Announcements


January Pack Meeting - 1/6 Pinewood Derby

posted Dec 30, 2017, 5:06 PM by Westford Pack 100   [ updated Jan 5, 2018, 2:10 PM ]

Good afternoon race fans!
 
The Pack 100 Pinewood Derby is one of the premiere events for the pack.  This year's Pinewood Derby weigh-in and race day is Saturday, January 6th at 9:00 AM also in the Abbot cafeteria.
 
You all should have received your car kit by now. If not please check with your den leader.
 
There are many online resources that will provide building tips.  The below YouTube search link has videos that explain the basic process without getting too technical.
 
Please find the rules located on this page .  This is important to qualify in the Pack race as well as should your car be eligible to go to the district finals, these rules MUST be adhered to in order to avoid disqualification and disappointment!
 
VERY IMPORTANT – PLEASE HAVE YOUR SCOUT NAME THEIR CAR AND SEND TO THEIR DEN LEADER NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 31, 2017!
 
Thanks,
Pack 100 PWD Committee

Wreaths Across America - Service Project - Saturday December 16th

posted Dec 1, 2017, 1:08 PM by Westford Pack 100

Pack 100,

Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, dedicated volunteers honor and remember our Nation's Veterans by laying wreaths at the head stones of Veterans at cemeteries across all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad including Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC.

Wreaths Across America will be laying wreaths at three locations in Westford.  Pack 100 participated in the opening ceremonies last year and we have been invited to participate again this year.  Ceremonies and wreath laying will take place at Fairview Cemetery Main St Westford, 16 December 2017 at noon.  Please arrive 15 minutes early to get situated.  This is a Class A event and is appropriate to wear any special medals (e.g., Freedom Trail medal) that are not normally worn at Pack meetings.

Further information about Wreaths Across America can be found here:



This is a great opportunity for our Scouts to contribute to our community and honor the brave men and women who protect our freedoms. 

If your Scout would like to participate in opening ceremonies and help lay wreaths, please RSVP using the link below or speak to Cubmaster Bob Lokuta.


Thanks,
Pack 100 Committee

Pinewood Derby Workshop - December 14th 7:00 PM

posted Dec 1, 2017, 1:05 PM by Westford Pack 100

To all Cub Scouts,

Boy Scout Troop 437 is hosting a Pinewood Derby building workshop, where the Boy Scouts can assist the Cub Scouts of all ranks in the construction and tuning of their cars. The Boy Scouts are looking for service opportunities and would like to share what they have learned about the PDW with the younger scouts.

Not everyone has the, knowledge, time or equipment at home to successfully complete the project with quality and pride. Building a competitive car can be stressful for the many families. At a workshop event, the Cub Scouts will be coached on the basics of the car build, and many will even qualify for district races. Also, parents will be very pleased with the pride that their sons show towards their car.

Troop 437 has a regular troop meeting on Thursday nights at the American Legion hall on Dunstable Road at 7pm. We will be using one of these evenings for the workshop. We will have all the tools and supplies necessary and can help with cutting and sanding the blocks of wood, polishing axles and wheels, adding weights, pressing axles straight and a basic design check. We will not get into painting or advanced techniques. We will pick up some weight material and other supplies from the scout store and have them available for the Cub Scouts, but we will ask that the costs be covered. Cub Scouts will leave the event with a contender.

Cub Scouts of all ranks are invited to join individually, or as a den activity. "AOL" Scouts have a requirement to visit a Boy Scout troop meeting, which this would qualify as.

Each Cub Scout will need to bring an adult helper, a kit, and some ideas. They should watch some videos and do a little research. They should make some sketches or prints of what they like. There is a lot of ideas online, but the Boy Scouts will bring some of their cars from the past to drive some inspiration.

The date of the workshop is Thursday December 14th. Opening ceremony will be at 7:00 pm and closing will be at 8:30. It would be great to stay for the whole meeting, but feel free to leave early if necessary.

This will be limited to 25 Cub Scouts but we will have a waiting list and could hold a second event if the demand requires it. Please RSVP to reserve your space at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0549aeaa29a0fd0-pinewood

Hope to see you there!

Yours in Scouting,
-Brett Anderson
Assistant Scout Master, Troop 437

Code Night Pack Meeting - Friday December 1st - 7:00 PM

posted Dec 1, 2017, 1:03 PM by Westford Pack 100

When: Friday, December 1st  7:00 PM
Where: Abbot School Cafeteria 
Uniform: Class A 

What: This Friday we will have guests from Code Wiz in for Code Night!

