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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.

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Pack 62 marches in the Spirit of Shrewsbury Parade! October 10, 2018

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As usual, Pack 62 had a great turnout for the Spirit of Shrewsbury Parade!  This year we even had 2 Lions attend and march in the entire route.  Thank you to the organizers for another awesome event.

Information night for Pack 62 September 5, 2018

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Do you have a youth in School grade k-4?  Have you wondered if Cub Scouts could be the right fit for your family?  Have you wondered what Cub Scouts do?  Are you confused about all the Ranks, Animals, Uniforms?  And Most Importantly, Does your child like to have fun with a purpose?

Come and see what Cub Scouting is all about on Monday September 10th.  Drop in anytime from 7-8pm at the American Legion Ray Stone Post 2 School St. Shrewsbury.

1st Annual Shrewsbury Quad-Pack Cub Scout Fun Day August 14, 2018

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Fun day 1

All 4 Shrewsbury Cub Scout Packs joined together for a fun filled day.  We took over the South section of Dean Park for all our fun with Scavenger Hunt activities based on the 12 points of the Scout Law.

We all helped the Scouts be Trustworthy and Friendly throughout the day.

Pack 62 helped Scouts be Courteous and Brave by trying cookies cooked in a Dutch Oven.

Pack 114 helped Scouts demonstrate Loyal, Helpful, and Cheerful by using a compass.

Pack 146 helped Scouts be Thrifty and Kind by creating boats for a Rain Gutter Regatta out of recycled materials.

Pack 158 helped Scouts be Obedient with a great game of Simon Says and Clean by removing trash from Dean Park.

Scouts individually visited the 35 Mile Marker post installed by Benjamin Franklin in 1767 to demonstrate that Scouts are Reverent.

When: August 12, 2018 Time: 10:30 – 1:00
Location: Dean Park Pavilion 1, Shrewsbury, MA
Uniform: Cub Scout Activity uniform (Class “B”), or solid-color T-Shirt
What to Bring: Water Bottle, Sunscreen, Parents, and Friends
Who can attend: Scouts, Parents, Siblings, Guests, Open to all families of Boys and Girls interested in Scouts.

4…3…2…1…Launch – The Pack 62 Rocket Launch Event is almost here! July 12, 2018

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When: July 21 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Location: Lake Street Fields, 384 Lake St. Shrewsbury, MA

Uniform: Cub Scout Activity uniform (Class “B”), or dark 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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Pack Fishing Derby @ Jordan Pond June 9th June 12, 2018

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We had another successful Fishing Derby at Jordan Pond.  The weather was perfect for the event!  There were about 20 Scouts fishing including 1 visiting Lion, and no one caught another Scout!  The largest fish was a Bluegill at 9.5 inches.

Thank you to Cub Master Edwardsen for organizing the event and all the Awesome Fishing Prizes.

We all look forward to our next event . . . Rocket Launch!  July 21st 9 am @ Lake St Fields.

 

Pack 62 Family Picnic June 12, 2018

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Pack 62 Family Picnic Saturday June 2nd @ Dean Park North Pavilion.  The picnic was well attended by families and a few guests.  We had a great time playing: Washers, Kick-ball, Dragons-tail.  Thank you to William Zhao of Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt in Hingham for the frozen yogurt cake.

2018 Pack 62 CakeIMG_3002

2018 Summer Schedule June 1, 2018

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Our Pack 62 Summer Schedule is confirmed.

June 2nd – Pack Picnic – NEW LOCATION: North Pavilion – Saturday 12:00 – 2:30 Dean Park – OPEN TO GUESTS
June 9th – Fishing Derby – 8:00-10:00 – Jordan Pond – OPEN TO GUESTS
July 21st – ROCKET LAUNCH – 9:00 Lake St Fields. – OPEN TO GUESTS
August 12th – Cub Scout Day @ Dean Park – 4 Shrewsbury Packs having Fun together
– RECRUITING EVENT – OPEN TO GUESTS – Each Pack will be hosting Cub Scout Games & Activities

Please notify the Pack Leaders if you know guests are attending events.

Next Seasons Events:

September: Recruiting Round-up Night, 1st Pack Meeting, Sprit of Shrewsbury Parade
October: Pack meeting – Camping Theme
October Overnight: Pack Camping at Treasure Valley Scout Reservation – Tents or Bunkroom
November: Themed TBD Pack Meeting
December: Pine Wood Derby – FUN DAY – Open racing for your favorite car, extra cars will be available.
January: Pine Wood Derby
February: Blue & Gold Banquet – AOL Crossover
March: Bear Den Host: Carnival
Overnight: Site TBD – Boston MOS or NE Air Museum
April: Outdoor Map & Compass, Games @ Dean Park
May: Crossover Campfire Ceremony

Pack 62 – Family Scouting June 1, 2018

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Pack 62 Leadership discussed and voted to approve Pack 62 as a “Family Scouting” Pack.  We are accepting Girls and Boys into our Cub Scout Pack.

We are open to both Girls and Boys ages 5-11 and in Kindergarten through 4th grade. Scouts are grouped by school grade. Girls and Boys have separate Dens and meet as a group for Pack events and activities.

If you have an interested daughter, please email bill@holmlund.biz

What does that mean to our current Scouts. . . Not much.  The Boys will still be in their Dens as if nothing changed.  When we have Girl participation, there will be new Dens that are all girls.  All Cub Scouts will meet as a Pack for both Pack meetings and activities.

What is changing:

There will be additional Dens that are made up of Girls.

There will be at least 1 female adult Leader for each Girl Den, and 2 leaders total.

What remains the same:

We continue to call our youth “Scouts”.

The Dens will meet independently.

The Pack meetings will remain the same.

The program remains the same.

Meetings are for siblings to attend, some activities are restricted to Scouts and parents only.

Please note: There are expected to be some logistical adjustments, but the goal it to keep the program the same for all Cub Scouts.

This year, the 4 Shrewsbury Packs are working together to help make this new adjustment work.  3 of the 4 Packs are changing to “Family Packs”.  The first year, BSA is requiring 4 Girls in a Den.  Therefore, we may need to coordinate which Packs will be hosting Girl Dens while the program develops.  All Cubmasters have agreed to work diligently to accommodate as many Scouts as possible.

We hope more youth and more families can benefit from Scouting!

Pack 62 Honors those who gave all. June 1, 2018

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Pack 62 Marches in the Shrewsbury Memorial Day Parade to Honor those who gave their lives for our Country.  Thank you to the Shrewsbury Parks and Recreation department for all they do in helping execute this event.  Members if our Sponsoring organization American Legion – Ray Stone Post 238 hosted and planned much of the ceremony.   After the Parade, some of us went back to the Post for a Veterans BBQ and Picnic.