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November Service Projects: Scouting For Food and Pack Meeting = SUCCESS!

Hi Pack 197 Parents,

I wanted to extend my gratitude to everyone who participated in our Election Day service project. Pastor John from Heritage expressed his appreciation, saying, “We REALLY appreciate your partnership in serving our citizens.”

In the spirit of thankfulness, we have two more service opportunities this month: Scouting for Food and our November Pack Meeting.

Scouting For Food
We are partnering with WARM’s (Westerville Area Resource Ministry) food pantry to help individuals in our community facing food insecurity. There are two ways to participate:

• Join us for our “Fill A Tent” food drive at Fresh Thyme grocery store on November 18 from 10 AM – 3 PM. You can sign up for a time slot here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D48AEA62DA7F5CF8-45950855-2023#/

• Collect shelf-stable food from your neighborhood. We will distribute empty grocery bags with a list of items that WARM is requesting at next week’s den meeting. You can pass those bags out to your neighbors. The note on the bag will ask the recipient to fill it and place it on their front porch on a specific date. Before you pass out the bags, you’ll want to write in a date that works for you; then you’ll pick up the food and bring it to the Pack Meeting on November 28.

You are invited to participate in either (or both) of these opportunities. Any Scout who does will be eligible to receive a Scouting for Food patch!

November Pack Meeting
Our Pack Meeting on November 28 will feature a hands-on service project. We’re partnering with Seeds of Caring to provide Compassion Kits for unhoused youth. The goal is for Scouts to gain empathy for folks without a place to call home, and then use their helping hands to write notes of caring and assemble compassion kits. The meeting will be held at 6:30 PM at the Heritage Church main auditorium (the large room downstairs by the main entrance).

Please mark your calendars for these fun and meaningful opportunities to serve!

Yours in Scouting,
Joe Hohman
Cubmaster
Pack 197


2023 Pumpkin Race! (Tues 10/24) = SUCCESS!!!

It’s almost time for our Pack’s annual Pumpkin Race! This event is always a crowd favorite. Here’s how it works: Each Scout decorates a pumpkin, puts it on wheels (think: Tonka trucks, skateboards, plywood with casters, etc.), and cheers as it races down a 4’ ramp and (hopefully) careens into the back wall! Scouts will also have an opportunity to vote for their favorite racer designs.

STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW…

🎉 Friends & siblings are welcome!
This year’s Pumpkin Race will be a “Bring a Friend” event! That means any siblings or friends in grades K-5 are welcome to build their own Pumpkin Racer and have fun with us! Please tell your friends and family about this fun and free event! (Feel free to forward this email or share our social media posts.)

✅ The race itself is not competitive, and there are only two rules for your racer:

1. Make sure the wheelbase is no more than 18” wide (otherwise it won’t fit on the ramp)
2. DO. NOT. CARVE. THE. PUMPKIN. (otherwise it will almost certainly explode into a disaster of apocalyptic proportions when it hits the wall …or so I’ve been told)
Find more information on our Pack website!

🏆 Trophies will be awarded for the best racer designs in the following categories:

– Video games
– Scouting
– Favorite Books
– Food
– Spooky
– Everything Else

🙋‍♂️ Parent volunteers are needed to help with the event!
We need people to help with set-up, decor, registration, voting, and “pumpkin running”. Sign-up here:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C4CADA72DA1FA7-45130747-2023

👻 Wear a costume!
Everyone is welcome to wear their Scout-appropriate Halloween costumes to the event! (Please, nothing too scary!)

🗓 Event Schedule
The race is Tuesday, October 24 from 6-8 PM at Heritage Church. (The event is in Room 230, the large room upstairs where we traditionally hold Pack meetings.)

