Cub Scout Pack 1776

Penguins + Pajamas Sleep Over

Get ready for the wildest sleepover ever! The “Penguins+Pajamas” trip at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco is happening on Saturday, February 23, 2019!

Date/Time: 6 p.m. February 23rd (Saturday) – 8 a.m. February 24th (Sunday)

Location: California Academy of Sciences

Cost:  VARIES  $99 per adult/scout, however depending on your popcorn tier, there may be a subsidy paid by the Pack.

Who can attend?  Scouts, immediate family members and siblings ages 5+ are invited.

Attire:  Class A for Saturday and Class B for Sunday

Register online here by November 16th

Payment: Due by November 28th.   May checks payable to "Pack 1776" or pay online (added fee)

More info: California Academy of Sciences Website

Contact:  Camping Chair Sameer Shah or Cubmaster

Required Form:  Waiver of Liability for EACH adult and EACH child participant

The cost is $99 per person. However, Cub Scouts may be partially subsidized depending on their Popcorn Fundraising Participation Tier:

  • Those who earned $125 or more in sales/donations will receive a $60 subsidy.
  • Those who made sales/earned donations, yet did not reach the $125 threshold will receive a $30 subsidy.
  • Note there is no subsidy if your scout did not participate in the Popcorn Fundraiser.

Click here to find out your tier.

Immediate family members and siblings are invited. Must be 5 years or older.

Please respond by filling out this online form by November 16th and bring your check to the November 9th Pack Meeting or drop them off in the Scout Box in the Coyote Creek Elementary School office by November 28th.  Note the school holiday of November 19th -23rd.  Please make checks payable to “Pack 1776”.

NEW:  You may also pay via credit card via Square, but note these prices are higher as it incorporates their service fee.


Refunds are available only until January 11, 2019 and subject to a 10% refund cap that the academy imposes (i.e. we can only have less than 10% of our original head count refunded). After that, the costs are not refundable.

Sleepover includes:

  • Overnight stay in an exhibit area
  • Live animal presentation
  • Rainforest access until 8 pm
  • Planetarium showings
  • Late night snack and early morning breakfast
  • Overnight parking in Music Concourse Garage
  • Next day admission to the Academy

Admission to the Sleepover begins at 6:00 pm, and the event ends at 8:00 am the following day.

Outside food into the Academy during sleepovers, except in connection to a dietary restriction (please contact them in advance to arrange this) is not allowed. Dinner and drinks are available for purchase at the Academy Café from 6-9 pm. A bedtime snack and breakfast the next day are included.

Parking is included; bring your ticket with you to check-in for validation. There is no overnight street parking as per Golden Gate Park regulations.

The Academy Lab Junior Store is open from 6:30 - 9:30 pm in the evening and 7:00 - 8:00 am in the morning.

What to Bring:   See FAQ

  • Do bring: Pillow, sleeping bag, toiletries (showers not available), hard-soled shoes/slippers
  • Do not bring: Flashlights, tents, outside food/drink (unless related to a special diet), coolers, balloons, radios, weapons
  • Optional: Air mattresses, earplugs, sleep mask

Eligibility Requirements:

Penguins+Pajamas is a program for children between the ages of 5 and 17, who must be accompanied by an adult chaperone who is 25 years of age, or older. There must be one adult chaperone for every group of up to 5 children, and adults cannot attend unless there is a child in their party.

The Academy requires a signed Waiver of Liability form for EACH adult and EACH child attending the Sleepover. For children, the Waiver must be signed by the child’s parent or guardian. The Waiver of Liability must identify the adult who will be responsible for the child during the Sleepover. Only original Waivers will be accepted; no faxes or copies. No one will be admitted without a completed Waiver.

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November Pack Meeting

Date November 9, 2018  (FRIDAY!)

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Location: Coyote Creek Elementary MPR

1-2-3 Go! Nova Award


How much would you weigh on the moon?  Come learn how we use measurements in this STEM activity.  Elements of this activity will fulfill requirements for the NOVA award for Wolf, Bear and Webelos scouts.  Lion and Tiger scouts are not eligible for the NOVA award, but will participate in the activities.

Popcorn Top Seller Awards, Prize & Door to Door Sale DistributionThis year’s Popcorn Fundraiser was a-maize-zing!  You pop-ably never realized it, but the Fall Popcorn Campaign is a key fundraise for our Council given it does not receive any funding from our national registration fees. We bested last year’s sales figure by a considerable amount, raising money for both the Pack and Council.

Come learn what the Pack raised, who the top sellers were and for those who participated, receive your 2018 Popcorn Sales Patch.  If you earned a prize for selling popcorn, this will be distributed after the pack meeting.

