October 3rd Meeting!

The signupgenius for popcorn show and sell is here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545aba728a57-pack

Here are the assigned weekends for each Den for helping set-up Popcorn Show & Sells this month.
October 1st- Arrow of Light
October 7th- Weblos
October 8th- Bears
October 14th- Wolves
October 15th- Tigers

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Our next meeting is October 10th! Have a great week!

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Popcorn FUN!

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Sept 12th Meeting

Good afternoon all.
With the recent weather the Church is without power; they have closed for the day. We will have to cancel our pack meeting for tonight. We will meet next week on the 19th for our POPCORN KICK OFF.

Also in you know that you will be attending the Kings Mountain camping trip the weekend of the 23rd. send me a e-mail so that I can get a head count for ordering the foo: prbarnett68@gmail.com

Have a good week.

Phillip Barnett
Cubmaster pack

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Annual Scout Recruitment Night!

Scout season is HERE!! This Tuesday the 29th at 7pm is our annual recruitment night at St. Stephen UMC.
We are looking for new recruits! We welcome new scouts and their parents to our pack. Please join us for scouting activities and SMORES. Bring friends interested in joining and share the gift of scouting. We will be kicking off the new Lions program for kindergarteners.

I am looking forward to kicking off the Fall season with some fun activities; Popcorn and our September camping trip to Kings Mountain the 22nd through 24th. Our first pack meeting is September the 5th at 6:30pm. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Phillip R. Barnett
Pack 118

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November 3, 2016

Good Evening Pack 118 Parents!!

I’m writing this from my hotel room in the great metropolis of Raleigh, NC tonight. I will be happy to return to the Great State of Mecklenburg tomorrow night!

I want to thank each of you for everything you did to support Pack 118 during the Popcorn Season. I am looking forward to finding out how we did this year! Ellen will get that information out after we’ve checked and double checked our numbers. Pickup for the popcorn orders will be in December, and we’ll give you instructions and plenty of notice for that.

We will not have our regular meeting on Tuesday, November 8, due to a polling place just down the hall from our meeting rooms. We will go camping at Belk Scout Camp, November 11-13. We will have a Formal Pack Meeting on November 15, and then we’ll take a break for the rest of November and start back up on Tuesday, December 6.

I will get the schedule for the Camping Trip sent out this weekend, once I’ve had a chance to make sure I’ve got everybody who is going on my email list.

In the next several days, I will be sending out a portion of the new Pack 118 Parent Handbook. This particular portion is a list of many of the positions that we have in Pack 118. There is something for everyone in that list. I strongly encourage you to take an earnest look at the positions and their descriptions and choose one or two that you have an interest in. If we all chip in, we all will do a little work. If only a few of us do the job, it is a lot of work.

I look forward to seeing many of you next weekend at Belk Scout Camp, and seeing the rest of you on Tuesday, November 15 at our Formal Pack Meeting!

Yours In Scouting,

Martin Zoutewelle
Cubmaster, Pack 118
Buffalo Patrol

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September 26, 2016

Good Morning, Pack 118!!

I hope that everyone has recovered from our busy weekend at McDowell Nature Preserve. The food was fantastic! Many thanks to Ashley Boyd for being our Grubmaster and Saturday night Chef. Thanks to Scott & Robin Williams for leading the charge for breakfast on Sunday! And of course, thanks to all the families who pitched in throughout the weekend in the kitchen and herding the cats!

Our next meeting is tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27! We will meet in the St. Stephen, UMC gym. Please drive around the back of the church and park in the large parking lot. The gym is the big building right in front of the parking lot, to the right of the classroom building where the scout room is.

This meeting will be a welcome back celebration and our introduction to Popcorn Selling! We will start with Pizza at 6:30 pm, and have snacks available throughout the meeting. (Parents, you will want to watch your Scouts and their siblings, or you will have tummy aches to deal with!) The cost for pizza is $3.00 per person.

I can promise you, that you will not want to miss this meeting. This will be talked about for weeks, months and years to come! You will enjoy it, and your scouts will almost die laughing! After the antics, we will have a brief awards ceremony for those scouts who earned awards over the summer and a few Bobcat awards.

