News & Info Archive

Check out all the fun activities the Pack has been involved in over the past few months.

Fitness Fun Day - 2014

posted Feb 15, 2014, 5:19 AM by Pack 345   [ updated Feb 28, 2015, 1:54 PM ]

Do you like playing sports? Then you need to come to the Pack 345 Fitness Fun Day on Saturday, March 1 from 3-5pm at Hamburg Fitness. The scouts will complete requirements a belt loop and there will be lots of time for free play. Siblings are welcome to participate. Parents, we may need some help with overseeing the activities.

Hamburg fitness is located at: 8540 Hamburg Rd., Brighton, MI 48116, (810) 231-4169

Pack 345 Blue and Gold Banquet - 2014

posted Jan 25, 2014, 8:50 PM by Pack 345   [ updated Feb 28, 2015, 1:50 PM ]

Sunday, February 16, at the Knights of Columbus, 1-3pm
3555 E Grand River Ave., Howell

This is our annual celebration of scouting. The purpose of the cub scout blue and gold banquet is to celebrate the pack's anniversary, thank pack leaders and other adults who have helped the pack, and inspire the leaders, Scouts, and parents. 

Our Blue and Gold will also include the Webelo Arrow of Light ceremony, and the cross-over ceremony. These ceremonies reward and celebrate our Webelo IIs for the work they have done as cub scouts. It is also their cross-over from cub scouts to boy scouts. It is always a great ceremony and our chance to say goodbye and to wish our Webelo IIs a successful Boy Scout Journey.

Each family will receive an invitation to the event via Sign up Genius. Please RSVP via the electronic invitation.

Each Den is responsible for center pieces for the event. Den leaders will share the details. They will be 2-3 centerpieces themed around a local charity. The idea is if you choose an animal shelter, you would assemble a centerpiece that included animal treats/toys/etc. It would then be donated to the charity.

We will start promptly at 1pm with the flag ceremony by Den 8. Please be on time with scouts in full class A uniform. Leaders are asked to arrive at 12pm for setup. The Pack is providing the main course. Each family is asked to bring a dish to pass. Please see instructions in the invitation regarding the type of dish assigned to you.

Reminder, summer camp deposits are due at Blue and Gold. Please refer to the emails and related article on this site for all the details on camp.

Spring Overnight at Cranbrook Museum

posted Jan 25, 2014, 8:39 PM by Pack 345   [ updated Feb 28, 2015, 1:50 PM ]

Date: Friday, March 28 (6pm Friday through 8am Saturday)
Location: Cranbrook Institute of Science (39221 Woodward Avenue,
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303)

The cost is $35 per person (scout or chaperone) and the overnight Workshop includes:
  • 2 hour workshop
  • Auditorium physics program
  • Planetarium program
  • Evening snack
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Sleep overnight in the museum
  • Come early -- 4:30pm on Friday and enjoy the museum prior to the overnight activities
The Scientists at Cranbrook have put their heads together to create an exciting adventure for your Scouts! Take some time to explore the world of dinosaurs, learn a thing or two about the importance of the buffalo to Native Americans and try your hand at mixing together a slimy concoction before ending your science exploration with an electrifying physics presentation. You’ll get all this, plus time to explore the museum and a Scouts-only planetarium program. Please note: we are constantly developing different ideas for this overnight experience; the content may change year to year or even date to date.

If you are interested in attending, please email your name and scout’s name to Sherie Monroe or sign up at the Jan Pack Meeting. Final count and payment must be made by Feb 16 (Blue and Gold Banquet).

See the Cranbrook website for more details.

All those attending the event will be required to complete a photo release form. See below.

January Pack Meeting

posted Jan 25, 2014, 8:30 PM by Pack 345   [ updated Feb 28, 2015, 1:53 PM ]

The theme for our January Pack Meeting is Community Service.

Date: Tuesday, January 28, 7-8pm
Location: Hawkins Multi Purpose Room

Our Webelos IIs will be leading this meeting and we will be assembling Birthday Bags for Gleaners. When a customer at the food pantry has a child celebrating an upcoming birthday, they will provide the child with a birthday bag with items for a birthday cake (cake mix, frosting, plates, napkins, party favors). Our goal is to assemble 20 birthday bags. Each Den is assigned to bring items for the Birthday bags. Your Den leader will discuss this at an upcoming Den meeting. Be prepared to bring enough to assemble 20 bags.
  • Den 1 Tigers: Boxed Cake mix and birthday bags
  • Den 4 and 12: Toys/party favors (noise makers or party hats)
  • Den 5: birthday cake candles
  • Den 8: plates/napkins (desert size, birthday theme)
  • Den 10: Frosting
Each scout is also asked to bring one item to the Pack meeting to donate to Gleaners. A list of suggested items is attached.

