A proud member of the Harvest District of the Pennsylvania Dutch Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Chartered since March 1958; Located in Manheim Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

3/19/17

Camp Cards Email Tips & Update

Camp Card Weekly Update:

Attached below is the weekly update from Camp Card coordinator Cindy Zeyak. If you need more cards or to turn in money from the ones you have already sold, Cindy's email is czeyak@gmail.com.

Entering the third week of the Sale
Two weeks of the sale have passed.  We still have another six to go.  If you need additional cards please contact your Camp Card Champion, District Executive or the office to get more.  If you have found out that you have too many cards, they can be returned now and other units that may need them can have the opportunity to sell them.  Keep in touch with your boys and their families to see how they are doing.  This is also a good way of keeping your deadlines in front of them and to help avoid surprises, the family who took 20 cards, (value $100), that are not able to account for them, or forgot to tell you they were going on vacation when you have your collection scheduled.  
“A Scout is Thrifty…”
               Another point of the Scout Law that a youth lives and learns while selling camp cards is That a Scout is Thrifty.  He can help earn his way to camp, to raise money to help make his unit more successful, or to support other experiences in this great program.  As we all know life is not a free event and Scouting is no different.
               There is a cost to this great program.  Uniforming, books and every camp out, whether a weekend or a High adventure trek has a cost associated to it.  While parents can and do pay for many of these outings the Scout can learn the value of money and the hard work it takes to earn it if they participate in the process.  It will also help them to appreciate what it takes to succeed.  By having them set themselves a goal it gives them a target and something to shoot for.
               This can also be an education for the parents who may not realize that awards, and unit equipment all need to be purchased.  Everyone’s disposable income is stretched these days, but by participating in unit fundraisers a Scout and his family can have that cost lowered.   
               So remember that yes while they are raising money, the most important thing is that we continue to help a youth grow mentally and emotionally as we prepare them for their future. 
Selling Tips
               Here are some other sales tips to think about.
1)     Appearance.  Wear the uniform.  When selling camp cards your boys are representing the Boy Scouts of America, your council and your unit.  Make sure the uniform is clean and properly worn.  Shirt tucked in etc.  Have your hair combed.  In general be neat and tidy, a Scout is “Clean.”
2)    Be polite.  Not only is a Scout “Courteous,” but there are many examples of how a Scout’s behavior affected a sale.  Not everyone approached will purchase a card.  Make sure the boys know to thank them anyhow.  There are many times Scout will make a sale after the initial ask was declined, to the person declining or to a witness to the ask, because of how the rejection was handled by a courteous and polite Scout.

Reminder: Summer Camp Meeting tomorrow 3/20, 7 pm @ St. Thomas Church

Summer Camp Meeting: Monday, March 20th @ 7PM

On Monday, March 20 at 7 pm, there will be a meeting for all parents and scouts interested in attending summer camp at Camp Mack from July 15 - 20, 2017.  There are many options for camp including day camp, three day camp, and a six day camp. The leadership wants to encourage all scouts to attend one of the camps if it fits into your summer schedule.  We will handout paperwork to be completed as well as take deposits ($25 per person attending) to reserve/secure our place at Camp Mack.  So be sure to bring a pen and your checkbook: make checks payable to Pack 184 (the Square will also be available for Debit/credit users).  If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to your den leader or Cubmaster Carney at carneym@gmail.com or 560-6363.

Hope to see you there!

3/8/17

Campership Deadline/Summer Camp meeting

Campership applications due Monday, March 13

These were handed out a the Blue & Gold banquet and are due to the Scout office by March 15th (firm deadline). Cubmaster Carney will collect these and deliver them to the scout office on behalf of the Pack.  PA Dutch council has money to give to scouts to help defray the cost of camp that goes unused each year, let's see if we can acquire some of these funds to help all our scouts attend one of the summer camp options.

Summer Camp Meeting: Monday, March 20th @ 7PM

On Monday, March 20 at 7 pm, there will be a meeting for all parents and scouts interested in attending summer camp at Camp Mack from July 15 - 20, 2017.  There are many options for camp including day camp, three day camp, and a six day camp. The leadership wants to encourage all scouts to attend one of the camps if it fits into your summer schedule.  We will handout paperwork to be completed as well as take deposits to reserve/secure our place at Camp Mack.  So be sure to bring a pen and your checkbook (the Square will also be available for Debit/credit users).  If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to your den leader or Cubmaster Carney at carneym@gmail.com or 560-6363.

