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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.

Blue & Gold Dinner - Saturday February 10th, 5pm

posted Jan 10, 2018, 5:05 PM by Web Master   [ updated Jan 15, 2018, 9:22 AM ]

Join us for our annual Blue & Gold Dinner.  Your entire family is invited to this catered event.  Please bring a cake created by you and your son to enter our cake completion.  This year's cake theme is Star Wars.  Buy your tickets HERE.

Pinewood Derby Workshop, Saturday, January 20th, 10:20am

posted Jan 3, 2018, 6:18 AM by Web Master   [ updated Jan 3, 2018, 6:20 AM ]

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church 
9200 Kentsdale Drive 
Potomac, MD 20854 

Hosted by Troop and Pack 706

This is an opportunity to complete the major tasks of designing and building your cars. We provide a woodworking shop with work stations staffed by experienced volunteers:

· safety briefing with building do’s and don’ts. Eye and ear protection is provided.

· car design station with various templates provided

· basic shape cutting station using multiple band saws

· powers sanding station with multiple bench sanders

· drill station with drill presses rigged to drill holes to insert lead weights (provided)

· weigh station with precision scales to get to the critical 5 ounces

· two powerful dust control systems keep the air clean of saw dust

$15 per car 

BRING PLEASE BRING YOUR CAR KIT.

Pack Meeting - Friday, January 5th, 7pm, PUMC

posted Dec 6, 2017, 12:49 PM by Web Master   [ updated Dec 6, 2017, 12:52 PM ]

Maryland Department of Natural Resources will present their Scales and Tails program at our January pack meeting.  This will be a fun and memorable pack meeting.

Pack Meeting - Friday, December 8th, 7pm, PUMC

posted Dec 6, 2017, 12:44 PM by Web Master   [ updated Dec 6, 2017, 12:51 PM ]

Join us for our December pack meeting.  Awards.  Holiday celebration.  Cookie decorating.  

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

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