Calling all 1776 families! (Program Updates)

Happy weekend, Pack 1776 families! We hope all of the scouts are having a great start to the school year, although we know it looks a bit different. Parents and guardians, please check your email. Our cubmaster has sent out an update with guidelines and program ideas for the 2020-2021 scouting year. Included in the email is a 1-2minute survey that we are asking all parents/guardians to fill out in order to help us plan for our program. The survey results and guidelines will be discussed at a zoom parent meeting on Monday Sept 21st, at 7pm. The zoom link and login information will be sent via email that morning.

If you did not receive this email, check spam. If it is still not there, please do not hesitate to reach out to us via email, or on Facebook messenger and we will make sure you get it. Any questions you may have can be filled out on the survey and addressed during the parent meeting. We look forward to seeing familiar faces on zoom and hopefully finding our way back to the scouting trail, safely, soon.

Yours In Scouting,

The leaders of Pack 1776

Hoping all are well and summer camp

  1. Hello scouts!!
    Right now may be upsetting and dreary, but summer is just around the corner and fingers crossed this virus and quarantine will all be behind us. Here’s something to look forward to:  SUMMER CAMP!!  Here is what you need to know (please visit the BSA website for any additional information as they run the camp, not our unit)  this is a lot of fun and my son and I have enjoyed it for many years
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Cub Scout Summer Camp 2020 March 2020
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Musser Upcoming Events
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Stay informed of all of the events happening at Musser Scout Reservation!

 

May 16
June 5-7 or 12-14 –
October 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31, and Nov 1

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Dear Cub Scout Families,
As the Scout Motto Says – Be Prepared – WE ARE PREPARED for an awesome summer camp season! Even in this ever-changing world in which we all are living, your camp leadership teams are still preparing for an exciting summer at Cub Adventures and Community Day Camps! We have recruited an all-star staff that are ready to welcome you and your Cubs to camp this summer.
Be sure to continue to sign-up your Cubs for camp – It is our intention for summer camp to be run as planned this season. Click here for summer camp options for your Cub Scouts!
We have developed resources to help you continue your Scouting program at home while we all practice social distancing. Take a look at these resources on our Scouting at Home page!
We are fully committed to offering the same quality camping experience this summer that we have in summers past even with the current COVID-19 situation. This is a new adventure that we are embarking on, the likes of which we have not seen in recent history. But it is an adventure we are ready to tackle head-on to make 2020 a memorable and safe stay in camp for everyone. We hope to see you there!
Yours in Scouting,
The COL Cub Camping Team

Its Camp Promotion Time
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With everyone cooped-up indoors, we want to make sure that EVERYONE knows about Summer Camp! Our goal is to help get every Cub Scout outdoors this summer, and to make that a reality, we want to promote camp to your Scouts, parents, and leaders. Since Packs aren’t meeting in-person, we are happy to join you on your digital call and provide you with digital resources to share with your families.
Fill out a Camp Promotion Request to have us join you digitally.
If you are willing to help promote camp to other packs, please contact Jason Burns

Wild West Adventures at Musser

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Howdy, Partner! The Sheriff and his deputies invite you to participate in Wild West Adventures for Summer Camp in 2020. Cubs and their Pack will have the opportunity to attend camp for Day Camp, or overnight at our extended-weekend overnight camp or the full-week overnight camp!
Help get your kids outdoors this summer and give them an adventure they won’t forget!
IMPORTANT NOTES:
**Due to the COVID-19 circumstances:
1. Campership deadline has been pushed-back to April 15th
2. Pre-Camp Leader’s Meeting scheduled for April 20that the Valley Forge Middle School will now be held virtually in early May.

Stay tuned for updated information at the

Backyard Wild West Adventures with Cub Scout Community Day Camps

Looking for a local Day Camp close to home or your work? This year we are offering 9 opportunities, 5 of which are in Philadelphia, for your Cub Scout family to experience Cub Scout Day Camp. Ideal for younger Scouts (1-3 grades) but any Cub Scout should attend to get this awesome outdoor experience.
Go to our Day Camp web page to learn more and register today!

