Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Prerequisites for STEM Pack Meeting April 21st!

If you will be participating in the April Pack 310 SWING! STEM Nova Meeting on April 21st, please have your scout complete the following Swing! Module Prerequisites. Once the requirement is complete, please send an email with the following information to sarahtodd027@gmail.com.Include:Scout Name: 
Requirement Completed: 

Choose A  or  B  or  C below and Complete ALL the requirements for the selected SWING! Pre-requisite

Swing!  This module is designed to help you explore how engineering and simple machines called levers affect your life each day.

A:      Watch an episode or episodes (about 1 hr. total) of a show about anything related to motion or machines. Then do the following:
1.      Make a list of at least  2 questions
2.      Discuss two of the questions or ideas

    Some examples include—but are not limited to—shows found on PBS ("NOVA"), Discovery Channel, Science Channel, National Geographic Channel, TED Talks (online videos), and the History Channel. You may choose to watch a live performance or movie at a planetarium or science museum instead of watching a media production. You may watch online productions with your counselor's approval and under your parent's supervision.


B:      Read (about one hr. total) about anything related to motion or machines. Then do the following:
1.      Make a list of at least  2 questions
2.      Discuss two of the questions or ideas with your counselor

    Books on many topics may be found at your local library. Examples of magazines include but are not limited to Odyssey, KIDS DISCOVER, National Geographic Kids, Highlights, and OWL or owlkids.com .

C:      Do a combination of reading and watching (about an hour total) about anything related to motions or machines. Then do the following: 
1.      Make a list of at least  2 questions
2.      Discuss two of the questions or ideas with your counselor

Swing for the fences & Do Your Best!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Pack 310 April Events!

We have some very exciting events coming up in April including a Community BBQ and Pep Rally for Special Olympic Athletes, Fans in the Stands Service Opportunity at the Tri-Valley Special Olympic Games, and our very own STEM Nova Pack Meeting.  

Save the date for our Pack 310 Camping Trip (May 5th-7th, Firestone BSA Campground, more details coming soon).

📣 Fans in the Stands BBQ & Pep Rally:  Fri, Apr 7th
  • What:  Community Pep Rally and BBQ Dinner
Optional Event to Learn More About Special Olympics and the Tri-Valley Games

Come join in on the fun with your community for a delicious barbecue dinner and help celebrate the athletes competing the next day. We will get to hear from local athletes and have the opportunity to make signs and write notes to the athletes as we prepare to cheer them on Saturday, April 8th!
  • Where:  Montrose Church, 2409 Florencita Dr, Montrose CA 91020
  • When:  5:30 - 7 pm (feel free to arrive anytime)
  • Wear:  Pack 310 T-Shirt for FREE BBQ Dinner (An Anonymous Pack 310 Family has made a donation to cover the cost of the BBQ dinner for any Pack 310 Families that are interested in attending)

🎖Fans in the Stands Special Olympics:  Sat, Apr 8th
  • What:  Come Cheer on our Local Community Special Olympic Athletes at the Tri-Valley Games
  • Where:  Crescenta Valley High School
  • When:  9am - 3 pm (Feel free to come watch the games and cheer for a 1 hour, or longer block of time.  Coordinate with your den leader and families on when and where to meet.) 
  • Wear:  Pack 310 T-Shirt

  • Time:  6:30 - 8:00  pm
  • Location: Lincoln Elementary Auditorium
  • Wear:  Cub Scout Uniform
  • Contact:  Sarah Todd, Pack 310 STEM / Nova Mentor, for Pre-Meeting Activities Worksheet and Checklist if your Cub Scout is interested in earning the STEM Nova Award Pi Pin

Pack 310 Camp Card Fundraiser!

