Pack 471 Yearly Planning Session – Saturday, June 22nd, 6:30 p.m.

It is that time of year again when we must gather our leaders and interested parents and look ahead to the 2013-2014 scouting year and determine just what kind of year we are going to have.

There will be two planning sessions.  The first will be this Saturday, June 22nd at Robert Payne’s residence (4603 Blakedale Circle, in the Westchester subdivision off of Mabry Road) at 6:30 p.m.

The second session will be on Monday, July 1st, same time and location – 6:30 p.m. at Robert Payne’s residence.

We will also be looking to fill in any gaps in our volunteer roster for the upcoming scouting year, and please remember this is the last planning session that I will be leading. We hope to see everyone who can make it.

Robert Payne
Pack 471 Committee Chair


Launch Day Tomorrow – June 16, 2013

All systems are go for launch tomorrow – June 16, 2013.

If you can bring one of the following items, please e-mail or call Dan Betts to confirm:

Needed Items:

– 2 folding tables

– 5 Launch Control Device (battery powered launch button that comes with some Estees Rocket Kits).

– 2 Pop up canopy/pavilions

Yesterday, some of the boys had  a great time launching 1/2 A Engine Rockets at Day Camp.  Tomorrow they can launch A, B, and C engines.  we can launch a D engine but not recommended for the small size field we are on.

Happy Father’s Day and see you tomorrow!



Rocket Launch this Sunday, June 16, 2013 – Game on!

The clock has started ticketing again at T- 67 Hours and counting.  Sunday’s launch activities start at 1:00 PM on Sunday June 16, 2013.  The weather forcast is posted below and conditions are favorable for launch.

Partly Cloudy High 88 degrees, chance of Rain 20%, winds at 5 mph

Come join the pack for fun, food, and ignition.  Hot dogs will be served bring your own water.

Also bring sunscreen and your rocket.  To launch you will need a rocket, the appropriate engine, and recovery wadding.  We do not have the large buckets of “BARF” this year from Jorge Blanco.  The pack does have some spare rockets in case you do not have one and if you bring a friend who may be interested in joining scouts.

Last weekend I tested a multi-rocket launch system successfully.  You do not need a launch pad but if you have the launch control device (battery operated button to light the engine) please bring this.

We will be launching from Garrard Landing Park where Holcomb Bridge Road crosses the Chattahoochee River in East Roswell.

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Dan Betts

Assistant Cubmaster Pack 471

BSA National Membership Policy Change

On May 23rd, the National BSA voted to adopt a change in the youth membership policy.  The official resolution can be found here:

Below are some words from the Atlanta Area Council Scout Executive Tracy Techau

“Dear Scout Leader:

We promised to keep you informed as new information is shared by the National BSA regarding their discussions of their national membership policy.

Earlier this evening, the National BSA voted to adopt a policy that revises their youth membership policy so that sexual orientation is no longer a criteria for youth membership in Scouting. The new policy reads as follows:

Youth membership in the Boy Scouts of America is open to all youth who meet the specific membership requirements to join the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Sea Scout, and Venturing programs. Membership in any program of the Boy Scouts of America requires the youth member to (a) subscribe to and abide by the values expressed in the Scout Oath and Scout Law, (b) subscribe to and abide by the precepts of the Declaration of Religious Principle (duty to God), and (c) demonstrate behavior that exemplifies the highest level of good conduct and respect for others and is consistent at all times with the values expressed in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. No youth maybe denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.

While the National Board will continue to discuss the best ways to implement this new policy before it goes into effect on January 1, 2014, the Atlanta Area Council will continue our mission of providing the best Scouting program to our local Atlanta youth.

I recognize this remains a sensitive issue for our Scouting family here in Atlanta and nationally, but we cannot allow a policy debate to negatively impact the quality of the program we deliver to our Scouts. They are counting on us.

Scouting is strong in Atlanta – and with your help we will continue to provide our local youth with the same great leadership development and once-in-a-lifetime adventures that we always have.

Tracy Techau

Scout Executive/CEO

Atlanta Area Council, BSA”

It is important to note that Pack 471, the Foothills District, and the Atlanta Area Council are not policy makers.  The leaders of Pack 471 are committed to continuing the tradition of providing quality programming to scouts, teaching leadership, responsibility, faith and Citizenship.

If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please bring this information to your pack leaders, committee chair, and pack committee.  If we cannot answer them, then we can bring it up to the District and Council level.

Robert Payne
Pack 471 Committee Chair 404-988-4589