Pack News

Hooked on Scouting

posted May 10, 2018, 9:27 AM by Matt Wagner

Girls and Boys going into 5K-5th grade in the fall are invited to join our pack this year.

Pack 30 is holding a spring "Join Scouting" night. Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm, please join us at the Waukesha STEM Academy - Randall Campus gymnasium to learn about our scouting program and sign up your son or daughter for Cub Scouts.

We will be holding an information session for parents. If you bring your potential scout, we will have a few of our older scouts (5th graders) and some Boy Scouts there to teach scouting skills, and learn what it is to be a scout.

If you have additional questions, or need more information, please contact:
Eric Johnson - Cubmaster - eric.johnson@pack30waukesha.org
Matt Wagner - Committee Chair - matt.wagner@pack30waukesha.org

This year's recruiting theme is "Hooked on Scouting" any new scouts that sign up will receive a free Rod/Reel and Tackle Box for joining.

Please come to check out our scouting program and learn about our Summer and Fall activities.

River Rats 2018

posted May 10, 2018, 8:01 AM by Matt Wagner

Pack 30 represented well at River Rats this year. We had 63 people in attendance, and it was a beautiful weekend for camping. We camped in Hawk Ridge as we have so many times in the past for this event, and as we were setting up a few of our scouts noticed a hawk flying overhead.

This was an exceptionally large group of participants this year. Since there were so many, the schedule changed slightly. It was heavily weighted toward the shooting sports (always a scout favorite), with two stations for BB Guns, one for Archery and a Wrist Rocket (sling shots) rotation, which was a first for Week 1. Additionally there was a climbing wall, Slack Line, and, of course, Ga-ga ball. Orienteering (another new event), fire building and a rousing round of kickball rounded out the day.

Since there were so many shooting sports this year, the Council offered Range Master training for adults that were attending. We had 6 parents and leaders volunteer, which allowed the certified Range Masters to rotate in and out of various stations, but still spend time with their scout.

There were some heavy showers early (2:20am) Sunday morning, which scared off a few other Packs, however Pack 30 stood strong most of our attendees were there for eggs, bacon and cinnamon rolls in the morning.

It was a great weekend, although tiring, and it looked like all of the Scouts had a great time with it.

All scouts that attended received their shooting sports patch, and pin for all three Cub Scout level shooting sports.




May Pack Meeting - LOCATION CHANGE

posted May 9, 2018, 1:15 PM by Matt Wagner   [ updated May 9, 2018, 1:16 PM ]

Attention parents!!

Due to the rain today our pack meeting will be held at the Randall School gym instead of the park.

This will be the last pack meeting of the year. It is also our rank advancement ceremony. Any scouts that have completed all of the requirements for their rank prior to this Pack meeting will be able to receive their rank badge and participate in the ceremony. If you scout isn't complete, please work with your den leader. They have until June 1st to complete the requirements and earn the rank badge. On June 1st, all scouts graduate to the next rank regardless of them completing all of the requirements for the current rank. If your scout is missing a difficult to obtain requirement, please work with your den leader on alternate methods to complete it.

Please bring a picnic dinner that your family can eat that evening. The Pack will provide a desert item.

Please have your scout wear their full uniform, including neckerchief and slide, If they have additional items (hat, pants, belt) they should wear that as well. We will be taking pictures of the entire den after the advancement ceremonies.

See you there!!

Summer Camps 2018 posted!

posted May 6, 2018, 8:46 PM by Matt Wagner

Camps
The latest information for Cub Scout day camps, resident camps and family camps has been posted to the Potawatomi Area Council Website. Pack 30 has a quick reference for each of these camps in the lower-left corner of the page under the heading "
Summer Camp Links" Check it out and mark your calendars for one or more of these great programs.

It's often more fun if your scout can attend with another scout from their Den or the Pack, so please check with your Den leaders on when they plan on registering the den. Also, for Day Camps, please consider registering (at least for one day) as a Day Walker, to help escort our young Scouts from event to event.

Additional details can be found on the Council Website under their Cub Scout Camps link.

