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2020 Race Day!

We made it! Finish up those last minute adjustments on your car, today is race day!!!

Follow race results online at:

Attached find our menu of great concession items available for purchase. Cash only. Proceeds benefit Troop 197.

Your last minute instructions are attached. We have opened up check in a little earlier for those of you who have some sporting events tomorrow morning. Check In will begin at 9:30AM. Please see the attached document on our 3 Step check in process. We encourage you to come early. If everyone comes at 11:15 to check in, it may cause delays.

I have also attached a schedule of how the race will progress.

See you on the track!!!!

IMPORTANT – November Pack Meeting Location Change

Good evening, Pack 197 families –

As it is listed on the calendar, next Monday’s Pack meeting will take place at the Westerville Public Library at 7:00. (Plan to arrive by 6:45 because parking will be at a premium, and we’ll have everyone sign in to know their breakout room.)

This will be a fun evening behind the scenes at the library, and, MOST IMPORTANTLY, we’ll get to see the super cool book return sorting machine from the OTHER SIDE! I’ve seen it a few times, and it is VERY COOL!

Space is a consideration, so we’ll be moving through four different stations. (All parents must accompany their children during the meeting.)

In order to make this as efficient as possible, please RSVP through this link –

You’ll fill out your name, the name of your Scout(s), and a contact email and phone number. Siblings are encouraged to attend, and this is why we need everyone to fill out the form.

Please fill out the form by Friday evening at 9:00 p.m. so we can plan accordingly for Monday.

Have a super week.


Pack 197 Assistant Cubmaster

2019 Popcorn Pickup

Category : Activities , News

Help unload popcorn and Pickup on Wednesday – or just Pickup Thursday/Friday

Thanks to everyone for supporting our scouts in your and your scouts sales efforts! It’s time to get your popcorn!

Bring your scout to help unload the popcorn truck on Wednesday and pickup popcorn. I can use all the help I can get! We’ll be unloading the truck and then distributing popcorn to everyone who’s there. I plan to arrive with the truck by 6:30 (with a little cooperation by the evening traffic), so show up at 6:30 and we’ll begin unloading. With some extra hands, it shouldn’t take long for us to sort the cases of popcorn and begin distribution.

If you’re not helping on Wednesday, show up anytime Thursday or Friday evening from 6:00pm to 8:30pm, no appointment needed to pickup your popcorn. Can’t make it on those evenings? Contact Jon Zygmunt to arrange for a pickup appointment Thursday or Friday afternoon. Still can’t make it? Ask a friend or check with your den leader

Pickup Location: check email

What happens next?
-Popcorn prizes have been ordered. I don’t yet know when they’ll be delivered, but I’ll be distributing them shortly after I get them

If you have any questions, please contact this year’s Popcorn Kernel, Jon Zygmunt or check with your Den Leader.

Yours in scouting,
Jon Zygmunt
Popcorn Kernel

2019 Scouting for Food Details (updated)

Good evening Pack 197 parents,

We will be participating in our annual Scouting For Food drive in partnership with Troop 197. Rather than distribute bags on a Saturday (we have historically struggled with participation on distribution), we are distributing bags this Thursday, November 14th from 7pm-8pm.

When: Thursday, November 14th
Where: Meet At Alcott Elementary At 6:45pm. We will distribute bags from 7pm-8pm.
What To Bring: Dress for the weather, bring flashlights.

This is not a drop-off event. We will canvass neighborhoods by dens and parents are required to stay with their cubs. We need participation from all of the families in Pack 197 in order to make this event successful, which is again why we are distributing bags on a date and time where we would normally meet.

We are planning on picking up bags on Sunday, November 17th in the afternoon, but time still TBD. This is to avoid conflict with University of Scouting on Saturday, November 16th.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out to me or your Den Leader.

Thank you for your quick attention to this matter.

Yours in Scouting,
Rob Bryant
Pack 197 Cubmaster

Fee Increase – Payment Due 11/30

Category : News

Following up on Bob’s announcement at the Pumpkin Race, BSA recently announced an increase to the fee to be collected from the Pack for each Cub Scout for 2020. Here is some information and FAQ’s from BSA. Unfortunately this increase came after fees for 2019-20 were collected during annual registration.

We are asking each of you to go to the Pack 197 website shop and pay the additional $27 increase for your Scout dues no later than Nov. 30, 2019.

The Pack 197 Committee is concerned about retention and hardship issues caused by this increase. If you would like to discuss this further, please reach out to me to talk about some options.

I have also had some questions from the Den Leaders, that I thought were worthy of sharing to the Pack as well:

Q: Is this for this scout year or next?
A: It’s for 2020. We, as a pack, collect scout dues on the school calendar year, but BSA collects them from us on the annual calendar year.

For example, my daughter, Maggie, who is new to scouting this year, paid $116 total. Here is the breakdown of those fees:

  • $13.75 for Aug-Dec 2019 to BSA
  • $60 for Jan-Dec 2020 to BSA
  • $12 to Simon Kenton Council
  • $30.25 goes to our pack for belt loops, rank awards and patches, den activities, website fees, pack programming like the Pinewood Derby, etc.

Returning scouts pay $14 less because they are only paying for the following calendar year.

