How do I subscribe to the Pack event calendar?

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If you use Google Calendar, the quickest/easiest way to get started is to navigate to the Event Calendar page, and click the +Google Calendar button in the lower right.  This will give you all Pack-wide events, including holidays, local sporting events, etc.

However, you should also subscribe to events published by your Den leaders.  To do this, login to scoutbook.com and navigate to My Dashboard > Events > My Calendar.

At the bottom of the page, you will find Subscribe links for the Pack and the Den for each of your scouts.  Click each to find a URL like:

https://www.scoutbook.com/ics/xxxx.ics

To add these to your calendar, it depends on which type of calendar you’re using.  Here are some quick instructions to get you started on a few of the most popular!

Google Calendar

  1. Log into your Google calendar.
  2. On the left side of the page, find “Other Calendars” and click on the pull down arrow on the right.
  3. Click on “Add by URL.”
  4. Find “Other Calendars” and click on the pull down arrow on the right.

Outlook.com

  1. Go to Outlook 2016 > Go to the Calendar.
  2. Next, go to the Home Tab in Outlook 2016 and click the “Open Calendar” dropdown. Select “From Internet”
  3. Paste your CalendarWiz iCal URL into the field. Click OK.
  4. Click “Yes” that you want to add this calendar to outlook and subscribe to updates.

iOS (iPhone/iPad)

Credit:  http://www.imore.com/how-subscribe-calendars-your-iphone-or-ipad

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  3. Tap on Add Account… under the Mail section.Launch the Settings app, tap on the Mail, contacts, calendars button, and then tap on the Add account button.
  4. Tap on Other.
  5. Tap on Add Subscribed Calendar under the Other section.
  6. Enter or copy in the server location of the calendar. This is typically a web address that ends in .ics.Tap on the Other button, tap on the Add Subscribed Calendar button, and then enter the server location.
  7. Enter any username, password, or SSL info you need to. Most times you don’t have to with public subscriptions.
  8. Tap the Next button.
  9. Tap the Save button.Enter any username, password, or SSL info you need to, then tap the Next button, and then tap the Save button.

2020 Race Day!

We made it! Finish up those last minute adjustments on your car, today is race day!!!

Follow race results online at: https://derbynet.westervillepack197.org/derbynet/

Attached find our menu of great concession items available for purchase. Cash only. Proceeds benefit Troop 197.

Your last minute instructions are attached. We have opened up check in a little earlier for those of you who have some sporting events tomorrow morning. Check In will begin at 9:30AM. Please see the attached document on our 3 Step check in process. We encourage you to come early. If everyone comes at 11:15 to check in, it may cause delays.

I have also attached a schedule of how the race will progress.

See you on the track!!!!


sample derby kit

2020 Pinewood Derby Clinic

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WHEN: On Saturday, JANUARY 11th, 2020.

WHERE: The Point is at 60 Collegeview Rd. There is ample parking.

Is this your first Pinewood Derby with the pack? Don’t worry, we got you covered! On January 11th we are holding a Pinewood Derby Clinic at The Point at Otterbein. Scouts can draw the cuts they want on their block of wood and our experts at The Point will make the cuts for the scouts with their state of the art cutting machines. Don’t freeze out in your garage with some rusty old saw, come to The Point! It is HEATED!!!!!

Pinewood Derby Clinic Signup – Please sign up for one of the cutting time slots. We will also have Room 122 available for you to sand your car after the cut or ask one of our Derby Experts to answer any questions you might have about the event.

This in an opportunity for our Scouts to get some assistance working on their cars. We’ll have a limited number of design concepts available for the Scouts to choose from, or they are welcome to bring their own ideas. We will have tools for the Scouts to cut out and sand their cars, as well as drill holes for weights. Weights will be available for purchase at the event. Please keep in mind that the cars will not be complete as we won’t be painting or installing wheels. Please also remind your Scouts that we will have a limited amount of time available so we won’t be able to help with overly complex designs.

Clinic Parent Volunteers Signup – Volunteers are needed! Please let Chris Smiley know if you can help. If you can spare an hour (or two!) please signup using the link above. We need help at our check in table and in room 122.

Check out the Pinewood Derby page for more race information!


2020 Pinewood Derby

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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!


2020 Arrowhead District Twilight Camp – June 15-19, 2020

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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


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