Den Meetings, Pinewood Derby and the Big Trip!

Greetings Pack 528!

The snow and ice have finally melted and we’re back on track with den meetings tomorrow night and lots of things to look forward to in the spring:

Pinewood Derby

Cutout Day will be at my house (address available via email) on Saturday, March 8 from 10 to 2. If you would like to purchase extra cars for adults, outlaw and siblings races, they are available from me for $6 each.

The Derby will be held Saturday, March 22, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Races start officially at 9, with the LAST weigh-in at 8:30. You need to have your car(s) weighed to compete, so don’t be late! There will be breakfast food for sale.

The Big Trip to Chattanooga

The Big Trip overnight at the Tennessee Aquarium starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 17. Individual dens can plan separate events for the day in Chattanooga, such as Rock City/Ruby Falls/Lookout Mtn. Battlefield. Sign-up will start at the next pack meeting. The cost is $45 for Scouts and $55 for parents and siblings. Pizza is provided for the evening meal. Please be prepared to pay at least half of your total cost at the time of sign up.

Den Meetings Thursday:

Please let your Den Leader know of any awards, belt loops, or activity pins your Scout has earned by the den meeting tomorrow night.


Jac Clifton

Pack 528 Cubmaster

Pack 528 Cubmaster

September 17 Pack Email

Hi Scouts and Parents,

Pack Meeting this Thursday

Sept. 19, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

1st  half


Lots of awards

Skit by the Webelos

And add up your popcorn sales because there are prizes for the most popcorn sold in each den.

2nd half

For parents, there will be info on our Appletree campout next weekend. A presentation for first-time campers will be held afterward. Please RSVP online here.

For Scouts, work on your soccer belt loop. Parent volunteers are needed as coaches and referees. Please bring a soccer ball if you have one. Here are the requirements for the belt loop:

  • Explain the rules of soccer to your leader or adult partner.
  • Spend at least 30 minutes practicing soccer skills.
  • Play a game of soccer.

Lavista Cleanup

Great job this past Sunday on the Lavista Road cleanup! Thanks to Dan Monro for organizing our service project and to Scouts and their parents for getting our adopted road litter free. Kudos to Dan Monro for the best find: a pair of mostly working scissors.

Need Camping Gear?

Please request camping gear if needed by the end of the pack meeting on Thursday.

Scout Day with Georgia State Football

Saturday, September 21

At 11 a.m. join in the Pre-Game Punt, Pass, and Kick Competition on the Georgia Dome field. Then stay late for a post-game autograph session with the players.

At 2 p.m. cheer on the Georgia State University Panthers as they take on the Jacksonville State Gamecocks.

Tickets are $10

Big Trip  at the Tennessee Aquarium

Confirmed for Saturday, May 17, 2014. Check-in time is 5:00 p.m.

Spooky Ree at Camp Bert Adams

Covington, GA

October 18-20, 2013, Friday through Sunday

Come for the weekend or just Saturday

Registration for scouts is $10 and includes a campsite.  Cost for parents is $2 and siblings over 5 are $12. You can also rent a canvas tent with 4 cots for an additional $25. Sorry, families will not be able to share tents. Meals are not included in registration fee. More info at the pack meeting.

Activities at Spooky Ree:

Blowguns, BB shooting, archery, spear throwing, slingshots, pumpkin carving, scavenger hunt, trick or treating and lots more!

The Sherpa Tip

Freeze water in gallon jugs to keep your ice chest cold and clean on a campout.


Looking forward to seeing you all Thursday!

Jac Clifton

Pack 528 Cubmaster


September 10 Pack Email

Hello, Pack 528!

Den Meetings are this Thursday, September 12 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the church classrooms.


Lee Clontz will be manning the registration table by the front door of the church. Remember, all forms and dues need to be turned in no later than September 26.

This Year’s Den Leaders:


Jessica Bretz and Tanner Oakes


Bill Piercy


Josh Parker and Stewart Shannon


Jermina Johnson and Russell Brooks

Thanks to all of them for taking on the challenge of leading our Scouts this year!

Lavista Road Cleanup

Sunday, Sept. 15 at 2pm

Come join us for our quarterly service project. We meet at Briarlake Elementary School, which is located at 3590 LaVista Road, Decatur, GA 30033. Free Bruster’s Ice Cream to the den with the most members showing up! Plus all the hubcaps you can fit in the car.

Saturday Orienteering

We had a great time orienteering at Jones Bridge CRNRA on Saturday! The Scouts found their way through the woods, ate hot dogs after the finish and then started working on their map and compass pins by making a simple compass. If you were not able to make the event or didn’t get a handout there, click HERE for more info about the belt loop and pin.

