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Ice Cream social – 7/20/23 @ DQ @ 6:30pm


We also have a fun Summer meet-up this Wednesday evening

We’ll meet at the Westerville Dairy Queen at 6:30. After grabbing some ice cream, we’ll head over to Hanby Park (the one behind the library with the splash pad and cool climbing structure). I hope to see you there!

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 SUCCESS

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Category : Activities , Camping , News

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

blue and gold confetti

Blue and Gold is fast approaching!

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Hi Families,

The Blue & Gold Banquet is just 8 days away! If you haven’t already signed up, please do so since we’ll need an accurate headcount to buy the hamburgers and hot dogs. I’ve attached a map for anyone who is visiting the Scout camp for the first time. There is a large parking lot and a short walk to the dining hall (MAP BELOW)

Also, please remember this exciting event takes the place of our February Pack meeting.

Sunday, February 26, 2023
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Camp Lazarus Dining Hall
4422 Columbus Pike, Delaware, OH 43015

Pack 197 will provide Hamburgers and Hot Dogs (plus vegetarian and gluten-free options) for dinner. We are asking each family to bring at least one food/supply item from the signup sheet below. Additionally, a few volunteers are needed to help with the event.

Please sign-up as soon as possible so we know which items are covered:

Allergy Info: Please ensure that any food items you are bringing to the banquet do not contain peanuts or tree nuts. Please check all labels for those ingredients and/or risk of cross-contamination. If your family has any other food allergies/preferences that we should be aware of, please let us know as soon as possible and we will do our best to accommodate them.

So we can purchase the appropriate amount of food, please complete the form below to let us know how many people in your family are attending the event. (All family members are welcome!)

Please RSVP:

Thank you!
Jacob Dircksen
Pack 197 Committee Chair

2023 Pinewood derby – preorder food for the event

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pizza / hotdogs / gatorade / water…..

Scouts from Troop 247 will run concessions, providing food and beverages during the Race. This is one of the Troop’s fund raising events.

To help derive a best-guess on what food to supply at the event, please pre-order approximate items for your families.

NOTE: We will have extra for those who do not preorder, but the preorder makes sure we have enough for everyone!

2023 – Pinewood Derby FLOW

Car Building Clinic -–

January 21, 2023:  9am – 12pm Dircksen Basement

Come have your car designed and cut by experts near the field! Chat about race strategies and tactics, all needed to ensure a amazing time for the Scouts!

Don’t forget to bring your car kits!

(300 E College Ave, Westerville, OH 43081)

What an amazing turnout, and success! Thanks to all the leaders!

— Pre-Race & Race Day –-

(pre-race) February 3th, 2023

Car Check-In/Registration – February 3th, 2023: 5pm – 7pm

To avoid long lines on race day, we will be checking in cars early – on Friday Febrary 3rd between 5pm – 7pm at Heritage.

(Race Day) February 4th, 2023

RACE DAY FOOD: PreOrder here!

When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm

  • Outlaw race and design voting 10am – 11:30am

Where: Room 230 at the Heritage Christian church

Car Registration number will be used during anonymous voting for the best design and computer tracking for race results. Car must display registration number on the front.

We need your help!
Please help us make this year’s Pinewood Derby a success!

Race Rules
Please note that the axles, wheels, and car body must be made from the standard BSA kit provided to scouts. Also, your car must weigh 5.0 ounces or less. See the pack website for the full list of rules.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out. See you Saturday!

Yours in Scouting,
Joe Hohman & The 2023 PWD Team

Upcoming events & Announcements

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Hi Pack 197,

I hope your Winter Break is off to a great start! Thanks for joining us at the Pack meeting last Tuesday, and thank you for all of the delicious cookies and treats you shared! I hope your kids had a great time and learned something about another culture. I also hope you were able to get them to sleep without too much trouble after all those sweets.


For your reference, below is an email version of the announcements I included on the take-home sheet. Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

📣 Pack Announcements on GroupMe
Please open the link below to join the Pack 197 Announcements group on the GroupMe app.

🙋‍♀️ Pack Committee Meeting – December 19
All parents are encouraged to attend our monthly committee meetings. The meeting will be held this Tomorrow at the Genoa Twp. Police Station from 6:30 to 8 PM.

🚫 No Den Meetings – December 20 – January 3
Due to the holidays, we are not having any den meetings until January 10th.

⚜️ Den Leader Meeting – January 3
All den leaders, assistant den leaders, and any parents interested in helping with den leadership, please join us from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at Heritage.

🌲 Pack Hike @ Sharon Woods – January 14

🚘 Pack Meeting @ OSU C.A.R. – January 31
Space at the OSU Center for Automotive Research is limited to 70 people, so we will be sending out an RSVP sheet so we can ensure not to exceed the limit. (I’m waiting until closer to the event to send out the sign-up sheet so I can get as accurate a count as possible.)

🏎 Pinewood Derby
Car Building Clinic & Outlaw Race: Dates TBA
Car Check-In & Registration: Friday, February 3, 5-7 PM
Race Day: Saturday, February 4, 11 AM – 2 PM
Design Categories: Cars, Scouting, Characters, Sports, Unique
Volunteers Needed: Click here for volunteer opportunities.

🌲 Pack Hike @ Glacier Ridge – February 14

🎉 Blue & Gold Banquet – Sunday, February 26
Save the date for our Pack’s Blue & Gold Banquet at Camp Lazarus (tentatively 5-7 PM)! We are in need of several additional volunteers for this event. Please contact Nathan Ericson ( if you are able to help!

We’re forming a team to plan that event right now. If you’re able to help, just reply and let me know.

I also wanted to mention that we’re planning a fun end-of-the-Scouting-year event in May which will take the place of our typical Blue & Gold banquet. More details on that to come!

Yours in Scouting,
Joe Hohman
Pack 197


Hi Pack 197,

2019 prior Launch Day

Next Tuesday (8/30) is LAUNCH DAY – and I hope you’re ready to BLAST into the Scouting year! Please join us outside at Heritage (in the East parking lot area) from 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM. We’ll plan to start promptly at 6:30 PM, so please be sure to arrive a little early so you don’t miss out on any of the fun!

While the Scouts are building their rockets, I’m planning to hold a brief parent meeting where Jacob Dircksen (our new Committee Chair) and I will talk through some details for the year.


We need some supplies to complete our rocket builds (duct tape, craft supplies, etc.) as well as some people to help set-up at 6:00 PM. Please sign-up here if you’re able to help.


• An empty 2-Liter soda bottle for each Scout in your family.
• Folding Chairs
• Drinking Water
• Field Uniform (Class A)


Please save the date for the Raingutter Regatta on September 17th (2-5 PM)! If you’d like to purchase a sailboat kit online, you can pick it up at the pack meeting.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I’m looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday!

Yours in Scouting,
Joe Hohman
Pack 197