Check out Musser Scout Reservation’s NEW Website

Head-over to musserSR.org to see our brand new website! This is a great resource for planning your summer adventure, as well as finding options for your next Pack Camp-0ut.
 
Take a look and let us know how we can continue to improve it to help better-serve you!

Wolf Den – January 20, 2020

Wolf Elective Adventure: Adventures in CoinsTonight was spent learning the value of money and how it’s minted. We identified the different markings and what they signify, explored the differences in weight and size and metal, recognized the values and played a coin toss game.

Congratulations to tonight’s attendees for earning your adventures in coins belt loop! We concluded the night with a review of Bobcat and the meanings behind the oath, law, scout sign and handshake. See you all next week!

FALL FEST 2019 – November 1-3 with the pack OR any other time on your own

Hello, fellow scouters and parents!  Just a few quick important things about Fall Fest.  This is an activity with a lot of flexFall Fest 2012ibility.   Scouters may attend any weekend it is offered.  Scouters may camp for the weekend OR come up for a day.  Please speak with any of our leaders if you have any questions.  AS A PACK, our leaders have a cabin for the weekend of November 1-3.  If you are planning to camp WITH US all weekend, please MEET Dan, Mike, Nora and Regina at MUSSER campsite at 6 PM in the parking lot at HART.    ***if you only wish to come up for the day on November 2, our group will be staying at RED FOX  – you can meet up with them there, or the mess hall.  Whether you make this a full weekend or just a day trip, it is always a blast!  It’s always smart to bring your hiking gear/boots and warm weather clothes, rain gear (as a precaution), a good flashlight, some extra toilet paper, a pre-charged phone charger, some snacks and water (though we will have food) and some S’More makings, ’cause what’s a campout without S’Mores! Hope to see you there for all of the fun and comraderie!

ARE YOU READY FOR A SPOOKY GOOD TIME??

THIS MONDAY – October 28 – put on your costumes and let’s PARTY!  Halloween is around the corner and we are going to celebrate it with fun and games, music, food and friends.  Party starts at 6:30 PM.  We had a great turnout for food and drink sign up, so please don’t forget to bring your items!  Once again, I am making my signature witch’s potion – it’s simply to DIE for!  hahahahahahhaBoo

National Night Out With The Cub Scouts of Pack 1776

Good afternoon! Please join us at National Night Out on Tuesday August 6 at Russo Park across from St Hubert’s (torresdale And Blwigh) It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet with us and learn all about scouting from leaders and scouts alike- all while supporting local businesses and a great cause! The night opens at 4pm (until 8 pm) with our very own scouts raising the flag and leading the anthem! We can’t wit to see you, so come on out!

Weekly Wrap Up 09/18/2017

Weekly WrapupThis week was another light week as we wait for our open house next week. First here is a quick summary of what the dens did this week and then a few quick announcements (I know you all just heard the announcement song in your head when you read that).

Tigers & Wolves: (1st & 2nd grade) The Tigers and Wolves teamed up to complete establishing their den codes of conduct and went over the importance of following rules. They they played a variant of “Simon Says” that incorporated their code of conduct and scout signs.

Bears: (3rd grade) The Bear den reviewed the den rules that they came up with during the last meeting followed by a review of the Scout Law and how their den rules tie into the Scout Law. They each shared a joke with the den before focusing on the meaning of the Scout Sign. They learned and practiced the square Knot before heading outside to play soccer and a few rounds of rock, paper, scissors. They wrapped up by coming back inside to sing a song.  During the week the bears are to practice their square knot.

Webelos: (4th grade): The Webelos den played captain on deck and the counting to 21 game, both designed to strengthen listening skills and the ability to follow directions. After the Open House they will work on choosing a den name. Their den name mimics a patrol name in the boy scouts and gives them something of their choosing to identify by. They will keep this den name for the next two years. Scouts are asked to start coming up with ideas for “patrol” names.

