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Pack Meeting - Friday, November 10th, 3pm to 5pm - VFW Post 5633

posted Nov 6, 2017, 1:35 PM by Web Master   [ updated Nov 6, 2017, 1:36 PM ]

Veterans Day celebration at VFW Post 5633.  11511 MacArthur Blvd, Potomac, MD 20854.  Scouting for Food bags drop off.  Hike at Great Falls after celebration. 

Scouting for Food - Bag drop off Friday November 10th

posted Oct 9, 2017, 2:00 PM by Web Master

Please bring your filled bags of food to our 
Veterans Day hike pack meeting on November 10th.

What's Needed? 

Not sure what you should donate? According to our friends at Capital Area Food Bank, some of the most highly needed items are:

  • Non-perishable food items
  • Canned protein (tuna, salmon, chicken, peanut butter)
  • Soups & stews (beef stew, chili, meat-based soups)
  • 100% fruit juices (all sizes)
  • Grains (pasta, whole grain pasta, rice, brown rice, boxed macaroni & cheese)
  • Cereals (multi grain, low sugar such as cheerios, cornflakes, raisin bran, grape nuts, oatmeal)
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruits
  • Condiments
  • Hygiene products (diapers, toilet paper, tissues, soap, toothpaste

Potomac Day Parade - Saturday, October 21st

posted Oct 3, 2017, 5:28 AM by Web Master

Pack 773 will participate in the Potomac Day Parade.  We will meet at 9:30am at River Road and Potomac Manors Drive.  The parade will start at 10:30am.

Pack Carnival - Join Scouting Night - Friday, October 13th

posted Oct 3, 2017, 5:21 AM by Web Master   [ updated Oct 3, 2017, 5:23 AM ]

Hosted by the Bear Den - 7pm, PUMC

Campout, Saturday & Sunday, September 30th & October 1st

posted Sep 12, 2017, 3:55 AM by Web Master   [ updated Sep 12, 2017, 4:16 AM ]

Pack 773 is going camping on Saturday September 30
th for one night at Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Pennsylvania.  All Scouts and their families are invited to this event.  All Scouts must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Please join us for the entire weekend or part of it.  The park is about 90 miles from Potomac.

The fee for the campout is $10 per person or $40 per family.  Kids 3 and under free.  This money will pay for the campsite rental, charcoal, s’mores and glow sticks.
Register and pay here:
 
 
Pine Grove Furnace offers many types of activities which include hiking, swimming and fishing (PA fishing license required).  See the Pine Grove Furnace website for details.  We have reserved two (A & B) group campsites which are all adjacent to each other and an outdoor pavilion in case of rain.

We are handling the food differently for this campout.  The Pack will provide charcoal for you to grill something for your family.  Please bring a side dish to share with the pack for dinner.  Bring beverages for your family.  Bring breakfast for your family to share with the pack.  We will lay out all food for a breakfast buffet.  The pack will supply s’mores of desert.

If you own a tarp or free standing tarp (the type used for tailgating at football games) please bring it in case it rains! 

 

Food items to bring:

·       Something to grill for your family.

·       Side dish to share with the pack for dinner.

·       Beverages for your family.

·       Breakfast for your family to share with the pack.  We will lay out all food for a breakfast buffet.

·       Mess kits or paper plates for your family.

·       Cups

·       Cutlery

·       Paper towels, trash bags, soap.

 

Tentative itinerary:

·       3pm: Check into campsite.

·       3pm to 6pm:  Setup camp.  Free play.  Explore park.  Den activities.

·       5pm:  Start cooking dinner.

·       6pm:  Dinner and cleanup.

·       7pm:  Campfire.  Each den will present a skit or song.  S’mores.

·       9pm:  Bedtime.

·       10pm:  Lights out.  Quite time.

·       7am:  Breakfast and free play or den activity.

·       10am: Depart.

