Cub Scout Pack 1776

Feb 24: Blue & Gold Banquet + AOL Graduation & Bridging

Blue and Gold Banquet

Come celebrate the 113th birthday of scouting in the USA at the pack's annual Blue & Gold banquet where we will have a ceremony for AOLs who will receive their Arrow of Light awards and bridge over to Scouts BSA for their onward scouting journey. The pack will host a catered dinner and fun entertainment (to be announced — may be a magic show) for Pack 1776 scouts and immediate family.

[ RSVP ] by February 1 with the number of people attending and any vegetarian preference (indicate with your response).

When: Friday, February 24, 2023, at 6-9pm
Where: Tassajara Hills Elementary School MPR
WearClass A uniform
Bring: Refillable water bottle per person

Please volunteer to help with set up and clean up. Volunteer sign-up will be added.

Tentative schedule:

5:00 pm AOL scouts and parents arrive with shadow boxes

6:00 pm Welcome! Doors open
                   AOLs and Troops have dinner first
6:15 pm  Opening flag ceremony by AOLs
6:20 pm Greetings by Cubmaster
                  Commence dinner for the rest of the pack

6:40 pm Recognition of AOL Leaders and AOL Den Chiefs
6:50 pm Arrow of Light ceremony
7:10 pm  Bridging ceremony
7:35 pm Closing flag ceremony by Webelos
7:40 pm Troops group picture
7:50 pm Evening entertainment!

8:50 pm Clean up

See you at the party!

Pack 1776 Blue & Gold Committee

For all in-person pack or den events and activities, please adhere to the pack's COVID statement. If you are sick, are experiencing symptoms, or may have been exposed to COVID-19, please stay home and stay safe.


March 4,5: Chabot Space & Science Center Overnight Event 

Blast off into an out of this world experience exploring the outer realms of space! This program will take our Scouts from Earth into the great unknown through workshops, activities, exhibits, telescopes and planetarium offerings.  

[ Register ] by February 8 if you are planning to attend.  There is limited space available, so register as soon as possible. 

The odyssey overnight includes:

  • Exhibit Exploration
  • Planetarium Shows
  • Educational Program
  • Telescope viewing (Weather/availability permitting)
  • Dinner & Breakfast 

Date and time: 
Saturday March 4th 5:00pm to Sunday March 5th 9:30am 

Check-in: 5pm-5:30pm - Program starts at 5:30pm (late entry is permissible.)

Please bring your electronic or paper ticket for scanning at check-in. 

Chabot Space & Science Center 
10000 Skyline Blvd. 
Oakland, CA 94619

Uniform: Class A on Saturday; Class B on Sunday

Cost: **FREE** for registered Pack 1776 Scouts who raised popcorn funds. $50 for registered Pack 1776 Scouts who did NOT raise popcorn funds. $95 for single parent or adult chaperone. Due to restricted number of attendees only ONE chaperone per TWO or more family members (example, 1 chaperone and 2 scouts). If reserved spots remain available after Scout registration closes, then registered Siblings (5 years and older) may attend at the cost of $95. Please drop off Chaperone payment at the Coyote Creek drop box or bring to the Feb 8th Pack Meeting.

NEED to COMPLETE by Saturday, Feb 18th: 

Please complete Chabot’s online CONSENT FORM for every participant.

Meals: Dinner and breakfast are included. Designate your meal preferences on the CONSENT FORM for every participant. If unspecified, meat is the default option. The meals are pre-packaged and delivered so on-site adjustments cannot be made. None of the meals contain nuts, however, they are prepared in kitchens where nuts may be present. You may bring outside food. 

What to Bring for each participant: 

  • Sleeping bag, pillow 
  • Warm jacket, pajamas, change of clothes 
  • Toiletries, medications 
  • Reusable water bottle, snacks 
  • Electronic or paper ticket for scanning at check-in 

Additional Information and FAQ’s: Chaperone Survival Guide

Note: We have a reserved allotment of spots. If we have any remaining spots after Scout registration closes on February 8th, we will accept additional reservation requests of Siblings in order of registration. 

Please submit Chaperone payment by Wednesday, February 8th either at the Coyote Creek drop box or the Feb 8th Pack Meeting. We will contact you to confirm if your Sibling reservation request have been accepted and to arrange their payment. 


Many thanks to Mr. Neeraj and Mr. Joe for making this event possible for our pack!

