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Pack 62 Rocket Launch 2019 June 13, 2019

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This is one of the most popular events of the year.  Scouts bring their own rocket and engines, the Pack provides the launchers and safety guidance.

When: July 20 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Location: Lake Street Fields, 384 Lake St. Shrewsbury, MA
Uniform: Cub Scout Activity uniform (Class “B” t-shirt), or solid-color T-Shirt
What to Bring: Water Bottle, Sunscreen, Rocket, Engines, Wadding, Parents, and Friends
Who can attend: Scouts, Parents, Siblings, Guests, Open to all Boys and Girls interested in Scouts.

Details:
Pack 62 Sponsors a Model Rocket Launch. The Pack will provide the organization, rocket launchers, and safety. Participants will bring their own rocket, engines and wadding. This activity is open to Scouts, Siblings, and Guests. This is also a great event to invite a friend interested in Scouting with Pack 62.

Event Notes:
Pack 62 Leadership will inspect all rockets and only allow those deemed “Safe” to launch.
Be prepared to lose your rocket. Some rockets will be damaged in launching and some will end up in trees or be blown beyond our ability to recover. This uncertainty is part of the fun. (Please set the expectation for your Scout, our record is losing a rocket in the first launch.)

The Rockets:
http://www.estesrockets.com Since 1960 Scouts have been safely launching solid propellant model rockets. Estes is the founding company, but there are many others that can be used.

The ROCKET equipment:
Launcher – Pack 62 provides – This is a device that launches the rocket with an electrical charge.
The Rocket – Participant brings – This is the unit being launched
Wadding – Participant brings – This is a fire-retardant paper that goes into the rocket and helps prevent the parachute from melting upon activation.
The Engine – Participant brings – This is the solid propellant unit the is ignited by an electric charge that launches the rocket. PLEASE NOTE: these are real explosive devices. They are stable, but NOT toys.
Engine Size – The engines are available in different physical sizes, “standard” is the most popular. They also come in different power. The box will give a range for the height the rocket will fly with each power rocket.
Rocket Size – The smaller the rocket, the higher it will fly and the easier it is to lose. Rockets that take “standard size” engines are best for this event.
Rockets come 3 basic models:
RTF – Ready to Fly – These rockets will fly with little effort. Great for those new to the fun.
ARF – Almost Ready to Fly – These rockets will need some assembly and can be customized. These need some time to complete before the event.
E2X – “Easy” to assemble – These rockets are for the more experienced or crafty Scout. The fins will need to be glued in the correct alignment to allow the rocket to launch at our event.

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Who likes Fishing? June 13, 2019

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We held our annual Fishing derby at Dean Pond.  Again, we did not catch any Scouts and only a few fish were disturbed during our event.

Pack 62 Honors Those who gave all on Memorial Day June 13, 2019

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Pack 62 marches in the 2019 Shrewsbury Memorial Day Parade

EcoTarium Night Journey March 5, 2019

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EcoTarium Night Journey – PLEASE RSVP through Scoutbook and Signup genius.

Friday, April 12 7pm – Saturday 8 am
Night Journey of Stars & Space
• Zip around the solar system in a planetarium, explore Mars, and land your own probe on the red planet! Observe the constellations and, weather permitting, take a look through a telescope!
• A variety of engaging science, nature, and live animal exhibits
• Sleeping on the museum floor among the exhibits
• An early morning: Wake up at 6:00 am
• An evening snack and continental breakfast
• Included return admission pass per person
All Payments due March 18th

non-Scout Siblings not allowed, Scouts only.
Wear Field Uniform (Class A) Friday, Activity (Class B) Saturday.

18th annual Blue & Gold Banquet March 5, 2019

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We say goodbye and best wishes to 9 Scouts crossing over to Scouts BSA.

Pack 62 Pinewood Derby March 5, 2019

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Race results:

PWD – Work Day March 5, 2019

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Scouts worked as a team designing and building their cars.  Adults cut out the rough shapes.

Pinewood Derby Launch – Fun Day March 5, 2019

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We set up our PWD track to test our software, so every Cub got to race their old favorite car.  Extra cars were on hand for anyone that did not bring a car.  This event launched our Pinewood Derby season.

Pack Meeting – Cub Car Riding March 5, 2019

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Come out an ride a Cub powered car down a hill.  Breaking is NOT optional.

New this year – Curving Course run

Pack 62 Overnight October 19-21st – Camping Gear Information October 10, 2018

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Everyone should be getting ready for another awesome time on our Pack 62 overnight at Treasure Valley Scout Reservation.  There have been some questions about camping gear.

The age-old question about hiking, camping and backpacking is “What gear do I need?”

The answer is simple: “It Depends.”  It depends upon many circumstances and everyone’s gear may be different.  That is what makes the experience interesting.  There are many factors to consider while selecting gear.  Some key factors: budget, weather, current experience, future plans, physical ability, how often used, and most importantly, how are you camping for this event.  Your plan will determine the best gear to use for that event.  Most Scouters will end up with multiple gear set-ups to be used for different hiking, camping and backing situations.   Expect your gear to evolve with your experience and preference.

Cub Scout Events – Cub Scouts typically have hikes, overnights, car campouts, and Scout Camps.