 

Thinks to consider bringing (attached are full REI check lists):

·       Tent with ground cloth (should be smaller than foot print of tent).

·       Sleeping bag with pad or air mattress.  Pillow if desired.

·       Canteen or water bottles.

·       Folding chairs.

·       Tarp or fly (coordinate with Den leader).

·       Camping stove (coordinate with Den leader).

·       Lantern and flashlights.

·       Change of clothes.

·       Swim suit.

·       Long underwear.

·       Warm jacket.

·       Rain gear.

·       Stocking hat.

·       2nd pair of shoes or boots.

·       Mess kit.

·       First aid kit.

·       Toiletry kit.

·       Food and beverages.

 

Please note:

·       Alcohol is prohibited by both the Boy Scouts and the PA Park service.

·       No firearms or fireworks.

·       No knives issued to Cub Scouts please.

·       Please do not bring axes, hatchets or saws.

 

Pine Grove Furnace State Park

1100 Pine Grove Road

Gardners, PA 17324

717-486-7174

 

http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/pinegrovefurnace/

 

Campout lead:

Mark Whisenhunt – Webelos

Join Scouting Night - Pack Meeting

posted Jul 25, 2017, 6:51 PM by Web Master   [ updated Aug 19, 2017, 4:03 AM ]

Please join Cub Scout Pack 773 on Friday, September 8th at 7pm for our Join Scouting Night. Boys kindergarten through 5th grade are welcome. A new Lion den (kindergarten) and a new Tiger den (1st graders) will be forming.  Our meeting will be held at Potomac United Methodist Church, 9908 South Glen Road, Potomac, MD 20854.  Questions
?  
membership@potomacpack773.com

Rain Gutter Regatta - Venue Change: River Falls Community Center

posted May 27, 2017, 2:52 PM by Web Master   [ updated May 28, 2017, 5:10 AM ]


Join us for our last pack meeting of the school year, Friday, June 9th, 6pm to 9pm. Rain Gutter Regatta races and swimming.  Pick up boats from you den leader or Robert.   Construction of the boats should be completed before the Regatta.

7915 Horseshoe Ln, Potomac, MD 20854

Campout and Awards Ceremony

posted Mar 11, 2017, 2:33 PM by Web Master   [ updated May 1, 2017, 4:39 AM ]

It’s here!  The Spring Camp Out!  May 20th and 21st at Little Bennett Park

 

Don’t miss this great family event, the highlight of our Cub Scouting year! 

 

Please read this in its entirety as there’s lots of info.

 

Any questions, please contact Bob Carey at 202-779-1598 or the Executive Board at Exec@PotomacPack773.com.

 

Overall:

The campground opens up to us at 2 pm, and guided activities start at 3 pm. We will set up and start cooking dinner at 5 pm, serve dinner at 6, followed by a gathering at the campfire ring starting at 7 pm  for skits, songs, awards, and the awe-inspiring Boy Scout Indian Ceremony team where the Scouts will be advanced to their next rank, followed by optional overnight camping.  The event need not conflict with other weekend commitments, as you can come after soccer, etc. on Saturday, and leave first thing Sunday to attend other planned activities.

 

The Campfire and Advancement Ceremony is the highlight of the night, where each Den usually does a skit, Scouts are allowed to tell jokes, I’ll try to lead the Pack in silly songs and goofy cheers (You haven’t lived until you see me lead us in the “Stegosaurus, Stegosaurus” song), we’ll give the kids their awards for the year, and then the Boy Scouts from Troop 773 will come in and do their moving advancement ceremony, complete with Native American costumes, drums, war paint, and a special ceremony advancing each of the Scouts to their next rank.

 

We are introducing two new activities this year:

-          a GeoCaching trail will be set up in Little Bennett for our Pack near the campsite.

-          To meet the God and Me requirements for the Arrow of Light Scouts, they will be holding an ecumenical religious service at 8:30 am Sunday morning.    No obligation to participate, and this will be ecumenical and multi-denominational, so we hope all will attend after breakfast.  This will go for about 20 minutes.

