Category Archives: Activities

2020 Cold Toes Campout: April 18 – Virtual campfire!

Category : Camping , Pack Activities

In lieu of a Cold Toes Campout this Saturday, we’ll be having our very first Cold Toes Virtual Campfire!

April 18
6:00-7:00

zoom meeting – check your email for the zoom info.

If it is nice outside, feel free to start a safe fire in the back yard and enjoy the evening.

We’ll be having some stories and songs and some skits … and mostly we’ll be having FUN!!!!

Should you have any questions, please reach out to me via email or text me.

Joyfully.

-Nathan


2020 Race Day!

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

Follow race results online at: https://derbynet.westervillepack197.org/derbynet/

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!!!!


sample derby kit

2020 Pinewood Derby Clinic

WHEN: On Saturday, JANUARY 11th, 2020.

WHERE: The Point is at 60 Collegeview Rd. There is ample parking.

Is this your first Pinewood Derby with the pack? Don’t worry, we got you covered! On January 11th we are holding a Pinewood Derby Clinic at The Point at Otterbein. Scouts can draw the cuts they want on their block of wood and our experts at The Point will make the cuts for the scouts with their state of the art cutting machines. Don’t freeze out in your garage with some rusty old saw, come to The Point! It is HEATED!!!!!

Pinewood Derby Clinic Signup – Please sign up for one of the cutting time slots. We will also have Room 122 available for you to sand your car after the cut or ask one of our Derby Experts to answer any questions you might have about the event.

This in an opportunity for our Scouts to get some assistance working on their cars. We’ll have a limited number of design concepts available for the Scouts to choose from, or they are welcome to bring their own ideas. We will have tools for the Scouts to cut out and sand their cars, as well as drill holes for weights. Weights will be available for purchase at the event. Please keep in mind that the cars will not be complete as we won’t be painting or installing wheels. Please also remind your Scouts that we will have a limited amount of time available so we won’t be able to help with overly complex designs.

Clinic Parent Volunteers Signup – Volunteers are needed! Please let Chris Smiley know if you can help. If you can spare an hour (or two!) please signup using the link above. We need help at our check in table and in room 122.

Check out the Pinewood Derby page for more race information!


2020 Pinewood Derby

The 2020 Event

When: Saturday, February 15th, 2020.
Where: Room 230 at the Heritage Christian church.
Registration starts at 10:30 AM.
Registration closes at 11:30 AM.
Voting for the best design will begin after registration closes.
Car registration number will be used during anonymous voting for the best design and computer tracking of race results. Cars must display registration numbers on the front.

Head over to the Pinewood Derby page for all of the details and rules!


2019 Cabela’s Bell Ringing

Good morning Pack 197 parents,

We will be participating in our annual bell ringing with the Salvation Army at Cabela’s on Saturday, December 14th. This is a fun opportunity for the pack to provide a valuable service to the community during the holidays.

When: Saturday, December 14th From 9am – 3pm
Where: Cabelas 1650 Gemini Pl Columbus OH 43240.
What To Bring: Class A Uniforms. Dress in layers as it can be chilly

How To Register: Up to two scouts can register for each 30 minute slot using the sign-up below.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044AAAA623A7FB6-cabelas1

This is not a drop-off event. Parents will need to remain with their scouts.

Yours in Scouting,
Rob Bryant
Pack 197 Cubmaster


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 – https://forms.gle/WqkySRzKLF8XXui49

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.

Nathan

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


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