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UPCOMING EVENTS:

September 18
School Night for Scouting
Neighboring Elementary Schools, including Woodbury Elementary, 6-8pm
September 23
First Pack Meeting
Woodbury Baptist Church 6:25-7:30pm

 Thank you for stopping by the Scout table at Back to School Night.  We are very excited that you have taken an interest in the Cub Scout program for your son.

Answers to FAQ's & 12 upcoming items of action.
1) Pack 513 usually meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month at Woodbury Baptist Church September through April. Occasionally the 3rd Tuesday conflicts with a school program or holiday -in which case, you’ll be notified of the change.
2) If the Pack meeting schedule doesn't agree with your schedule, please visit adventureiscalling.org to find a local Pack that meets on a night that is good for you.
3) Our first Pack meeting is Sept 23rd 6:30-7:30. This meeting will feature an ice-cream social and a special recruitment ceremony. And yes, this is not the 3rd Tuesday – the meeting was moved to accomodate a BSA recruitment initiative. Bring your calendar to get a jump on planning a super fun year.
4) Our first Pack event is the Fall Pack Family Camp. Attend the whole weekend Oct 3-5 for $5/person or come for just the day camp activities Saturday, Oct 4th for $2.50/person. Sign up will be at the September Pack meeting.
5) Dens, (small groups of boys all the same age), meet at an agreed upon day and time. Dens typically have their first den meeting in October.
6) Kindergartners are encouraged to gather at Big Truck Day Sept 27 at Central Park (back lot of the Library ) at a time and place of their choosing. The free event is 8:30 – 11:30am and ties in nicely to the Lion’s “How Things Work” curriculum.
7) Pack 513 charges $55 a year for dues, this includes your BSA registration, monthly Boys' Life Magazine and your scout’s rank book.
8) 100% of Pack 513’s leaders are volunteers and are trained. Leaders meet monthly for something called Parents' Meeting. It's at these meetings where the how stuff gets done happens. Many hands make light work so if you can, attend a parent meeting.
9) Almost all our scouts’ parents are trained in BSA’s Youth Protection policy and procedures. Come to camp Oct 4th and you’ll be trained too!
10) We have only one fundraiser a year – holiday décor items – and it’s over in October. Materials are handed out at the Sept pack meeting. A majority of the funds raised by the scout go into his own scout account to pay for scouting activities – Pack dues, camps, etc. The remaining portion funds our Pack program - awards, food, snacks and beverages, leadership training, space rental, crafts, supplies - stuff like that. If you're super interested in this, introduce yourself to our Pack Treasurer Todd St. Germain.
11) Pack 513 has an awesome website with smart features to keep you informed of what’s going on. Parents will receive weekly eblasts notifying them of scouting news and upcoming den/pack events. Check it out: www.WoodburyPack513.com
12) Official sign-up for scouts can be done online at rocketintoscouting.org or on-site at Woodbury Elementary Sept 18, 6:30-8:30 pm. If you can’t make either of those, join at the 1st Pack meeting on Septmeber 23rd.
The rest of this goes into more detail about our Cub Scout program.
How do you join Scouting?
You can join Scouts in a couple ways – either online or onsite during the School Night for Scouting event Sept 18th, 6:30-8:30pm, or at any Pack meeting.
I recommend the onsite registration for a couple reasons. First is the face to face interactions. The Pack gets to know you, and you get to know the Pack. You get your model rocket quicker and there is the simplicity of making just one payment.
The online version is fast and easy. The main difference is that the annual fee will be collected in two parts, the first of which you will pay online. If online is best for you, contact me and I can let you know the remaining portion of the Pack’s fees as well as the few other materials you’ll need to get on your own. Join online at: rocketintoscouting.org
FYI – The annual Pack dues of $55 covers your scout book, a monthly subscription to Boy’s Life magazine and BSA membership registration.
What is Cub Scouting?
Cub Scouting is fun with a purpose! No matter what grade you are in, Kindergarten through fifth, it can be a blast. Do you like to learn by doing? This is just the place. You can learn to tie knots, set up a tent and shoot a bow and arrow, (archery). Have you ever cooked a meal on a campfire? Sent a secret code to a buddy? Built a birdhouse? Played Ultimate? Hiked? earn awards and recognition for doing these things in Cub Scouts, all the while making great friendships.
Cub Scouts Belong to Packs and Dens
As a Cub Scout, you will be part of your own pack consisting of boys in grades K-5. The pack is divided into smaller groups called dens. Each den has about six to eight boys. All of the Cub Scouts in your den are in the same grade and may even go to the same school.
The Cub Scout pack belongs to a group of people in your community or neighborhood such as a church, a school, a club or organization. This group makes sure your pack has good adult leaders, a place to meet, and exciting things to do. The group gets help from the Boy Scouts of America, which is part of Scouting around the world. Our pack and some of our dens meet at Woodbury Baptist church on Upper Afton Road, near Woodbury Elementary School.
