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Pack 159 serves Cub Scouts from 1st to 5th grade generally from both Jollyville and Pond Springs Elementary Schools and the surrounding neighborhoods in Austin, Texas.

If you are interested in joining, Pack 159 typically on-boards new Cub Scouts in the Fall with our Join Scouting Night (JSN) events.  For the 2017-18 school year, they are currently scheduled for 9/5 at Jollyville and 9/7 at Pond Springs.  Expect to see neighborhood signage and school PR around this as those dates approach. However boys can join a Cub Scout Pack at any time during the year!

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Upcoming Tiger / Partner Day this Weekend!

Posted on Oct 30 2017 - 5:42pm

Calling all Tiger Scouts!  

Our Capital Area Council is hosting their annual Tiger / Partner Day this weekend!  It is usually a great time for Tiger Scouts to go to Camp Tom Wooten, the Cub Scout side of Lost Pines Scout Reservation out in Bastrop.  They're running two sessions, one AM and one PM.  Agenda includes

  • Archery Fun Shoot – At Native American Village 
  • BB Gun Fun Shoot – At Fort Houston (a life-size western fort) 
  • Fishing at the Water Front 
  • Earn and receive your "Tiger Tales" Adventure
  • Closing Campfire with songs and skits

There is a nominal fee involved and some adventures can be completed there in addition to fun fun fun stuff for Tigers.  Siblings are ok, just declare at the signup link above.  Talk to your Den and your Den Leader about it!

Post-Campout Feedback

Posted on Oct 18 2017 - 3:42pm
Our Fall Campout was certainly one for the books!  Please take two minutes to provide feedback, which will allow your Pack to improve for future camping activities.  Survey works just great on mobile.  One survey per family.  Please provide this campout feedback by 10/23.
 
Also if you have photos or videos from the campout, please consider sharing those on our Facebook Page.
 
Thanks!

Welcome Back, Pack 159! October is Happenin'!

Posted on Oct 3 2017 - 7:11pm

Hey there Pack 159!

Hope your Summer was a great one.  We had quite a few activities happen throughout the summer months for our Scouts thanks to some wonderful volunteers like Sara Kinnison and Amy Weir.  Scouts were able to earn achievements during the Summer months thanks to these volunteers and some Den Leaders.

Our first Pack meeting will be held on Wed, 9/20.  We will meet at the same bat time (7:00 - 8:00) and the same bat channel (Pond Springs Elementary cafeteria).  The Arrow of Light Den 2 will be hosting our flag ceremony and snack raffle.  Please do bring your pocket change for snack raffle if you wish to participate (new parents, this is $1-2 in coins or bills).  Field uniform (aka Class A) is strongly encouraged attire for Pack meetings.  If you have not yet joined by submitting an application or dues, do attend.  You can sign up on-site!  Returning Scout dues are $75; New Scout dues are $90.

The year is kicking off pretty quickly with our Pack Family Campout on Oct 7-8.  Please do sign up by 10/4 to help organizers with planning for head count.  Webelos Scouts, talk to your Den Leaders about options to attend Webelos Woods 2017, themed "Medieval Times: Live With Honor".

Other events from the Capital Area Council and the Chisholm Trail District include Scout Rocket Day on 10/8 and Cub Adventure Day's Medieval Adventure on 10/28.  Scouts attend at-will or organize at their Den levels to attend these area events.

New Pack Shirts are almost ready to have pre-orders in!  Please visit pay.pack159.org in order to reserve and pay for new Pack Shirts.  This pre-order pricing of $10/shirt cannot be guaranteed after the bulk order, so get yours in!  Orders close on 9/27.  New Scouts will receive their shirt at no cost - but if mother/father/siblings want some, please do order.

On top of all that, Popcorn is about to be poppin'!  The Pack encourages Scouts to participate in fundraising through Trails End Popcorn salesmanship to help fund the Pack.  Trails End has stepped up their online game and taking online orders from remote friends and family is even easier this year.  Our new Popcorn Kernel, Joe Cohen, will be a great volunteer to help the Pack succeed with fundraising efforts.  Welcome, Joe!  Please work through your Den Leaders to pick up your order forms.  Forms and payments are due back to your Den Leader by Oct 22.  As for prizes we will be participating in a lot!

  • Pack Bucks - every $15 sold is a $1 banked for your Scout for campouts, rank-level trips, or next year's dues - these expire at the end of the year
  • Partipation Raffle - $50 cash - sell up to $25, get an entry.  One additional entry every $5 sold thereafter (eg $25 sold = 1 entry; $40 sold = 4 entries)
  • Council Prizes - sell over $650, start earning prizes provided by Council - Council also offering weekly drawing (sell $100+ in a week, eligible to enter - details at bsacac.org/popcorn)
  • Online Sale Prizes - sell over $300 online, start earning prizes provided by Trails End
  • Patches - that amazing Transformers patch!  Pieces earned by doing certain items (sell one item, sell one item online, sell one military care package, sell $650+, sell one of each item, sell $1000+, etc)
  • Top Den - Dart 'Em Up party for your Den - calculated by total dollar amount sold by Den divided by number of Scouts in Den, highest Den average wins.
  • Top Scout - $100 cash + the priceless 'Shave Mr. Silkey' prize (Scout picks which cut, works with Den Leader + Parent(s) to execute it live on stage at our November Pack meeting)

Our Pack has grown to include several families with concurrent Scouts in the Pack.  We encourage families to not combine orders if possible so as to make Top prize effort calculations easy.  If families do choose to combine, they should declare what ratio of Scout effort was spent (eg Brother Joe sold 90%, while Brother Jeff sold 10%) when turning in their orders.  Failure to declare will be a default split down the middle.

Also welcome other new leaders, including Sam Newman taking over for the Awards Chair position.  Our Pack is driven 100% by volunteers whom are motivated to do whatever part they can to help our Scouts have fun and learn while doing.  If you have not filled out the Family Talent Survey, please review it and bring it filled out to the next Pack meeting to turn into Mr. Silkey.  This is a great tool to help us identify Scout parents strengths or passions in order to make Cub Scouting a great experience in Pack 159.

Also if you have not yet subscribed to the Cub Scout Pack 159 Facebook Page, please consider doing so.  Lots of communications and dialogues between Pack parents and LEaders happen there.  Also the Pack encourages exchanging photos and videos of awesome things our Scouts do with their Dens and the Pack.

Looking forward to an amazing year with our Scouts!

--
Nick Silkey, Cubmaster

Back to School Pack Pool Party

Posted on Jul 22 2017 - 3:04pm

Hey Cub Scout families!  Your Pack is organizing a Back To School Pool Party which is scheduled for Aug 13!  Details at the event page.  Please make sure you RSVP per the instructions!

Taco Pot Luck and Decorating Party

Posted on Jun 28 2017 - 4:21pm

Please join us for the pot luck coming up this Sunday at 5:30 pm at Rattan Park!! Bring decorations to share! We want to look great for the July 4th Parade!

Spring Family Campout on 5/20 cancelled

Posted on Jun 19 2017 - 4:17pm

The forecast leading up to and during our rescheduled Spring Campout on 5/20 is looking very, very wet (read soaked).  As a result this weekend's campout is cancelled.

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