Cub Scout Pack 1776
11Nov/22

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
UNIFORMClass A

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
15Oct/22

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.

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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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6Sep/22

September 10 – October 31: Popcorn Fundraiser

It is the time for our annual popcorn fundraiser again!  The funds we raise through popcorn sale helps cover registration fees, trips, and activities for the scouts.  It is also a great learning opportunity for them to gain experiences in public speaking, math, salesmanship, perseverance, and teamwork.  In addition to the valuable learnings, it also comes with tangible rewards.  We highly encourage every scout, regardless of age or experience, to participate in the fundraiser!

Popcorn Kernels: Ravi Kotnana, Chris Chen

Ways to sell popcorn

  1. Show and Sell (store front sales) — set up a table merchandised with products in front of stores.  Parents and scouts approach incoming customers for support.  Highest potential and generate more than 90% of our overall sales.
  2. Show and Deliver (wagon sales) — parents and scouts take products in wagons and sell door-to-door in the neighborhood.
  3. Take Order — parents and scouts go door-to-door and collect orders, return them to popcorn team and deliver at a later date.
  4. Online Sales — share fundraising page (or scout code) via email or social media.  Supporters visit and transact on-line at www.trails-end.com.  Makes it easy to get support from friends and family who do not live close-by.  A good way to generate extra sales without additional time from parents and scouts.

Store front sales

Getting ready

  1. Download Trail’s End App.  (Text “APP” to 62771 to download, or download from Appstore/GooglePlay). One account per scout, so Mom or Dad will have to set up the account and share the login information with the other parent. Select "Meridian" for the district and "Pack 1776" for the unit. 
    • Siblings can share one account and combine their proceeds and donations toward the pack rankings.
  2. After activation and sign-in, go to “Storefront Sales” and find shifts available for sign-up on the calendar (calendar icon).
  3. Signing up for 2 or more shifts is recommended.  That almost guarantees your scout will get multiple rewards which gives them positive feedback for a good job done.

Selling popcorn

  1. !! IMPORTANT !! If you have the first shift of the day, please pick up inventory and supplies the night before your shift from Popcorn Kernel Chris Chen.
  2. Set up — set up table and tablecloth with banner secured in front of the table.  Set up display products with price label affixed.  Set up Pack donation bin and Square Credit Card reader.
  3. Start of shift — please arrive 10 minutes before your shift begins.  Verify inventory and proceeds with previous shift scout/parent.  Make sure there’s $60 in small bills in cashbox for change.  Take envelopes with all proceeds thus far for the day to a secure location such as your car trunk that’s not visible.  We would like to minimize the amount of cash we keep at the table for safety reason.
  4. Sales — Be friendly, smile and greet everyone.  Show gratitude even if someone does not show interest.  Record each sale in Trail’s End App with the appropriate payment type and also write it down on the tracking form.  Always say thank you.
  5. End of shift — count inventory and proceeds with the next shift scout/parent.  Put all proceeds and donation from the shift, along with the tracking form, in a new envelope, then label, seal, and hand it to the next shift scout/parent.
  6. End of day — return remaining inventory, all supplies, and all proceeds in envelopes to Chris Chen.

What is our goal?  What are the rewards?

Our goal is for every scout to sell $250

Every scout who sells $250 or more (popcorn proceeds + donations) win an Aluminum Sports Water Bottle!

The top three highest fundraisers through popcorn proceeds + donations will win the following prizes:

  • 1st: $300 gift card for Disneyland!
  • 2nd: REI two-person tent with footprint
  • 3rd: Solar charger power bank

Additionally:

  • Every scout who sells popcorn gets a Popcorn Patch
  • $250 or more — receive an Aluminum Sports Water Bottle! (Only takes about 1-2 storefront shifts)
  • $500 or more — qualify to win Amazon Gift Cards from Trail’s End
    • More than half of participating scouts won last year
  • $1000 or more, not including Top 3 winners — receive a Digital Alarm Clock OR an day-hike first-aid kit!