Cub Scouts Do Things and Go Places
Have you been to the local police station and talked to the policemen on duty? Or visited the fire station and sat in the driver's seat of the pumper truck? These are some of the places you might go with your den or pack.You might also build a pinewood derby car and race it on the track, build a sailboat and race it in the Raingutter Regatta, or build a spaceship and race it to the stars in the pack space derby.
Cub Scouts Earn Awards
Each time you complete an accomplishment or learn a new skill, you will be recognized. Sometimes the reward is a bead, belt loop or a patch. Sometimes it is a smile on your parents' faces to see you grow and learn.
Why Cub Scouting?
Parents of young boys face a lot of choices in extracurricular activities. Boys want to have fun, while parents want them to learn positive values and skills that will last a lifetime. Cub Scouting may be exactly what you are both looking for.
As a parent, you can be assured that Cub Scouting:
involves a variety of family activities
encourages good behavior
teaches lifelong values
strengthens the bonds of family
As a kid, your son can be assured that Cub Scouting is fun!
How much time will this take?
Many of the activities happen right in the den and pack meetings. These and a few other key events are explained below. Other elective activities may be done as a family or just you and your child.
There are four kinds of activities. Den Meetings, Den Events and Pack Meetings and Pack events.
Den Meetings
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Your son will meet with a small group of boys of his grade. Some dens meet once a month, others meet more frequently. At den meetings, you’ll complete some achievements towards rank by playing games, doing crafts, as well as participating in group discussions. Each den’s program is specifically designed for that age level.
The dens are named as follows:
Lions (Kindergartners)
Tigers (first grade)
Wolves (second grade)
Bears (third grade)
Webelos 1 (fourth grade)
Webelos 2 (fifth grade)
Den Events are field trips. You might go on a hike, to a museum, or help out at a place like Feed My Starving Children. You might go to a pumpkin patch or an apple orchard. You could go bowling or to a theatrical performance– the dens are always doing something fun!
Pack Meetings:
This is a monthly meeting for all the dens (Cub Scouts and their parents) to get together to recognize the Scouts for their achievements that month. Awards, skits, games and jokes are some of the activities during a Pack meeting. This is also the time to find out about upcoming activities.
Pack Events: are fun family activities. We have a sled event in the winter and a kickball and outdoor movie event in the summer. We also participate in some community service projects like Toys for Tots, Feed My Starving Children and have adopted a local park for fall and summer cleanup. Some Pack event favorites are:
*Make, Bake or Fake it Auction:
The auction is an annual fundraising event for the Pack. Families are asked to bring something to a special pack meeting for a silent auction. Funds from this event primarily go towards keeping our two Pack organized campouts extremely affordable. Our Fall Pack Family Camp in October and another campout around the first weekend in June.
*Pinewood Derby, Raingutter Regatta, and Space Derby Races:
Each Scout makes his own vehicle (racecar, sailboat, or rocket) and enters it in an exciting pack competition.
*Blue & Gold Banquet:
This pack meeting in February is a dinner where families come together to celebrate the birthday of the Cub Scout program. We enjoy a potluck dinner, enjoy a special show from a professional entertainer and celebrate the transition of our oldest Cub Scouts into Boy Scouts
*Camping:
Campouts are packed with action that brings Scouts and their families into the great outdoors. Camping combines fun and excitement with doing one's best, getting along with others, and developing an appreciation for ecology and our world. Pack 513 offers camping opportunities each season. The Fall Pack Family Camp (late Sept or early Oct), Polar Camp (Jan or Feb), June Overnighter (1st weekend in June) and summer camp (July/Aug).
Parent involvement committment
Lions & Tigers:
A 1:1 ratio of parent to scout is required for Kindergartners and 1st Graders. Both parent and child will enjoy participating in Lion & Tiger den activities as well as monthly Pack meetings and special Pack events.
Wolves, Bears and Webelos: The required ratio of parent to child changes each year from 2nd Grade to 4th grade growing from one adult to two 2nd Graders to one adult to four 4th graders. Not all parents are required to attend all the den meetings of boys in these grades, but are always welcome to do so. Communicate with your den leader so the required ratios can be maintained.
Pack meetings,(large group meetings) are a bit different – if a Scout is at a Pack meeting, his parent(s) or guardians must also be present. Pack meetings are so full of information, fun and opportunity, you'll look forward to them. Honest.
Each boy will also require a parent's time at home to help him advance through the rank on which he is currently working.
