Cub Scout Pack 1776

Pack Meeting – March 11 – Cake Decorating Contest

Date: March 11, 2015
Time: 7-8pm
Location: MPR

Hi Everyone,

Our annual cake baking contest is coming up soon on March 11 ! We wanted to pass along the ground rules so that you can be ready to bring in the most spectacular cake you can.

Every Cub Scout (including Siblings) is encouraged to enter a cake in the cake decorating contest! The Cub Scout and an adult should plan, bake and decorate their cake together. Pick one of the categories below and HAVE FUN! Remember this is a project for the kids! The adult should be there to assist, but let the kids have fun creating something wonderful.


  • Cake check-in will take place from 7:00 – 7:15 pm.
  • Do not put any names or den numbers on the cakes. You will be issued a number for your cake when you check-in.
  • The entire cake must be completely edible.
  • No store bought cakes please. You may use boxed cake mixes, icing mixes or pre-made icing and decorations but you must mix and decorate your own cake.
  • Crackers, cookies, candy and other solid foods may be used for decorations.
  • A cake may be judged in only one category award and the cake’s appropriate category will be selected by the judges.

Awards will be given for the following CATEGORIES:

  • Tallest Cake
  • Funniest Cake
  • Most Original or Unique Cake
  • Most Patriotic
  • Most Creative
  • Most Appetizing
  • Best Sports Theme
  • Best Cub Scout Theme
  • Judge’s Choice

Looking forward to see everyone's creations !
Pack Commitee


Blackhawk 500

Date/Time: Saturday, April 11th, 2015
Location: Blackhawk Auto Museum
Entry Fee: $15

Attention all Cub Scouts – Bring your PWD cars to the Blackhawk Museum on April 11th, 2015 - there will be Speed Racing, a design competition, an open class and Chartered Organization categories. During the event the whole family can tour the Blackhawk Museum’s magnificent auto collection and other fabulous exhibits (there is a new exhibit called "Spirit of the Old West"). There will be opportunities to learn about summer programs, Cub Scout events, design next year’s (2016) patch, explore the offerings of our scout shop, and much, much more! Wear your full Scout “Class A” uniform and get your whole family into the museum for FREE!

Register here.


Meridian Matters – March 2015

Meridian Matters is a monthly newsletter published by the Meridian District of Mount Diablo Silverado Council. The March issue is now available.

Click on the above link to preview this month's Roundtable topics and learn about various district news and upcoming events !


Blue and Gold Videos

We hope you had a great time at the Blue and Gold. A big thank you to the Dagen, Ghatta, Noble, Spears, and many other families for putting together a most wonderful event.

During the hectic evening, a very inspiring and well-made video that Den Leader Scott Spears made of the Webelos II unfortunately did not get shown. The Arrow of Light video is now posted on our website. He did an exceptional job and we absolutely do not want his hard work to go unnoticed.  We earnestly encourage you all to please watch it and tell Scott how much you appreciate his hard work !

The 2014-2015 video created by Grace capturing our Pack's activities had also been posted. Those of you who missed it will want to watch it as every den is featured.   Also tell Grace how much you appreciate her efforts !

As always, photos and videos can be viewed and downloaded from the Pack's photo page. Remember to check it often as photos are posted throughout the year.

Thanks !
Webmaster Elaine


Webelos Naturalist Program in Brentwood

Date/Time: Saturday, March 28 10:00 a.m. – noon
Location: John Muir Interpretive Center 19 Walnut Blvd., Brentwood, CA
Cost: Free

Bring your Webelos out for an adventure. Naturalist John Mottashed will lead your Scouts on a nature hike to complete seven of the 12 Webelos Naturalist Badge requirements: visit a nature center; watch for birds; learn about bird flyways; identify poisonous plants and reptiles; watch at least six wild animals; identify birds and plants that live in our area; learn about the importance of aquatic ecosystems and wetlands. Call 925-688-8010 to register your Scouts.


