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Cold Toes campout – LAST CALL

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Hi Parents,
Last call to register for Saturday’s campout to allow sufficient time to buy the food. The weather forecast pairs great with the dinner menu–grilled cheese and chicken noodle soup! We will continue to monitor the weather but at this point, plan on chilly and damp camping overnight. That means dress in layers and bring a dry change of clothes. There is a large open shelter in case it rains during the day (see attached map).


First of all, if you haven’t registered yet, please do so as soon as possible. We plan to keep registration open through Tuesday. To register, click here:
(Note: you will need to add a separate “item” for each participant.)


We’re also having a Summer Planning session at the camp at 11:00 AM on Saturday. Lunch will be provided for those attending the planning meeting, so please let me know if you plan to be there, as well as any food restrictions you have, so I can be sure we have lunch for you.


Arrival Time: 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 22nd
Departure Time: 11:00 AM on Sunday, April 23rd
Location: 685 Powell Road, Lewis Center, OH 43035 (


Dinner and s’mores will be provided on Saturday night, along with breakfast on Sunday morning. Please be sure to bring a mess kit (plate, bowl, fork, & spoon) for each person. We will have food to accommodate gluten, dairy, and nut allergies. If there are any other dietary concerns, please reply and let me know. I’d be glad to share the menu with you and work through any allergy issues.

Thank you,
Jacob Dircksen

MAP is << HERE >>

2023 – Cold Toes campout

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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.


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.


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

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

Lip balm
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

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)
Rain fly for tent (unless it’s built-in)
Full set of tent stakes
Tarp or tent footprint
Battery pump instead of AC powered.

Hiking stick
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.
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.


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:
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 (, please forward your confirmation email to me ( I will keep an updated roster of who is attending camp from our Pack.


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:

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 (, 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 ( 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
Pack 197

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