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NEXT MEETING  - 5:15pm, DECEMBER 11, 2008. VT Air National Gaurd, THEME: Airplane Design, Build, and Fly.
1. Bobcat Badge. Please teach your son(s) the scout sign, and the scout law. If you do not have the scout handbook, please contact rbeste@yahoo.com or the Green Mountain Council.
2. The boys will learn about flying, both aerodynamic as well as mechanical building.
3. Tour VT Air National Gaurd Facility, See F16's, Parachutes, Night Vision Goggles, etc.

PAST MEETINGS  - 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.

FUTURE MEETINGS  - Planned Activities 2008 – 2009 School year.
JANUARY 8, 2009 - 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!

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.

A LIFELONG PATH OF INITIATIVE, ACHIEVEMENT, and FUN!
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.

Membership
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.

Activities
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.

Camping
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
PACK 555 CUB SCOUTS AT CHAMPLAIN ELEMENTARY - DOWNLOAD CUB SCOUT FLYER
Our next meeting is Thursday, December 11, 2008, 5:30 - 7 pm, field trip to the VT Air National Gaurd! We will meet at the VT Air Gaurd Gate at 5:15 pm (we are also carpooling from Champlain Elementary at 5:00 pm for those wanting to ride with us). Every child must have a signed parent consent form. We will also do our first Bobcat badge so if time please download and read the Bobcat descriptor below.

1. Click here to download the flyer w direcitons, describing this.
2. Click here to download the parent consent form.
3. Click here to download the Bobcat Badge Descriptor.

Wear dark blue shirts, or uniforms can be purchase online at www.scoutstuff.org/bsasupply/ , or purchase via phone from Waterbury, Vermont (sne.tripod.com/gmc.htm)