Bobcat Badge

For all new Scouts, remember to work on earning your Bobcat Badge and let your den leader know when you’ve finished. Click HERE for Bobcat requirements if you don’t yet have the book.


Don’t forget that orders are due on October 10. This week a Scout in each den wins a prize for the most popcorn sold!

A printable sheet of receipts that your Scout can leave with people he’s sold popcorn to is attached. Have your child put only his first name on it for safety’s sake.

Appletree Camping

Presentation on Thursday, Sept 19, at the Pack Meeting

Chad Proctor will talk about the basics of camping and what you need to know for Appletree, as well as some of the activities available in the area. Let Chad know if you don’t have a tent for Appletree and want to borrow one.

Please access information, a packing checklist and directions here. One important item on the direction sheet is wrong: On turn number 8., “Right on Patton Rd…,” the street name has been changed to Old Murphy. There is a gas station there if you get confused, but be sure to mark the change on your PDF as soon as you print it, or you will get lost, as have so many before you!

My Sherpa Tip

Did you know you can borrow a Georgia State Park & Historic Site Pass from your local library? It allows free parking at all Georgia State Parks and free entry to Georgia Historic Sites.

Always find out more about what’s coming up at, where you can also get uniform and belt loop information and check out our calendar.

Looking forward to seeing you all Thursday!

Jac Clifton

Pack 528 Cubmaster

September 3 Pack Email

Greetings, Pack 528!

Our year is off and running, with a September full of big events!

First den meetings for all Scouts and orientation for boys and parents in the Tiger Den (1st Grade) is Thursday, September 5th from 7- 8 p.m. at University Heights United Methodist Church. Den meetings are on the main floor in classrooms.
We’ll be handing out and accepting registration packets to new and returning Scouts at the front entrance. Don’t forget the following items to complete registration for your Scout: Registration Form Yearly Dues Health and Medical Form Copy of your Scout’s insurance card (front and back) Photo Release (affirmative or negative)

Your Scout’s Uniform Patches

It can be confusing to figure out where all those patches go! We’ve taken the mystery out of it with a handy PDF (attached) to show you where to place your Scout’s patches, with thread or fabric glue.

Orienteering with Cub Pack 528 Jones Bridge CRNRA on Saturday, Sept. 7 10:30 Intro to Orienteering, how to read a map and decoding the compass 11:00 Race begins 12:00 Finish race and work on Map & Compass Belt Loop and/or Pin Be sure to bring water, snacks, bug spray, sun block and Epipens, if needed. If you’ve got a compass, bring it, but you don’t need to go out and buy one.

Emergency whistles are always a good idea but are not mandatory. Parking is $5. Bring exact change! Park Coordinates:    34.002733156085014,-84.25542511045933

Copy and paste coordinates into Google Maps or MapQuest. The closest address is 9065 Barnwell Rd., Alpharetta, GA  30022. Park entrance is just 50 yards north.

Please RSVP to if you plan on attending. Contact Jac Clifton at 404.323.8809 for more info. More info at Georgia Orienteering Map & Compass Belt Loop & Pin Info
2013 GSU Panthers Football Scout Day Saturday, September 21 at the Georgia Dome Boys get on the field at 11 a.m. for a punt, pass and throw competition. Game starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 More info:
Appletree Campout! September 27th through 29th in Franklin, NC. More information coming soon!

Put your Xtra Xtreme Gear on Our List Have an extra tent or sleeping bag that you wouldn’t mind lending out to a family at Appletree? Please email or speak with Chad Proctor, our Outdoor Activities Chair.
Request for Experienced Uniforms If you have uniform shirts, shorts, hats or neckerchiefs that your scout has outgrown, please consider bringing them on Thursday, so a younger Scout can get another great year out of them.
Don’t Forget, Scouts: Grandparents Day is Sunday, September 8th

 Looking forward to seeing you all Thursday!

Jac Clifton

Pack 528 Cubmaster


August 27 Pack Email

Greetings, Pack 528!

We are all so excited to start off this year and open with our first pack meeting tomorrow night, Wednesday, August 28, at 7 pm in the University Heights United Methodist Church, next to Laurel Ridge Elementary School.

Items on our agenda include:

  • Registration, Due by Sept. 26.
  • Popcorn sales
  • The Big Trip in the spring
  • Orienteering event on Sept. 7.

We’ll also be handing out books for each den, selling T-shirts and meeting our new members.

See you there!

Jac Clifton

Pack 528 Cubmaster