The First Official Pack 306 Geocache is Now Live!

Hello again, Pack 306!

As we jump into the new Scouting year – and with all the focus on fundraising, I thought it would be fun to introduce a bit of adventure into these early days.

Have you ever hunted for a treasure?  A real, hidden treasure?  Well guess what?  Pack 306 just hid one – here in Rutland – and YOU CAN FIND IT.

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http://www.geocaching.com

If you’re not familiar with geocaching, it’s an outdoor treasure hunting game.  The Boy Scouts have a merit badge specifically for geocaching, and many of the outdoor activities associated with the game fit inside Cub Scout advancement requirements.  It’s a great opportunity to get our boys active with friends, having fun, and learning outdoor skills at the same time.  It’s what we all signed up for!

The nature of the game:

Geocache containers are hidden and their GPS coordinates are posted.  Players use a smart phone or other GPS-enabled device to navigate to those coordinates and try to find the container.  The container includes a logbook – where finders can record their visit – as well as a pile of small goodies known as SWAG.  The rule is – you must record your visit in the logbook, and any SWAG you take from the cache must be replaced with something of equal or greater value.  (trinkets)  You must then restore the cache to its hiding place in the condition you found it (or better) so the next player can enjoy the hunt as much as you did.

The first 306 geocache is now in play – but there’s another one coming.  Our Cubs will be able to visit the first one and hear from players who have visited it, but the second one will be placed by the Scouts themselves during the upcoming season.

And there’s a twist.  The first cache included two trackable items – something we’ll talk about during one of our den meetings.  The next one will include two more.  Two of these items are a lock and a key.  Our Scouts will be able to follow these items and see if anyone in the geocaching community can bring them together.

Let the hunt begin, and watch out for Muggles!

2015 Fundraising Kickoff

Hello, 306!!!

Welcome to the 2015-2016 Scouting season!  The leadership team has been working hard over the summer to put together an exciting schedule, a fundraising plan, and a number of new resources to make this one of our best seasons ever.

Kicking off the whole shebang are two rapidly approaching events:

  • Bike Rally at TVSR – The first is coming up in less than a week.  On August 30, we will be doing foodservice for the annual Bike Rally at Treasure Valley.  We need as many Scouts as we can muster to help hand out food, work the cash box, and restock the coolers – as well as adults to help with the food prep.  Pack leaders will be arriving at around 9:30 am in order to get everything set up and the grill running by 11:00.  Scouts and parents are welcome to arrive for setup, but our biggest need will be when serving starts at 11.  Please let me or your Den Leader know ASAP if you are available to help out with this event – and if so, what your available times are.
  • Popcorn Kickoff – Popcorn sales are our biggest fundraiser of the year, and the boys’ biggest opportunity to earn prizes and even free summer camp.  We will be having a big sales event on September 13.  We will start with a Pack meeting at the town common (weather permitting).  A group of Scouts, parents, and leaders will sell at the common, while other groups team up and canvas local neighborhoods door-to-door.  We will have product on-hand, and order sheets for future delivery of anything we’re short of.  Popcorn sales continue throughout the upcoming weeks – individual and as a Pack at local businesses and events.  We NEED as many Scouts as possible to help with this effort; this is our biggest fundraising event of the year, and it’s what allows us to keep dues low and fund activities during the year for no additional cost.  Let me or your Den Leader know if you can attend the day of the kickoff – mid morning to mid afternoon.  For those who want to keep the fun going – and fuel up after some serious selling – the popcorn kickoff will be followed the annual 306 unofficial cookout – including awesome food, zip lining, and fun for all.

Again, welcome to the new season, and on behalf of the leadership team – thank you for supporting your boys in Scouting.  We’re honored to have such a dedicated group of Scouts and parents in 306.

Webelos Woods Registration Opening Soon

Registration for Webelos Woods will be opening in Mid August this year.  This is an event that typically sells out, so be sure to sign up early and take advantage of early-bird savings.

Webelos Woods is a two-night camping adventure running October 2-4 in Treasure Valley.  Open to all Webelos and Arrow of Light / Webelos II Scouts, this is the premier event to introduce these Scouts to the world of adventure that awaits them in Boy Scouts when they cross over to the Troop.  This year’s program incorporates a number of changes and updates that will make this the most exciting Webelos Woods EVER!

Webelos and AOL parents – keep an eye out for an update when registration opens and make sure to sign up early!

Promotional video for 2015

Footage from last year’s event

Rocket Launch Awesomeness

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The first annual Pack 306 rocket launch was a huge success!  Thanks to all the Scouts for making this a fun and safe adventure, and to all the parents for jumping in and helping out where needed.  In addition to the Scouts all launching their own rockets, this launch marked the maiden voyage of the massive Pack 306 “Rutland Rocket”.

If anyone wants to launch their rockets again during the summer – or build bigger, more complex rockets and launch them – Pack 306 has launch equipment for rockets of every size.  (And many of our kids are looking for ANY excuse to send another missile into the stratosphere :)  Contact me at dwilcomb@icloud.com or 617-974-6960.

Rocket Launch Tomorrow!

One last reminder that tomorrow, June 20, is our rocket launch event at 10:30am.  (Details here)  If you haven’t built a rocket – no sweat!  We have some pre-built and ready to go!  Hope to see everyone there!

The Rocket Launch is Tomorrow!

Hello, Pack 306!  This Saturday – June 20 – is our first annual Rocket Launch at 10:30am!  Many of the boys have built rocket kits at home or during our den meetings that we will launch at this event.  The kit is provided free of charge, so if you don’t have one – let me know ASAP at dwilcomb@icloud.com or 617-974-6960.  Engines, igniters, and launch equipment will be present at the launch.

Assembly takes less than an hour with household glue, and some of the rockets that the kids will be launching will go almost half a mile high!  Any questions during assembly – let me know at the contact info above.  We’ll have extras to launch on-site as well – including the MAMMOTH 306 Rutland Rocket!

The launch will be held at  Rutland Heights – just behind Central Tree Middle School.  (Coming from Main Street, turn into Naquag and follow the road back past the Elementary school and past Central Tree.  Just after the Central Tree parking lot – as the road continues –  there is a dirt road on the right that goes up to a clearing behind the school.

A quick video of the approach:


We’ll see you there!