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January 1, 2020

H A P P Y
N E Y E A R

Happy New Year to the Cub Scout Pack 141 and Frontier Girls Troop 377 family. We pray that each of you will have a wonderful and blessed start to the New Year and that your blessings will continue throughout the entire year. As always, remember to always give thanks. Let’s get ready for an exciting second half to our Scouting and Frontiering year. Blessings.


BSA Anounces Membership Fee Increase
Click HERE to see more information and FAQs.


IMPORTANT NEWS UPDATES: We will list our most important Pack news updates in this section. So please check back often for new notices, new information about upcoming events, or even reminders about upcoming events. Council and District events are listed further down on this page.

NEW YEAR'S DAY – January 1

WINTERPLACE SCOUT SKI DAY – January 12

SCIENCE MUSEUM LOCK-IN – January 17

CSP: ADOPT-A-STREET PROGRAM – January 19

SCIENCE MUSEUM LOCK-IN – January 24

PINEWOOD DERBY CAR SHOP – February 1

FAMILY OF SCOUTING SUNDAY – February 2

PINEWOOD DERBY CAR SHOP – February 8


RED, WHITE, BLUE, AND GOLD BANQUET:
It is that time of the year again. It is time for our annual “Red, White, Blue, and Gold Banquet,” which is scheduled for Thursday, January 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at the Church. This is a family event and all members of CS Pack 141 and FG Troop 377 are invited to attend. We ask that all who plan to attend bring their favorite family vegetable dish, side dish, or salad as this is a potluck style affair. Please note the event starts at 6:30 p.m., so please mark your calendars accordingly. We look forward to seeing you all at the event.

RE-CHARTERING AND PACK DUES:
It is time for us to collect your dues, but there are a few changes we need to make you aware of. To ensure the Boy Scouts of America has the resources to fulfill the promise of Scouting despite increasing operating costs, the National Executive Board made the difficult, but necessary decision to increase the annual membership fee. The BSA announced for the upcoming Scouting year their annual fees for all registered youth in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts, as well as the annual fees for adult members and youth in the Exploring program. The Council also announced their fees to cover insurance for each group listed above. Our Pack fees will remain unchanged. Your total amount for this year $85.00 for all Scouts, except Webelos and AOLs, they are $90.00. Please keep in mind that this BSA National and Councial amounts are for a 10-month period and not 12 months as it has been in the past.

Do not forget, Boy’s Life Magazine is an additional $10.00. If you ordered the Boy’s Life Magazine during your initial registration into to BSA or if you did not order it and would like to start receiving this wonderful magazine, please add this amount to your dues total.

You may pay your dues at any den meeting or Pack meeting. Remember there is a $5.00 discount per scout / frontier for families with more than one scout or frontier in these two Family of Scouting programs. If for some reason you have an issue in paying your dues, please get with your Den Leader or the Cubmaster so that other arrangements can be made to help get them paid. If you have any questions about your dues, do not hesitate to contact our Cubmaster. To find out more about the BSA or Council fee increase and to help answer some of your questions, please click on this LINK.

CSP: ADOPT-A-STREET PROGRAM:
It is that time again. On Sunday, January 19 at 2:00 p.m., we will meet in the CES parking lot for one of our four-scheduled Community Service Projects (CSP). We participate in the Adopt-A-Street Program and have promised to keep our little section of Christiansburg clean by picking up trash along the roadside. So wear your Class B uniform, bring your gloves, and let's get ready to do some community service. Also, bring your swimming attire as we plan to go to the Aquatic Center for a dip in the pool after our community service event. Each family will be responsible for admission into the Aquatic Center. If the weather is bad (raining, snowing, ice on the ground, etc.), the event will be canceled and not rescheduled. Regardless, we will still plan to go to the pool.

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PINEWOOD DERBY RACE:
The derby is quickly approaching. We hope to have the cars by January 17 so they can be distributed at the Red, White, Blue, and Gold Banquet. If your son’s dues are not paid or he is “Not In Good Standing,” he will not receive a car nor will one be purchased for him. If any parents or siblings plan to race in the Family race and you want the Pack to pick up a car for you, please contact the Cubmaster with the total number of cars you would like him to pick up for you prior to the above date. The cost of the cars is about $4.50. Whenever you pay, please make sure your name is written down so you can receive the proper credit for your purchase. Click HERE to see a copy of our Pack 141 Pinewood Derby rules.

FAMILY OF SCOUTING SUNDAY:
Family Of Scouting Sunday service will be held on Sunday, February 2 at CPC. We will meet in the rear parking lot of the Church at 10:15 a.m. and do not forget to wear your uniforms. Let us try to fill the church. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this event. Also, the following week is Scout Week where all scouts who belong to the Boy Scouts of America wear their uniforms to school during the week. Also, February 20 is Frontier Girls Leader Appreciation Day when all frontiers are encouraged to wear their uniforms to school and about for the day. Both of these events would be great recruiting opportunities.

FEBRUARY PACK MEETING:
This is a reminder that our Pack meeting for this month will be held on February 27. The meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. and will feature our Duty To God theme. We have an exciting guest speaker and an awesome program planned for the night, so mark your calendars and make plans to come out for what promises to be an electrifying evening.

