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What a derby day!!! Fun, Cheer and Excitement!!!
The whole pack congratulates today’s winner Cub Scouts & their families for making extra ordinary, speedy and fabulous performing cars:
- Nuruddin Abdul-Rashid
- Kamil Arif
- Mustakim Rahman
- Faisal Mustafa
- Musa Qadri
- Adriel Locke
- Ibrahim Omeish
- Nabeel Elsanousi
- Sameel Arif
- Malek Aloulou
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK !!!
Racing in a Cub Scout derby is great fun. You'll get to design your racing vehicle, work with a parent to build it, and see it perform on race day.
Win or lose, you'll take pride in having done your best. When you race in a Cub Scout derby, you learn craft skills, the rules of fair play, and good sportsmanship—things you will remember all your life.
The pinewood derby is one of the most popular and successful family activities in Cub Scouting. Pinewood derby cars are small wooden models that Cub Scouts make with help from their families. Then they race the cars in competition. The cars are powered by gravity and run down a track. Every boy can design and build his own "grand prix" car to enter in the race.
Location: St. John's UMC, Donaldson Hall, 5312 Backlick Rd, Springfield, VA, 22151
Race day: Jan 19, 2013
Dear Pack 114 Parents: Assalam o Alaikum,
The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is pleased to partner with the Boy Scouts of America to increase the level of citizen preparedness across the country. DHS has asked the Boy Scouts of America to build upon the foundation of the Ready campaign and to help citizens across the country prepare for emergencies of all kinds.
Here are some helpful links :
”Labbaeka Allahumma Labbaek”
& EID MUBARAK
All cubscouts of Pack 114 are invited to join us for an exciting and rejuvinating journey at the HAJJ Workshop on October 21, 2012 at 5:00pm at the Shirley Gate Islamic Center.
A HAJJ informational session;
A chance to understand HAJJ rituals;
Stations for hands on HAJJ and Eid crafts;
and much more will be offered for only $7 per scout!
Go ahead and reserve your child’s spot today!
Please RSVP by Saturday, October 13. Spots are limited.
Dear Pack 114 Parents: Assalam o Alaikum,
Ramadan is approaching. It is time to create a stronger bond with our Creator Allah (swt) and be close to Him. We all know that Faith is an integral part of Scouting. Keeping in mind, our advancement chair Sister Badria Kafala is diligently working towards planning our Pack's first Ramadan Workshop on Sunday, July 15th between 6 pm and 8 pm.
I encourage all parents to bring their sons and any siblings who are interested in participating in the workshop. The workshop is designed to teach kids the importance of Ramadan and why it is so special time for Muslims.
In order to cover supplies, we are asking parents to contribute $5.00 per child. InshaAllah, our kids will benefit from the workshop and will be better prepared for Ramadan Kareem.
Are you ready to camping? Outdoor events are some of the best parts about being in Scouting. This is the first camping trip for the pack and most likely there will be a lot of folks who have never camped for the first time. In order to have a safe and fun camping trip, it is important you read all the information provided on this page and complete all required paperwork.
It is suggested that you print this page as a reference.
Required Paperwork for Camping
All forms are PDF fillable. Only handwritten forms that are clearly legible will be accepted. If you don't have handwriting like my mother, then please use the computer to type everything in. In an emergency, we don't want someone to struggle in trying to read if you or your son is allergic to peanuts or penicillin.
- Activity Consent Form - ActivityConsentForm-20120623.pdf
- Annual Health Medical Record Parts A & B - AnnualHealthMedicalRecord_PartsAB.pdf
- Driver Information - Please login to TroopTrack and update your Vehicle and Driver information in your profile. This is important for the paperwork we have to file with the Boy Scouts of America.
Camp Wilson Information
There are specific rules that Camp Wilson has. Please download and print out so that you are familiar with the rules. There is also a map of the area that will help you navigate the camping area and driving directions.
