Cub Scout Pack 1776

Sep 9 – Sep 30: Popcorn Fundraiser

  Pack 1776

It is the time for our annual popcorn fundraiser again!  The funds we raise through popcorn helps cover registration fees, trips, and activities for the scouts.  It is also a great learning opportunity for them to gain experiences in public speaking, math, salesmanship, perseverance, and teamwork.  In addition to the valuable learnings, it also comes with tangible rewards.  We highly encourage every scout, regardless of age or experience, to participate in the fundraiser!

Popcorn team for 2023

We are here to provide logistical support to all participating scouts and parents to make it a success!

Storefront sales

Getting ready

  1. Download Trail’s End App.  (Text “APP” to 62771 to download, or download from Appstore/GooglePlay). One account per scout, so Mom or Dad will have to set up the account and share the login information with the other parent. Select “Golden Gate Area Council” for council, "Meridian" for the district and "Pack 1776" for the unit.
    1. Siblings can share one account and combine their proceeds and donations toward the pack rankings.
  2. After activation and sign-in, go to “Storefront Sales” and find shifts available for sign-up on the calendar (calendar icon).
  3. Signing up for 2 or more shifts is recommended.  This ensures the scout gets a chance to start a positive feedback loop in which he/she gets to apply what he/she learned from the previous storefront experience.  This also likely allows the scout enough opportunity to sell enough popcorn to qualify for Trail’s End’s Amazon gift card reward.

Selling popcorn

  1. !! IMPORTANT !! If you have the first shift of the day, please pick up inventory and supplies the night before your shift.
  2. Set up—set up table and tablecloth with banner secured in front of the table.  Set up display products with price labels affixed.  Set up Pack Donation Bin and Square Credit Card reader.
  3. Start of shift—please arrive 10 minutes before your shift begins.  Verify inventory and proceeds with previous shift scout/parent.  Make sure there’s $60 in small bills in cashbox for change. 
  4. Sales—Be friendly, smile and greet everyone.  Show gratitude even if someone does not show interest.  Always say “thank you”.
  5. Record each sale in Trail’s End App with the appropriate payment type and also write it down on the tracking form.  
  6. End of shift—count inventory and proceeds with the next shift scout/parent.  Put all proceeds and donations from the shift, along with the tracking form, in a new envelope, then label, seal, and hand it to the next shift scout/parent.
  7. End of day (last shift of the day)—return remaining inventory, all supplies, and all proceeds in envelopes.


            Some folks prefer to give a cash donation than buying popcorn.  We appreciate and welcome any amount.  If the customer is not sure about buying popcorn, go ahead and ask if he’s willing to donate a small amount.  This is the amount we get to keep 100%.  

Credit card donations are available on Trail’s End app as “Heroes and Helpers Donation”, however, the amount does not go to Pack 1776.

Pack volunteer credit

         Every shift gives you 1 hour toward the pack volunteer credit.  For shifts that require pick-up/drop-off of the inventory at Chris’ place, you get 1 more hour for the extra time needed.  If we change location mid-day, the scout/parent of the starting shift of the new location needs to tear-down and set up the table, and will get 1 more hour of credit.

Tips and things to remember

  1. All cub scouts wear Class A Uniform when selling popcorn.
  2.  Be courteous and respectful.
  3.  Cubs may ask “Would you like to support local cub scouts?” to approach customers.
  4.  Customers are delighted when cubs talk to them.  Cubs can tell them which popcorn is their favorite.
  5.  If customers are not sure if they are willing to buy popcorn, encourage them to donate any amount to the donation bin and thank them.
  6. Make sure customers know we take credit cards.  Some customers may not have enough cash with them.
  7. Please mark it down on your calendar when you sign up for a shift and make sure you do not miss it.
  8. If you need additional popcorn or have any questions, please call or text Chris/Ravi/Charlie.  We will have someone on standby during popcorn sales hours.
  9. Always smile and say thank you.
  10. Congratulate your cubs for their results!

For additional information about online selling and additional selling tips, please visit

Other ways to sell popcorn

Besides storefronts, there are other ways available to sell popcorn. 

  1.  Show and Deliver (wagon sales)—parents and scouts take products in wagons and sell door-to-door in the neighborhood.
  2. Take Order—parents and scouts go door-to-door and collect orders, return them to the popcorn team and deliver at a later date.
  3. Online Sales—share fundraising page (or scout code) via email or social media.  Supporters visit and transact on-line at  Makes it easy to get support from friends and family who do not live close-by.  A good way to generate extra sales without additional time from parents and scouts.


We offer multiple prizes as rewards to the participation, as well as outstanding contribution to the pack.

  • Every scout who sells at least $1 will get a Popcorn Patch, a Pack 1776 multi-color pen, and a Pack 1776 Carabiner Keychain.
  • Every scout who sells $500 or more (popcorn proceeds) will receive an Amazon gift card from Trail’s End reward program.
  • Top 3 scouts (sales + donation) will receive special prizes.

