Cub Scout Pack 1776
29Mar/10

2010 National Jamboree Patch Now On Sale

Passing this on from the Council:

2010 Mt. Diablo Silverado Council National Jamboree Patches Are Now For Sale!

If you would like more information on the patch, and to order one (or more!), please visit www.bsa-mdsc.org/jamboree or view this document.  All proceeds will go to fund the 2010 National Jamboree trip for our three Troops!  Thank you!

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20Mar/10

Special Message on Youth Protection from the Meridian District

Fellow Meridian District Parents,

Recently there was an incident in the Meridian District involving a parent leader who was accused and arrested by the San Ramon Police for being in possession of child pornography. At this time it is believed that none of the materials involve members of our organization, although the investigation is still underway. As a Scout Leader it would be bad enough if there were evidence of him visiting adult pornography websites like https://www.tubev.sex/?hl=es although these types of websites are legal it's still not something we would encourage or condone for our Leaders. Any media contact should be referred to Valerie Ridgers at Mt. Diablo Silverado Council offices in Pleasant Hill.

We would like to share our official position and actions with respect to this matter as follows:

  1. The adult was a registered leader and underwent a background check that came up clean. His membership has been revoked.
     
    Every youth-facing leader is expected to register with Boy Scouts of America using the standard form which requires a Social Security Number. If an adult wishes not to give his or her Social Security Number he or she will not be permitted to lead a Den, Pack, Troop, Outing, Event, or any other Boy or Cub Scout activity which by definition depends on the integrity of responsible and trustworthy parent leaders. This is a non-negotiable policy. No registration - No leader. Period.
     
  2. The San Ramon Police Department, and the courts will decide the case, Boy Scouts of America will not. We are a nation of laws and due process and we defer to those public agencies in the execution of their lawful duties. If it is determined that members of our organization have broken the law, or knowingly abused or harmed other members they will be removed and referred to the authorities. Adult leaders of Boy Scouts of America are required to report to the Scout Executive any suspicion or knowledge of child abuse of any kind. If any adult suspects an abuse situation be it from an unrelated adult, or a child's own parents, he or she is required by BSA and California State Law to report.
     
  3. Boy Scouts of America has taken steps to prepare for and counter the possibility of inappropriate situations between adults and children. Each and every adult leader is required to take the Youth Protection Training every two years, and other trainings include further instruction on the subject. Adults are required to adhere to the concept of Two-Deep Leadership. The video called It Happened To Me which is age appropriate for our youth members should be shown and discussed at every unit to teach children useful defense methods. These things are presently offered to the membership on an Honor System basis. This is going to change very soon to a requirement with verification.

Boy Scouts of America is a community organization with a goal of helping parents teach our youth Character and Leadership. We have a system to do that and we rely on the participation, integrity and commitment of our fellow parents to carry it out. We prepare and protect ourselves and each other as well as we can, as responsibly as we know how. We do not cover up bad behavior for the sake of protecting our image or our friends. The safety of our youth is always our first priority.

James Teare
Meridian District Chairman, MDSC

Earle Conklin
Meridian District Commissioner, MDSC

16Mar/10

Limited Edition Centennial Shoulder Patch

 
Limited Edition

100th Anniversary

Council Shoulder Patch

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE COUNCIL WEBSITE:

www.bsa-mdsc.org

9 year-old Cub Scout, Derek S. from Pack 215 in Walnut Creek has designed the winning patch to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America.

There are 3 versions of patch.

Gold Border

There are 100 numbered patches (#1-#100).

#1 and #100 will be auctioned off to the highest bidders. The auction will begin at 9am on April 5th and will close at 5pm on April 9th. The starting bid will begin at $100. The highest bidder at the end of the auction will be able to choose either #1 or #100. The 2nd highest bidder will receive the remaining number. To participate in the auction you can email your bid to Chelsea McClain at finance@bsa-mdsc.org starting at 9am on April 5th. The current highest bid will be announced on our website (www.bsa-mdsc.org) every evening during the auction.

#2-#99 will be sold on a first come, first served basis for $100 starting April 12th until supplies last. You will ONLY be able to reserve them online through our website (www.bsa-mdsc.org) starting April 12th and will need to mail or bring your payment to the Council Office within 7 days of your reservation. If we do not receive your payment within those 7 days, that patch will be up for purchase again.

The purchase of these patches should be made after your historical Friends of Scouting gift has been made for 2010. All proceeds from the sale of the gold bordered patches will go to the general operating fund which supports the Scouting programs of the Mt. Diablo Silverado Council.

Silver Border

Is provided as a thank you to the first 400 patron level donors ($500+) to the 2010 Friends of Scouting Campaign.

Grey Border

$3.00 + tax available at the Pleasant Hill Scout Shop until February 2011 or while supplies last.

14Mar/10

Swimming and Water Rescue Training

Date: Thursday, May 13, 2010 - Friday, May 14, 2010
Time: 6pm - 10pm
Location: Council Office, 800 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 (map) and
Sun Valley Pool, 1000 Leland Drive, Lafayette, CA (map)
 

Get ready for summer and sign up for swimming and water rescue training.
Class size limited to 12. Register early!
$20 tuition reimbursable from the Pack upon finishing the course.

