WELCOME TO PACK 99
Our goal is to provide a source of information regarding activities and events for Pack 99 Cub Scouts and their families.
Cub Scouts Needs You!
Thank you to all our volunteers who help by cooking, cleaning, organizing and making our events such a success. It would be impossible to do what we do without them. A special thanks to the wives of our den leaders, who work just as hard as our leaders in organizing all the information and activities for each den.
If anyone is interested in volunteering as a leader, assistant leader or committee person we would be happy and thankful for your service. Some of our dens might not have leaders next year due to work schedule changes etc. so we need parents to help by volunteering their time as a leader. If you are interested, please let us know. You could be trained this summer and ready to hit the ground running in the fall. The program can’t go on without your support.
May 15-16, 2009
Cub Scouts and their families enjoyed our annual Graduation Ceremonies and Family Camp Out at Our Lady of Las Vegas School on Friday, May 15.
Each boy who worked hard all year to complete the achievements necessary to earn his advancement rank was presented with a Tiger, Wolf, Bear or Webelo badge to wear on their uniform. Cub Scouts also were awarded for the achievements and electives they completed in their den meetings or at home with their parents. Pack 99 has so much to be proud of in these boys. We are also grateful for the dedication of their parents and den leaders, who work so hard to make sure their boys get the most out of their scouting experience.
Cub Scout Den Leaders and their spouses were presented with thank
you gifts for their year of service. Leaders received official
Scouting Baseball Caps and their spouses received gift cards to
Starbucks. We appreciate our
leaders and their spouses for donating their time and energy to make Pack 99 one of the best in Southern Nevada.
Pack 99 was founded 14 years ago by Jeanette and Jay Buffalino. These two scouting pioneers are still working hard for our Pack and Troop and we owe our success as a pack to them and to you for making the commitment to involve your son in scouting.
Special thanks to Our Lady of Las Vegas School
PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) for providing our barbeque chefs
Cheryl Ghirlando and Dominic Gonzalez. They worked hard in the
hot sun manning the grills, making
delicious hamburgers and hot dogs for everyone and cleaning up. We are so thankful for their help.
And finally, this year's graduation will be easily remembered
as the year that we were surprised by the sprinkler system going
off not once, but twice, during the event. The first time the sprinklers
made their assualt on the camp site was during the advancement
ceremony. They went off suddenly and without warning dousing everyone's
tent with an industrial strength blast of cool water and sending
scouts and their parents scrambling into the wet field to rescue
their tents and equipment. And if once wasn't enough, the sprinklers
planned another ambush around 2:30 in the morning. We appreciate
that all the campers were good natured about this unrequested shower,
some even slept through the experience in the middle of the night.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We discovered
what the problem was and we will be sure to take additional measures
so this doesn't happen next year.
The Tiger Den gets ready to receive their rank advancements.
The Wolf Den prepares to receive their rank advancements.
The Bear Den is proud to receive their rank advancements.
The Webelos Den is happy to achieve their Webelos badge.
May 1-3, 2009
Webelos I prepare their foil-wrap dinners
Pack 99's Webelos on their 3-mile hike
This year the Webelos I Den Leader, Don Frisch, brought back the Weboree weekend day camp for the Webelos in the Bighorn District. This was an exclusive camp for Webelos Scouts only. Over 80 boys participated in the camp with all the activities taught by the Boys Scouts of the various Troops in the Bighorn District.
All of the boys from Pack 99 were able to attend and earned the following Activity Pins: Outdoorsman, Readyman, Naturalist, and Forester. Most of the boys spent the two nights camping, enduring the 35mph gusts on the first night. In addition to the activity pins, the boys made foil wrap dinners and cooked them over an open fire. Saturday night was filled with campfire fun and entertainment. The Boy's Scouts Order of the Arrow performed various Native American Dances in full regalia around the campfire. Our Pack did a quick skit and got great laughs, and even learned a new one.
For some of the boys attending, it was their first night camping out and some slept in their own tents without their parents. The boys participated in a 3 mile hike with around the base of Mount Potosi which gave way to a great view of the valley floor as they worked their way around the trail. Congratulations to the entire den on their accomplishments, and a big thank you to Leader Don Frisch for dedicating his time to Scouting and hosting the event.
This year’s Mega Scout Expo was held at Sunset Park
and it brought together Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts from Las Vegas,
Henderson, and Boulder City. The Expo was spread out across the
entire park, with games and activities for all to enjoy. Pack 99‘s
booth was “Panning for Gold”.