- Camp Wilson Group Caping Rules - CampWilsonGroupCampingRules.pdf
- Directions to Camp Wilson - Directions_To_Camp_Wilson.pdf
- Pohick Bay Regional Park Map - PohickBayRegionalParkMap.pdf
- Interactive Google Map - This Map will get you to the general vicinity, but there are specific directions to get to Camp Wilson that is only available in the PDF download that we have prepared. However, we are providing a link to this interactive Google Map so you can explore the area via the Satellite photos before we get there.
Costs for Camping Trip
A Scout is Thrifty. So we are doing our best to keep the cost of the camping trip as low as possible.
- There is a $6 per person Camping Fee. This money goes to the Regional Park.
- The cost for the water park is $4 per person. This is a special Group rate for campers.
- Food is not provided. You will need to bring your own food.
- We will be buying some additional supplies such as firewood, etc. We will ask if you can, to provide a small donation of $5 per family to help offset these costs.
Since this is a family camping trip, each family will be responsible for bringing their own food. We are providing a suggested menu with the concept in mind that you will want to keep preparation time for the meals to a minimum, cleanup easy, and food nutritional.
- Breakfast - You will eat breakfast before leaving your home. Enjoy it!
- Lunch - Sandwiches. Prepare them at home, stick them in the cooler, and enjoy while at camp. Tuna fish sandwiches, turkey sandwiches, peanut butter and jelly, etc. Have some fruit.
- Dinner - Foil Meals or other simple to prepare meals. What are foils meals? Here are some links to some suggested recipes:
- Breakfast - Instant Oatmeal, Scrambled Eggs (use liquid eggs)
- Juice/Drinks - Do not bring juice boxes, sodas, etc. These are sugary foods and leave a lot of trash and residue. Also, do not bring disposable water bottles. Instead, bring reusable water bottles and if you are looking to flavor your beverages, try buying some Propel flavor packets other similar flavor packets. These flavor packets have vitamins, and other electrolytes without a lot of sugar and the dye that can ruin your reusable water bottles.
- Keep your trash and disposable items to a minimum by cutting down on packaged foods and unhealthy snacks. One of the Aims of Scouting is personal fitness.
We do not yet have Unit Camping Equipment. Hopefully in the future through fundraising efforts, we will have Unit Camping Equipment. But even then, when we have family camping trips, we may not have enough equipment for everyone. So you will want to be prepared.
- Camping Stove - If you don't have a camping stove, you can buy inexpensive two burner propane stoves at Wal-Mart, Target, Dick's Sporting Goods, or Eastern Mountain Sports. You will most likely only need one canister of propane fuel. You can also save by buying only a one burner stove unless you think you might need two.
- Cooking and Eating Gear - Bring your old pots and pans for what you need based upon your menu. If you keep your menu simple your cooking gear will be simple. Remember you need to clean up after you are done. So having some kind of sponge, washing bin, and some biodegradable soap liquid detergent is important if you don't want any critters coming near you camp site during the night. Try to stay green and stay away from bringing disposable plates. Investing in inexpensive plastic/melamine plates and cheap cutlery is a great investment for future camping trips. This is where Dollar Stores are great for the Thrifty Scout.
- Family Tent - Our Boy Scout Troop camps in two-man tents. However, for families, camping is best done in family tents. Since we will most likely do camping in the Pack during fairly warm weather, you don't need to worry about getting a tent that is designed for all seasons. The most important thing is that it keeps out water because it can rain anytime of the year.
- Sleeping Bags and Padding - During these warm summer months, all you need is a light weight sleeping bag or blankets. The most important thing is some kind of padding so you aren't sleeping on rocks or the bare ground. Thermal pads are best but for those who are looking for super comfort, you might want to consider some kind of air mattress.
- Personal Gear Checklist - The Boy Scouts have some camping checklists they have published on their website that you may want to take a look at.
- 07:30 Arrive at Shirley Gate Masjid - Turn in Medical Forms, Activity Consent Form, and confirm Camping Fee has been paid. All forms will be reviewed and validated for accuracy, completion, and legibility. All family members must be listed on our roster.