Arrow of Light: (5th grade); The Arrow of Light den went over their den code of conduct and then joined the Webelos den for games that focused on the development of listening skills and display the importance of being able to follow directions. After the Open House, the Arrow of Light den will also choose a den name and be referred to by that name as they prepare to join the Boy Scouts. For the Arrow of Light scouts, while they are not yet ready to learn the Boy Scout patrol method, they will be using some of the more subtle references to it such as a den (patrol) name, so they have a familiarity of the terms when they do cross over.

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Open House: Reminder that Monday 9/25 is our Open House.  We ask that all scouts bring a friend to show that friend what we do in Cub Scouts.  Scouts are asked to wear their uniform, or as much of their uniform as they have. Webelos Scouts from both dens may volunteer to work a station or guide a den of other scouts around. If they would like to lead an activity or a group of scouts we ask that they arrive by 6:30 PM.

Battle of Germantown: On Saturday October 7th, the pack will be visiting Historic Germantown. More details about the event in general can be found on the Pack Calendar Event Listing. Meeting times and locations will be announced soon.

Scout Day at the National Constitution Center: On Saturday October 28th, Pack 1776 will be attending Scout Day at the Constitution Center. This is another one of those activities that DO sell out very fast. As such we cannot take headcounts.  This is purely a first come first serve activity but it is one of the better Scout Day activities and is done really well. They have a lot of opportunity for scouts of all ages, and a list of requirements that can be met is listed in the Pack Calendar Event Listing. It is recommended that you register on your own using group sales – however to ensure that all of those who go are on the same or similar schedule you must identify as “Pack 1776”.

Fall Fest & Fall Fest Camping Trip: While we have a due date of 10/23 to collect final headcounts and payment please be aware that Fall Fest CAN SELL OUT. We will be making our first set of registrations next week and will add people once per week until the deadline or Fall Fest is full. So please, the sooner you can make payment, the sooner we can guarantee you will be able to sign up. [Link to Calendar Event]

Summer & First Den Meeting Wrap Up

We had a great first night back and we were excited to see all of our scouts eager to begin a new year of adventure and fun. We were able to hear some of the neat adventures that were had outside of scouts over the Summer as well as meet a few new faces.

First Den Meeting Wrap Up

At our first den meeting of the year, things were kept simple as we start getting back into the swing of things

Lions: The Lions did not meet.

Tigers: The Tigers worked on introductions to one another and what they think Scouting is all about. The Tigers ended the meeting playing Twister and thinking of ideas for their Den Code of Conduct, which they will complete next week!

Wolves: The Wolves created a memory game to remind them of their den rules, discussed their Summers, and made posters for the upcoming Cub Fun Day.

Bears: The Bears spent their first meeting getting to know each other, sharing the things that they like to do, and their favorite subjects in school. They then discussed how they like and dislike to be treated as well as how they should act to establish their rules of conduct. Next week they will discover how their hobbies and interests related to upcoming scouting activities.

Webelos: The Webelos discussed the importance of team work and working together to accomplish a common goal. This was reinforced with a few rounds of “Blob Tag” and its variations.

Arrow of Light: The AOL den discussed their summer adventures and reflected back on their adventures in scouting thus far. They talked about their favorite aspects of scouting that they hope to experience more in their final year of cub scouting. Following this they practiced simple knots to prepare for creating a knot board for the pack, and to refresh this important skill. To end the meeting, they joined the Web 1 den for some fun and outdoor games!

National Summertime Award

Pack 1776 has earned the National Summertime Award by ensuring that we had at least one activity pack sponsored activity during each of the Summer months. 67% of our scouts participated in one or more Summer activities with 4 scouts participating in at least one activity each month to earn the National Summertime Award pin.   Our activities this Summer were as follows:

  • June: We went Camping at Fort Washington State Park, though at times we lovingly referred to it as Fort Washout. The rain kept us nice and clean and amazingly, in a downpour, we managed to keep that campfire going. Despite the rain, everyone still had a great time.
  • July: July was all about Summer Camp. The second week of the month was Summer Day Camp with the last week of the month being Summer Resident Camp. Quite a few scouts got a head start on advancement by attending one or even both of these camps.
  • August: We went camping at Hickory Run State Park and the park is just full of gorgeous views. Venturing Crew 1776 also hosted a Solar Eclipse Viewing Picnic for all the scout units to make their viewing boxes, play some games, watch the eclipse and learn a bit about the phenomena, including the relationship between Einstein’s theory of relativity and an eclipse — who knew?

