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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


Fee Increase – Payment Due 11/30

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Following up on Bob’s announcement at the Pumpkin Race, BSA recently announced an increase to the fee to be collected from the Pack for each Cub Scout for 2020. Here is some information and FAQ’s from BSA. Unfortunately this increase came after fees for 2019-20 were collected during annual registration.

We are asking each of you to go to the Pack 197 website shop and pay the additional $27 increase for your Scout dues no later than Nov. 30, 2019.

The Pack 197 Committee is concerned about retention and hardship issues caused by this increase. If you would like to discuss this further, please reach out to me to talk about some options.

I have also had some questions from the Den Leaders, that I thought were worthy of sharing to the Pack as well:

Q: Is this for this scout year or next?
A: It’s for 2020. We, as a pack, collect scout dues on the school calendar year, but BSA collects them from us on the annual calendar year.

For example, my daughter, Maggie, who is new to scouting this year, paid $116 total. Here is the breakdown of those fees:

  • $13.75 for Aug-Dec 2019 to BSA
  • $60 for Jan-Dec 2020 to BSA
  • $12 to Simon Kenton Council
  • $30.25 goes to our pack for belt loops, rank awards and patches, den activities, website fees, pack programming like the Pinewood Derby, etc.

Returning scouts pay $14 less because they are only paying for the following calendar year.

Q: For AOL’s, does the annual registration fee and payment follow the scout to their troop if they choose to continue?
A; Yes, your dues will cover your BSA membership through Dec. 2020. Your troop will likely collect dues to help cover the costs for merit badges, rank advancement, and other incidentals, just like we do and that may be immediately upon crossover, but your BSA registration fees will be paid through Dec. 2020.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out to me, Rob Bryant, Bob O’Bryan or your Den Leader.

Thank you for your quick attention to this matter.

Yours in Scouting,
Sarah O’Bryan
Pack 197 Membership


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


ABC Meal Packing

Pack 197 will be serving Heritage Christian Church, our chartering organization, with its yearly ABC Meal Packing event.

What’s Happening? /// We’ll be helping fill and package many thousand dry goods meals for families in need. The dry goods being packaged will be rice, beans, and several other powdered nutrients. They are measured out, and then sealed in quart-size plastic bags for distribution to families. Scouts will be shown how to measure everything, and then will work in teams of six to fill each quart-sized bag.

Who’s Invited? // All Scouts, parents, and older siblings are invited to participate. Due to the nature of keeping a clean food packing station, non-school-aged siblings will wait in the lobby of the church with parents. Pack 197 Scouts have participated in this event the last two years, and it is a very tangible way to see service efforts come to fruition in a very short morning.

When? /// October 12 from 9:00-10:30 — We’ll meet in the church lobby as a group at 8:50.

Where? /// Heritage Christian Church — The same place we have Scouts!

Why? /// To support our Chartering Organization. To serve others. To have fun!

Other Details ///

– Scouts will wear gloves and hairnets while packaging food. If there are any allergies to food preparation/medical gloves, please check in with me about substitutes.

– Parents are requested to stay on-site and participate alongside their Scouts during the service project.

– Please wear your Activity Uniform (uniform shirt), and be ready to have fun!

Families are welcome to show up the morning of the event. However, if you definitely plan on coming, please notify Nathan Ericson.

-Nathan, Assistant Cubmaster


Popcorn Sales Start Saturday 9/14

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Popcorn Sales Start Saturday 9/14!

Our fundraising program starts this Saturday, September 14! If you missed our popcorn sale kickoff last night, attached you’ll find key information to get your scout started on selling popcorn. This fundraiser is our primary method of funding our pack’s activities.
We need you and your scout’s help raising funds to support our pack!

Attached you’ll find:
Popcorn Order Form – Use this to take orders and see many of the prizes available
Parent Information Sheet – Everything you need to know on how to participate in the popcorn sale program, including additional prizes and incentives for your scout
Popcorn Sale Kickoff – A cliff-notes edition of this year’s kickoff in slide-deck format

Highlights of what’s new this year:
-Submit your order online (don’t turn in your order form) at https://tinyurl.com/PopcornPack197
-Free shipping for online orders
-New Chocolate Covered Pretzels

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 Fall Campout

Category : Activities , Camping , News

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.


Reminder: Scout Dues & T-shirts

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Renew Your Scout Dues
This is a friendly reminder to pay your scout dues online on the pack website shop for the 2019-20 school year. 

If you are a den leader or registered pack committee member, please add your leader dues.

*If your scout no longer wishes to participate in scouting, please reply to the email you received and copy your den leader(s) to let us know so we can remove you from Scoutbook.

Other items in the Shop
Optional items such as Boy’s Life Magazine, Pack 197 Activity Uniform (Class B), and a Pack Hat are also available through the shop. NOTE: Class B items will close on Monday, Sept. 16. Orders will not be accepted after that date.

Many scouts like to wear their Activity Uniform (Class B) to regular den meetings. Field Uniforms (Class A) must be purchased at the Scout Shop at 807 Kinnear Rd Suite 120, Columbus, OH 43212. 

Our Pack 197 Hat works for all ranks. 

For questions, please reply to the email or reach out to Sarah O’Bryan.


Welcome Back & Renew Your Dues

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Welcome back, Pack 197!
This is a friendly reminder… Our first Pack meeting is Monday, August 19 from 7-8 p.m. at Heritage Christian Church. We will be building and shooting ROCKETS! Check out the attached flyer, thanks to Mr. Smiley. If you can, please bring empty 2-liter bottles. 

In addition, we need all of our renewing scouts to pay their dues, renew Boy’s Life magazine and order any activity uniform items. Steps to renew:

1. Go to Pack 197’s website shop
2. From the home page or SHOP tab, select Registration RENEW from Featured Items in the Shop.
3. Optional items, as needed:
-Leader Dues
-Boy’s Life
-Pack 197 Activity Uniform (class B) t-shirt or sweatshirt
-Pack 197 hat (can be used for all ranks!)
-New Scout? You can pay for them, too, but we will also need a BSA application, here.
4. Checkout your Cart. DONE!

Dues need to be paid by Monday, Sept. 9. Pack 197 Activity Uniform (class B) items can be purchased online through Monday, Sept. 16. All pack shirts will be available to pick up about 2 weeks later (just in time for the fall campout!). 

If your scout does not want to continue this year, please email me and your den leader to let us know that you would like to be removed.

Scout Night, for all NEW scouts that want to register, is Monday, Aug. 26 from 6:30-8 p.m. We are not having den meetings that night. For school that day, please ask your Scout to wear his or her Field Uniform (class A) or Activity Uniform (class B) to show their scout spirit. Maybe someone at school will ask about it – invite them to Scout Night and potentially earn a recruiter patch!

Mr. Smiley and I will be at Alcott on Friday, Aug. 23 to talk about Cub Scouts during lunch. Mr. Ericson and I will be at Fouse on Monday, Aug. 26 during lunch. 

Looking forward to another amazing year with Pack 197!

Yours in Scouting,
Sarah O’Bryan


Pack 197 – Welcome Back!

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Pack 197 – Welcome back, Pack 197!
I hope everyone had a fabulous summer and are ready to kick-off another year of Cub Scouts! Our first Pack meeting is next Monday, August 19 2019 from 7-8 p.m. at Heritage Christian Church. We will be building and shooting ROCKETS! Check out the attached flyer, thanks to Mr. Smiley. As noted, if you have empty 2-liter bottles, please bring them with you.

Hope to see everyone next Monday for a fun event!

Yours in Scouting,
Sarah O’Bryan