Hi Pack 197,
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.
• An empty 2-Liter soda bottle for each Scout in your family.
• Folding Chairs
• Drinking Water
• Field Uniform (Class A)
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,
When: May 15th 5:30-8pm
Where: Westerville Community Center – Maple Rooms
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)
youth (5-12): $9 pp
toddlers (2-4): $3 pp
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 email@example.com if you need assistance)
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.
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
10:00 lights out
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.
Flashlight with extra batteries
Lightweight hiking boots or hiking shoes
Tall hiking socks
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
Scout t-shirt for hot weather
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
Day pack/small backpack (for scouts going on a hike)
Rain fly for tent (unless it’s built-in)
Full set of tent stakes
Tarp or tent footprint
Battery pump instead of AC powered.
Pocket knife (scouts must have Whittling Chip with them and follow its rules).
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.
Hello Pack 197!
Registration is open for Cub Scout Day Camp. The early bird deadline to save an extra $20 per Scout ends on March 31, and must be paid in full by that date.
We are in Polaris District which is the week of July 11-15.
Here is a link to sign up: https://scoutingevent.com/441-2022_Polaris_DC
Day Camp is run with volunteers. Please take a look at your schedule and consider registering yourself as an “adult participant.” We can work out a schedule among the dens to share adult supervision for the kids – at least 2 adult leaders per den each day. If you are registering an incoming Tiger/1st, you must have an adult with your Scout every day.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Yours in Scouting,
Race Day Schedule
Saturday February 5th
***IMPORTANT: Car Check-In/Registration Is Now ON SATURDAY***
Due to the high likelihood of bad weather tomorrow, we are proactively moving the race check-in to Saturday morning at 10:00 AM. We’d recommend arriving as close to 10 AM as possible to make sure we have enough time to get everyone registered.
Race Day Volunteers Needed!
We still have some volunteer positions open for race day. Please take a moment to see what’s available and sign-up to help!
Race Day Schedule
10:00 AM – Car Registration
11:00 AM – Design Voting, Concessions Open
12:00 PM – Racing Begins
2:00 PM – Awards & Clean-Up
We plan to stream the race on Zoom for any family members who can’t attend in person. You can share the link and passcode below to give others access the live stream:
Meeting ID: 871 5467 3317
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 2022 PWD Team
Hello Pack 197 Families!
It’s here! Our first family hike of the new Scouting year!
4856 Red Bank Rd, Galena, OH 43021
WHEN: Saturday Sept 18th @ 10:00 am
Once a month, we have a hike (or other fun activity) to allow your whole family to enjoy Scouting together. It’s meant to be a casual and fun social opportunity for our community to get to know each other better.
This month we have a gem that’s “hidden in plain sight!” It’s not far from our immediate area, but isn’t well known. It’s a beautiful trail that’s not as well traveled as some of our Metro Parks.
Our plan is to hike about 1.2 miles.
Some things to keep in mind for Saturday:
1) We do have to cross Red Bank Rd to access the preserve. Park at the Twin Bridges boat ramp and escort your Scouts to the entrance.
2) This trail definitely has some rocks and some areas with water nearby. Be sure to wear shoes that you are comfortable with getting a little wet or dirty.
3) Pants or long socks are recommended if you are sensitive to poison ivy. It’s not necessarily on the trail currently, but it is nearby in some areas.
Pack 197 Fall Campout Details
Who is invited?
The fall campout is for Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos and Arrow of Light Scouts and their families. Lion Cub Scouts may attend if they are siblings.
When is the camp out?
Saturday, Oct. 2 at 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 3 at 10:00 a.m.
*Optional (Webelos/AoLs only): Friday, Oct. 1 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 Sarah O’Bryan know of any allergies or health concerns.
Where are we camping?
Camp Falling Rock
12637 Houdeshell Dr.
St. Louisville, Ohio 43071
Click Here for Directions
What do we bring?
1. BSA Health Form A/B for ALL Participants (Scouts, Parent/Guardians, Siblings) is REQUIRED. I will have some copies available at the Den meeting on Monday at Heritage if you do not have access to a printer and we do not have one on file.
2. Camping Gear – For more details on what to pack, please visit the pack website here.
Our Arrow of Light Scouts will be sharing some camping tips and demonstrations at our Pack meeting on Monday, Sept. 27. For questions, please reply to this email or reach out to Sarah O’Bryan at 913.226.8596. I hope you can join us for this fun event!
Yours in Scouting,
Cubmaster, Pack 197
WHAT: August Family Hike
WHEN: August 14th @10am
WHERE: Glacier Ridge Metro Park
We’ll get some energy out on the cedar play
structure with ropes and a zip line, hiking through
the natural play area, giving disc golf a try, and making
our way through a half mile obstacle course!
Pack 197 – Raingutter Regatta
Hello Parents and Leaders,
The annual Pack 197 Raingutter Regatta race is scheduled for Saturday, August 21 from 3-5p.m. This is such a fun summer event that includes the trimaran race and a potluck.
Purchase a regatta boat. We have 15’ish boats that can be paid for in cash or PayPal me and picked up at the O’Bryan house. The boats are $6.00 each. Regatta boats can also be purchased from the Scout Store or online. The Scout Shop is located at 807 Kinnear Road.
Scouts shape and finish/paint the boat according to their design and instructions (see attached tips). This is A LOT easier than pinewood derby cars. Sign up to bring a potluck dish on this sign up genius, TBD. Bring a gallon or other large jug of water to help fill the raingutters. Siblings can participate in a separate race at the end. Come on to have a great time!
Looking forward to seeing everyone. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah O’Bryan.
TRAINING HINTS from former cubs …… HERE!
What: Pack 197 Raingutter Regatta
Where: Freeman Park, 6460 Freeman Rd. Westerville, OH 43082
When: Saturday, August 21st from 3-5 p.m.
Categories: Scouting, Food, Sports, Character (tv/movie/cartoon/comic), Other
Uniform: Activity Uniform (Class B – any Pack 197 or Scouting shirt)