We hope that each of you are doing well and staying safe and healthy during this very difficult time. We know these are uncertain times. Some of you have lost jobs or retirement savings. But Scouting is here to stay. As today is North Texas Giving Day, we are writing each of you to ask for your help because as Scouts we have an opportunity to practice the Scout Oath and Law by helping Circle Ten Council continue to provide Scouting programs to all of our Scouts after the COVID 19 Virus Pandemic is over!
Many of you may have heard about our annual Family Friends of Scouting Campaign, but if you have not, this is an opportunity for the Scouting families of our Pack 114 to help support Scouting so that it continues long after life gets back to normal and even help support generations of Scouts that follow.
Family Friends of Scouting helps Circle Ten support many of the following
program as well as so much more:
Local programs and activities throughout the Council's 24-county territory in North Texas and Southern Oklahoma.
Camp scholarships, uniforms, and registration fees for our ScoutReach programs, which served over 12,800 Scouts last year at a cost of $3.3 million to Circle Ten Council.
Two Scout service centers that coordinate Scouting activities and provide customer service to over 57,000 Scouting families.
Accident and liability insurance to protect youth members, adult members, and chartered organizations.
Professional staff who counsel, guide and give support to volunteer leadership.
Four Council camps that provide year-round activities for our Scouting families.
Free Scout rank advancements.
Literature and training materials for both youth and adults.
Training opportunities for both youth and adults at a very low or no cost.
We would ask that you consider supporting Family Friends of Scouting by clicking on the link listed below:
that is specific for our Unit and will help toward achieving our Unit goal of $1,500. Last year, our Unit was able to give a total of $1,250. Some will be able to give more, others may be able to give less, but any amount is certainly appreciated and welcomed. If you don’t feel financially secure enough to donate now, you can pledge to pay later this year. If you are able to contribute, the recent stimulus legislation allows you to deduct up to $300 in charitable giving from your income – in addition to your standardized OR itemized deductions. (Your tax advisor can explain how this applies to your individual situation.)
The goal is to have each family in our unit give something to support the Scouting program that your Scout and family are getting a direct benefit from. Donations may be given and spread out over the remaining year. Please also check with your employer to see if they offer a matching gift program.
As parents, all of us want our children to have a great education, be safe and happy, develop into responsible citizens, and learn their duty to God. Scouting is the perfect tool to help your children have better lives and be prepared for tomorrow’s challenges!
Please consider the value your family receives from Scouting and help us pass on that value to other families in our community by making your pledge to the Friends of Scouting Campaign.
Keep calm … and Scout on!
Pack 114 Committee Chair
Pack 114 Cubmaster
COVID-19 Parent update
Hello Pack 114 Families,
As all of you are aware, many activities in our community have had to postpone or cancel their events in light of the COVID-19 epidemic. As Pack 114 is committed to keeping all of our families and youth safe, we have made the hard decision to cancel all upcoming pack and den meetings until further notice. As Indian Creek Elementary and many other facilities are canceled, our pack meeting scheduled for April 2nd will not take place. Additionally, many council locations have also closed due to the “social distancing” mandate. Unfortunately because of that, it is with a heavy heart that we have to report that our Spring Campout scheduled for April 24th –26th has been cancelled due to the closure of the campgrounds. We as pack leaders are working on a replacement pack-wide activity when we are able to socialize again.
You should have received or will receive an email from your den leader about plans for your den’s activity advancement. We are dedicated to helping our Scouts complete requirements in order to achieve the ranks they have been working so hard to earn all year. Many of our den leaders have planned online virtual meetings in order to complete these remaining advancement activities. If you are unsure of what your Scout needs in order to complete their requirements, please email or call your den leader to see what they can work on at home. As always, you can mark off your Scout’s achievements by logging on to Scoutbook.
If you are new to our pack, May is normally our advancement month. During our May pack meetings, scouts receive their badge of rank and we perform a small ceremony to transition them to their new rank and den. Typically we have a small celebration with cake and pizza. As of now, we will keep that planned for May 7th but, we will make any changes as the need arises.
Due to the circumstances, an extension has been granted by the council to allow Cub Scouts to continue to work on their current den’s advancement through July 31, 2020. This is to provide any additional time a Cub Scout needs to complete their badge of rank due to the imposed challenges of staying indoors. If they earn their badge of rank before July 31, 2020, Scouts may advance to the next rank. However, as we are still planning our Rank Achievement ceremony for May 7th, we ask that all scouts to complete all their rank requirements including adventures, electives and pamphlet exercises by May 4th, if possible. If we are unable to hold our Rank Achievement ceremony for May 7th, our leaders have been discussing the possibility of hosting ceremonies for the summer.
We hope that you are all well and are able to stay safe indoors until this threat of infection passes. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your den’s leader or any of the leaders on our pack’s committee if you have any questions.