Cub Scout Pack 1776

Hike At Morgan Territory Regional Preserve

January Hike: Morgan Territory Regional Preserve

Date: Sunday 1/14/18 

Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Meeting Location: Morgan Territory Road Staging Area, 9401 Morgan Territory Rd, Livermore, CA 94551

Class B uniform


The hike is about 2.5 miles loop starting at the Condor Trail to the Volvon Trail and then back using the Blue Oak trail. This place has Sandstone hills within the park's 4,708 acres which are adorned in spring with more than 90 species of wildflowers, including the Diablo sunflower (Helianthella castanea), which grows only in the foothills of Mount Diablo. Deer, coyote and even the elusive mountain lion may be seen here, and a variety of raptors frequently soar overhead. Dress for the weather. Carry lots of water and light snacks. Elder scouts can have the option to do an additional 1.2 miles to complete a bigger loop. Questions? Contact Hiking Chair, Sid at 408 431 8037.


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Scout Day With The A’s

Date/Time: Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 6:05 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: Oakland Coliseum
Attire: Class A uniform
RSVP: Evite

Please join us for the Oakland A's vs the Boston Red Sox which features a pregame festival in the parking lot with a wide variety of activities, an on-field parade for uniformed Scouts and leaders, a commemorative patch for all participating Scouts, and a discounted game ticket.

This event is open to Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of all ages, as well as their families and friends. All uniformed Scouts and leaders will receive a commemorative Scout Day patch.

Price is $28 per person for Plaza Infield (normally $42). Please sign up and pay by January 31 to secure your tickets. Submit your payment via check to Pack 1776 in the Pack drop box inside the Coyote Creek office OR to your den leader at the Pinewood Derby race on Jan 21, 2018.

More information to come as the date nears!


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Blue and Gold 2018

Date: Friday, February 23, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Coyote Creek MPR
Cost: None
RSVP: Evite

Dear Pack 1776 Scouts and Families,

Come celebrate the 108th 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. A catered dinner and fun entertainment by Dan Chan Presents! is provided at no cost to Pack 1776 members and their immediate family.

Please RSVP by February 16 with the number of people attending and any vegetarian preference.


6:00 pm Welcome! Door Opens

6:15 pm Opening Flag Ceremony by Webelos II

6:20 pm Greeting & Commence Dinner

6:40 pm Arrow of Light and Bridging Ceremonies

7:20 pm Closing Flag Ceremony by Webelos I

7:30 pm Entertainment by Dan Chan Presents!

8:15 pm Clean Up

See you at the party!

Pack 1776 Blue and Gold Committee


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Pinewood Derby 2018

Date/Time:  Sunday, January 21, 2017 Noon to 3 PM

Location: Coyote Creek MPR

Attire: Class A uniform

Bring: Reusable water bottle and Readiness to cheer on your fellow scouts

Our Annual Pinewood Derby will be held on January 21 from noon to 3 PM in the MPR! There will be racing, design competitions, and pizzas. Please be conservation minded and bring your own reusable bottle. Fresh filtered water will be available from the refillable station in the MPR. We will once again have an open class for adults and siblings. Additional kits may be purchased for $5. Contact Jessica Almeida ( to purchase more kits. Wear your Class A uniform!

The mandatory inspection and car impounding is on January 20 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Pack Shed near the Coyote Creek Kindergarten area.

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 20 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 OR can be found here.

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


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 (x4 for each Webelos I)

Webelos II Heats (x4 for each Webelos II)

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. Additional wheels can be purchased separately.
  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

Jimmy Almeida

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2018 LEADS Training

Date: January 27, 2018, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Diablo Valley College
321 Golf Club Rd, Pleasant Hill
To Register
Be the Best Scout Leader You can Be!
Join your Fellow Scouters on January 27, 2018 for a complete day of learning, fun and experience.

L.E.A.D. is Mount Diablo Silverado Council’s ultimate training event for Scout Leaders, Parents, Venturers and Senior Scouts. 

  • What is STEM and how does it work for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers?
  • Where can I go Camping, Hiking or Backpacking in Northern California?
  • Where can I get in person training for my position as a Cub Scout, Boy Scout or Venture Leader?
  • How can I run fun and exciting Pack Meetings?
  • I want to be a Den Chief?

L.E.A.D. has you covered. L.E.A.D. offers 136 classes across five colleges: Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, Outdoors and Continuing Education. For 2018 there are 22 New Courses. The day is broken up into 6 sessions Some classes are 1 session, others, such as CPR certification, are 3 sessions, while even others, like Venturing Leader Training, last all day.

Use the link below to view College Schedules and then select your classes and register. 

..and don’t forget to bring your friends.

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Hike At Briones Regional Park


Dec Hike at Briones Regional Park
Meeting point: SF Bay Girl Scout Council, 4210 Springhill Rd, Lafayette, CA 94549
Date: 12/16/17 at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
Contact Sid at 408-431-8037.


Please note that the park has an official entrance at Bear Creek staging area, and we WILL NOT meet there. This area is closer to San Ramon, and we have access to trails. Park on Springhill Road. Since there is limited parking, we highly encourage carpooling.

See the attached map with the meeting point and the trail route highlighted.






