Thursday, November 16, 2017

Save the Date - December Pack Meeting

It's hard to believe but it's time to start thinking about CHRISTMAS already! But hey when there are...





...we've gotta do what we've gotta do!

As usual we have a fantastic evening planned for all our Pack families. This year, we are having a Christmas Potluck Pack Meeting



Oh yes, FOOD glorious FOOD!  NO rushing to try to feed the family before the Pack Meeting. Our Arrow of Light Den will be preparing main course entrees and we are asking families to sign up to bring sides, drinks and desserts.  The Sign Up Genius will be out soon.

What can you do to help? Well, I'm so glad you asked!

  1. WATCH for the Sign Up Genius that will come through Scoutbook.
  2. Be sure to RSVP on Scoutbook so we know how many to expect.
  3. SAVE THE DATE on your calendar!  
  4. SHOP for the food drive benefiting Christ Haven for Children's food pantry.  Be watching for that list from your den leaders.  
  5. We will also be doing a SOCK IT TO ME "snowball" war!  So, bring a package of NEW solid white adult socks.
  6. Like a good Scout, BE PREPARED for a holly, jolly, merry good time!
  7. Find and wear your most festive hat!  (Parents, Scouts and siblings!!)
Disclaimer -- PLEASE DO NOT BRING ANYTHING WITH NUTS PLEASE!  SAVE GRANDMA's FRUITCAKE FOR YOUR FAMILY AT HOME... FOR A MULTITUDE OF REASONS. 


The pack will have plates, paper goods and, of course, all the entertainment.

So, save the date for the our Pack Meeting Christmas Potluck Tuesday, December 12.
  • We will pass out popcorn sales winner prizes
  • We will have some silly string wars
  • We will have a PINATA!
  • Wear your most festive hats
One thing we DO have a GREAT NEED for is for YOUR PHOTOS!!!! If you can e-mail, provide them via flash drive, share them in the cloud, e-mail them one by one. We would love to have your best snapshots to play during our slide show and it's always better when we get enough submissions to make complete den... so think of field trips, pack meetings, camping.... rockets, anything! Send me your pictures! Thanks so much!


Monday, November 13, 2017

November Pack Meeting TOMORROW


Don't forget tomorrow is the Pack 1910 November Pack Meeting at Bear Creek Park Pavilion 3.  We will be having a campfire and flag retirement ceremony followed by hot chocolate and snacks.  We hope you and your family can join us.  

Be sure to RSVP on ScoutBook for this event to ensure we have enough for everyone!

If there is a burn ban or chance of rain, updates will be sent out ON SCOUTBOOK so be sure you are checking your e-mail regularly.

WHAT TO BRING:  Scouts should be sure to bring a HEADLAMP if you have one (to keep your hands free for reading), water bottleschairs and maybe a blanket... you may need it!  



Our event will commence at 6:30 sharp.  Once the service has ended, we invite pack members and their families to the pavilion for some hot chocolate and a sweet treat.  

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Trained



Every Scout deserves a well trained leader!

The Longhorn Council will give you the tools to “do your best” to deliver a FUN and exciting program to our Cub Scouts. Both the Longhorn Council and our Mustang District Training Team offers a range of National BSA training courses to help make your job easier and more FUN.

If you are new to Scouting, new in a particular Scouting job, or perhaps you want to step up to offer assistance in a supporting role, position-specific training courses are offered for you to learn the basics of your new position. If you are a seasoned veteran, there are a variety of advanced training programs.

Saturday, November 18 is the University of Scouting. If you haven't registered, there is still time to pick your courses and make a day of it. If you can't attend this year, know that we hold it EVERY YEAR!  Registration is $25 and includes lunch.  (There are a few courses that have supplemental fees such as CPR, see the course guide for more info on that.)

Online registration will close on Friday, November 10, 2017.

Walk-in Registration at the event on will be $25 for adults, $15 for youth but does NOT include lunch so plan accordingly if you're a late registrant.

Check in is from 8:15a-9a
Classes begin at 9a and last until 12p
Lunch is from 12p-1p
Afternoon classes are 1p-4p

UOS COURSE CATALOG

CLASS OFFERINGS

REGISTER HERE

Alternatively (or additionally), please be sure to check out the online courses at  www.my.scouting.org From there you will be taken to a portal to create an account and password. At that point, you can tap into the wide array of available online training courses. Leaders, please be sure you are trained for your specific position within the pack by December 1 so that we have NO issues with recharter.

