Big Cypress District TIGER DAY

posted Sep 20, 2012, 5:51 PM by Gene Manuel


posted Sep 20, 2012, 5:50 PM by Gene Manuel

Online Registration for PACK CAMPING. Friday, October 12th through Sunday, October 14th. Participate for the day, stay overnight Friday and/or Saturday night(s). $2 per person, all parents/guardians and siblings are invited! Medical forms are required for ALL participants!!! See the additional post on this page for a link to the medical form. Direct all questions to or

Sam Houston Area Council (SHAC) Fun With Son Camping

posted Sep 20, 2012, 5:46 PM by Gene Manuel

Sam Houston Area Council "Fun With Son" camping event for NEWLY REGISTERED Scouts. Sign up for the Camp Bovay location since they are having some issues with the Camp Strake location.
Learn more and register online here:

July's Core Value - COURAGE

posted Jul 1, 2011, 3:33 PM by Pack 438 Cubmaster

Greetings Pack 438!  I hope everyone has been enjoying the Summer break!  I saw quite a few of our Scouts at the Big Cypress District Day Camp, shooting bows and arrows and keeping cool with plenty of snow cones :-)  Thank you to all our Pack 438 volunteers who braved the heat to help setup, run programs and walk with Dens.  The Day Camp Key Staff received a lot of positive feedback about your efforts and we hope you and your Scout had a great time.


As you relax, soak up the rays and have fun with your families, remember that your Pack 438 Committee has a number of Summertime Activities planned, including Bowling and Scout Day at the Astros.  The Pack has already visited the local and regional historic sites, including a fun day at Washington on the Brazos.  Keep an eye out for emails from the Pack Leadership, and check back on our website at for the latest information.  You can also check the Pack Calendar at, if you're a new member or have not logged into Scout Track before, contact and we'll get you set up.


As most of you know, every month we focus on a Cub Scout Core Value, this month's core value is "Courage".  


"Courage: Being brave and doing what is right regardless of our fears, the difficulties, or the consequences.

Exploring new territory and challenging oneself with new skills takes a certain amount of courage."


Here are some great lessons that you can share with your Scout about Courage and Doing their Best:


Don’t Give Up

From the Utah National Parks Council

To be good at anything, you have to have courage to believe that you can do it, and then practice it until you can. There’s no easy way to become an expert. You just have to keep at it, over and over. There will be times you’ll think that you just can’t make it. But be courageous.  Don’t give up a task because it seems hard. There are few things worth doing that are easy to do at first.


"Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway."

John Wayne


Scouting Courage

From the Sam Houston Area Council

During Eagle Scoutmaster Conferences, Boy Scouts are often asked to describe the point of the scout law that they feel that they have had trouble providing an example to. Many answer, "I have never shown bravery." My answer has always been that I find that hard to believe. I invariably ask them if they have ever had the courage to say no to a friend because it is wrong, for example offers to drink, smoke or do drugs. Have you ever had the courage to tell a friend that he is doing something inappropriate? Have you ever had the courage to do the right thing, even when everyone else seems to be taking the easy way out such as wear your seatbelt, or life jacket? Do you have the courage to wait for the green light to cross, even when there are no cars, and no-one will know? Have you ever had the opportunity to cheat, and chose not to? Invariably they see that courage does not necessarily mean dodging bullets, or saving someone's life.

Cub scouts have lots of opportunities to show courage, because Cub Scouts sometimes tests boys' limits. Many Cub Scouts have never swum without a lifejacket, have never stayed overnight at a campout, have never cooked their family a meal. This month's theme provides ideas to help Cub Scouts to test their courage by trying many new things.


and finally...


Cubmaster Minute

When we begin to feel that life is hard and the task before us is more than we can handle, stop and remember those who forged the trails before us.  They left for a life in the unknown.  They didn't know what lay ahead of them, but with courage they moved on.  They hiked over mountains and through dry hot deserts, just to name a few of their difficulties. But they drew upon their faith, and their courage and determination to get the job done.


Enjoy your time together as a family this Summer, your fellow Scouts and Leaders at Pack 438 look forward to seeing you in the Fall!  Stay safe, drink plenty of water (we know what happens when you don’t!) and HAVE FUN!


Yours in Scouting


Gene Manuel

Cubmaster Pack 438

Wood Badge SHAC 111 - Owl Patrol

Religious Knots

posted Feb 20, 2011, 4:10 PM by Pack 438 Cubmaster   [ updated Feb 20, 2011, 7:11 PM ]

The Cub Scout Core Value for March is COMPASSION, this is an excellent time not only to teach your Scouts about being aware of the needs of others but also tolerance and religious preferences.  BSA is open to all  religions and we encourage all faiths to gather in the Spirit of Scouting.

Your Scouts have a unique opportunity to earn a number of Religious Achievements pertinent to your chosen faith. Visit the following links to learn more about the recognition process or contact your religious leaders.

US Scouts

Pinewood Derby QUICK FACTS

posted Dec 16, 2010, 10:18 AM by Pack 438 Cubmaster   [ updated Jan 4, 2011, 3:34 PM ]

 (Registeration Now OPEN!)
December 15th - January 18th - REGISTER ONLINE - Turn in entry fees and cars at the January Pack Meeting.
Saturday, January 15th 11am-1pm: DREMEL DAYS CLINIC - Lowe's @ 290 & Spring Cypress-Rosehill
Wednesday, January 19th 7pm - PACK MEETING - Turn in entry fees and cars for inspection.  *IMPORTANT* This will be the only opportunity to turn in cars for the race.  No cars will be allowed to enter competition if turned in the day of the race.  NO EXCEPTIONS!
Saturday, January 22nd 12pm - 4pm - RACE DAY! - Foundry United Methodist Church (8350 Jones Rd)

Cellphones for Soldiers

posted Dec 6, 2010, 12:11 PM by Pack 438 Cubmaster   [ updated Feb 10, 2013, 6:41 PM by Gene Manuel ]

Rennell Elementary Pack 438 is leading the charge to collect mobile phones which will be converted to prepaid calling cards for the drive.  The attached PDF (see below) provides information on collecting phones and a nearby drop-off point here in the Cypress area.