Hike information:
Hike up to the Lafayette Ridge Trail, 1.2 miles with an elevation and gain of 679 feet. Return via Lafayette Ridge Trail and Springhill Trail. Total hike will be about 3 miles. We should be done in 2 hours.

Pack light snacks and water. Dress in class B uniform and for the weather.

All attending scouts will earn a hike patch which will be handed out at the hike. No more waiting to receive your patch. YEAH!!

Sign up here.


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Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park Hike


11/18/17 10 am to 12 pm hike at Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park, Foothill Road, Pleasanton, CA. Meet in the parking lot in Foothill staging area.
Contact: Sid at 408-431-8037

To Reach The Park:
From I-680 in Pleasanton, exit at Castlewood Drive and go west. Turn left (south) onto Foothill Road, towards the town of Sunol. The Foothill staging area is about two miles from Castlewood Drive, on the right.

Hike Info : Trail length is about 3 miles with an elevation gain of about 600 feet. The hike should be about 2 hours to complete. Bring water and snacks. Dress for the weather. Wear Class B uniform and light jacket on top if necessary. Wear closed toed shoes.

Trail Map:

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Scouting for food 2017

Dear Pack,

This year's Scouting for Food is scheduled for the weekend of Nov 4 (Distribution of door hangers) and Nov 11 (Collection of food).

For those new to scouting: this is a wonderful opportunity for our scouts to participate in a community service project. The food that we collect goes to the Contra Costa Food Bank from where it is distributed to those in need. Den leaders are responsible for ensuring their den's participation in this event.

Click on this symbol to see the area assignment for each den.  You can also click on the white rectangle symbol on the far right to view the map in full size:

General Reminders:

  • Wear Class A Scout uniform
  • Drivers should have all scouts in view at all times
  • Scouts are NOT to enter a donor's residence
  • Bring a friend - a great way to introduce what Scouting is about

Hanger Distribution - Nov 4

  • There is an error on hanger, please make sure to mark out the November 4th date in two places, see image here
  • You may distribute door hangers on a different day than Nov 4
  • Door hangers should be placed on the door or partially under the door mat (ensure it's visible and won't blow away)
  • Do not put hangers in mailboxes

Food Pickup - Nov 11

  • Food must be picked up from the same area you distributed door hangers
  • Food pickup is to begin no earlier than 9:00 am
  • Food must be dropped off in front of Coyote Creek MPR between 10:30 am and noon
  • If you may be late and wish to know if one of the coordinators will still be at Coyote Creek, please call one of these numbers: Anil 408.834.5144 | Abirami 925.487.9769 | Jung 404.512.2703
  • If you will be much later than noon, you can bring your collection to the Meridian District's food collection site at the Danville LDS at 655 Old Orchard Road.  They will be open till 2:30pm.  After 2:30pm, you will have to take your collection to the Contra Costa Food Bank located at 4010 Nelson Avenue in Concord (925.676.7534) during their regular hours.  Please let them know your collection is from the Meridian District's Scouting for food project.

Ideas to help us collect more food on the 11th!

  • Knock on every door that received a door hanger and did not leave a donation. Maybe they forgot to put out their food or would give if asked.
  • Tell your family and friends if they didn't get a door hanger they can still help by dropping off their food at the MPR on Nov 11th between 10am - noon

All participating scouts receive a patch.



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California Wild Fire Recycling Drive

Date: Saturday October 21, 2017

Time:  12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Location: Coyote Creek Elementary School Fall Festival

Hello Pack 1776,

The devastation that has presented itself to the many residents and businesses throughout the Northern Bay Area is overwhelming! Cub Scout Pack 1776 would like to reach out to them with your help. 

Therefore, Pack 1776 will be holding a Recycling Drive on October 21st at the Fall Festival with 100% of the money raised from recycling going to help an animal shelter or school that has suffered from the fires. We will be set up near the Cub Scouts shed (on the blacktop near the handball courts). We will be collecting recycled goods from our community and taking them to be recycled and/or just asking for a small cash donation. Please also bring your own recyclable soda cans, plastic bottles and glass bottles to help out.

In addition, we will be setting up a special bin just for the plastic bottles in the lunchroom (MPR). Please talk with your child and let them know about these collection bins. Also, the teachers will be asked to recycle within their class rooms and the Teachers Lounge so we can collect a few times during the week in an effort to grow our proceeds. We will need a few volunteers to collect these 2 times this week

Finally, I need a few people to try and reach out to our Neighborhood Communities via Nextdoor to help spread the word. 

Please find a sign up page for various roles here...

Together...let's make difference for these people.

Yours in Scouting,
Jimmy Almeida


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BALOO Training

Date: Saturday November 11, 2017

Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Location: Camp Herms, 1100 James Place, El Cerrito, CA.

Dear Pack 1776,

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) is a one-day training event presented by the council that introduces Cub Scout leaders and parents to the skills needed to plan and conduct pack outdoor activities, particularly overnight events and camping. In order for our Pack to attend an overnight event, there must be BALOO trained adults in attendance. As our Webelos II parents leave the Pack, we need more BALOO trained adults to fill this important role. If you enjoy going on overnight camping trips, please register. The pack will reimburse you the cost and your volunteer hours. The next BALOO Training is on November 11, 2017 at Camp Herms, 1100 James Pl, El Cerrito, CA 94530 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  Click here to register.  The registration fees are reimbursable by the Pack upon completion of the training.


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