BSA Annual Health Form A&B (for youth and adults) Adobe Portable Document Format
    Fill this out, attach a copy of your health insurance card and bring it to camp.

Adults attending camp will be required to complete and/or submit the following items:

  1. Youth Protection Training (YPT)
    It is a 20 minute online course. Very easy and very good.
    It is now required for all adults attending camp. Even if you are only attending for part of a day.
    For details on YPT -- http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.aspx

    For instructions on taking the course -- http://www.scouting.org/training/adult.aspx
    At the end of the course, print out the certificate of completion and attach it to your Adult application. This is due when you submit your final payment on April 29.
    Note: Current Leaders whose YPT is up-to-date do not have complete the training. YPT must be renewed every 2 years.

  2. Adult Application Adobe Portable Document Format
    Adults, If you are not registered with BSA, you will need to fill out an Adult application (524-501.pdf). You must fill out page 4 and 5 completely. This includes the signature page and all of the right hand column (background, addresses and references) on the app page. Return it, along with proof that you have taken Youth Protection Training (see above), and a registration fee of $16.00 (payable to Pack 345). Return these items with your final camp payment (payable to Pack 345) at the April Pack Meeting.
    Note: Current registered Leaders do not have complete the application.

    Some notes regarding the application:
    We are a Pack
    Our unit # is: 3345
    Expire date can be 12/31/14.
    You can leave the unit position and position title fields (at bottom) blank.
    Make sure that you sign both pages 4 and 5.
    This form must be signed by the Pack Charter Organization rep. So you can not bring it to camp. It must be submitted with proof of YPT at the time of your camp payment.

  3. BSA Annual Health Form A&B (for youth and adults) Adobe Portable Document Format
    Fill this out, attach a copy of your health insurance card and bring it to camp.

  4. MI Registry Clearance Form DHS 1929 MS Word document
    This form must be completed and submitted (along with a copy of a picture ID) to the Michigan Department of Human Services office. They will process the request and send the clearance letter back to you. You will then need to make a copy of the letter and bring that copy with you to camp. You must fill the form out for all adults who will be attending with your scout. If you are not sure yet which parent is going, or you are sharing the duties, fill out a form out for each of you.

    Some instructions for the form.

    • Fill in Section 1 with your information.
    • Fill in section 2 with your information and check the box labeled ‘Individual’ (you are requesting this clearance for yourself).
    • In section 2, name of employer…, Name of CPS… and Title fields can be left blank.
    • Fill in page 2 with the address you want the clearance letter(s) mailed to. Note: Individual requests will only be mailed to the address on the picture ID provided.
    • Attach a copy of your picture ID to the form.
    • Mail the form to the DHS office. 
    • When you receive the letter back from DHS, make a copy of the letter keeping the original at home. 
    • Bring copy with you to camp for each adult.
    • (This is a 10 day process for them to turn around the request so do not wait.)

    Send the completed form to:
    Kim Graza
    Organizational Support Manager, BCAL

    7109 W. Saginaw Hwy
    Lansing, MI. 48917


    You can also drop the form off at the Livingston DHS office (
    2300 E. Grand River, Ste. 1, Howell, MI 48843, 517-548-0200, FAX: 517-548-0298). With a copy of your picture ID attached. They will mail the clearance letter back to you.


More information regarding specific details of each camp will be distributed as the summer approaches.



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