Den11 News

Adopt-A-Highway Service Project, Sunday, April 19 at Rose Bank Winery

posted Apr 15, 2015, 11:02 AM by James Fiore

We are confirmed for Sunday, April 19 to complete our spring service project.

Adopt-A-Highway Service Project 10:00a - 12:00a
As we did last year, Cub Scout Pack 99 will participate in the Pennsylvania State Adopt-A-Highway program through which volunteers beautify roadsides two miles at a time. In return, PennDOT posts signs along the highway giving us full credit for our efforts. Pack 99 and Troop 99 together take responsibility for the two-mile stretch of road on SR 413 between Durham Road and Twining Bridge Road.

Traditionally for the Cub Scout Pack, this activity has been handled by only the Webelos dens because of the safety concerns related to the younger boys along such a busy road. We will work with Webelos Den 12 this year.

We expect to have bags, signs, safety-bibs, gloves, etc. that we'll pick up from PennDOT.

Rose Bank Winery *
258 Durham Road (Rt. 413)
Newtown, PA 18940

* We will park at Rose Bank Winery with special permission from Mr. Fleming, owner.

Sunday, April 19, 10:00a

  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Long pants
  • Appropriate outerwear
Even though we will technically not have crossed over to Troop 99 (T99) yet, I have confirmed with Mr. Pursel that we may count this toward the T99 boys' service hours which will be counted toward their requirements for ranks and merit badges.

The weather forecast is favorable but in the unlikely event that we'll have to cancel due to inclement weather, I'll email everyone and will update the pack website by 9:00a Sunday morning.

Den Meeting Monday, April 13 6:45p at Tyler State Park Boathouse; Arrow of Light / Big Show

posted Apr 7, 2015, 1:35 PM by James Fiore

As I mentioned in a previous note, we must have one more den meeting after all. While we planned to practice skits and build the arrows during our "High Rocks" weekend, a few things prevented us from doing that:  (1) the "kit" of arrows was not twelve kits as I thought it would be, rather one big kit to make twelve arrows; (2) the boys had little time to practice their skits.

This means there will be one more den meeting for parents and scouts. The scouts will work on their skits with Mr. Kopf, while the parents work on the arrows for their boys.

Sunset is at 7:35p so I think we'll have enough twilight to get this done if we start a little earlier than normal.

When: Monday, April 13, 6:45p

Where: Boathouse at Tyler State Park

Wear: Class-A Uniforms

Ssshhh: The arrows are a bit of a surprise so please avoid mentioning it to the boys if at all possible. 

Den Meeting Monday, March 23 at NGRC, 7:00p; Readyman and "What to Expect" in Boy Scouts at Troop 99

posted Mar 22, 2015, 2:18 PM by James Fiore

We will have a den meeting on Monday evening. The boys will be reviewing important first-aid concepts and completing final requirements for the Readyman pin and the Arrow of Light award.

Also, I've asked George Stockburger, as assistant scoutmaster for Troop 99, to take a few minutes today to discuss with us some things we should know or might be helpful about Boy Scout transition and crossover. It should be helpful to parents, too, if they could be present for this discussion.

When: Monday, March 23, 7:00p

Where: Community Room (2nd Floor) at Newtown Grant Recreation Center (NGRC)

Wear: Class-A Uniforms

At-Home Preparation:
  • Review Readyman chapter in Webelos handbook
  • Think about moving to Boy Scouts and (a) what is most exciting, and (b) what is most unnerving.
  • Webelos Handbook
  • Completed activities for credit


  • Readyman (complete)
  • Arrow of Light (complete)

RSVP for Blue and Gold Banquet by Tuesday, February 24

posted Feb 22, 2015, 2:30 PM by James Fiore

RSVP: Blue and Gold Banquet by Tuesday, February 24

Den Meeting Monday, February 23 at NGRC, 7:00p; Banquet "Centerpiece"

posted Feb 18, 2015, 5:35 PM by James Fiore

We will have a den meeting on Monday evening. We will be indoors working on the boys' "centerpiece" for their banquet table. The boys will be lashing together a ceremonial ladder to commemorate their Cub Scout years.