Parents, this is also the site where you should go to take the on-line version of Youth Protection Training (YPT). We want EVERY parent in the pack to take YPT.

Veteran's Day


Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.



Today we pay homage and give thanks to all of those who have served this great nation of ours from the United States Navy to the United States Army to the United States Air Force to the United States Marine Corps to the United States Coast Guard and each branch of reserves.




Scouting has a history rich in military service as well.  Robert Baden-Powell, the father of Boy Scouts, was a British officer with a long military career.  Much he learned along the way in his military career directly correlated with how he established scouting.  As it stands, many of our current military academies are home to a considerable amount of Scouts - over 1/3 of the cadets at West Point were involved in scouts and 16% are eagles; over 20% of the Air Force cadets were in scouting and 12% are Eagles; and 25% of the Naval Academy midshipmen were in Scouts and 11% are Eagle Scouts.  Thought it's not the only way, it's definitely a great path to being a part of something much bigger than yourself.

So, today, we humbly give thanks to those who have signed their name on the line and said, "Whatever it takes... I'm here for America."  Those are the kind of courageous men and women we honor today.

Some interesting facts from History.com about veterans:


The brave men and women who serve and protect the U.S. come from all walks of life; they are parents, children and grandparents. They are friends, neighbors and coworkers, and an important part of their communities. Here are some facts about the current veteran population of the United States.


There are approximately 21 million military veterans in the United States.
  • 16.1 million living veterans served during at least one war.
  • 5.2 million veterans served in peacetime.
  • 2 million veterans are women.
  • 7 million veterans served during the Vietnam War era (1964-1975).
  • 5.5 million veterans served during the Gulf War (representing service from Aug. 2, 1990, to present).
  • Of the 16 million Americans who served during World War II (1941-1945), about 620,000 are still alive.
  • 2 million veterans served during the Korean War (1950-1953).
  • 6 million veterans served in peacetime.
  • As of 2014, 2.9 million veterans received compensation for service-connected disabilities.
  • As of 2014, 3 states have more than 1 million veterans in among their population: California (1.8 million), Florida (1.6 million), Texas (1.7 million).
  • The VA health care system had 54 hospitals in 1930, since then it has expanded to include 171 medical centers; more than 350 outpatient, community, and outreach clinics; 126 nursing home care units; and 35 live-in care facilities for injured or disabled vets.


We remember your sacrifice. We honor your patriotism. To quote President Coolidge, "The Nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.”

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Enter The Boy's Life 2017 Say Yes To Reading Contest!

Write a one-page report titled “The Best Book I Read This Year” and enter it in the Boys’ Life 2017 “Say Yes to Reading!” contest.

The book can be fiction or nonfiction. But the report has to be in your own words — 500 words tops. Enter in one of these three age categories:
  • 8 years old and younger
  • 9 and 10 years old
  • 11 years old and older


First-place winners in each age category will receive a $100 gift card from Amazon.com. Second-place winners will receive a $75 gift card; third-place winners, a $50 gift card.

Everyone who enters will get a free patch like the one on this page. (And, yes, the patch is a temporary insignia, so it can be worn on the Boy Scout uniform shirt, on the right pocket. Proudly display it there or anywhere!) In coming years, you’ll have the opportunity to earn different patches.

The contest is open to all Boys’ Life readers. Be sure to include your name, address, age and grade in school on the entry.

Send your report, along with a business-size, self-addressed, stamped envelope, to:

Boys’ Life Reading Contest
S306
P.O. Box 152079
Irving, TX 75015-2079

Entries must be postmarked by Dec. 31, 2017 and must include entry information and a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Committee/Parent Meeting is TOMORROW

PARENTS WANTED!!!  PLEASE ATTEND MONDAY'S COMMITTEE MEETING TO HELP THE PACK MAKE PLANS AND DECISIONS ABOUT YOUR SON'S SCOUT ACTIVITIES.

The Pack Committee helps ensure that our Cub Scouts are offered fun-filled and meaningful events through the year. 

Parents please attend and help enrich and strengthen our Pack. Topics include upcoming pack meeting plans, assignments for the next month and upcoming large-scale activities.  

