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Feb 10, 2011 - PINEWOOD DERBY CAR DESIGN (Compassion) - Our pinewood derby car kits are here and will be distributed at our meeting in February. We will begin designing and building race cars (learning about aerodynamics and car physics along the way!), and participate in the Chittenden County race car races at the Champlain Valley Expo. Over 300 cub scouts from across all of northern Vermont will be there to see your car race to the finish!

March 10, 2011 (Compassion)-  Basketball night with Mr. Eli's team. Come play some hoops and join the fun learning the game of basketball! A fun filled night of learning the game of basketball, the rules, the strategy, and the skills!

Also Coming in March 2011 – CUB SCOUT SERVICE PROJECT The Pack 555 Cub Scouts plans to engage in a local service project with our Vermont Seniors at  the Henneburg Center, in a great, fun, cross-generational learning experience for all.

April 2, 2011 ()-  Chittenden County Pinewood Derby Championships at the Champlain Expo! Bring your pinewood race car and join hundres of Chittenden County boys racing their derby cars.

April 14, 2010 (Faith)- Baseball Night and Achievement Award. Will teach kids the fundamentals and strategy of baseball. Also teach why curve balls curve, and other intricacies of the game. End up with a rousing outside game of Whiffle Ball!

April 16, 2011 ()- Saturday hike to top of mt philo, bring wood and burgers, grill on top.

May 12, 2010 (Health and Fitness)-  Mountain Bike Night and Achievement Award.Will teach the kids all about bikes, how they work, how to repair, what air pressure means. And then head off for an evening of Mountain Biking on the local dirt bike riding course!

Summertime Discussions (Perseverance, Courage, Honesty)-  Camp cook out and summertime fun!
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CORE VALUES: February 2011 HIGHLIGHTS RESPECT
Respect: Showing regard for the worth of someone or something. Through interacting with pack families, Cub Scouts will develop appreciation and respect for different families and traditions. Through pack service projects, they will learn to treat the environment with care.
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PARENT'S CORNER:
We need volunteers!  If you can space some time to help out at a pack meeting, or to lead a Den, please let us know.
Are you registered for 2011?  Please check with Laurie (Laurie.harrison1@gmail.com) if you are unsure.
2011 Dues.  We are currently in the process of setting a budget for 2011.  Council Dues are $16 for the year.  We also need to collect dues for our Pack to do activities and purchase advancement items, such as belt loops.  We'd like to keep this low.  We also want to ensure that any child can participate, regardless of financial situation.  If you know of anyone who would like to join, but finds dues prohibitive, please see Laurie or Russ and we'll be happy to find a way to make it work.

Books. Do you have a Scout Handbook for this year?  We'll be kicking off Handbook work at Petra Cliffs.  You can get higher up the wall at Petra Cliffs, but you can only get higher up in Scouting by advancing!  Your son should have one of the following, depending on grade:

1st grade: Tiger Cub
2nd Grade: Wolf Cub
3rd Grade: Bear Cub
4th & 5th: WeBeLoS
If you need a handbook and do not have one, please call Laurie and we'll get you sorted! (264-9070)

Snacks.  We'd like to continue to provide pizza and one healthy vegetable or fruit for Pack Meetings. Please sign up to chip in for Pack Pizza and Veggies.  Water pitchers and paper cups will also be available at Pack meetings, but Scouts are encouraged to bring re-usable water bottles.  Stay tuned for a Google Docs link to do this, or look for the sign up sheet at the next meeting.
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PAST MEETINGS 
January 13, 2011 (Positive Attitude)- This was our night of learning all about electricity. We learned about batteries, about the difference between a conductor and a resistor, and each child designed and built there very own elecromagnetic motor!

December 9, 2010 (Respect)- was science night. We learned all about polymer science, we learned about creating a hypothesis and proving or disproving, and we made our own green hydrogel (goo!). We also learned about and focused and discussed the meaning of Respect.

November  11, 2010 was our morning Rock Climbing night at Petra Cliffs.. Will went to the local climb gym, and the kids (and adults!) learned how to tie and belay, and climb rocks! We also learned and earned out Good Manners Belt Loop.

October 14, 2010 WAS RESPONSIBILITY MONTH.  WORK ON THIS ACHIEVEMENT SHEET FOR A SPECIAL PACK 555 AWARD! We also learned about rocket science, and designed and build air powered rockets that we subsequently shot into the evening sky!

September 30, 2010 (Cooperation)- SOCCER NIGHT! Program registration, introductions, and earning our first achievement award by learning the skills and stragegy (and physics!) of ...SOCCER!!

May 13, 2010 - Baseball Season, we taught the boys the basics of the game (3 outs per inning, 9 innings per game, how to make an out (eg. catch pop fly's, tag runner's base, tak runner, strik out (3 strikes!)), etc. Then we played a rousing game of the summertime classic, Wiffle Baseball! At the end of the game, all scouts will have earned their Cub Scout Baseball Belt Loop!

