Noteworthy
What the pack is doing... and what we've taken note of

Occasionally genius strikes us, and we capture it here. More often, something blunt and heavy strikes us hard enough that we wake up and realize - hey the pack would like to know about that! Any member of our pack community is welcome to contribute here, as long as it's noteworthy.

Welcome Families that Want to Help!

posted Sep 28, 2017, 9:50 PM by Daniel Gildersleeve   [ updated Sep 28, 2017, 10:08 PM ]

The success of our Scouting program depends on the volunteer talents of our adult members. We encourage our families to take a moment to complete our family talent survey. If you can help, let us know!

Adult Volunteers Wanted for Cub Pack 354 Houston TX

Welcome to Pack 354!

posted Sep 18, 2017, 8:27 PM by Cubmaster Dan

If you are new to scouting and considering Pack 354, please check out the New Family Resources and considering signing up to be added to our mailing list (it's the first step to registering for the pack).

On Thursday, 9/21, we will be having an information session at Briargrove Elementary School (cafeteria, rear entrance) at 6:30pm for all new and prospective scouting families. In addition to witnessing a model rocket launch (yes, a real one!) in the school's field, we will talk about the year ahead and answer any questions as well as help get new families registered.

Our first pack meeting of the year will be the following Thursday (9/28) at St. Martin's church.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

-Cubmaster Dan

Welcome Back!

posted Sep 13, 2017, 12:50 PM by Cubmaster Dan

School has begun (finally) and so has another year for Cub Scout Pack 354. Our first official Pack meeting will be held Thursday evening September 28th. An email message will be going out to all members in the next couple of days. I look forward to seeing you all soon!

-Dan

Harvey Volunteer Opportunities for Sat, Sept 9

posted Sep 8, 2017, 7:11 PM by Cubmaster Dan   [ updated Sep 8, 2017, 7:27 PM ]

In the aftermath of Harvey, many Houstonians have begun to return to some semblance of normality. It has been 2 weeks since the storm began to pummel the city. Downtown offices were open for business earlier this week, and most HISD schools are set to begin the school year Monday. Still, 80 schools across the district remain closed and countless homes have yet to be mucked out.

Last week, Scouts, parents, and many of my friends and neighbors formed impromptu "mucking crews" to help those in need.  We spent the first several days in Bellaire and Meyerland, near the Jewish Community Center, and then went northwest, to Inwood, working with another crew from the Second Baptist Church. Tomorrow we have two volunteer opportunities open to anyone in our community; both can use as many volunteers as we can get.  

MUCK HOMES:
Our pack's treasurer emeritus, Sterling Adlakha, has found a partnership opportunity with the Faith Memorial Baptist Church in Houston's historic 5th ward (623 Kress St, Houston, TX 77020). This one is for adults only; we will be ripping out drywall and pulling up floors in houses that have not yet been mucked out. Please use this sign-up sheet, and plan to meet in the church parking lot at 9am.  Volunteers will split into crews of 10 people per home.  From the funds we have raised, the pack will purchase and bring limited supplies to donate, but please do bring any tools that you have for clean up and demolition. The most important and useful items include: crow-bar, utility knife, spray bottle with bleach/water mixture, broom, mop, dustpan, gloves, mask, reciprocating saw, drywall saw...  

When we are out and in houses, be sure to wear gloves and masks at all times, especially because the longer homes sit without being cleaned out and demo'ed, the more mold there is.  

SUPPLY WAREHOUSE:
In association with the Georgetown alumni club, the second opportunity is for adults and children alike, at Catholic Charities. Having received many donations, the organization can use our help at their warehouse (7111 Ardmore, Houston, TX 77054) to help unload and sort donations for those affected by the storm. This is a great way to involve kids in the Harvey volunteer effort. Wear comfortable clothes, and bring your own snacks and water.





Disaster Recovery - Donations and Volunteers

posted Sep 1, 2017, 8:26 PM by Cubmaster Dan   [ updated Sep 3, 2017, 9:49 PM ]

The last several days have made us painfully aware of the brute force and sheer devastation that Mother Nature can bring down on us. Over the same short time, however, we have also been given the opportunity to witness the awesome power of Human Nature through the kindness and generosity of volunteers and donors near and far. Friends, family, and many complete strangers have heard the call and stepped up to help their fellow man (and woman).

For my part, I have spent each of the last several days with my wife and children reaching out directly to our close friends that were affected most severely. We pumped, dumped, tossed, mopped, ripped up and tore out. Tomorrow, we'll do it all again. The day after, again. For a few families, the task of rebuilding can begin. Tomorrow, one more family. Countless Houston residents are still wading through their homes with so much work to do, while others are only just now returning for the first time after having been evacuated nearly one week ago. They all have an arduous slog ahead, and can use our hands, our backs, and our support. 

