Cub Scout Pack 1776
3Dec/23

Pinewood Derby Race

Date/time: Sunday, January 21, 2024, at 1pm to 4pm

Location: Coyote Creek MPR

Attire: Class A

Bring: Reusable water bottle and Readiness to cheer on your fellow scouts

Race day pizza for volunteers

[ Volunteer sign-up ]

Each participant will receive a medal and a patch at registration on Impound Day

Medals will be varied, to use up the pack’s inventory from prior years

Car design contest — winners get a ribbon, a car can win in only one category:

  • Best Paint Job
  • Most Unique
  • Most Patriotic
  • Most Artistic *NEW*
  • Cutest *NEW* 
  • Best Scout Spirit *NEW* 

Heats + # groups:

      1. Lion Heats (x4 for 1 Lion group)
      2. Tiger Heats (x4 for 1 Tiger group)
      3. Wolf Heats (x4 for 1 Wolf group)
      4. Bear Heats (x4 for 1 Bear group)
      5. Webelos I Heats (x4 for 1 Webelos I group)
      6. AOL / Webelos II Heats (x4 for each of 3 AOL / Webelos II patrols)
      7. Siblings Heats (x4 for 1 sibling group)
      8. Scouts BSA Heats (x4 for 1 Scouts BSA scout group)
      9. Parent Heats *NEW*
      10. Best Overall Heats (x4 for each First 3 Den/Patrol Group Winners — Pack 1776 registered scouts only, no siblings, parents, or Scouts BSA)

Kits were distributed to Den Leaders at December pack meeting on 12/20.

Scouts, including Den Chiefs, received their Pinewood Derby kit to prepare for the Pinewood Derby race in January!

Siblings and parents may purchase a PWD kit for $7 (cash or check only) to participate in the Siblings or parents race

IMPORTANT: Official rules: Pack 1776 Pinewood Derby Official Rules

Reiterated PWD rules in email to pack and during Dec pack meeting, including:

    1. Dimension restrictions
    2. No reusing car from prior years
    3. No using car body or wheels acquired online or that didn’t come in the provided kit

After you volunteer, please log your volunteer hours at https://pack1776.com/volunteering/

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3Dec/23

Pinewood Derby Impound

Pinewood Derby Impound Day!  January 20 @ Coyote Creek blacktop, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

We can't do this huge event without volunteers. We will need your help for the following. Please review the available positions below and sign up.

[ Signup to volunteer]

After you volunteer, please log your volunteer hours at https://pack1776.com/volunteering/  

 Official Pack 1776 Pinewood Derby Rules 

Thank you!

 

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1Dec/23

Dec 10: Flag Hill Hike

NOTE: Please keep an eye out for the weather and any announcements.

Date/Time: Sunday, December 10, 2023, at 9:30am - 12:30PM

Location: Flag Hill — Sunol Regional Wilderness https://www.ebparks.org/parks/sunol

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Meeting Point: Parking lot immediately to the left after the entrance kiosk — 1895 Geary Road, Sunol, CA 94586

Daily parking fee: $5

Distance / elevation / duration: 3.9-mile loop / 994 ft / 3 hrs (2 hrs 10 mins average per alltrails-com) Difficulty: Moderate / Recommended for Bears and Webelos

Hike info + trail map: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/california/flag-hill-loop-trail?mobileMap=false&ref=sidebar-static-map

Awards: Trail Trekkers program https://ggacbsa.org/hiking-programs/https://ggacbsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Flag-Hill-Sunol-Regional-Wilderness.pdf

Attire: Class B t-shirt and comfortable pants, layers, hiking boots/shoes

Bring: Sunscreen, cap/wide brimmed hat, plenty of water and snacks, optional hiking poles, camera Hiking Chair: Mr. Murali / 408-250-0542

// IMPORTANT - Use extreme caution on the rocks at the Flag Hill summit - Watch for poison oak on narrow sections of trail - There will be cattle at Sunol -- give them plenty of distance

// The hike A moderately strenuous hike will take you to the top of Flag Hill, which is composed of layers of fossil-rich sandstone formed some 13 million years ago. You'll enjoy great views and good opportunities to watch birds and other wildlife.

// The trail Begin this hike by crossing Alameda Creek on the footbridge near park headquarters. Turn left (downstream). After a short distance, Flag Hill Trial will take off uphill, to the right. The trail zigzags up the face of the hill (make sure your hikers understand why it's important not to shortcut switchbacks). After about a mile of rather steep uphill hiking, you'll reach the top where you'll probably want to take a good snack or lunch break. While on top, watch for red-tailed hawks (the red upper surface of the tail is visible when the hawk turns), turkey vultures (which hold their wings in a slight "V" and teeter in flight), and maybe even a golden eagle or falcon. Continue your hike by going down the back side of Flag Hill, turning right when you reach High Valley Road. Return to the cars by way of Hayfield Road.

// Directions Drive south on I-680 and exit at Calaveras Road/Highway 84 just south of Pleasanton. Turn left onto Calaveras Road and proceed to Geary Road, which leads directly into the park.

// More details https://ggacbsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Flag-Hill-Sunol-Regional-Wilderness.pdf

For all in-person pack or den events and activities, please follow the SRVUSD COVID guidelines. If you are sick or are experiencing symptoms, please stay home and stay safe.

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13Nov/23

Nov 15: November Pack Meeting🎇

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 15, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Location: Coyote Creek MPR
Attire: Class A uniform or your favorite cultural attire
Bring: Your scout spirit and a refillable water bottle!

Volunteer to help with our meeting activities - it helps to get you closer to earning the required 10-hour volunteer minimum!  

[ Sign-up ] to volunteer.

In our upcoming pack meeting, we're embracing the wonderful diversity of our world by celebrating various festivals from around the world.  Join us as we embark on a journey of learning, fun, and togetherness, discovering the rich traditions of Diwali, Winter Solstice, and Christmas.

🥙 This Pack Meeting includes a Potluck so please bring your favorite cultural dish.  Please reach out to the below leader to coordinate if you are planning to bring a dish for a specific country!  

See Cubmaster email for additional details.

India - Anadi

Taiwan/China - Wendy

England - Kevin

USA/others - Cubmaster

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6Nov/23

Nov 12: Sycamore Grove Hike

Pack 1776

NOTE: Please keep an eye out for the weather and any announcements.

Date/Time: Sunday, November 12, 2023, at 9am start time

Location: Sycamore Grove Regional Park / https://www.larpd.org/sycamore-grove-park

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Meeting Point: Wetmore Road entrance parking lot — 1051 Wetmore Rd, Livermore, CA 94550 / https://www.google.com/maps?q=37.645034,-121.782059&z=20

Daily parking fee: $5

Distance / elevation / duration: 4.9-mile loop / 85 ft (gentle, less than 5%) / 1 hour 28 mins average — per alltrails.com

Difficulty: Easy / Recommended for Tigers through Webelos, with close parental supervision for younger scouts and siblings

Hike info + trail map: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/california/sycamore-creek-trail

Awards: Trail Trekkers program https://ggacbsa.org/hiking-programs// https://ggacbsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Sycamore-Grove-Sycamore-Grove-Regional-Park.pdf

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

Hiking Chair: Mr. Murali (408-250-0542)

Sycamore Grove Regional Park in Livermore, CA provides the ideal place to relax and enjoy nature. With 364 acres of parkland, Sycamore Grove is a great place to hike or bike along Arroyo Del Valle, or have a picnic. Sycamore Grove Park is an open space, preserved for nature study and passive recreation. The park is open year round.

Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash.

Hike: This is a mostly paved loop with a small elevation gain. There are benches with great views along the way. Every inch of this park is alive with life - in the air, in the grass, and 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. Wandering among the park's sycamores, you may be fortunate enough to see a fox, a bobcat, or perhaps a Red-tailed Hawk soaring overhead. Magpies and Bushtits chatter as you stroll along quiet trails. A quiet hiker can sometimes find deer, rabbits and hares, ground squirrels, mice, lizards, snakes, turtles, frogs, and a variety of birds and insects in the park. Near the wet areas be sure to look for great blue herons. Remember to look up. Cross the bridge and return to the park entrance via the paved path. Insects are very visible as they cross the road. Be sure to take your time and appreciate beetles, grasshoppers and ants up close. Remember: no collecting.

Directions: https://maps.app.goo.gl/RmRh5uL1edc344jW6Take I-680 S, then I-580 E, and exit 51 to CA-84. Continue on CA-84 for 3.3 miles. Turn left onto E Vineyard Ave (1 mile), left onto Vallecitos Rd (0.3 mi), right onto Wetmore Rd. Destination will be on the right.

For all in-person pack or den events and activities, please follow the SRVUSD COVID guidelines. If you are sick or are experiencing symptoms, please stay home and stay safe.

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31Oct/23

Nov 4 and 11: Scouting For Food

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

Save the dates!

Oct 27: Tags delivered to Den Leaders to distribute to den scouts 
Nov 4: Place tags in neighborhoods, assigned by den
Nov 11: Collect food from same neighborhoods, assigned by den

Many thanks to our Scouting for Food Coordinators: Mavis & Maribel!

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

[Volunteer]

On Saturday, November 4, 2023, we will place door hangers at residences in our assigned neighborhoods. Each den will receive an area to cover. On Saturday, November 11, 2023, 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 4-5

  • Distribute door hangers on another day this week, iff not possible on Nov 4-5
  • 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 11

  • 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

For all in-person pack or den events and activities, please follow the SRVUSD COVID guidelines. If you are sick or are experiencing symptoms, please stay home and stay safe.

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15Oct/23

Oct 27:Trick or Treat!

All Cub Scouts and their families are invited to our annual Halloween bash!

When: Friday, October 27, 2023 6:00 PM PT - 8:00 PM PT

Where: Coyote Creek Elementary School — MPR + courtyard 8700 N Gale Ridge Road San Ramon, CA 94582

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 ] by Oct 20!

[ Sign up ] to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4DABAE2CAAF49-44364766-halloween#/

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!

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: https://www.yersengelato.com/Yersen Gelato - by McDonalds Danville; corner of Crow Canyon & Camino Tassajara https://www.giogelati.com/Gio Gelati - City Center San Ramon https://www.rnbteasanramon.com/R&B Tea - 2475 San Ramon Valley Blvd, Suite 4, San Ramon (near Safeway/680) https://themeadowlarkdairy.com/Meadowlark