Hoot Owl Hikes

Date/Time #1: Saturday, March 21st, 6:45 pm to 8:45 pm - Full
Date/Time #2: Saturday, March 28st, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm - Full
Evite #1: CLOSED
Evite #2: CLOSED
Location: Sycamore Grove Park in Livermore
Cost: $10 per person.
Attire: Class B uniform
Award: Participating scout will receive a Hoot Owl patch, and a Trail Trekkers patch if he doesn't have one already.
Meeting Location: To be determined (see directions to the 2 possible locations below)
Note: Scout only, no siblings. One parent per family.
Must read: Hoot Owl Guidelines, DirectionsHike Detail
Contact: Hiking Chair Siddharth Bhatia

Hello Pack,

This is a special hike for a few reasons: It is a night hike. It is a ranger led hike. It is a fee based hike. It is limited to 17 people so please note the following limitations: Scouts only - No siblings. One parent must accompany his/her scout(s).

Please reply quickly to the Evites as spots are limited. Your RSVP doesn't guarantee a spot until we receive your payment.

The hike lasts about two hours and begins with a ranger-led introduction to nocturnal animals and adaptations of nighttime critters, followed by an easy hike of one to one and a half miles.

Everyone is expected to use their night vision during the program, so please leave your flashlights at home.

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Free Admission to All National Parks this Weekend

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SCVGMS 60th Annual Gem and Mineral Festival

Date: April 18 & 19, 2014
Time: 10am - 5pm
Location: Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose
Show admission: Free for children under 12 and scouts in uniform. Adult $5 advance purchase or $6 at the door.
Kids area admission: $3.50 per scout, free for adults.
Awards: All Cub Scouts will have the opportunity to earn their Geology Belt Loop and Geology Academic Pin. Webelos will have an additional opportunity to earn their Geologist Pin.

Cub scouts are invited to Visit the Santa Clara Valley Gem and Mineral Society Festival and Kids Area at the Fairgrounds on April 18 and 19. Learn about geology, get a beginning rock collection, a rock bag, and a patch. Choose a day and time slot to visit and send in your sign up form and check by March 31st.
See the SCVGMS flyer and website for more details.

This is not a Pack 1776 event but a community event open to Scout groups.


February Hike – Coyote Hills

Date/Time: Sunday, February 8, 2015, 2:00pm Cancelled due to Rain
Location: Coyote Hills Regional Park
Distance: 4 miles round trip
Time: Allow 2-3 hours
Grade: A few short but quite steep grades
Suggested Age: Tigers through Webelos
Attire: Class B uniform
Award: Trail Trekkers patch
Parking & Fees: Parking at the Visitor Center. $5 parking fee.
Meeting Point: Coyote Hills Visitor Center
Contact: Hiking Chair Siddharth Bhatia
RSVP: Evite

What to Bring:
Plenty of water, snacks. Wear clothes appropriate for the weather.

Head first into the marsh by crossing the park road at the south end of the Visitor Center parking lot. The kids will enjoy walking on the boardwalk. Stop at the wildlife viewing platforms to observe water fowl and possibly muskrats. When the boardwalk ends, keep heading straight, gradually curving to the left, until you reach the D.U.S.T. Trail. Turn left on this trail, then right on Lizard Rock Trail. You will then join Bayview Trail, a paved bicycling trail which encircles the hills. Turn left on the Bayview Trail. When you reach Nike Trail, follow it up to a saddle. Once on the saddle, head south on the Hill Trail. After a short steep climb, you'll reach Red Hill Top, a hill formed of red chert. Watch out for poison oak among the rocks. On a clear day, the views are great. You'll want to point out some of the sights - the salt evaporation ponds to the west, the marsh and boardwalk below you to the east (can you see where you were?), and some of the high peaks in the Bay Area. Some of these peaks are "Rim Rover" peaks which the boys can climb when they become Boy Scouts - Mission Peak just a little southeast, Mt. Tamalpais to the northwest (beyond San Francisco), and Mt. Diablo to the northeast. Continue south, stopping at Glider Hill to watch people flying model gliders. Go slowly down the steep hill to Soaproot Trail and go left, passing above Dairy Glen, the group campsite. Turn left again, back to the Visitor Center (you'll be approaching the Visitor Center from behind.)


Meridian Matters – February 2015

Meridian Matters is a monthly newsletter published by the Meridian District of Mount Diablo Silverado Council. The February issue is now available.

Click on the above link to learn about various district news and upcoming events !