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Welcome to Cub Scout Pack 142

Based out of Clark Elementary in New Tampa Florida, Pack 142 provides a healthy, fun and educational atmosphere for boys in the 1st to 5th grade to learn the skills of Scouting. The Scouting year begins in September but we welcome new joins throughout the year. If you are new to the area don’t be afraid to go the Contact Us link to receive more information. You are welcome to attend a pack or den meeting to see how you like it.

Pack meetings are held at Clark Elementary’s All Purpose Room the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30. Check the Calendar tab above for changes.

Webelos 11/11 Den meeting recap

Here is what we accomplished at the November den meeting:
– We reviewed the recent events we participated in:
  * popcorn victory party
  * pushcarts
  * Webelos visitation night with Troop 142: They had 4 stations (campfire starting, campsite/leave no trace, cooking, and monkey bridge) that the boys were able to experience. The adults were given an overview of Troop 142 by the Scoutmaster, Mike Ebert. This is a large Troop (108 boys in 8 patrols).
– We awarded some awards and talked about the World Conservation Award. This award has the following requirements:
  • Earn the Forester activity badge.
  • Earn the Naturalist activity badge.
  • Earn the Outdoorsman activity badge.
  • Participate in a den or pack conservation project.
Many of our Webelos have earned at least 2 of these activity badges, so finishing up the requirements for this one should be fairly easy to do, and earns you the cool panda patch!
– We talked about a special kind of drawing, a profile drawing. We then made profile drawings to complete requirement 6 of the artist activity badge. We also talked about primary colors and how to combine them to make secondary (and all other) colors to complete requirement 4. We talked about other types of are, both 2d (photos, drawings, paintings, collages, profiles, etc.) and 3d (sculptures, mobiles, constructions, etc.). Finally, we gave examples of famous works of art and talked about putting together an art portfolio or scrapbook.
– We had a great time playing a minute-to-win-it game with potatoes, bendy straws and m&ms, and then enjoyed a snack!
Thanks to the Watsons for hosting another great meeting!
Upcoming events:
Nov 18 – pack meeting 6:30 pm
Nov 18 – Webelos visitation night w Troop 148 at 7:00 pm @ St. Mark’s (Cross Creek Blvd)
(NOTE – the two above events are on the same night, I recommend going to the event with Troop 148 if you have to choose. I plan to attend the first 20-30 minutes of the pack meeting and then driving over to St. Marks. I am happy to take any other scouts if they need a lift)
Nov 21-23 – Pack fall campout @ Camp Brorein – BB guns/archery/etc.
Dec 6 – Day event/Camping with Troop 180 @ Family of Christ (BB Downs Blvd) – pig roast, drum circle, BBQ dinner, etc.

Webelos Den Meeting Recap, 9/30


We kicked off our final cub scout year this week. Our focus for the next 5 months is as follows:
– earn the Webelos rank, if not done already
– work toward the Arrow of Light award
– spend time with troops in the area to find out which one your scout may want to join
We talked about the First Class Scout badge and described its parts and what they stand for to complete Arrow of Light requirement 2c (see page 62 in your handbook). We also reviewed the Scout Oath and the Scout Law – you r scout will need to memorize and tell how they practice each in their everyday life to complete 2a.
We also had a visit from some scouts and a leader from Troop 108. They talked about their troop and some of their experiences in scouting and then we played a game.
Finally, we talked about the troops in our area:
Troop 108 – meets at Family of Christ, Scoutmaster – Bart Weiss
Troop 142 – meets at St. James, Scoutmaster – Mike Ebert
Troop 148 – meets at St. Mark, Scoutmaster Bryan Noll
and reviewed some of the exciting events we have scheduled with each:
Troop 108:
9/28 – Honor Court/potluck
TBD – camping
Troop 142:
11/9 at 6:30 pm, St. James, Webelos visitation night
2/14-15, St. James, Camping and service activity
Troop 148:
11/4 7:00 pm, St. Mark, Webelos visitation night
1/16-18, Camp Brorein, camping/Court of Honor/Spaghetti dinner/Climbing tower
I encourage you and your scout to visit with as many troops as possible to get a feel for each to see where you both feel would be the best fit. As we have several events scheduled with the pack and with the boy scouts, we will have 1 den meeting per month. If you are interested in hosting, please let me know which month you would like. I have October, November, and December open.
If you have any questions, please let me know.