Pack Camp-out 2018

posted Apr 12, 2018, 1:40 PM by Matt Wagner

Camping
We would like to invite you to a camping adventure with Pack 30. Our annual pack camp-out is a time for all of us to welcome the Summer vacation, enjoy some time outdoors, and have fun with the members of our Pack. It doesn't matter if you a veteran camper or have never set up a tent before, bring the whole family and have some fun. We have a few experienced Eagle Scouts in the pack that are always willing to help out. If you don't have camping equipment, we can usually find some extra you can borrow.

We typically arrive on Saturday, set up and enjoy some activities. This year, our Webelos I Den is planning the events. It sounds like we'll have games, hiking, a rocket launch, scout skills, songs, skits and s'mores!

We'll be at Menomonee County Park, in the Group Campground. This area is on the southern end of the camp (to the right) after you pass the entry gate and main buildings. You will need a County Park pass to stay overnight. Those can be purchased at the front office when you arrive.

This year the Pack will be covering all participants registration fees and the firewood we'll be using for the evening's fire. We'll send out a sign-up for shared meals. Your family is responsible for lunch on Saturday (for yourselves), and any snacks/drinks you want to bring (no alcohol).

If you don't want to camp, please come out on Saturday for the activities, and stay for dinner and the campfire program. Even by doing that, you can count it toward your required camping Adventure, which each rank has.

A few of us will be staying two nights. You are always welcome to do that as well. We will have the site after 11:00am on Friday.

The details are below.

Who:  All pack 30 families.  Siblings are also welcome to attend.

When:  Saturday June 9th and Sunday June 10th

We will gather at 9 am on Saturday and be on our way home by 11 am on Sunday

Where:  Menomonee County Park

Cost:  Waukesha County Park pass is required if you spend the night.

Meals:  Bring your own lunch for Saturday.  Saturday dinner will be a team effort with each family bringing one or two ingredients. Sunday Breakfast is as a group as well.

What to bring:  tent, sleeping bag, good shoes/hiking boots for walking, toiletries, dress for the weather, water bottle, bug spray, sunscreen, extra water, rain gear.  If you or your son has a cub scout T-shirt (i.e. River Rats, Swamp Fox, or Seekers), we encourage you wear them for the camp out.

Activities:  hiking, campfire, skits, songs, Rocket Launch, games, Scout skills, etc…

Questions contact: Laura Wagner laura.wagner@pack30waukesha.org

Matt Wagner matt.wagner@pack30waukesha.org

Please leave all electronic games at home. 

The county has a policy that we cannot bring in firewood into the park.  We will be purchasing the wood we need from the county.

We need a minimum of 5 families to sign up for us to hold this event.

Farewell to our Webelos Scouts

posted Apr 11, 2018, 6:36 PM by Matt Wagner

Arrow of Light patch
Wednesday, April 11th, 2018, we had 9 scouts earn their Arrow of Light awards, and 8 of them have already selected a local troop to continue their scouting careers. It has been great having them as part of our Pack, and it was wonderful to watch them grow over these last five years. It is great that you have found a Troop that you enjoy, and we want to congratulate you on the hard work and dedication it took to earn your Arrow of Light awards. You met the challenge put forth when you first joined Cub Scouts, and I look forward to you taking that next step into Boy Scouts, and hopefully meeting the challenge of earning your Eagle Scout award.

Also, a big thank you to Mr. Johnson, who has been their Den Leader from the beginning, and recently took on the role of Cubmaster this year. You have been an instrumental part of this pack, and your den. We are looking forward to more of your leadership as your younger son continues with the Pack.

Registered Scouter Awards - 2018

posted Apr 9, 2018, 10:19 PM by Webmaster Pack30

This year there are a few Adult Leaders from Pack 30 that we would like to recognize, that have done an exceptional job to help run the Pack. As we mentioned a few months ago, Pack 30 received the Journey to Excellence Gold award through the efforts of each of the Scout leaders and committee members.