April 8 2010 -  We divided into two search teams, used compass and gps and walkie talkies, and worked as teams learning how to use the compass and GPS.

April 3 2010 -  Champlain Valley Country Pinewood Derby, Three Rivers District. Over 300 boys competed in the local pinewood derby with their bright and shimmering race cars! The races were held at the Champlain Valley Expo.

March 2010 -  we designed and built and raced our Pinewood Derby race cars at Champlain Elementary.

February 2010 - we held our get-together meeting during Cub Scout Science Night Champlain Lanes. Great fun by all, some cool science took place with everyone building some nice green slime, and plenty of pizza.

January 2010 - we held our get-together meeting during Cub Scout Bowling Night at Champlain Lanes. ,Great fun by all, many strikes, and plenty of pizza.

December 2009 - we held our get-together meeting, and learned about how to use a compass, then designed and built indoor bow and arrows made out of clothing hangers and rubber bands. We then used the compass to follow a map throughout the school (bow and arrow in hand). Last we finsihed our hunt in the cafeteria and practiced shooting our arrows. Great fun by all.

November 2009 - we held our get-together meeting, worked on badges, planning, and designed and built bottle rockets! The rockets were made out of empty 20 oz plastic bottles, inversted to have a cone on top and air guides on the bottom, and strengthened with duct tape. We then took turns pressurizing to 80 psi, pulling the blug, and launching them in the cafeteria!

April 2009 - we held a GPS-based scavenger hunt, learned how to read maps, operate GPS.

March 2009 - we built race cars and participated in the Chittenden County race car races at the Champlain Valley Expo. Over 200 cub scouts from across all of northern Vermont showed up and raced their cars. Bleachers enabled parents to cheer on the cubs, and great fun and excitement was had by all!

February 2009 - we learned about woodworking and how to build pinewood derby race cars. We also completed our first badge. We then took our newly designed cars and raced them on a track in the cafeteria.

January 2009 - we learned about woodworking and how to build pinewood derby race cars. We also completed our first ba

December 2008 - We visited the Vermont National Gaurd, learned all about flying, and saw the special suits the pilots wear, saw some incredible flying video including re-ruel in the air, and saw the F16 airplanes up close and personal. Thanks to our cubmast Wiley!

November 13, 2008 - We started the meeting with the pledge of allegiance, the scout sign, and a few songs. The boys then learned all about archery from our new Cubmaster Wiley, and he showed them his own bow and showed them how to use it. We deisgned and built our own indoor bow and arrow. We made the bow by placing a larger rubber band on a clothing hanger. For the arrow, we used a 1 foot long cylindrical dowel (from any lumber or craft store), cut a knotch on one end to fit to the rubber band, and used super glue and tape to attached a suction cup on the end. Walt then lead the kids with setting up a target, and he took turns with them practicing our archery skiils.

OCTOBER 2008 - We started the Cub Scout program with a great turn out  of over 20 kids! We designed and built bottle rockets, then took them outside and launched them with air power! We also discussed the cub scout program and opportunities for leadership and advancement.
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IMPORTANT LINKS:
www.scoutingvermont.org   (Regional Lake Champlain), or purchase via phone from Waterbury, Vermont (sne.tripod.com/gmc.htm).

www.scoutstuff.org/bsasupply (Official Scout Website and Headquarters, Uniforms, etc. NOTE: Search "Pinewood Derby Kit" on this site to obtain kit, cost $3.99).

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CONTACT Russell Beste, rbeste@yahoo.com for more information.
Do Your Best  ~ Leave No Trace ~ Help Other People ~ Advancement, Learning, Leadership
CUB SCOUT PACK 555 - Champlain Elementary
Welcome to Cub Scout Pack 555 in beautiful Burlington, Vermont. All boys 1st through 5th grade are welcome to join, at any time. We meet the 2nd Thursday of each month, 5:15 - 7 pm, at Champlain Elementary School on Pine Street. Our goal is to have fun while teaching our little men to do their best, to protect and respect our environment, to help others, and to become leaders of tomorrow.  To learn more about scouting in Vermont, visit http://www.scoutingvermont.org/default.aspx. We are excited this year to launch our new Core Value Program. Each month will have a focus Value (January is Resourcefulness (see below)), etc. Help prepare your boys to become the leaders of tomorrow!
CUB SCOUT PACK 555 - Pinewood Derby Build and Design, Nutrition, this Thursday, February 10, 5:15 - 7 pm, Champlain Elementary. Come learn about how to design and  build your own Pinewood Derby race car! We will also be learning about Nutrition, and will feast on some awesome, nutritional food. Last, we still need volunteers for the healthy snack activity at the beginning of the meeting. Come and join the fun!! Nutritious food served!