We will also be handing out the Bobcat Awards at the Pack meeting. All scouts should be in full class A uniforms.

We are volunteering at Gleaners this month.

The dates are:
Wednesday, January 22, 6:30-8pm -- Den’s 1 and 8
Wednesday, January 29, 6:30-8pm -- Den 10
Wednesday, February 5, 6:30-8pm -- Den 5, 4, and 12

Location: Gleaners food distribution center is located at 5924 Sterling Drive, Howell, MI 48843

Map: – scroll down to the Livingston location info.

2014 Raingutter Regatta

posted Oct 27, 2013, 5:45 PM by Pack 345   [ updated Nov 2, 2015, 4:48 PM ]

Our 2015 Regatta will be held on November 16 in the Hawkins Multipurpose room. Check in will start at 6:30 pm, and racing will start at 7:00pm. We expect the event to wrap up by 8:30 at the latest.

Den Leaders distributed the boat kits to scouts in October. If you will not be participating in the Regatta, please return the boat kit to your Den Leader.

This year, we will be using the BSA trimaran boats (tentative).

Construction Rules
  • Follow the boat specifications and instructions provided with the kit.
  • All boats must use the original parts from the kit that is provided.
  • Materials from the BSA kit may be modified, however, other sails, keel and rudder
    material may not be used.
  • The sail can not be larger than the material supplied.
  • There is no max/min weight restriction.
  • The boat can be no longer than 7 inches or shorter than 6.5 inches.
  • Scouts are free to paint and decorate their sailboats as they choose.
  • Attach all parts, accessories and decals securely to the boat.
  • You can use the numbers provided with the boat kit, but each boat will be assigned a number when they register.
  • Scouts should select a name for their boat and provide it at registration.
Race Rules
  • Cub Scouts must register their boats by 7pm on race day.
  • All boats will be secured in the dock area after registration.
  • Boats may not be touched or modified after registration until the races begin.
  • Each race will involve two lanes of "rain gutters."
  • The boys are to blow air on the boat sails in order to advance them through the water
  • Racers may not touch any part of the boat or water during the race..
  • Hands are NOT to be used to advance the boat.
  • Boys can not use their faces, lips, hats, nose or other body parts to move the boat - just the air in their lungs!
  • Capsized boats will be set back up by the race officials.
There will be 6 gutters and each scout will race in each gutter. We will run a series of one vs. one heat races. Three heat races at a time. Each scout will race the same number of heat races.  After the heat races, if necessary, tie breaker races will take place to determine winners. 

Trophies will be awarded to the top three boats in each Den. Trophies will also be awarded to the top 3 overall boats. These top 3 winners will not receive trophies within their Den. 

Note: The race software generates the race schedule. A scout may race a few heats and then be idle for a while before racing again. The software is configured to ensure all scouts race the same number of times. Since our Dens are not of equal size, a scout may race against some scouts from another Den in order for them to race the same number of races as all other scouts. When this occurs, we try to configure the races so that a scout is racing other scouts as close to his age as possible. For instance, a Tiger may race against a Wolf, but they will not race against a Webelo.

Pack 345 Akela/Scout Bake-Off and Pack Meeting

posted Feb 6, 2013, 3:59 PM by Pack 345   [ updated Mar 11, 2013, 6:37 PM ]

UPDATE: Due to weather conditions on February 26, the pack Meeting and Bake off was postponed. We will be integrating the Bake Off into the Blue and Gold Banquet on Sunday March 10.

Our February Pack Meeting will be on Tuesday, February 26 in the Hawkins multipurpose room from 7-8 pm. In addition to Den awards, we will be holding our second annual Akela/Scout Dessert Bake-Off.

Each scout is asked to make their favorite dessert with the assistance of an adult. At the meeting, each scout will be allowed to place a vote for their five favorite entries. Awards will be presented to 3 desserts getting the most votes. Details and rules are below.