We still have a leadership roles we need filled and just by coming to these meetings -- you could help the Pack tremendously!  You can RSVP on Scoutbook or just show up!  The link to the meeting agenda will be posted in the comments field below the event on the ScoutBook calendar. We ask that you please print your own (no wasted paper).

The November Committee meeting is at 7pm at the Scout House on Monday, November 2.  Come join us!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!


Happy Halloween Pack 1910!  We hope the weather holds out and that it's no tricks -- all treats!  Be safe, keep warm and see you soon!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Veteran's Day Parade


 


 


To celebrate our veterans this year, Pack 1910 is cordially inviting all Cub Scouts and their families to attend the annual Fort Worth Veteran's Day Parade together, Saturday, November 11.  

Cub Scouts, in uniform, will meet together with their families to celebrate these brave men and women.  The parade route can be found HERE. Bring your flags to wave. Bring homemade signs of thanks. Bring your whole family.

See Scoutbook to RSVP and for all event specific information and staging site for Pack members.

We hope to see you there!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Pack Meeting TOMORROW!

Don't forget to join us TOMORROW for our annual Pack 1910 Halloween Party Pack Meeting!  Scouts, siblings and parents are welcome to our October Pack Meeting October 24 from 6:30-7:45pm. While our usual Pack meeting date is the 2nd Tuesday of the month, in October we schedule it out further so that we can have some Halloween fun with the Cubs!



Don't forget it's a COSTUME party! We want everyone in costume! Parents, siblings and ESPECIALLY leaders included! 

We will have some important announcements about upcoming events.  We will have an awesome ceremony for our new Scouts that have earned their BOBCAT.

We will play games. Oh yes... we will pay games! We will have fun the Cub Scout way! I hope you all make plans to join us. Be sure to RSVP on Scoutbook.

Monthly Pack Meetings are where all dens come convene to experience Pack fellowship, parents get to meet new faces, we all get to hear about the exciting things coming and enjoy the boys having fun during the activities! After all -- what we do -- it's ALL for the boys!

Monday, October 16, 2017

A Special Announcement...

... We interrupt your Monday for a very, very...


After careful consideration and much deliberation, the theme for the 2018 Blue and Gold Banquet has been selected by our Arrow of Light den...





THE WINNER IS DISCO BABY!




For those of you who may be new to the world of Cub Scouts, the Blue and Gold banquet is one of the highlights of our Cub Scout year. It is a celebration of the anniversary (or "birthday") of Scouting. Simplified, it's a large-scale Pack meeting with food (dessert). On a broader scope, it's the last meeting our Arrow of Light Scouts will ever come to as a Cub Scout -- we say good by to them, their families and at least two of our registered leaders that are crossing over to Boy Scouts. As part of the Blue and Gold, we have a themed cake-baking competition (they should be quite interesting this year with this theme for sure!) We have special guests. But, the bottom line is... we have fun! Save the date for Friday, February 23, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

We would like a member of each den to be on the Blue and Gold planning committee. This is an easy way for each den to have a member familiar with the process so that when it comes time for their son to cross over to Boy Scouts, they are well versed with how to coordinate this event since it is run and conducted by the AOL den each year.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Cyber Chip


Long gone are the days of the "be home before the sun goes down" kind of parenting that a lot of us grew up with. Unfortunately, however, the more kids are inside, the more inclined they are to engage in some kind of online, electronic activity. I'm sure we've all seen news reports about cyber bullying, online security, location services on devices, geotagging of photos and social networking predators. It would be nice to think these topics won't impact our youth, but we need to be proactive and realize that we are in the thick of it! We must protect them.

Crazy fact - did you know that over 5 MILLION Facebook users are actually kids under the age of 10 even though the age limit to even have an account is 13?

If you have a pulse, you've likely heard of.... Minecraft. I know my boys absolutely LOVE watching YouTube videos that have to do with Minecraft and their other favorite video games. However, if you think, for a second, they should watch these unsupervised, you're in for a shock. A great deal of the content in these videos is highly inappropriate.  Predators use clickbait to lure them to watch material that is anything but age appropriate for Cub Scouts!

More and more children have iPads, iPhones, tablets, Ipods and more and more access than ever to a whole worldwide web that is not the most friendly to the eyes, heart and especially to the spirit and character of our children.

