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All Pack 811 scouts are invited to join us for our Arbor Day service project on Thursday, April 23th at Arovista Park.  We will be assisting the City of Brea with the planting of trees at the park.  Scouts should meet in the upper parking lot of the Arovista Park (the Boys and Girls Club side, off Elm Street) at 3:30 in the afternoon in their Class B Tshirts.   This is a great opportunity to help put more trees in our city, and complete a conservation service project for an achievement.  Please contact John Koos with any questions.


BLAZE Pizza Fundraiser


To help the pack as we head into the home stretch of our scouting year, we have set up a fairly easy way to raise some additional funds  — BLAZE PIZZA!
20% of proceeds go to the pack.
Time: 5-9pm
Where:  103 W. Imperial Hwy. (Next to Corner Bakery at Imperial/Brea Bl.)
Please send to all of your family and friends!

REDBRICK PIZZA Fundraiser – SEPT 17 – New Date!

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The Redbrick Pizza fundraiser is back on!  After a bit of water damage that shut the restaurant down for a few weeks, Redbrick is opening back up this weekend.

The new date?  SEPTEMBER 17.  This is an ALL-DAY fundraiser, not limited to a particular window of time.  The best part about the Redbrick fundraiser?  They donate a portion of ALL sales… not just those that present a flyer.  In fact, you don’t even have to bring it!  So, post this on your Facebook pages and tell all of your friends to go to Redbrick Pizza on September 17.

Yours in Scouting,

Cubmaster John

It’s Popcorn Season!

Hi Scouting Families !

I hope everyone had a fun Summer and you had a chance to join in some of our activities. As many of you know, the ending of the summer season brings the start of Cub Scout Popcorn season!  We sell Trail’s End Popcorn and RightResponse First Aid kits to raise money for our pack’s activities. You should have received the popcorn order forms in the mail by now and we will be passing out first aid kit order forms at our next meeting. There are a number of great prizes from OCBSA this year and I hope you get out there and start selling right away.

panelAs cool as those OCBSA rewards are, you know that we, at Pack 811, do it better. We have some BIG prizes for the top two sellers and some awesome prizes for those who sell a large amount of popcorn and first aid kits. We’ll give you the details about them at our first Pack Meeting on September 7th.

As a special incentive, we will raffle off a HD Google Android Tablet PC and some other cool prizes for any scout who brings in just $100 in orders on their order sheet, or orders $100 in Show-N-Deliver product by our September Pack Meeting.  

We sell popcorn and kits in THREE WAYS. The first is by Take-Order. Using the order forms, you simply “take orders” from friends and family and deliver their popcorn and kits on November 16. The second method is Show and Sell. We will be selling popcorn and kits at grocery stores on September 20 and 21, and at banks on September 26 and 27.  Each scout is limited to one shift (unless open shifts remain three days prior to the event). Please click HERE to sign up for the shifts. Any scout who participates in any of the shifts will be in a drawing for some cool prizes at the October Pack Meeting. 

The last, and easiest, method is Show and Deliver. You order your own bags of popcorn and kits which you can sell directly to customers door to door beginning September 21nd.  There is no need to return a second time to deliver the popcorn, and there is no money due until after you sell the popcorn.   Please click HERE to place your order no later than September 1 to be sure to get the inventory you would like. Additional orders can be placed after September 1, but they will be limited to on hand inventory. Please choose the amount carefully because you are responsible for all the popcorn and kits you order. Here’s a hint: the top sellers in the pack for the past 5 years have ALWAYS ordered Show and Deliver product! 

As on the past, the money earned through popcorn and first aid sales is essential to fund all of our events and awards. We need EVERY family to, as the Law of the Pack says, “help the pack GO”!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us. We will have extra order sheets if you need them. Good luck and happy selling.

Yours in Scouting,

John Koos and Jo Rivera
2014 Popcorn Kernels

Help Serve with the Bread of Angels!

Happy Mid-Summer everyone!  In just a few weeks, we have our first big service project of the scouting year–assisting with the Bread of Angels Ministry in serving meals to the needy.

Due to the high interest of this event, we are splitting it between two Saturdays with two shifts (8 scouts, 3 parents) each in August.  The first will be Saturday August 16 and the second will be August 23.