Akela/Scout Bake-Off Rules
  1. Any adult can work with the scout.
  2. The baked good must be a homemade dessert and be cut/served in bit sized servings for judging (cut cookies into quarters, etc.)
  3. All entries must be made from scratch. Entries cannot be made from a pre-measured box (cookie or cake mix). Ingredients such as chocolate chips and nuts allowed. M&Ms or crushed candy bars are allowed for use as an ingredient or decoration. Frozen/store bought pie crusts are also allowed.
  4. All entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form which includes the name of the item and a list of ingredients. This important information is used for two reasons: first to qualify the entry, and more importantly, to ensure no one with a food allergy eats something they shouldn't.
    The entry form can be downloaded and printed from the bottom of this page.
  5. Entries should include the signed certification (located at the bottom of the entry form) by mom that certifies the kitchen was returned to the condition it was in (or better) before this adventure began. Leave no Trace.
  6. Please prepare to serve 40. Again cookies or other larger items should be cut into small servings.
  7. Cakes should be pre-cut and please provide utensils if needed.
  8. Plates and napkins will be provided.

On the night of the Pack meeting, registration will open at 6:45 pm. Scouts will check in at the registration table with their desert and entry form. From there, the leaders will place the item one of the judging tables. Each entry will be assigned a number that will be written on the entry form. Do not place your name on the entry form. This will help us ensure fair and unbiased judging.

The Judging will be done by the scouts. Each scout will be given 5 tickets and will be allowed to vote for their 5 favorite desserts. 

Check-in will begin promptly at 6:45 pm. Opening flag ceremony will be at 7:00 pm.

This should be great fun and will meet either a requirement or an elective for each rank -- check your scout handbooks.

Hawkins Elementary has a new Flag

posted Jan 23, 2013, 6:23 PM by Pack 345   [ updated Jun 30, 2013, 9:14 AM ]

At our Pack Meeting on January 22, the Wolves of Den 10 performed a flag raising ceremony. They then presented Principal Meyer with the new flag for Hawkins Elementary to fly in front of the school. We are very proud of the initiative that Ten 10 showed in identifying a need and reaching out to make this possible. We can't think of a better way to show our appreciation to the school for supporting our Pack.

The scouts did a great job with the ceremony and Principal Meyer gave a nice talk about the importance of the flag and what it represents as well as the importance of the scouting program. She told the scouts to be proud each day when they come to school and see the flag flying in front of the school.

Thanks to the Thalacker family and the women's VFW auxiliary for donating the flag. Thanks also to Principal Meyer, Hawkins Elementary, and the scouts, leaders, and parents of Den 10. 

Way to go scouts!!!

Hamburg Fitness Fun Day

posted Jan 13, 2013, 12:57 PM by Pack 345   [ updated Feb 11, 2013, 4:36 PM ]

Do you like playing Basketball and Kickball? Then you need to come to the Pack 345 Hamburg Fitness Fun Day on Saturday, February 9. Check your email for the time and directions. The scouts will complete requirements for one or both the basketball and kickball belt loops and some requirements for the pins.

Hamburg fitness is located at: 8540 Hamburg Rd., Brighton, MI 48116 (810) 231-4169


Plymouth Whalers Hockey Scout Nite

posted Oct 11, 2012, 9:26 PM by Pack 345   [ updated Nov 18, 2012, 8:04 PM ]

Pack 345 will be going to see the Plymouth Whalers play the London Knights on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at the Compuware Sports Arena (directions). Game time is at 7:05pm. We will be meeting at 6:30pm at the Arena.

All Scouts receive
  • Plymouth Whalers Scout Night Patch
  • Special autograph session with some of the Whalers during intermission
  • Discounted $8 ticket to the game

The cost is $8 per person. Family members are welcome. We have reserved a group of tickets and require a final count and full payment (payable to Pack 345) no later than Tuesday, 10/30 (October Pack Meeting). We can not guarantee seats after this date.

This is a great opportunity to enjoy outstanding hockey with family and friends.

Fall Round Up and Pack Meeting

posted Aug 26, 2012, 3:48 PM by Pack 345   [ updated Oct 11, 2012, 7:58 PM ]

Our Scout Round Up will be held in conjunction with our September Pack meeting on September 27, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, at Hawkins Elementary Gymnasium.

The Pack meeting will start at 7pm. We will talk about plans for the upcoming year, discuss this year's popcorn fundraising and hand out awards for summer activities. All returning scouts should be prepared to submit their annual dues payment after the meeting. The forms will be distributed via email ahead of time.

After the Pack meeting we will host our annual Round-Up event. This is an opportunity for new scouts and parents to learn about the Pack. We will discuss the benefits of scouting, our planned activities for the year, where and when we meet, how our Dens are organized, expectations, costs involved and fundraising activities.

Our Parent Orientation Guide provides a good head start on this information. Parents should come with questions and be prepared to fill out necessary paperwork if interested in joining.

If you can't make it to our Round Up and are interested in joining the Pack, come see us at the Hawkins Family Picnic on Wednesday, 9/25 or contact Mark Gigax at

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