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14Mar/10

March Hike – Tilden Park

Date: Sunday, March 21, 2010
Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Location: Tilden Nature Study Area, Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley

Tilden Nature Area

A view of Mount Tamalpais rising from San Francisco Bay will be the reward for hiking to the top of Wildcat Peak in Tilden Park. This trail loops through eucalyptus and oak forests, up moderately steep hills, then back to one of the best nature study areas in the Bay Area.

[stextbox id="info" caption="Hike Statistics" align="center"]Distance: 2.5 miles
Time: Allow about 2 hours
Grade: Mostly gentle with some moderately steep grades near the peak
Be sure to read: Hike info, area brochure and map[/stextbox] [stextbox id="info" caption="Directions" align="center"]From Highway 24 take the Fish Ranch Road Exit (just east of the Caldecott Tunnel); go north about 1 mile to Grizzly Peak Blvd., turn right; stay on Grizzly Peak about 12.5 miles; turn right on Canon Drive, go about .10 mile and veer left on Central Drive, following signs to the Little Farm and Nature Study Area.[/stextbox] [stextbox id="info" caption="What to Bring" align="center"]Food, snack (granola bars, trail mix, fruit), water.
Binoculars, camera, layer your clothes.[/stextbox]

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14Mar/10

Smoke Signal – March

March issue of Smoke Signals is now available.  Click to read.  Some highlights:

  • Detail information of Blackhawk 500
  • Training opportunities

12Mar/10

Blackhawk 500 PWD Race

Event: Blackhawk 500 Pinewood Derby Race
Date: Saturday, April 24, 2010
Registration deadline: Friday, April 16, 2010
Location: Blackhawk Auto Museum

Pack 1776 Families-

A couple of big announcements: As described below, all cubs are invited to participate in the upcoming Blackhawk 500 pinewood derby race.

AND, special congratulations to our very own Saket A. from Den 12 who won the council wide Blackhawk 500 patch as displayed above. The patch contest was open to all the over 10,000 cub scout youths council wide. AWESOME JOB! Congrats!!

Proudly yours in scouting,
Cubmaster Ed


Online registration is open, REGISTER NOW!

The 11th Annual Mt. Diablo Silverado Pinewood Derby Championship is coming to the Blackhawk Auto Museum in Danville on April 24th, 2010! All Cubs from within the Council are invited to participate.

There will be racing, a design competition & great food.  We will once again have an open Class for Boy Scouts and Adults! During the event the whole family can tour the Blackhawk Museum's magnificent auto collection and the fabulous exhibits. There will be tons of neat stuff to see and do! Wear your Scout uniform and get in free.

Mandatory car inspections and impounding will occur at the Council Office from 7:00pm to 8:30pm on April 19th, 20th, and 21st. Event rules will be posted here when they become available.

We are also looking for ethusiastic volunteers to help out with the event this year.  If you are interested, please contact Tim Welty; meridian@bsa-mdsc.org or 925-674-6125.

Check www.bsa-mdsc.org/bh500 for all the latest race information.

Contact Stephan Olvera, Event Chairman, at (925) 786-3224 or at info@blackhawk500.org with any questions.

Registration by April 16th!

Register for the 2010 Blackhawk 500!

Patch Design Contest

Congratulations to Saket A. of Pack 1776 for submitting the winning patch design!

11Mar/10

We Have A Winner!

Congratulations to Saket A. of Den 12 for winning this year's Blackhawk 500 patch design contest!!
Great Job!

10Mar/10

Ice Cream Scooping Scouts Needed at Family Fun Night

Event: Family Fun Night for Book Fair
Date: Tuesday, March 16 , 2010
Time: 6:15
PM - 7:45 PM
Location:
MPR

Hi Pack 1776 Families,

Every year Pack 1776 participates in the “Family Fun Night for Book Fair” at Coyote Creek by wearing our uniforms and helping out by scooping ice cream. Everything has been provided for us and they simply need the Cubpower (& parents!) to make it happen. It’s a good experience for the Cubs and promotes Pack awareness within the school.

Please email me if your scout is interested.

Family Fun Night for Book Fair
Tuesday, March 16th
6:15 PM - Setup
6:30 PM - Event starts
Our participation ends when we are out of ice cream. Best guess is ~7:30-7:45 PM

Class A uniform is preferred.

Yours in Scouting,
Cubmaster Ed

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10Mar/10

USS Pompanito Submarine Overnighter!

Date: June 11, 2010 (1830 Hours) - June 12, 2010 (0830 Hours)
Location:
USS Pompanito Submarine


Pack 1776 families,

This year we are heading to the USS Pompanito for a private tour of the submarine and a sleepover on June 11-12! This is for scouts and parents only. Sorry, no siblings.

The cost is $37/person.
Please read this flyer for more details. Evite to soon follow.

Further info:
Pampanito info: http://www.maritime.org/tour/index.php
Directions: http://www.maritime.org/hours.htm

Respond Quickly, event will sell out! 48 people maximum.

Only paid reservations can reserve a space. Contact co-chairs for payment or questions.