Those of you who participated in this event last year, you might recall the overwhelming emotions and joy in the faces of those we served.  For those of you have not yet had the opportunity to assist, you will find this both a memorable and rewarding experience.  This is a wonderful opportunity for the Pack to give back to our community, support the Church’s mission and present a wonderful life lesson (or two!) to our young boys.  This even qualifies for some scout activities (for example, Tigers e11, Wolf 11d, Bear 1b or 3f, Webelos 8e)

We will need two shifts of helpers for the event.  First shift will be from 7am to 9:30am and the second shift will be from 9:30-12:00pm.  All the meals are prepared by the Bread of Angels staff in the Church Hall at St. Angela Merici.  The scouts will be taking orders and serving lunch only to the guests.  Order taking will be easy; the guests will have a paper menu and they will select their choices by marking boxes and handing the paper/menu back to the scouts who will present them to the kitchen. The boys can serve and interact with the guests during the day.  We can also use the help of 3 parents to help in the kitchen during their son’s shift.  (The boys will not be able to help in the kitchen due to their young age).

There are also many needy children at the event and our boys will help in passing out games to the kids.

The uniform for this event will be the Class B T-shirts; keep the Class A shirts at home to keep them clean!  Parents, you might want to bring a kitchen apron if you have one.

Signing up for the event is easy! Just click > HERE <and complete your information. If you have any questions, please contact Cubmaster John Koos at or 714-614-8404.  We look to forward to seeing you all there!


Cub Pack 811 Fundraiser – BURGER PARLOR


Dear Pack Families,

Our next “dinner out” fundraising event is at the BURGER PARLOR!  Just bring the attached flyer to Burger Parlor anytime on March 3rd or 4th and 20% of the sales will come back to the Pack.  These are a low pressure way of financially supporting the pack.  Post on your Facebook page and email your friends about the event.

Something unique about this event is that the restaurant is owned by the Mahons – a St. Angela Family!

Yours in Scouting,

John Koos

It’s Pizza Time!

redbrickNext Thursday, October 10, is another opportunity to raise some money for our Pack while enjoying a night out with your friends!  About this time last year, we had our most successful restaurant fundraiser of the pack calendar year at Red Brick Pizza.  So, when thinking about where to go, that was top of the list.

Click on the image to the right for the flyer.  You can post it on your Facebook page and email it to all of your friends.  It is good for all day.  One great thing about Red Brick is that they do not insist that the flyer be brought.  So, you also can just tell your friends and family to mention “Cub Scout Pack 811.”
Yours in scouting,
John Koos

Have Some Pizza After Day Camp and Support the Pack.


Hi Everyone,

Who want’s to cook after a long day at Day Camp?  Join us at Round Table next week (July 22 – 26) and leave the cooking to them.   Round Table Pizza is generously donating 20% of your pizza and sandwich expenses to the pack for every bill that is accompanied by the attached flyer.  Round Table is on your way home from Day Camp – on the corner of Brea Blvd and Central in the Vons Shopping Center.  It is a great way to spend time with pack families and to get an update about the day’s activities.

Come one, two, or all five days (the flyer works for take-out as well!).  For take out, you may call your order ahead at (714) 671-2821.







Join us at the LAZY DOG on May 15


Pack Families,

Our next fundraiser will be held at the Lazy Dog in Brea!  The event will run from 3pm-9pm.  As you have experienced in the past, this is nice way to provide extra funds for the Pack and all its Dens to do many of the fun activities that we do all year long.  It also is a great way to see friends from the Pack. We are encouraging everyone to post the flyer on the right (click for full size) to their Facebook page.  Like previous events, you can distribute the flyer to anyone you know… but make sure you, and anyone you provide it to, brings the flyer to the restaurant. I am looking forward to seeing a lot of boys and their families at this fundraising event.