Welcome to the 2017-2018 Scouting Year

Welcome back to a new scouting season.  In addition to welcoming back our returning scouts we would also like to wish the best to our scouts who crossed over into the Boy Scouts at the end of the previous season.  Your pack wishes you the best of luck and hopes you enjoy your learning experience in the Boy Scouts.

We hope everyone had a great summer and after a summer of camping, day camp, resident camp, eclipse picnics, and more – we hope there are quite a few good stories to tell.  We would love to get feedback on any of the Summer activities you attended both in and out of Scouts.

New Season

RecruiterAs we get back into the swing of things with our weekly meetings starting back up on Monday, September 11th.  We have our Open House Monday September 25th. This is the time of the year for returning scouts to bring in any friends or family interested in scouting. So have your scout bring a friend and if that friend joins and pays their 2018 dues in full, the referring scout earns their recruiter badge, shown to the right.

During this time we will have a lot of new scouts showing up with an interest in scouting. We expect that our seasoned scouts will exhibit the core values of scouting and help make the new scouts feel welcome. They should take the time to introduce themselves, introduce new boys to other pack members & leaders, as well as assist them with earning the Bobcat rank.

Lion Program will continue

lionemblemThe Lion program was designed to introduce kindergarten-age boys and their families to the fun of Scouting. It is still considered a pilot program and Pack 1776 will be running a Lion Den again.

Lions are 5 or 6 year old boys in kindergarten and the Lion must be 5 years old by September 30 to participate.  The Lion and his adult partner attend the meetings and activities together. The Lion den is led by a Lion Guide, who is an experienced Cub Scout leader. The parents or Lion adult partners take turns leading the activities and den meetings for the Lions.  The Lion Guide helps mentor each Parent to prepare for their meeting/outing. The Den Meeting Plans are outlined in the Lion Parent and Leader Guidebook with simple easy to follow step by step instructions listing everything down to any supplies needed.

Shawna, who has been our Tiger Den leader for several years, and the Lion Guide last year will be the Lion Guide again.  So if your scout has any younger siblings normally just beyond scouting age, or any friends neighbors with scouts of kindergarten age patiently waiting to join the Cub Scouts. Now is their chance.

Other News

Siblings

Cub Scouts is a family program and as such girls have always been allowed to take part in pack activities such as holiday parties and camping trips. Cub Scout aged females have also always been allowed to participate in district and council run activities such as fall fest, and day camp. In accordance with this, our pack is open to allowing cub scout aged girls to fully participate in our cub scout program. While they cannot officially register as a Cub Scout nor wear the official uniform, as a family member of someone in the cub scout program, they are welcome to participate and get the same experience.  The key to allowing this, is that the potential scout must be related to someone within the pack, whether it be another scout or an adult. Again, I must stress the importance of this – the only way that they can participate in the program and ensure that they are covered by the program, is that they must be a family member of someone in the program.

Handbooks

Cub Scout HandbooksFor returning scouts, your new handbooks have already been paid for and will be distributed by or at our first Pack Meeting. It is around this first pack meeting that we start getting knee-deep into advancement, and it will be around the time we are picking up the awards and Bobcat rank patches.  As they start to become available we will distribute them.

 

Solar Eclipse Patches

According to National Supply, we should have the eclipse patches for those that attended our Eclipse Viewing Picnic, in October.  The same day that the National Supply Group announced the patches, they went into a back order status. From there they continued to extend the last day of purchase until finally closing the ability to purchase on Sept 4th. We are told they are due in sometime in October – hopefully they will get here sooner.

