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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!


(CANCELLED) Arrowhead Twilight Camp – June 15-19, 2020

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** ALL PRE-REGISTRATION MONEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN REFUNDED **

[DETAILS KEPT FOR HISTORY]
2020 Arrowhead District Twilight Camp – June 15-19, 2020
Arrowhead District Day Camp is live for registration! Here are the details so you can decide if your Scout can attend:

How to Register
Here is the link on the Simon Kenton Council website to register for Arrowhead Day Camp.

How much does it cost?
Fees based on payment IN FULL by date listed.
Early Bird Fee (by 3/31) $85
Regular Fee (by 5/15) $105
Late Fee (after 5/15) $125
Adult participants/walkers/den leaders are $15

NEW
Arrowhead District is a twilight camp this year with camp hours of 4:00-8:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Still offering the same fun camp activities while enjoying summer’s longer sunlight.

If you are looking for traditional daytime hours still at Camp Lazarus, I recommend looking at Buckeye or Delaware Districts.

Do I need to attend camp with my Scout?
Yes and no. If you have an incoming Tiger Scout (currently a Lion for 2019-20 school year), they must have a parent/guardian attend every day of camp with them.

If you have any other Cub Scout, you do not need to attend every day, but we would love it if you did! This camp is not like your typical camp. These are all volunteers giving up their day jobs to volunteer at camp. That said, we can’t have camp without them (or you!). Work with your den leader to identify who can be at camp with the Scouts. Each pack is responsible for sending 1 adult for every 5 scouts, each day.

For questions, please reply to this email or reach out to Sarah O’Bryan, Arrowhead District Day Camp Director, at 913.226.8596.


December Pack Meeting

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Event: Pack Meeting
Where: Heritage Christian Church, 7413 Maxtown Rd, Westerville, OH 43082
When: Dec 16, 2019 7pm-8pm (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time

This is a regularly scheduled Pack Meeting to celebrate the accomplishments of our Scouts!


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

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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


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