Yours in Scouting,

John Koos


Brea Rotary Supports Brea Cub Scouts at Annual Pinewood Derby Event

Cub Scout Pack 811


Brea Rotary Supports Brea Cub Scouts at Annual Pinewood Derby Event

January 28, 2013

Brea Rotary presented a check for $1,000 to Brea Cub Scout Pack 811 to offset the cost of their new “Pinewood Derby” track.  “Brea Rotary is proud to support Brea scouting, and we have done so for years.  When we learned that they needed a new track for their annual Pinewood Derby, we wanted to help”, said President Scott Elliott.  The ceremonial check was presented at the 2013 Pinewood Derby event, held at 1:30pm, Sunday, January 27th, at St. Angela Merici Church in Brea.

“We are honored that Rotary wants to support our Pack in this way.  After using the same track for over fifteen years, it was pretty beat up.  The new track is made of aluminum and will be available for generations of Cub Scouts to come.”, remarked Jim Remley, Pack 811 Committee Chair.  “We truly value our relationship with the Rotary Club and plan to commemorate their generosity with a permanent plaque affixed to our new track.”

About Cub Scout Pack 811 (Brea)

Since 1979, Pack 811 has provided a nurturing environment for scouts to reach their full potential.  The Pack’s charter is held by St. Angela Merici Church in Brea. More information about Pack 811 can be found on their website at

About Brea Rotary

The Rotary Club of Brea, founded in 1958, is one of the most active and respected service clubs in North Orange County.  Over the decades, it has been a forum for individuals who share in the spirit of service to the local and international community, giving tens of thousands of dollars to worthy causes annually.

About the “Pinewood Derby”

The Pinewood Derby is a racing event for Cub Scouts in the Boy Scouts of America.  Cubs Scouts, with parental assistance, build small cars from wood, plastic wheels, and metal axles.  The Pinewood Derby was founded in 1953 by Cubmaster Don Murphy, in Manhattan Beach, California.  The Pinewood Derby was named one of Reader’s Digest’s “America’s 100 Best” as a “celebrated rite of Spring.”  Similar Scouting events include the Raingutter Regatta and the Space Derby.

Contact: John Koos, Assistant Cubmaster

(714) 729-8404

Jojo’s Pizza Fundraiser – January 17, 2013

Pack Families,

Happy new year!  Jojo’s Pizza in Downtown Brea is our next big fundraiser for the pack.  We had a very successful event at Five Guys Burgers and Fries and appreciate all pack families and friends of our pack for attending.  Jojo’s will contribute FIFTY PERCENT of all pizza and “loose” pasta sales to our pack (“loose pasta” basically is spaghetti).  Like with the Five Guys and Red Brick restaurant fundraisers, don’t be shy in sending out the attached flyer to everyone you know.  You do not have to be a pack family to participate in the fundraiser.

The event is Thursday, January 17, 2013.  Remember that you MUST present the flyer in order for our pack to receive credit.  Please  click on the image to download and print a few for your friends as well.  JoJo’s is located at 120 S. Brea Blvd, #106.

I look forward to seeing you all there!

Yours in Scouting,

John Koos
Assistant Cubmaster

Five Guys Burgers & Fries Fundraiser Event

Pack Families,

As announced today at a fantastic pack meeting, on December 6th, all day, is a great opportunity for you and your friends and family to support our Pack. The new Five Guys Burgers & Fries in Brea (in the Gateway Shopping
Center near Rite Aid) is hosting us for a fundraiser. Twenty percent of the total sales from those who bring a flyer will go toward our Pack. Please click on the image on the right to open the flyer.
Don’t be shy in sending it to everyone you know!

Yours in Scouting,

John Koos
Assistant Cubmaster

Brea War Memorial Dedication

On Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, we will be going to the unveiling of the new Brea War Memorial outside City Hall.  You may have seen the construction along Birch Street in front of the Curtis Theater.  We believe this is a great opportunity for the boys to be a part of Brea’s history and to honor the many servicemen and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice or who served in the armed forces.

The program starts at 1:00pm and runs about an hour and a half.  We want to get there at about 12:30 to try to grab seats for the boys. Given how many people who will be attending, there will not be enough seating for all.  We request that the boys who attend be mindful of the occasion and give appropriate respect through the uniform.  Many current and former military service members will be there and they will certainly have their uniforms in pristine condition.

The following is the link from the City’s website, for more background:

Yours in Scouting,
John Koos