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Cold Toes 2024, April 20-21st

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Hi Pack 197,

I’m excited to invite you and your family to our upcoming Cold Toes Campout on Saturday, April 20-21. The event will take place at Dragonfly Daycamp, which is part of Highbanks Metro Park.

To celebrate Earth Day, this campout will feature a couple of age-appropriate conservation projects. 🌎🌳 I’m still working out the exact details, but most likely, the older Scouts will help the park clear out some invasive Honeysuckle plants. The younger Scouts will work on a simpler project that doesn’t involve the use of gardening tools 🙂 – most likely making a simple bird feeder and/or wildflower seed pods. We’ll split into two groups, and I’ll let parents choose which activity they deem most appropriate for their families.

In addition to the conservation project, we’ll hand out advancements/awards, play some fun field games, and have a campfire program—starring your Scouts!

Please note that this is not a drop-off event. A trusted adult must accompany all Scouts at all times. Siblings are also welcome to attend.

Please see below for all the details and registration info…

 TIME & LOCATION

Arrival Time: 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 20th
Departure Time: 10:00 AM on Sunday, April 21st
Location: 685 Powell Road, Lewis Center, OH 43035 (https://goo.gl/maps/habZK8bnxatVqqsZA)

Note that you cannot use the main park entrance to access Dragonfly – you must use the entrance noted above.

 BONUS: SUMMER PLANNING SESSION

If you would like to help us plan some fun summer activities for our Scouts, come to the campout early (11:00 AM) for a planning meeting and lunch.

 COST & REGISTRATION

The cost is $5 per person (used to purchase food), and Scouts who achieved the popcorn goal may attend for free. If your Scout is eligible for the free admission, you will receive a coupon code in a separate email.

To register for the event, you can click below and submit a registration for each person attending the campout. Note that you will need to add an item for each participant to your cart. Parents and siblings are also welcome to attend!

https://westervillepack197.org/shop/spring-campout-2024-registration/
(Registration will close on April 18)

 MEDICAL FORMS

If you do not have a medical form on file with the Pack (dated within the past 12 months), you will need to complete parts A & B of the form for each person attending. A physician sign-off is NOT required.

http://www.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-001_AB.pdf

 HELP & SUPPLIES NEEDED

We need every parent’s help to make this campout a success! Please see below for a list of things that we need help with for this campout:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C4CADA72DA1FA7-49041118-spring#

 MEALS

Dinner (tacos or hot dogs) and s’mores will be provided on Saturday night, along with breakfast (pancakes and bacon) on Sunday morning. Please be sure to bring a mess kit (plate & fork) for each person. We will have food options to accommodate gluten and nut allergies. Please reply and let me know if you have any other dietary concerns.

 RECOMMENDED GEAR

See this page for a full list of recommended gear: https://westervillepack197.org/2023/04/2023-cold-toes-campout/ If you don’t have a tent, sleeping bags, or other camping gear, just let us know! Many families in the Pack have extra gear that they don’t mind lending out.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at the Cold Toes Campout. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Yours in Scouting,
Joe Hohman
Cubmaster


2023 – Cold Toes campout SUCCESS

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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

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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


2022 – Cold Toes campout – SUCCESS

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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.


July 2022 – Day Camp (early bird price ends Mar 31)

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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,
Sarah O’Bryan
Cubmaster


Pack 197 Fall Campout 10/2 weekend = AMAZING!!!

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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.
through
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.

Pay & Register online:
Saturday-Sunday
Friday-Sunday
Reservation closes EOD Monday, Sept. 27.

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,
Sarah O’Bryan
Cubmaster, Pack 197


Cold Toes is Back!

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Saturday April 17th, 2p-7p @ Camp Lazarus

Hello Scouting Families,

We are SO excited to announce that we will be back at Camp Lazarus for Cold Toes this Spring. While this year’s plans may look a little different, we still have plenty to look forward to. Enclosed is a flyer with preliminary details, with more to follow as the date approaches.

Yours in Scouting,
Stephanie Stevens


2020 Cold Toes Campout: April 18 – Virtual campfire!

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


2019 Fall Campout

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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.
through
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:
Saturday-Sunday
Friday-Sunday
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.