We will then give you the details on our annual popcorn sales season. This will be during the month of October, and there are quite a few important changes that we are making this year. Parents, please attend this meeting!

While the popcorn information is being presented to most of Pack 118, Mr. Dodrill and I will take the new families to another room for an introduction to Pack 118. This will cover the popcorn sales information and some important information that new families need to be familiar with. Don’t worry, you won’t miss the antics!

As part of our Popcorn Season, we have already arranged for Show & Sell sites at several locations over the next three weekends. The Sign-up Genius will go live tomorrow evening after the meeting. Please help us fill every time slot so we can maximize our sales this year!

Looking ahead, we will continue with our Den Meetings on Tuesday, October 4, at 6:30 pm. We will be on a regular schedule for meetings in October, with Den meetings the first three Tuesdays at 6:30 pm, and a Pack Committee meeting the fourth Tuesday at 6:30.

Our next family camping trip will be November 11 – 13 at Belk Scout Camp. The camp is about 30 minutes away from St. Stephen, and this will be a great weekend to hang out with each other as our scouts learn more about scoutcraft and essential skills that they will need as they grow in Cub Scouting and into Boy Scouts. This weekend, most of the sessions will be taught by the Boy Scouts themselves! The real beauty of Boy Scouting is that it is a Boy Led program. This will be the first time that some of our Cub Scouts experience an older Scout teaching them. I guarantee that this will have a positive effect on your Cub Scout. I will have more about this weekend in early October, but please note the dates and be ready for a good weekend!

I look forward to seeing all of you at our Pack Meeting tomorrow evening, Tuesday, September 27, at 6:30 pm in the gym at St. Stephen, UMC!!

Yours In Scouting,

Martin Zoutewelle, Cubmaster, Pack 118

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September 12, 2016

Good Morning Pack 118 families!

Welcome back to another year of Cub Scouting! We have a great year planned for you in 2016-2017! On September 24, we’ll start off our outdoor program for the year with a camping trip to McDowell Nature Center and Preserve. I’ll have a brief schedule for this trip below.

On Tuesday, September 27, we’ll have our first Formal Pack Meeting, which will be a combination of welcoming families back, the kickoff to our October Popcorn Selling Season, and a few awards thrown in just for fun! We have three weekends of Show and Sells set up, with plenty of space for your Scout to crank up his sales at these events. We will explain how the process works with a few tweaks from last year. This is a meeting that you won’t want to miss!

And then, just when you were starting to recover from selling popcorn and a Monday night Halloween, we have another camping trip set up for November 12-13! This trip will be at Belk Scout Camp, and will focus on the outdoor achievements that your Scout needs to earn his next rank. The focus of this trip will be on Saturday, with camping on Saturday night to round out the day.

Looking farther ahead, we’ll have a Supertrip to the Myrtle Beach Aquarium to sleep with a few of our closest buddies, who also happen to be sharks! We’ll round out the weekend with some Saturday activities and actually getting some sleep in a bona fide hotel room!

Our Blue and Gold Celebration will be on February 25. We will also cross over our Arrow of Light Den at this event. This will be one Blue and Gold you won’t want to miss!

And now, let’s rewind to the present! We have had a great start to our recruiting season, with eight new scouts signed up at the Open House and last Tuesday’s meeting! We will have tables set up at four Elementary schools over the next two weeks and we need your help! We have put out the call to our Den and Pack Leaders and we have a good start, but we need parents to be at these events, dressed in your Class B Pack 118 t-shirts to share your experiences with other parents looking for the right Cub Scout Pack for them. We are signed up for the following four schools:

  • Wednesday 9/14 – 6:00 pm – Greenway Park Elementary
  • Thursday 9/15 – 6:30 pm – Rama Road Elementary
  • Tuesday 9/20 – 6:30 pm – Lansdowne Elementary
  • Wednesday 9/21 – 7:00 pm – Cotswold Elementary

If you’re Scout attends one of these schools, please don’t be shy about signing up for the whole night or part of the night. If you can’t swing your own school, please consider another school to help with. There are a limited number of spots, so don’t be left out in the cold!! (or heat.) Please contact Ellen Zoutewelle if you can help at one of these schools.

