October Campfire Program & Pack Meeting

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!

Everyone should plan to attend the Campfire Program which is our October Pack Meeting. Camping is optional and sign up is required to camp. …sign up posted on update page HERE

Our lively Campfire Program starts promptly at 7PM at the Scrub Hill, Reading Town Forest. Signs and glow sticks will mark the path from Compost Center to Scrub Hill…about a mile walk. Maps found here

Details below include Timing Details, Parking Details, Rules/Regs/YouthProtection requirements.

Campfire Program Times/Details

• 6:30PM Group hike to Scrub Hill, meet at Reading Compost Center Entrance at the corner of Grove St, Strout Ave, -near 400 Grove Street, Reading, MA -we leave the entrance promptly at 6:30PM-please arrive on time.

6:30PM -last gear vehicle transporting chairs leaves Compost Center! (don’t be late)

• 6:45PM all participants to arrive Scrub Hill location in Reading Town Forest

• 7PM-8:15PM Campfire Program- Scrub Hill location, Campfire circle (Songs, Skits, Flag Retirement Ceremony & awesomeness)

• 8:15PM S’mores!

• 8:40PM Group hike out to Compost Center entrance/parking for family members not camping.  (yeah, we know, it’s late…my wife and I give our kids a pass on Pack meeting nights. The benefit & memories to our boys and family from these events is an important bond that outweighs a sleepy Saturday for our family)

Please note: Pack 735 provides light snacks and water at the campfire program. Please eat dinner prior to arriving!

Overnight Camping Times/Details

Thursday Night Gear Loading

  • Overnight campers should plan to drop off Tents/Gear Thursday night 7-8PM at St Athanasius Parish. We will have two gear vans that will transport your gear to the site early Friday afternoon. Note-this shuttle is for Overnight campers only.

Friday night Camp set up

• 5PM-6PM Campers arrive, set up Tents/Site. Only Pack735 Gear Vehicle & Safety Vehicles may be in the Forest. We will arrange 2 Shuttles for Gear running from Compost Center entrance 5:15PM & 5:45PM  HOWEVER we ask campers to drop off gear Thursday Night, 7-8PM at St Athanasius. Drop off Thursday makes easier for all.

Street parking available along Grove Street, just outside Compost Center/Town Forest Entrance. Or park and WoodEnd and hike from WoodEnd…only do this if you’ve done this hike at least 3 times and know the way very well.

• 6:30PM all Tents must be set up- Note, all campers provide their own tents and sleeping gear. Pack 735 does not provide tents or sleeping gear.

• 9:15PM Quiet Time.

• 10PM Lights out,

10:30PM Fires out, All overnight Campers bedtime.

Saturday morning

• 7AM-8:00AM Breakfast provided by Pack735 Webelos 1 Scouts.-

• 8:15AM-9AM Camp Tear Down and Clean up – all attendees help with site clean up

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 shown below. Cub Scouts know: BE PREPARED

Please note, this is not a drop-off event. There are no drop offs. 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. Questions? Call Cubmaster Chad at 339.927.0062

Parking and ways to the Scrub Hill in the Reading Town Forest

The Scrub Hill location is just beyond  “old” Council Ring is located in the Reading Town Forest. There are two places to park and two ways to Scrub Hill.

  • From Reading Compost Center Entrance
  • From Woodend Elementary School parking lot

From Reading Compost Center –

• Street Parking along Grove Street outside the entrance (gate will be locked)

• Entrance is at Corner of Grove St and Strout Ave.

• Signs and glow sticks will light the way to Scrub Hill from the Compost Center Entrance only but not from Wood End.

• Yes, you walk up the road that goes directly through the Compost Center itself.

• Meet at 6:30PM for Group Hike to Scrub Hill Arrive on time. We leave promptly at 6:30PM. Each year well meaning parents get lost. You won’t like that, it delays our program and the anecdote is to arrive on time and hike with the group.

• Please note, this forest isn’t Yosemite but each year families get lost along the way. Bring your cell phone. There are a few twists and turns. All will be provided a map.

• Hike time from Compost Center ~15-20min

From WoodEnd Elementary -do not use this route if you’ve never walked this route at least 3x’s! This is no joke, if you do not know this trail, you will get lost. It is however the shortest route to the Old Council Ring and Scrub Hill. Only hike this if you have practiced this route.

• Parking at WoodEnd Elementary Parking Lot. 85 Sunset Rock Ln, Reading, MA – there is a ton of parking there. 🙂

• Trails to the Old Council Ring/Scrub Hill start at the west side of the WoodEnd Soccer/Ball Fields.

• There are two trails to the Old Council Ring/ScrubHill -one long, one short, both twisty and sometimes muddy. This trail can be overgrown at this time of year. Please have map, compass and do not walk it alone…bring another family. There is safety in numbers.

• Again, we will have signs and glow sticks from the Compost Center Entrance.

• Hike time from WoodEnd is 12-20 min (depends if you know the shortest route)

Gear Drop-Off and Shuttle schedule and Town Forest driving requirements will be provided 10/5 via email

Please note, the Town Forest Committee wants to reduce the number of vehicles in the Forest. Trails to the Council Ring are not wide enough for two vehicles to pass thus we ask that only vehicles carrying very heavy items like campfire wood drive up. We ask Campers to carpool due to limited street parking at Compost Center Entrance. If possible bring a wagon or beach cart to transport your gear to the Council Ring Camp site. It’ll be a great memory. Also, driving in the forest is limited to 10mph. Watch for dogs, hikers and bikers who are not accustomed to seeing cars in the forest. The Town Forest Committee is considering revoking our right to drive to the Council Ring. Please respect these rules so our Gear Trucks can continue to drive to the Council Ring.