With the electronic world aimed against us, how can parents teach our children internet safety principles?

In partnership with NetSmartz®, the Boy Scouts of America developed the Cyber Chip program. Along the same lines of how the Whittling Chip is designed to teach the boys pocketknife safety, the Cyber Chip is designed to teach them internet safety. There are BSA Cyber Chip requirements for boys in grades 1-3, grades 4-5 so your Cub Scouts are covered! In fact, there are programs available from grades 1 - 12! Even if your children aren’t in Cub Scouts, you can still take advantage of NetSmartz’s awesome programming.

Each Cyber Chip level covers topics such as cyber bullying, cell phone use, texting, blogging, gaming and identity theft. To earn the Cyber Chip, Cub Scouts sign an Internet Safety Pledge, watch an age-appropriate online video and share what they’ve learned with their den or den leader. Older boys complete additional activities.

Once they present their completion certification to their den leaders, they will earn their Cyber Chip which is a temporary patch to be worn on their uniform. (It's pictured at the top of this post.)

The Cyber Chip expires annually. Scouts are required to “recharge” the chip each year by returning to the NetSmartz® website for their grade and completing the recharge requirements (at the bottom for their required grade). Grades 1-3 have their own experience, Grades 4-5 have another, 6-8 have another and grades 9-12 have their own as well. This keeps the information relevant and age appropriate. Upon this completion, they'll be presented with a recharged pin to wear on their patch.


It is definitely hard to navigate these waters, but we have a responsibility to keep our kids safe and we can only do that by first educating ourselves. By encouraging our kids to participate in programs like the Cyber Chip, we are taking steps to ensure they are equipped with the tools to keep them and their friends and siblings safe.

If you want to make sure you're on top of things, the Boys and Girls Club of America created a CyberSafe program that will give you tips, discussion cards and resources for broaching the topics of cyberbullying, mobile technology, social networks and online privacy.

Cyber safety -- it's all of our jobs! It’s never too early to begin talking about it with your boys. Start your conversation today and help them earn this awesome temporary patch that can be worn with their uniform -- the Cyber Chip!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Jug-O-Lantern Contest

Milk does a body good!  So, chug-a-lug on the moo juice then rinse and dry out the milk jug.  Grab a sharpie or some acrylic paint and let your Cub Scout decorate a jug-o-lantern to bring to our Halloween Pack Meeting this month!


Be sure to cut a small slit along the back near the handle to insert either a headlamp, a battery-operated votive or even a few glow sticks (whatever you want to bring to put inside to make it glow).  We will be lining the walkway with these outside and will let the boys judge. 


While it's fun to help out because crisp lines and symmetry certainly make me happy, let's remember that this is for THEM.  Please allow your Cub the opportunity to take full artistic freedom with this project and let his creativity shine!  We do, however, want YOU to use the scissors or knife when cutting the insert for the light source unless your Scout has his Whittling Chip and can do this under your supervision.  (If you don't know what a Whittling Chip is, it's safe to assume that your Scout doesn't have one so you get to cut!)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Dallas Mavericks Scout Day



Mavs 2017 Scout Night, Friday Nov. 17th

The Dallas Mavericks is having a Boy Scout day! All Scouts will receive a commemorative patch for their red brag vest AND get to take a post game shot at the basket outside Sections 101/124! You need to MOVE FAST as tickets WILL SELL OUT! ORDER TODAY!

UPPER LEVEL SEALS: $19.25
UPPER LEVEL SEALS: $29.25
LOWER LEVEL SEALS: $76.25

Dallas Mavericks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

The order form and flyer are available HERE.

For any questions, please contact Cory Webb at (214) 658-7111 OR cory.webb@dallasmavs.com.

Bobcats!

NEW SCOUTS -- BE WORKING ON THOSE BOBCAT REQUIREMENTS! 



The October Pack Meeting is the target we are shooting for with ALL of our new scouts to be ready to earn their Bobcat badges!

This is the FIRST RANK required for EVERY new scout! We have a fun and exciting ceremony for them but it takes YOUR HELP to make sure they are going over these requirements daily.

  1. Scout Oath 
  2. Scout Law
  3. Scout Sign
  4. Cub Scout Handshake
  5. Cub Scout Motto
  6. Cub Scout Salute. 
Most dens will only meet more more time before our Pack meeting so we need YOU to make sure they're covered!  Click HERE for a print out to help you work on these at home!