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Jan 29: Lafayette Reservoir hike

Date/Time: Sunday, January 29, 2023, at 10am
Location: Lafayette Reservoir Recreation Area — 3849 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette, CA
Meeting Point: Gather at the trail head, at the east end of the main parking lot
Daily park entry fee: $6; discounts for seniors and disabled persons
Distance / elevation / duration: 2.6-mile loop / 442 ft / 2 hours
Difficulty: Relatively easy, with elevation
Recommended for: All, with parental supervision for younger ones
Hike Info: Hike info / Trail map
Park mapmap
Awards: Pack hike patch
Contact: Hiking Chair Zhen (925-997-4889)

Attire: Class B t-shirt and comfortable pants, layers, hiking boots/shoes
Bring: Sunscreen, cap, plenty of water and snacks, camera

Hiking Chair: Zhen Zhou

[ RSVP ]

The hike

This hike begins on the rim trail, leads to the big oak trail, then finishes on the paved lakeside trail. When finishing up on the lakeside trail hikers will begin to share the path with cyclists.

The trail: Lafayette Reservoir Rim, Big Oak, and Lakeside Nature Trail Loop

We'll hike this 2.6-mile loop trail near Lafayette, California. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 1 h 12 min to complete. This trail is great for hiking and running, and it's unlikely you'll encounter many other people while exploring.

Dogs are welcome and must be on a leash.

The trail may be muddy and slippery after the rains.

Lafayette reservoir trail and elevation map
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January 8: Pinewood Derby cut day

Date: Sunday, January 8th, 2023
Time: 3pm to 5pm
LocationAce Hardware — Alamo Hardware at 3438 Camino Tassajara, Danville, CA 94506
Bring: Pinewood Derby car kit provided by the pack, with the desired design outlined onto the block for the cut lines

If your scout needs help cutting the wood block, you could take it to Ace Hardware. The store staff will charge a nominal fee for each car cut. Sign up required. Sign up is first come first served. Please allow those who have signed up priority to have theirs cut at the store.

[ Sign up ]

  1. Prepare the car design and trace it onto the block ahead of time. Read the Official Pack 1776 Rules fully beforehand.
  2. Head to Ace Danville during the time slot you signed up for.
  3. Remember to pay before you leave the store.

If you would like to go on a different date and time, they advise that you call Ace ahead of time to make a reservation to cut at their store.

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January 21-22: Pinewood Derby!

Pack 1776 Pinewood Derby 2023 patch

Who's ready to race?


Date/time: Saturday, January 21st, 2023, at 10am to 1pm
Location: Pack shed, in the back of Coyote Creek Elementary School
Attire: Class A for photos


Date/time: Sunday, January 22nd, 2023, at 1pm to 4pm
Location: Coyote Creek MPR
Attire: Class A
Bring: Reusable water bottle and Readiness to cheer on your fellow scouts
Volunteers needed: Volunteers are needed Saturday and Sunday, sign-up link to come, additional details below

Pinewood Derby Chair: Kevin Lew

[ Volunteer ]

Our Annual Pinewood Derby will be held on Sunday January 22nd 2023 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the MPR! There will be racing and design competitions. Please be conservation minded and bring your own reusable bottle - fresh filtered water available from the nice refillable station in the MPR. We will once again have an open class for Scouts BSA (includes Den Chiefs) and one for non-BSA siblings. Additional kits may be purchased for $7.

The mandatory inspection and car impounding is on January 21st 2023 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Pack Shed near the Coyote Creek Kindergarten area.

While Pinewood Derby car is a team project for scouts and their adults, we encourage scouts to do as much of the car building as possible. For those new to scouting or just need a refresher course, here are some helpful websites:
How to Video
Design Ideas
How to Tips and Templates
Online Car Designer

If you need help cutting the wood block, the pack is coordinating an afternoon at Ace Hardware for scouts to get help with cutting their car design from the wood block. Sunday January 8th 2023 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. See Pack 1776 PWD cut day for more details.

Each car must pass inspection on January 21st 2023 by 1pm by the official inspection committee before it will be allowed to compete. Once a car passes inspection and is entered into the race, only the race committee members can touch it. If the car loses a wheel, or is otherwise damaged, the racer has 5 minutes to make repairs.

Read the Official Pack 1776 Rules fully before participating.
For additional reference: this PowerPoint Presentation was showcased at the Pack Meeting on Dec 14, 2022.

