The pack held the final pack meeting of the year! This one is special for many reasons. First, the boy scouts from Troop 404 attended the meeting in full force and taught the cub scouts knot tying. Santa stopped by and talked to each of the scouts and their siblings. Then, the top 3 popcorn sellers got to pie the leader of their choice with a whipped cream pie. This year was even better because the pies had much more whipped cream than previous years!
For our Halloween pack meeting, scouts and siblings dressed up in their Halloween costumes, and of course, went trick-o-treating!
Every year the Pack holds an evening hay ride event at Yeck’s farm. In addition to the hay ride, the scouts enjoy a potluck full of yummy food, roasting marshmallows, and chasing each other in the corn maze. And to top things off, this year it didn’t rain like the past couple years!
“I caught a fish ‘THIS BIG'”
This year we decided to hold our annual fishing derby in September after our first pack meeting rather than the normal June/July time frame. Fortunately, the weather was perfect! Not too hot and not too cold. We also had a great turnout, especially the families and scouts new to the pack.
We hold our derby at a secret location in Cranberry Twp, and the scouts “catch-and-release” their fish. This year we had some record breaking moments! One kid caught over 25 fish, and another caught a nice sized bass! Looking forward to it next year!
This evening, we held the Pack 403 Pack Game, Bring a Friend, and Sign Up night at Dutilh Church in Cranberry Twp. It is our first event to kick off the 2019-2020 scouting season! We saw a lot of old faces, but also a lot of new faces too! The Pack welcomes the new families and young scouts exploring scouting for the first time.
We started the evening with indoor table games and snacks, but everyone eventually ended up outdoors to try their skills at gaga-ball. If you have not heard of gaga ball, it is a scout sport staple. Basically everyone plays in an octagon shaped pit with 2′ high walls. You slap a rubber ball with your hands trying to get others out with the ball. The last person remaining wins!
The scouts headed back to Camp Independence again for summer camp, but this time we headed over as a combined group of younger scouts plus the Webelos and Arrow of Lights. It was a first time for many of the scouts and parents, but everyone unanimously had a great time! While scouts enjoyed boating, fishing, swimming, bb-gun shooting, archery, nature, we think the favorite activities are gaga ball and sponge wars!
The December pack meeting was the last one for the year, and we went out with a blast! First, we had a special guest visit us! Santa Claus came to hand out candy canes and pinewood derby car kits to all the scouts. But the best was seeing 3 leaders get pies in their faces. The top 3 popcorn sellers got to smash a whipped cream pie in the face of the leader-of-their-choosing. It was pretty sweet!
During Pack 403’s November meeting, we had several game stations set up for the scouts to enjoy. We also had special guests: older scouts from Troop 404, who held a knot tying workshop for the cub scouts.
For October’s pack meeting scouts dressed up in costume. We had dinosaurs, reapers, Minecraft characters, and more. And of course, the scouts went home with a bang full of candy.
The pack spent several of the past few weekends selling popcorn at Walmart and Lowes in Cranberry Township. You may have seen the scouts from our pack or any of the other neighborhood packs behind a table full of the various flavors (cheddar, caramel corn, butter, premium, and others). 73% of the sales of popcorn comes back directly to our pack. The sales help keep scouting alive. If you see us selling in the future, please stop by and say hello!