Cub Scout Pack 1776

2011 Scout Orienteering Championship

Reminder: Today (9/30) is the last day to sign up for Scout-O. To sign up, email Susan Kim your scout's name, den, rank, and preferred partner if any.

Date/Time: Sunday, October 9, 10am-2pm
Location: Briones Regional Park at Martinez
Cost: $5.50 per scout
Attire: Class B t-shirt, strong trail shoes, long pants (Briones has stickers!)
Bring: A compass, a watch, a pen or pencil. Lunch and water. Sunscreen or rain gear.
Award: BAOC Orienteering patch, a progressive course patch, and more.
Deadline: This Friday, September 30th!!
Signup: Email Susan Kim with name, rank, den, course (1 or 2), and preferred partner if any
Detail: Event website

The Bay Area Orienteering Club is pleased to offer the nineteenth annual Scout-O, a cross country map and compass adventure designed to test the map reading ability, compass skills and woodsman savvy regardless of experience.

Cub Scouts of all ages are welcome.  No prior experience needed. Instruction will be offered prior to the event so that all Scouts, regardless of prior experience, will be able to take part in the actual competition.  There will be courses of four distinct levels of difficulty, so that no Scout should encounter a challenge beyond his capabilities.  Be prepared and head over to BAOC's website for sample maps and instructions.

Important information can be found in this document.  Here are the important points:

- Scout need to run in pairs with an adult trailing behind.
- First team of all the scouts attending will run at 10 am.  Start times are spaced 2 minutes apart and by course.  Start times are set by event organizer.
- Every participating scout will earn a patch.
- We need to pre-register with names and how teams will be paired up.

Sign up by this Friday and contact event coordinator Susan Kim if you have any questions.


Boo! Guess Who?

Hi All!

It's that time of year again to start thinking of our annual Halloween Party for the cub scouts! It will be held in the MPR on Friday, October 28th from 6 to 8. More details will be forthcoming but I wanted you all to be sure and have it on your calendars and pass along the information to your dens. As always, we will be having "booths" or activities put on by each den so start thinking of your game now and I'll send along some ideas soon too.

Traditionally the Webelos II are responsible for the food but we have 3 dens of Web II. Do either of you want to volunteer for the food or would you like for me to draw straws? 🙂

Also, do any of you have a strobe light that we can use that night? I hate to buy one just for one night of spooky fun.

Lisa Cheney
Pack 1776 Halloween Party Coordinator

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Scout Night with San Jose Sharks vs St Louis Blues

San Jose Sharks will have their season Scout Night of the season on Friday, October 15th.  Your San Jose Sharks including Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dan Boyle will take on Brad Boyes, Andy McDonald and the St. Louis Blues!  So come out and support your San Jose Sharks by taking advantage of this special offer!

- Special discounted ticket to the game, no Ticketmaster fees!
- Commemorative San Jose Sharks Scout Night patch
- Tickets priced at $55, $45 and $38!
- Discounts taken off of $63, $51 and $43 full price tickets.
- Groups of 25+ get a video board announcement.

Find out more about this event here.

This is not a Pack 1776 event but rather a community event open to Scout groups.

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Football Scout Days

Two scout days coming up for football fans.  See fliers for detail.

10/8 (Saturday):
Stanford University Football Scout Day (flyer)

10/23 (Sunday):
Oakland Raiders Scout Day (flyer)

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Scout Day with Snoopy

Date/Time: Saturday, October 8th, 12pm - 4:30pm
Location: Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Cost: $10 in advance (by October 3rd); $12 at the door.
Detail: Registration flyer and form

Cub Scouts will enjoy an afternoon of fun on Saturday, October 8, with hands-on activities at the Schulz Museum and ice skating at Snoopy’s Home Ice in support of Art and Ice Skating Belt Loop. Meet a professional cartoonist, create your own animation and much more. Also, get a Schulz Museum fun patch! Call the Schulz Museum to reserve your space: (707) 284-1271.

