Cub Scout Pack 1776

Bay Bridge Center Tour – Save the Dates!

Date/Time: Wednesday, December 21, 2:30-4:30pm
Location: San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge Seismic Safety Projects, Public Information Office, 311 Burma Road, Oakland (map)
Cost: Free
Attire: Class A
Award: Webelos can use this event to help achieve the Engineer activity pin.
Capacity: 20 youths

- 11/10 (Thu) - Signup begins for Scouts
- 11/17 (Thu) - Signup opens to siblings

Pack 1776,

The Bay Bridge is currently being rebuilt and we have been offered an awesome touring opportunity of this monumental part of history.  Steve Padilla from Bay Bridge Seismic Safety Projects will give us a tour at the Public Information Office (PIO) in Oakland during the winter school break on December 21st at 2:30pm.

Here’s the agenda:

  • Welcome / introductions
  • Bay Bridge engineer presentation
  • Discuss why the new Bay Bridge is built
  • Review a booklet on the Self Anchored Suspension
  • Build marshmallow/toothpick bridges
  • Climb inside life-size models of the tower
  • Closure

This 2-hour event will all be conducted at the PIO.  We WILL NOT be walking on the Bay Bridge or taking a boat tour.

Due to limited capacity (20 youths), priority will be given to scouts first.  Look for an invitation email from me on November 10th.  Reply to the email with your scout's name and the number of adults to sign up.  No other evite will be sent.  First reply first serve.  Any spots not taken by November 17th will be open to siblings. Feel free to contact me with questions.

Stella Lei

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Pack Halloween Party

Date/Time: Friday, October 28, 6-8pm (setup begins at 4:30pm)
Location: MPR
Cost: Free admission.  Nominal fee for concessions.
Attire: Costumes!!
Signup: Just show up and have fun!

Hi all!

OK! Just one week until the pack Halloween party. Below are the booths so far.

Macey Zavala:  Photo booth
Den 2: Eyeball race
Den 3: ... pending ...
Den 4: Putting booth
Den 5: ...pending ...
Den 6: Cake Walk
Den 7: Jack-O-Lantern Candy Toss
Den 8: Witch Hat Ring Toss
Den 9: Pumpkin Bowling
Den 10: Feelies booth
Den 11: Fishing game or bean bag

The party is from 6 to 8. We have access to the MPR starting at 4:30. Please be set up and ready to go by 6:00. Remember to sign up to help man your booth so that everyone can enjoy the party. 1/2 hour increments are nice. Please remember to supply what you need for your booth/activity including decorations! The pack will provide you with some candy to hand out to participants and some play money for the winners of the activities to go and exchange for prizes.

Concessions will be available for a very nominal fee... We're just going to have pizza and water available. That night it's all about the candy and prizes!

Don't forget to DRESS UP!! It is a HALLOWEEN party! The kids have even MORE fun when they see that we are getting involved!

If you have any questions please let me know!

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Scout Day for Cal Football

Cal has just announced Scout Day for Football on November 5th.  Contact CC Steve if you are interested in this event. Detail below:

Don’t miss a great day for Football at AT&T Park. On Saturday November 5th bring your Pack to the ballpark to watch Cal take on Washington State in an exciting Pac-12 match-up. Your ticket includes a great seating location close to the action in our Premium Sideline Seats and an exclusive pre-game opportunity for your Pack to play in the Coca Cola fan lot before the ballpark opens! All the scouts will have the chance to slide down the Coca Cola Super Slide and run around the “Little Giants Park” for some great pre-game fun. There will also be a chance to meet Oski and members of the Cal dance team! Don’t let your Pack miss out on this great opportunity to experience Cal Football at AT&T Park.

Tickets are only $30 (normally $65) for scouts and family.

To order, go to and enter the promo code: SCOUTDAY2011. If you have questions call our sales team at 510-642-8131.

Go Bears!

Following is a list of upcoming Scout Days/Nights:

11/05 (Sat): Cal Football Scout Day
11/12 (Sat): Scout Night with San Jose Sharks
01/14 (Sat): Harlem Globetrotters @ Oracle Arena
01/16 (Mon): Harlem Globetrotters @ HP Pavilion
01/28 (Sat): Monster Energy AMA Supercross @ Oracle Arena
02/25 (Sat): Monster Jam @ Oracle Arena

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Webeloree Recap

2011 Webeloree, October 1 – 2

Webelos from Pack 1776 had a great weekend at historic Camp Herms in the El Cerrito hills. Everything was well organized, well staffed, and packed full of fun.

