It’s our weekend to give back!
Pack 1863 will meet at GBE this Sunday at 1 p.m. to weed, plant and spread mulch for the school. This is a big annual service project for the boys and our way of showing our appreciation to GBE for their support of Pack 1863.
- The school will be closed, so no bathroom access.
- Bring your yard tools! (rakes, spades,etc.)
- Every extra pair of hands helps! The more participation we have during this short service project, the more we can show GBE how much we appreciate their support as our Charter Organization.
Before we go Camping, let’s review the LEAVE NO TRACE plan.
BSA Outdoor Ethics in the Cub Scout Program
As more people use parks and recreation facilities, LEAVE NO TRACE® guidelines become even more important for outdoor visitors. Leave No Trace is a plan that helps people to be more concerned about their environment and to help them protect it for future generations. Leave No Trace applies in a backyard or local park (frontcountry) as much as it does in the wilderness (backcountry). We should practice Leave No Trace in our attitude and actions–wherever we go. Understanding nature strengthens our respect toward the environment. One person with thoughtless behavior or one shortcut on a trail can spoil the outdoor experience for others.
Help protect the environment by remembering that while you are there, you are a visitor. When you visit the outdoors, take special care of the area. Leave everything just as you find it. Hiking and camping without a trace are signs of a considerate outdoorsman who cares for the environment. Travel lightly on the land.
Six Leave No Trace Guidelines For Cub Scouts
Watch for hazards and follow all the rules of the park or outdoor facility. Remember proper clothing, sunscreen, hats, first aid kits, and plenty of drinking water. Use the buddy system. Make sure you carry your family’s name, phone number, and address.
Stay on marked trails whenever possible. Short-cutting trails causes the soil to wear away or to be packed, which eventually kills trees and other vegetation. Trampled wildflowers and vegetation take years to recover. Stick to trails!
Managing your pet will keep people, dogs, livestock, and wildlife from feeling threatened. Make sure your pet is on a leash or controlled at all times. Do not let your pet approach or chase wildlife. When animals are chased or disturbed, they change eating patterns and use more energy that may result in poor health or death.
Want to do more! Take the Pledge!You can take the pledge to practice the Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines wherever you go. Just review the guidelines and promise to practice them in your frontcountry outings.
I promise to practice the Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines wherever I go:
Stick to trails.
Manage your pet.
Leave what you find.
Respect other visitors.
Trash your trash.
Earn the Leave No Trace Awareness Award!
PACK 1863 FAMILY FALL CAMPOUT
LOCATION: Lake Fairfax Park, Group Camping Area 9
START: Saturday, 18 Oct 2014
WEBELOS Arrival: 10 AM
ALL OTHERS: 2-3 PM
COMPLETED BY: Noon, Sunday, 19 Oct 2014
Packing List: https://pack1863.com/events/family-camp-outs/what-to-pack/ NOTE: If your scout, and/or family members, want to go on the canoe…pack a swim suit , dry clothes & towel (all WEBELOS should pack these!!)
9:45-1000: WEBELOS Arrival
10am – 1pm: WEBELOS CASTAWAY PIN
1-2: Camp Prep (Leave No Trace & Build Canopies)
2-3 Family Camp Set up
3:15 PM: Opening Ceremony
3:30-4:30: Tiger, Wolf, Bear = Hike / WEBELOS: Canoe & Fish
4:30-5:30: Camp Game—WEBELOS Lead
5:30-6:15: Den Time (Skit Prep) / WEBELOS – Dinner Prep
7:30: Camp Fire (Skits, Cheers, Story Time)
9 PM Family Time
10PM: Lights Out
06:30-730: WEBELOS UP / Breakfast Prep
0830-0915: Den Time
0915-1030: Wilderness Survival (Taught By WEBELOS)
1030-1130: Camp TearDown
1130-1145: Leave No Trace
1145: Closing Ceremony
OPTIONAL: 1200-1400: Fishing / Canoe rides (bring Sack Lunch if participating)
We will have our October Pack Meeting this Tuesday (Oct. 6).
The theme for October is Brave– Super cubs! A Scout Is Brave—How Does “Super Cub!” Relate to This Point of the Scout Law?
Superheroes are known for facing danger even when they are afraid. A Scout, like a superhero, has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at him or threaten him.
- We will continue Registration for the 2015- 2016 scouting year ($85 per scout). If you have not yet gotten your cub scout uniform, the Scout Store will be at our Pack Meeting! with uniforms and patches available for purchase. They were generous enough to plan to come out to our meeting this year to help parents avoid the drive out to the store in Springfield.
- We will have sign-ups for the Fall Family Camp Out- Oct 17-18. You can pay the fee at the Pack Meeting as well ($10 per person, max $50 per family). This helps us get an advanced head count and the funds in place to purchase the food and supplies needed for the camp out. This is a fun and easy opportunity to introduce kids to camping. We have a lot of first timers out there each year. The kids have a great time and the parents get time to socialize. It is not required that you spend the night, although highly recommended! Just come out and have fun with the kids!
- We will discuss Scouting for Food and the Pinewood Derby Car Cutting Clinics coming up in early November.
Pack Meeting Activities:
- How to set up a tent for camping (with help from the Webelos)
- The Smoke Ring Vortex Cannon! Knocking down paper cups with a ring of smoke.
See pics from our Pack 1863 Spring Family Camp Out on our Pack Facebook Page!