Upcoming events & Announcements

Upcoming events & Announcements

Category : Featured , News

Hi Pack 197,

I hope your Scouting year is off to a great start! We’ve got a *LOT* of fun things coming your way in the next several weeks, so I wanted to send you a full rundown of everything that’s going on so you don’t miss out on anything important. I know you receive many emails from us, so my hope is that this will be a one-stop-shop for all of the important info you need for the next month or so.


I hope we’ll see you all at the Regatta today! Just a reminder on the time/location: It’s at the pavilion at Heritage Church, 2-5 PM. In addition to the race and prizes, we’ll also have snacks, fun yard games, and music for everyone to enjoy!


If you’d like to buy a Pack 197 shirt or hat, the [url=​​https://westervillepack197.org/product-category/apparel/]Pack 197 Apparel Shop[/url] will be open through Monday. We plan to tie-dye shirts at the Fall Campout, so we recommend purchasing one of the white shirts for that purpose. Also note that our “Pack 197” hats can be worn for all Cub Scout ranks as an alternative to purchasing the BSA uniform hats for each rank.


We kicked-off the Pack 197 Popcorn Sale this week! You can find all of the details in Rob’s email. We unfortunately ran out of order forms and prize info sheets at this week’s meeting, so if your Scout needs one, please reach out to Rob Bryant (rbryant6740@yahoo.com).


Please be sure to renew your Scout’s membership by September 23. See Kristi Tamken’s email for all the details. Our pack will renew its charter with the BSA in October, so it’s important that each Scout and Leader has renewed his or her membership before then.

If you don’t already have one, you can download the 2022/2023 Parent Info Packet here. It includes the annual calendar, contact info, adult code of conduct, and family talent survey. If you haven’t already turned your survey in, I’d love to have those as soon as possible.


On Saturday, September 24th from 10 AM-12 PM, our pack will volunteer to clear some invasive plants out of the natural play area at Highbanks Metropark. We’ll meet near the parking lot by the Natural Play Area.


We’re planning a Pack service project that will serve two important purposes: (1) helping our planet and (2) showing Heritage Church how thankful we are for their support of our program!

We’re planning to collect plastic bags (and other thin plastic) for recycling. If we are able to collect 500 Lbs of bags in a 6-month period, the recycling company will give us a park bench! We’re planning to donate that bench to Heritage, which they may use in their Prayer Garden or elsewhere on the grounds. We’ll start the collection at this month’s Pack meeting!


At September’s Pack Meeting, we’ll focus on getting everyone prepared for the Fall Campout. The AoL Scouts will help us learn about what equipment everyone should bring to campout, the Webelos will cook us a delicious dutch-oven treat, and we’ll learn how to wash our dishes using the BSA’s Three Bucket Method.

Please bring to the meeting: Chairs and simple mess kits for each person. (The mess kits don’t have to be fancy! A bag with plastic plates and forks will do just fine.) Also bring plastic bags for the recycling project!


The Fall Campout is in Hocking Hills this year! It will be Saturday/Sunday (Oct 8-9) for all ranks, plus Webelos/AOL Scouts have the option to stay Friday night as well (Oct 7-9). More information about the Campout will be sent out soon.

Sorry for the encyclopedia-length email – hopefully you’ll find it more helpful than overwhelming. 


 As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions you have. I’m always happy to help!

Yours in Scouting,
Joe Hohman
Pack 197