On the day of the event, cars will race in multiple heats.  They will have the opportunity to race on each of the 4 tracks. Only their best time will be used. All participants will receive a patch and medal for participating. Trophies will be awarded to the fastest three cars in each rank/group, and the overall fastest three cars in the Pack. We will also give ribbons to 1) Best Paint Job, 2) Most Unique, 3) Most Patriotic, 4) Most Interesting Design, 5) Most Original, and 6) Most Creative. Voting occurs on Race Day during the race, so come and race and see all the cars to vote.


Lion Heats (x4 for each Lion group)
Tiger Heats (x4 for each Tiger group)
Wolf Heats (x4 for each Wolf group)
Bear Heats (x4 for each Bear group)
Webelos I Heats (x4 for each Webelos I group)
AOL / Webelos II Heats (x4 for each AOL / Webelos II group)
Siblings Heats (x4 for each sibling)
Scouts BSA (x4 for each Scouts BSA scout)
Best Overall Heats (x4 for each First place Den Group Winner — Pack 1776 registered scouts only, no siblings or Scouts BSA)


Every participant, including Scouts BSA scouts and siblings, will receive a medal and cool patch for participation. Trophies will be award to top 3 winners in each group.


We can't do this event without volunteers.  Please consider helping us with one of the following positions.  

  • Saturday: Impound Day Set Up (9am to 10am, 4 volunteers), Impound Inspectors & Helpers (10am to 1pm, 10 volunteers)
  • Sunday: PWD Set Up (10am to noon, 12 volunteers), clean up (4pm to 5pm, 12 volunteers) 

[ Volunteer ]

Best of luck to all the racers!


December 14: Monthly pack meeting


Theme: Nova WILD! — Holiday edition

Come learn about wildlife and the natural world around us while celebrating the holidays!

Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Time:  6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location:  Tassajara Hills Elementary School MPR
— 4675 Camino Tasssajara, Danville
AttireClass A uniform

Scouts will receive their Pinewood Derby kit to prepare for the Pinewood Derby race in January! Siblings may purchase a PWD kit for $7 (cash or check only) to participate in the Siblings race.


December 18: Redwood Creek Trail Trekkers hike

We are keeping an eye on the weather for the weekend and will send out an update if the hike is postponed or canceled.

Date/Time: Sunday, December 18, 2022, at 9:30am
Location: Redwood Creek Regional Park — 7867 Redwood Road Oakland, CA 94619
Meeting Point: Gather around at Canyon Meadow Staging Area and start out on Stream trail
Fee: $5 per vehicle, $2 per dog
Distance / duration: 3 miles / 2.5+ hours
Difficulty: Winding trail with lots of ups and downs
Recommended for: Tigers through Webelos, younger scouts and siblings at parents' discretion
Hike Info: Hike info (we'll do about 3 miles of the full hike) / Trail map
Park mapmap
Awards: Trail Trekkers Cub Scout Patch
Contact: Hiking Chair Kushal (925-639-5493)

[ RSVP ]

Scouts and siblings will delight in seeing the clusters of ladybugs!


  • Class B and dress in layers
  • Hiking boots/shoes due to winding trail with lots of ups and downs and canyons can be muddy in winter

What to bring:

  • Sunscreen, cap
  • Plenty of water and snacks
  • Magnifying glass, binoculars, camera — optional


Highway 13, take the Redwood Road exit and go east (uphill). At the top of the hill, you will cross Skyline Boulevard and pass the Skyline Ranch Equestrian Center on the right. Farther along, you will pass Piedmont Stables on the left. Big Bear Staging Area will be on the right about one and one-half miles from Skyline Boulevard, followed by MacDonald Staging Area on the right, and Redwood Gate on the left (seasonal parking maybe a $5 fee). Going thru the redwood gate will take you to canyon Meadow staging area. You may ask for a map at the gate.

The hike

This is a wonderful hike up the Stream Trail along Redwood Creek through a magnificent second-growth redwood forest which is over a century old. The hike gives access to different scenery and great views.

The trail

Gather around at Canyon Meadow Staging Area and start out on Stream trail.

Turn left for Bridle Trails and again turn left for Orchard/West Ridge trail. After about 0.2 miles turn right on Orchard Trail. Keep going about a quarter mile and then turn right on the French trail which is a winding trail. In about a mile, turn right on Chown Trail which is also a winding  trail. After about a half mile, turn right on Stream trail which will take you back to the Canyon Meadows in about 1.25 miles.