Did you know, that over 70% of parents said that the recommendation of a friend or family member influenced their decision to sign up their children for activities? Don’t wait and see if your friends are part of a Cub Scout Pack. Talk to them today and invite them to a meeting! That is the way to grow a strong pack!

Here is a brief rundown of our September 24th camping trip:

Our campsites will be open on Friday (9/23) afternoon/evening, so if you would like to spend Friday night please let me know. There will be no additional fee for this, but you will be responsible for dinner on Friday and breakfast on Saturday. Our program will kick off on Saturday morning by 9:30. Please plan to arrive no later than 9:00 to allow time to find us and get your day gear out. Everyone should have breakfast in their tummies before they arrive. Our day will be spent in a combination of pack and den activities. In the morning we will have a few sessions on setting up your campsite and then fix a “bag” lunch.

We will all set out on hikes about 11:30 am and plan to eat lunch on the trail. Each den will plan this time to meet their individual requirements. For instance, the Tigers don’t have to hike as far as the Webelos. We can also make use of the Nature Center during this time.

Everyone should be back at camp by 2:30 for some down time and activities around camp. We will begin working on dinner, with different dens helping with different parts of the meal. We will eat about 5:00 pm. We will finish off the day with an informal campfire program and S’Mores!! After the sugar rush has begun, there will be family time, just to hang out with your Scout or with other families. Quiet time will be at 9:00 pm and lights out will be at 10:00 pm.

We will start off Sunday with breakfast at 7:30 am. Around 9:00 am, we’ll have a brief devotion and then an Introduction to the Leave No Trace Principles. At 10:00 am we’ll work on a light-duty service project. At 10:30 am, we’ll pack up and head home.

The cost for this trip will be $25.00 per person. This will cover the cost of the campsite and food. Your reservation will need to be in by Friday, 9/16 and payments made by Tuesday 9/20. We will have someone at the Lansdowne Elementary table ready to take payments for all of you Lansdowne families.

I look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday evening! We will start our meeting at 6:30 pm sharp with our opening ceremony and a few brief announcements before heading into our den meetings. If you have any questions about this information or anything else about Cub Scouts or Pack 118, don’t hesitate to ask. If we don’t know the answer, we know where to find it!

Yours In Scouting,

Martin Zoutewelle
Cubmaster, Pack 118

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September 5, 2015

Good Afternoon Pack 118!!!

Happy Labor Day Weekend!  I hope you are all having a relaxing weekend after a couple of weeks of school.  I want to congratulate each of you on a great first evening of Den Meetings!  Although the Den Meetings are planned and led by the Den Leaders, it takes each of you to ensure that things run smoothly!

We will have Den Meetings on Tuesday, September 8, at 6:30 pm in the Scout Room.  If your Den Leader has been in touch with you about alternate plans, please follow their instructions.

Tuesday will be the deadline for signing up and paying for the Fall trip to Riverbanks Zoo.  Please see Ellen Zoutewelle at the meeting to pay, and if you have not signed up via Evite, please let her know.  I know the evite didn’t get to everyone, so don’t worry, just let Ellen know that you’re coming.  We need to get a headcount in to Riverbanks so they have adequate time to make arrangements for our trip.  If you have any questions about this trip, please send me an email, or Ellen or me at the meeting on Tuesday.  This will be a great trip, and I look forward to seeing your boys in their natural environment!

The following Tuesday, September 15, we will meet in the gym (the large building across the courtyard from our scout room) at 6:30 pm for FAMILY FUN NIGHT!!  We will serve dinner and have some fun games for families to play while you get to know each other better.

Our Fall Trip to Riverbanks Zoo will be Friday, September 18 – Saturday, September 19.  Please note that this is a one-night trip.  We will meet at the front of Riverbanks Zoo at 6:45pm to begin our adventure!  Please eat dinner on the way down, as we won’t have dinner available once we enter the zoo.  After an evening of learning about the zoo, we will sleep in classrooms and the auditorium.  Please bring a sleeping bag and ground pad (the floor is hard).  We will be sleeping in an area that the animals can’t get to, so you won’t need to worry about being kept up all night by the zoo animals, although the Tigers, Wolves and Bears might keep you up.  On Saturday morning, we will have breakfast and one more session before being released from the overnight program.  After stowing our personal equipment in our cars, we will be able to enter the zoo as a regular guest for the day on Saturday.