Hot Dog Social, Saturday Sept 13, 10am,

Hello Pack,

Just a friendly reminder that this Saturday is our Hot Dog Social.   Everyone who is able should come out, make new friends, and get together as dens to discuss the rest of the scouting year.    Here’s what you need to know:
Hot Dog Social
Saturday Sept 13, 10am-12noon
USF Riverfront Park (just off Fletcher Ave)
Cost:   $100 (dues) + $10 for pack tShirt (optional)
Dress:   Field Uniform (if you have them)
Food:   Pack providing Hotdog Lunch, Apples, Bottled Water
Activities:   Scavenger Hunt, Lunch, Large Open Field, Slider Craft
It’s beginning to look like a great year.   Can’t wait to see you all Saturday.
Thanks, Glen

Welcome to Cub Scouts

Hello all,

It was a pleasure to meet you.   Thank you for expressing your interest in scouting.  You are embarking on an adventure with your sons that will influence the rest of their lives.
This Tuesday we will be holding an orientation to answer all your questions about cub scouts and our Pack operates.      There’s a lot of information to process getting started with scouting, and this will be the easiest way to cover everything including camping, activities, dens, costs, uniforms, and any other questions you are sure to have.
   New Family Orientation
   Tuesday, September 9th, 6:30pm
   Clark Elementary Cafeteria
Also, please mark your calendars for the following
Hot Dog Social
Outdoor games and lunch, social gathering
Saturday September 13, 10am-12noon
USF Riverfront Park
September Pack Meeting
Tuesday September 16th, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Location TBD
Lastly, Cub Scouts is more fun with friends.   Be sure to invite a friend you think might be interested and bring them along to the orientation.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Glen Parker
Pack 142 Committee Chair

Ice Skating, Saturday Aug 2, 12n-2p, Brandon Ice Sports.

Hello Pack,

Ice, in Florida, in Summer… is there anything more incongruous.   Time to go ice skating while we wrestle with the implications…

Here’s what you need to know

Ice Skating,
Saturday Aug 2, 12n-2p,
Brandon Ice Sports.
10222 Elizabeth Pl, Tampa, FL 33619

Cost:  $9 / skater
Uniform:   Activity uniforms (pack tShirts)
Siblings:   The whole family is welcome to skate
Food is not included, but they have a full snack bar with pizza and burgers.   Some of us are planning to arrive around 11am to get lunch before skating.
As always, let me know if you have any questions.

Pizza Tour & Brunch, Saturday July 12, 10:30a-11:30a

Hello Pack

Our summer marches on, and an army marches on it’s stomach, so………

We will be taking a tour of the local Pizza Hut this Saturday.  The cubs will be allowed behind the counter, check out all the equipment used to deliver hot, tasty food, then get to make a pizza themselves.   Nothing tastes as sweet as food you make yourself.   Here’s what you need to know.

*Please RSVP if you think you can attend.   I need a headcount for the Manager.

Pizza Hut (in Publix Shopping Center)
19010 Bruce B Downs Blvd Tampa, FL 33647
Saturday July 12, 10:30am – 11:30am

Cost: $5 (personal pizza & drink), extra food can be ordered afterwards.

Uniform:   Please wear your Field uniform (class A / Formal) if you have them.

Siblings:   Space is limited to whatever the Manager will safely allow.  Scouts get priority, and siblings can fill any extra space.   They are welcome to come and enjoy brunch, but they may not get to participate in the tour.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks, Glen

Roller Skating, Saturday July 5, 9am

Hello Pack,

Hopefully you will be recovered from the 4th so that you don’t miss out on Roller Skating.  Here’s what you need to know.

Roller Skating
Saturday July 5

United Skates of America
5121 N. Armenia Ave, Tampa, 33603

$8.00 / skater (includes lesson, skate rental, plus the Kids Fun Skate Session)

Uniform:   Activity Uniform (pack tshirt if you have one, no worries if you don’t yet)

See you there.