We'll need some adults to help the boys at a few different stations where they will fuse their rope, practice a round lashing, practice a square lashing, and lash their rung on the ladder.

Also, this will be the last den meeting before the banquet where we can credit completed activities. If the boys bring me completed activities on Monday, we can get their pins/patches to them by Saturday at the banquet.



When: Monday, February 23, 7:00p

Where: Community Room (2nd Floor) at Newtown Grant Recreation Center (NGRC)

Wear: Class-A Uniforms

At-Home Preparation:
  • Practice clove hitch (see Outdoorsman in Webelos handbook)
  • Webelos Handbook
  • Completed activities for credit
  • Optional: Pocket-knife (Only for boys who have earned whittlin' chip)
  • $10 for Raffle basket to Mr. Petito


  • Outdoorsman (partial)
  • Arrow of Light (partial)

Den Meeting Monday, February 9 at NGRC; AoL #2, 7

posted Feb 9, 2015, 8:32 AM by James Fiore   [ updated Feb 9, 2015, 8:34 AM ]

From : James Fiore
Subject : Reminder: Den Meeting Tomorrow, February 9, AoL #2, 7 Boy Scout Transition
To : Black Mamba Patrol BSA Den 11

Sun, Feb 08, 2015 06:20 PM

Dear Den 11 Families,

This is a reminder that our next Den Meeting is on Monday, February 9 when we will complete the final boy-scout-transition requirements for the arrow of light award (requirements Aol #2de, #7).

* Mon, February 9, 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Newtown Grant Recreation Center

Wear: Class-A Uniforms

* $10 contribution toward den raffle basket to Mr. Petito


RSVP: MLK Day Service Project at Washington Crossing National Cemetery

posted Jan 13, 2015, 5:48 AM by James Fiore

I know that not all of the boys are off from school but for those who are and can particpate, we will be working with The Guardians of the National Cemetery and the Mannion Foundation to remove holiday wreathes from the graves at Washington Crossing National Cemetery.

Please let me know if your son will be able to participate. Thanks.


What: Service Project - MLK Day of Service at Washington Crossing National Cemetery

When:  Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:00a

Where: Washington Crossing National Cemetery, 830 Highland Road, Newtown

Wear: Class-A Uniforms

For more info on the Guardians:

Den Meeting Monday, January 12 at CCC; Communicator #4,9,10

posted Jan 13, 2015, 5:44 AM by James Fiore   [ updated Jan 13, 2015, 5:49 AM ]

Reminder: Den Meeting on Monday at Crossing Community Church

From : James Fiore
Subject : Reminder: Den Meeting on Monday at Crossing Community Church
To : Cub Scouts, Webelos Den 11 Mailing List
Wed, Jan 07, 2015 08:17 AM

Dear Den 11 Families,

This is a reminder that our next Den Meeting is on Monday, January 12 at Crossing Community Church where we will work with Den 12 (1-yr Webelos) on a joint project toward completing the
Communicator pin. There will be a special guest for this den meeting who will help the boys to better appreciate communication in their everyday lives.

Also, we will further our transition plans to boy scouts and will talk with George Stockburger about Troop 99's plans for their bridging ceremony. Parents should be present for this session; I ask that you return by 7:45p if you plan to drop off your son.

  • Communicator Pin (partial)
  • Crossover to Boy Scouts (parents needed at 7:45p)
  • Mon, January 12, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Parents needed at 7:45p
Where: Crossing Community Church, 80 Lower Silver Lake Rd, Newtown, PA 18940

I'm not certain of the room that we'll be in yet but expect that we'll be on the lower level on one of the classrooms.

Wear: Class-A Uniforms

  • Webelos Handbooks
Thanks, see you all on Monday. Happy New Year.