5:30 PM – Set-up Begins (Sign-up to help!)
6:00 PM – Arrival & Registration
6:30 PM – Welcome, Awards, & Design Voting
7:00 PM – Racing Begins
7:30 PM – Design Awards
7:45 PM – Clean-Up
8:00 PM – Dismissed


Ice Cream social – 7/20/23 @ DQ @ 6:30pm

🍦

We also have a fun Summer meet-up this Wednesday evening

We’ll meet at the Westerville Dairy Queen at 6:30. After grabbing some ice cream, we’ll head over to Hanby Park (the one behind the library with the splash pad and cool climbing structure). I hope to see you there!


2023 – Cold Toes campout SUCCESS

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Category : Activities , Camping , News

When: April 22th, 1:00pm – April 23th, 10:00am

Where: Dragonfly Day Camp – Highbanks Metro Park

685 West Powell Road, Lewis Center, 43035

Ranger contact:  614-906-3149

To help offset the cost of this event, fee is $5 per camper by 4/18/2022.

If you have a popcorn discount code for your Scout, you can enter it in the coupon code box. Pay online HERE.


DETAILS

The Pack 197 annual Cold Toes campout will be here before you know it! Please email your Den Leader if you have questions.

Note: The event agenda is subject to change.

Saturday

2:00-3:00 Campers and families arrive and set up camp
3:00-3:15 Flag ceremony
3:15-5:30 Den Activities/Skit planning
5:30-7:00 Dinner/Free time for scouts
7:00-8:30 Camp Fire/Skits/Songs
8:30-10:00 Cracker-barrel
10:00 lights out

Sunday
7:30-10:00 Breakfast and teardown
9:00am – Optional non-denominational service

Your Den Leaders may have activities planned in order to help all of our Scouts reach their goal of completing rank by Blue and Gold.


Please make sure the Pack has a copy of the BSA medical forms, both parts A & B. Both adults and Scouts need to have these forms to attend camp. 

Recommended Gear
Medications
Toothbrush, toothpaste
Flashlight with extra batteries
Lightweight hiking boots or hiking shoes
Tall hiking socks
Pack hat

Lip balm
Sunscreen
Folding chair
Reusable plate, silverware and cup (mess kit)
Shovel, if you have one
Gardening gloves, optional

Layers of clothes for weather
Rain jacket or sturdy poncho
Warm jacket or vest
Long pants
Long-sleeve shirt
Scout t-shirt for hot weather
Thermal underwear

Sleeping
Soft cap (hoodie might be OK)
Sleeping bag, rated 20 degrees colder than lowest forecasted temperature
Sleeping pad or an air mattress, with battery pump
Water bottle
Day pack/small backpack (for scouts going on a hike)
Tent
Rain fly for tent (unless it’s built-in)
Full set of tent stakes
Tarp or tent footprint
Battery pump instead of AC powered.

Optional
Gloves
Hiking stick
Pocket knife (scouts must have Whittling Chip with them and follow its rules).

Note:
Scouts should not bring or play on any portable video games or other electronic devices.
Please contact your Den Leader if you need to leave early before the event.


Pack 197 – Summer Camp Options

Category : Activities , Camping , News

Hi Cub Scout Parents,

As summer approaches, I wanted to let you know about the two summer camp options available to your Scouts: Day Camp and Resident Camp.


☀️ DAY CAMP

Open to all Cub Scouts, Day Camp is a great way for Scouts to experience the fun of camp without having to spend the night away from home. Your Scout will participate in a variety of activities like archery, BB-guns, field sports, nature, arts and crafts. Day Camp will be held from July 10-14 at Camp Lazarus.

Learn more: https://scoutingevent.com/441-2023_Polaris_DayCamp_Lazarus
Cost: $100 per youth (until March 31), $15 per adult

Important Info & Registration:

1. We ask that every parent who sends a Scout to day camp volunteer for at least one day. You will be able to register yourself and choose your availability during the online registration process.
2. Scouts entering 1st grade (current Lion Scouts) MUST have a trusted adult in attendance with them at camp at all times.
3. When registering, be sure to select your Scout’s next year rank. (i.e. if they are currently a Tiger, choose Wolf)
4. After completing the registration form (https://scoutingevent.com/441-64814-163375), please forward your confirmation email to me (jhohman@gmail.com). I will keep an updated roster of who is attending camp from our Pack.



