Cub Scout Pack 95Shades Valley Lutheran Church in Homewood
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.
The October pack meeting at Pack 95 is always a special, and busy, meeting. It is the time of the year we first hand out the Bobcat awards and follow it up with our annual Raingutter Regatta. Our original meeting was canceled due to Hurricane Nate, and we moved it to a three day weekend. Luckily most all our families made it back from their weekend plans.
We started off the meeting with a flag presentation by the Arrow of Light den, and we quickly followed up with the Bobcat ceremony. Each boy who earned Bobcat is asked to escort their Mother to the front. We give the Mother the Bobcat badge to award to their son. We give the son a Mother’s pin to give to their mom to thank them for supporting them on their cub scout journey. Mothers were also given a red ribbon to wear to ceremonies with all the mother’s pins they have been presented. It’s great to see all the ribbons and to see what their boys have accomplished. Some Mothers have multiple ribbons and some wear the ribbons of their sons in Boy Scouts.
The best part of the Bobcat ceremony is the face painting. This is where the boys take on the colors and spirit of scouting. As the Cubmaster reads the ceremony, leaders will paint the faces of the boys. They all seem to love this ceremony but especially at the end when they paint a white stripe on their mother’s nose to represent Love and Guidance. The ceremony is as follows
Cubmaster: Tonight our Pack has some boys who have worked very hard since joining Cub Scouts. Will the following boys and their parents please come forward to take on the colors and spirit of Cub Scouting? (say names)
*As each color is read, the color is painted on the boy’s face.
BLUE is from the sky. The paw print of the Bobcat on your forehead is the spirit of the bobcat. This reminds you to do your best on the Cub Scout Trail.
YELLOW is from the sun. The marks under your eyes will help you see the light of the Cub Scout trail, and they symbolize the bright spirit of Cub Scouting.
WHITE is for purity. The mark on your nose helps you know right from wrong as you go along the Cub Scout trail.
RED is for courage. The mark on your chin reminds you to always speak the truth.
GREEN stands for the spirit of nature. The marks on each cheek will guide you to live in harmony with the great outdoors.
**The boys are handed the white paint to paint their parent’s nose with a white stripe.
Again WHITE is for Love and guidance; your parents are always with you in your heart and your spirit. They will always do the right thing and will help you achieve all your Scout goals and keep you on the track of life until you are a man and can soar with the Eagles.
Immediately after the ceremony, we sent the den’s to different locations around the church grounds to compete against each other in the Raingutter Regatta. This year we mixed it up by having them blow through straws to move the boats.
Winners in each den were awarded medals and were entered into the Pack finals. Our final winners were awarded trophies created by our super-mom Jennifer Brown. The winning boats had a magnet glued to the bottom of the boat so they could be mounted on top of their trophy.
All the boys did a great job and showed great sportsmanship by supporting each other.
Thank you to everyone involved in presenting the meeting and regatta. Special thanks for Todd Starling for coordinating the event.