Thursday, September 12, 2019

RSVP & Details - Pack 99 Fishing Day & Raingutter Regatta! September 21, 2019

Join us to kick off the 2019/2020 Pack 99 program year!  RSVP below (by Sept 19)


WHERE
Cane Creek Park, Day Use Area, Shelter Pavilion #6.  (5213 Harkey Rd. Waxhaw, NC 28173)
See map below.

WHO
All family members of Pack 99 Scouts.

WHEN
September 21, 2019
Pack 99 will be there from 8am to 1pm with fishing and outdoor games.  Stay for all or part of the time.   We will hold a Raingutter Regatta race this year, which will commence around 10 am.  All supplies will be provided to scouts and siblings that want to build a boat and race. Please feel free to come early or stay late, if your family wants!  The #6 Shelter is rented for Pack 99 the entire day.

FOOD
Pack 99 will have hot dogs, chips, and water around lunch time.  Please let us know below on the RSVP form how many in your family will be eating, so we can buy the right amount of food.  Feel free to bring additional snacks/drinks for your family.

COST
Cane Creek charges $4 per vehicle upon entry.  There is no other cost.

FISHING GEAR
Please bring rods and bait if you have it.  The Park Office has a limited number of poles that can be borrowed with a $10 deposit (i.e., you get $10 back when you return the pole)... please stop in the Park Office if you need one.  We'll have plenty of parents with fishing experience to help any novices on casting, baiting, and other tips. 

FISHING LICENSE
NC residents under 16 years of age are not required to have a fishing license.  NC residents 16 years and older are required to have a fishing license, according to state law.  Cane Creek Park does not check for licenses.  If a NC State enforcement officer happens to stop by while we are there, the officer may request to see a fishing license of any adult who is fishing.  See more details from the state 

UNIFORM
Class A or Class B, scout's choice.





Please RSVP below so we know how much food to purchase:


Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Pack 99 Open House - Meet Pack 99 and learn more about the Cub Scouts


Saturday, August 3, 2019

Pack 99 Calendar for 2019/2020






Friday, August 2, 2019

Pack 99 Swim Test for Scouts, Thursday Aug 8th and Wednesday Aug. 14th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm





WHERE:  The Weddington Swim and Racquet Club located at 4315 Weddington-Matthews Road in Weddington


WHEN: 
Thursday August 8th and Wednesday August 14th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm

 
WHO:  All Cub Scouts in Pack 99

UNIFORM: Swimsuits

LINKS:  See the links below for additional information.
 
BSA Guide to Safe Scouting: https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/toc/
BSA Aquatics Safety: https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss02/
Detail of Test requirements: https://www.ncacbsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/bsa_swim_classification_test.pdf 

BSA Swim Test requirements:

Swimmer
  • Jump feet first into water over the head, level off, and begin swimming.
  • Swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: side, breast, trudgen, or crawl. Swim 25 yards using an easy, resting backstroke.
  • The 100 yards must be completed without stops and must include at least one sharp turn.
  • Rest by floating…Long enough to demonstrate ability to rest when exhausted.
Beginner
  • Jump feet first into water over the head, level off, and begin swimming.
  • Swim 25 feet on the surface.
  • Stop, turn, and resume swimming back to the starting place.
Non-Swimmer
  • Did not complete either of the swimming tests.
Detailed breakdown of swim tests and their purpose:

Swimmer Test

The swimmer test demonstrates the minimum level of swimming ability required for safe deep-water swimming. The various components of the test evaluate the several skills essential to this minimum level of swimming ability:

Jump feet first into water over your head in depth. Swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: sidestroke, breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl; then swim 25 yards using an easy, resting backstroke. The 100 yards must be swum continuously and include at least one sharp turn. After completing the swim, rest by floating.

The test administrator must objectively evaluate the individual performance of the test, and in so doing should keep in mind the purpose of each test element.
  1. "Jump feetfirst into water over your in depth, ...
    The swimmer must be able to make an abrupt entry into deep water and begin swimming without any aids. Walking in from shallow water, easing in from the edge or down a ladder, pushing off from side or bottom, and gaining forward momentum by diving do not satisfy this requirement.
  2. "...Swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: sidestroke, breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl..."
    The swimmer must be able to cover distance with a strong, confident stroke. The 75 yards must not be the outer limit of the swimmer's ability; completion of the distance should show sufficient stamina to avoid undue risks. Dog-paddling and strokes repeatedly interrupted and restarted are not sufficient; underwater swimming is not permitted. The itemized strokes are inclusive. Any strong side or breaststroke or any strong overarm stroke (including the back crawl) is acceptable.
  3. "...swim 25 yards using an easy, resting backstroke..."
    The swimmer must perform a restful, free-breathing backstroke that can be used to avoid exhaustion during swimming activity. This element of the test necessarily follows the more strenuous swimming activity to show that the swimmer is, in fact, able to use the backstroke as a relief from exertion. The change of stroke must be accomplished in deep water without any push-off or other aid. Any variation of the elementary backstroke may suffice if it clearly allows the swimmer to rest and regain wind.
  4. "...The 100 yards must be swum continuously and include at least one sharp turn..."
    The total distance is to be covered without rest stops. The sharp turn demonstrates the swimmer's ability to reverse direction in deep water without assistance or push-off from side or bottom.
  5. "...After completing the swim, rest by floating."
    This critically important part of the test evaluates the swimmer's ability to maintain himself in the water indefinitely even though exhausted or otherwise unable to continue swimming. Treading water or swimming in place will further tire the swimmer and therefore is unacceptable. The duration of the float test is not significant, except that it must be long enough for the test administrator to determine that the swimmer is resting and likely could continue to do so for a prolonged period. Drownproofing may be sufficient if clearly restful, but it is not preferred. If the test is completed except for the floating requirement, the swimmer may be retested on the floating only (after instruction) provided that the test administrator is confident that the swimmer can initiate the float when exhausted. 

Beginner Test

Jump feet first into water over the head in depth, level off, swim 25 feet on the surface, stop, turn sharply, resume swimming as before, and return to starting place.

The entry and turn serve the same purpose as in the swimmer test. The swimming can be done with any stroke, but no underwater swimming is permitted. The stop assures that the swimmer can regain a stroke if it is interrupted. The test demonstrates that the beginning swimmer is ready to learn deepwater skills and has the minimum ability required for safe swimming in a confined area in which shallow water, sides, or other support is less than 25 feet from any point in the water