🏕 RESIDENT CAMP

Resident Camp is open to current Bear and Webelos Scouts. Resident Camp is a 3-night, 4-day camping experience where Scouts will participate in a variety of outdoor activities, such as fishing, creeking, campfires, and tons more! Resident Camp will be held from July 30 – August 2 at Cub World Adventure Camp (part of Camp Friedlander, located near Cincinnati).

Learn more: https://danbeard.org/webelos-camp/

Cost: $285 per youth, $100 per adult (until April 30)

Important Info & Registration:

1. We prefer that each Scout has a parent or guardian present, however, adult attendance is not required. (Adults must complete the online Youth Protection Training prior to arrival at camp.)
2. When completing your online registration (https://mycouncil.danbeard.org/Event/12860), choose the option to register as an individual. When asked for your Home Unit, select “Simon Kenton Council” and enter unit number 3197. When asked for your Sleeping Accommodation, choose “No Preference” to camp with our group.
3. After completing the registration form, please forward your confirmation email to me (jhohman@gmail.com). I will keep an updated roster of who is going.
4. Resident camp requires parts A, B, and C of the BSA Medical Forms for each participant (including adults), which does require a pre-camp physical exam.



Both Day Camp and Resident Camp offer opportunities for Scouts to develop new skills, make new friends, and create lasting memories. They’re also a great opportunity to get a head start on earning next year’s rank badge! We encourage you to consider both options and discuss with your Scout which camp experience(s) would be the best fit for them.

If you have any questions regarding either camp option, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Yours in Scouting,
Joe Hohman
Cubmaster
Pack 197

2023 – Pinewood Derby FLOW

Car Building Clinic -–

January 21, 2023:  9am – 12pm Dircksen Basement

Come have your car designed and cut by experts near the field! Chat about race strategies and tactics, all needed to ensure a amazing time for the Scouts!

Don’t forget to bring your car kits!

(300 E College Ave, Westerville, OH 43081)

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B45A9AE2CABF58-pinewood

What an amazing turnout, and success! Thanks to all the leaders!


— Pre-Race & Race Day –-

(pre-race) February 3th, 2023

Car Check-In/Registration – February 3th, 2023: 5pm – 7pm

To avoid long lines on race day, we will be checking in cars early – on Friday Febrary 3rd between 5pm – 7pm at Heritage.

(Race Day) February 4th, 2023

RACE DAY FOOD: PreOrder here!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdxnsBe-mxhFIgOmMXUNWupPvwiJaLg5Acu7gU_Rl8hhYnrHg/viewform

When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm

  • Outlaw race and design voting 10am – 11:30am

Where: Room 230 at the Heritage Christian church

Car Registration number will be used during anonymous voting for the best design and computer tracking for race results. Car must display registration number on the front.

We need your help!
Please help us make this year’s Pinewood Derby a success!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B45A9AE2CABF58-202223

Race Rules
Please note that the axles, wheels, and car body must be made from the standard BSA kit provided to scouts. Also, your car must weigh 5.0 ounces or less. See the pack website for the full list of rules.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out. See you Saturday!

Yours in Scouting,
Joe Hohman & The 2023 PWD Team



(8/30/22) is LAUNCH DAY! WELCOME BACK!

Hi Pack 197,

2019 prior Launch Day

Next Tuesday (8/30) is LAUNCH DAY – and I hope you’re ready to BLAST into the Scouting year! Please join us outside at Heritage (in the East parking lot area) from 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM. We’ll plan to start promptly at 6:30 PM, so please be sure to arrive a little early so you don’t miss out on any of the fun!

While the Scouts are building their rockets, I’m planning to hold a brief parent meeting where Jacob Dircksen (our new Committee Chair) and I will talk through some details for the year.

