Our annual Raingutter Regatta was held on Saturday, June 15th. Thank you to all the Scouts and family members that participated. Congratulations to all the winners including the three overall winners: Reed Chappelear (1st), Ryan Van Sambeek (2nd), and Cash Miars (3rd).
Pack 227 has once again received the Pope Paul VI National Catholic Unit Excellence Award. Cooperation, development, and program are the key words in the recognition of Catholic chartered units in earning this annual award. The adult leadership responds to training not only in Scouting lores, but training in Catholic National Catholic Leadership Development, and religious counseling. The Scouts in each Pack, Troop, Team, and Crew/Ship respond by participating in the religious emblems program respective of their status in Scouting.
Thank you to everyone who built a car and participated in this year’s Pinewood Derby. Congratulations to all the winners including our three overall winners Aidan Baer (3rd), Daniel Varner (2nd), and William Rasmussen (1st).
The complete results from all levels and heats can be found at this link.
Kathy and Melissa Rodriguez were presented with the Unit Exceptional Scouter Award at the Pacifica District Dinner on January 10th. Kathy and Melissa are the current leaders of Den 6 (Webelos). They also served on a previous den leader “tour of duty” from 2013-16. Kathy has acted as our Religious Emblem Coordinator and both also volunteer as Nova/Supernova mentors. They are always willing to help the pack in any way they can. Congratulations and thank you, Kathy and Melissa!
Every year Cub Scout Pack 227 in Huntington Beach selects a charity to focus its outside fundraising efforts. This year that charity was “Joshua’s Journey of Hope” which is dedicated to finding a cure for the disease cystinosis. Cystinosis is an “orphan” disease with about 500 people, mostly children, stricken in the United States and approximately 2,000 worldwide. It is a metabolic disease in which the amino acid cystine, gets into the cells but has no transporter out. Because of the defect in transportation, the cell crystallizes causing early cell death. Cystinosis slowly destroys the organs in the body including the kidneys, liver, eyes, muscles and the brain. With such a rare disease affecting such a small population, research money is scarce to nonexistent. And yet research on complicated diseases like cystinosis often lead to advancements in other rare diseases.
“Joshua’s Journey of Hope” is named after Joshua, a 6th grader and former member of Pack 227. Over the past year the pack raised money for this charity in a number of ways including hosting a lemonade stand, a “Get Air” fundraiser and simply having Scouts collect and donate loose change from home. When all was said and done they had collected $2,000 which was presented in the form of a check to Joshua and his father at the pack’s annual religious retreat on November 5th. Joshua is currently a member of Boy Scout Troop 227 where is a Tenderfoot. He is a loving, spirited and joy-filled boy. He is truly an inspiration to all who meet him.
Through its annual charity like Joshua’s Journey of Hope, Pack 227 tries to instill some of the principles of the Scout Law including “A Scout is Helpful” and “A Scout is Kind”. For more information on “Joshua’s Journey of Hope” and how you can help please go to www.joshuasjourney.org
Pack 227 received the following certificate from the California Coastal Commission as part of our annual beach cleanup held on March 18, 2018 at Bolsa Chica State Beach. In the letter that accompanies this certificate, Eben Schwartz states, “Please accept this certificate as a symbol of our appreciation for all the time, energy, and enthusiasm you have lent to the program. By getting involved and caring for our beautiful coast and shorelines, you have helped preserve California as a wonderful place to live and play, now, and into the future.”
Kim Baer was presented with the Unit Exceptional Scouter Award at the Pacifica District Dinner on April 12th. Kim is the current den leader of Den 11 as well as the Scouting for Food chair. She was also the driving force in making the 2017 Pack charity (The Joyful Child Foundation) such a success. She is always willing to help the Pack in any way she can. Congratulations and thank you, Kim!