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Potomac Day Parade - Saturday, October 20th

posted Aug 28, 2018, 10:27 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 12th

posted Aug 28, 2018, 9:35 AM by Web Master

Hosted by the Bear Den - 7pm, PUMC

Campout, Saturday & Sunday, September 29th & September 30th

posted Aug 24, 2018, 1:15 PM by Web Master

Pack 773 is going camping on Saturday September 29th for one night at Catoctin Mountain State Park in Thurmont, MD.  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 50 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:
 
 
Catoctin Mountain State Park offers many types of activities which include hiking and fishing (MD fishing license required).  See the Catoctin Mountain State Park website for details.  We have reserved 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 Park service.

·       No firearms or fireworks.

·       No knives issued to Cub Scouts please.

·       Please do not bring axes, hatchets or saws.

 

Catoctin Mountain Park

14707 Park Central Rd

Thurmont, MD 21788

(301) 663-9388

 

https://www.nps.gov/cato/index.htm

 

Campout lead:

Father Mark Michael


Join Scouting Night - Pack Meeting

posted Aug 22, 2018, 3:26 PM by Web Master   [ updated Aug 22, 2018, 3:30 PM ]

Please join Cub Scout Pack 773 on Friday, September 14th 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

Pack Meeting - Pack Hike

posted Jun 2, 2018, 6:00 AM by Web Master   [ updated Jun 2, 2018, 6:04 AM ]

Join us for our last pack meeting of the school year.  Friday, June 8th, 7pm, Carderock Recreational Area.  We will meet in the north parking lot and hike the Billy Goat Trail, Section C.  This is a nice 1.6 mile easy hike.  Bring water.

Venue Change - Campout and Awards Ceremony

posted May 18, 2018, 6:36 AM by Web Master   [ updated May 18, 2018, 6:37 AM ]

The pack "campout" has been moved to the PUMC gym.  Saturday, May 19th, 5pm.

Campout and Awards Ceremony

posted Apr 7, 2018, 8:12 AM by Web Master   [ updated Apr 12, 2018, 10:44 AM ]

It’s here! The Spring Camp Out! May 19th and 20st at Little Bennett Park 

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

Overall:

Our pack campout will start at 2 pm. We will start guided activities start at 4 pm. We will set up and start cooking dinner at 5 pm, serve dinner at 6 pm, followed by a gathering at the campfire ring starting at 7 pm  for skits, songs, awards, and the awe-inspiring Boy Scout 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, we will sing silly songs and goofy cheers, we’ll give the kids their awards for the year, and then the Boy Scouts from Troop 773 will come in and do their advancement ceremony.

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


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. 

We’ve set up a SignUpGenius here for you to do that.  A Scout is helpful.  You can be too!


Schedule:

Saturday:

2-4 pm:            Arrival, set-up

4-6:00 pm:      Guided activities and crafts

6:00-7:00 pm: Dinner

7:00 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 - 

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 E, which is around the campfire area.  We also have 5 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 and Breakfast:

We will share a potluck dinner, with the Pack providing hot dogs and hamburgers (including veggie versions), and each family asked to bring a dish to share.  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.

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

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

         

Food items to bring
    • Side dish to share with the pack for dinner, please provide utensils
    • Beverages for your family (beverages for dinner provided by pack)
    • 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
    • Cup
    • Cutler


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.

 

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. 

 

Safety:

-          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.

Pack Meeting - Pack Olympics

posted Mar 22, 2018, 3:05 PM by Web Master   [ updated Apr 7, 2018, 7:17 AM ]

Friday, April 13th, 7pm, PUMC.  Pack Olympics.  Join us for the April pack meeting.  Races, games and competitions.  

Pinewood Derby

posted Jan 10, 2018, 5:21 PM by Web Master   [ updated Feb 27, 2018, 4:58 AM ]

Saturday, March 10th, 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 9th 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 7:30pm.  We are simply trying to avoid checking in all cars at once.

 

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

Scout Sunday - February 11th, 10am

posted Jan 10, 2018, 5:12 PM by Web Master   [ updated Jan 15, 2018, 9:37 AM ]

Join our Pack for Scout Sunday at Potomac United Methodist Church.  This is an excellent opportunity for the parishioners of PUMC to see our Pack and for us to thank them for their generous support.  Coffee hour following.

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