We respectfully ask that parents also consider volunteering time to benefit the den and/or pack. A position as an adult volunteer can be one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. It provides you with that outside opportunity to see your son change before your eyes. There are two kinds of volunteering roles, short-term and on-going. If you have any interest in helping out please speak to any leader. We also welcome any parent input at our planning meetings held on the second Tuesday evening of each month.
Time with one’s child is the most important time we have. Cub Scouting is family-centered and succeeds because parents get involved. Cub Scouting is not a "drop off" activity. Some families choose to carve out this time as a special parent/son activity with just their Scout; others involve the whole family.
If you can’t make a meeting, don’t sweat it. Scouting is an AND activity. You can play sports AND be a Scout. Peyton Manning did it -so can your child. If you have to miss a den meeting, let your leader know ahead of time and he or she will inform you of the den’s activities and the curriculum they covered so you can go over it with your boy. If missing den meetings is due to a scheduling conflict, let me your Cub Master know and I will personally contact every local Pack I know to find a den for your son that meets within your schedule.
We ask Scouts and their families to contribute to some of the service projects we engage in. The specific project varies (we welcome your suggestions), but in recent years this has often been a food, book or toy drive. Serving our community and helping those less fortunate are important values for our Scouts to practice.
What are the benefits of Cub Scouting?
There is a reason for everything boys do in Cub Scouting. Apart from the fun and excitement, the aim of Cub Scouting is to help boys grow into good citizens who are strong in character with healthy lifestyle habits. This is why we say that Cub Scouting is "fun with a purpose." Cub Scouting:
Develops character and encourages spiritual growth
Reinforces habits of good citizenship
Encourages good sportsmanship and pride in growing strong in mind and body
Improves understanding within the family
Strengthens the ability to get along with other boys and respect for other people
Fosters a sense of personal achievement by developing new interests and skills
Teaches boys to be helpful and to do one’s best
Provides fun and exciting new activities
Prepares boys to become Boy Scouts
Teaches respect for nature and America’s natural resources
How much will it cost?
Cub Scouting is one of the least expensive activities around, when compared to children's sports, music lessons, clubs, and other activities. This is because at the Pack level, it's an all-volunteer organization.
Cub Scout registration for our Pack is $55 a year. Most of the money goes to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to help the organization continue to develop programs for our boys and to cover insurance costs. Our pack collects just enough more than indicated on applications and websites to pay for your scout's rank book. There may be an occasional cost for a fieldtrip, but we are always mindful to be thrifty with our choices.
The uniform. Our Pack recommends only getting the shirt, neckerchief and belt. Most boys also get the neckerchief slide, but you can very easily make one at a den meeting, pack meeting or at home. If you choose to buy a hat, you’ll get more use out of a BSA hat than one that’s specific to your scout’s current rank. We do not require any special pants as boys grow too fast to require BSA pants. Blue jeans or other pants or shorts are just fine.New uniforms are available at any of the Scout Shops around the Twin Cities. Find your most convenient store here: http://www.northernstarbsa.org/Contacts/ScoutShops
If you want to save some money on a uniform, experienced uniforms are available at a couple locations. The Pilgrim Cleaners uniform exchange program which takes place every 2nd and 3rd Thursday of the month, from 7:00 - 8:30 PM, at Mayflower Congregational Church (106 East Diamond Lake Road Minneapolis, MN). The other way to get an experienced uniform may be more convenient. Mrs. Quick , she does this out of her house for the love of Scouting. She’s near McKnight and 94. Her uniforms are usually less than $10 - you just have to get the appropriate patches.
If any family has a financial hardship regarding the payment of registration, dues, or camping fees, BSA has assistance available. We will never turn away a Scout because of financial considerations.
Cub Scouting is a wise investment in your son's future!
How are all these activities communicated?
Pack 513 has a pretty incredible website (www.woodburypack513.com ) with awesome features. Two primary features that keep all our members in the loop are the weekly Eblast email and the digital calendar.
Eblasts contain scouting news, Pack activity alerts and urge for you to use the website’s RSVP system for activities.
The calendar is pretty amazing too. It sync’s with your digital calendars so you always know what the Pack and your den or dens are doing just by looking at your smartphone, desktop, pad, and or laptop.
This may seem a bit overwhelming but we want you to make a thoroughly informed decision and truly embrace the experience we are hoping to bring to you and your son.