Monday, October 9, 2017

October Pack Hike


The Pack 1910 Hiking Club will meet this Saturday for the October Pack hike.

Let's face it -- one of the main reasons boys want to join Scouts is to get OUTDOORS! There's no better way to do that than getting out for some good ole fun on the trails! We want to be more a outdoor-oriented Pack and keep our boys ACTIVE! We will keep the OUT in scOUTing! Attendance at these events is completely optional, but... you know you want to come!

The 2nd Saturday of every month, Pack 1910 will have a Pack-wide hike at varying locations somewhere in the D/FW area. Hikes will be anywhere between 1-4 miles. Oh, and did I mention that we will be logging miles! Why? Because for logging miles -- the boys will receive AWARDS for specific miles along the way.



Join us for our monthly hike at the LLELA Nature Preserve.

Hiking programs help boys become confident and comfortable outdoors and encourages healthy habits and lifestyles.

It also helps makes the transition to Boy Scouting activities easier.

COST: $5 per vehicle cash only



Hikers should be prepared with their six essential items for hiking:

1) first aid kit -- not a full sized, a mini backpacking size is great
2) FULL water bottle -- one that they can manage on their own
3) sun protection (wide-brimmed cap and/or sun screen)
4) whistle -- NEVER blow this unless it's an EMERGENCY
5) trail food -- snack that is easy to manage, not melt, calorie dense
6) flashlight -- I prefer a headlamp. Obviously we won't need it during the day, but we are teaching them to BE PREPARED so have them bring one.

Take this list and let your SCOUT gather these items into a lightweight backpack -- why? Because if you do everything for him, he loses the opportunity to learn for himself!

We will discuss the buddy system before departing.
We will discuss the Outdoor Code AND Leave No Trace before and during the hike.

Meet Mr. Eric James in the parking lot nearest the Bittern Marsh Trailhead.  Here is a Trail Map.

If you plan to attend, please be sure you RSVP on Scoutbook so we know who all to expect! All Pack events are FAMILY FRIENDLY but please do not bring the 4 legged kiddos. They are not allowed at LLELA.

Another real helpful application to download to assist you and your boys is an application called Map My Hike.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Fall Trash Bash


Join Pack 1910 on October 21 as we clean up our one-mile stretch of adopted street in the community-wide fall trash bash.  All of us working together help keep Texas beautiful!

Once this event has concluded, the park will be open to set up for the overnight camping event. Registration paperwork is required for both events.  Please see Scoutbook for those links.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

It's Almost Time To Camp!


One of the things boys all look forward to in Cub Scouts is CAMPING and it's almost time! Save the date for November 3-5 to camp with Pack 1910! A ScoutBook invite was sent out to all current members, if you haven't received it, please check your spam folders!  The deadline to register for the campout is SUNDAY, October 15!

While this is a Pack campout, we will be doing something extra cool this time -- touring the State Capitol AND visiting the Bullock Museum to help our scouts earn their TEXAS BADGE!






For Pack camping, unless you have an open-ended bank account, don't feel the need to run out and buy every piece of gear you think you need at REI (but if you want to and do, please let me know and I'll give you my list, too!) The best thing to do when beginning to acquire camping gear is to start small and simple so that you can discover what your family needs... and grow from there. There are plenty of seasoned camping veterans in our pack that have gear to spare so don't hesitate to put the word out if you need to borrow something.



Cub Scout family camping is also referred to as "car camping." With a large enough vehicle, you're fortunate enough to be able to take just about everything AND the kitchen sink with you. But for the amount of time you'll be there, it's really not necessary. A few creature comforts, however, are definitely worth it!

For our campout at Camp Tahuaya, however, you won't necessarily need a ton of supplies.  You DO need to register, however... have I mentioned that?
RSVP on Scoutbook and be sure to submit your registration form by October 15.

Are you a little “camping-shy”? Don’t let it hold you back!! Do it for your scout– he’ll love you for it!!  Camping is truly the highlight of a Cub Scout's year!! Campouts are always fun occasions and the kids and adults have a blast.

