Cub Scout Pack 1776

Blue And Gold Celebration – TOMORROW!

Hi Pack 1776 Scouts and Families!

Just a friendly reminder that tomorrow is our big event, the Annual Blue and Gold dinner and farewell to our eleven hard working Webelos II scouts as they move on from 1776 Cub Scouts to Boys Scouts in the fantastic troops they have chosen, namely Troops 60,805 and 888.

This will also be a chance to see you all before Den Leaders Ammy and Ada and I say goodbye to the most wonderful group of families and friends we have had the honor to work with.

Pack 1776 is truly a unique, special group of boys and families, and I know will miss you all, leaving with a big hole in my heart for you, but a traveling down a new road with a huge suitcase full of priceless memories.

But wait! This is a happy time, and we are going to party like it's 1999 (or 1776!)

Here's a quick re-cap of the schedule:

5:30 Open doors, settle in
6:00 Opening Flag ceremony (Webelos II)
6:05 Greeting, commence dinner (no skit, short on time, maybe guitar), slide show while dining.
6:50 FOS
7:00 Arrow of Light Bridging ceremony, super achiever awards, bridge.
7:50 Leader Recognition
7:55 Closing Flag Ceremony (Webelos 1 - Steve,Lisa)
8:00 Python Ron Reptile Kingdom
8:30 Clean up, out by 9:00.

Yup, great dinner from A G Ferrari Foods, great entertainment with Python Ron, and great friends!

Now don't forget to wear your snappy Class A uniforms.

See you tomorrow in the MPR,

Your most loyal friend in scouting,

Cubmaster John


Blue & Gold FOS Reminder- Feb 15th

Dear Cub Scout Parent,

This is a brief reminder that in support of the Friends of Scouting (FOS) program, we will be passing out a FOS brochure/pledge card explaining how your FOS dollars benefits the program. There are several ways to invest in Scouting:

  • You may give with a check
  • You may charge your Visa or MasterCard by including your card number and expiration date on the pledge card
  • You may make a pledge in which case the council will send a pledge reminder in the month you indicate on the pledge card

If you intend to pay by check, please bring your checkbook to the Blue & Gold as we will be collecting the pledge cards the same evening. If you do not intend to participate, please put down zero as the pledge amount, as we need to collect all the cards that are handed out.

Here is an example of the pledge card you will be receiving.

On behalf of the Mt. Diablo Silverado Council and Pack 1776, we thank you for your support.

Yuji Yamada
Committee Chair


Happy 103rd Birthday, BSA!

The Boy Scouts of America is 103 years old today!

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Friends of Scouting (FOS) Campaign – Feb 15th

Dear Cub Scout Parent,

We hope that you and your family will be able to join us at our Blue & Gold Banquet scheduled for February 15th at 5:30pm at the Coyote Creek MPR. We are very proud of all the boy’s achievements and extremely appreciative of all the parental involvement.

During the banquet, we will be making a brief presentation of the annual Friends of Scouting (FOS) campaign and then asking for your pledges to support our Pack’s FOS effort. The FOS program helps underwrite the cost of Scouting for our district, the Mt. Diablo Silverado Council. We thought it might be beneficial to send out this letter in advance for your information.

Each year, our Scout parents are asked to support some of the hidden costs of Scouting. The Mt. Diablo Silverado Council, which serves almost 17,000 youths, provides numerous benefits to all of our boys and adult volunteers. A few of these benefits include subsidized Cub Day Camp and Cub Family Camps, maintaining facilities such as Camp Herms and Wolfeboro, as well as youth and leadership training.

FOS provides these benefits to our Scouts throughout the bay area. The district’s goal is to raise $120,000 for this year. In the past, parents have contributed gifts ranging from $10 to $1,000. The Scouting organization annually spends about $200 per boy while the registration fee is only $15. The Council hopes that each family will give enough to offset the spending cost for each boy, but if your family cannot contribute to this extent, please know that any amount is welcome. Participation by every family, at any level, is the goal.

If you believe that the Scouting program has had a positive impact on your family, I urge you to join me in this effort to keep the Scout program the dynamic experience for the youth in our area.

Yuji Yamada
Committee Chair


BSA Updated Statement on Membership Policy

From BSA:

For 103 years, the Boy Scouts of America has been a part of the fabric of this nation, providing its youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. In the past two weeks, Scouting has received an outpouring of feedback from the American public. It reinforces how deeply people care about Scouting and how passionate they are about the organization.

After careful consideration and extensive dialogue within the Scouting family, along with comments from those outside the organization, the volunteer officers of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board concluded that due to the complexity of this issue, the organization needs time for a more deliberate review of its membership policy.

To that end, the National Executive Board directed its committees to further engage representatives of Scouting’s membership and listen to their perspectives and concerns. This will assist the officers’ work on a resolution on membership standards. The approximately 1,400 voting members of the National Council will take action on the resolution at the National Annual Meeting in May 2013.

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Blue & Gold Banquet

Hello all,

The Blue & Gold Banquet is just around the corner and we are getting ready to have some fun. We will be celebrating the 103rd birthday of Scouting and having a big send-off for our super-achieving Webelos IIs who will continue their Scouting journey in Boy Scouts troops.

Besides dinner catered by A.G. Ferrari Foods (Mmm yum yum!) there will be entertainment by Python Ron's Reptile Kingdom. Admission is free, again, FREE!!!, to Scouts in good standing and their immediate family. But you MUST reply to this evite!

RSVP by February 11th. Indicate in your reply the number of vegetarian meals you prefer. Otherwise, we assume you would eat anything. 😉

Thank you and see you all at the big party!

Pack 1776 Committee


Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?

Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?, the National Geographic Channel reality show will start airing at 8 p.m. Eastern (7 p.m. Central) on Monday, March 4. The six-episode series continues every Monday night until the season finale on April 8.  Find out more at the new website for the show:

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March Hike – Las Trampas Rocky Ridge Loop Trail

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness is close to home and has great hiking, with excellent views, wildflowers and streams in spring, with bird viewing opportunities as well.

Date: Sunday, March 17, 2012
Time: 8:45 am – 11.45 am
Location: Las Trampas Regional Wilderness, Danville
Meeting Point: Corner of parking lot right by the information displays.
Attire: Class B
Awards: Highlander patch and/or the Las Trampas Rocker patch.
Fees: None
Must read: Hike info and trail map
Contact: Hiking Chair - Sachin Sheth (925.968.9940)

Distance, category, and difficulty:
Easy to Moderate with ~1100 ft of elevation gain. Total distance ~ 4.5 miles.
Hiking time:
~3 hours
Trail surfaces:
Fire roads and dirt trails
What to bring:

  • Binoculars
  • Long pants
  • Dress in layers – please wear weather appropriate attire.
  • Snacks
  • Water

Getting there:
From Highway 680: Take the Crow Canyon Road exit. Drive west on Crow Canyon for about 1 mile, then turn right (north) onto Bollinger Canyon Road. Continue about 4.5 miles to the trailhead at the end of the road.

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