Pack volunteer credit

Every shift gives you 1 hour toward the pack volunteer credit.  For shifts that require pick-up/drop-off of the inventory at Chris’ place, you get 1 more hour for the extra time needed.  If we change location mid-day, the scout/parent of the starting shift of the new location need to tear-down and set up the table, and will get 1 more hour of credit.

Tips and things to remember

  1. All cub scouts to wear Class A Uniform.
  2. Be courteous and respectful.
  3. Cubs may ask “Would you like to support local cub scouts?” to approach customers.
  4. Customers are delighted when cubs talk to them.  Cubs can tell them which popcorn is their favorite.
  5. If customers are not sure if they are willing to buy popcorn, encourage them to donate any amount to the donation bin and thank them.
  6. Make sure customers know we take credit cards.  Some customers may not have enough cash with them.
  7. Please mark it down on your calendar when you sign up for a shift and make sure you do not miss it.
  8. If you need additional popcorn or have any question, please call or text Chris/Ravi.  We will have someone on standby during popcorn sales hours.
  9. Always smile and say thank you.
  10. Congratulate your cubs for their results!

For additional information about online selling and additional selling tips, please visit www.trails-end.com

When selling door to door, please follow these safety rules:

  • Never enter someone’s home.
  • Don’t carry large amounts of cash with you.
  • Always walk on the sidewalk and driveway.
  • Always sell with another scout or adult.
  • Remember to wear your Class A uniform, be respectful and have fun!

Happy selling!

11Oct/22

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.

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11Oct/22

November 5-6: Outdoor pack meeting & fall campout

Date/Time: Saturday November 5, 2022 at 2pm to Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 10am
Location: Mt. Diablo State Park // Barbecue Terrace group campground (directions) + Wildcat campground
Parking: Coordinates to Parking road entrance - 37.86154 N, 121.93375 W
Maps: Campground map | Mount Diablo park map 
Fees: $10 per vehicle paid upon park entry
Attire: Class A for flags and Bobcat ceremony, Class B otherwise

Camping Chair: Neeraj C.
Camping Committee: Joe G., Michael P., Matt P.

There is a limit on the number of overnight campers. Register ASAP.

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Join us for a glorious afternoon and evening of scout skills and outdoor fun!  Come for the activities, a pack-provided dinner and our evening campfire program. Staying overnight is optional.

We have an action-packed agenda. This meeting is especially important for Tigers and new scouts and their parents who will participate in our Bobcat Ceremony – let’s celebrate with them!  

Webelos (4th graders) will prepare their own dinner and desserts, as well as Dutch oven desserts for the pack!

What to bring

  • Completed parking pass, placed visibly on your car dash before you leave your parked car.
  • Sun protection
  • Per person:
    • 1 gallon drinking water for each member of your party — There is NO WATER on Mount Diablo
    • Refillable water bottle
    • Mess kit, including utensils and cup
    • Flashlight
    • Folding chair
    • Cap
    • Sturdy closed-toe shoes for hiking
    • Rain windbreaker jacket
    • Warm clothes as it will get cold after dark
  • For those staying overnight:
    • Tent with rainfly
    • Mallet
    • Sleeping bags
    • Sleeping pads
    • Please refer to the Mt. Diablo Checklist for a list of items to bring  
  • Leaders, please each bring an additional 10 gallon water for pack use