Camping Do's:
  • Practice setting up your tent before you get on the camping trip. Make sure it is complete and you know how to put it up. Of course we will help you but you don’t want to get out there to realize you don’t have stakes or poles!
  • Plan on it getting colder than you think – you can always take off a layer or remove a blanket. Put a sheet inside your sleeping bag it keeps it clean inside and will give you a layer of warmth or a layer of cool.
  • Bring rain gear – you never know what the weather will be
  • Change clothes to sleep in. (will keep you from getting cold due to moisture in the fabric from the day and you never know what you have on your clothes that you are bringing into your tent…poison ivy)
  • Always have a tarp under your tent. Make sure none of it sticks-out from the bottom of the tent or it will collect rain and make the inside of your tent wet.
  • Allow your son to do as much of the work while camping as possible (help putting up the tent, carrying stuff, etc). HE CAN DO IT!! And will be proud that he did it.
  • Store food, candy, toothpaste in your car or animal proof container but NOT your tent. They can smell it!
  • Maintain the buddy system and Youth Protection Training (YPT) guidelines at all times


Camping Don’ts:
  • Never sleep in a tent with a child who is not your own. – BSA rule
  • No alcohol anywhere, anyhow, anytime. – BSA rule
  • No tobacco products may be utilized within sight of Cub Scouts. – BSA rule
  • Never leave candy/chips or candy/chip wrappers or food of any kind in your tent or in your clothes in your tent. Animals can smell it. This includes toothpaste, open Gatorade and other soda cans, etc. If in doubt leave it in your car (and don't bring soda or sugary drinks anyway -- ants are NO fun!)
  • Tigers and Wolves are not permitted to have pocket knives. Bears and higher ranks may bring pocket knives ONLY if they have completed the “Whittling Chip” pocket knife achievement and have their Whittlin’ Chip card on their person ready to produce to any leader who requests to see it. No knives with a blade longer than the width of a child’s palm. – BSA rule.
  • Avoid 100% cotton clothing…think wool or synthetics. Cotton stays damp and makes you feel cold.
  • Leave behind Nintendo DSs, iPods, or other electronics/game systems. This is the boys’ opportunity to get away from all that. Besides, they could get damaged or lost.
  • No precious toys/ jewelry – could get damaged or lost.


After camping:
  • Air-out your tent, tarp, and sleeping bags as soon as you return home to allow condensation to dry-out (otherwise you get a musty smell that is hard to get rid of).
  • Store your sleeping bag loose when you get home, not in its stuff-sack, or it will lose loft (loft gives it warmth).

It sounds like a lot but trust me, it gets to be old hat after a time or two!  So, now I ask -- are you ready for some….FUN?!?!?! We will deliver! Our focus is on age-appropriate Cub Scout activities for the scouts and their siblings. We’ll picnic, camp, hike and more!


To begin, you need something to sleep IN, something to sleep ON, something to wear, personal toiletries and light. (Oh... and toilet paper! Don't forget the toilet paper!)

Your Cub Scout should bring both his field and activity uniform to any over-night experience. Sturdy shoes, suitable for hiking will be useful. The following is a list of suggested equipment that may be useful on the campout:

BE SURE EACH CAMPER HAS A REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE AND A MESS KIT OR SOMETHING TO EAT ON AND WITH (no paper plates, disposable cups, etc.)


CAMP
  • Tent (should come with stakes and guylines)
  • Plastic mallet (I keep this in my tent bag)
  • Tent footprint (this is a tarp to place beneath your tent to protect it from rocks, cactus, etc.)
  • Sleeping pad (unless you're okay with the ground) or air mattress (check the batteries on your pump -- we usually do not have electricity at camps. I've seen people use those cheap blow-up pool floats for their kids... they're quick, easy and if you pop a hole in them, no love lost as they're easily replaceable)
  • Cot (you won't want to use this in cold weather as the air circulating beneath you will make you colder)
  • Sleeping bags (with liners if it's chilly)
  • Extra blankets to keep in the car (just in case)
  • Pillow (though you can use your sweatshirt as a pillow as well to minimize your packing list)
  • One folding chair per person (there aren't always picnic tables)
  • Pop up shade (optional)
  • Folding table (though your cooler may work in a pinch, again, optional)
  • Lantern / fuel 
  • Small dustpan and brush (I love having this in my tote to help clean up all the leaves, dirt and debris tracked into the tent)


