2018-2019 Kick-Off Pack Meeting

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.

Bring-a-Friend Picnic

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.

 

Summer Camp at Camp Independence

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.

 

Fishing Derby

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.

Scout Day at Graham Park

Pack 403, along with other Cub Scout packs, and Boy and Girl Scout troops from the area, participated in Scout Day at Graham Park, which took place next to the Scouting pond.  The various packs and troops set up demonstrations, games, and finishing for the public to enjoy.   All the scouts took place in a tree planting ceremony to honor a girl scout leader who had unexpectedly passed away.

Spring Camp (and a little rain!)

Pack 403 spend this past weekend enjoying Spring Family Camp at Camp Agawam.  This year’s theme was “Mystery Tour” .   Activities included: BB Guns, Archery, Paddle Boats, Fishing, Gaga Ball, Monkey Bridge, Scavenger Hunt (Where is George’s Luggage), First Aid, Paper Airplane – fly for distance, Neckerchief Slide, OA Drum Team, SRU Aquatics Club Booth, and Scout Law Scramble

Scouts also filled up on smores and mountain pies.  Of course, like all Spring camps, it did rain a bit, but once the rain passed, we had a beautiful day to enjoy the rest of the camp, including a Rainbow!

 

Last Pack Meeting of the School Year

Tonight was the last pack meeting of the school year and it was a full agenda. All the boys advanced in rank and we also welcomed a Bobcat, awarded the Lions their Cub Class A uniforms and the Wolves entertained us with a skit! We had a fabulous year but the spring and summer fun is just getting started! Congratulations, boys!

Pinewood Derby

The Pack held its annual pinewood derby this past Saturday.  Every year the cub scouts build their own cars and race them against each other.  The top 3 cars for each den race in the finals for the pack.  The top winners of the finals get to compete at the council’s race.  Scouts can also win awards for best designed cars.  In additional to the fun of racing against each other, the scouts enjoyed wings, subs, pizza, chips and salsa,  cookies, and other snacks courtesy of our Sponsors: Buffalo Wild Wings, DiBella’s Subs, Costco, Einstein Brother’s Bagels, Moe’s, and Shop-n-Save.  All our sponsors donated food, and  all proceeds from the sales goes to fund the Pack.   The Pack also would like to thank Dutilh United Methodist Church for allowing us to use their facilities to hold the event.

Pinewood Derby Workshop

The Pack’s Pinewood Derby is just around the corner!  To prepare for this, the Pack held its annual Pinewood Derby building workshop.  The scouts design and build their own cars, which they will race against other scouts within their dens for trophies and bragging rights.

Band saws, a drill press, power sander, and drill contraptions (to smooth axles and wheels) were set up for the scouts to use.  The scouts intensely worked on getting the design, cuts, sanding, and axle-smoothing right, as each one has their eye set for the 1st place trophy.   It’s all about straight and smooth axles, getting the weight as close to maximum, and looks!