Top 3 (sales + donation) prizes: 

1st place:  ~$250 value Potensic Drone with Camera 4K EIS, portable and foldable for beginners 

2nd place: ~$100-150 value Nikon Aculon A211 10x42 Binoculars 

3rd place:  ~$75-100 value Outside Inside Pop-up Badminton Set for camping or outing

Popcorn raffle

This year, we are making $1,250 available for a raffle with drawings taking place at the 9/20 and 11/15 pack meetings.  The more shifts completed, the higher the chance to win a $50 gift card.

Raffle prizes

  • 25 x $50 gift cards (Amazon & Lego)
  • 10 to be drawn at the 9/20 Pack meeting 
  • 15 to be drawn at the 11/15 Pack meeting

Raffle rules:

  • Each completed shift earns one raffle ticket.  The more shifts completed, the higher the chance to win.
    • If you complete 2 shifts before 9/20, your chance of winning is greater than 23%.
    • If you complete 4 shifts before 9/20, your chance of winning is greater than 41%
  • Scouts can only win once per drawing.  If a scout wins again at the same drawing, the drawn ticket is set aside to be entered again for the next drawing.
  • All undrawn raffle tickets remain in the pool to be drawn again.  For example, raffle tickets not won at the 9/20 Pack meeting automatically enter the 11/15 drawing.

Sep 10: Pack Hike – Black Diamond

Date: Sunday, 10 Sep

Time: 9:30 AM PT - 12:00 PM PT

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Location: Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve (Frederickson Lane and Contra Loma Blvd, Antioch, CA) // Stewartville, Contra Loma, North Portal, and Old Homestead Loop Trail

Meeting Point: Stewartville Trailhead — south west corner of parking lot at cross streets Frederickson Lane and Contra Loma Blvd, Antioch, CA

Distance / elevation / duration: 3.3-mile loop / 561 ft / 1 hour 32 mins average

Difficulty: Easy to moderate, with elevation Recommended for: All, with close parental supervision for younger ones

Hike info + trail map:

Awards: Trail Trekkers program / Highlander program progressive patch / Black Diamond rocker patches —

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

Hike Chair: Zhen Zhou (925-997-4889)

The hike - Discover this 3.3-mile loop trail near Antioch, California. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 1 h 32 min to complete. This is a very popular area for birding, hiking, and running, so you'll likely encounter other people while exploring. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime.


Take I-680 N. Keep right to continue on CA-242 N for 3.2 miles. Use left lanes to merge onto CA-4 E (13.2 miles). Take exit 28 / Lone Tree Way / A street in Antioch from CA-4 E. Turn right onto Lone Tree Way (1.5 miles), right onto Gold Course Rd (0.7 miles), then right onto Frederickson Lane (1 mile — partial restricted usage road). Frederickson Lane becomes Contra Loma Blvd (restricted usage road). Parking lot is at the corner on left.

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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August 23: August Pack Meeting

Date/Time: Wednesday, August 23 at 6:30-8:00pm
Location: Coyote Creek Elementary School MPR
Attire: Class A uniform
Bring: Refillable water bottle

Join us at our first Cub Scout pack meeting, where we'll embark on a fun-filled journey that not only introduces our scouts and parents to the exciting activities planned for the school year, but also unveils the adventure of popcorn fundraising. This gathering provides a glimpse into the heart of what scouting truly represents – fostering friendships, learning valuable skills, and creating unforgettable memories together. It's a fantastic opportunity to experience the spirit of our vibrant Cub Scout community!  


  • Opening flag ceremony by AOLs
  • Scout Law lantern ceremony by Bears
  • New Den Chief induction
  • Pack year preview
  • Activities:
    • Scout and Den Leader photos; scouts and leaders wear Class A uniform for the photos. Those who do not have their uniforms yet will get another photo op at a later date.
    • Popcorn university for Scouts and for parents
  • Closing flag ceremony by AOLs

Aug 13: August Pack Hike!

Date/Time: Sunday, August 13, 2023, at 9am

Location: Little Yosemite — Sunol Regional Wilderness

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


Fee: $5 parking fee / $2 per dog

Distance / elevation: 4.8-mile loop / 524 ft

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate / Recommended for Tigers to Webelos

Trail map:

Awards: Trail Trekkers Cub Scout Patch // Progressive Hike Award

Contact: Hiking Co-Chair Murali Kattimani / 408-250-0542

What to wear - Class B and dress in layers, incl. windbreaker - Approved face covering - Sturdy closed toe shoes - Hat + sunscreen

What to bring - binoculars, camera - plenty of water and snacks - map


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.


Trails can be quite steep

Watch for poison oak on narrow sections of trail

Rattlesnakes may be in rocky areas — careful where you place hands and feet

No swimming allowed in Alameda Creek in the Little Yosemite area

There will be cattle at Sunol -- give them plenty of distance

The hike

Little Yosemite is located in Sunol Regional Wilderness Park in Sunol, CA. Little Yosemite is a scenic gorge on Alameda Creek about two miles upstream from park headquarters. It is an especially attractive portion of this creek. See gorgeous waterfalls and pools after series of rain storms or season.

