Cub Scout Pack 1776
20Feb/19

Blue & Gold Banquet This Friday!

Date: Friday, February 22, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Coyote Creek MPR
Cost: None

Come celebrate the 109th birthday of scouting at the Blue and Gold Banquet where we will have a ceremony for Webelos IIs who will receive their Arrow of Light awards and bridge to their journey into Boy Scouts. A catered dinner and fun is provided at no cost to Pack 1776 members and their immediate family.

Stick around for cake and a show by the Reptile Guy!

20Feb/19

Penguins + Pajamas Overnight This Weekend!

February 23rd - 24th, 2019

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

  • Date/Time: 6 p.m. February 23rd (Saturday) – 8 a.m. February 24th (Sunday)
  • Location: California Academy of Sciences
  • Attire:  Class A for Saturday and Class B for Sunday

We will be taking a pack photo on Saturday, so wear your Class A uniform, with your Class B shirt underneath. 

Click Here for the Schedule of Events.

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.

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

For more information, visit the Pack Website or the Academy's website.

20Feb/19

Shell Eco-Marathon Americas 2019 STEM Event

April 6th at Sonoma Raceway

In conjunction with the Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2019, the Redwood Empire and Mt. Diablo Silverado Councils are hosting a STEM event for Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA.  The Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2019 will be held April 6th at the Sonoma Raceway. There will be special activities for each age group at the event.  All area Scouts are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Check out the Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2019.

On Saturday, April 6th, Cub Scouts and Webelos can come and explore the Physics of Fast and learn what really matters in Pinewood Derby cars.  They will have the opportunity to earn the Science Everywhere Nova Award and a special event patch.

The event is FREE OF CHARGE!

There is also FREE parking.
  For more information and to register visit https://scoutingevent.com/023-Ecomarathon2019

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20Feb/19

March 23rd: Down and Dirty NOVA Award

MDSC is hosting an event for your Wolf to Webelos scouts to complete some requirements towards their NOVA Down and Dirty award.  Further information and registration here.  Note this is an individual event.  We are not participating in this event as Pack, as a whole.  This event is not available to Lion and Tiger scouts.

Date:  Saturday, March 23, 2019

Time:  10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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

Cost:  $20 (payable to the Council)

Uniform:  Class B or clothes than can get dirty.

Bring a Sack Lunch

Snacks Provided

NOTE THERE ARE PRE-REQUISITES THAT SCOUTS NEED TO COMPLETE PRIOR TO THE UPCOMING DOWN & DIRTY NOVA AWARD EVENT ON SATURDAY, MARCH 23RD, 2019.

  • For Wolf Scouts, they must complete either the Collections and Hobbies, Digging in the Past, or Grow Something Adventure.
  • For Bear Scouts, they must complete the Super Science Adventure.
  • For Webelos, they must complete either the Adventures in Science or Earth Rocks! Adventure.
  • All the Scouts should explore a career associated with Earth Science, such as Geology, Meteorology, Volcanology, Hydrologist, Mining, Environmental Science, Paleontology, Geophysics, Seismology, and so on, then learn what it takes to pursue that career.

What is provided at the upcoming event?

There will be Nova Counselors to guide the Scouts in completing the Down & Dirty Nova Award. All the supplies necessary to complete requirements #1, 3-5 of the Nova Award will be provided. At the end of the session, a Scout completing all the requirements will receive their Nova Award patch or pin. We will also provide snacks during the day, but each Scout should bring their own lunch. Since the Scouts may get dirty, they may wear their Pack’s Class B T-shirt.

What will you be doing?

1. Watch a video on volcanoes

2. Investigate how volcanoes shape the earth

3. Discuss careers in Earth Science

4. Discuss how Earth Science affects everyday Life.

5. Having fun exploring Earth Science

What is the cost of the event?

The event costs $20 and covers the Nova Award patch or pin, all the materials for the experiments, and snacks.

How do Scouts register for the event?

Registration will be online through the Council website. Further information and registration here.

For  questions, please contact Tracy Peters at pacificflyer1@gmail.com or Michael McDowell at mcdowell-tr405-sm@comcast.net.

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3Feb/19

Hiking Patch Program

Unplug!  Experience nature and enjoy the Bay Area’s trails.