Do not drive in the forest unless Chad gave you permission.

Rules, Guide to Safe Scouting and Youth Protection

All participants must follow the Guide to Safe Scouting, Youth Protection rules and our Pack 735 rules. These are non-negotiable. Pack 735 Leadership may ask any attendee to leave the event for violation of any rule below or stated in BSA Youth Protection or the Guide to Safe Scouting. Thanks for your commitment to safety and respecting our rules.  Questions about these requirements? Contact Cubmaster Chad directly at 339.927.0062

Scout rules apply- Remember the Youth Protection Training Guidelines. These are established to keep everyone safe and healthy. https://www.scouting.org/training/youth-protection/

We follow the Guide to Safe Scouting and Youth Protection rules-Everyone must follow these rules https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/

Youth Protection rules:

Tent Rules

  •  No adult may enter any tent occupied by a Scout or child other than their own family member..  If there is a Scout or Child other than your own child who is in a tent (even your own tent) you cannot enter the tent until the non-family member Scout or Youth/Sibling vacates the tent. These are BSA National rules. The rules won’t change or budge. Please follow them.
    • If you run into an issue where another kid will not leave your tent please find the child’s parent or Cubmaster immediately. Thanks following these simple rules.
  •  There is no mixed gender camping allowed in same tent unless from the same family. As a rule, Scouts sleep in their own families Tents. These are the rules. Follow them. Boys and Girls cannot share a tent unless from the same family
  • Two adults, who are not married, may not share the same tent at Cub Scout event. This is especially true if kids from one adult are present in tent. No adult can tent with a child who is not from their own legal family.
  • Boys and Girls may not share the same tent unless from the same family.

4 Webelos Scouts may share the same tent only if the youth are the same sex, if permissible by the Scout’s Parent/Guardian and if within 2years in age of each other. No adult may share this tent in this situation. Scouts greater than 2years difference in age may not share the same tent unless from the same family.

Buddy System

  • All Scouts must follow the buddy system. A buddy should know the whereabouts of their buddy at all times.
  • The number one buddy of our youth participants (Scouts or visitor) is their parent. You the parent are responsible for your child on all Pack 735 outings. We do everything possible to keep all Scouts safe but this is the responsibility of all Parents in the Pack.

Two deep Leadership, two deep “Adulting”

  • Two Adults (one Leader & one Parent) are required at all Cub Scout Events.
  • No one adult may be alone with any one youth other than their own child at any time. This extends to carpooling, to and from Scout Events, going to toilet, or even finding another adult. If the child is not your child you cannot be alone with that child going to or from or during Scout events, regardless of permission from the child’s parent. There must always be a third. These rules are non-negotiable and are designed to protect our youth and to set clear expectations with our cohort of parents. Leaders are required to report any suspicious activity related to Youth Protection violations to Council Leadership and local authorities.

Toilets, wash rooms and showers

  • At Scout Jamborees and Council Locations these facilities are separated by Youth and Adult. Adults may not enter Youth facilities. Youth may not enter Adult Facilities.
  • At Pack 735 Overnights- We provide Porta-toilet at our Campfire/Overnight. This toilet may only be occupied by one person at a time.
  • Parents- we try our best to keep it clean and will do all that is possible to assure cleanliness and safety. We look for your help in this effort. Fellas, teach your boys to not pee on the seat. Beyond being rude, it is a mess to clean up.

Guide to Safe Scouting

  • We give the kids a long leash so they can grow and develop, however certain behaviors and actions are not acceptable:
    • No Bullying- Each parent has responsibility to assure all youth feel welcome and safe. This starts by assuring our own children are welcoming and do not bully.
    • No Hazing- we do not allow any rituals or activities of initiation or hazing. This may have happened in Scoutings past but is not allowed today or in the future.
    • No touching, no wrestling, no fighting. In Cub Scouts we keep our hands to ourselves. The only time we allow touching between Scouts is during programmed group activities where Scouts work together to accomplish a game or task.
    • No adult should touch any youth other than Scout hand shakes and high fives.
  • Only Scouts who have earned their Whittling Chip  (Bear Den or older) may possess or use a pocket knife at Scout events.Pocket Knives may only be used inside the circle of safety meaning no other person, youth or adult may be within arms reach of the Scout who using their pocket knife.
    • Pocket knife usage for Whittling Chip awarded Scouts is at the discretion of the CubMaster or Den Leader.
  • FireMaster- this person is in charge fire safety and the fire. Their job is to keep everyone safe so please listen to them and follow their rules. There are no exceptions. Rules will be communicated at beginning of program.
  • No Scouts may play with the fire or interact with the fire unless cooking marshmallows.
  • Youth and adults must keep clear of Fire Pit edge. No running or horseplay
  • Only the FireMaster may tend to the fire. This is non-negotiable.
  • No liquid, gel or gaseous fuel allowed. Matches, Logs only.
  • Cub Scout fires are not bonfires. Larger bonfires are for older youth in BoyScouts or Venture Crews.
  • No Alcohol of any kind is allowed at our Campfire Event or Overnight events-none. Please don’t bring it. Many of us love an adult beverage from time to time but this is not the time or event for beers or flasks or adult beverages or smoking. Please be an adult and leave it at home during this event.
  • No smoking or vaping at Cub Scout Events, inside or outside.
  • No Guns or weapons at Scout events regardless of permitting. Do not bring Guns, Bows, Arrows, Throwing Stars, or Hatchets or any other weapon to Cub Scout Events. This is non-negotiable.  Be an adult, leave it at home.
  • No Pets – Sorry. I LOVE dogs but we cannot have pets at this Scout event, nor cats or goats or small pony’s other things people try to sneak on airplanes and into malls. (but no joke, leave the pets at home)