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Welcome back to school Pack 1238!

posted Aug 10, 2017, 8:20 AM by Webmaster Pack1238   [ updated Aug 10, 2017, 8:29 AM ]

Hello, Pack 1238!

We are so excited to start another year of fun-filled scouting. 
The leadership team has worked diligently over summer to plan out the year so that our kids can have the best scouting year yet.

In this post, you will find exciting news and important dates for upcoming events.

First, Lion Den is open for recruitment! Lion den is a brand new den for Kindergarten boys and we are looking for cute but adventurous lions. Please spread the word!

Second, we are selling popcorn again! Yay! As you all know, popcorn is the ONLY fundraising event for cub scouting and we need all of your participation. 
Popcorn selling is a valuable learning experience for our kids and my son is excited about selling popcorn again. Also, there is a rumor about a drone?!?! (more on this from popcorn chair soon).

Third, monthly parent meeting is now face-to-face meeting at Fisler. I know many families have made life-long friends through scouting and I would like to encourage more of it through parent meetings. 
It will be on 1st Thursday of every month 7:30-8:30. Please come, socialize, and voice your opinions. 

Here are the important dates for next few weeks. 

8/18/2017Fri7-8:30 pmPack and Parent MeetingFisler MPR
8/19/2017Sat10-12 pmOfficial Popcorn Kick OffCouncil Office
8/24/2017Thurs3-3:30 pm Mandatory Spirit Rally Flag Practice Fisler
8/25/2017Fri4:45-5:15 pmFisler Spirit Rally - Opening Flag CeremonyFisler
8/30/2017Wed5:30-7:00Fisler Back to School Night K-5 - Cub Scout Recruitment Table (5:30-6:10, 6:15-7)Fisler

Our first pack meeting on 8/18 will be pack meeting/parent meeting. It is a very important meeting as we need to pass the budget and other important matters for our pack. 

Finally, our den leaders are

Lion - open
Tiger - open
Wolf - Shane E
Bear - Jeff C
Webelos I - Jeff C
Webelos II - Jim Y

Thank you, everyone, and see you soon!

Sam Y
Pack 1238 Cubmaster

Scout wins top engineering prize at 2016 Google Science Fair

posted Nov 16, 2016, 8:10 AM by CubScout Pack 1238

Excerpt from Bryan On Scouting Blog:

In this case, it did take a rocket scientist.

Charlie Fenske, a Life Scout from Troop 93 on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., won the top engineering prize at this year’s Google Science Fair.

His project — a prototype of faster and cheaper rockets — earned him the Virgin Galactic Pioneer Award.

He wins a $15,000 scholarship, a tour of the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, and a yearlong mentorship with Virgin Galactic, the Richard Branson company that hopes to some day send tourists into space.

“I was honored that scientists and engineers saw potential for my prototype,” Charlie told me by email this week. “This award is ideal for me because I am interested in aerospace engineering.”

The road to the Google Science Fair in Mountain View, Calif., was long. He started by winning school, regional and state science fairs. Then he was selected as one of 100 semifinalists before being named one of 16 finalists invited to Google’s headquarters.

Competing against fellow brainiacs from Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Zambia, Charlie’s project was seen as the best.

Charlie says visits to Kennedy Space Center — including seeing a space shuttle launch — as well as a week at Space Camp in Alabama helped launch his interest in rockets.

But he gives Scouting credit for helping him Be Prepared for the competition.

“The leadership and public speaking aspects aspects of Scouting prepared me for this competition with skills that most students do not have,” he said. “I earned the Public Speaking merit badge and have been senior patrol leader in my troop, which helped me explain my scientific research more efficiently to the judges.”

Charlie praises Scouting for offering a variety of merit badges in the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math.

“Also, Boy Scouts encourages innovation in various situations, which is crucial for STEM,” he said.

Eagle Scout Wins Olympic Gold In Rio! Parents Share How Scouting Made A Difference!

posted Aug 18, 2016, 12:54 AM by CubScout Pack 1238

From Bryan On Scouting:

We’ve heard from Ryan Held, the Eagle Scout who won a gold medal at the Rio Olympics and says Scouting gave him a welcome respite from the stress of competitive swimming.

Now we get to hear from his parents, who say both of their Eagle Scout sons are proof that Scouting helps prepare young people for life.

In a video produced by the Springfield, Ill.-based Abraham Lincoln Council, Randy and Cheryl Held tell their story. (See the video on original post linked above.)

Ryan, a star swimmer at North Carolina State University, won gold in the 4×100 freestyle relay on Aug. 7. Ryan’s older brother, Kendall, is a physician.

Cheryl says Scouting made Ryan and Kendall “more confident young men.”

“They’re respectful — and respectful not only of people with different backgrounds but respectful of our nation,” she says.

Randy says the 21 merit badges required to become an Eagle Scout give young men “exposure to things they may not ever see.”

Like the Personal Management merit badge, where they learn to make and stick to a budget. Or the First Aid merit badge, where they learn how to treat an injury. Or the Citizenship in the Community merit badge.