Tenure Awards
This year we would like to commend the following leaders for the following Anniversary dates:
 
6
 6 years Jennifer Werner (Den Leader, Committee Chair, COR)
 
5
 5 years    Eric Johnson (Den Leader, Cubmaster)
 Darrell Kohlmann (Den Leader, Training Chair)
 Laura Wagner (Den Leader, Advancement Chair)
 Matt Wagner (Cubmaster, Committee Chair)
 
4
 4 years 
 
3
 3 years David Hackel (Treasurer)
 Doreen Plautz (Den Leader)
 Matt Windisch (Den Leader)
 
2
 2 years Andrew Slater (Den Leader)
 Jeff Sullivan (Den Leader)
 
1
 1 year Anna Dembowski (Den Leader)

Council Awards
This year we also commend the following leaders on earning these awards.
Unit Leader Award of Merit

Unit Leader Award of Merit
Matt Wagner, former Cubmaster and current Committee Chair was awarded the Unit Leader Award of Merit in February of this year at the Council Roundtable.
Award Requirements:
  1. Be a currently registered Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Coach, or Advisor who has served in that position at least 18 continuous months.
  2. Meet the training requirements for the registered position.
  3. Distribute a printed or electronic annual unit program plan and calendar to each family in the unit.
  4. Have a leader succession plan in place.
  5. Effectively use the advancement method so that at least 60 percent of the unit's youth have advanced at least once during the last 12 months.
  6. Cultivate a positive relationship with the chartered organization.
  7. Project a positive image of Scouting in the community.

Congratulations to all of our leaders, and thank you for helping the youth of our community!

Park Clean-up 2018 - RESCHEDULED

posted Apr 9, 2018, 9:28 PM by Matt Wagner   [ updated Apr 22, 2018, 7:50 PM ]

Update: 4/18/2018 - Due to some late season snow and general cold, we (and the city of Waukesha) will be rescheduling the park clean-up for another date. Stay tuned.

April 21st, Pack 30 will again participate in the City of Waukesha Earth Day cleanup event as one of our community service projects.  This year's event will be on Saturday April 21st from 9 AM - noon.  We will be cleaning up Woodfield Park (107 Cambridge Ave in Waukesha).  Additional details will be sent out prior to the event.  Please mark your calendars if you are able to attend.

We will be outside for this clean-up. Please wear your uniform, but also dress for the weather. We will be near water, so parents will need to be near their scouts during the clean-up. Also, the city provides latex gloves to help keep your hands clean, however if you have work gloves, they often work better.

Since the clean-up is on Saturday, we can park at the Ascension Lutheran Church, or along the street near Dopp St. and Cambridge Ave. The park is large, so we will start at the north end, near the playground and lake, and clean as much as we can.

This is a great way for our Pack to give back to the Community and help make the City of Waukesha parks look better so we can enjoy them all summer.

We look forward to seeing you there for as much as you can help out.

 

Swamp Fox 2018 sign-up

posted Apr 3, 2018, 2:49 PM by Matt Wagner

Fox
Sign-up for Swamp Fox 2018 is coming up this April 10th, 2018.
The sign-up sheet has been available at the March Pack meeting, and Wednesday Den meeting.
If you're still interested, space is limited, so please let us know and we'll add you to the list, however your spot may not be guaranteed.
A $15 per attendee fee is required to hold your place on the roster.

For our new members, Swamp Fox is the fall camp out put on by the Potawatomi Area Council. We register as a pack, but will be split into groups (by families) to participate in activity rotations. It is a lot of fun, and the scouts really enjoy the archery, BB-gun and fire building activities the camp offers that we can't do anywhere else. 

You do not need to attend the sign-up night, but you will need to let Eric Johnson know if you plan on attending the camp out. Also, the deposit needs to be in his hand prior to April 10th to confirm your spot.

Additional information can be found here:

Scouting for Food - 2018

posted Mar 2, 2018, 8:34 AM by Matt Wagner

SFF Patch 2018
Scouting for Food is a chance for our Pack to reach out to the community to help fill the Waukesha food Pantry. Our scouts distribute bags one weekend, then come back and collect bags filled with nonperishable food, which is then brought to the pantry. Food levels are usually pretty low this time of year, and this is a much needed service.

March 10th at 9:00am is the Scouting for Food bag drop-off. WE NEED YOUR HELP!! We will be distributing bags to each house in the streets surrounding Randall Elementary. Please RSVP in Scoutbook.

March 17th at 10:00am 
we will revisit the route and collect food for the Waukesha Food Pantry. Please consider attending both weekends. It usually doesn’t take that much time, and is a great help to our community. If you can only make one weekend, please make it the first (March 10th). We will meet @Randall (near the playground on the south side of the building) to distribute maps, bags, and form groups. Please RSVP in Scoutbook.

Our general area can be seen in the map below. We will not distribute to the college, church or schools in our area, just the residential houses.


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