Pack 1776 will once again be participating in two hiking programs put on by our council, Mt. Diablo Silverado Council (“MDSC”), and the San Francisco Bay Area Council (“SFBAC”).  Participation in these hikes go towards hiking patches and requirements for the National Summer Time and Outdoor Activity awards.

MDSC’s program is called the Highlander and includes hikes across Contra Costa County such as Las Trampas (San Ramon), Black Diamond Mines (Antioch), Mt. Diablo (Danville) and Briones (Lafayette).

SFBAC’s hiking program is called Trail Trekkers and encompasses hikes such as Little Yosemite (Sunol), The Hoot Owl, Black Diamond Mines (Antioch), Huckleberry Botanical Preserve (Oakland), Morgan Territory (Livermore), Redwood Creek (Oakland) and so on.

Both programs offer a center patch and smaller ones called “rockers” which surround the center patch and identify which hike a scout has completed.  We will be doing a modified version of the programs, mixing in hikes from both patches as we go and awarding the center patch after the completion of three hikes.  The center patch will be awarded in a ceremony at the pack meeting following the third eligible hike.  Further, while the Pack isn’t working on this program as a group, some of these hikes will be on East Bay Regional Parks land which will qualify you towards their East Bay Regional Parks Trail Challenge.

There is also a standalone hiking patch called the Cub Scout Presidio Historical Trail which is for a 3.5-mile trail in San Francisco’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area.  We will be doing a modified version of the hike which starts at the Presidio Visitor Center, down to Fort Point, up to the Golden Gate Bridge and throughout the Presidio.

Information about these hikes and the patches can be found in the Hiking Patch section on the Pack Website.

Upcoming Hikes (dates and locations subject to change):

February 10th  – Little Yosemite (Trail Trekker Patch Hike)

March 9th  - Hoot Owl Hike @ California Nursery Historical Park (Fremont/Niles)  (Trail Trekker Patch Hike)

April 7th (NOTE DATE CHANGE) - Huckleberry Botanic Preserve. (Trail Trekker Patch Hike)

May 4th  – Bike Hike down the Iron Horse Trail to Hap Magee Park 

June 1st - (NOTE DATE CHANGE) Black Diamond Regional Park (Trail Trekker & Highlander Patch Hikes) 

July 21st  – Cub Scout Presidio Historical Trail in SF.  (Cub Scout Presidio Historical Trail patch)  

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1Feb/19

March Hike: Hoot Owl Hike

Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019
Time: 5:45 pm

Location: California Nursery Historic Park, 36501 Niles Blvd., Fremont, CA 94536
Note: This hike is limited to the first 25 scouts and a parent (50 people maximum for this event).  Scout only, no siblings. One parent per family. Registration is now closed.

Cost:  Free for scouts.  $8 per parent.  Pay by February 28th to hold your spots. Pay online (fee) or deposit your check in the Scout Box at the Coyote Creek Elementary School by February 28th.
Distance: 1 to 1.5 miles round trip

Time: Allow about 1.5 -2 hours for program and hike.

Suggested Age: Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos.

Attire: Class B uniform
Award: This is a Trail Trekker Patch Hike.  Participating scouts will receive a Hoot Owl patch.
Meeting Location: California Nursery Office
Contact: Hiking Chair Deva Sundararajan
Must read: Hike Detail

Come join us for the 2019 Hoot Owl Hike at the California Nursery Historic Park.

The California Nursery Historic Park has many old trees that are ideal for Owls and other Raptors to roost, nest and hunt from in search of food. Bring your flashlight and walk through the grounds at dusk, this is a good time to spot an owl in the trees or hunting for prey. Meet at the California Nursery Office for an introduction to owls and then walk at the sun goes down you will look and listen for the raptors that hunt at night. Discover owl pellets and the bones of what the owls ate at the Vallejo Adobe. Other night birds will also be seen in this forest in a park. Small flashlights are acceptable.

This hike is limited to the first 25 scouts and a parent who has submitted his or her payment by February 28th.   Free for scouts.  (50 people maximum for this event).  SIGN UP HERE TO ATTEND.

Scouts completing this hike will earn the Hoot Owl Trail Trekker rocker patch.

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1Feb/19

April 7th Hike: Huckleberry Botanical Preserve

DATE CHANGE: Sunday, April 14, 2019. April 7, 2019
Time: 3:00 p.m.