“One of the requirements is go to a town council meeting,” Randy says. “How many kids ever do that?”

Cheryl watched as her two sons became more resourceful young men.

“So many of their really good qualities have been developed through Scouting,” she says.

Ryan started swimming at age 8, but even as swimming became a bigger time commitment, Held stayed in Scouting.

“My parents and my uncle — an Eagle Scout — really pushed me to stay in Scouting and reach for the rank of Eagle, and I’m so glad that they did,” Ryan says.

In Ryan’s story, we see just the latest proof of Scouting and sports living in harmony.

“Ryan is a prime example of you can be a very good athlete — a dedicated athlete — and a Scout at the same time,” Randy says. “They can coexist.”

Join The Adventure of Scouting! Registration Deadline 8/19 to Attend Fall Camp Out

posted Aug 2, 2016, 12:15 PM by CubScout Pack 1238

"Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our Pack 1238 Fall Family Camp Out is one of the highlights of our scouting year- always memorable and always fun! New families must join by August 19th to be eligible to attend this camp.

Pack 1238 strives to teach our scouts the meaning of character through adventure and fun while bringing our boys closer to each other, to their families, to nature, to our schools, and our community.

Registration easy- everything can be done online! Contact Annie T. at and join today! 

Eagle Scout offers tips for being safe while playing Pokémon GO

posted Aug 2, 2016, 12:08 PM by CubScout Pack 1238

Reprinted from, a great scouting resource!

If you’re not careful, the effort to catch all the Pokémon for your Pokédex could leave you with a Poké-compound fracture.

That’s why the Eagle Scout who made headlines last year with a campaign against texting while driving is back with another important safety message.

William Bauman, a 17-year-old from Illinois, is imploring fellow Scouts to be safe while playing Pokémon GO, the iPhone and Android app that has taken over the country.

In Pokémon GO, you head outside to find Pokémon, which are tiny virtual creatures with names like Bulbasaur, Pikachu and Rattata. When you find one, you “catch it” using a digital Poké Ball and add it to your collection, called a Pokédex.

The good: Pokémon GO compels people to get outside.

“Kids are going outside and seeing new things and playing with friends outdoors,” William writes. “My little brother just left for Boy Scout camp, and they are talking about finding Pokémon up in the northern woods of Wisconsin at a camp called Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan.”

The bad: People are putting their safety at risk to catch more Pokémon.

“They are crashing into cars, falling off skateboards,” William writes. “Crashing their bikes and walking in to objects because they are not paying attention.”

So William wanted to do something about it, and he’s just the person for the job. For his Eagle Scout service project, William educated people on the dangers of distracted driving. His efforts led Illinois to pass a law banning the use of phones while driving.

William wrote an impassioned letter about texting while driving that I posted here on the blog. That letter got the attention of NASCAR driver Scott Lagasse Jr., who invited Bauman and his mom to be his personal guests at Daytona International Speedway last year.

William’s campaign against distracted driving continues, but this week he wanted to alert parents and Scouts about the dangers of Pokémon GO. Here’s his letter.

How to stay safe while catching Pokémon

Walking and texting is already a big problem keeping people safe. Now kids are playing Pokémon GO and really getting hurt. This game can be fun and safe, but people have to be careful — even if that means not catching a Pokémon.

Bryan, I’m asking you to let the Scouting community know that this game is out there and that there are a lot of positives to this game, but parents and Scouts must also know the dangers behind this game.

If you’re looking down at the game while on your bicycle? You’re not safe.

Crossing the street while looking down at your phone? You’re not safe.

Driving around in your car — even at a very low speed — while playing? You’re not safe.

Walking around at night without wearing bright colors? You’re not safe.

Not wearing a helmet or having lights on your bike? You’re not safe.

For more than three-and-a-half years I have been educating people on being safer on the roads, and this game is causing our youth to regress on the road-safety education they have learned.

I know this letter will cause some controversy about this game, but I am willing to stand up for what I believe. There have already been news stories about people getting hurt while playing the game, and I want no one hurt just because of a videogame.

Other suggestions:

  • Never play by yourself.
  • Tell your parents where you are going.
  • If you’re Cub Scout age, don’t play this game without an adult.
  • Remember that no Pokémon is worth risking your safety.
  • Be sure to check whether the Pokéstop you’re meandering toward is on public land. Some private places may not welcome unauthorized visitors.
  • Find more great tips for parents from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children here.

Korean Community Outreach

posted May 18, 2016, 8:24 AM by Webmaster Pack1238

Recently, Mr. Tae Chun, a volunteer for Korean Community Outreach from our Los Amigos District - Orange County Council - Boy Scouts of America, visited the Korea Daily News accompanied by the Los Amigos District Key 3 to promote the Boy Scout program and bring attention to the Korean community.

Mr. Tae Chun, who was a Boy Scout during his youth in South Korea, joined the scout program in 2002 with his son who earned the Eagle Scout rank at Troop 93 in Fullerton. Tae has been serving as a volunteer for Community Outreach and is an Assistant District Commissioner as the Korean Community Interface with the Los Amigos District. 