The Scouts will break up into teams of 3-4 and work together with help on a computer coding project!  With age appropriate content for our Lions and Tigers.

Doors open at 6:30 PM for set up, the meeting will start with opening ceremonies promptly at 7:00 PM

Dues and Popcorn Money are Due: If you happen to still owe Dues and/or Popcorn Money, we ask, so that we may settle our books, that you be sure to bring it to this Friday's meeting.

Medical Forms: It is important that we have a completed medical form for all our scouts. Should it be for a Zoo Overnight in Rhode Island, a Mountain hike in New Hampshire, a parade down main street, or for a pack meeting in the Abbot Cafeteria; we are required to have it. Families that still owe forms should be getting an email shortly.

STEM Night Pack Meeting - Thursday November 9th - 7:00 PM

posted Nov 5, 2017, 1:06 PM by Westford Pack 100

When: Thursday, November 9th  7:00 PM
Where: Abbot School Cafeteria 
Uniform: Class A 

What: We have a lot of fun STEM activities planned for the Scouts.  Please look your best in your uniform...... you might be tested.  Finally don't forget to bring any outstanding popcorn payments

October Pack Meeting - Oct 7-8 w/optional overnight

posted Sep 27, 2017, 9:25 PM by Westford Pack 100   [ updated Sep 27, 2017, 9:26 PM ]


Our October Pack Meeting will be held at Stony Brook Conservation Land (aka East Boston Camps(EBC)) on Saturday, October 7th at 3:00 PM. 

This is a family outing with an optional overnight camp-out.  Activities include den-led activities and games, a Bring-Your-Own dinner, a rousing campfire, den skits, making smore's and general mayhem.  Everyone is invited to pitch a tent and the spend the night, but that is not a requirement for attending the outing. 

This is a Class B event (Pack 100 racing shirts). We will hand out Class B shirts to all our new Scouts at the meeting

Enter EBC from Depot Street, and drive to the very top of the hill and park around the field. Click here for a map showing the location more clearly.

Schedule:

Saturday Afternoon (October 7th):
  • Campers Arrive/Setup: 3:00pm
  • Non-campers Arrive: 3:30
  • Opening Ceremonies 4:00-4:30
  • Stations: 4:30-6:00
  • BYO Dinner: 6:00-6:30
  • Campfire/Skits/Smores 6:30-7:30
  • Closing 7:30-8:00
  • Glowstick Mayhem 8:00
  • Non-Camper Departure 8:30
  • Lights out 10:00
Sunday Morning:
  • Wake up and pack up campsite (remember, scouts practice Leave No Trace!).
What To Bring For The Day:

  • Food for dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks
  • Folding Chairs
  • Bug Spray
  • Flashlights
  • Outdoor play gear like baseballs, bats, gloves, soccer balls, footballs, etc.
  • Rain gear 
  • Additional Items For The Overnight:
  • Tent/Rain Fly
  • Tarp and/or Canopy
  • Sleeping bag and pad/mattress
    • Contact Pack email address if you need to loan/rent any equipment
  • Pillow
  • Change of clothes
    • Warm Gear - Long pants and sweatshirt
    • Sleep gear -  Something to sleep in
  • Toiletries
    • Towels/washcloth
    • Soap
    • Toothbrush/toothpaste
    • Deodorant
    • Any needed medications
  • Water
  • Snacks/drinks for your scout
    • Please do not keep the food in the tents because of animals
  • Flashlight or lantern

*There are bathroom facilities that will be available for use but please bring toilet paper just in case.


RULES OF CONDUCT

  • Think Safety!
  • Remember, Leave No Trace!
  • No swimming please!
  • Campers, please set up tents around the perimeter of the field. 
  • No playing or roughhousing around the campfire! This also means no throwing things into the fire! Remember, our primary concern is safety, and then fun! 
  • No alcoholic beverages

Fall Hike - Mt. Cardigan, Orange NH - Sept 30th

posted Sep 27, 2017, 9:14 PM by Westford Pack 100

Welcome back, and to our new Scouts, we are glad to have you aboard.  We'll start this new year with a Pack hike to the summit of Mt. Cardigan in Orange, NH on Saturday September 30.  We'll meet at Cardigan State Park at 10:30 AM for a prompt 11:00 AM start.  Family members are welcome to attend, but please note that this is a strenuous hike and might not be appropriate for young siblings.

This is a great opportunity for the Scouts to fulfill some of their rank advancement requirements.  So, read ahead and plan your adventure.