 

At only $10 per person, this is an AWESOME deal!

 

If you want to get there early and hike, fish or do something else outside, here’s a detailed map of the trails at Little Bennett Park: http://www.montgomeryparks.org/PPSD/ParkTrails/trails_MAPS/trailmap_pdfs/LittleBennett_trails.pdf

 

Last – we need you to sign up for various tasks and events over the two days.  We’ve set up a SignUp Genius here for you to do that.  A Scout is helpful.  You can be too!

 

What we Need You to Do Right Now!:

 

Complete online payment at: http://www.potomacpack773.com/paypal ($10 per person)

 

Sign up for one of the tasks for the campout. Each family is asked to sign up for at least one task.  This campout won’t be successful without all families chipping in.  The Signup Genius link will be sent out later today.

 

Schedule:

Saturday:

2-4 pm:            Arrival, set-up

4-6:30 pm:      Guided activities and crafts

6:30-7:30 pm: Dinner

7:30 pm:         Campfire and Advancement Ceremony

~8:30 pm:        S’mores and Capture the Flag/Flashlight Tag

 

Sunday:

AM:                 Clean up to “No Trace Left Behind” Standard.

                        Breakfast by Dens if so organized, or on your own.

8:30 am:        Religious service

11 am:           Must be out of the camp site

 

Uniforms:

-          Class B uniforms (yellow Pack 773 t-shirts) Saturday afternoon until just before the campfire ceremony.

-          Class A uniforms (Blue or tan shirt with kerchief) for the Campfire and Advancement ceremony.

 

Campsites:

We have the Group Camping Area opposite Loop A, which is around the campfire area.  We also have 10 individual campsites across the access road from the Group Camping Area for families that need a little more private camping area.  Here’s the map of the campground: http://www.montgomeryparks.org/enterprise/park_facilities/little_bennett/little_bennett_campground.shtm#camp_map

 

Dinner:

We will share a potluck dinner, with the Pack providing hotdogs and hamburgers (including veggie versions), and each family asked to bring a dish to share.  We are asking each Den to bring a particular type of dish, however if you have something special to share, please feel free to bring that.  We especially like to tap into the ethnic diversity of our Pack and get special ethnic side dishes, but I doubt too many of you will appreciate the Careys’ haggis or boiled cabbage.  Please also bring a service utensil with your dish.

                                                                         

Tigers:             Side dish

Wolves:           Fruit

Bears:              Side dish    

Webelos:        Salads or desserts

 

The Pack will supply:

-          Firewood, charcoal, grill

-          Hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers and veggie dogs

-          Buns, rolls, condiments, cheese slices

-          Drinks (water, juice, soda)

-          Paper towels, trash bags

-          Makings for S’mores

 

Things to bring:

-          If this is your first campout, here are some good lists for what to bring.

o   Comprehensive camping checklist (more than you need, but may give some ideas): http://www.montgomeryparks.org/enterprise/park_facilities/little_bennett/documents/Comprehensivecampinggearchecklistwithdescriptions_000.pdf

o   Essential camping checklist: http://www.montgomeryparks.org/enterprise/park_facilities/little_bennett/documents/Essentialcampinggearchecklist_000.pdf

-           But roughly, we’d recommend camping gear of: tent, sleeping bags, pillow (optional), air mattress or some type of bedroll to give some cushion, flashlights for each person, change of clothing, rain gear, toiletries, bug repellant, sunscreen, toilet paper, possibly chem lights to hang off the guy lines of your tent to avoid tripping. 

-          There are flush toilets and showers at the site, but no tp or towels.

-          Folding chairs for the adults for the campfire, but there are also big logs for sitting.

-          Any Scout that has earned their Whittling Chit may bring their pocket knife for appropriate activities, but parents should exercise control over access and use.

