It’s October, the leaves are turning and it’s getting cooler…and I haven’t done an update on our pack since February, whoops! Our scouts were very busy over the summer (I guess I was, too, since I haven’t spent a lot of time here updating everyone on the goings on of our pack.)
We always kick off the summer by participating in the Village of Bolingbrook Memorial Day Ceremony. It’s important for the scouts to learn to give back by participating in service projects. Our pack always takes part in both Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day ceremonies.
Our council, Rainbow Council, always kicks off the summer with Cub Scout Day Camp. We had many scouts attend and they had a blast! They got to do archery, BB guns, slingshots, crafts, play sports, and see many guests that visited such as the Police Department.
In July we had a hike near Knoch Knolls Nature Center. The kids had a nice 1 mile hike and spent some time getting the sillies out on the playground as well. It’s great to see the kids playing and enjoying being outside.
Gaga Ball Game
In July we had the kids get together at the Bolingbrook Park District to have a GaGa Ball game. GaGa ball is a favorite among scouts – I think the wetter and muddier, the happier the scouts are.
Another big council activity is Resident Camp. A scout and his or her parent will go spend 3 nights at camp where they will earn a lot of rank advancements. They have fun swimming, hiking, crafts, and learning new skills all while making friends.
We always run a Pack Olympics to round out the summer. It’s so much fun to see the kids do all the events: softball throw, shuttle run, sit-ups, long jump, and running.
This pretty much sums up the summer. I have much more to update you on, but this post is long enough for now. I hope you had a great summer and if you’re thinking about joining scouts, please reach out to us.
February is one of the busiest months in scouting. It’s the birthday of Boy Scouts in America on February 8. We started our month off with Pinewood Derby. It’s definitely a fun and creative activity!
Here’s a list of our winners:
Toby Best design Logan
Toby Best design Logan
Arrow of Light:
Best in Pack:
Celebrating our Leaders
Our leaders are amazing people that help make the pack go. Without these volunteers we would not have a pack! Our award recipients this time were Angie as Rookie of the Year, Erica with Excellence in Leadership, and our past Cubmaster Tom got District Award of Merit.
Tiger Den Meeting
Our Tigers (and a couple siblings) worked on the Shapes in Art elective. They learned how different shapes can be put together to make more interesting art. They also made a 3D water color painting based off of a Van Gogh painting.
Bear Den Meeting
Bears presented about their pets or how animals help us. They also played animal Pictionary. Our den only had cats and dogs.
Blue and Gold
Our last event of the month was bittersweet. We always love seeing what our kids earn and seeing what they’ve accomplished so far this year, but Blue and Gold is also where we say “see ya later” to our Arrow of Light Scouts and a few leaders. Our Cubmaster, Erica, moved on from being Cubmaster…don’t worry she’ll still be around as Chartered Organization Rep. We also lost Calvin. They’ve both been such great leaders and we will miss them in their roles. We had 3 scouts cross over to Scouts BSA in February. One scout went to Troop 131 and the other two went to Troop 75. We had a fun afternoon celebrating the scouts, having a bake auction and silent auction, and having a yummy taco bar.
See you in March
We are beginning our Spring Roundup. We’d love to see your kids have fun in scouts with our kids. Hope you come join us for a future pack or den meeting and see how much fun your child could have as well. Be back soon with a March Activity Roundup.
A new year is a time to start fresh and get excited about a “clean slate.” Our scouts always look forward to our annual Lock-in that happens in January. This year we didn’t have the very late night option, we just had a BRAC Takeover which the scouts had a great time at. Swimming, Pizza, dodgeball and fun!
Each one of the ranks has the option to earn a yo-yo elective. Our Webelos earned this elective in January.
Swimming on land
The Bears met and learned some swimming and boating safety in their Salmon Run elective. In the pictures they are practicing the the reach and throw rescues and then playing charades with some swimming and boating words.
Last Minute Sledding
One of the parents threw up in our group that they were going sledding and a few of the scouts were able to get together and sled last minute.
New Eagle Scout
January 31 one of our Pack 134 alumni, Trevor Fisher, had his Eagle Board of Review and was awarded Eagle. Not only did he earn Eagle but he also earned 3 Eagle Palms. Congrats Trevor! We are all very proud of you.
What’s to come in February
February is a busy month in scouting. It’s the birthday of BSA and we celebrate our Blue and Gold and we also have Pinewood Derby. Be on the lookout for the February post to see how much fun we had.