Monday, March 24, 2014

March Pack Meeting- Games in the Park!

When: Sunday, March 30th
Where: Crescenta Valley Park (picnic benches across from dog park)
Time: 1pm - 2:30pm

Hello Pack 310 Families!

Sunday afternoon will be our next pack meeting - Games in the Park!
The pack will provide drinks.
Cubs can wear their pack t-shirts.
Anyone in need of buying one, we will have them there for purchase (not all sizes available).

See you there!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Rosemont Preserve Restoration Day!

Image from Friends of Rosemont Preserve

Where: Rosemont Preserve, 5107 Rosemont Ave, La Crescenta

When: 9-11am Saturday, April 12

What: Pack 310 is helping out on an ongoing restoration project!

Tasks may include trail maintenance, removing invasive plants, planting trees, and restoring habitats for native wildlife.

The Preserve is located in La Crescenta at the north end of Rosemont Avenue, just past the chain link fence.  

Directions: Exit La Crescenta Avenue off 210 fwy, proceed north to Foothill Blvd., turn right to Rosemont Avenue, turn left.  Parking is available at Two Strike Park which is on the left side of Rosemont Avenue, 2 blocks before you get to the preserve (5107 Rosemont Ave). We recommend carpooling due to limited parking.

Please wear your Pack 310 T-shirt, sturdy shoes, sunscreen and sun hats, comfortable work clothes and garden gloves (long pants are recommended.)
Bring small shovels, picks or other weeding tools if possible.
You must bring your signed waiver (see email).
And don't forget water!

What's the Rosemont Preserve?

A vital piece of protected wilderness in our community that needs OUR help! Conservation and caring for our natural world are a fundamental part of Cub Scouting. Come along and do a good turn!

History of the Rosemont Preserve:
"Working with the Crescenta Valley community, the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy preserved 7.75 acres of wilderness land at the top of Rosemont Avenue in June of 2012, saving the land from development and turning it into a permanent sanctuary for wildlife.
The Preserve is located at northern end of Rosemont Avenue, in the mouth of Goss Canyon. It is backed by about 300 acres that have been maintained as mostly wilderness over the years by private landowners.
The land provides habitat for a number of wildlife species, including mule deer, bobcats, mountain lions, bears, coyotes and endangered Arroyo toads.
Preserving this land effectively doubles the amount of available green space in La Crescenta.
A volunteer community advisory group, the Friends of the Rosemont Preserve, has been formed to help steward the land and develop educational programs for the community."

Thursday, March 6, 2014

CONGRATS Pack 310 on earning Messengers of Peace!

We are so proud that EVERY SCOUT in Pack 310 has earned the Messengers of Peace service award! Thank you for helping our community by participating in our service projects.
The Messengers of Peace emblem goes around the World Crest as shown.
Great job, everyone!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Gentle Barn!

All photos: The Gentle Barn
What: Trip to the Gentle Barn

When: Saturday, March 15 from 11am-1pm
(please arrive by 10:50am)

Where: 15825 Sierra Highway, 
Santa Clarita, CA 91390

Cost: $10 per child (adults free), please pay in advance, 
no later than Blue & Gold on Mar. 6.
This is a private tour so we must have payment in advance to hold our spot.
Your $10 donation goes a long way to feed & care for these animals!

Feed a horse! Brush a cow! Pet a pig! Play with a goat! The Gentle Barn is an animal sanctuary for abused or neglected farm animals. You will learn about these animals and then have a chance to interact with them.
Please bring water and a snack (see below).

PLEASE RSVP TO TINA BEFORE MARCH 1! We need a head count of ALL kids (Scouts & siblings).

• The two-hour session includes plenty of time with the animals, and use of the picnic area.

• Picnic tables, benches, and restrooms are available for your use. Out of respect for the animals, the Gentle Barn kindly asks that you do not bring any dairy, egg, meat, poultry, or seafood onto the property.

• The Gentle Barn is an outdoor farm environment. Please have all people attending wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, a hat, and sunscreen.

• Be sure to bring plenty of water!

Please have Scouts wear their Pack 310 T-shirts with their Scout cap.

Directions from the South (L.A. and the Valley): Take 405 North (or 210 West) to 5 North to 14 North (Lancaster/Palmdale) Exit Sand Canyon Rd and turn Left. Go over the Canyon and turn right on Sierra Highway. The Gentle Barn is located about 1.1 miles on the Left.
When you arrive, please park on the lower part of the property and we will meet in the picnic area. Thank you.

Blue & Gold Dessert Reception coming in March

What: Blue & Gold Dessert Reception
When: 7:30pm Thursday, March 6th
Where: Lincoln Auditorium

Each Den will bring a dessert to share, check with your Den Leader.
There will be a uniform inspection!
(If you have questions on patch placement, please click on the "New Parent" tab above.)

What is the Blue & Gold and why is it a big deal? It's a party to celebrate the "birthday" of the Boy Scouts of America, incorporated on February 8, 1910. Let's celebrate the achievements of our Scouts!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for Christopher Wilke

Do a good turn for a fellow Scout!

From 8am-noon on Sunday, February 9th, Boy Scout Troop 209 will be holding a pancake breakfast with the proceeds going to help Christopher Wilke and his family. Christopher is a scout in Troop 209 and his father, Joe Wilke, is Cubmaster of Pack 209 and Iron Eyes Cody District Chairman.

The breakfast will be at the United Methodist Church, 700 N Glenoaks Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502.  
Please consider stopping by to support Christopher Wilke and his family in his fight against cancer.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Pinewood Derby in FEBRUARY!

Hello Pack 310 families!
Hope everyone enjoyed their holiday break- just a reminder:
Our 2014 Pinewood Derby is coming up!

When: Friday, February 7th
Weigh-in Start: 6:00pm
**allow yourself time to adjust weight!!
Derby Time: 6:30pm
Where: Lincoln Elementary Auditorium
Coldstone Creamery will be selling ice cream!

It's not just about speed-- in addition to race winners, 
there are additional car design judging categories:
  • Most Gravity Challenged (slowest)
  • Judges’ Pick
  • Best Design
  • Scout Themed
What do I need? The car kit!
It is a block of wood with 4 nail axles and 4 wheels. The kits cost $4 from the Scout Store at the Verdugo Hills Council in Glendale (1325 Grandview Ave behind the DMV, open Sat 10-2) or in Sierra Madre (see bottom of page).
Weights & dry graphite (to reduce friction & roll faster) are also available to purchase there.

and plenty more if you search online for "Pinewood Derby tips"

The 2 key things to know are: get the weight right (see below) and make sure wheels spin freely & fast (axles are straight & no friction to slow wheels down, dry graphite works well).

What is the maximum weight? The weight of the car, fully assembled, CANNOT exceed 5 ounces. If it weighs more than 5 ounces, it will NOT be allowed to race. There is a scale in the lobby of the post office on Foothill in La Crescenta that is handy. It *should* be accurate to the one used at the race, but be prepared to adjust/remove weight if needed at the race, if you are right up to 5 ounces.

What if we don't own the right tools? Your den will probably be organizing a workshop day, ask your den leader.

The San Gabriel Valley Scout Shop is hosting a Pinewood Derby "Champ Camp" as a free all-day, drop-in event on Saturday, January 11 from 10-5. (3450 E. Sierra Madre, Pasadena, CA 91107, 626-351-3638) They are very helpful there!

Lowe's in Burbank has Derby Days with demonstrations every Saturday in January from 11am-1pm:
Call first & verify the store event before you go. It's not really worth a special trip (kits are cheaper at Scout Stores), but you can get a Dremel coupon & a patch. 

Good luck, racers!