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Spring Campout May 21-22

Join the fun at the PACK 1863 Spring FAMILY CAMP OUT

When: SATURDAY, MAY 21  (1:00) p.m. – SUNDAY, MAY 22 (12:00 p.m.)

Where:  Lake Fairfax      Campsites G9 and G10 

Camping   RSVP HEREjoinscouts4

Additional info can be found at

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Campsite Map


Know Leave No Trace before you go camping!

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.

Take care of your pet’s waste. Take a small shovel or scoop and a pick-up bag to pick up your pet’s waste— wherever it’s left. Place the waste bags in a trash can for disposal.
When visiting any outdoor area, try to leave it the same as you find it. The less impact we each make, the longer we will enjoy what we have. Even picking flowers denies others the opportunity to see them and reduces seeds, which means fewer plants next year.

Use established restrooms. Graffiti and vandalism have no place anywhere, and they spoil the experience for others. Leave your mark by doing an approved conservation project.
Expect to meet other visitors. Be courteous and make room for others. Control your speed when biking or running. Pass with care and let others know before you pass. Avoid disturbing others by making noise or playing loud music.

Respect “No Trespassing” signs. If property boundaries are unclear, do not enter the area.
Make sure all trash is put in a bag or trash receptacle. Trash is unsightly and ruins everyone’s outdoor experience. Your trash can kill wildlife. Even materials, such as orange peels, apple cores and food scraps, take years to break down and may attract unwanted pests that could become a problem.
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:
Plan ahead.
Stick to trails.
Manage your pet.
Leave what you find.
Respect other visitors.
Trash your trash.
Earn the Leave No Trace Awareness Award!

Leave No Trace Awareness Award – Cub Scouting

It’s time to go CAMPING!!!!


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

Camp Website:

Packing List: 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


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

6:30: Dinner

7:30: Camp Fire (Skits, Cheers, Story Time)

9 PM Family Time

10PM: Lights Out


06:30-730: WEBELOS UP / Breakfast Prep

07:30-0830 Breakfast

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)

Pack Meeting this Tuesday at 7 P.M.

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!

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.

Principles of Leave No Trace