CAMPING KIT
I like to keep a small tackle box prepped with various items that someone always seems to need including:
  • Multi-tool or knife
  • Glow sticks
  • Batteries (for flashlight or headlamp)
  • Bandana
  • Duct tape (it fixes everything)
  • safety pins
  • Caribeeners
  • scissors
  • q-tips
  • lighter
  • multitool


GEAR
  • Daypacks (to carry your gear for the day -- lightweight backpacks)
  • Headlamp (I find these are much better to use than flashlights because they keep your hands free)
  • Reusable water bottle (EVERYONE ATTENDING NEEDS ONE)
  • Reusable mess kit and eating utensils (EVERY ONE ATTENDING NEEDS ONE)
  • Matches/lighter
  • Compass
  • Whistle
  • Sunglasses
  • Hammock
  • Rope


CLOTHING
The best motto here is BE PREPARED. I always keep an extra change of clothing in a bag in the car WITH socks and shoes that we hope to just put away at home when we return. However, if there is a surprise downpour, a slip and fall in the mud or a spill, we are prepared. Happy kids = happy parents = great campout!

The weather forecast is your friend. Be sure to check it the day before you pack and then check it again the morning before you leave.
  • long-sleeved shirts (moisture wicking is great, flannel is great - these are great to protect from the sun, bugs and to take the morning chill off)
  • sun-shielding hat
  • bandana (these are handy for just about everything including makeshift first-aid)
  • Close-toed shoes suited for the terrain (NO open toed shoes, flip flops or sandals)
  • socks
  • sleepwear
  • rainwear (a poncho in the daypack can be a lifesaver!)
  • weather-appropriate change of clothes (could be cold weather / could be shorts)


FOOD AND DRINKS
  • Water - BRING WATER FOR YOUR FAMILY with a reusable bottle for each camper. The Pack will have 5 gallon coolers but they empty FAST and they have to be used for cooking and cleaning. Your best bet is to bring at least a gallon of water per person per day for your family with you as we aren't always near a site with potable water. Walking to fill up from an outdoor spigot with a hot, thirsty scout isn't always fun -- plus it helps the leaders keep the 5-gallon jugs full for cooking and heating up water for cleaning. Having your own personal iced beverages helps keep everyone happy. Camping hack:  Freeze two gallons of water and you can use them as ice in your ice chest too!
  • Snacks - While the Pack provides a snack Friday night we do NOT provide Friday night dinner. If you know you'll be hungry upon arrival at the site, please plan accordingly. Also, we do not buy lots of snacks so if your kiddo is like mine and could graze all day -- please bring some snacks for your family. We do have Scouts with SEVERE NUT ALLERGIES so please help us maintain a NUT FREE SITE.  Snack ideas that travel well in the cooler: individually wrapped cheese, boiled eggs, sugar snap peas, carrots, apples, frozen individually wrapped yogurts or even indivually wrapped packages of hummus and pretzels.  Some great non-perishable snacks are dried fruits, protein bars, pretzels, and even instant oatmeal (you can eat this cold!)
  • Marshmallow roasters and s'mores fixin's for your family

TOILETRIES
  • toilet paper
  • sunscreen
  • chapstick
  • insect repellent
  • hand sanitizer
  • First aid kit
  • Toothbrush/toiletry kit
  • Brush/comb
  • Soap/washcloth (I like to take a small bar of soap OR cut up a large bar of soap into quarters and put it in a zip loc bag with the soap. Use that to wash your face, wring it out and put it back in the ziploc.
  • Deodorant (please and thank you! ha!)

OPTIONAL CAMPING SUPPLIES
  • Fishing gear (and license if over age of 17)
  • solar phone charger
  • binoculars
  • maps/guidebooks/local bird or wildlife field guide
  • books
  • decks of cards
  • frisbee
  • walkie talkies
  • umbrella
  • balls (soccer, football -- nerf is best, baseball/glove)
  • Hacky sack
  • kite
  • geocaching kit with receiver (yes, I realize I just said NO electronics, but this is like treasure hunting!)
  • portable fan with batteries (yes, yes I have used this and NO, I'm not ashamed)

There are some fun websites out there with camping hacks that are super cool. Check those out HERE and HERE

Again, the Registration Form can be found HERE. This is required component for anyone attending be sure to note that it includes signatures of ALL ADULTS attending indicating that they have read and agree to abide by the rules and regulations of Pack overnighters. HEALTH FORMS Parts A and B are also required for everyone attending.