The Webelos started Saturday morning by setting up their tents in the lower field. The scouts did the majority of the set up with very minimal help from the adults. They all did a fine job.

After the opening flag ceremony and rousing songs, our Pack started the morning at the Forester Unit. Mr. Harrison, from Boy Scout Troop #24, taught the scouts about tree growth rings, the five layers of a forest, 6 forest trees, 6 forest plants, how water/minerals/sun help, and about the harm/benefits of wildfires.

Our group then moved onto the Outdoorsman Unit. Boy Scouts from Troop # 24 used a skit format to thoroughly go over every point about the Leave No Trace Frontcountry Guidelines (plan ahead, stick to trails, manage your pet, leave what you find, respect other visitors, trash your trash). The Webelos also learned about the rules of outdoor fire safety and practiced how to fuse and whip the ends of a rope. Here they used the rope they fused to make a paracord bracelet with a side release buckle. We ended this unit by making our foil dinner with chicken, potatoes, and vegetables.

Then we gathered under the beautiful redwoods and had a picnic with our bagged lunch. The scouts played and the adults relaxed.

At the signal, we moved on to the Geologist Unit, led by Geologist Michael L. and Boy Scouts from Troop # 100. This was a well prepared, hands on unit. They touched real fossils, learned the four different ways mountains are formed, examined minerals in various uses and geologic materials used in home building, and talked with geologist Michael L. about the rocks found at Camp Herm and geology mapping of the area. (Very interesting stuff!) Before leaving this unit, the scouts received a special rock as a memento.

The final station they visited on Saturday was led by biologist, Mr. Dekloe, from Troop 864. Here the Webelos earned their Naturalist pin by learning about an ecosystem, an aquadic ecosystem & wetland, flyways near our area, dangers of litter, and poisonous plants & animals. We also went on a short hike and learned about non-native plants, how some plants use nitrogen in the soil, what poison oak looks like and why we should avoid it, stinging nettle, poisonous hemlock, poppy seed disbursement, and the difference in pine cones.

After our closing flag ceremony, we ate our delicious foil dinner of chicken, vegetables, and potatoes. The evening was capped off with two different shows. We first visited the amazing AstroWizard, Mr. Rodrigues, who educated the scouts on space and science related topics using pictures, props, bubbles, telescope, and exciting explosions. And finally, a well run campfire program led by Boy Scout Troop #127 entertained the entire camp audience with fun songs and funny skits.

Next year’s Webeloree is planned at Camp Herms for October 6-7, 2012. So, mark your calendars and save the date.

The following scouts earned their Forester, Outdoorsman, Geologist, and Naturalist Pins:
Andrew K, Ben R, Dylan W, Ethan M, Hayden C, Jack P, Raymond F, Umesh N, Warren H


Harlem Globetrotters Scouts Offer

Don’t miss out on high-flying action and non-stop excitement. With blazing ball-handling wizardry, mesmerizing gravity-defying dunks, side-splitting comedy and crowd interaction, the Globetrotters captivate both the young and the young at heart. Treat your group to a wholesome family entertainment experience that will create lifelong memories and always leaves fans smiling and cheering for more….the World Famous Harlem Globetrotters!

Two dates and venues to choose from:

  • Saturday, January 14, 2pm or 7pm: Oracle Arena (order form)
  • Monday, January 16, 1pm: HP Pavilion (order form)

Scouts save up to $19 off select price levels and pay NO Ticketmaster per ticket fees! Groups of 50 or more are eligible for special group incentives such as Bench Kids, Half-Time Fan Tunnel, Color Guard, YMCA on the Court, Group Picture on the Court, and many more! Commemorative scout patches available! See order forms for detail.

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

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Fall Camping at Historic Camp Herms

Date/Time: Friday, November 11, 2011 3:00pm - Sunday, November 13, 2011 12:00pm
Location: Camp Herms, 1100 James Pl, El Cerrito, CA 94530 (directions) (Camp Herms map)
Cost: $15/person/night, payable to Pack 1776 by October 24th.  See evite for payment detail.
Attire: Class B
RSVP: Evite

Pack 1776 Families,

Come join us at the Boy Scouts of America own historic Camp Herms for some Fall camping!!

This camp serves as a year-round camp and 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. Hiking trails, including the Fages Historic Trail, are nearby.

