Cub Scout Pack 1776
28Jan/150

Friends of Scouting (FOS) Campaign

Dear Cub Scout Parent,

We hope that you and your family will join us at our Blue & Gold Banquet scheduled for February 20th at 5:45pm at the Coyote Creek MPR. We are very proud of all the boy’s achievements and extremely appreciative of all the parental involvement.

During the banquet, we will be making a brief presentation of the annual Friends of Scouting (FOS) campaign and then asking for your pledges to support our Pack’s FOS effort. The FOS program helps underwrite the cost of Scouting for our district, the Mt. Diablo Silverado Council. We thought it might be beneficial to send out this letter in advance for your information, so you and your spouse can discuss the tax deductible amount your family is considering donating.

Each year, our Scout parents are asked to support some of the hidden costs of Scouting. The Mt. Diablo Silverado Council, which serves around 17,000 youths, provides numerous benefits to all of our boys and adult volunteers. A few of these benefits include subsidized Cub Day Camp and Cub Family Camps, maintaining facilities such as Camp Herms and Wolfeboro, as well as youth and leadership training.

FOS provides these benefits to our Scouts throughout the bay area. The Scouting organization annually spends about $250 per boy while the registration fee is only $24. The Council hopes that each family will give enough to offset the spending cost for each boy, but if your family cannot contribute to this extent, please know that any amount is welcome.

Participation by every family, at any level, is the goal.

If you believe that the Scouting program has had a positive impact on your family, we urge you to join me in this effort to keep the Scout program a dynamic experience for the youth in our area.

Pack 1776 Committee

28Jan/150

Blue and Gold 2015

Date: Friday, February 20th
Time: 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Coyote Creek MPR
Cost: None
RSVP: Evite

Dear Pack 1776 Scouts and Families,

We invite you to the Blue & Gold Banquet where we will celebrate the 105th birthday of Scouting and send off our twelve Webelos II's to Boy Scouts! We will enjoy great food and fun entertainment by Astro Wizard!

Admission is free to all scouts and their families but please RSVP by February 13th with the number of people attending and any vegetarian preference.

Schedule:
5:45 Welcome! Door Opens
6:00 Opening Flag Ceremony (Webelos II)
6:05 Greeting & Commence Dinner
6:25 Recognition & Friends of Scouting
6:40 Arrow of Light Bridging Ceremony
7:10 Closing Flag Ceremony (Webelos I)
7:15 Entertainment by Astro Wizard
8:30 Clean Up

See you at the big party!

Pack 1776 Blue and Gold Committee

26Jan/150

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.

19Jan/150

New Cub Scout Program Video

If you missed the webcast on January 17th, the recording is available below. Check out some interesting Cub Scout history and preview the new program launching in June 2015:

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9Jan/150

Changes Coming to the Cub Scouting Program – January 17 Webcasts


A new Cub Scouting program that will be more fun and exciting for boys and easier to implement for unit leaders, will be launching June 1, 2015.

To ensure you are ready to make the transition, a number of webcasts will be hosted on January 17 to outline the coming changes, how to prepare, and when resources will be available.

Cubmaster Webcasts
Saturday, January 17, at 8 a.m. (Central), or
Saturday, January 17, at 3 p.m. (Central)

Den Leader Webcasts
Saturday, January 17, at 9:30 a.m. (Central), or
Saturday, January 17, at 4:30 p.m. (Central)

Although the content will be geared to the roles listed, anyone with an interest in learning about the new Cub Scouting program is welcome to attend.  The sessions will be recorded for later viewing.

It’s easy to attend! Just navigate your Internet browser to www.livestream.com/bsanationalcouncil and you are ready to view the webcast!

As always, for more information on the new Cub Scouting program, please go to www.scouting.org/programupdates.

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2Jan/150

January Hike – Las Trampas Regional Wilderness

Date: Saturday, January 10, 2015
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Las Trampas Regional Wilderness
Meeting Point: Parking lot at the end of Bollinger Canyon Road
Attire: Class B
Awards: Highlander patch and/or the Las Trampas Rocker patch
Fees: None
RSVP: Evite
Contact: Hiking Chair - Siddharth Bhatia

Directions
From Highway 680: Take the Crow Canyon Road exit. Drive west on Crow Canyon for about 1 mile, then turn right (north) onto Bollinger Canyon Road. Continue about 4.5 miles to the trailhead at the end of the road.  Alternatively, drive west on Bollinger till it ends at the park. About 10 miles from school on Bollinger Canyon Road.