 

What NOT to bring:

-          No personal electronic devices like iPods, Gameboys, gaming tablets, especially for the kids.  They can pull their heads out of the electronics for a night.  No prohibition on the parents phones as we realize many parents need those for work, emergencies, etc.

-          No pets, weapons or alcohol are permitted.

 

Directions:

-          Go north on I-270 and take exit 18 for MD-121.   Keep right at the fork to go on MD-121/ Clarksburg Road. 

-          Proceed about 1 mile and turn left on Rockville Pike (Rt. 355).

-          Proceed north about 1 mile to second entrance to Little Bennett State park (the first entrance is the maintenance yard parking lot).

-          For GPS, the address is 23705 Frederick Road, Clarksburg, MD 20871.

 

Parking:

-           Cars will be issued parking permits by the Ranger at the camp entrance. 

-          One car per family is allowed at the campsites. If you will have a second family car coming to the campout, the second car must park in the maintenance yard;

-          see campground map for maintenance yard location:  http://www.montgomeryparks.org/enterprise/park_facilities/little_bennett/little_bennett_campground.shtm#camp_map

 

Safety:

-          Before we go to bed, if there is lightning or thunder, we will get into the cars and stay there until at least 30 minutes have passed without thunder or lightning.

-          Be on the lookout for poison ivy in the woods.  There’s some, but last year it wasn’t all over the place, so just keep an eye out.

-          All Scouts and children must have at least one parent/guardian per family present.

-          Cubs camping overnight may only sleep in a tent with a parent/guardian.  Per Scout Rules, Scouts and children are not allowed to be in a tent (or alone at any time anywhere else) with an adult not their parent or guardian.  When not with a parent or guardian, two adults must be present with any lone Scouts or children.

-          No alcohol, weapons or pets.

 

Yours in Scouting,

 

Bob Carey

Cubmaster, Pack 773

Cell: 202-779-1598

E: Robert.H.Carey.Jr@gmail.com

Bike Rodeo

posted Mar 11, 2017, 2:26 PM by Web Master   [ updated Mar 24, 2017, 5:10 AM ]

Saturday, April 1st, 4pm to 5:30pm.  South Germantown Mountain Bike and BMX Pump Track.
 
We will have our own Webelos racer doing bicycle maintenance for Scouts.  Games will include tennis racket relays, limbo and relay races along with time to ride the tracks. 
 
18041 Central Park Circle, Boyds, Maryland 20841
 
Perfect for mountain and BMX bikers of all skill levels, the 5,000 square foot South Germantown pump track features a continuous loop of rolling bumps (rollers) and banked corners (berms) that allow bikers to gain momentum without pedaling, have fun and improve their skills.
 
The track is located along the Hoyles Mill Trail. Parking for the track is at the model boat area parking lot or Schaeffer Farms. The facility was built by M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks & MORE (Mid Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts).
 
 

Pinewood Derby

posted Mar 8, 2017, 4:32 AM by Web Master   [ updated Mar 8, 2017, 7:11 AM ]

Saturday, March 11
th, 9:30am will be held at PUMC. 
Our race will once again be run by Troop 1450.

 

Each boy will compete for speed and design at his Den level as well as speed and design at the Pack level.  We will have a sibling and parent competition for both speed and design.  Please note, the parent race is for the SLOWEST car.  All rules still apply, with the addition, the car must pass the finish line.

 

The rules are attached.

 

For first time PWD families, here is a good link.

 

http://boyslife.org/section/hobbies-projects/pinewood-derby/

 

Our weigh-in will be Friday, March 10th from 6pm to 8pm, at PUMC.  Below is a tentative schedule.  If you cannot make the exact time for your den come anytime between 6pm and 8pm.  We are simply trying to avoid checking in all cars at once.

 

  • Tigers, 6pm
  • Wolfs, 6:30pm
  • Bears, 7pm
  • Webelos & AOL, 7:30pm

 We need a few parent volunteers for the weight-in.

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