Natural features

Every winter, ladybugs migrate to Redwood Creek. Look out for the swarms of ladybugs on branches and fence posts and on twigs and sticks on the ground. Scouts and siblings will delight in seeing the clusters of ladybugs!

More details on the full hike, of which we'll do a portion...

More on the ladybugs...

For all in-person pack or den events and activities, please adhere to the pack's COVID statement. If you are sick, are experiencing symptoms, or may have been exposed to COVID-19, please stay home and stay safe.

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November 16: Monthly pack meeting

Veterans Day, also known as Remembrance Day or Armistice Day, is a day to remember and honor those who served in the armed forces. Join us for this month's pack meeting as we learn the significance of this day from 2nd Vice Commander Alan Scharlach.

We will also recognize our scouts' efforts in popcorn sales and award the top earners.   

DATE: Wednesday, September 21, 2022
TIME:  6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
LOCATION:  Coyote Creek Elementary School MPR

Pack Meeting activities include: 

  • Chat with 2nd Vice Commander Alan Scharlach of Mount Diablo Post 246, American Legion 
  • Flag folding and flag etiquette
  • Lions: Animal Kingdom adventure
  • Class B shirt distribution for the scouts who haven't received theirs yet

Scouting for Food

Scouting for Food is BSA's annual food collection program for local food banks.

Save the dates!

Oct 28: Tags delivered to Den Leaders to distribute to den scouts
Nov 5: Place tags in neighborhoods, assigned by den
Nov 12: Collect food from same neighborhoods, assigned by den

Many thanks to our Scouting for Food Coordinators: Rajni & Rajesh!

We need volunteers to drive the collected food to the main collection location at Bishop Ranch.

[ Volunteer ]

On Saturday, November 5, 2022, we will place door hangers at residences in our assigned neighborhoods. Each den will receive an area to cover. On Saturday, November 12, 2022, we will collect donations from doorsteps. 

Please NO glass containers or food that has a short shelf life. Canned and boxed food is great! Protein items like canned tuna, ham, sardines, & SPAM, as well as peanut butter are greatly needed.  

Donations will go to: Alameda Food Bank, Alameda County Community Food Bank, American Canyon Emergency Food Bank, Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, Napa Food Bank, San Francisco – Marin Food Bank, St. Helena Food Pantry, United Christian Parish Pantry.

All Pack 1776 scouts are strongly recommended to participate. Each scout participant will receive a cool patch!

General reminders

  • Wear Class A Scout uniform
  • Wear an approved face covering — applies to everyone involved in Scouting for Food
  • Keep your scouts in view at all times
  • Supervise scouts when crossing roads
  • Bring and use hand sanitizer
  • DO NOT to enter a donor's residence

Door hanger distribution — November 5-6

  • Distribute door hangers on another day this week, iff not possible on Nov 5-6
  • Place door hanger on the door or partially under the doormat
  • Do not place door hangers in mailboxes
  • Knock or ring doorbell after placing door hanger and take a few steps back
  • Speak with the resident about the program

Food donations pickup — November 12

  • Pick up food donations from the same homes where you distributed door hangers
  • Do not pick up earlier than 9am
  • Knock or ring doorbell at every house that received a door hanger and did not leave a donation; maybe they forgot and would give on the spot if asked kindly
  • Drop off the collected food donations in front of Coyote Creek MPR between 10am and noon
  • If you cannot drop off by 12pm, drop off directly at the main collection site at Bishop Ranch / 2700 Camino Ramon, San Ramon, by 1pm

As with any pack activity, please adhere to the pack's COVID statement. If you or your Scout are sick, are experiencing COVID-like or flu symptoms, or may have been exposed to COVID-19, please stay home and inform your Den Leader ASAP so they can make arrangements to cover your Scout's area.

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October 13: Webelos to Scout Transition Meeting

Arrow of Light (AOL — 5th grade) families:

See invitation from James Reeve, Meridian District Membership Chair, below.

It’s that time of year! Webelos Arrow of Light families are starting to look for Troops in the area to bridge in February or March 2023. The Meridian District is holding their annual Webelos to Scout transition meeting for adults as follows:

Webelos to Scout Transition Meeting
October 13, 2022
7-8:30 pm
Gale Ranch Middle School – Multi-Purpose Room
6400 Main Branch Rd, San Ramon

This meeting is for AOL families, adults-only, in person. You will have the opportunity to engage with the various Troops in our District.