Location:  Huckleberry Botanic Preserve, 7087 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, CA 94611

Cost:  Free for all.
Distance: 1.7 miles round trip

Time: Allow about 2 hours

Suggested Age: All ages. RSVP HERE

Attire: Class B uniform
Award: This is a Trail Trekker Patch Hike.  Participating scouts will receive a Huckleberry Preserve Patch.  This hike also qualifies for the EBPRD Trails Challenge.
Contact: Hiking Chair Deva Sundararajan

Directions: From Highway 24 in Oakland, take the Fish Ranch Road exit immediately east of the Caldecott Tunnel. Continue 0.8 miles to Grizzly Peak Blvd. Turn left and go 2.4 miles on Grizzly Peak to Skyline Boulevard. Turn left and drive approximately one half mile to the park entrance on the left, past Sibley Volcanic Regional PreserveAccess: Google Directions.

The object of this hike is to educate our Scouts about the different plants and trees that are found within the preserve, this is why the estimated time is 2 hours for a 1.7 mile hike. The guide book will help in our discussions with the Scouts of the various plants and trees found in the Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve. An unabbreviated version is found in the East Bay Trail Map for are provided here in for the scouts to use for identification.

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1Feb/19

Postponed: Bike Hike!

The May 4th Bike Hike is canceled. Look for a new date in Summer!

Date/Time: Saturday, May 4, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location:Sycamore Park and Ride to Hap Magee Ranch Park and back.
Distance: 2.8 miles one way - approx. 6 miles total
Time: Allow 60-70 mins
Attire: Class B uniform
Meeting Point:Sycamore Park and Ride Lot
Contact: Hiking Chair Deva Sundararajan

RSVP: here so we can get a headcount

Trail:Take the Iron Horse Trail going north starting at Sycamore Valley road. Head on to Camille Ave and bear right. Cross Danville Blvd to head to Hap Magee Ranch Park. Kids can take a break at the park and have some snacks and water and get ready for the journey back. See map below.

What to Bring:
Bikes! Helmets!
Water and Snacks
Basic first Aid kit (optional)

Parents: We want as many of you bikers as possible! Siblings on bikes welcome. We will have different groups of skilled riders, so you everyone can ride at the pace most comfortable for them. We will go over bike safety rules and do a quick helmet inspection before we start. Absolutely no racing or horseplay permitted.

26Jan/19

Enter Boys’ Life 2019 “Say Yes to Reading!” Contest

Write a one-page report titled “The Best Book I Read This Year” and enter it in the Boys’ Life 2019 “Say Yes to Reading!” contest.

The book can be fiction or nonfiction. But the report has to be in your own words — 500 words tops.

Enter in one of these three age categories:

8 years old and younger

9 and 10 years old

11 years old and older

First-place winners in each age category will receive a $100 gift card from Amazon.com. Second-place winners will receive a $75 gift card; third-place winners, a $50 gift card.

Everyone who enters will get a free patch like the one on this page. The patch is a temporary insignia, so it can be worn on the right pocket of the Scout uniform shirt. Proudly display it there or on another item such as a vest, plaque or trophy! In coming years, you’ll have the opportunity to earn other patches.

The contest is open to all Boys’ Life readers. Be sure to include your name, address, age and grade in school on the entry.

Send your report, along with a business-size, self-addressed, stamped envelope, to:

Boys’ Life Reading Contest

S306 P.O. Box 152079

Irving, TX 75015-2079

Entries must be postmarked by Dec. 31, 2019 and must include entry information and a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Information can be found on the Boys' Life website.

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19Jan/19

Spring Camp Out: Coyote Hills – April 27-28, 2019

Come join us for outdoor camping fun at Coyote Creek Regional Park. Comprised of 1,266 acres of marshland and rolling grassland covered hills, this park is located along the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay, northwest of the cities of Fremont and Newark.

A pack hike and fun activities are scheduled! We will go to the Visitor Center to view educational displays and exhibits that portray the Ohlone way of life. This includes a tule reed boat constructed by park staff and volunteers using Native American methods. Other exhibits cover the park's natural history and wildlife.

Group camping will be at the Dairy Glen Group Site. This 50-person group camp, named after the dairy farmers of the 1800s, includes three shade structures, additional picnic tables, a drinking fountain, fire pit, hand washing station, and vault toilets.

Further information and a sign up form will be circulated closer to the date!

For further information contact the Camping Chair, Sameer Shah.

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