Meet at the parking lot at the end of the road inside the park.

Trail
Bollinger Creek Loop trail. A very nice nearly flat 1.2 Mile trail. Should take less than 1 hr to complete. Easy hike for our younger scouts a nice hike to start off the new year in scouting. Since this is a short hike we can start later when it is slightly warmer.

What to bring:

  • Binoculars, camera
  • layers of clothing – this hike can be cold and windy
  • Plenty of water and snacks

Overview
Las Trampas (Spanish for the traps) has two distinct areas, each with its own personality. Rocky Ridge, on the west side of the valley, is known for views in all directions, unusual rocks and green rolling hills lightly forested with California bays, oaks and maples. The wildflower display on the hills just off the ridgeline is an east bay favorite. The Las Trampas Ridge, to the east, is quite different, featuring a plant community dominated by chamise with other chaparral plants such as manzanitas and coyote brush.

Cancellation Policy
Cancelled if rain is forecast for the day of the hike. Look for an email from Sid on Friday evening before the hike.

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19Dec/140

Marksmanship Day


Date:
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Time: Choose from:
- AM Session 8:00AM - 12:00PM
- PM Session 1:00PM - 5:00PM
Location: Camp Herms, 1100 James Pl, El Cerritos (map)
Cost: $20 per scout, $5 per adult.  Lunch included.
Attire: Class A uniform
Awards: Participation patch, Archery or BB Shooting belt loop and pin
Bring: Warm clothes

The Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program is an optional program for all Cub Scouts. Its purpose is to encourage the Scouts in learning new skills, or improving one they already posses. Cub Scouts can earn belt loops and pins in 25 academic areas and 28 different sports. Among them, the shooting sports loops and pins (Archery and BB-gun Shooting) can only be earned through Council-led events, under BSA trained supervision, and at a BSA facility range.

Marksmanship Day is one of such Council events and the next one is coming up on January 10th. Registration can be made online at the Council website.  Be sure wear your Class A.

Note: Shooting sports belt loops can be used toward Wolf electives 20c and 20n, part of Bear requirement 23c and Bear electives 20.

17Dec/140

Pinewood Derby Kits and Presentation

For those of you who missed the December Pack meeting, we passed out Pinewood Derby Kits to all the scouts at the meeting. If you would like a kit for your Scout (free) or Sibling ($5/kit), please contact Surat before January 12, 2015.

Here is the presentation shown at the meeting:

There are many resources available online. Boy's Life magazine is one of them: http://boyslife.org/section/hobbies-projects/pinewood-derby/

Have Fun !

15Dec/140

Meridian Matters – December 2014


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

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

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4Dec/140

December Hike – Sycamore Grove

Date: Saturday, Dec 13, 2014
Time: 9 am
Location: Sycamore Grove Park (map), Livermore
Meeting Point: Wetmore Road Entrance Parking lot
Attire: Class A or B (dress in layers)
Awards: Trail Trekkers Cub Scout Patch/Progressive Hike Award
Parking Fee: $5 per vehicle
Hike Info: Hike info
RSVP: Evite
Contact: Hiking Chair Teresa Noble

What to bring:

  • binoculars, camera
  • layers of clothing – this hike can be cold and windy
  • Plenty of water and snacks

Details

Every inch of this park is alive with life - in the air, in the grass, even in puddles. Begin your search for signs of wildlife at the Wetmore Road entrance. Follow the paved path until you come to the first sign designating the Nature Area. Turn left onto the broad trail that crosses the usually dry Arroyo. Follow this nature trail through the sycamore grove until you reach the park boundary. While you are here, be sure to pause often and listen for the sounds of reptiles and rodents in the grass. If you are lucky and very patient you might even see an animal. Near the wet areas be sure to look for great blue herons. Don't forget to look up!

About The Park

The park is home to a variety of wildlife. Along the Arroyo Del Valle you might see frogs, pond turtles, dragonflies, ducks or even muskrats. In addition to this riparian area there are grassland and oak woodland habitats. Deer, ground squirrels, butterflies, lizards and birds such as red-tail hawks, white-tail kites, scrub jays, magpies and meadowlarks are just few of the animals you might spot in these areas.

Sycamore Grove Trail Map

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