Hi all, as we all know, COVID interrupted a rather awesome Scout year but we got through it and ended the year strong despite challenges and moving to virtual meetings.
Please note, we are actively working on the new schedule for this fall/spring. 2020-2021. There will be two POV’s created, one that looks like a normal year and one that looks like a COVID year. We will determine which works best based on direction from the State, our local Council and YOU, the parents. More to come. But if you are new to Scouting below is a taste of our normal, quite fun program year. All can expect to see the new Program in a couple weeks. -Thx Chad
2019-2020 Program and Events below:
Welcome back Scouts and new recruits! Below you will find our much anticipated 2019-2020 Cub Scout Pack 735 program (aka- events and activities). Cub Scout Pack 735 serves youth, grade K-5, from Joshua Eaton Elementary and J.W. Killam Elementary in Reading, MA.
Please note, events below represent “Pack” level activities (Pack = all Dens/grade levels). Individual Dens (grade levels) will post Den specific activities following our first Pack Meeting on September 20th. Dens meet 1-2 per month depending on Den. Also, TBD model rocket launch to take place in spring -date coming soon.
Been there! September 20 Friday – ! First Pack Meeting ! New Parent/Scout Orientation, Rain Gutter Regatta, heaps of smiles. All are welcome
7PM at St Athanasius Parish Center, 300 Haverhill Road, Reading, MA.
Did that! September 28, Saturday, 11AM-Noon 1st Graders- first Tiger Den Meeting. Meet at Woodend Elementary Soccer Field/Trail Head
October 5, Saturday, 9AM – The Great Hike for Donuts- Reading Town Forest. Meet at Compost Center Entrance, corner of Grove Street and Strout Ave.. -Learn how to find the Reading Scouts Council Ring and Scrub Hill Campsite location. –All Scouts must bring the the “Six Cub Scout Essentials” and a back pack (google it 😉 ) (Parking not allowed in the Compost Center or Forest…please street park and be kind to the land owners…don’t park in yards.
October 11, Campfire program (7PM) & Overnight Campout, Reading Town Forest, located at Scrub Hill Camp which is just a short walk further than the “old” Council Ring location, along the same fire road. Note-the campfire program has moved to Scrub Hill and will not be at the old Council Ring, which is off limits until Forestry Management in December.
Note-Saturday 10/12 AM- is Webelos 1&2 Outdoor Adventure Skills following camp breakfast. The Webelos program is for 4th and 5th graders only. No siblings please as we want the kids to have the best experience possible.
Optional- 10/19 Council wide activity: Pumpkinfest, Camp Sayre, Milton, MA (not paid for by Pack 735)
Nov 8 – Friday. Pie-tastic Pack Meeting & Campfire 7PM – New Council Ring -Reading Town Forest …near Woodend Elementary Soccer Fields. There will be Pies, songs, campfire and celebrations of top fundraisers, as well as, our first Awards!
Webelos 1&2 only- November 16th Turkey Jam!! Reading Town Forest at Scrub Hill. This is an amazing event for 4th and 5th graders who join with old Troop Scouts for an afternoon of skills, fun and a fabulous Turkey Dinner. Not a Webelos (4th/5th grade) but want to come? Sorry, you can’t. Webelos families only. You’ll get your chance in 4th and 5th grade. 🙂
Optional- Nov 30 – Saturday 6pm -Stars & Snacks Evening Hike – Reading Town Forest -Meet at Compost Center Entrance at Grove and Strout Ave. -bring a flash light, a snack and your best jacket (Post Thanksgiving weekend walk). We’ll walk off that Turkey and stuffing, and enjoy some great conversation with friends.
Dec 13 – Friday Holiday Pack Meeting 7PM -@St. Athanasius Parish Center
Charity Toy Drive, Scout/Sibling Gift Swap, AWARDS Ceremony and Firetrucks at St Athanasius Parish Center. Part Holiday Celebration, part service project, our Holiday Party is not to be missed. There will be awards, a nutty gift swap, charity toy donation and if all goes as planned, a visit from our friends at the Reading Fire Department.