This is not a Pack 1776 event but rather a community event open to Scout groups.

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New York Says Thank You Movie

Today, more than 50 scouts, leaders, and family members will represent Pack 1776 in the Danville 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony. These individuals will join thousands of scouts around the country to show respect to those involved with the September 11 events.

Can't join us at the Memorial? You can still share our spirit by watching the film New York Says Thank You here.

The documentary features a group of New Yorkers who turn the tables on America—giving back to local communities as a way to say thank you for the country’s support in the years following the devastating terrorist attacks. One service project includes the reconstruction of the tornado-ravaged Little Sioux Scout Ranch in Iowa.

Find out what other scouts around the country are doing to commemorate this event at the Scout Surge website.

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2011 Cub Scout Day Camp Wrap Up

Fifteen Pack 1776 scouts had a great week at the 2011 All American Cub Scout Day Camp, held from June 20 - 24th, 2011 at Little Hills in San Ramon from 9 am to 3:30 pm. Once again Brian Wort and his volunteers directed a very well run camp. During the five days, the scouts rotated through various stations:

  • Hiking - through Las Trampas hills, learned about poison oak
  • Swimming (all 5 days) - if scout wanted to, could earned swimming pin, belt loop, or aquanaut
  • Engineering - made a Wooden Basketball Game
  • Crafts - made a Leather Bracelet
  • Archery (2 days) - 2nd day shot at moving target/balloon, earned Archery Belt Loop
  • Sports - Track and Field events such as potato shot put, long jump, hurdles
  • Knots - learned square knot, 2 half-hitch, clove hitch, bowline rescue knot, figure eight stopper knot
  • Engineering - made Marshmallow Shooters and practiced shooting with them too
  • Sports - Water Games
  • Unit Group Photos
  • BB Guns (2 days) - earned BB Belt Loop
  • Crafts - made Friendship bracelets
  • Sports - Flag Football
  • Engineering - made Wooden Beyblades
  • Crafts - made Leather Key Chains
  • Knife Safety - earned Whittling Chip
  • Soap Carving (for Bears and Wolves) - carved Ivory soap into fish, tree, etc.
  • Whittling - Webelos whittled small ax out of pine wood
  • Sports - Multiple Obstacle Courses
  • Cooking - cooked and ate Cinnamon Sugared Bread on a Stick
  • Crafts - decorated picture frame
  • Kim's Game - scout memory game
  • Sports - Relay Races
  • Patch design - Frontier theme for next year
  • Skit Practice and tryouts

In addition, the scouts were entertained with four fabulous lunch-time shows:

  • Rescue Dogs
  • Magic Show
  • Wildlife - saw kestrel, golden eagle, serval, porcupine
  • Python Ron - saw hissing cockroach, lizards, bearded dragon, various monitor lizards, various snakes (even a 90 lb albino one!)

We had fifteen scouts attending:

  • Shanay C
  • Nicholas C
  • Hayden C
  • Joshua D
  • Harrison E
  • Adam G
  • Matthew I
  • Joshua K
  • Andrew K
  • Aidan L
  • Emmett L
  • Ethan M
  • Jack P
  • Benjamin R
  • Austin S

We also had Jacob L and Nick C (from Montevideo going to Iron Horse) as our awesome and essential Junior Helpers who helped us take care of the boys in our unit. Joshua L assisted in various stations, such as Engineering and Crafts, as a Junior Helper, too.

Joe Ghatta and Ammy Pluth volunteered all day every day. Marianne Ghatta volunteered with the Tags on Monday and Tuesday, Grace Dagen volunteered on Thursday, and Ching Evans volunteered on Friday. I am so thankful to these parents to take time off work and spend their vacation time at Cub Scout Camp.

All of the 15 scouts above earned a All American Sports Patch and the BB Shooting Belt Loop.
Fourteen scouts earned the Archery Belt Loop and the Whittling Chip.