For those of you who took “Take Orders” – i.e. door to door sales, this popcorn product will be distributed at the end of the pack meeting so that you can deliver it to your customers.



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Scouting For Food

This year's Scouting for Food is scheduled for the weekend of Nov 10 (Distribution of door hangers) and Nov 17 (Collection of food).

For those new to scouting, this is a wonderful opportunity for our scouts to participate in a community service project. The food that we collect goes to the Contra Costa Food Bank from where it is distributed to those in need. Den leaders are responsible for ensuring their den's participation in this event.

Click on here to see the area assignment for each den.  You can also click on the white rectangle symbol on the far right to view the map in full size:

General Reminders:

o    Wear Class A Scout uniform

o    Drivers should have all scouts in view at all times

o    Scouts are NOT to enter a donor's residence

o    Bring a friend - a great way to introduce what Scouting is about

Hanger Distribution - Nov 10

o    Door hangers should be placed on the door or partially under the door mat (ensure it's visible and won't blow away)

o    Do not put hangers in mailboxes

o    If you cannot pass out your door hangers on Nov 10, you may distribute door hangers on a different day, such as Nov 11

Food Pickup - Nov 17

o    Food must be picked up from the same area you distributed door hangers

o    Food pickup is to begin no earlier than 9:00 am

o    Food must be dropped off in front of Coyote Creek MPR between 10:00 am and noon

o    If you may be late and wish to know if one of the coordinators will still be at Coyote Creek, please call one of these numbers: Anil 408.834.5144 | Indu 408.482.5743

o    If you will be much later than noon, you can bring your collection to the Meridian District's food collection site at the Danville LDS at 655 Old Orchard Road.  They will be open till 2:30pm.  After 2:30 pm, you will have to take your collection to the Contra Costa Food Bank located at 4010 Nelson Avenue in Concord (925.676.7534) during their regular hours. Please let them know your collection is from the Meridian District's Scouting for food project.

Ideas to help us collect more food on the 17th!

o    Knock on every door that received a door hanger and did not leave a donation. Maybe they forgot to put out their food or would give if asked.

o    Tell your family and friends if they didn't get a door hanger they can still help by dropping off their food at the MPR on Nov 17th between 10am - noon

All participating scouts receive a patch.

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November Hike: Windemere Ridge Trail

Date: Sunday, November 11, 2018

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 pm

Location: Windemere Ridge Trail

Distance: 2.1 miles

Meeting Point: Dougherty Station Parking Lot, 17017 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon, CA 94582

Attire: Class B

RSVP: Evite

Directions: The Windemere Ridge Trail begins at the intersection of Bollinger Canyon Rd and E. Branch Parkway. There is ample parking in Dougherty Station Library. Walk across intersection to access trail.

Trail: The Windemere Ridge Trail is a 2.1 up and back course that begins across the street from the Windemere Ranch Middle School on East Branch Parkway near Bollinger Canyon Road. The trail is concrete and is a cattle grazing area. After an initial steep incline, the trail follows along the rolling hills of the Dougherty area with beautiful views of the valley. The Windemere Ridge Trail is great for walking, and running. The trail is great for young kids to acclimatize to hiking.

Trail info on San Ramon website:

Trail map:,+California+94582/@37.7550436,-121.9041731,16.31z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x808fee759e880a09:0x32510f37ecdb149!8m2!3d37.7577396!4d-121.9010868

What to Bring:

Plenty of water and snacks

Layers of clothing appropriate for the weather

Binoculars, camera (optional)

Note:  The trail is less than 3 miles from Coyote Creek Elementary School. NFL fans will get enough time to get back home and settle down for a good game between Cowboys and Eagles.


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Leader Education and Discover (L.E.A.D.) 2019

Registration for the BIGGEST Training event of 2019 — Leader Education and Discovery (L.E.A.D.) is now open. Bask in the warmth of friendliness and camaraderie of like-minded Scout leaders. Catch-up with old friends and meet new friends.

This event is OPEN to all adults. You DO NOT have to be a uniform leader. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Invest in the future – YOUR future success as a Scout leader, and the continuing interest and engagement of your Scouts depends on trained adults.

DATE:  Saturday, January 26th, 2019

TIME:   8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

LOCATION:  Diablo Valley College (DVC) - 321 Golf Club Rd, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

UNIFORMS:  Class A encouraged

COST:  $45 per participant (The Pack will reimburse after you attend and if you stay with us until the end of the school year)

REGISTRATION: Including Course Catalog and Schedules 

  • What is STEM and how does it work for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA and Venturers?
  • Where can I go camping, hiking or backpacking in Northern California?
  • Where can I get in person training for my position as a Cub Scout, Scouts or Venture Leader?
  • How can I run fun and exciting Pack Meetings?
  • I want to be a Den Chief?