Registration fees are $23 per youth, $32 per adult. Payments can be made via cash, check payable to Pack 1910 or PayPal. Deadline for registering and payment is SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15.  Fees include snacks Friday night, all meals Saturday, your entrance into the museum as well as Sunday breakfast.

There is a place on the form where you indicate if you are camping Friday night, Saturday night or if you're just attending for the Pack activities on Saturday. Please mark this. Once we have an idea of attendees, we will make and publish the menu. Friday night dinner will be on your own.  If there are food allergies, please indicate that on your form. While we will do our best to accommodate those, we can't always accommodate picky eaters.  We will do our best, the menu will be published before we leave so you can plan accordingly.

When the BSA realigned the Cub Scout program a couple of years ago, they made being outdoors an integral part of advancement. Thus, camping is actually a required component for earning your Wolf, Bear, Webelos and Arrow of Light ranks. 



All Pack 1910 camp outs are family friendly events so the whole family is welcome!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Camping -- A Must on Every Cub Scout's List

ScoutingWire, the official blog of the Scouting movement, published an article by Scott Olson, market intelligence manager for the Boy Scouts of America, called Ask the Expert: Why Camping Should Be On Your Family's To Do List. I wanted to share part of it with you because it directly correlates with why Pack 1910 is upping our camping program.



Why is Camping Important to the Boy Scouts of America?
In addition to the basics of survival and conservation, older Scouts instruct younger campers in the basics of wilderness training, plant science and perfecting a camp’s food storage plan. Essential skills are passed from generation to generation resulting in rewarding youth-led and adult-guided experiences.

At the Cub Scout level, camping has become an integral part of the advancement path so that the youth are prepared for the adventures of Boy Scouts. Speaking of Boy Scouts, did you know that Boy Scouts can earn more than 136 merit badges, most of which involve outdoor experiences. Therefore, camping trips go a long way toward putting a Scout on the path toward Eagle.

The typical American’s first camping trip occurs before he reaches 18 years old. The Physical Activity Council, an association of sports recreation and leisure activity companies, surveyed 10,778 Americans in early 2015. The survey asked 6 to 24-year-olds which of 104 activities they preferred. Respondents consistently choose camping and swimming.

Researchers discovered 28% of us did nothing last year! That’s right – 83 million are sedentary. Camping encourages us to be active and enjoy the outdoors resulting in three main benefits:

First, improved physical health

  • We feel better – Oxygen emitted by plant life releases serotonin, a molecule essential to feelings of happiness and well-being. You can even lower blood pressure and body strain in the outdoors.
  • Clean air and water – Lower levels of pollutants result in fewer lung irritations and illnesses.
  • Greater physical fitness – Per hour calorie consumption increases for campers. Hikers burn 120-300 calories, fly fishers burn 200. Biking and swimming, gathering wood and building a temporary shelter results in healthy calorie burn and increased flexibility.
  • Sunlight – Moderate sun exposure increases Vitamin D – essential for healthy bones and teeth.Natural food – Fishing and hunting provides nourishment without preservatives. And camp food just tastes better!


Second, greater mental health

  • Socialization – Improved mood from face-to-face interactions, teamwork and bonding without distractions.  More Sleep – After a full day of outdoor activities, the body achieves more natural sleep when the sun goes down.  Solving Problems – You can apply skills to overcome unexpected challenges and promote self-sufficiency by collaborating with your camping party.
  • Discovery – Learn about plant science and build trust from working with domesticated animals such as horses and dogs. Be prepared to prevent insect bites and predator intrusions.
  • Minding nature – The outdoors challenge you to minimize trash and leave your camping space cleaner than you found it.


Third, camping is fun!
As evidenced by posts on the Boy Scouts of America social media pages, people love to camp and comment on successful Scout camping expeditions. Check out the Boy Scouts of America, Scouting magazine, Boys’ Life or High-Adventure bases Facebook pages, Twitters and Instagrams.

Because of this beautiful trifecta, we have upped the ante in our camping program agreeing to participate in more Council-sponsored events as well as our three Pack campouts to provide our Scouts every opportunity to experience Cub Scouts as it was intended -- OUTSIDE DOING!

Won't you join us?  The deadline for our November 3-5 campout is October 15