Q: For AOL’s, does the annual registration fee and payment follow the scout to their troop if they choose to continue?
A; Yes, your dues will cover your BSA membership through Dec. 2020. Your troop will likely collect dues to help cover the costs for merit badges, rank advancement, and other incidentals, just like we do and that may be immediately upon crossover, but your BSA registration fees will be paid through Dec. 2020.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out to me, Rob Bryant, Bob O’Bryan or your Den Leader.

Thank you for your quick attention to this matter.

Yours in Scouting,
Sarah O’Bryan
Pack 197 Membership

2019 Scouting for Food

“A Scout is Helpful. “

Be on the lookout for details for the Pack’s participation in the Scouting for Food service project.

We are planning on distributing bags during the November 11th den meetings from 7pm-8pm and meet at Alcott Elementary for route assignments. We would then pick up the bags on Sunday, November 17th in the afternoon to avoid conflicting with University of Scouting on 11/16.

Feel free to shoot me an email with questions or chat with Nathan Ericson or Russ Leadbetter.

Yours In Scouting,
Rob Bryant

2019 Pumpkin Race!

Pack 197 Families, below are the categories for this years Pumpkin Race. Is is largely unchanged from previous years, but we introduced Halloween as a category in lieu of a Pokémon only category.

1) Scouting
2) Pokémon/Cartoons/Super Heroes/Movies/Video Games
3) Animals/Nature
4) Halloween
5) Other

More details on the race can be found on our pack website:

Yours In Scouting,

Rob Bryant
Cubmaster, Pack 197

ABC Meal Packing

Pack 197 will be serving Heritage Christian Church, our chartering organization, with its yearly ABC Meal Packing event.

What’s Happening? /// We’ll be helping fill and package many thousand dry goods meals for families in need. The dry goods being packaged will be rice, beans, and several other powdered nutrients. They are measured out, and then sealed in quart-size plastic bags for distribution to families. Scouts will be shown how to measure everything, and then will work in teams of six to fill each quart-sized bag.

Who’s Invited? // All Scouts, parents, and older siblings are invited to participate. Due to the nature of keeping a clean food packing station, non-school-aged siblings will wait in the lobby of the church with parents. Pack 197 Scouts have participated in this event the last two years, and it is a very tangible way to see service efforts come to fruition in a very short morning.

When? /// October 12 from 9:00-10:30 — We’ll meet in the church lobby as a group at 8:50.

Where? /// Heritage Christian Church — The same place we have Scouts!

Why? /// To support our Chartering Organization. To serve others. To have fun!

Other Details ///

– Scouts will wear gloves and hairnets while packaging food. If there are any allergies to food preparation/medical gloves, please check in with me about substitutes.

– Parents are requested to stay on-site and participate alongside their Scouts during the service project.

– Please wear your Activity Uniform (uniform shirt), and be ready to have fun!

Families are welcome to show up the morning of the event. However, if you definitely plan on coming, please notify Nathan Ericson.

-Nathan, Assistant Cubmaster

Popcorn Sales Start Saturday 9/14

Category : News

Popcorn Sales Start Saturday 9/14!

Our fundraising program starts this Saturday, September 14! If you missed our popcorn sale kickoff last night, attached you’ll find key information to get your scout started on selling popcorn. This fundraiser is our primary method of funding our pack’s activities.
We need you and your scout’s help raising funds to support our pack!

Attached you’ll find:
Popcorn Order Form – Use this to take orders and see many of the prizes available
Parent Information Sheet – Everything you need to know on how to participate in the popcorn sale program, including additional prizes and incentives for your scout
Popcorn Sale Kickoff – A cliff-notes edition of this year’s kickoff in slide-deck format

Highlights of what’s new this year:
-Submit your order online (don’t turn in your order form) at
-Free shipping for online orders
-New Chocolate Covered Pretzels

If you have any questions, please contact this year’s Popcorn Kernel, Jon Zygmunt or check with your Den Leader.

Yours in scouting,
Jon Zygmunt
Popcorn Kernel

2019 Fall Campout

Category : Activities , Camping , News

You are cordially invited to the Pack 197 Fall Campout. New location this year at the beautiful Camp Otter Run!

Pack 197 Fall Campout Details

Who is invited?
The fall campout is for Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos and Arrow of Light Scouts and their parents/guardians/siblings. Lion cub scouts may attend if they are siblings.

When is the camp out?
Saturday, Sept. 28 at 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 29 at 10:00 a.m.

*Optional (Webelos/AoLs only): Friday, Sept. 27 at 6:00 p.m. for an additional fee

What is the cost?
$10 per person for Sat-Sun 
Includes: Saturday Dinner, Evening S’mores, Sunday Breakfast & Camp Fees

$15 per person for Fri-Sun (Webelos/AoL only) 
Includes: Friday Cracker Barrel, Saturday Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Evening S’mores, Sunday Breakfast & Camp Fees

*Please let your Den Leader know of any allergies or health concerns.

Pay & Register online:
Reservation closes Monday, Sept. 23.

Where are we camping?
Camp Otter Run 
7647 County Rd 144
East Liberty, Ohio 43319
Click Here for Directions

What do we bring?
1. Health Form A/B for ALL Participants (Scouts, Parent/Guardians, Siblings) – This MUST be turned in to your Den leader before you arrive, or as soon as you get to camp. Form can be downloaded here.

2. Camping Gear – For more details on what to pack, please visit the pack website here.

For questions, please reply to this email or reach out to Sarah O’Bryan.


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