All Scouts should bring one gift to donate to Toys for Tots and one wrapped gift for the Gift Swap.
- Please bring a new, unwrapped gift of any value to donate to Toys for Tots. Please note, this is different than the gift swap shown below.
Annual Scout Gift Swap
- Gift Swap!!! Bring a wrapped gift, $15 or less, for our annual Scout Gift Swap.
- Siblings are welcome to participate in the Gift Swap, just make sure to bring a gift for your Scout and Sibling to swap.
- Every Scout will be able to have fun and participate on Friday! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help with a sponsored gift for the Gift Swap. We are happy to help.
Optional- Dec 21 – All Pack Sledding at Barrows, 10AM -if we have snow
Jan 10 – Friday Game Night & January Pack Meeting 7PM, St Athanasius Parish Center. This event has proven so awesome we decided to make it a tradition. The Bear Den plans the games. The Pack brings fun. Don’t miss this.
1/21 – Tuesday – Pinewood “Cut Night” -make cars at our Cub Scout wood shop in the basement hall at St Athanasius. That’s right- we transform the basement into a workshop including bandsaws, sanders and design templates. Awesome fun for family so Mom and Dad, be there or be square.
1/31 – Impound Night –Turn in and weigh Pine Wood Cars at St Athanasius Parish Center in preparation for racing. All Scouts weigh in for the big race Feb 1!
Feb 1, Saturday- PineWood Derby !!! @ Joshua Eaton Elementary. One of the greatest Cub Scout traditions of all time. We race, we eat, we play games and more games and we celebrate the winners circle together.
-(Remove)- 2/14 Pack Meeting Valentines Day
2/29 -Saturday Morning – Pack 735 SnowTubing -Nashoba Valley Tube Hill. Sign up required. We’ve had so much fun tubing the last two years that we’ve turned this into a tradition of sorts. Bundle up and show up. This event rocks.
3/14 – Saturday Pack Meeting Campfire Breakfast 8am -Reading Town Forest. Old Council Ring (assuming we are cleared to use location by Town Forest Committee following Forest Management in December -if not we move to New Council Ring.) Join the entire Pack for Breakfast in the forest. We will cook over flame. There will be coffee and tea and outdoor skills for the Scouts.
Spring Overnight, March date-TBD (sign up required)
Mystic Aquarium, Mystic, CT
April 3 Friday – Blue&Gold Banquet/PotLuck & Arrow of Light Cross Over Ceremony @ St Agnes Parish Hall. The Blue and Gold is another Cub Scout Tradition. Families come together to share amazing home cooked food, stories, entertainment and a celebration of our Arrow of Light Scouts.
May 9 – Campfire Program and Overnight Campout, Reading Town Forest, Scout Hill, Old Council Ring (assuming we are cleared to camp by Town Forest Committee following Forest Management in December). This time around the skits are on the parents. Sure our Dens will lead with Song, Skit and Cheer but Mom and Dad, find a friend or two because we want to see no less than 3 awesome skits and songs from our Parents. Scouts thrive when Parents participate and Scouts bond with parents as a result. See you there.
5/23 Saturday – Decoration Day – Service Project -9AM- Each year Reading Scouts place flags and flowers on Veteran Graves throughout Reading. This service project is not only beautiful, it is fun and community center. I want to see everyone at this events because, “many hands make light work.”
5/25 Monday – Memorial Day Parade and Service – You heard that right! We’re in the Memorial Day Parade. Come see your Scout smile bigger and brighter than you’ve ever seen before. Short service paying respect and reverence to fallen town veterans follows.
June 12- Friday, 7PM Final Pack Meeting and Rank Awards Ceremony/Campfire @ New Council Ring at Reading Town Forest, near WoodEnd Soccer Fields. Not only will your Scout receive their rank award at this meeting but we’ll come together for one last rocking event, eat a ton of s’mores and put a happy cap on an awesome year of Cub Scouts.