Tentative schedule

Saturday
1:00 to 1:45 - Arrival for those staying overnight and set up camp
1:45 to 2:00 - Arrival for those not staying overnight
2:00 to 2:15 - Flag ceremony — led by Bears
2:15 to 2:30 - Group photo / Distribute Class B t-shirts
2:30 to 3:15 - Bobcat Ceremony for 43 Tigers and new Wolf, Bear and Webelos scouts, by den
3:30 to 5:00 - Nearby hike (Webelos will skip hike) / 3:30pm BBQ prep / Dutch oven preparation
          (4pm Cook Dutch oven desserts)
(4:45 s’mores prep)
5:00 to 5:45 - Dinner + clean-up
(Add on warm clothing layers ahead of the evening program)
5:45 to 5:50 - Closing flag ceremony — led by Bears
5:50 to 6:30 - S’mores for Scouts / Dutch oven dessert for adults
(6:15 Sunset)
5:50 to 6:30 - Campfire program skits, songs, stories
6:45 pm - START to HEAD OUT
6:45 to 6:55 - Head out for those not camping overnight
7:15 - GATES LOCKED
7:00 to 8:30 - Evening activities TBD
(Potentially games, stories, evening hike, stargazing)
8:30 to 9:00 - Get ready for bed
9:00 Lights out

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Sunday
7:15 to 7:45   - Prepare breakfast
7:45 to 8:30  - Free breakfast provided by the Pack (coffee, hot chocolate, juice, muffins)
8:30 to 9:15  - Break camp
9:15 to 10:00 - Camp sweep and leave

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11Oct/22

October 19: Camping 101

Date:  Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Time:  6:30 – 8pm
Location:  Coyote Creek Elementary School MPR

Are you prepared for the pack campout on November 5-6? Do you know what to bring or what to expect? Join us for a Camping 101 event to have all of your questions answered and learn what to expect for this year's fall campout at Mt. Diablo. This will not be a pack meeting; scouts can come in Class B or casual clothes.

Stations offered:

  • What to bring for the day, if not staying overnight [Ms. Wendy]
  • What do bring for overnight camp [Mr. Neeraj, Mr. Michael]
  • Mount Diablo campsites [Mr. Joe, Mr. Neeraj]
  • Leave No Trace [Ms. Caroline]
  • Tent basics [Ms. Cassie]
  • Program [Mr. Kevin]
10Oct/22

October 16: Coyote Hills Trail Trekkers hike

Date/Time: Sunday, October 16, 2022, at 9:30am
Location: Coyote Hills Regional Park — 8000 Patterson Ranch Road​​​​​​​, Fremont, CA 94555
Meeting Point: Outside Visitor Center
Fee: $5 per vehicle, $2 per dog
Distance / duration: 4 miles / 3 hours
Difficulty: Easy to moderate — a few short but steep hills
Recommended for: Tigers through Webelos
Hike Info: Hike info / Trail map below
Park mapmap
Awards: Trail Trekkers Cub Scout Patch
Contact: Hiking Chair Zhen Zhou (925-997-4889)

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Attire: 

  • Class B and dress in layers
  • Sturdy closed toe shoes

What to bring:

  • Sunscreen, cap
  • Plenty of water and snacks

Directions

Coyote Hills is at the west end of Patterson Ranch Road/ Commerce Drive in Fremont. From I- 880, take Highway 84 west, exit at Paseo Padre Parkway and drive north. Turn left on Patterson Ranch Road (parking fee).

The hike

This hike will introduce the pack to the marsh and hills of Coyote Hills Regional Park and give you a chance to see a great Visitor Center. It is about 4 miles long, with a few short but steep hills.

The trail

First Head 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.)

Alternate Routes
Longer or shorter loops can easily be made - consult the park map. The minimum requirement for this patch is to hike to Red Hill Top.

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Visitor Center post-hike

Consider visiting the Visitor Center after the hike. Coyote Hills Visitor Center contains educational displays and exhibits as well as the Possum's Pocket Nature Store. The exhibits portray the Ohlone way of life and include a tule reed boat constructed by park staff and volunteers using Native American methods. Other exhibits cover the park's natural history and wildlife. Open 10am - 4pm on Sundays.

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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7Oct/22

October 20: New leader onboarding

New Den Leaders, Pack Committee members (Membership Chair, Treasurer, Advancement Chair, Assistant Pack Committee Chair), Chartered Org Rep, save the date!