Hello Pack 310 Families,

Hope everyone had a fantastic Spring break. We are doing one more fundraiser which is selling Camp Cards. They sell for $5 each and are a great deal because they each have coupons for the following:
  • Vons - $5.00 off a $50.00 Purchase 
  • Dick’s - $10.00 off a purchase of $50.00 or more
  • Big 5 - $10.00 off a purchase of $50.00 or more
  • Firestone - $10.00 off any oil change
  • Pizza Hut – Free Breadsticks with the purchase of a large pizza
  • Carl’s Jr. – BOGO on the Western Bacon Cheeseburger
  • Six Flags – Discounted admission for the park & Hurricane Bay
  • SportClips - $5.00 off the MVP experience
The Vons and Dick’s are a breakoff tab for one-time use.  The other offers are good for multiple use.
The cards will be available on April 10 from your den leader if you want any (one for yourself or some to sell, they easily pay for themselves). First come, first served.  :)
Please make checks out to BSA Pack 310 or cash is fine. The sale ends April 30th.  
Monies received from the $5 card are equally split between supporting our Pack 310 activities and events, and also supporting the Verdugo Hills Council.  If you use it only for Vons, the card pays for itself!

Thanks for supporting Pack 310 and our local Scouting Council.  We appreciate the above organizations for generously supporting the Boy Scouts of America!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Pack 310 Spring Outing- March 11th, California Science Center

Our Pack 310 outing this Spring is the California Science Center to see the Space Shuttle Endeavor and the Science Behind Pixar exhibit.

First, thanks to the success of Pack 310's fundraising efforts this year, every Scout who decides to go will be paid for by the Pack.   If you would, please RSVP by letting your den leader know if you plan to attend and how many tickets you need no later than the Blue & Gold dinner on Friday, February 17.   Please note, parents and additional family members (siblings, grandparents, etc.) must purchase tickets in advance, which you can do by submitting payment to your den leaders, by Friday, Feb. 17th at the Blue and Gold dinner. 

Please make checks payable to "Pack 310".  In the memo line of your check, please list the number of adults AND number of children. Children (non-Pack 310 Scout) up to college age (with ID) are $10 per ticket, and adults are $11.50. This price includes admission to the Center as well as the Endeavor and the Pixar special exhibits.  

Due to high demand for attending these exhibits, advance reservations, with payment for additional tickets must be received by Friday, Feb. 17th to your den leaders.  Unfortunately, we are unable to grant additional ticket reservations without payment. 

Before we go, here are some details about the trip that will help you make the most of the experience:

Schedule of events is as follows:
10 am - Arrive and check in at Science Center
10:30am-12pm - The Science behind Pixar exhibit
12-1pm - Lunch
1-2 - Endeavor exhibit

Families will need to provide their own transportation to the Center. Parking is $12 cash per car or van, so I would advise carpooling if possible. 

Once we arrive, please meet just outside the main entrance to the Center.  Please arrive on time, as there is no guarantee of late admittance after our group enters the Pixar exhibit.  The Science Center does not offer "will call" for late arrivals.  There are no individual tickets, just a single "group" ticket for all members of our party. 

Scouts are welcome to bring lunches, which they can keep in backpacks or in their cars during the Pixar exhibit, or they are welcome to buy their lunch at one of the two restaurants at the Center. After lunch, we'll meet back up and head down to the Endeavor.

After we wrap up the Endeavor, all Scouts and their families will be welcome to stay and explore the Center at will, for as long as they want. 
See you there!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Upcoming December events!

 🌟  ⛄  🎄

Get Ready to Spark your Holiday Spirit during the upcoming Pack 310 December Adventures!

❄ Lincoln Winter Wonderland
  • Fri, Dec 2nd
  • Lincoln Elementary Auditorium
  • 6:30 - 8:30 pm
  • Wear:  Cub Scout Uniform
  • Sign Up:  Sign Up Genius to Serve at the Fundraising Booth & Earn Shared Profits towards your Scout Accounts 