SUPPLIES & SET-UP HELPERS

We need some supplies to complete our rocket builds (duct tape, craft supplies, etc.) as well as some people to help set-up at 6:00 PM. Please sign-up here if you’re able to help.

PLEASE BRING

• An empty 2-Liter soda bottle for each Scout in your family.
• Folding Chairs
• Drinking Water
• Field Uniform (Class A)

RAINGUTTER REGATTA

Please save the date for the Raingutter Regatta on September 17th (2-5 PM)! If you’d like to purchase a sailboat kit online, you can pick it up at the pack meeting.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I’m looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday!

Yours in Scouting,
Joe Hohman
Cubmaster
Pack 197


Blue and Gold Celebration

Category : News , Pack Activities

When: May 15th 5:30-8pm

Where: Westerville Community Center – Maple Rooms

Details

This is our Blue & Gold Celebration to recognize our Scouts for completing their rank awards and other accomplishments during the 2021-22 Scout year!

We are hosting the event in the Maple Room at the Westerville Community Center. Tickets will be available for purchase to bring the whole family, including extended family. Dinner is being catered by City Barbeque and there will be entertainment by Juggler, Matt Jergens. It’s going to be spectacular!


Fees (pay here)

adults: $13

youth (5-12): $9 pp

toddlers (2-4): $3 pp 


2022 – Cold Toes campout – SUCCESS

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Category : Activities , Camping , News

When: April 9th, 2:00pm – April 10th, 10:00am

Where: Camp Otter Run – 7647 Co Rd 144, East Liberty, OH 43319

To help offset the cost of this event, fee is $10 per camper by 4/4/2022.

If you have a popcorn discount code for your Scout, you can enter it in the coupon code box. Pay online here. (Registration is closed – contact cubmaster@westervillepack197.org if you need assistance)


DETAILS

The Pack 197 annual Cold Toes campout will be here before you know it! Please email Sarah O’Bryan or your Den Leader if you have questions.

Note: The event agenda is subject to change.

Saturday
2:00-3:00 Campers and families arrive and set up camp
3:00-3:15 Flag ceremony
3:15-4:15 Conservation project/tree planting
4:15-5:30 Den Activities/Skit planning
5:30-7:00 Dinner/Free time for scouts
7:00-8:00 Campfire/Skits/Songs
8:00-10:00 Cracker-barrel
10:00 lights out

Sunday
7:30-10:00 Breakfast and teardown
9:00am – Optional non-denominational service

Your Den Leaders may have activities planned in order to help all of our Scouts reach their goal of completing rank by Blue and Gold.


Please make sure the Pack has a copy of the BSA medical forms, both parts A & B. Both adults and Scouts need to have these forms to attend camp. 

Recommended Gear
Medications
Toothbrush, toothpaste
Flashlight with extra batteries
Lightweight hiking boots or hiking shoes
Tall hiking socks
Pack hat

Lip balm
Sunscreen
Folding chair
Reusable plate, silverware and cup (mess kit)
Shovel, if you have one
Gardening gloves, optional

Layers of clothes for weather
Rain jacket or sturdy poncho
Warm jacket or vest
Long pants
Long-sleeve shirt
Scout t-shirt for hot weather
Thermal underwear

Sleeping
Soft cap (hoodie might be OK)
Sleeping bag, rated 20 degrees colder than lowest forecasted temperature
Sleeping pad or an air mattress, with battery pump
Water bottle
Day pack/small backpack (for scouts going on a hike)
Tent
Rain fly for tent (unless it’s built-in)
Full set of tent stakes
Tarp or tent footprint
Battery pump instead of AC powered.

Optional
Gloves
Hiking stick
Pocket knife (scouts must have Whittling Chip with them and follow its rules).

Note:
Scouts should not bring or play on any portable video games or other electronic devices.
Otter Run parking lot is small and we will need to park cars in such a way that some will not be able to move until everyone leaves. Please contact Sarah if you need to leave early before the event.