Calendar

Don’t forget to keep an eye on the calendar. Click the Calendar link at the top of this page and bookmark it. We are getting ready to populate it with our planned activities as well as a bunch of optional activities that you can do with your scout which would be fun and may help them earn requirements. Additionally, one of our leaders has volunteered to make a printed monthly calendar to hand out instead of our biannual printed calendar. We are working on the details but we have some additional ideas in store to go with this that you may find useful.

Website Updates

We have added a new feature to the website, so that when a new post is made it automatically emails everyone that is subscribed. This serves two purposes: 1) You will always get notified when we post something new to the website, and 2) We no longer have to manually create a follow up email for those really important posts we want to get out. We took the liberty of importing all parents into the list and the email you received notifying you of this post is the first email.  We plan to add improvements to this to try and prevent ‘den-specific’ posts from notifying you, but we aren’t quite there yet.

Cub Fun Day – Saturday September 16th

Cub Scout FunThe Roosevelt District is hosting a Cub Scout Fun Day on Saturday September 16th, at Wissinoming Park, from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM. It will be a fun filled day of Cub Scout Activities and Games.  The event is free for activities and events; there will be food and refreshments available for purchase.  As with most scout activities this is a rain or shine event. All scouts are invited to bring a few of their friends to show them what Cub Scouts is all about. Pack 1776 will have applications available for anyone that is interested in signing up.  Additionally, Den Leader and Cubmaster Position Specific Training will be available for anyone interested in learning what being a Den Leader or Cubmaster is all about.

 

We look forward to seeing everyone on Monday the 11th and hearing what other exciting things you did over the Summer.  We have a lot of fresh ideas this year and are excited for a great year!

Welcome Back!  For new families, welcome to Cub Scouts!

Beginning of the Year Summary

Cub Scout Pack 155As we get ready for our first pack meeting of the year tomorrow night, it is pleasing to say that the year is off to a productive start so far.  The scouts have covered a lot in a few short weeks so I wanted to give a bit of a summary as to what was covered since the Open House on Sept 30th.

What to expect during the Pack Meeting?  The first pack meeting of the year is always after we finish going over the Bobcat requirements and we hold the Bobcat ceremony for new scouts.  They will be awarded their first rank and officially become members of the pack.  Once the new scouts are officially members of the pack, we will then have announcements and fill everyone in on the updates covering us until the next pack meeting in December.  After announcements, we will go into recognition of all achievements over the summer and from the beginning of this year to date.  Normally we would have the scouts and/or their dens perform different skits and songs but due to the amount of awards to be given out we will skip on those.

Scouts are required to be in the Class A uniform for the Pack meetings.  For those that do not have a Class A they can simply wear what they have if anything.  They should not feel out of place as we are aware that people will be acquiring their uniforms as they can and or in pieces with some simply settling for the shirt.  The shirt is the first thing I recommend since that is where they will put their patches.

See you all tomorrow night.  Below is a summary of what we covered the past few weeks.

During the Open House the boys learned about Geology while making pet rocks.  They completed the following requirements:

  • Begin Bobcat requirements
  • All Ranks
    • Geology Belt Loop requirements: 1, 2, & 3 (Completed)
    • Geology Pin requirements: 3, 6, 9 & 10 (1 more to go for completion)
  • Webelos(4th & 5th Graders)
    • Geologist Activity Badge requirements: 1, 2, 4, 7 & 9 (Completed)

The following week was fire safety week which was an ample time to go over some emergency related items while having fun:

  • Continue Bobcat requirements for new scouts.
  • Tigers (1st Grade)
    • Electives 27 (What to do in an emergency) and 28 (Smoke Detectors)
  • Wolves (2nd Grade)
    • Requirements 4a and 9c
    • Elective 16a
  • Bears (3rd Grade)
    • Requirements 7d, 7e, 11a, 11e, and 11g
  • Webelos (4th & 5th Grade)
    • Readyman Activity Badge Requirements: 1a, 1b, 3, and 11.

     

Last week we continued in the same fashion but without a specific theme;

  • Finished Bobcat requirements for new scouts
  • Discussed and created the Pack’s rules for the year.