You are welcome to an optional onboarding session to learn about the pack, Scoutbook, resources, and get your scouting questions answered. Other leaders and interested parents are welcome to sit in as well.

By invitation.

6Oct/22

October 28: Halloween party

All Cub Scouts and their families are invited to our annual Halloween bash on October 28th, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Coyote Creek MPR and courtyard!

Attire: Costumes
Cost: Free to participate
Food: FREE Pizza, popcorn, and shaved ice will be provided
Bring: Refillable water bottle AND trick-or-treat bag
No bottled water will be provided at this event

[ RSVP | Volunteer ]

Play carnival games to win prizes. Come dressed up in your Halloween best and take your picture at the photo booth. You may even win one of our 27 best costume medals at the parade. You do not need to be a scout to participate in the parade.

FREE pizza thanks to outstanding popcorn sale by the pack!

The Costume Contest categories are:

  • Best Costume
  • Most Creative
  • Most Scary Costume

Special thanks to our local businesses who sponsored our Halloween party with gift card prizes:

Happy Lemon
Happy Lemon
(by Safeway Danville — corner of
Crow Canyon & Camino Tassajara)
Yersen Gelato
(by McDonald's Danville — corner of
Crow Canyon & Camino Tassajara)
Crumbl Cookies
(multiple locations)
6Oct/22

October 29-20: Webeloree

Calling all Webelos (4th grade) and Arrow of Light (5th grade) scouts! 

This weekend is filled with fun events at the great Camp Herms. Activity pins and scout skills galore. Come interact with some Scouts BSA Troops as well, to get a feel for the adventure at a Troop level. This is intended for a 1:1 Cub to Guardian ratio weekend. If one guardian must take two Cub Scouts, this guardian will be responsible for each participant while they are at camp. This event is for Webelos and Arrow of Light only as the program is specific to their age appropriate program. A packing list, schedule, and list of pins offered for the weekend will be emailed ten days before the event.

Camp schedule

Adventure pins being offered are:

On staff from Pack 1776 will be:

  • Medic: Dr. Sankari
  • Rangemasters: Mr. Kevin R., Ms. Caroline

Dinner will be provided as a group activity. Sunday breakfast will be offered.

Bring for each participant, scout and adult:

  • BSA pre-event medical screening checklist + ensure temperature below 100.4 °F just prior to departure for camp.
  • Copy of completed AB forms
  • Shooting Sports form (2 copies only, check "BB Devices" only)
  • Bagged lunch for Saturday (lunch provided for staff)
  • Mess kit (plate, spoon, fork, cup), napkins, wet wipes
  • Drinking water in reusable water bottle
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Clothes appropriate for the weather
  • Flash light
  • Toiletries
  • Folding chair

Shared items:

  • Tent, including tarp/footprint + rainfly
  • Mallet for tent stakes
  • Wagon (to carry your stuff from your car to the campsite)

For this camp, parent/legal guardian and child can share a tent.

Wear:

  • Class A uniform
  • Class B t-shirt
  • Vest / waterproof jacket — there's usually condensation at Camp Herms + it will be windy this weekend
  • Hiking / closed toe shoes

Registration is currently closed.

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19Sep/22

September 21: Monthly pack meeting

In honor of Emergency Preparedness Month, this month's pack meeting will focus on a few skills to help us be prepared for emergencies as well as thank those who assist us in emergencies.  Below are the details for the meeting.  Please note, pack meetings are not a drop-off event; at least one parent should join their scout for the meeting.  Thank you for taking the time to attend.


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

PACK MEETING ACTIVITIES

  • Make your own first aid kit to take home
  • Learn to tie a "first aid knot" (square knot)
  • Operation Gratitude, give your thanks to our first responders with a thank you letter
  • Second chance portrait session for scouts and uniformed scout leaders