Many scouts came to try their hand at finding gold in the large
troughs of sandy water. Our Webelos Den built the wooden crates
that held the troughs of water that gave the booth an authentic
49er look. Pyrite or fool’s gold was the
reward for the efforts of all who panned that day. Pack 99 received
a First place award this year for our booth. The panning was fun
for scouts and adults alike.
The Expo also provides family camping each year on both Friday and Saturday nights. The Bighorn District, which is the district Pack 99 belongs to, camped together in the same area. It was a little windy on Friday night and real nice on Saturday night. Campers and participants received a nice 4" collector’s patch (shown above). Thank you to all who came out to support Pack 99. If you weren’t able to make it this year we hope to see you next year. It is a fun family event and a great way to earn lots of belt loops and electives.
Pack 99's Gold Panning Booth, searching for treasure.
April 18, 2009
favorite pack event each year is the Pinewood Derby. This year
the event was scheduled on Saturday, April 18th and took place
in the gym at Our Lady
of Las Vegas. We had a diverse assortment of cars from theme cars to
classic racers. A hot dog lunch was served to all participants and their “pit crews”.
In the end, for the fourth straight year, Joshua from the Webelos I den was
the Overall Grand Prize Winner. We awarded first, second and third place
winners in each den. The trophy winners are listed below:
Grand Prize Winner
A scout eyeing the awards at the Pinewood Derby
March 23, 2009
Over 40 participants from our pack helped plant trees and shrubs across several acres of land at the Las Vegas Wash during the bi-annual Green Up. The area planted was on the north side of the Pabco Weir. The weather was nice with very little wind. The volunteers planted various types of native species along the bank, and even spread seeds by hand it hopes of reestablishing the vegetation. Southern Nevada Water Authority supervisors gave instructions on how and where to plant several different kinds of native small shrubs and mesquite trees.
As with the Fall Green-Up, Memphis Barbeque provided lunch for all in attendance, and then everyone traveled on shuttle buses to our planting site. Participants received a hats and goody bags for their efforts. Thank you to all who came out for this event.
The spring crew for the 2009 Las Vegas Wash Green Up
March 7, 2009
Pack 99 boys ready to receive their Arrow of Light presented by the Order of the Arrow
The annual Arrow of Light ceremony was held on March 7, 2009 at Red Rock Canyon. This ceremony is the highest rank a Cub Scout can achieve and it is the first step in crossing over to the Boy Scouts Program. Seven boys crossed over from Pack 99. The Boy Scout Elite Honor Society called the Order of the Arrow performed the ceremony in full Native American regalia.
As each boy was called, they were given a real arrow which was mounted on a commemorative plaque laser etched with their name and their ranks and awards they achieved during Cub Scouts.
Immediately following the ceremony, the scouts took part
in the bridging ceremony and transitioned from Cub Scouts to Boy
Scouts. Congratulations to all the boys who are now Boy Scouts
and thanks to Jared their Den Leader in helping them on their journey.
February 21, 2009
Our annual Blue and Gold Banquet took place on Saturday,
February 21st with a Mexican Fiesta luncheon. Blue and Gold celebrates
the birthday month of Cub Scouts. Our banquet was made possible
due to a generous donation from The Society of St. Mary’s of Our
Lady of Las Vegas. Thank you Fr. Romeo and the men of that organization
for their support of our scouting program. Also, we were thankful
to have help in the kitchen from Darren of Pack 838 who generously
donated his time preparing the food for our banquet.
After lunch, Cub Scouts were presented with awards for their achievements. Pack 99 also helped raise nearly $1,000 through the Scouting for Friends Campaign. This program helps pay for events that the Las Vegas Area Council hosts each and every year.
This Blue and Gold banquet marked the 79th year for Cub Scouting, the 99th year for the Boy Scouts of America and the 14th year for Pack 99. Happy Birthday Everyone!
Color Guard Advancing at the Blue and Gold Ceremony
February 8, 2009
Cub Scouts honored their faith during Scout Sunday at a mass at Our Lady of Las Vegas. Cub Scouts from Pack 99 participated in the mass and a special message was given to them during the homily. Our pastor, Fr. Romeo, is a wonderful advocate for scouting and we are fortunate to have his support for our organization. Thank you Fr. Romeo and the staff at the Parish Office at Our Lady of Las Vegas Church for all you do for our scouting program.
Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venture Crews and Leaders at Our Lady of Las Vegas Scout Sunday Mass.