L.E.A.D. has you covered. L.E.A.D. offers over 130 classes across five colleges: Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing, Outdoors and Continuing Education. The day is broken up into 6 sessions. Some classes are 1 session, others, such as CPR certification, are 3 sessions, while even others, like Venturing Leader Training, last all day.


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Cub Marksmanship Day – Archery and BB Gun

Date: Sunday, October 28, 2018
Time: Choose from:
- AM Session 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Check in at 8:15 AM)
- PM Session 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Check in at 1:00 PM)
Location: Camp Herms, 1100 James Pl, El Cerritos (map)
Cost: $30 per scout.  Snack included.  LUNCH NOT INCLUDED.
Attire: Class A uniform
Bring: Completed authorization form, warm clothes, water bottle and lunch.


Attention All Cub Scouts!

Archery and BB Gun Cub Marksmanship Day

For Tigers, Wolves, Bears, and Webelos

Sunday, October 28

Camp Herms

1100 James PI, El Cerrito, CA 94530

Morning (9:00-noon) and afternoon (1:00-4:00 PM) sessions give your Cub Scout a chance to

earn their rank-based shooting sports patch and a BB gun or archery pin.

Cost will be $30 per session for awards, program supplies, and a snack

Register on-line here.

For further information see the Council's flyer here.

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Halloween Party! This Friday, October 26th

Date and Time: Friday, October 26, 2018 from 6 pm to 8 pm

Location: Coyote Creek Elementary School, MPR, 8700 North Gale Ridge Road, San Ramon, CA

Cost: Free admission. Nominal fee for concessions.

Attire: Costumes!!

Signup: Just show up and have fun! No sign up is needed. The entire scouting family is welcome!

Beware of ghosts and goblins! Come for an evening of games, fun, and mayhem!  Participate in our Cub Scout Carnival! Jump in the large jumpy house and play carnival games to win prizes. Come dressed up in your Halloween best and get your picture taken at the photo booth. You may even win one of our  costume medals at the parade; you do not need to be a scout to win. A small slice of pizza will be available for $1.00 in the food booth.  Please bring your refillable water bottle.

See you there!

WE COULD USE YOUR HELP!  Sign up to volunteer at:  Halloween Party Committee

Date: 10/26/2018 (Fri.)

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

Location: Coyote Creek School MPR

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Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) Training

Date: Saturday, October 27th, 2018 - Sunday, October 28th, 2018

Time: 8:30 am to 11:00 am

Location: Camp Herms, 1100 James Place, El Cerrito, CA 94530



The BALOO Training Course is presented by the council that introduces Cub Scout leaders and parents to the skills needed to plan and conduct pack outdoor activities, particularly overnight events and camping. In order for our Pack to attend an overnight event, there must be BALOO trained adults in attendance. Right now we have 3 BALOO certified leaders and 1 BALOO certified parent, and need more BALOO trained adults to fill this important role.

If you enjoy going on overnight camping trips, please register. The training starts at 8:30am on Saturday and finishes at 11am on Sunday.

The BALOO training sessions include hands-on demonstration of the why and how of Cub Scout camping — planning, equipment, fire safety, stoves, and lanterns, first aid and sanitation, nature hikes and games, meal preparation, overnight campsite setup and selection, and an evening campfire program.

Cost:  $45.00 for Registration by April 7 ($55.00 after October 13th). The pack will reimburse you the $45 cost if you register before October 13th and your participation goes toward your volunteer hours.

Register here.

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“Webelos to Scout” Transition Program

Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018

Time: 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Location: Meridian District Roundtable, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints    5025 Crow Canyon Road, San Ramon, CA  94582

The District's annual “Webelos to Scout” transition program is for parents of Webelos, Den Leaders and parents of boys interested in joining Boy Scouts. (Adults only.  No Webelos Scouts or children please).  The transition process will be explained, questions answered, and you will then have a chance to meet all of the troops in the District and learn more about their programs.


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This Saturday! Hike at Las Trampas Regional Wilderness

This Saturday! Hike at Las Trampas Regional Wilderness

Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 pm
Location: Las Trampas Regional Wilderness
Meeting Point: Parking lot at the end of Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon, CA

Attire: Class B
RSVP: Evite

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 until it ends at the park. It is 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. It is a very nice nearly flat 1.2 Mile trail. It should take less than 1 hour to complete. Is is an easy hike for our younger scouts.

What to Bring:
Plenty of water and snacks
Layers of clothing appropriate for the weather
Binoculars, camera (optional)

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.

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