UPCOMING EVENTS  - Planned Activities 2008 – 2009 School year.

NOVEMBER 13, 2008 - CUB SCOUT ARCHERY EDUCATION AND BOW & ARROW BUILD – In this month’s meeting, each boy will learn about archery, and will design and build a real bow and arrow out of clothing hanger, rubber band, and wood! (Cub Scouts, rbeste@yahoo.com). Parents are welcome to participate. Visit our website to learn how

DECEMBER 11, 2008 - 21st Century Scavenger Hunt – A competiton for boys to find a hidden treaures, learning basic elements of teamwork and competiion while also learning about “old school “ use of comass and map along with modern GPS!

JANUARY 8, 2009 - Flying – The boys will learn abou flying, both aerodynamic as well as mechanical building. This program will consist of two parts, the first building model airplanes, the seond a field trip to Burlington International, Airport where they will all have turns sitting in the copkit of an  Airplane.

FEBRUARY 12, 2009 - Project Internet. The boys will learn how to “write” software and build their very own web page, and each boy will create their own personal web page.

MARCH 12, 2009 - Hiking. The team will have a contest to map, plan, and find the fastest way to the top a mountain.

MARCH 18, 2009 - Pinewood Impound Nite Bring your Pinewood Derby Cars for weigh-in and impoundment for racing the following day.

MARCH 20, 2009 - Race Day! Show up and race your cars. Trophies for the top winners!!! Dinner will be provided.

APRIL 9, 2009 - Race Cars. The boys will learn all about cars and woodworking, and will result in each boy bulidng their very own pinewood box car derby car and race their cars against boys throughout the Champlain Valley at the annual pine car derby!

APRIL 25-26, 2009 - Spring Camporee Come and have fun outdoors! Fire building, lashing, first aid, scavenger hunts and more. Cub Scout can come for the Day - Webelos II can stay over night with a parent.

MAY 14, 2009 - Camping. The boys will learn how to plan for an overnight including listing out important items to bring, weight of each item, total weight, designing and building a campfire, setting up a tent, and of course, cooking and eating!

JUNE 11, 2009 - Sailing – The boys will learn about basic principles of sailing, including dry runs in the park. This program will culminate in an actual sailing trip on Lake Champlain.
ys will learn basic elements of camping, and will learn how to lan and actually pack for a real camping trip.

JUNE 13, 2009 - Cub Scout Fishing Day Come visit camp, fish, eat......and get a patch. Remember its catch and release. Best of all you dont need a fishing license!!!!

JULY 12 - 17 - Camp Sunrise Week - Lakeview Come to camp for a week. You dont need to bring your parents as the pack provides leadership. Exciting stuff like archery, BB Guns, Boating, Handicraft, slushi's and more!!!!

ABOUT THE CUB SCOUTS! Cub Scouts is an activity-based, fun, family program intended to help boys develop good Character, Citizenship, Inititiative, Respect, and Responsibility.

What Is Cub Scouting? 
Cub Scouting is a year-round family program designed for boys who are in the first grade through fifth grade (or 7, 8, 9, and 10 years of age). Parents, leaders, and organizations work together with the scouts to learn new skills and to develop good character and citizenship.

From former President’s Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton to business tycoon Bill Gates, astronaut Neil Armstrong, sports extraordinaire Hank Aaron, and actor Harrison Ford, the scouts have fostered a foundation of initiative and achievement for millions of boys since 1912.

Scouts join a Cub Scout pack and are assigned to a den, usually a group of six to eight boys that are their age. Dens meet two to three times per month. Once a month, all of the dens and family members gather for a Pack meeting under the direction of a Cubmaster and Pack Committee.

Volunteer Leadership
Thousands of volunteer leaders, both men and women, are involved in the Cub Scout program. They serve in a variety of positions from unit leaders to Pack Committee Chair, Committee Members, Den Leaders, and chartered organization representatives.

Advancement Plan
Recognition is important to young boys. The Cub Scouting advancement plan provides fun for the boys, giving them a sense of personal achievement as they earn badges, and strengthen family understanding as adult family members work with boys on advancement projects.

Cub Scouting means "doing." Everything in Cub Scouting is designed to have the boys doing things. Activities are used to achieve the aims of Scouting—citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness. Many of the activities happen right in the Den and Pack.

Age-appropriate camping programs are packed with theme-oriented action that brings Scouts into the great out-of-doors. Cub Scout pack families enjoy camping in local council camps and other council-approved campsites. Camping programs combine fun and excitement with doing one's best, getting along with others, and developing an appreciation for ecology and the world of the outdoors.

Character Development
Since its origin, the Scouting program has been an educational experience concerned with values. Core values are the basis of good character development. In helping boys develop character, Cub Scouting promotes the following 12 core values: Citizenship, Compassion, Cooperation, Courage, Faith, Health and fitness, Honesty, Perseverance, Positive Attitude, Resourcefulness, Respect, and Responsibility. Character is "values in action."

Burlington, Vermont
connecting champlain families with our school
Champlain Elementary PTO
Our next meeting is Thursday, November 13, 2008, at Champlain Elementary School. Our plan at this meeting is to learn how to tie rock climbing knots, and build model bow and arrow's. Cub Scouts is for all boys 1st grade through 5th grade. We meet every 2nd Thursday evening, 5:30 pm, each month at Champlain Elementary School. For more info, contact Russell Beste: 309-1269, rbeste@yahoo.com. Also www.scoutingvermont.org/ for information. 

Pictured to the left is our October 16, 2008 bottle rocket design, build and launch. All rockets were air powered and designed completely out of recycled soda bottles, tape, and balsa wood!