For those Cub Scout Pack 354 families and scouts that are ready, willing, and able to support recovery efforts already well underway across the city, please email me directly (cubmaster@cubpack354.org), wear your Class-B pack t-shirt if you have one, and join me along with other Scouts and leaders. Tomorrow I will be heading again to the Meyerland neighborhood to help one family that I just heard needs our help. If we can get them set, we'll check in at the local community center, drop off donated supplies, and get another labor assignment.

For those that aren't local but still wish to help and for ANYONE who can do so, you can support our efforts by donating using the following apps/websites:
Our goal is to raise $1,000 per day to purchase the most needed supplies on a daily basis for distribution directly to families in need throughout the affected neighborhoods. Today the most critical items are bleach, garbage bags, mops, buckets, fans, and towels. I will post updates here and on facebook (facebook.com/cubpack354) to share our progress and show you what you have helped accomplish.

Upon request, I will provide the Tax ID # for our chartering organization; seek appropriate advice as to whether your donation is tax-deductible. I will use facebook as my primary means to communicate updates, and will post our receipts, purchases, donations, and photos of the great work we're doing. I will also continue to email this group.

Please - spread the word and recruit your friends and relatives. Forward my email, or direct them to others like the local BakerRipley charity that is running the largest shelter or the Houston Food Bank. However you decide to show your support, just do it.

Finally, and as always... do your best! - Cubmaster Dan

Daily Updates:

I will continue to add details of donations, activities, and supply-runs here. Please keep the donations coming in, spread the word to get your friends and relatives to help us by volunteering or donating. I am also providing updates throughout each day on facebook.

9/1 volunteered all day between Trotter YMCA and Evelyn Rubenstein JCC

9/2 end-of-day update: yesterday's donations totaled $449 (details are available on my venmo page). Off to do some more shopping tomorrow! Today several scouts volunteered at the JCC and others joined me at one house in Bellaire (along with many other friends and Briargrove neighborhood residents). 

9/3 morning update: went to Lowe's, ACE, Home Depot, and Bering's (everyone is low on inventory), and spent a total of $644.60 (receipts are posted below)

9/3 evening update: today's donations totaled $748.81, a full $168.81 of which was from Olivia Rissmiller's bake sale (see picture below). Tomorrow morning I will do another shopping trip.

 





 

Hurricane Harvey – Rescue & Recovery

posted Aug 30, 2017, 10:35 AM by Daniel Gildersleeve   [ updated Aug 30, 2017, 10:41 AM ]

Cub Scout Families:

hurricane harvey houston flood volunteer support

After a very anxious couple of days, waters are receding in our immediate neighborhood, and most of us are dry and safe. I hope that is true for all our extended pack family. On behalf of the Cub Scout Pack 354 leadership, I hope that everyone is doing OK, and that Harvey hasn't hit you too hard. Please let us know how and whether we can help you if you need it.

For those that are in a position to lend a helping hand, this is an opportunity and a call to service. I will be delivering donations downtown this afternoon. I encourage you all to consider whether you have any of the following items which are in short supply at various shelters including the George R. brown convention center, currently housing nearly 10,000 people:

Bottles, baby wipes, baby food, diapers, blankets, pillows, towels, sanitary items, toothbrushes and toothpaste, body wash, deodorant, first-aid items like Tylenol, bandaids, antibiotic ointment

Call, text, or email me and I will gladly come pick up items that you have to donate. Everything helps.

Cubmaster Dan




Hurricane Harvey Rescue & Recovery Resources:


Hurricane Harvey Rescue & Recovery Resources | Cub Pack 354, Houston TX

Up Next: McNair Cub Adventure Camp

posted Mar 30, 2017, 11:12 PM by Daniel Gildersleeve

Spring is the perfect season for camping, and we can't wait to attend the McNair Cub Adventure Camp at the end of April. Here are some highlights of what await our scouts at Camp Bovay in Navasota, TX.


Daniel Lieberman Receives Unit Leader's Award of Merit

posted Feb 25, 2017, 10:33 PM by Daniel Gildersleeve   [ updated Feb 25, 2017, 10:42 PM ]

Daniel Lieberman Unit Leader's Award of Merit

The Unit Leader's Award of Merit

Cub Scout Pack 354 of Sam Houston Area Council’s Twin Bayou District is both proud and privileged to have our Cubmaster, Daniel Lieberman, presented with the Unit Leader of Merit Award.


unit leaders award of merit knot


This distinguished award is reserved to recognize exemplary volunteer leaders in the district who have consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty in delivering the promise of scouting to their scouts and families. Nominees are considered on a combination of personal contribution and overall pack performance in regards to both the scouting program and individual scout advancement.


