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 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:

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.

  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)


  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.

Scout Night!! 9/5 @Heritage Church

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On Tuesday, September 5th, we will be hosting our Scout Night Open House from 6:30-8:00 PM at Heritage Church. This is a wonderful chance for friends and families to learn more about Pack 197 and the Scouting program. We’ll also have treats and fun activities for kids who visit. (Please note that there will be no den meetings this evening.)

Facebook event:

We appreciate your support in helping us reach new families in the community. Thank you for all that you do to make Pack 197 awesome!

Yours in Scouting,
Joe Hohman
Westerville Pack 197

Creeking – Sat 7/29/23

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Hello Pack 197,

We did our own little election this weekend over at our Facebook Page (Westerville Pack 197) to determine where we would go Creeking on Saturday and we have a winner! 


You voted, and Shale Hollow won!

We’ll see you this Saturday at 10am to go Creeking. Be sure to wear shoes that are okay to get wet, and feel free to bring a net or empty container if your Scout wants to try to catch (observe then release!) any aquatic life. 


6320 Artesian Run, Delaware, OH 43015

Steph Stevens

3 more patch events!

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3 more events to attend to earn a patch, it’s not too late!

Sat 8/5: Velvet Ice Cream Day at Ye Olde Mill

Thurs 8/10: Pack 197 Pool Party at Highlands Pool

Tues 8/29: August Pack Meeting/Raingutter Regatta at McNamara Park

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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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


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