November – December save the dates

Coming up sooner than you realize …

Monday, November 27, 7pm – Pack Meeting with holiday ornaments for the River Forest tree trimming, popcorn prizes, and 2 pies in the face from our top popcorn sellers for their Leaders!

Thursday, December 7, 4-5pm – River Forest Park District Holiday Tree Trimming at Memorial Parkway.  Last year it included hot chocolate, cookies, and a visit from Santa :).

Saturday, December 9, 9am – The Pack will help make deliveries for the Holiday Food and Gift Basket program run by Community of Congregations.  Look for another email with more details and a link to the sign up genius tomorrow!

Sunday, December 17, 2-3pm @ the Plywacz house (243 Park Ave., River Forest) – Optional caroling practice for our Pack Meeting at Brookdale, plus hot chocolate and treats.

Monday, December 18, 7pm – Pack meeting with caroling at Brookdale, 1111 Ontario, Oak Park.  Don’t forget – you can still participate if you were not at the practice ;).

See you soon!  And Happy Thanksgiving.

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Cake Bake Results

The Cake Bake and bucket drumming was a resounding, sweet success!  We registered 15 cakes for the auction and judging.  They sold for about $400 total.  To compare, we have to sell $1200 of popcorn to make $400 for the Pack.  Many thanks for your generosity!

Our category winners:

  • Best Scouting:  Luke “Bears Just Wanna Have Fun”
  • Best Sports:  no entry
  • Best Halloween:  Kyle K “Ghosts in the Graveyard”
  • Best Camping:  Jack C “Campfire Cake”
  • Funniest:  Blake “Minecraft Creeper and Steve”
  • Best Overall:  Matthew Z “Matthew’s Oreo Cake”

The cake taking the highest bid was “Hand of Death” baked by Michael Mc.  It sold for $60!  Michael took the honor of throwing a pie in Mr. Godfrey’s face.  As you can see in this google photo album, he savored the moment!

Have your own Cake Bake photos to share?  Please add them to the photo album 🙂

Super huge thanks to Liz Flynn for heading up the Cake Bake!  Without her it would not have happened.  Extra notes of thanks to Mr. Godfrey for taking a cake in the face, Amy Hansmann for securing the cake tables, Genevieve Leiderman for checking in the cakes, Enrique Navarro for tabulating results, Andrea Keeney for cutting enough cake to feed everyone, John Milan for an excellent bucket drumming lesson, Damon Ranieri for starting the google photo album, Boy Scout Troops 65 and 66 for providing judges and activities for the kids, and everyone (especially Bruce Faland) who helped clean up.


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From the District – Veterans Day service project

flag-1160x420As they have for a number of years, the District will be placing flags at Woodlawn Cemetery in Forest Park for Veterans Day:

  • Saturday, November 4
  • Gather over donuts at 9:30am
  • Flag ceremony at 10am
  • Followed by flag placement

Contact Ranjit Soodan 312-933-3398 with questions or for more information.  OR check out the Twin Lakes webpage, Facebook, or Twitter feeds.

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The popcorn numbers are in!

Our total 2017 popcorn sales and donations (online, take order, and show and sell) is $14,066!  Despite our early season slump, we beat last year’s total.  Wow!  Amazing, boys!  That’s over $4800 for fun Pack activities like the Pinewood Derby, Starved Rock, our Blue and Gold picnic, and probably ice skating and bowling parties, too :).

Tigers and Bears tied at 87.5% participation in sales and will get a pizza party at their November Den meetings.  We had 22 out of 29 eligible registered Scouts (Lion’s are not allowed to participate) sell popcorn this year, about 75% compared to last year’s 80%.

Six of our Scouts earned Seller’s Club ($750+ in sales and donations) experiences at a Chicago Wolves game, Dave and Busters, iFly, or K1 Speed.  Congratulations to Evan, Jack C, Johnathan, Luke, Matthew Z, and Wes!

Five of them are also going to the Top Sellers ($1000+ in sales and donations) Star Wars The Last Jedi movie parties.  Congratulations Evan, Johnathan, Luke, Matthew Z, and Wes!

Top sellers by Den are:

  • Tigers – Johnathan
  • Wolves – Michael Mc
  • Bears – Luke
  • Webelos – Matthew Z

Our top Pack sellers are Johnathan in 2nd place with $2389 in sales and donations, and (drum roll, please!) our new Popcorn King in 1st place is Luke with $2767!  Congratulations!  Both will throw a pie in their Leader’s (as is becoming tradition, I think that means “dad’s”) face at the November Pack meeting.  We will get video and post it, but this is really something you need to see in person!  We also hope to have your participation patches and prize level awards :).

Super huge thanks to you, parents, for supporting popcorn sales!  I know well the demands on your time between school, extracurriculars, and other family commitments, and appreciate that you choose to spend time for the Pack.


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Final Cake Bake Reminder – Yum!

Oh, the smell of baking cake!

Bring yours to Lincoln School 6:30-6:45pm tomorrow, Monday, October 30, and join us for cake, Halloween, and drumming fun.  Spread the word to your family, friends, and neighbors – Mr. Godfrey will have a pie smashed in his face by 8pm.  They won’t want to miss this!

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Fire up the oven – It’s time to bake!

img_7538Please join us at 7pm on October 30 in the Lincoln School gym for the second annual Pack 67 Cake Bake! All scouts are encouraged to bring their most creatively decorated cake to auction and compete for prizes.  Cakes will be judged in six categories:

  • Best Scouting
  • Best Sports
  • Best Camping
  • Funniest
  • Best Halloween
  • Best Overall

If you’d like to enter a cake, please arrive NO LATER than 6:45 to sign in. While the adults bid on cakes, scouts and their friends will play Halloween games, eat cake, and participate in a bucket drumming lesson with beloved drum and harmonica instructor John Milan!

At the end of the evening, we’ll announce winners of the contest, and the scout whose cake wins the highest bid will get to smash a pie in Mr Godfrey’s face!

We always welcome volunteers at Pack events, and there are still plenty of easy commitments available in the SignupGenius, just click this link to help out:

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Weekly popcorn report for 10/23 – Did you make any personal popcorn sales?

If so, save Mary Anne an email by filling out this Google form now ;).

We had a good weekend at Schauer Hardware, making $1137 in sales and donations and selling all but 7 bags of our popcorn stock.  Thank you to Evan, Keith, Kyle H, Leo, Luke, Michael M, Steven, and Wes (and their parents) for staffing all our shifts :).

Our show and sell total for the year is $8531, exceeding last year’s total of $7376.

Our total online and personal orders submitted thus far is $3055.  Added to show and sells, we are about $1800 behind last year’s final popcorn sale number.

Current standings for the pizza party to the Den with the highest percent participation are:

  • Bears – 88%
  • Tigers – 75%
  • Webelos – 56%
  • Wolves – 40%

This could still change as personal and online orders trickle in.  Do not underestimate the  power of a parent’s personal popcorn order in the pursuit of a pizza party!

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