Memorial Day Parade

On May 25th, Pack 10 marched in the Mishawaka Memorial Day Parade along with the other St. Pius X Girl Scout Troops.  Other than some rain at the beginning, it was a nice day to march.  Thanks to everyone who came out to support those who have given their lives for our country.

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Camp Card Sale!

The annual Camp Card sale is on!  Camp Cards are a simple and easy fundraiser which takes care of all of our expenses for the year.  The cards only cost $5 each, so they are easy to sell to your neighbors.  Each card has two single-use break off tabs worth $5 each, plus 7 discounts on the back that can be re-used all year long.

We are asking that each scouting family sell 10 cards at $5 a piece, for a total of $50. To keep things as simple as possible, we ask you to pay for the cards at the March pack meeting or the April Blue and Gold Banquet, sell them, and then keep the proceeds yourself. Please bring cash or a check payable to Cub Scout Pack 10.  If you missed the meeting, please contact Rick Thyen (rickthyen@outlook.com) to pick yours up.

The vendors on the cards include: Buffalo Wild Wings, Drive & Shine, Dairy Queen, Papa John’s Pizza (St. Joe Co. only) Sonic, Culvers, and South Bend Cubs Baseball. (Note, due to a printing error, one part of the coupon on the back is invalid. It has been crossed or punched out, just in case anyone asks.)

South Bend Tribune Tour

Editor-in-Chief, and Pack 10 Dad, Alan Achkar led the Pack on an informative tour of the South Bend Tribune on an February 28th.  Scouts were given access to the newsroom, talked with a reporter, were able to see the presses running, and even got to assist Mr. Achkar with his decision on the Tribune’s webpage articles! Thank you for this wonderful opportunity, Mr. Achkar!SBT - Copy - CopySBT9

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Bowl-A-Rama

The Algonquian District Bowl-A-Rama on February 7th included 200 bowlers in 3 different shifts at Chippewa Bowling Lanes in South Bend.  Pack 10 was there with several families and bowled for 2 hours. Bowling2 Each bowler will be receiving a patch.  We hope to see everyone out there next year!

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Pinewood Derby Preparations

Pinewood Derby on March 14th is one of the most fun events of the year for our scouts!

Doors open at 11:30 for racers to sign in, make last minute adjustments, and weigh in. Opening ceremonies are at 12:15, with racing to begin shortly afterward. Each den will race against each other, and then the winners for the grand prize. Awards will be given for den and pack winners, and also for cars with the best designs. Siblings are invited to build their own cars and race in the final heat. Closing ceremonies will be about 2:30PM.  Hot dogs, chips, and drinks will be available for sale at the race.

Car kits were donated by Gurley-Leep this year — your den leader has them if you didn’t get one yet.  Your den leader will set up a den meeting to help everyone get started.  Naturally, your son should do the work!  Help your son to make a plan, choose the proper tools, and use them safely.  (Of course, a parent should step in if a power tool is needed.)  Encourage your son to work on it for an hour at a time over several weekends, so they don’t get frustrated.  Cut it one day, sand it another, paint it another day…

Boys’ Life has some design ideas and tuning tips:
http://boyslife.org/hobbies-projects/pinewood-derby/138676/100-awesome-pinewoodderby-cars-of-2014/
http://boyslife.org/hobbies-projects/projects/2952/speed-secrets/

Essential construction rules:
– Wheels and axles must be standard BSA equipment.
– Total car weight must be less than or equal to five (5) ounces.
– Car should be no wider or longer than the original block of wood.

Suggestions:
– Build the car a little under weight, then glue on extra washers, coins, or other weights on race day when using the official scale.
– The wheels and axles can be broken by rough play.  Install them carefully, test the car, and then put it somewhere safe until race day.

Climb Kalamazoo

The Pack traveled to Kalamazoo, MI on November 8th to have some fun and an overnighter at Climb Kalamazoo home of the rock climbing walls. Some basic fundamentals of rock climbing were taught and they also learned how to tie some new knots- an essential in Scouting!  Thank you to the parents that came out to help chaperone!

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