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!
The Wolves took a den trip to McConnell’s mill this weekend. They were able to venture outdoors around the park as well as inside the mill. Whilst the troop has a full schedule of activities, the individual dens also organize activities to fulfill rank requirements.
Yes, it’s the start of a new scouting season! This evening we kicked off the first pack meeting for the season. We had a few new scouts show up, but we definitely would like to see more! We covered the calendar for the year and talked about scouting to the new and prospective parents. Also, the Arrow of Lights + 1 from Webelos performed skits they learned from Summer camp.
We held a bring-a-friend picnic at the Cranberry YMCA pavilion. The picnic was open to the public and cub scouts were encouraged to bring their non-scouting friends. Prospective cub scouts got a chance to meet cub scouts and participate in activities while parents were able to talk to other scout parents and leaders. Boy Scouts from Troop 404 of Cranberry Twp helped out by setting up a mock camp site and help run the activities.
The scouts and dads spent 3 nights and 4 days at Summer Camp at Camp Independence in Farmington, PA. During camp, the scouts learned about nature, starting fires, tying knots, shooting bow and arrows and bb guns, and many other things. Some of the other fun things the scouts did were boating, bmx bike riding, rock wall climbing, sponge wars, and gaga ball! The weather was perfect that week. The pack also took away several awards including the Huck-Fin Challenge (the most spins while paddling a floating platform), the Biggest Bug, and the bb marksmanship award.
The fish were biting today at our yearly fishing derby. The scouts and siblings spent the morning taking part in catch-and-release fishing. A lot of blue gill and even a few bass were caught today! At the end, scouts caught a glimpse of the “epic” orange koi as it passed by the dock we were on, as if it were bidding us farewell like it had done in the years past.