From the Cellphones for Soldiers website:

"Cell Phones for Soldiers hopes to turn old cell phones into more than 12 million minutes of prepaid calling cards for U.S. troops stationed overseas in 2008. To do so, Cell Phones for Soldiers expects to collect 50,000 cell phones each month through a network of more than 3,000 collection sites across the country.

The phones are sent to ReCellular, which pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each donated phone – enough to provide an hour of talk time to soldiers abroad.

"Americans will replace an estimated 130 million cell phones this year,” says Mike Newman, vice president of ReCellular, “with the majority of phones either discarded or stuffed in a drawer.  Most people don’t realize that the small sacrifice of donating their unwanted phones can have a tremendous benefit for a worthy cause like Cell Phones for Soldiers.”

Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist from Norwell, Mass., with $21 of their own money. Since then, the registered 501c3 non-profit organization has raised almost $2 million in donations and distributed more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas.

“Cell Phones for Soldiers started as a small way to show our family’s appreciation for the men and women who have sacrificed the day-to-day contact with their own families to serve in the U.S. armed forces,” says the teens’ father, Bob Bergquist. “Over the past few years, we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of others. But, we have also seen the need to support our troops continue to grow as more troops are sent overseas for longer assignments.”

Through increased fundraising efforts, the Bergquist family hopes to raise more than $9 million in the next five years to fund new programs, such as providing video phones with prepaid service to allow soldiers abroad to see their families on a regular basis."

December's Core Value - RESPECT

posted Dec 5, 2010, 7:30 PM by Pack 438 Cubmaster   [ updated Dec 5, 2010, 7:34 PM ]

Courtesy of Scouter Jim from Bountiful, Utah via US Scouts "Baloo's Bugle"

I Promise to Respect

Scouter Jim, Bountiful UT

I “your name”, promise to do my best, to do my duty to God and my county and to help other people, and to obey the law of the Pack.

If we apply the Value of  respect to the Cub Scout Promise what to we find?

I “your name”, promise to do my best – Cub Scouts have respect for self.  They avoid things that would harm or destroy them.  That would include illegal drugs, alcohol, tobacco, pornography, and anything else that would damage his body, mind or self respect.  Cub Scouts do things like exercise and proper eating to build strength and self esteem.

To do my duty to God – Cub Scouts promise to respect God and their personal beliefs as well as those of others.  They respect others right to worship, who, what, and where they may.  By respecting others beliefs, they are respecting their own.  They live their personal beliefs and live a virtuous and charitable life.

And my county – Cub Scouts respect their country, it beauties, it’s natural resources, and its laws.  They respect natural resources and conserve and protect those resources and “leave no trace.”  The work to improve the world and make it a better place.  They obey the laws of the land and respect those who enforce the laws and protect the citizens.  A Cub Scout is a good citizen.

And to help other people – Cubs Scouts respect responsibility and give service to others.  They give service to family members, neighbors, members of the community, and as a group often people they will never meet through the World Friendship Fund.

And to obey he law of the Pack – A Cub Scout respects his leaders and parents.  The Cub Scout respects fellow Pack members.  A Cub Scout respects his duty to serve others.

Lunch and Launch! December 11th - Riata Ranch Park

posted Nov 23, 2010, 6:53 PM by Pack 438 Cubmaster   [ updated Nov 23, 2010, 7:05 PM ]

WHEN: Saturday, December 11th, 11am-2pm

WHERE: Riata Ranch Park What to Bring: Family, Food, Rockets, Fun! Come join the Pack 438 families for a casual Holiday get-together in the park. Celebrate the diversity of the Pack and share epicurean dishes from your culture and heritage. December's Core Value of the Month is Respect, join us as we continue to get to know each other and build our Pack. We'll also have equipment and motors to launch the Rally & SHACJam Rockets (if they were recovered) We will have some extra rockets on hand and will make every attempt to allow the boys to launch a rocket based on weather and range conditions. ALLERGY REMINDER! - Please, no tree nuts/peanuts. We have some family members with sensitive needs. DRINKS - Bring Your Own Drinks/Refreshments UNIFORMS - No Class A or B uniforms, dress comfortably and for fun in the park! RECOMMENDED - Tables, chairs, blankets

Click HERE to RSVP

Contact Gene Manuel or Beth Moreno if you have any questions! 

Rennell PTO Service Project - December 7th

posted Nov 23, 2010, 6:42 PM by Pack 438 Cubmaster

Just a reminder about the Service Project for the PTO from Jenny Orwin:

Hello Scout Parents,


If you read the PTO President’s letter in the Rennell newsletter last night, you saw that our Cub Scouts will be helping to distribute the fundraiser items in the evening on Tuesday, December 7, from 7:00 – 8:00 pm.  The boys will need to be there by 6:45 for quick instructions.


The distribution will work as a drive through assembly line.  Parents will drive up, and the boys will help find the items, which will already be sorted by family, and give them to the parents.  The Rennell PTO is our Chartered Organization, and it is part of our responsibility as good Cub Scouts to do service for our Chartered Organization.


Please let me know if your son will be helping with the distribution, so I can tell the PTO how much help to expect.  Please note, that you will need to stay at the school with your son.  I will need a firm headcount by November 30.

Thank you,


Jenny Orwin

Rennell Pack 438 Committee Chair


View current and past Rennell PTO newsletters here.

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