NOVEMBER 6: THIS SATURDAY! Veterans Day Parade at St. Albans.  Join us for a scouting salute to our Veterans and earn a patch to display proudly on your uniform.  Call Laurie (264-9070) if you can attend.  We'll be leaving from Champlain Elementary School Parking lot at 9:00 AM. You should please provide transportation and attend with yourchild.  For more information, please see: http://www.scoutingvermont.org/pubs/Veteran_s_parade_mailer_2010.pdf

The day's agenda looks like this:
• 10 am –10:45am Parade formation begins
• 11am Parade “Steps off”
• 12:45-1pm Luncheon begins at Taylor Park .

NOVEMBER 10: Adult Volunteer Meeting 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Are you interested in becoming a Den leader?  We need leaders for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.  We also need volunteers for Treasurer, Fundraising Committee Chair, and several other interesting positions.  Dens are important in helping Scouts advance in rank as they prepare to be young men who can fulfill the meaning of the Boy Scout Law.  We can't do it without the help of the parents in the pack, so please let us know if you can spare some time to help these great Champlain kids. 

Please let us know in advance if you are interested in attending this meeting.  Dinner will be served for the kids.  Adults will be able to get to know one another.  Email Russ or Laurie: Laurie Harrison (laurie.harrison1@gmail.com) Russell Beste (rbeste@yahoo.com)

Rock Climbing at Petra Cliffs.  Join your Pack for Rock Climbing at Petra Cliffs.  $15 per scout.  A very limited number of scholarships are available.  Please call Laurie (264-9070) for more information.  Scouts MUST have a parent or guardian sign a release form either that night or in advance.  No Scout can climb without a release form. Please RSVP to Russ and we will send you a form: rbeste@yahoo.com

Mad Science.  Join your Pack to earn your Science Belt Loop or begin activities toward your Science Pin!  Learn about the scientific method as you perform experiments to discover the identity of the mystery substance.  Possible special guest speaker to join us.  Stay tuned for deals…
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.
What better time to start a project with the elderly than during a month highlighting RESPECT?  Stay tuned for details about an amazing service project for our Pack, with a really fabulous project finish!
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.

Current Volunteers.  Thanks to everyone who has volunteered so far!  We've had fun at our first two Pack meetings and are getting organized for a strong 2011 year.  We do need all adult volunteers to give 20 minutes to Youth Protection Training.  Please follow this link: http://www.scoutingvermont.org/training. If you do not already have an account, please follow this link: https://myscouting.scouting.org. THANK YOU for all of your help.  We would not be able to have a Pack without you!
November 11, 2010 (Citizenship)-  Science Night and  Achievement Award. Science and make some green goooooooo.

November ??, 2010 -  Saturday morning Rock Climb. Will go to the local climb gym, teach the kids how to tie and belay, and climb rocks!

December 09, 2010 (Respect)-  Bowling Night and Achievement Award.

December 16, 2010 ()- Volunteer Night. Will teach kids about the value of community service, and do a service event.

January 13, 2010 (Positive Attitude)- Ski Night. We will do a group ski trip (likely leave right after school) together at local ski ranch.

January 10, 2010 ()-  Ski Night.

February 10, 2010 (Resourcefulness)- Pinewood Derby. We will teach kids about woodworking and proper use of tools, design of race cars, the physics and chemistry and engineering involved, and start designing our cars in prep for the 2011 derby!

March 10, 2010 (Compassion)-  Pinewood Derby final prep and round 1 race series.

March ??, 2010 ()-  Chittenden County Pinewood Derby at the Champlain Expo!

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!

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!
Sepembter 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.
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).

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 (November is Citizenship (see below), etc. Help prepare your boys to become the leaders of tomorrow!
November 11, 2010 (Citizenship and Good Manners)-  Dear Champlain Parents of Scouts, Pack 555, We have an exciting couple of weeks coming up in Scouting and this note is to tell you about them! On November 11, it is Rock climbing at Petra Cliffs!

We have a super exciting and busy schedule planned this year, with themes and badges to earn each month. Pizza served! Thurs 5:15 - 7:00 pm Champlain Elementary, + Pizza!).

At this meeting our theme is Citizenship and Good Manners!