In addition, Joshua K and Jack P earned the Swimming Belt Loop and Harrison E earned both the Swmming Sports Pin and the Aquanaut Award.

It was a great week full of fun learning opportunities and classic scout activities. Looking forward to next year.

Susan Kim
Pack 1776 Day Camp Coordinator

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Fall Camping – SAVE THE DATES!

Date: Friday, November 11, 2011 3:00pm - Sunday, November 13, 2011 12:00pm

Location: Camp Herms

SAVE THE DATES!! Camp Herms is located in El Cerrito, California. This camp serves as a year-round camp with a Cub Scout Day Camp during the summer. It is situated atop the El Cerrito Hills and can be used as the hub of local historical site visits to San Francisco and the surrounding area. Historic Camp Herms was originally named Camp Berkeley and opened for use in 1930. The camp was renamed Camp William B. Herms in 1939. Chemical toilets are near the campsite and flush toilets and showers are a short walk away. Hiking trails, including the Fages Historic Trail, are nearby.

Details will follow in an Evite and will be posted here. Stay tuned.


Scott & Scott
Hiking Chairs

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MDSC Marksmanship Day

Date: Saturday, October 8, 2011
Time: Choose from:
- AM Session 7:00AM - 12:00PM
- PM Session 11:00AM - 5:00PM
Location: Camp Herms, 1100 James Pl, El Cerritos (map)
Cost: $20 per scout, $5 per adult.  Lunch included.  $5 late fee per person after September 17th.
Attire: Class A uniform
Awards: Participation patch, Archery or BB Shooting belt loop and pin
Bring: Completed authorization form. Warm clothes.
Must read: Event flyer
Note: This event always fills. Register early.

The Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program is an optional program for all Cub Scouts. Its purpose is to encourage the Scouts in learning new skills, or improving one they already posses. Cub Scouts can earn belt loops and pins in 25 academic areas and 28 different sports. Among them, the shooting sports loops and pins (Archery and BB-gun Shooting) can only be earned through Council-led events, under BSA trained supervision, and at a BSA facility range.

Marksmanship Day is one of such Council events and the next one is coming up on October 8th. Registration can be made online at the Council website. Make sure to wear your Class A and fill out the authorization form before you go.

Note: Shooting sports belt loops can be used toward Wolf electives 20c and 20n; and part of Bear requirement 23c.


Hoot Owl Night Hike

Update 09/06: Thank you again for the overwhelming response.  We have more signed up than we can accommodate at this time.  The waiting list is now closed.  We will look into running this hike again in the near future.

Update 09/05: Thank you for the quick response.  The hike is now full. New sign ups will be placed on the waiting list.

Date/Time: Friday, September 23rd, 6:45pm - 8:45pm
Location: Sycamore Grove Park in Livermore
Cost: $10 per person.  Pay by September 9th to hold your spots.
Attire: Class B uniform
Award: Participating scout will receive a Hoot Owl patch, and a Trail Trekkers patch if he doesn't have one already.
Meeting Location: Nature Area Entrance (see directions below)
Note: Scout only, no siblings. One parent per family.
Must read: Hoot Owl Guidelines, DirectionsHike Detail

Pack 1776,

Welcome to the first hike of the new scout year. This is a special hike for a few reasons. It is a night hike. It is a ranger led hike. It is a fee based hike ($10 per person). It is limited to 20 people only (limit is set by hoot owl program).

This hike is limited to scouts only - No siblings are allowed. The parent must accompany their scout(s).

Please reply quickly to the email invitation as seats are limited.  (No other evite will be sent.)

The hike lasts one and a half to two hours and begins with a ranger-led introduction to nocturnal animals and adaptations of nighttime critters, followed by an easy hike of one to one and a half miles.

Everyone is expected to use their night vision during the program, so please leave your flashlights at home.

Bernard Kiriakos
Hiking Chair

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