Cub Scout Pack 95Shades Valley Lutheran Church in Homewood
At our November Pack meeting, we had a special guest, George. George is a therapy dog and he and his owner volunteer their time with Hand In Paw. Hand in Paw is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama and their professionally-trained volunteers help improve people’s day to day lives with animal-assisted therapy at numerous facilities throughout Central Alabama. George is just one of the dog’s and we are glad they could visit us and tell their story. Everyone got to pet George and they got a business card from him. If you would like to learn more about Hand in Paw and how you can donate your time and/or money, visit them at https://www.handinpaw.org.
The theme of this month’s meeting was Giving Thanks. We talked about how we give special thanks to our service members on Veteran’s day which was the day before and how the upcoming Thanksgiving Day is a way we celebrate our blessings of the year. The Scout Law tells us that a Scout is Reverent. Part of being reverent is acknowledging what we have and showing thanks for it.
We finished our meeting with another Bobcat ceremony for a few new Wolf scouts who just earned their badge. Bobcat is the first rank you earn no matter what age you start cub scouts at. Congratulations to these boys as they work towards earning Wolf this spring.
In my Cubmaster minute I gave the boys a task and one that I give you as well:
- Be thankful for all we have
- Be reverent by acknowledging what we have and show thanks for it
- Thank our Veteran’s who serve our country and help protect us
- Think about the blessings you have received this year during Thanksgiving
- Be thankful every day
And now may the great master of all the scouts be with us until we meet again, Do your best!
Pack 95 went back to one of our favorite campsites for our Fall 2017 campout. This would be the first campout for most of our new cubs and their parents. Camp Sumatanga is a great place to camp with great facilities and it’s close to Birmingham in Gallant.
Friday night brought chilly temperatures for the small group that wanted to get an extra night of camping in. Saturday warmed up and was perfect camping weather. The kids played on the rocks by the campground and some dens worked on requirements. By late afternoon we took a hike on the Sumatanga Mountain Trail which is a 2.4 mile out and back trail, and straight up. You can tell from the picture that we had a good group of kids and adults that made it to the top and back again.
The grub staff fed us well. It was hard to top the whole roasted pig from the spring but our crew served us prime rib, mashed potatoes, green beans and yes, mac and cheese. We ended the meal with smores.
We ended the night with our campfire program. I am always impressed with our dens and the skits they come up with each time. We always let the Tiger den perform the “Invisible Bench” sketch because everyone can get involved. Needless to say, the Tigers nailed it.
Thank you to everyone who helped out on the campout, we couldn’t do it without you. Next up, Spring campout in April 2018!
The Bear Den (3rd grade) took a trip to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens this past Sunday afternoon. They were there to explore the grounds and work on the Fur, Feathers, and Ferns adventure. We hiked the entire grounds and identified signs that animals, insects and plants were living near our path. We also used magnifying glasses to view some of the plants more closely.
Our hike took us through a bog, a fern garden, all sorts of gardens and eventually the Japanese gardens at the end of the property. On the way back we hiked through the Barber Alabama Woodlands where we found a sculpture placed there as an Eagle Scout project. When we arrived back at the front gate, the boys had completed all their requirements and were awarded their adventure belt loop.
The Webelos and Tiger Dens at Pack 95 took a field trip to the Homewood Police station as they worked on adventures for their rank advancement. The Cubs had a firsthand look at a patrol car, an undercover car and they got to tour the courthouse and jail.
Thank you to Officers Kidd and McManus who generously gave their time to share their experience with the Tiger Den and Webelos den.