🎄 Montrose Christmas Parade
  • Sat Dec 3rd
  • Arrive by 5:30 pm 
  • Location:  "Scout Alley" - Rosemont, North of Honolulu
  • Wear:  Santa Hat & Cub Scout Uniform 
(long sleeve shirts / gloves / long underwear, etc. recommended - temperature forecasts in the 40 - 60*F range) 
  • Note:  At least ONE adult partner will need to stay with their Scout in the Scout Alley holding area until Pack 310 begins to march in the Parade (No Drop Off's Please).
  • Parking:  4:30 pm to 9 pm SHARP!  Sr.Lucia from the Armenian Sisters Academy is graciously allowing Scout Families to park in their lot on Mira Vista. The lot hours are 4:30 to 9:00 pm.  Please make sure you move your car out of the lot by 9 pm - The gate will be locked promptly at 9:00 pm and all remaining cars will be towed at the owner's expense.
  • Bling:  In addition to a Santa Hat, feel free to darn your Scout with additional Holiday Spirit & Cheer (Ex:  Lighted Socks, Gloves, Christmas Light Neck Ropes, Jingle Bells, etc.).  We also have tapered gold glitter LED Candles for the Scouts to carry during the Parade.  Bling On!

🎵 Pack 310 Christmas Caroling
  • Fri Dec 9th, 6 pm
  • USC Verdugo Hills Emergency Department
  • Wear: Santa Hat & Cub Scout Uniform
  • More details to follow

💰 Pack 310 Fundraising Opportunity
  • Sun Dec 11th
  • Montrose Farmers Market
  • Wear:  Cub Scout Uniform
  • Sign Up using Sign Up Genius to Serve at the Fundraising Booth & Earn Shared Profits towards your Scout Accounts 

🚦 Pinewood Derby Crew Member Openings
  • Save the Date:  Fri, Jan 20th 
  • Pack 310 Pinewood Derby
  • Calling All Car Enthusiasts to Join the Pinewood Derby Crew!
Single Event Volunteer Opportunity...
Cars, Competition, Crazy Good Time...
Enough Said - You know you want to get in on this!

Interested Crew Members, Contact: Committee Chair Ken McLemore

Thank you all very much for your time & dedication to your families and scouting!  

Have a wonderful Holiday Season!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Reminder- Toiletry Drive for Hope of the Valley at Nov Pack Meeting 11/18

Dear Pack 310 families,

Reminder-- please bring your toiletry donations to the Nov. 18th pack meeting.
The Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission in Sunland provides transitional housing for homeless individuals and families. Pack 310 collects personal toiletries for their family residents at our November Pack Meeting (Thanks & Giving). We started this annual Pack 310 tradition in 2013.

Here is the suggested donation list:
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Band-Aids
  • Diapers & baby wipes
  • Lip balm
  • Comb or hairbrush

The boys should be involved in purchasing the items, rather than just the parents. The dollar store is perfect for this, for example, we allow our son to pick out $5 worth of items to donate. We encourage you to have a conversation with your Scout about helping those in need. What would it be like to not have soap? Or a toothbrush? We often take what we have for granted.

We will have a drop-off bin at the pack meeting. Please be sure to have your participating Scout sign in on the sign-in sheet when they drop off their items, as they will earn their Messengers of Peace award for participating in this service project (and/or Scouting for Food). Our goal is for 100% of Pack 310's Scouts to earn this meaningful service award. Thank you!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Scouting for Food Reminder! Sat.11/5 & Sat. 11/12

Hello Pack 310 families,
Your den leader will be contacting your den about Scouting for Food.

Scouting for Food is a food drive organized by the Boy Scouts of America. It is a nation-wide event that benefits our own communities, the food we collect goes to food pantries in our Foothill area.

Saturday, November 5th at 9am- Together with your den, Scouts will drop off empty bags provided by your den leader. The bags will be left on porches in a designated residential neighborhood, your den leader will inform you where to meet. Scouts must be in full uniform.

Saturday, November 12th at 10am- Together with your den, Scouts will pick up full bags of donated food. Scouts must be in full uniform. Your den leader will organize delivering the food bags to a specific collection point. We ask that each Scout family brings their own bag of food from home to donate.

See you there!