UNIFORMS:
Just a reminder that Class A uniforms are required for all our scout and are to be worn in their entirety to all scouting functions unless otherwise noted. For more information about Scout uniforms, see the “Uniforms” page under the “About” tab on the main menu bar. For those who have just joined, we understand that uniforms are purchased at the Scout Store in Roanoke and that it may not be convenient for you to travel there before your first scouting function. Please do not let your lack of not having a uniform prevent you from coming to any of our meetings, events, or functions.

PACK CLASS B UNIFORMS (T-SHIRTS AND HOODIES):
Shirts have been ordered. We hope to have them ready for our January Pack meeting.

FAMILY OF SCOUTING PROGAM:
In case you did not know, Christiansburg Presbyterian Church (CPC) offers a Family of Scouting program that consist of Boy Scout Troop 141 (11-18 years old), Cub Scout Pack 141 (5-10 years old), and Frontier Girls Troop 377 (3-18 years old and mothers can play too). Most of you are aware of the BSA scouting programs, but what is Frontier Girls? Our Frontier Girls Troop 377 was started in January 2016 as an alternative scouting-type program for the highly active and spirited young girls who wanted to experience a program that mirrored one that many of their brothers, who had joined the BSA scouting program experienced. Because the “Frontier Girls” program itself permits a seamless integration with the local BSA programs, the program is the perfect complement to the existing BSA scouting programs already sponsored by CPC, but one that would cater specifically to the young girls in the community. If you have family members or friends that you think would be interested in any of our Family of Scouting programs, please share this information with them. We each have websites as well as Facebook pages. Should they have any questions, they can always contact us.

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WE NEED YOUR HELP:
It is “Not Too Late For Scouting” and we could use your help spreading the word. If you know of a young boy who would benefit from the Scouting program, please invite the entire family to your next Den meeting or to our next Pack meeting.

This would a great way for them to see firsthand what the Scouting program and our Pack are all about. Please share this information with your family and friends because they may know someone who could benefit from these great programs. If they have any questions before the meeting, please have them to contact our Cubmaster. Once again, we thank you for your help.

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY:
It is time for bad weather to come. Just remember that all Frontiering/Scouting functions are canceled if the weather does not support the activity. If school is canceled the day of a den meeting or Pack meeting, so will that meeting be canceled. Because of the planning involved in the Red, White, Blue and Gold Banquet and the Pinewood Derby, they will not be canceled except for extreme bad weather.

WEBSITE UPDATES:
It has been a few years since our new website rolled out and became live. Since that time, our website team has been diligently working to build a more user-friendly website that will grant access to information about our Pack as well as updates and news from our Pack. Most websites have what is referred to as “a site map,” which is very similar to the “table of content” one finds at the beginning of a book. This table of content lists the pages of the particular website with active links. This map is designed to help visitors to easily navigate through the website and help visitors easily find the exact content they are looking for on the website. While our site continues to be a “work-in-progress,” we believe this addition will be beneficial to all who visit. You can find our “Site Map” under under the “About” tab on the main menu bar.


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EVENTS FROM THE COUNCIL:
For information or information about online registration, go to the Blue Ridge Mountains Council website and look under Upcoming Activities.


The SCOUTStrong Presidential Active Lifestyle Award Challenge


GETTING PACK ACTIVITY INFORMATION:
We have several means by which you can keep track of all the upcoming events in our Pack. Every month we will send out our Monthly News Update via email, highlighting the upcoming events for the month. We will post much of the same information on our website on our “Announcements” page under the “News” tab on the main menu bar. And we will post events weekly on our Facebook Page. We also have our Pack calendar on our website on our “Calendar” page under the “Schedules” tab on the main menu bar. And you can always see our latest, “Cub News Newsletter” on our “Newsletter” page under the “News” tab on the main menu bar.

Should you ever have a question, do not hesitate to contact any of the Den leadership. We want you to be informed and we use these tools to keep you informed with the latest Pack information, events, and announcements. So, if you ever need information, we have several places available where you can find what you need. And if you cannot find it anywhere else, you can always contact our Scout Leadership or our Cubmaster.

EMAIL LIST UPDATE:
If you have a new email address or another address that you would like to add to our distribution list, please email the Cubmaster the information and it will be forwarded to the appropriate Den Leaders. Please include the name to whom the address belongs and the scout’s name that the address is to be connected to.

PACK IMAGES, PHOTOS, AND/OR PICTURES:
Images, photos, and/or pictures of our activities, which may include our scouts and members of their family, are posted on our official Facebook Page. Please know that we do not practice “tagging” in the images, photos, and/or pictures that we post to any of our social media sites and we strongly discourage the practice for privacy reasons as well as an overall general security standpoint. Every effort has been made to completely disable this feature on the social media sites that we use so that others cannot “tag” anyone in any of our images, photos, and/or pictures, however we make no guarantees, either expressly or implied. If you, as a parent or guardian would like to “opt out” of having images, photos, and/or pictures of your son or any members of your family published/posted on either of social media sites, please submit a signed and dated written request to the Cubmaster stating,

“I do not grant Pack 141 or any of the organization’s registered leaders permission to publish/post any images, photos, and/or pictures on any Pack 141 social media sites that can clearly identify my son or any members of my family to the general public.”

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PERSONAL HEALTH AND MEDICAL FORM:
Every Scout in the pack is required to have a Personal Health And Medical form for 2019 - 2020 on file. Please make sure that you get one to your Den Leaders. For a copy of the form, click HERE.


If you have any Pack related announcements that you would like to see on this page, please click HERE to submit them. All announcements must be approved before they can appear on this page.