On Tuesday, September 22, your Pack 118 leadership team will meet for a Committee Meeting.  All parents are highly encouraged to attend.  I have been told by a few parents that they had no idea how much we do to run Pack 118.  Please come to a Committee Meeting to see for yourself.

The fifth Tuesday of September, the 29th, we will not have a meeting.  This would be a great time for you to have some family time with your family.  You might be surprised what you learn about each other!

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask me.  You can send me an email or see me at the meeting on Tuesday.  I look forward to seeing you soon!!

Yours In Scouting,

Martin Zoutewelle
Cubmaster, Pack 118
Buffalo Patrol

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August 30, 2015

Good Evening, Pack 118!!

I am looking forward to our first Den Meetings this Tuesday, September 1, at 6:30 pm.  Please note that we will begin promptly at 6:30 pm!  Please arrive several minutes early to help new families and visitors find our room.  Please prepare your son for our new opening ceremony.  We will recite the Pledge of Allegiance as usual, but the National office of the Boy Scouts of America has decided that all branches of the BSA will now use the Scout Oath and Scout Law.  So instead of reciting the Cub Scout Promise, we will recite the Scout Oath as a Pack at our opening ceremony.  We will have this displayed at the front of the room for everyone’s convenience.

After the opening ceremony, I will go over several important items, as quickly as I can, before you will be dismissed to your Den meetings.  All parents should accompany your boys to the Den meetings.  Your Den Leaders will have a few important items to discuss with you, and you will be signing for your son’s new Handbook.  These have been paid for by Pack 118, and it is yours to keep.  Your son will need to bring it to each meeting.  Please use this handbook to sign off on each achievement.  Since the new Cub Scout requirements are now in place, Pack 118 is discouraging parents from using CubTrails to sign off on achievements.  All achievements will be worked on as a den.  You will be assigned “homework” to work on with your Cub as needed by the requirements and as determined by your Den Leader.

One new thing you will notice this year, is that the opening announcements will be very brief (with the possible exception of the first two meetings).  I will cover most of the information via email, so please make a habit of reading my emails.  You will find that I send out general emails about once a week, with additional emails as reminders of upcoming events.  Ellen Zoutewelle, our interim Committee Chair, will also send out emails as needed with information about trips and other events as needed.  You will also receive emails from your Den Leaders as they see the need.  All told, you may receive three or four emails a week from Pack 118 on a busy week.

We will have Den Meetings on the first two Tuesdays of this month.  They will both begin in the Scout Room.  The third Tuesday, September 15, we will have a Family Get Together in the gym.  We will serve dinner and have some fun.  The fourth Tuesday, September 22, we will have our Pack 118 Committee Meeting, and the fifth Tuesday we will not meet unless your Den Leader sees a need for it.

An evite was sent out for the fall trip to Riverbanks Zoo for September 18-19.  If you did not receive it, please reply to me ASAP.  Please respond to the evite as soon as you can so the Zoo can make the appropriate plans.

I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, September 1 at 6:30 pm in the scout room!

Martin Zoutewelle
Cubmaster, Pack 118
Buffalo Patrol


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August 23, 2015

Good Afternoon Pack 118!!

It seems like summer has flown by!  At least when I wasn’t working in the 98 degree heat!  I know that not all of us are ready for school to start back, but I hope you’re all ready for CUB SCOUTS!!!
We’ll begin our program year on Tuesday, August 25, with your Pack 118 Committee Meeting at 6:30pm at St. Stephen UMC.  We will meet in the classroom just to the left of the side entrance (off of Lutomma Circle).  All parents are welcome to attend, and your Pack 118 leaders and volunteers are expected to attend.  We will go over the first part of our year, and get into detail on the events coming up over the next couple of months.  If you want to get an insider’s look at our Popcorn Machine, this is the meeting to attend!

