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On October 4th we will have our monthly Pack meeting at Ellsworth Hill gym/cafeteria.  We will officially gather at 6:45, and the meeting will start promptly at 7:00 with the Webelos 1 den (4th grade) presenting the colors.  The theme for this month’s meeting is a Jack O’Lantern contest.  Scouts should wear Class As (tucked-in please) with neckerchiefs.  Lions should wear their Lion T-shirt.  If you haven’t yet picked up your Scout’s Class A, feel free to have have them wear his or her Class B (the red T-shirt).
Popcorn orders can be turned in at the October Pack meeting, but you don’t have to turn them in then.  They aren’t due until October 20th.
We suggest getting there extra early this month (even before 6:45), as there is much to do before the Webelos 1 den (Grade 4) presents the colors at 7:00.  Specifically, upon arrival (and before our 7:00 start), each Scout should:
  • turn in his or her popcorn/coffee orders (money is not due this meeting (it is due at the November meeting), but the order forms are);
  • enter the monthly guessing game (siblings have their own category and are also encouraged to submit a guess);
  • receive his or her Raingutter Regatta kit, which is the theme for next month’s Pack meeting; and
  • register his or her entry in the Pack’s Jack O’ Lantern contest.

For the contest, Scouts/siblings are encouraged to work with an adult to help design and carve a Jack O’Lantern.  Upon arrival at the Pack meeting, each Scout/sibling will enter his/her Jack O’Lantern in one of the below categories.  Then, during the meeting, each Scout will anonymously vote for the entry that he feels best represents each category (sorry, siblings don’t vote; just Scouts).  The winners for each category will be announced at the end of the meeting.

Each Scout/sibling, if desired, should also bring his/her own way of illuminating his or her entry.  NO CANDLES, PLEASE.  Also, remember to bring the Jack O’Lantern already carved.
The contest’s categories include:
  • Scariest
  • Best Scout Theme
  • Most Unique
  • Most Patriotic
  • Best Animation or Props
    • If anything on the Jack O’Lantern is not from the pumpkin, it will be deemed a prop and will have to go into this category.  So don’t prepare a Jack O’Lantern thinking it will be entered into the Scariest category if it includes, for example, plastic vampire teeth, or in the Most Patriotic category if it has a cloth American flag with a wooden handle.  Those submissions will have to go into the Best Animation or Props category.
  • Funniest
  • Best Non Pumpkin Jack O’Lantern (watermelons, gourds, etc.)
    • The carved object must be non-flammable.
  • Best Sibling Jack O’Lantern
    • Can include props.
    • This is OPTIONAL.  There is no need or expectation for anyone to make two (or more) carvings.  If you think you and any sibling would have fun creating one, feel free to participate.
      • Siblings will not vote for the winners of any of the categories.  Only Scouts vote.