And we’re off! If you missed our Welcome Back Meeting and Model Rocket Launch on Friday (9/17) fear not! There is more fun to come (see list below!). It’s common for new families to join us well into the fall. Want to join? See our “Join Us” section in menu!
Please see below for upcoming Sept/Oct Events!!!!
UPDATE- October Campfire Program (All Scouts) and October Overnight Camp (by sign up) are this Friday Oct. 8. We are on! Weather is perfect. Go here to learn more or see program note in thread below:
Campfire Program and Overnight Details
Camping Gear list and Safety requirements
Rocket Launch back up dates coming soon... The Sun went down fast Friday night and some kids didn’t get to launch which stinks. Please note, we’re planning a second launch for kids who didn’t get to launch-more coming on final date selection. Noted if you recruit someone before the second launch they will get a rocket to build and launch at this TBD event. (yeah, Friday was really really cool…smore to come)
Near term Events- Please mark your calendars and check back for any updates!
Please note, your Den Leader will provide info on any Den Meetings (single grade only) not listed below
9/25 Saturday – Camp 40 Acres Den Meeting Rotations! Andover, MA
Camp40A is located at: 179 Woburn Street, ANDOVER, MA (10min drive)
(9/27- oh my, this was fun! Thanks to all who joined us and helped out!!)
- Kindergarten-Lions- NA- Once we get all Lions signed up we’ll pick a date in Reading. Sit tight til then.
- 1st Grade-Tigers- 10:30-11:30AM
- 2nd Grade-Wolf- 4:30-5:30PM
- 3rd Grade-Bears- ((updated: 9-10AM))
- 4 & 5th Grade-Webelos1 and Webelos2 (AOLs) 5:30 Arrival -Set up and Camping. (Camping for Webelos Families only and Sign Up required. See Chad for Sign Up. Join us for evening Campfire Program practice even if not camping!
Program goals for Camp40A Den Rotations: work together on campfire program- song, skit, cheer (1 each). The Song, Skit, Cheer are adventure requirements (see Adventure Book) and the basis of our super fun & entertaining October Campfire Program!
Bonus points if your Den parents learn one or two skits/songs that PARENTs deliver. But please, have the kids learn a song, a song and skit. Every Den will need those for the October Campfire!
Content! Please keep these Scout Appropriate! NO Adult themes. No bullying. No Scary Ghost Stories. Leave adult stuff to adult events. We want everyone to feel welcomed, safe and happy at our Campfire Program.. Need ideas? Youtube Campfire Songs and Skits (just keep them Cub Scout Age Appropriate please!)
(updated)-10/1 Friday, October 1 JW Killam Cub Scouts- JWK PTO Service Project. 1PM-4PM @JWK. Each year we lead a service project to beautify JWK spaces. Super fun event, Service matters and the PTO really appreciates our help. I want to see all JWK Scouts fams that afternoon. Check PTO website for time of arrival! Sign up!
JE families??? Please ask your PTO how you can help with a service project. I heard this isn’t possible at JE and THAT is NUTS! There is nothing that isn’t possible. I challenge you all to change the narrative and get active. Many of us are on or help our PTO and lending a helping hand to our schools matters.
10/8 Friday, October 8 Campfire and Camp Overnight in our own Reading Town Forest (ALL Dens, All Grades- Don’t miss this one!!!)
Reading Town Forest (RTF) @ Scrub Hill (AKA Scout Hill) – Campfire Program (“the Show”/Opening) starts at 7PM. Hike in from Strout Ave/Compost Center Entrance promptly at 6:30PM! Campers can arrive to set up tents as early as 5PM. (camping…sign up will be required for safety reasons). Beyond the awesome campfire program, there will be snacks, s’mores and awards plus breakfast following morning for all campers. Yes, everyone helps to make this happen so please be super cool and ask how you might help. You’ll make new friends, I promise.
Need help crossing the Camping Chasm? Reach out to Chad, Tricia or your Den Leader directly. Camping in RTF is a safe way to learn the basics. You can and should do this! It’s a blast!
(updated) Scouts Skills Den Event, Saturday, Oct 23rd (was 10/16), Reading Town Forest, Main “old” Council Ring (firepit)! Den Leaders will share schedule details soon. We will be teaching some really useful basics like: (safe & responsible) fire building, cold/wet weather camp gear, lean-to/shelter building and every parent’s favorite, useful knots! Final Schedule coming soon-will be selected by each Den w/ their Den Leader.
NOVEMBER!!!!! Don’t miss our Nov13th Pie-Tastic Celebration & Campfire AND Webelos/TurkeyJam the prior weekend Nov6th. Check Pack Calendar listed in Banner!
Pie-Tastic Celebration 11/13- Scouts will “pie” Chad, Tricia, Den Leaders and other adults…at least the Scouts who participated in our fall fundraising! This event is crazy fun and highly memorable. Beyond the Pie-Madness we’ll also be announcing our “Invention Convention” events & handing out awards!! Start talking to your Scout about STEM, Invention and Making! We’ll be igniting minds at this meeting, so don’t miss it!
Webelos Turkey Jam sign up sent to Webelos families via email…need sign up by 10/15 to plan food for Nov 6th’s Dinner.
As always, please invite a friend, especially Kindergarten and First Graders! We have been blessed with very strong and thriving Dens but this only happens because parents invite other parents. We are all just parents who work together to provide rewarding experiences, outdoor skills, and service oriented mindsets for our youth. Fact- Scouts is better when we work together.