On Thursday, August 27, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, we will have our Pack 118 Open House for the Cub Scout Round Up.  We will be in the front parking lot of St. Stephen UMC.  This event is being promoted all over Mecklenburg County and in every Elementary School in CMS.  If you know anyone who is thinking about Cub Scouts, invite them to come to St. Stephen.  Every Pack will have an open house Thursday evening, and it is designed to be a great way to visit different Packs in the area.  We will have members of our own Troop 118 on hand to serve hotdogs, drinks and chips.  We will also have a handy and very appropriate leather craft to work on.  I hear rumors that a kickball game is in the works as well.  I ask that all parents and Cub Scouts come out to support Pack 118 and be prepared to make our visitors feel like a part of the Pack 118 family right away!

Did you know that there are three big reasons a Cub Scout joins a particular pack?

(1)    He has friends in the Pack.  Please encourage your Cub Scout to invite his friends from school to come out and visit on Thursday evening.

(2)    The meeting night.  There are two other packs that we work around in the three schools we visit for open houses, and they both meet on Monday night.

(3)    The parents feel welcome.  This is where we can all make the difference.  I know we have a great pack.  You know we have a great pack.  Each one of you can talk to our visitors on Thursday and in the coming weeks to share your story and welcome them to our Pack 118 family.

We will have our first Pack 118 Den Meeting on Tuesday, September 1 in the Scout Room.  We will begin at 6:30 pm on the dot.  As you have no doubt heard, the Cub Scout Rank Advancement program has been heavily revised.  One result of this is that we don’t actually know how long it will take to instruct the new Adventures.  Starting at 6:30 pm each night will give your den leaders the ability meet the requirements within our calendar time-frame.  Also, please expect to stay during the den meetings this year.  Cub Scouts is a family oriented program, and should not be treated as a drop-off event.  If your den leaders don’t have anything for you to do, please come find Ellen, Robert, Scott or me.  We will be happy to have your help during most meetings.  I realize there are occasional times when you just can’t be at a meeting, but you should not expect to leave the meetings on a regular basis.

Since we have new requirements, please expect to stay at the meetings until 8:00 pm.  Over the course of the year, the den leaders may be able to adjust this time.  Occasionally, they may need to keep your Cub scouts later, but they will give you advanced notice if this will happen.

Our Fall Trip will be September 18-19, to Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC.  You should have received an email via Evite for this trip today.  Please use this to sign up for the trip.  We will meet on Friday, September 18, at 6:45 pm in front of the Zoo to check in.  Our program begins promptly at 7:00 pm, so there will be no wiggle room for this trip.  You will need to bring a sleeping bag and ground pad/air mattress.  We will be sleeping inside their classroom building, but there won’t be any beds or cots provided.  We will have access to regular bathrooms, but no shower facilities will be available.  That’s okay, though.  We’ll still smell better than most of the animals!  You should eat dinner before you arrive at the zoo.  On Saturday morning, we have breakfast and an activity before we are dismissed to put our luggage into our cars.  We can then re-enter the zoo through the main gate as a day visitor for the rest of the day on Saturday.  This admission is included with our trip fee of $30.00.  As you see in the Evite, the $30.00 fee is less than the zoo fee for this trip.  This is your popcorn sales at work!!

One more item you should be aware of:  Pack 118 will be buying your Cub Scout handbooks this year.  We will have those ready to hand out at the September 1st meeting.  These are your handbooks to keep.  Please use them as they are intended.  Write you Cub Scout’s name in them and use them to keep track of the Adventures he has earned.  CubTrails is a great tool to use, but the requirements listed in CubTrails are not complete.  They are there to help you know which requirement is which; NOT as a definition of what you should do to complete the requirement.

I am ready for a FANTASTIC year with Pack 118!!  I look forward to seeing you all next week on Tuesday at 6:30 pm for the Committee Meeting or Thursday at 6:30 pm for the Pack 118 Open House!

Yours In Scouting,

Martin Zoutewelle
Cubmaster, Pack 118
Buffalo Patrol


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