 

         
         
         
         
         
         
         
     

And remember to RSVP for the totally awesome activities listed over here ----->

Cubanapolis, Sept 20

Posted on Aug 31 2014 - 10:31pm

Sept 20th - Cubanapolis. Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 10:00 am – 12:00 (noon). Oakdale Nature Preserve (Large Picnic Shelter next to the Oakdale Discovery Center, 4444 Hadley Ave N)
What is a Cubanapolis? 
Cubanapolis is a fun event for Cub Scouts!
Scouts will build their own “car” out of cardboard - premade cars will be on hand.
This is an opportunity to have fun with your Scout!

Your laptops and pad devices needed at SNFS Sept 18, 6-8pm

Posted on Aug 31 2014 - 9:20pm

Hey Pack! We had nearly 40 families indicate interest in our Pack's program at Back to School Night last week. While some will register online, we're expecting the majority of our new recuits will sign up at School Night for Scouting September 18, at Woodbury Elementary, 6-8pm. Since the school is a public WiFi hotspot, it'd be awesome to get all these recruits plugged into our website on the spot.  If you can spare some time and your device between 6 and 8pm at Woodbury Elementary, it will greatly reduce the demand for device time at our first Pack Meeting. Let me know if you can and I'll "do my best" to have enough printed directions on hand. Thanks!

How to juggle career and volunteerism; advice from super Scouters to future super Scouters

Posted on Aug 24 2014 - 5:00pm

Whether your Scouting role requires an hour per week or an hour per week per Scout, finding enough time can be a challenge. Yet countless Scouters have figured out how to balance their Scouting jobs and “real” jobs. The following link provides the answers to the age old question, "how do they do it?"

http://scoutingmagazine.org/2014/08/find-time-scouting-family-busy-life


Pack Meeting @ Carver Lake. Honesty floats - cancelled,

Posted on Aug 20 2014 - 11:20pm

Potential health risk has cancelled this event. An ice cream social event at the Sept. Pack meeting has been planned in substitution.

The new program- The more things change, the more they stay the same

Posted on Aug 18 2014 - 2:47pm

This year marks the end of the Cub Scout program as we know it. Next year there will be new books, new requirements, etc.

Until recently news about the upcoming changes have been slow to circulate. I'm happy to share the link blow which lists each rank's requirements and electives in one easy spot. My initial reaction is it appears the new program fits right into our old Pack program. Look for yourself http://cubscoutideas.com/new-cub-scout-program-2015

School Night for Scouting - what you need to know about this year's recruitment effort

Posted on Aug 13 2014 - 9:37am

New for 2014 is a universal approach, and a ramped-up time frame. These changes are being made to simplify the sign-up process for parents and pack leaders, be consistent in our messages and support, and ignite excitement in our newest members and returning Cub Scout families. Get ready for the “School Night for Scouting!”