Hiking: this is a short day-hike of 1-5 miles with a plan and an Adult Leader.  This is good to have at all Scout Events.

Gear Needed:    Day Hike Bag – Small backpack or waist pack

6 Essentials for a hike:

Full Water Bottle (16-20 oz.)

Small Flashlight

First Aid Kit

Whistle

Bug & Sun Protection

Trail Food

Map & Compass

Rain Gear (Should repel rain for 6-8 hours)

Overnights: An event where you sleep indoor on the floor at a museum.

Gear Needed:    Day Hike bag

Personal hygiene supplies

Small Flashlight

Sleeping Pad

Sleeping Bag (summer type)

Bag to carry gear

Rain Gear (Should repel rain for 6-8 hours)

Appropriate Changes of Clothes

Car Campouts: A 1-2 day overnight in the woods with flush toilets and running water, tents or bunks may be available.   Most often there is only a short distance to carry your gear.

Gear Needed:  Day Hike Bag – Small backpack or waist pack

6 Essentials for a hike:

Full Water Bottle (16-20 oz.)

Small Flashlight

First Aid Kit

Whistle

Bug & Sun Protection

Trail Food

Personal hygiene supplies

Sleeping Pad

Sleeping Bag (summer type for bunks or Cold weather (20-0 degree) for tents.)

Bag to carry gear – may want to have a backpack

Rain Gear (Should repel rain for 6-8 hours)

Appropriate Changes of Clothes

Head Lamp

Tent lantern

Spare batteries

Dome tent – 3-4 person

(larger tents are less weather resistant and hard for Cubs to set up.)

Mess Kit – Simple kit for eating your meals that is easy to clean.

Toilet Paper – The facility should have TP, but get ready to… Be Prepared.

Cub Scout Day Camp: A day program in the woods at a Scout Camp with flush toilets, latrines, and running water.   Most often the Scout will carry the gear throughout the day.  The Scout may need swim items.

Gear Needed:    Day Hike Bag

Rain Gear (Should repel rain for 6-8 hours)

Appropriate Changes of Clothes

Swim Suit

Swim Towel

13L Dry Bag for swim gear

Toilet Paper – The facility should have TP, but get ready to… Be Prepared.

Cub Scout Overnight Camp: A multi-day program in the woods at a Scout Camp with flush toilets, latrines, and running water.   Generally, the Scout will be provided with a tent and a cot.  Most often the Scout will carry Day Gear Only throughout the day.  The Scout may need swim items.

Gear Needed:    Day Hike Bag

Personal hygiene supplies

Sleeping Pad

Sleeping Bag (summer type for bunks or Cold weather (20-0 degree) for tents.)

Bag to carry gear – may want to have a backpack

Rain Gear (Should repel rain for 6-8 hours)

Appropriate Changes of Clothes

Swim Suit

Swim Towel

Shower Towel (This may be the only thing that will come home unused.)

13L Dry Bag for swim gear

Head Lamp

Tent lantern

Spare batteries

Mosquito Netting for cot & Poles

Mess Kit – Simple kit for eating your meals that is easy to clean.

Toilet Paper – The facility should have TP, but get ready to… Be Prepared.

 

NOTE: Cub Scouts are not allowed to start fires without Adult Leader supervision, therefore no fire starting material is needed.   ONLY SCOUTS that have earned the privilege can carry a knife as allowed by the program.

 

Evolution of your Camping Gear – Your Scouts gear will evolve as the experiences develop.  Some equipment will stay with the Scout at any and all activities.  Some equipment may be rarely used.   Some gear will be lost or damaged.  Some will be used until they fall apart.  You will buy gear that you later decide does not work for your current needs.  The Hiking, Camping, and Backpacking Gear industry is quite large and has a very diverse selection.  Ultimately, do research with your Scout on what they may be interested in, what you can currently afford, and what their future needs may be.  As a Cub Scout any old fork and spoon are just fine to eat with, if you do not care if they get lost.  When a Scout is going to backpack for 10 days, the weight difference between that household fork and a $20 titanium spork will make a difference.   The reason for the difference is why your camping gear will evolve and why you need to complete your own research.

Boy Scout Events – Boy Scouts experience more outdoor activities and camp more often.  Hiking tends to be a longer event with Boy Scouts expect 3-10 miles on less well marked trails.  Most units camp year-round, and generally camp for 2 days per month during the school year and then have a summer camp and high adventure program.   Coldest campouts may be in cabins heated by wood stoves or outside in tents.  Gear will change with the season and type of camping experience.   Most of the gear used in Cub Scouts will directly transfer to use in Boy Scouts.  Additional gear may be desired based on the specific type of event.  Boy Scouts earn the privilege of carrying knives, using axes and saws, and starting and maintaining fires.

High Adventure Events – Older Scouts, both Boys and Girls, get to attend BSA High Adventure programs.  There are 4 BSA National locations and many regional locations.  Scouts can experience a large variety of adventures from backpacking for 10 days with all your water, food, and gear at high altitude in New Mexico, to a 100-mile canoe trip up the Allagash Waterway, to sailing around Caribbean Islands, to running Dog-sleds in a Minnesota winter.  Obviously, for these types of experiences, the gear will be different and based on the trip planned.