Chemical toilets are near the campsite and flush toilets and showers are a short walk away. We have reserved the Redwood Grove for camping and the Quarry area for meals, campfires and activities.

As always, the cost is minimal - $15/person/night which covers the site, food, and all activities.
If you decide to stay only one night, please let us know which night you are staying.

**As a special incentive, all scouts who sign up will receive their very own mess kit to use during the trip and to keep as their own **

We also highly encourage all other family members to bring their own reusable dining sets for meal times to reduce our trash and our Pack footprint.

Payment MUST be received BY October 24th to secure your spots! This is to allow for proper planning and selection of helpers. No excuses please. A standard policy of No Refunds applies.

Please send checks payable to PACK 1776 to Scott S.

Please feel free to contact us with questions via email.

Scott S. & Scott E.
Camping Chairs

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Outdoor Pack Meeting – Saturday Oct 15

Date/Time: Saturday, October 15, 2-6pm
Location: Lake Chabot Regional Park, Elderberry picnic area (lake chabot map) (directions)
Cost: $5 parking, or park outside the park for free
Attire: Class A
Bring: Personal canteen or water bottle and jacket.

Hello Pack 1776 Families!

Just a quick reminder and invitation to our Outdoor Pack Meeting, Saturday Oct 15, from 2:00 to 6:00 at Lake Chabot Regional Park in Castro Valley. We are at the Elderberry picnic area (entrance to the picnic area is towards the end of the parking lot). See detail map here.

Like our indoor MPR pack meetings, all cubs and leaders should wear their snappy Class A uniforms, and get ready for the an event full of fun, crafts and entertainment.

Here's what we have in store:

2:00 Activity: Hiking Stick
The boy's will build their own personal hiking stick, to keep, decorate and use on future hikes.

2:15 Pack Hike
Tiger/Wolf hike along the lake, Bear/Webelos hike in the wilds of Castro Valley.

3:45-4:00 Skit Practice with Dens
"What's my line again?" Rehearsal makes for a great performance! Everyone does a skit, even the den leaders. Get ready to sing, dance and crack up at the funny skits. Say "good-bye" to "shy"!

4:05-5:05 Pack Meeting
Awards, and a special presentation of the Bobcat Badges to our new cubs as we welcome them to Pack 1776 by Committee Chair Steve and me.

5:00 Smores
When you're outdoors, they go great with the great outdoors.

If you're a little late, don't worry. Even if you miss the hike, we'll still have a fun pack event.

Other key notes of information:

Lake Chabot Regional Park
17500 Lake Chabot Road
Elderberry Picnic Site
Castro Valley
CA, 94546

To Reach The Park
From San Ramon, I-680 South to connect on I-580 westbound, take the Strobridge Avenue exit. Turn right on Strobridge, right on Castro Valley Boulevard (take the left lane as soon as possible, and left on Lake Chabot Road. The Lake Chabot Marina is about two miles ahead on the right. (map)  From I-580 in San Leandro, exit at Fairmont Drive and go east (uphill). The marina entrance will be to the left at the bottom of the hill.

$5 parking fee but there are free parking outside the park, depending on the time of the day, there should be plenty.

Water and capri sun will be provided otherwise bring your own picnic and relax with the family.

We are encouraging people to bring personal canteen or water bottle and we'll have water station for refill.

Bring jacket just in case the weather change.

Cubmaster John


Smoke Signals – October

Smoke Signals is a monthly newsletter published by the Mount Diablo Silverado Council. The September issue is now available for download.

Learn about the possible merge of MDSC with San Francisco Bay Area Council, Scouting for Food, upcoming resident camps and the annual L.E.A.D. event.


Save the Date for LEAD 2012

Pack 1776 Scouters,

Save the date for L.E.A.D scheduled for Saturday, January 21, 2012.

Scout "Leader Education And Discovery" (L.E.A.D.) is a full day of relevant, inspiring, and required Adult Leader classes held at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill by MDSC. Dozens of sessions will be available to support leader competence in all Scouting aspects, from outdoor skills to national policies. This is also the best opportunity for leaders to build their network and be inspired by successful Scouters who have experience with issues and opportunities that are common in many units.

More information about class schedules, instructors, and registration will be coming soon. While that is being finalized, we wanted to let you know about this important event so you can get it into your personal calendars immediately. We look forward to seeing you on January 21.

Craig Gridley
Course Director
Scout "Leader Education and Discovery"

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