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Pack 586 Inclusive Scouting Announcement

Akelas and Friends of Pack 586,

Our unit has proudly and loudly proclaimed that we are an inclusive unit. On Monday night, our Pack Committee decided to take a significant step to open Scouting to everyone.

Starting on Jan. 15th we will invite girls to join our Pack. At our Blue and Gold on the afternoon of Feb. 3rd we will celebrate our scouting values and award these pioneers their Bobcat badges and start them on the trail to Eagle Scout.

As many of you have seen, we have welcomed girls in to our program all year. It’s right that they now get to participate as full-fledged members of our Pack. They will wear the uniform, complete the advancement requirements and earn badges and belt loops.

Our Pack has strived to make scouting accessible to as many families in our community as possible — officially opening the program up to girls will help us achieve that goal. If your family has a daughter interested in Cub Scouts and she’s in first, second or third grade, we are very eager to have her join.

There are many details to be worked out, but we wanted to get started. We are one of ten units chosen by the Atlanta Area Council to be early adopters and the lessons we learn will help others.

We know there will be a lot of questions and we will do our best to answer them. We want to hear your thoughts and ideas. Please send them to atlantacubscouts@gmail.com   or Naka at  naka.nathaniel@gmail.com.

As always, Do your best,

Tim Van de Water, Committee Chair
Naka Nathaniel, Cubmaster

Relive the Pinewood Derby and Support Intown Cub Scouting!

Are you a Cub Scout alumnus looking to relive the glory days of the Pinewood Derby?  The Pack 586 FundRacer February 9 ( 7:30 p.m. weigh-in, 8:00 p.m. races) in the Fellowship Hall of the Neighborhood Church on McLendon Ave. is the chance you’ve been waiting for!

All wannabe racers and design buffs are invited to try their hand at running their cars on the Pack’s state of the art four-lane track with a computerized timing system. Purchase of the track was funded 100% through funds raised by Pack 586 Scouts.

Trophies will be awarded in three categories:

Street Legal – Cars built following the traditional Cub Scout rules

No Questions Asked – Cars of any design (and power source) limited only by the laws of gravity

Vintage – Past-raced cars reclaiming the glory of years gone by

Car kits are available for $20, with all proceeds going towards Pack 586’s program of service, skills, and outdoor fun for first through fifth graders.

Please drop an email to atlantacubscouts@gmail.com with your name and phone number, and a member of the Pack will deliver your car and review the program for the big race.

Thanks for your support!

December Adventure – Climbing at Stone Summit

On Sunday, December 10th (note date change from 12/9 on Pack calendar) we’ll set out on yet another fun-filled adventure, this time to conquer the climbing walls at Stone Summit! We’ve enlisted the help of the climbing center staff to instruct, guide, and watch over our scouts while they challenge their strength and courage in one of the largest indoor climbing complexes you’ll find anywhere. Hope you all can join us for our final “outdoor” event of the year!

Note: Please reserve tickets for your scouts only via Eventbrite

Remember to complete waiver form below.

Stone Summit waiver: https://app.rockgympro.com/waiver/esign/stonesummit/f2bb2bf4-ffa5-4ce0-96f9-760173379da5

Youth Protection Training

Every volunteer leader in the BSA completes a Youth Protection Training program as part of their commitment to service.  This curriculum is based on the information you will find in the pullout section of your Cub’s handbook.

Online training is available to new leaders, parents and Pack community members via the Scout training portal.

Pack Visit to Treetop Quest November 11!

This event is for Wolf Scouts and older

Join a morning of outdoor fun when Pack 586 visits Tree Quest, a self-guided activity comprised of treetop obstacles and zip-lines.

Please reserve a ticket for each participating Scout via Eventbrite. Please only RSVP for Cubs, not for adults. This is a Pack sponsored event with no fees for registered Cubs.

Please also complete the waiver for your Cub’s via this link – https://www.smartwaiver.com/w/56953f824aadf/web/

Popcorn Sales Support the Pack!

Your son can raise funds for the Pack and earn patches and prizes by selling BSA popcorn through November 6. 73% of the proceeds from our popcorn sales go towards supporting Scouting programs.

The easiest way to sell is online.  Just visit the Trail’s End website to create a profile for your son to share via email and social media.  Online orders are paid via credit card and shipped via Amazon.  There is also an option to send popcorn and treats  to servicemembers stationed overseas.

In person selling is another great way to raise funds and earn prizes.  Former Boy Scouts in your neighborhood or in your office are ideal customers. Paper copies of the order form are available on Ed Hyken’s porch (576 Clifton Rd.).

There will aso be several table sale events throughout the month announced through Signup Genius.

Please drop a line to Popcorn Kernels  Ed Hyken or Josh Parsons with any questions about the program.

Happy selling!

 

 

Where does that Badge Go?

Knowing what badge goes where on your son’s uniform is a challenge for every parent.  Check out the Cub Scout Uniform Guide and Badge Placement link from atlantacubscouts.com before you break out needle and thread.

The Scout Store is packed with every imaginable piece of official Scout gear, but your son is only required to have these items based on their rank program/grade in school: uniform shirt (Webelos only may choose to wear Cub Scout or Boy Scout shirts), specific neckerchief, specific neckerchief slide, specific hat, and belt with specific buckle.

Kick-off Campfire Aug. 20 and PayPal Info

We are excited to get things started with Sunday’s campfire. Come out for s’macos and to hear what the pack has planned for this year.

Since it’s the start of a new year, it’s time to pay annual dues. Please pay via our PayPal account: atlantacubscouts@gmail.com.  Please send it “friends and family” so the pack doesn’t incur any fees. Be sure to include your cub’s name in the subject area. New scouts owe $80, returning $65.

If needed, we can also accept a check tomorrow evening made out to “Cub Scout Pack 586.”

We are going to be distributing medical forms at the campfire (editable PDF available in the website links). This a timesaver for us later on in the year when we start to do our outdoor adventures. New scouts will need to fill out the triplicate form, but there’ll be a special reward at the end.
Please invite any families that you think would enjoy joining the pack and having fun this year.
Kick-off Campfire
Candler Park
Sunday, Aug. 20, 5:30 p.m.

RSVP Now for Aug. 19 Chastatee River Canoe Trip

All parents and scouts are invited to our first outdoor adventure of the year! We’ll depart Aug. 19 from the Candler Park parking lot (near pool) at 08:00 for 1.5hr drive to Dahlonega, GA where outfitter (Appalachian Outfitters) is located. We’ll have our choice of canoes or kayaks.

Our trip down Chastatee River will last about 3.5 hours. We’ll stop along the way for a picnic lunch (everyone needs to pack a lunch and snack). We’ll be back to Candler Park by about 17:00.

Please reserve your spot by Aug. 11 via the Scoutbook RSVP (add a note with the number of scouts you are bringing).