Troop Visit: Monday, December 8 to Troop 99; Arrow of Light Award (partial)

posted Jan 13, 2015, 5:37 AM by James Fiore   [ updated Jan 13, 2015, 5:51 AM ]

"James Fiore"
To: "Black Mamba Patrol BSA Den 11"
Sent: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 1:54:06 PM
Subject: Reminder: Visit to Troop 99 on Monday, December 8

Dear Den-11 Families, 

This is a reminder that our next den meeting will be a visit to Troop 99.

As we have discussed, visiting a scout troop is an important part of the Arrow of Light requirements because it is an opportunity for the Webelos to work alongside the older boys in a regular troop meeting. This will help acclimate them to the environment they'll be in once they cross over in April.

There are a few boys who have not yet participated in any of our troop visits, which is required to earn the Arrow of Light award so please make every effort to get to this event.

Homework: Review and practice the Scout Oath and Scout Law

What: Visit with Troop 99

When: Mon Dec 8, 2014 7:00pm

Wear: Class-A uniforms

American Legion Morrell Smith Post
#440 41 Linden Ave Newtown, PA 18940

If you have any questions, please contact me directly.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families.


Sign-Ups for Webelos Scout Supernova Award

posted Nov 12, 2014, 10:06 AM by James Fiore

This post is especially timely for families of students at Newtown Elementary who may be considering a project for this year's science fair because registrations are due this week.

The Boy Scouts of America has a special program for encouraging students to actively participate in STEM-related disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). I will be serving as a mentor for this special award and am willing to work with the boys from our den who are interested.

To earn the award, the scout must complete the following requirements, which go above and beyond the requirements for the Arrow of Light rank.

If you are interested in having your son participate in this program, please let me know by Monday, November 17 so that I can get the paperwork needed to be his council-approved mentor for the program. 


Webelos Scout Supernova Award

To earn the Webelos Scout Supernova award, you must be a Webelos Scout who is active with a den. With your parent’s and unit leader’s help, you must select a council-approved mentor who is a registered Scouter. You may NOT choose your parent or your unit leader (unless the mentor is working with more than one youth).

If you earned the Cub Scout Supernova award, you must repeat similar requirements while you are a Webelos Scout.

Although it is not a requirement, it is recommended that you earn at least two of the four Nova awards for Cub Scouts before earning the Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award.

Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award

For Webelos Scouts

This Supernova award can be earned by Webelos Scouts like you.


  1. Earn the Scholar AND Scientist AND Engineer Webelos Scout activity badges.
  2. Earn THREE of the following Webelos Scout activity badges: Craftsman, Forester, Geologist, Naturalist, Outdoorsman, and Readyman.
  3. Find interesting facts about Dr. Charles H. Townes using resources in your school or local library or on the Internet (with your parent’s or guardian’s permission and guidance). Then discuss what you learned with your mentor, including answers to the following questions: What very important award did Dr. Townes earn? What was Dr. Townes’ most famous invention?
  4. Find out about five other famous scientists, technology innovators, engineers, or mathematicians approved by your mentor. Discuss what you learned with your mentor.
  5. Speak with your teacher(s) at school (or your parents if you are home-schooled) OR one of your Cub Scout leaders about your interest in earning the Webelos Scout Supernova award. Ask them why they think math and science are important in your education. Discuss what you learn with your mentor.
  6. Participate in a science project or experiment in your classroom or school. Discuss this activity with your mentor.
  7. Do ONE of the following:
    1. Visit with someone who works in a STEM-related career. Discuss what you learned with your mentor.
    2. Learn about a career that depends on knowledge about science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Discuss what you learned with your mentor.
  8. Under the direct supervision of your mentor, do an experiment that shows how the scientific method (or scientific process) is used. Prepare a short report on the results of your experiment for your mentor.
  9. Participate in a Nova- or other STEM-related activity in your Webelos Scout den or pack meeting that is conducted by a Boy Scout or Venturer who is working on his or her Supernova award. If this is not possible, participate in another Nova- or STEM-related activity in your den or pack meeting.
  10. Submit an application for the Webelos Scout Supernova award to the district Nova or advancement committee for approval.
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