Tae said that the Boy Scout program is still the best program for youth activities. Through the activities, Boy Scouts has numerous opportunities to build youth leadership and achieve many skills for their future and rest of their lives.  

Los Amigos Cub Scout Summer Camp

posted May 11, 2016, 2:14 PM by CubScout Pack 1238

This year Los Amigos Summer Camp is from June 20 - 24, 2016 at Firestone Scout Camp, every day from  9:00 am - 3:30 pm. In the past, activities at camp have included BB guns, archery, sports, science, scout skills and crafts. Your scout will also be able to work on electives and rank advancements. Find out more information by clicking on: 

Camp cost for scouts is $150. Discounts are as follows:
  • $10 off for registration prior to Scout o Rama (Saturday, May 7, 2016)
  • $20 off for registration 30 days prior to camp
  • $5 if the pack qualifies for Gold Journey to Excellence -- which Pack 1238 does!

The last day to register is June 6, 2016. Click here for online registration: Online Registration
You will have to create an account if you don't have one already.
Everyone coming to camp must register. This includes Campers (Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos), adult volunteers, siblings ($5/day) and youth volunteers.

Everyone will also need to fill out and turn in a hard copy of the medical form that is available at:

Adult volunteers are needed. We try to have at least 2 adult volunteer for each den per day. Car pooling is also encouraged.

Hope to see you there!

Stanford Dean Shares Eight Essential Skills Every 18-Year-Old Should Have

posted Apr 21, 2016, 1:29 PM by CubScout Pack 1238   [ updated Apr 21, 2016, 1:30 PM ]

Based upon observations as a university dean and the advice of parents and educators around the country, Julie Lythcott-Haims former Stanford Dean and Author of NYT bestseller How to Raise an Adult, recently shared examples of practical things 18-year-olds need to know how to do before they go to college:

1. An 18-year-old must be able to talk to strangers — faculty, deans, advisers, landlords, store clerks, human resource managers, coworkers, bank tellers, health care providers, bus drivers, mechanics—in the real world.
2. An 18-year-old must be able to find his way around a campus, the town in which her summer internship is located, or the city where he is working or studying abroad.
3. An eighteen-year-old must be able to manage his assignments, workload, and deadlines.
4. An 18-year-old must be able to contribute to the running of a house hold.
5. An 18-year-old must be able to handle interpersonal problems.
6. An 18-year-old must be able to cope with ups and downs of courses and workloads, college- level work, competition, tough teachers, bosses, and others.
8. An 18-year-old must be able to take risks.

Guess what? If your son is a Cub Scout, he has probably learned about and practiced all of the things on this list already. Good job, parents! 

If your son is not a Cub Scout, learn more about how we are preparing our young boys to grow up to be successful 18-year-old men. Come to our Information Meeting/Join Night on May 13th at Fisler! 

Join The Adventure of Scouting!

posted Apr 13, 2016, 11:06 AM by CubScout Pack 1238

"Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

K-4th grade boys and their families are invited to our Pack 1238 Informational Meeting and Join Night on Friday, May 13th at 6pm in the Fisler MPR. 

Pack 1238 strives to teach our scouts the meaning of character through adventure and fun! Come learn how we do this while bringing our boys closer to each other, to their families, to nature, to our schools, and our community.

Welcome Back from Spring Break! Upcoming Activities

posted Apr 13, 2016, 9:54 AM by CubScout Pack 1238

Hello Pack Families,
Hope everyone had a great Spring holiday. The Pack has a busy couple of months, so please be sure to mark your calendars!

  • If you haven't already, turn in your April Camp paperwork to Annie (digitally or arrange in person - see 3/13 email and permission forms attached)
  • Ensure your den has a skit for Campout about Scout Law "Clean"
  • Los Amigos Day Camp registration discount (see 3/7 email or Helen Pak)
  • Please continue to work on electives and earn badges through May!!
  • Please donate to Friends of Scouting if you haven't already (see separate email)

Upcoming Events:

  • Parent/Leader Call 4/13 @9pm
  • Campout 4/15-17 Irvine (see 3/24 email with all of the camp details, also attached. Print and bring with you, access codes included)
  • Jungle Book Movie - 4/24 afternoon La Habra (see Tanya Raukko's email)
  • Love Fullerton Community Service Day @ Fullerton location TBD - 4/30 (look for Sara Krishnan's email)
  • Scout-o-Rama - 5/7 all day Santiago Canyon. Pick up your Scout card from Annie.
  • Pack 1238 Recruiting events (look for Christina Ito's email, signups needed, and coordinated days for Scouts to wear uniforms to school)
    • Open House 4/13 @ Fisler
    • Best Party Ever 5/6 @ Fisler
    • Ice Cream Social TBD
    • Classroom Visits 5/9
    • Recruiting Night 5/13, 6pm @MPR
  • Last Pack Meeting 5/13, 7pm @ MPR
  • Memorial Day Flag Placement 5/28 Loma Vista
  • Fun Summer events June & July

Look forward to seeing everyone at Camp,

Matt Raukko, Pack 1238 Cubmaster

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