Thursday, June 19, 2008

Summer Schedule is Posted!

Our summer schedule is officially posted on our blog.  Please take a look over the next couple months.  Also an invitation system is set up to help remind everyone of the important dates and help us in planning.


Look forward to seeing everyone real soon.  Thanks,






Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Bears on Bikes

We are finally Bears...

I mean Bears on Bikes!


Yesterday was a perfect evening for our bike ride.  The boys pushed themselves all the way to the train tracks in hopes of hearing a train pass by in the evening commute.  As summer begins our kids will be outdoors a lot more and safety is very important as we start given them the opportunity to explore this amazing World.


After tiring some of the gluteus muscles we stopped along the creek bed and reviewed some of the items covered in Achievement 14 regarding Bike Riding and Safety.  I urge Akelas to spend some time exploring the twenty-four (24) achievements and look for those opportunities in your child’s growth where the things he does everyday can be improved upon through the various topics in the Bear Handbook.  Specials thanks to Ms. Sartoris for being our lead rider and Mr. Simpson for ensuring all the Scouts remained on the path.


As we begin to move these boys closer to Boy Scouts and Troops the Bear Handbook introduces them to numerous achievements where the Scouts finds those of interest and pursues them to earn an advancement much like merits in Boy Scouts.


From our presentation at Blue & Gold it takes twenty-one (21) merit badges to earn the designation of Eagle (along with other items and of course the project).  To obtain the rank of Bear our Scouts need to complete twelve (12) of the twenty-four (24) achievements.  We will cover these as we did in the past at Den Outings; however, we only introduce these items and I encourage every Scout to take time to read over each achievement to get a better understanding of the material.


One concern came up yesterday on the reminder for the Outing and I have found a solution.  It was mentioned that the monthly summaries I was sending out a few months ago were extremely helpful for families to use in planning despite knowing about the events.  I could not agree more to that idea as we got a great turn out after sending a simple little reminder, yesterday.  However, the monthly summaries took a lot of work to write and in fact took a day (between other activities) to complete and be reviewed.


In the effort to save time and to help ensure these little reminders are delivered I am going to set everyone up within our Google Calendar on an invitation basis to events.  This will allow a reminder to be sent four days ahead of time to help parents with planning and also allow us to gauge the attendance at the Outings.  Best of all no registration needed within Google to accept invitations.  For those needing additional time, please check out our Den Page at for our calendar and please accept my apology as we might be planning a little too far in our planning meetings and yes simple reminders seem to help a lot of parents.


I know that some of our items on the calendar when postponed pending safety inspections, equipment and of course construction.  On that note the Norman Center is completed as of June and we have been invited to use there building for our meetings through the rest of the year.  We are also in the process of securing New Hart Middle School (right next door) through Capo Unified.


Again thank you all for making a difference in our Scouts.  Oh and special thanks to Mike for the awesome shirts as I saw a lot of our Scouts sporting them on the bike ride.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Den Schedule

I just want to send quick reminder for everyone that our Den Schedule is on the Den Website (


Tonight we are meeting at Sycamore Park for bike rides.


Also we are in the final stages of publishing our Summer Schedule and it will be finalized tomorrow for the remainder of June and for the months of July, August and September.


We are also rescheduling the following events:

Volleyball & Ice Cream

Cub Socks Baseball, and

Red Rock Canyon Hike (replacement hike is being finalized due to continued closure from the fire)



Please respond (RSVP) if you will be available this evening for Bike Rides.


- Alan

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Iowa Incident

Iowa Gov. Chet Culver praised the boys for "taking care of each other."


As everyone may be aware the Scouting Community suffered a tragedy last night in losing four of its own at Little Sioux Ranch.  I have attached the official release from National and I ask that Akelas keep all the families in prayers.  If you would like to help financially or send a personal note the address to the Mid-America Council is:


Little Sioux Ranch Recovery

Mid-America Council, Boy Scouts of America

12401 West Maple Road

Omaha, Nebraska  68164-1853



(This is not the official fund address as they are still in the process of getting things organized with other higher priorities currently being handled; however, correspondences to this address should make there way to the correct people.)


