The forecast for this upcoming weekend is looking perfect. Below are details about the schedule of Saturday’s (10/15) events and important information.
The Campfire Program is open to families and well behaved siblings of Pack 735. Overnight Camping is open to Pack 735 Families/Scouts (youth must be in Kindergarten or older to camp overnight-Parent or Guardian must be present). Not in Pack 735? Sorry you cannot camp unless you join but you are very welcome to join us for the Campfire Program!
Everyone should plan to attend the Campfire Program which is our October Pack Meeting. Camping is optional and sign up is required to camp overnight. …sign up sent via email only.
Our lively Campfire Program starts promptly at 5PM at the council ring, Reading Town Forest. Signs and glow sticks will mark the path from Compost Center to council ring…about a 15min walk.
Program Times/Details (camping details below the schedule)
In the Morning/Early afternoon dens are getting together to work on a rank adventure at the time and location that works best for them. Each den is doing their activity separately and your den leaders should have communicated where and when your den is meeting for their adventure. If you don’t have an email from your den leader, please contact them to get the information.
3:30pm The whole pack will meet at the Old Council Ring in the Town Forest for the buckthorn pulling service project. The Old Council Ring is the one with the benches around the fire pit. We will have signs and glow sticks to help guide your way on the 15 minute walk from Strout Ave (compost center).
4:30pm The tiger den (1st grade) and any new scouts who joined the pack this year will work on their bobcat requirements with me at the Old Council Ring. You can find the bobcat requirements in the first few pages of your scout’s book to get an idea of what we will be doing. Some of our older scouts will be assisting in teaching the new scouts. Tiger and new scout parents, as part of the bobcat requirements, please complete the exercises in the pamphlet How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide. This is the small booklet that is glued into the cover of the scout books.
5:00pm We will start the campfire program and each family will eat the picnic dinner they brought. Our program will include skits, songs, and awards earned during the den activities earlier in the day. We will wrap up the campfire program with s’mores. The campfire program will end by 7:00.
7:00pm Families that are not camping will hike out of the Town Forest back to their cars parked on Grove Street.
For those that are camping:
9:15pm Quiet Time
10:00pm Lights out
10:30pm Fire out, all campers sleeping
7am-8am Breakfast and coffee sponsored by Pack735 and prepared by the Wolf Den
8:15am-9am Camp Tear Down and Clean up – all attendees help with site clean up, then hike out together
Please note: Overnight Campers must provide their own Camping gear, tent, sleeping bag, lights, refillable water bottle, jackets, gloves, socks, etc. Please pay close attention to the weather and temperature to assure your child will be safe and warm. Attendees/Participants must comply with specific rules regarding Guide To Safe Scouting and Youth Protection requirements. Please take a moment to review the Rules, Guide to Safe Scouting and Youth Protection on our website before the trip.
Please note, this is not a drop-off event. Each overnight youth must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. All participants and attendees must comply with BSA Scouting’s Guide to Safe Scouting, Youth Protection, fire and family safety rules & requirements listed below. All participants will be provided these rules prior to the event and at the event. We ask for your help in assuring the safety of our Scouts during this fun family event. These safety rules are non-negotiable.
Parking and walking to the Old Council Ring:
All attendees, including campers, will park along Grove Street outside the entrance (compost center gate will be locked when our program ends). The town knows we are camping in the Town Forest and is aware cars will be parked along Grove Street. We use the compost center entrance at the corner of Grove St and Strout Ave. Signs and glow sticks will light the way up to the Old Council Ring from the Compost Center Entrance only (Not from Wood End School). Yes, you will walk up the road that goes directly through the Compost Center itself and the mountain of dirt right into the woods. For the entirety of the event and camping, we will have two emergency vehicles up at the Old Council Ring in the event a quick evacuation is ever needed.
What to bring:
- Picnic dinner for your family that does not require cooking
- Cub Scout 6 essentials (First Aid Kit, Water Bottle, Flashlight, Snack, Sun\Cold Protection, Whistle)
- Camp chairs (Optional – the council ring has some benches but not enough for all)
- Dress warm – forecast during the campfire is clear skies and in the mid 50’s
- Your scout spirit! (Most important ingredient for a fun campfire)
Overnight Campers must provide their own camping gear, tent, sleeping bag, lights, etc. Please pay close attention to the weather and temperature to assure your child will be safe and warm. I would recommend bringing two extra blankets to put over and under your sleeping bag. All attendees/participants must comply with specific rules regarding Guide To Safe Scouting and Youth Protection requirements. Please take a moment to review the Rules, Guide to Safe Scouting and Youth Protection on our website before the trip.Cub Scouts know: BE PREPARED
We have a vehicle driving personal camping gear up to the Old Council Ring for those who don’t want to carry their stuff. Please drop off your labeled gear to Tricia McCarrty’s garage (43 Pinevale Ave) on Friday from 6-7pm. Your gear will stay at Tricia’s overnight and be transported up to the Old Council Ring on Saturday by noon. Feel free to come and get your gear and set up your tent anytime after 12:00pm on Saturday. It will be dark when our campfire program ends so it would be best to do it before we start the program at 5:00pm.
All campers must bring a mess kit (plate, hot cup, bowl, and utensils) for use at breakfast. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just practical.
Please note, this is not a drop-off event. Each overnight youth must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. All participants and attendees must comply with BSA Scouting’s Guide to Safe Scouting, Youth Protection, fire and family safety rules & requirements. We ask for your help in assuring the safety of our scouts during this fun family event. These safety rules are non-negotiable.
Contact Tricia or myself if you have any questions or would like to discuss any of the details.
Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday.