Cub Scout Pack 1776
1Mar/21

March Hike: Little Yosemite

Pack 1776 will take advantage of the milder weather to hike Little Yosemite in Sunol Regional Wilderness. The scenic trail runs parallel to a creek and offers some of the most impressive views in bay area. Frequent rain in winter may provide opportunity to view beautiful waterfall in Sunol.

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1Feb/21

February 26th: Blue & Gold

Date: Friday, February 26, 2021
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Zoom

Come celebrate the 111th 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. Fun entertainment from a magician will follow!

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1Feb/21

February Hike: Redwood Creek Regional Park

Lady Bug Migration Time!

Location:Redwood CreekEast Ridge and Stream TrailsRedwood Regional Park, Oakland
Starting Point: Canyon Meadow Staging Area
Distance: 6 miles (2 hours)
Attire: Class B
Awards:Trail Trekkers Cub Scout Patch/Progressive Hike Award
Parking Fee: $5

Alltrails Map: Download Here

Due to the distance of the hike it is recommended that all hikers come prepared with plenty of snacks, water and a lunch to enjoy during our break. Start at the Canyon Meadow Staging Area and head to the Canyon View Trail. Then go along the East Ridge until you reach the Skyline Gate. At this time you can take a break and refill your water bottles or use the restrooms. Then head down the Stream Trail to Mill Site or Fern Hut where you can stop for lunch. If you are lucky the stream will be full and get to see a few of the cascades.

We are hoping to see a special treat: ladybug hibernation. Thousands of ladybugs have been converging in clusters along the Stream Trail between Prince Road and Tres Sendes. Another gathering can be found midway on the French Trail between Tres Sendes and West Ridge Trail (Mother Nature willing, of course).

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5Jan/21

January Hike II: Sycamore Grove

Date/Time: With you family.
Location: Sycamore Grove Park (map), Livermore
Meeting PointWetmore Road Entrance Parking lot
Attire: Class B (dress in layers)
Awards: Trail Trekkers Cub Scout Patch/Progressive Hike Award
Parking Fee: $7 per vehicle
Hike Info: Hike info
RSVP: Do on your own

For those of you who wish to hike closer to home, an easy one is at the Sycamore Grove Park. The trail is 4 miles long with hardly any elevation gain. Lion and Tiger scouts are encouraged to participate. This park has a lot of reptiles. Near the wet area, you may see some great blue herons - don't forget to look up. 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.

What to bring:

  • binoculars, camera
  • layers of clothing appropriate for the weather
  • Plenty of water and snacks

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30Nov/20

December Hike: Martin Canyon Creek

  • Date: December - on your own!
  • Time: Do as a den or family.
  • TrailMartin Canyon Creek Trail in Dublin, CA
  • Location: Intersection of Silvergate Drive and Bay Laurel Street in Dublin, CA.  For Google Map location, click here
  • Who can come: Everyone!
  • RSVP: Do as a den or family.
  • FACE COVERINGS REQUIRED. HIKERS NEED TO STAY IN THEIR FAMILY POD WHEN HIKING.

The Martin Canyon Creek Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Dublin, California that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.Dress for the weather. Carry lots of water and light snacks. Parking is on the street only.

  • Scouts will receive a unique hiking patch.
  • Log your completed hike here.
https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/california/martin-canyon-creek-trail?mobileMap=false&ref=sidebar-view-full-map
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16Nov/20

January 23rd & 24th: Pinewood Derby Weekend

Saturday, January 23rd, 2021: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Vehicle Inspection & Impound

Sunday, January 24th, 2021:   Noon to 3:00 p.m. Race Day!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Sign up here.

Our Annual Pinewood Derby will be held on January 24th from noon to 3 PM ! Location is still to be determined in light of COVID meeting restrictions. In any event, the race will be broadcast via Zoom.

There will be racing and design competitions. We will once again have an open class for adults and siblings. Additional kits may be purchased for $5.50 via the pack payment portal. Wear your Class A uniform!

The mandatory inspection and car impounding is on January 23rd from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at the Pack Shed near the Coyote Creek Kindergarten area. Face-coverings and social distancing is required.

Even though 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.

If you need help cutting the wood block, you could take it to Ace Hardware. The store staff may charge each car $5. You can also use their equipment to sand, align the wheels, and fine-tune various details. 

Each car must pass inspection on January 23rd 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.

Rules will be emailed to you in a separate email and can be found Pack 1776 Pinewood Derby Official Rules.

  • 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 for participating.
  • Trophies will be awarded to the fastest three cars in each rank, 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, 6) Most Creative.

AGENDA:

  • Lion Heats (x4 for each Lion)
  • Tiger Heats (x4 for each Tiger)
  • Wolf Heats (x4 for each Wolf)
  • Bear Heats (x4 for each Bear)
  • Webelos I Heats (there will be more than one group given the size of the den) (x4 for each Webelos I)
  • Arrow of Light Heats (there will be more than one group given the size of the den)(x4 for each Arrow of Light )
  • Siblings Heats (x4 for each Sibling)
  • Best Overall Heats (x4 for each First place Den Winner)

According to the BSA's Cub Scout Leader How-To-Book, the GENERAL RULES are as follows:

All cars must pass the following inspection to qualify for the race:

  1. Width shall not exceed 2-3/4 inches.
  2. Length shall not exceed 7 inches.
  3. Weight shall not exceed 5 ounces.
  4. Axles, wheels, and body shall be from the materials provided in the kit. ONLY USE THE WHEELS IN THE KIT.
  5. Wheel bearings, washers, and bushings are prohibited.
  6. No lubricating oil may be used. Axles may be lubricated with powdered graphite or silicone.
  7. The car shall not ride on any kind of spring.
  8. The car must be free-wheeling with no starting devices.
  9. No loose materials of any kind are allowed in the car.

Here are the rules in more detail: Pack 1776 Pinewood Derby Official Rules

16Nov/20

January 6 Pack Meeting: Into the Wild

  • DATE: January 6, 2021
  • TIME: 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • LOCATION: ZOOM Video Conference
  • UNIFORM:  Class A

Following our Opening Ceremony and Cubmaster's Minute, join us for a virtual visit with the California Waterfowl Association where we will learn about waterfowl, wetlands, flyways and conservation.

Components of this program will fulfill Tigers in the Wild, Fur Feather & Ferns and Into the Wild.

16Nov/20

February 10 Pack Meeting: Game Night!

  • DATE: February 10, 2021
  • TIME: 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • LOCATION: ZOOM Video Conference
  • UNIFORM:  Class A

Hosted by Scouts from Troop 805, join us for an evening of fun. Please make sure to have a fully charged smart phone available so that you can play the Kahoot games that these ScoutsBSA scouts have specially created for you. Prizes to the winners!

16Nov/20

March 17 Pack Meeting: Can you do a hoodoo?

  • DATE: March 17, 2021
  • TIME: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. NOTE EARLIER TIME
  • LOCATION: ZOOM Video Conference
  • UNIFORM:  Class A

Broadcasting live from Bryce Canyon National Park’s amphitheater section, Ranger Taryn will give us a lesson in geology amongst the cool sandstone spires called “hoodoos.”  If time permits, we'll design our own out of Starburst candies. Components of this program will fulfill Webelos "Earth Rocks."

Starburst candies were provided to all registered scouts in the February pack delivery. Contact the Cubmaster if you did not receive yours.

Those who wish to be Junior Rangers may do so by completing the amount of activities commensurate with their age (if you are 7 years old you do 7 activities; 9 years old, you do 9 activities). Those who completed their Junior Ranger activities may be sworn in at the conclusion of Ranger Taryn's presentation. Junior Ranger books shall be delivered shortly to each registered scout's home. We have a few extra for siblings, so please contact the Cubmaster if you wish for one.

10Nov/20

November 23rd: Bobcat Ceremony & Popcorn Awards

  • DATE: November 23, 2020
  • TIME: 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • LOCATION: ZOOM Video Conference
  • UNIFORM:  Class A

Join us in recognizing our Tigers and new Wolf, Bear and Webelos scouts into the Bobcat ranks. We will conduct our Bobcat Facepainting Ceremony. Each prospective Bobcat will be provided a facepainting crayon set in advance of the ceremony.

Following the Bobcat Ceremony, we'll recognize our Popcorn sellers and award the top three sellers and century club members.