For more on the story, click here.

For the Official Response from National, click here.


Monday, June 9, 2008

Doheny Beach Graduation Ceremony

Thank you all for making it to the event!  It was a lot of fun and another great event.


Special Congratulations to some of our Scouts for earning the World Conservation Award!


Through community service project involvement and understanding things from birds to fish our Scouts took their conservation efforts to the highest level in Cub Scouting.  With such high involvement within this area I am in the process of taking steps to Officially Adopt Doheny Beach!  Through Surfrider Foundation and the California Coastal Commission we have a great opportunity to give back to the community in service hours through the Adopt-a-Beach Program.


This program will require us to select three (3) dates throughout the year to commit our Scouts for Beach Clean Up.  Along with the Memorial Day Flag Place this addition would allow our group to fulfill at least 10 hours a year per Scout in service related projects geared towards the Good Turn for America Program.  I will keep everyone posted on this development.


With that I am finalizing the Summer Scouting Program and I want to ask, is everyone ready for some Boogie Boarding?


Again, I want to thank everyone for an awesome year so far and look forward to a great summer program.


Thursday, June 5, 2008

Doheny Beach Party, Flag Ceremony & Awards

Attention Scouts:

End of the Year – Graduation Party

This weekend is the Doheny Beach Party! I encourage every Akela, including inactive Scouts to make time on their schedule to be at this event. This is where your Scout will become a Bear Scout! We will also have an agenda of all of our Summer Scouting Activities available for our Den from our recent planning meeting.

Date: Saturday, June 7, 2008

Time: ~ 4:45 PM

Location: Doheny State Beach, 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point

Click Here for park information

Flag Ceremony

Our Den has been selected to lead the Flag Ceremony for this end of the year party so we are asking Scouts and Akelas to arrive about 15 minutes early (~4:45P) to prepare and help set up for the event. Please be in uniform, if possible. We will also be handing out our Summer Den Calendar!

Awards & Achievements

Please reply back with your Scouts earned awards & achievements (such as, Bobcat, Arrows, Belt Loops, Service Awards and so forth).

Please R.S.V.P. with award updates as soon as possible so we can get everything in order for the event. Thanks,

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

August 23 - Space Derby

Mark your calendars!  Special thanks to the Simpsons for hosting our annual Space Derby.  Please let me know how your schedule looks for Saturday, August 23.


From: Dalphy, Amy
Sent: Thursday, May 15, 2008 8:05 PM
Subject: FW: Space Derby?


Good news!  The Simpsons have come through again and we’re on for Space Derby in August!  

Date:    Sat Aug 23

Time:    9:30 – 2:00

Place:   FloJo

Food:    TBD


Den leaders please advise your dens.


All – please advise thoughts on food, shall we pot luck, individual family picnic, have the pack cater, have a bar-b-que?

From: Randall Simpson []
Sent: Thursday, May 15, 2008 4:40 PM
To: Dalphy, Amy
Subject: Re: Space Derby?


Hi Amy,


I picked up a contract today for FloJo park.  We have the use of the park on Saturday, Aug 23 from 9:30-2:00.  We were given the use of both the grassy bowl area where we have held the pinewood derby and the 10  sheltered picnic tables and the barbecue.


I thought you might want to pass this information along to the den leaders so that parents can save the date on their calendars.  I know that summer schedules get booked quickly.


Let me know if I need to organize anything else.  I know that last year Denamarie organized a potluck.  I don't know if we want to do that again or if we want to barbecue hot dogs.  I'll leave those details in your hands.


Thank you for your leadership!



"Dalphy, Amy " <> wrote:

Dear Simpsons:


I just wanted to check that you are still willing to manage a space derby for the summer cub meeting in August.  Please let me know.  We thought we would host a July meeting like last year for cubs who want to get some help on the construction.  


Thanks and best regards, Amy


Amy Dalphy

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