Cub Scout Pack 95Shades Valley Lutheran Church in Homewood
Pack 95 Cubs and Dads spent a great night aboard the Battleship USS Alabama in Mobile on June 10, 2017. Our Pack had the opportunity to learn about the USS Alabama in World War II and to explore huge parts of the ship that afternoon and evening. We also explored the USS Drum Submarine, which ranked 8th among all U.S. Navy subs for the amount of enemy shipping tonnage she sank.
We went from sea to air where we saw over 20 airplanes from World War II all the way through Desert Storm. There was a B-52 bomber on the grounds and an A-12 “Blackbird” spy plane in the museum.
We had a dinner of pizza and cookies before we finally got around to settling down in our own berth. The bunks were stacked 3-high and side-by-side. To give you an idea of where we slept, we were forward of the front-most gun in the bow of the ship. Two huge tubes went through our room that contained the anchor chains. You could see the curve of the ship’s bow on the wall.
The next morning we woke up and had a cold breakfast of pastries, pop tarts, and milk before leaving the USS Alabama at 8 am. We had the opportunity to walk around the ship some more but most people took the opportunity to head home, to the beach or other vacations tacked on to our overnighter.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this trip happen. If you didn’t get the chance to go, we will probably go again in the next couple of years so get your earplugs ready!
The pack took a hike at Red Mountain Park today to kick off our summertime activities program. This is a great way to keep the families active in scouts who can’t quite get enough Cub Scouting. For those cubs who attend one of our events in June, one in July and one in August will receive the Summertime Activity pin.
We had a small group show up but every den but one was represented and we even had a little brother who made it all the way to Haskell’s Hideaway, one of the tree houses on top of Red Mountain. It also happened to be National Trails Day. The park was full of visitors.
Some of our Cubs will be heading to the USS Alabama on Saturday and we will have one more opportunity in June to qualify for the pin. We will be at Vulcan on June 24 at 10 am for a scavenger hunt.
Thanks to everyone who showed up and we look forward to the rest of our summertime activities.
Pack 95 went camping at a new site on April 21-23, 2017, Cheaha State Park. We have not been to this location in years, if ever, and it was time to go.
The hardcore campers followed the pack trailer up on Friday night to get in an extra night of camping and to help set up our campsite. We prepared the kitchen and had the fire pit ready for Saturday night’s campfire program.
Once most families made it to Cheaha Mountain and had their tents set up, we took a short group hike to Pulpit Rock. This point on top of the mountain gave us sweeping views to the west of the mountain. Cheaha Mountain is the largest mountain in Alabama and this vantage point did not disappoint us.
Our crack grub staff spent the afternoon cooking a whole pig in a portable roasting box. Think of it as a really big dutch oven. The pig was served with homemade guacamole, pico de gayo, Spanish rice and tortillas. Some of us are still dreaming about this meal.
After dinner, we were joined by Troop 95 and they held a flag retirement ceremony. They invited our cubs to be a part of this special ceremony. After a brief break, we held our own campfire program with songs and skits. At the end, we had planned to have a ceremonial passing over of the torch. Cubmaster Joe Swaika stepped down from his position and passed it on to Shawn Wright. Unfortunately, the bottom fell out before we could get started and everyone ran to their tents and tarps as the rain came in.
It was still raining the next morning when we woke up. After realizing half the pack has left in the night and we had no energy to cook pancakes, we opened up the pop-tarts and bagels and warmed everyone with coffee and hot chocolate. We did our best to pack up and stay dry.
Despite the rain, this was a really great campout and we couldn’t have done it without the parents and volunteers. Not matter if you cooked, cleaned up or stayed around to pack up the trailer it was greatly appreciated. We will talk about this campout for years.
On Sunday, May 7, Pack 95 ended a great scout year by having our annual Moving Up ceremony. This is when all of our cubs, regardless of whether they earned their rank or not, moved up to next year’s den. Bears became Webelos and get the opportunity to wear the scout khaki uniforms. Wolves became Bears, Tigers became Wolves and our Lions are now Tigers and get a full cub scout uniform with an orange neckerchief.
The first cubs in the pack to earn their rank, earned them back in February and since then we have had a steady stream of recipients. We awarded the rest at this pack meeting and I am happy to say that most of the pack earned their rank advancement. I am very proud of them. I know they have been working hard all year.
We are now focused on the end of the school year and early summer vacations for some. Even though the den meetings are done for awhile, the pack is still moving forward. We will have events all summer for those that want to stay involved and potentially earn their summertime activity pin. Our first activities include a hike at Red Mountain Park on June 3 at 9 am. A trip to the USS Alabama on June 10-11 and a scavenger hunt at Vulcan Park on June 24 at 10 am. More info on the rest of the summer activities to come.
For those with a busy summer, make plans to attend the first meeting of the pack, tentatively planned for August 13.
Congratulations to all our scouts and special thanks to the volunteers and parents who made this last year a great one!