Thanks, Glen


Summer Event – June 26, 10am, ‘Skunks’

Hello Pack,

Our next summer activity is approaching, silent, but deadly.
Skunks !
Here’s what you need to know

Saturday June 26th, @ 10am
Lettuce Lake Park
Visitor Center
6920 E Fletcher AVE., Tampa, FL 33637

Join park rangers for themed hands-on workshops exploring elements of nature.

Price: $5 per child and one adult; $2 park entry up to eight people. Cash only.

Please wear your Field Uniforms (Class A, full uniform).

Webelos 5/27 den meeting recap

We had our last den meeting of the scout year on 5/27. This was an open meeting where scouts could present anything they wanted to the den. We did the following:

– we reviewed the boy scout law, which your scout will need to be able to do from memory for the arrow of light award.
– talked about the circuits we built in the previous meeting and some scouts cam up with some interesting experiments to try out with their circuits.
– May 15 – June 15 is Tourette’s Syndrome Awareness month. Ben W. gave a great presentation on Tourette’s, explaining what it is, and also what it isn’t. He handed out t-shirts and bands for TSA. This presentation fulfills requirement #1 for the disabilities awareness belt loop. If your scout would like to complete the requirements, he will need to complete #2 and #3 from the requirements:
Visit with a friend, family member, classmate, or other person with disabilities. Find out what this person enjoys and what this person finds difficult.
Attend a disabilities event such as an Easter Seals event, Special Olympics, a performance with sign language interpretation, an activity with Guiding Eyes dogs, or a wheelchair race. Tell your adult leader what you thought about the experience.
Make a display about one or more disabilities. It can include physical, learning, or mental challenges. Share the display at a pack meeting.
– We did a crossword puzzle on the arrow of light to remind the boys what we will be working on in the fall.
– we discussed upcoming summertime activities – if your scout participate in at least one event for each of the summer months (June, July, and August), he will earn a summertime activity award pin. Activities scheduled so far are:
6/10 – ice cream social at West Meadows Park
6/28 – animal presentation at Lettuce Lake Park
7/4 – 4th of July parade in Temple Terrace (tentative)
7/5 – roller skating
7/12 – pizza parlor tour/lunch
7/23 – bowling
8/2 – ice skating
8/17 – pool party
Please check the website calendar ( for details!

Finally, we discussed some things your scout can do over the summer if he so desires… here are some great ideas:
1. finish the webelos badge requirements if not completed already, and start reviewing the arrow of light requirements.
2. continue working on activity badges for compass emblem/points/super achiever badge
3. work on the world conservation badge (
4. work on the leave no trace award (
5. work on the outdoor activity award (
6. work on the emergency preparedness pin (
7. work on the cub scout nova (
and/or supernova award (
8. work on belt loops and/or pins.
Be sure and let your den leader know when you complete any award requirements :)

Den and Pack meetings will resume in the fall with the hot dog social. If there are any questions, please let me know.

Thanks, and have a great summer!

5.20 den meeting recap

We had a great meeting tonight:
– we looked at the bridges that some of the scouts had made and watched how different bridge types were able to hold varying amounts of load.
– we saw several floor plans that scouts had drawn and got to see some real blueprints from a house, showing floor plans, electrical, plumbing, etc.
– the scouts each got a resister and learned how to read/decode the colored markings
– finally, the scouts got to build a working electrical circuit with wire, a switch, an led light, and a power supply (battery). After the scouts assembled the circuit, Mr. Preta soldered them together. This completed requirement #6 of the engineer activity badge.
After the last two meetings, your scout should now be able to finish enough activities to earn the engineer activity badge.
Special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Preta for sharing their skill and expertise and for helping the boys with the engineer activity badge! They both did a great job and the boys had fun and learned a lot!
Our final meeting of this scout year will be next Tuesday (5/27) at the New Tampa Library. This will be an open meeting – feel free to bring anything you want to share with the den for any belt loops/activity badges, or anything else you’d like to show off!