This award was presented by Twin Bayou District Commissioner, Zig Werlla, to Daniel at our inaugural Blue & Gold banquet on February 23rd, 2017.

A Few Words from District Commissioner Werlla

"Quality unit leadership is the key to a quality unit program. Statistics show that if a Scout stays active in the program for at least five years, BSA’s influence likely will stay with that Scout for the rest of their life. A quality Scouting experience will help keep Scouts engaged and active in the program.

"Tonight, I have the privilege of presenting the Unit Leader Award of Merit. This award was created by the Boy Scouts of America to recognize outstanding unit leaders who help create and maintain a vibrant program for Scouts.


"I believe it is appropriate to read a few excerpts from the letter that accompanied his nomination for this award. It will give you a sense of who Dan is and how he is appreciated by all."

Excerpts from Dan's Nomination

When Dan first assumed his position, the leadership of our entire Pack was limited to a handful of committed volunteers, who were stretched to their limits.


Lacking enough parent volunteers, in addition to the role of Cubmaster, Dan took on the roles of Den Leader, outdoor activity leader, membership chair, social media chair, and fundraising chair.


Two years later, every volunteer position has been filled. We now have a Pack Committee Chair. Tonight we are hosting our first Blue & Gold Banquet. The Pack has grown by 71% with total membership of over 60 scouts! The most obvious change resulting from Dan’s leadership is our parent’s willingness to volunteer and become involved with our Pack.


Going above and beyond the responsibilities of his position defines Cubmaster Dan. He single-handedly built a professionally designed web site – cubpack354.org. This website is central to all of our activities. Members can view the calendar, download event details, review training requirements and find contact information. Now families can register for outdoor activities and sign up for campout assignments. Payments can be made over the website using credit cards and smartphones. Dan created every one of these website elements on his own initiative.


There is no more important impact from Dan’s leadership than the difference it’s made for the Scouts themselves. There has been a fundamental shift in our program that is more inspirational for our young men. There is a newfound sense of dedication from our scouts and a more enthusiastic involvement in outdoor activities. Opportunities for our scouts to give back to the community have grown tremendously. They now volunteer at food banks, schools and churches. Quite frankly, our Scouts seem to be having more fun!


As a result of his leadership, unfailing dedication and exuberant commitment to Pack 354, we wholeheartedly recommend Dan Lieberman for this award!

daniel liebermann unit leader of merit award twin bayou sam houston bsa


Presenting the Unit Leader's Award of Merit

"On behalf of Pack 354, Twin Bayou District, Sam Houston Area Council and the Boy Scouts of America, I am pleased to present the Unit Leader Award of Merit to Daniel E. Lieberman, Cubmaster for Pack 354.


Dan, thank you for all that you do for the young men of Pack 354 and the Scouting program. Congratulations for receiving the Unit Leader Award of Merit which recognizes a job well done!"


-Zig Werlla, District Commissioner, Twin Bayou, Sam Houston Area Council

A Scout is Helpful

posted Oct 5, 2016, 8:25 AM by Cubmaster Dan   [ updated Oct 5, 2016, 8:33 AM ]

At our last meeting, we talked about the third tenet of the Scout Law: a Scout is Helpful. What does that mean to you and to your Scout? Remember, your are his most important Akela (teacher). In demonstrating his faithfulness to this tenet, a Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward. Sometimes we might have to ask, plead, encourage, and even prod a bit - but our boys are learning by watching us. When you demonstrate your own helpfulness, point it out to him. And when you notice his helpfulness, make a big deal. Praise and acknowledge his model behavior.

For our October meeting, we'll be getting creepy and crawly in anticipation of Halloween. How does that connect to A Scout is Kind? Come to the meeting to find out...

KIND
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he wants to be treated. He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.

Until next time, 
Do your best -Dan

I have so many questions!!

posted Aug 18, 2016, 12:24 PM by Cubmaster Dan   [ updated Aug 18, 2016, 2:04 PM ]

Where is the meeting? Do I really want to join? What's the time commitment? Is my son going to like it? What about my daughter - she wants to come too! How much does it cost? Will i have the chance to relive my glory years of pinewood derby and rocket-launching? Will I have to camp out with bugs? Outside?

DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT! All these questions will be answered - and you'll be happy with the answers! Come join us at our upcoming pack meeting August 25th. To be added to the mailing list now or ask any questions in advance, hop on over to this contact form and let us know!

Seriously - don't worry; we've all been there. The best thing about this pack is the community we build both inside and outside our ranks.

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