- 07:45 Departure Briefing - Please bring printed directions. I will be changing my phone number for the morning so I don't have to worry about 25 people calling me when they get lost! So please, please, please, print out the directions, familiarize yourself with the trip, and be sure you pay attention to the directions that tell you the very last part on how you find Camp Wilson. If you go to the main Pohick Bay Park you will have gone too far.
- 08:00 Departure from Shirley Gate Masjid - If you think you can arrive at 7:55 and be processed for departure, please understand you will be holding EVERYONE up. So please be courteous and arrive on time. In fact if you can arrive even earlier, that would be better. May Allah bless those who arrive early, are patient, prepared, and do their best to be helpful. That covers three parts of the Scout Law: Courteous, Helpful, Cheerful and the Scout Motto: Be Prepared.
- 09:00 Arrive at Camp Wilson
The rest of the agenda will be shared with participants. We don't want to have any spoilers. If you have any other questions, do contact us ahead of time
. If we get a lot of questions on Friday night we may not be able to answer all the questions.
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My son joined Scouts in September 2010 as a Tiger Cub and one of my best friends asked me to think about starting a website for the Pack. (This should have disqualified him as a best friend on the spot.)
Since I have 'all the time in the world' to design and start and manage and contribute content to a website (sarcasm) I did some searches for Cub Scout Website Templates. You probably did the same. I am versed at several website engines but those have a steep learning curves I wouldn't wish on my enemies and they just plain wouldn't work for a Pack that has a 3 year turnover in leaders. A Pack Website MUST be easy to manage and training new leaders MUST be simple. Otherwise all the work would be for nothing when my son reaches 6th grade. And the Pack would need to start from square on again.
So I needed something easy to manage. Something the leaders could learn quickly. Something clean and appealing. Something all of us could work together on - because I have problems doing this stuff alone. Something that could be handed off every 3 years. And something dirt cheap because, after all, "this is Scouting". Those were my requirements. And I found nothing close.
Try searching for that. I gave up my search after a week and figured I would try Google Sites. I had messed around with Sites before but never really understood how it worked. But I figured I'd give it another shot because I am hooked on all the free products that Google provides. So Google Sites had to be the answer. It just had to be. It was Google, right?
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I posted my (three month old) website as a template one year ago and just about everyday I got an email thanking me for my work. It has been very rewarding. It's nice to know I am helping uncounted Packs across the country get the word out about Scouting through this template. But they know it goes deaper than that. This website will help you stay organized and working together. It puts all your leaders on the same page and you will start working as a team rather than a Pack of leaders on different islands.
But the Template I posted a year ago (I call it v1.0) was an infant in terms of what I have learned this past year. It was only three months old when I posted it. I would add more content to MY Pack Website but the template didn't get those improvements. So Packs were downloading an incomplete website. It still worked fine but it bothered me they weren't getting a full blown version that our Pack is using. So I decided to upgrade the template. This is version 2.0 and it about as complete as I can make it. I set the countdown to the day I posted the upgrade.
But I didn't just add the upgrades. I added the training. If you read the Launch Instructions
- and follow them loyally - you will realize the power this website will bring to your Pack for many years to come. I hope you enjoy your new website and that you use it to its potential. By doing so you will notice better recruiting numbers, increased retention rates, and more parents who want to be part of your leadership team.
Yours in Scouting!
Pack 000 Admin
You should delete this story. Read "How News Stories Work" in the Launch Countdown page!
We've been working tirelessly on this. You are encourage to thank us for the hard work. We need recognition too!!
Anyway, you will notice some changes in the way we go about Pack business over the next several months and we are pretty sure they will be changes for the better. Our hope is that you can (eventually) rely on the website as your main source of information about our Scout program.
In the near future, our leaders will learn to post stories and update their calendars and some other nifty tricks to keep everyone at the top of their game. Please give them some leeway as the changes go into effect and everything starts smoothing out. It might get a little rocky before it gets smooth.
We think you are going to like the changes. This website is already packed with features and when we get in a groove at the leadership level it will be even better.
If you'd like to contribute let us know. The more the more merrier!