Hope to see you there!


Camp Cards

Sale Begins Today(3/1/17)
               Thank you everyone again for choosing to participate in the 2017 Camp Card sale.  I hope that you are as excited about this year’s sale as we are.  During the next few weeks you will receive emails from us highlighting the sale, giving best practice tips and other information that we hope will be helpful to you.
“A Scout is Brave…”
               Why should a youth sell camp cards?  He can help earn his way to camp, to raise money to help make his unit more successful, or to support other experiences in this great program.  All of these are true, but how does this apply to the Scout Law.  There are many ways, but consider this:
               When a Scout participates in a product sale they approach people who in many cases they do not know.  They ask them to support a program that many of those being approached may not be familiar with.  This forces a Scout out of their comfort zones.  It requires them to face the possibility of rejection.  In short it forces them to be brave. 
               Bravery is a quality where someone faces something they are uncomfortable with, and by facing that they learn they can deal with that thing.  One of the bravest things that a 1st, 5th or 9th grader can do is go up to someone they don’t know and ask them to be a part of what they are doing.  The person may say no which helps to teach rejection, or they may say yes.  This forces the youth to grow and helps to prepare them to be an adult. 
               So remember that yes while they are raising money, the most important thing is that we continue to help a youth grow mentally and emotionally as we prepare them for their future. 
Selling Tips
               With the start of the sale two key things to remember.
  1. Safety.  While we want all scouts to be successful we want to make sure that they follow safe selling techniques.  Do not have Scouts selling by themselves, there should always be at least two people.  Do door to door sales only during daylight hours.  Use safe pedestrian practices, especially when crossing at busy intersections. Do not enter the home of a stranger.   Do not carry large amounts of money. Provision for safeguarding the money is made in advance.  It is best to have at least one adult accompany youth, but adhere to the no one on one contact rule.
  2. Have the sales speech rehearsed.  Have the boys practice.  It will also improve their confidence.  Here is a sample;
Hi, my name is _____ and I’m a Cub/Boy Scout/Venturer with Pack/Troop/Crew # ___.
I’m selling camp cards so I can ______. (go to camp / pay for my Scouting program) The card can be used at local merchants.  I have a goal of $____.  You can help me reach my goal.   You’ll help me won’t you.

New Parent Camp Card Information Sheet
Camp Card Sales Order Form – 2017

2/20/17

Blue and Gold Banquet Saturday 2/25 Details

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Please arrive at St. Peters Lutheran Church (10 Delp Rd) at 4:30 PM.  Dinner will begin promptly at 5:00PM.  

Scouts should wear their Class A uniforms.

Reminder:  The entertainment is being provided very graciously by scientists from Eurofins/Lancaster Labs. They are donating their time and materials, but will also be accepting donations to support the STEM Lab at George Ross Elementary School in Lancaster City.  Please feel free to support this worthwhile program.  

ALSO:  Lancaster Barnstormers has generously donated some items for us to raffle off, including a gift basket which will be sold by a silent auction.  Proceeds will benefit the pack.  You don't want to miss this chance!  








2/10/17

REMINDER: Blue and Gold Banquet February 25

Please turn in your banquet registration form to your den leader by February 13!  Only $5 per person.  Scouts and children 2&U are FREE.  

Come celebrate our scouts' achievements over this past year and cheer on our Webelos 2 as they cross over into Boy Scouts.  Enjoy a fun and yummy taco dinner and stay to be fascinated by our STEM entertainment courtesy of Lancaster Labs.  

ALSO Please scan through your digital photos and email pictures of any scout activities to Adrian (Nate Gruber's dad)  adrian@izquieta.net. Adrian has generously offered to put together a slideshow of cub scout pictures to entertain us during dinner and we would love to have pictures of every single scout.  Thank you!!

1/30/17

Blue and Gold Banquet February 25

Please turn in your banquet registration form to your den leader by February 13!  Only $5 per person.  Scouts and children 2&U are FREE.  

Come celebrate our scouts' achievements over this past year and cheer on our Webelos 2 as they cross over into Boy Scouts.  Enjoy a fun and yummy taco dinner and stay to be fascinated by our STEM entertainment courtesy of Lancaster Labs.  

ALSO Please scan through your digital photos and email pictures of any scout activities to Adrian (Nate Gruber's dad)  adrian@izquieta.net. Adrian has generously offered to put together a slideshow of cub scout pictures to entertain us during dinner and we would love to have pictures of every single scout.  Thank you!!