Category Archives: News

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
-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.
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:
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

Pack 197 – Raingutter Regatta

Category : Activities , News , Summer Fun

Pack 197 – Raingutter Regatta
Hello Parents and Leaders,

The annual Pack 197 Raingutter Regatta race is scheduled for Friday, August 9 from 6-8:30 p.m. This is such a fun summer event that includes the trimaran race and a potluck. 

Purchase a regatta boat. I have 8 boats that can be paid for in cash or PayPal me and picked up at my house. The boats are $6.50 each. Regatta boats can also be purchased from the Scout Store or online. The Scout Shop is located at 807 Kinnear Road. 

Scouts shape and finish/paint the boat according to their design and instructions (see attached tips). This is A LOT easier than pinewood derby cars. Sign up to bring a potluck dish on this sign up genius, https://www.signupgenius….raingutter. Bring a gallon or other large jug of water to help fill the raingutter. Siblings can participate in a separate race at the end. Come on Friday evening to have a great time! 

Looking forward to seeing everyone. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah O’Bryan.

What: Pack 197 Raingutter Regatta
Where: McNamara Park, 7049 Big Walnut Rd, Galena, OH 43021
When: Friday, August 9th from 6-8:30 p.m.
Categories: Scouting, Food, Sports, Character (tv/movie/cartoon/comic), Other
Potluck: https://www.signupgenius….raingutter
Uniform: Activity Uniform (Class B – any Pack 197 or Scouting shirt)

Pack 197 – Summer Fishing

Category : Activities , News , Summer Fun

Pack 197 – Let’s Go Fishing!
At our recent committee meeting, we decided to offer another July pack event for our Cub Scouts. So grab a scout friend and your fishing pole and come meet us at the park!

Who Can Attend?
All Cub Scouts, family members and siblings. This is NOT a drop off event. At least one parent needs to stay with their cub scout(s). PLEASE send me an RSVP so I know how much bait to bring – or text 913.226.8596. 

Monday, July 22 from 6:30-8 p.m.

Hilmar Park
6533 Hilmar Dr

I have reserved the Hilmar Gazebo.

What to bring?
This is a BYOP event – bring your own fishing pole. I will bring some bait (worms) to share with the group. No license is required to fish at this location. However, this is a catch and release pond, and I am not good at taking fish off of hooks so please plan to help your scout if they make a catch. 

This is a great opportunity for incoming Bears to work on their “A Bear Goes Fishing” elective. 

Feel free to bring your own snack to have under the gazebo. Water will be provided. Please bring a reusable water bottle.

Future Pack 197 Events
Here is a list of upcoming events:
Tuesday, August 6, 6:30 p.m. – Committee Meeting @Heritage Christian Church
Friday, August 9, 6-8:30 p.m. – Raingutter Regatta @McNamara Park
Tuesday, August 13 – First Day of School @Alcott/Fouse Elementary
Monday, August 19, 7 p.m. – Pack Meeting @Heritage Christian Church
Monday, August 26, 7 p.m. – Den Meeting/Popcorn Kickoff 

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

2019 “Day with the Clippers”

Category : Activities , News , Summer Fun

Hello Scout families,

As the school year wraps up, please remember there are numerous fun activities planned for Pack 197 this summer. A new activity this year will be Pack 197 day at Huntington Park to watch the Clippers on June 23 at 2:05 PM. Our group will be seated together in section 3. The pack will be recognized on the scoreboard and will likely have a visit from the mascot for photos. After the game, the kids are allowed to run the bases. If you haven’t been to a Clippers game, you are missing out on the fun!

PLEASE NOTE, this is not a drop off event, each family will be responsible for supervision of their scout.

Please click on this link to select and reserve tickets: https://westervillepack19…ctivities/

Families can purchase either the Family Pass which includes tickets for two adults and up to four kids, or individual tickets. Ticket orders will be taken through June 12, 2019, and families will pick them up at the Will Call window at the stadium on the day of the game.

When registering, use the name of the person that will be picking up the tickets at Will Call, they must show an ID to pick up the tickets.

Be sure to use our coupon code for a discount of up to $13 per family toward tickets to this game!!


This is a great way to see your scout friends over the summer and help Pack 197 qualify for the Summertime Achievement Award.

If you have questions, please contact Jim Pipo or your den leader.

Yours in Scouting,
John Johnson
Pack 197 Webmaster