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New Parent Orientation

posted Feb 22, 2021, 6:32 PM by Benjamin Spead

There is a lot going on in Pack 44, and when new families join we'd like to help them understand Cub Scouting and how Pack 44 is run so that the scout and their family can maximize their scouting experience.  We could encourage any parents who have not done so to watch the Pack 44 Parent Orientation video (recorded a few years ago) in order to understand as much about Pack 44 as they can.

Pack 44 Leadership Meetings

posted Feb 8, 2021, 6:21 PM by Benjamin Spead   [ updated Feb 8, 2021, 6:34 PM ]

The 2nd Tuesday of every month from 6-7 pm is when the parents of Pack 44 meet to discuss the upcoming couple of months events and program.  This meeting consists of Committee members, Den Leadership, Event coordinators and Parents willing to lend a hand.  Parents are welcome to come to listen, ask questions, or to suggest ideas for improving the Pack and our program for the boys.  Feel free to join us as we work together towards providing the best Scouting experience possible to our boys!!

Cancelling Due To Weather

posted Feb 1, 2021, 6:01 PM by Benjamin Spead

In the event of bad weather, Pack Leadership will do their best to cancel two hours prior to the scheduled event, and send notifications via the Pack 44 Family email list.  More details on the weather cancellation policy can be found in the Pack 44 Parent Handbook.

Summer Camp Planning

posted Jan 25, 2021, 6:41 PM by Benjamin Spead   [ updated Feb 8, 2021, 6:24 PM ]

One of very best parts of the Cub Scout program is Summer Camp!  Pack 44 attends Summer Camp at Camp Mack, which is off of 501 just north of the Pretzel Hut north of Brickerville.  The campground is great, the staff is tremendous and the program is LOTS of fun!  As Cub Scouts mature quite a bit between between Kindergarten and 5th grade, Summer Camp comes in three flavors:
  • Day Camp: Scouts come for day-long sessions on Saturday, Sunday and Monday; they arrive after Breakfast each day and leave before Dinner except on Monday when they can stay for the Family Night dinner and Campfire
  • Weekend Resident Camp: Scouts come for 3 days and 2 night; they arrive Saturday morning and stay until the Family Night campfire on Monday night
  • Week-Long Resident Camp: Scouts come for 6 days and 5 night; they arrive Saturday morning and stay through Thursday morning
The wonderful thing about Summer Camp is that the three formats overlap so members of all ages within the Pack can participate in the first 3 days together!!  Each year Pack 44 selects one week to attend as a group to maximize the boys' experiences together (families who cannot attend the selected week are encouraged to register directly with Camp Mack for a different week).  Scouts who will be attending the Week-Long Resident Camp will need to have Medical Form C filled out which required a physical and a doctor's signature, so parents should plan in advance to make sure this is completed before camp.  

Summer Camp is a highlight of the Cub Scout experience (for scouts and for the parents who participate) and we want to ensure that every boy can participate (need-based scholarships are available from the Council and the Pack but submission is due by March 15th each year).   
  

Scheduling Fun for our Scouts

posted Dec 21, 2020, 6:46 PM by Benjamin Spead   [ updated Dec 21, 2020, 6:49 PM ]

Pack 44 is a Parent-Run Pack, which means that the quality of the experience that our sons have is directly linked to the engagement of parents in planning and executing fun and interesting events!  Every family is asked to help in at least one way during the year, and one great way to do this is to help with event planning.  All parents are welcome to join the Pack Leadership Meeting which takes place from 6-7 on the second Tuesday of each month.  Events for the following months are planned during the Leadership Meetings.
Email volunteer@Pack44Lititz.org if there are ways in which you'd like to make the Scouting experience better for our boys (no experience necessary)!  

Scout Accounts

posted Dec 14, 2020, 6:26 PM by Benjamin Spead

It is very important for our youth to be able to contribute towards their own fun and adventures, which is why every Pack 44 fundraiser provides an opportunity for boys to raise funds which can be used by them personally for Scouting related expenses.  A Scout's current balance can be accessed at any time under his "Payment Log" at Scoutbook.com.  These funds can be used towards registration, uniform parts and patches, activities, and even scouting related outdoor gear!  See the Scout Account section of the Pack 44 Parent Handbook for more details. 

Scout Uniforms

posted Dec 7, 2020, 6:55 PM by Benjamin Spead

The Cub Scout uniforms are an important part of Scouting, and experience shows that when a Pack is consistent with wearing their uniforms, it leads to many benefits include Equality, Identification, Achievement and Commitment.  Scouts have two types of uniforms - their Field Uniform (aka Class A) which is the more formal blue uniform shirt, belt, neckerchief, etc, and their Activity Uniform (aka Class B) which is the Green Pack 44 t-shirt that scouts receive when they join the Pack (you know of a Scout or Leader who didn't get one, please let us know!).  
More details on the Cub Scout Uniform can be found in the Pack 44 Parent Handbook

Family Hiking Miles

posted Nov 30, 2020, 5:17 PM by Benjamin Spead   [ updated Nov 30, 2020, 5:23 PM ]

A big part of scouting is growing an appreciation for God's great outdoors!  Pack 44 is invested in helping scouts and their families create great outdoor memories, and a big part of that is our Pack 44 Hiking Staff program.  This program recognizes the miles hiked by boys while they are Cub Scouts (and Leaders can participate too!)  The great part about the program is that scouts are recognized for the miles they hike apart from Cub Scout activities.  Families who log their miles while on family hikes can use the "Report Family Hiking Miles" button on the Hiking page in order for their sons to get credit and recognition in the form of extra hiking beads for their Pack 44 Hiking Staff.  Make sure to plan some hikes as a family and report the miles once the hikes are complete!

Getting in touch with Pack Leadership

posted Nov 23, 2020, 6:20 PM by Benjamin Spead

To make it easy to reach out to Pack and Den leaders, Pack 44 has put in place a number of email addresses which forward to the leaders who hold those positions.  These emails can be found on the Leadership page of Pack 44 website, and make it easier to make sure that the right people are seeing communication (e.g. the 'webelos@Pack44Lititz.org' email will go to all current Webelos Den Leaders and Assistant Den Leaders and 'popcorn@Pack44Lititz.org' will go to the whole Popcorn Team). 

Make sure to use these addresses to get in contact with the right people at the right time!  

Subscribing to the Pack Calendar

posted Nov 17, 2020, 4:58 AM by Benjamin Spead

Pack 44 maintains a number of Google Calendars to make it easier for families to be aware of activities, meetings and deadlines. There is a Pack calendar, a Leadership calendar and a calendar for each Den.  These calendars can be viewed on the Pack website, but they can also be subscribed to by families.  Pack families are encouraged to subscribe to the applicable calendars so that they are reminded of events and have the details on times and locations easily available on their personal devices.

Details for how to subscribe to the various Pack Calendars can be found in the Pack 44 Parent Handbook.  If you have any difficulty or issues, please email webmaster@Pack44Lititz.org

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