The trail

The Canyon View Trail is an excellent hike for Cub Scouts and a great way to get to Little Yosemite. The trail begins near the Visitor Center, at the bridge that crosses the creek. After crossing the bridge, turn right and head upstream. The Canyon View trail is well marked. The trail goes up a ridge or two, and along the hillsides that border the creek. Along the way, you'll see some nice views of the creek and canyon. About halfway, the trail drops down into Jacobs’s Valley. Stay on the trail until you get to Cerro Este Road and turn right (toward the creek) and follow the road to Little Yosemite. When you get to the outhouse on Camp Ohlone Road, cross the road where you will find a path that will take you down the very steep sides of the creek's banks, to the ancient piles of boulders called Little Yosemite. This is a perfect place for scouts to study rocks and have lunch. Remember collecting specimens is not allowed. Watch for poison oak. Hikers can return the same way, or via the Ohlone Road for a different view of the park. To return via Ohlone Road, simply climb back up the bank to the road (stay on the trail), downhill. Notice how different the vegetation is here by Alameda Creek, compared to the Canyon View Trail. Eventually you will cross a bridge, pass a gate and find yourself in a remote parking area. Stay on the paved road all the way back to the Visitor Center.

The history

The original inhabitants in the Sunol Valley were the Ohlone Indians and reminders of them can be seen in the acorn pounding bedrock mortars found in the park. For the past half century, the land known today as Sunol Regional Wilderness was used almost exclusively as ranch land. Alameda Creek is the county's largest stream and hosts an attractive community of trees including alder, willow, sycamore and bay laurel. The nearby valleys abound with coastal live oak, blue and valley oak, elderberry, madrone, and California buckeye. During spring, the hills come alive with a variety of colorful wildflowers. A wildflower identification kit may be checked out at the visitor center.

For all in-person pack or den events and activities, please follow the SRVUSD COVID guidelines. If you or your Scout are sick, are experiencing COVID-like or flu symptoms, or may have been exposed to COVID-19, please stay home and stay safe.

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Aug 20: Rocket Day!

Calling all adventurous young scouts and their families!

Join us for an exhilarating Rocket Day, the thrilling kick-off event of the cub scout calendar! Witness the wonder in your cub scout's eyes as they learn to build their very own rockets from scratch, tapping into their creativity and problem-solving skills. The anticipation mounts as the countdown begins, and together, we'll watch these mini-engineering marvels soar across the open field, filling the air with laughter and excitement.

Not only is Rocket Day an absolute blast, but it's also an excellent opportunity to meet new friends and welcome fresh faces into our scouting community.

Don't miss this chance for fun-filled family bonding and an unforgettable day of high-flying adventure!


LAUNCH DATE: Sunday, August 20, 2023


LAUNCH PAD: Coyote Creek School Blacktop (behind the school, to the right, past the basketball courts)


WEAR: Class B uniform or comfortable attire for those who are not scouts/new scouts. Class A for Leaders.

BRING: refillable water bottle full of water, sunscreen, hat and if desired, folding chair.

VOLUNTEER: Parents, we need your help! You can now sign up online for Cub Scouting and invite friends to join too! If your friend joins, you earn a Recruiter strip that you can display on your Class A uniform!

NEW scouts: Fill out the online BSA Youth Application Form.

All scouts must:

1. Complete the online Pack 1776 Registration Form

2. Complete the Medical Form Parts A & B

3. Make a copy of the front & back of your scout’s medical insurance card.

4. Registration check written to Pack 1776. Write your Scout's name in the memo line.

$285 for Tiger, Wolf, Bear or Webelos scouts (First through Fifth grades in 2023-2024). Prices are even lower if you served as a leader or certain chair positions last year. We only accept Fifth graders if they have completed and earned the Webelos I rank.

$200 per new Lion scouts (those who will be in Kindergarten in 2023-2024).

NOTE NEW SCOUTS: Pay the national fees online using your credit card and then deduct that amount from the $285 (or if a new Lion, $200) pack registration fee when preparing your check.

5. A separate $200 volunteer deposit check per family, post-dated to 4/30/2024. Write your youngest Scout's name in the memo line. We will hold onto your check and shred it after you have completed 10 service hours.

Bring your completed paperwork to Rocket Day or to the August pack meeting, or drop it off at the Scout Box inside the Coyote Creek School Office.

Family Scouting: Girls Welcome!

Our Pack is open to boys and girls. By welcoming girls into the program, even more youth will have access to the character development and values-based leadership that Scouting promises.

For more information:

Pack 1776's annual membership fee includes the cost to register with the Boys Scouts of America, the Council Program Fee, a one year subscription to Scout's Life magazine, a Pack 1776 Class B uniform t-shirt, award belt loops, pins and patches and expenses in events like Halloween Party, Pinewood Derby, campouts, etc.