Please bring with you a filled-out permission slip and give it to Bob Lokuta on-site at Mt. Cardigan.  Also, RSVP via this evite link by September 28 so that we can account for all hikers prior to setting off.

See Mt. Cardigan hike info and other trail description at the following web sites for further information about the park and hike.

https://www.nhstateparks.org/visit/state-parks/Cardigan-Mountain-State-Park.aspx

http://www.franklinsites.com/hikephotos/NewHampshire/mtcardigan.php

We will ascend via the West Ridge Trail and descend via the South Ridge Trail.  Please note the trail ascends about 1,800 vertical feet which is challenging.  We anticipate the entire hike, with a summit lunch and rest to take over 4 hours to complete.  Hiking boots are highly recommended.  Dress and pack for unexpected weather.  Bring plenty of water and lunch/snacks.

Hope you can attend.  Looking forward to seeing Pack 100 Scouts and family on the summit.

Paper Aviation Pack Meeting - Friday Sept 8th - 7:00 PM

posted Aug 26, 2017, 6:31 AM by Westford Pack 100

When: Friday, September 8th  7:00 PM
Where: Abbot School Cafeteria 
Uniform: Class A 

What: We are excited to kick off another year of Scouting with a Paper Aviation Pack Mtg.  Come join us for a fun night of paper airplanes and rockets!

Anyone interested in Scouts is welcome to join the meeting and learn more about Scouting.  So invite your friends!

End of Year Cookout/Graduation - Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

posted Jun 2, 2017, 6:20 AM by Westford Pack 100

Hello Pack 100 families,

Get ready for the grand finale. 

Our last pack meeting will be held, rain or shine, June 3rd - 4th at Camp Forty Acres in Wilmington MA .  We will have a family cookout and the Scouts will graduate into their new rank.  There will be an optional overnight camp out.

This is a Class A uniform event. Look sharp!

Everyone is encouraged to attend this whole-family event as we plan to celebrate our Scout’s accomplishments, recognize their hard work, reflect on an amazing year, relax and have fun! We will be having a cookout, games, awards ceremony, and campfire with s’mores. Those of you so inclined are invited to pitch a tent and spend the night, but it is not a requirement for attending the cookout.

The Tigers and their families are working hard on making this event a fun filled evening for all. However, we will need everyone’s help to make that happen

We are asking everyone who can to volunteer to bring food and/or help out at the event. To help keep track of our needs, we have again created a webpage where volunteers can sign up to contribute. The webpage can be found at:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4eafab29a2f49-june1

Please take a minute to review our needs and sign up where you can.

Directions:

This is a new venue from past years so please plan accordingly. Camp Forty Acres is located at 430 Andover St, Wilmington, MA 01887. From interstate 93, take exit 41 Route 125 Wilmington/Andover. At the ramp go east/north towards Andover. You will go through two sets of lights. Continue down to the third set of lights where you will turn left onto Andover St. Exactly one and a third miles you will see a sign on your left side that says Camp Forty Acres. We will also bring a sign marking the entrance


Bringing Food:

If you offer to bring a food item, please be specific in the comments to help us avoid too many duplicate items.

Each dish made should serve 8-10 people, be labeled to indicate any known allergens contained in the ingredients, and be delivered to camp by 4:30 pm so that our set-up crew can prepare for dinner.

Also, please remember to put your name on any dishes, bowls, trays, serving pieces, etc. so they can be returned to you at the end of the night. We also ask that you take care to ensure extra food not be left at the camp overnight.  Leftovers and/or trash will be sent home with families who are not staying overnight.

 Helping Out:

In order to make this last event of the year a real success we need as many hands on deck as possible. Please click on the link above to see descriptions of what needs to be done and the approximate time volunteers will be needed.

The Schedule:

Saturday Afternoon (June 3rd):

3:00 pm:  Arrival Time (for set up crew and campers—to set up tents for staying overnight)

3:30 -3:45 pm:  Arrival Time for those not staying overnight

4:00-4:30 pm:  Service Project at Camp Area - TBD

4:30-5:30 pm:  Games/Sports/Activities on field; 

       5:00 pm:  Cooking crew begins cooking

5:30-6:30 pm:  Dinner/social time

6:15-7:00 pm:  Dinner clean up

7:00-7:15 pm:  Opening Ceremony (Tiger Dens) and Announcements

7:15-8:00 pm:  Pack Meeting and Rank Crossovers (Awards and Graduation)/Closing Ceremony

8:00-8:30 pm:  S’mores and campfire

8:30 pm:  Scouts and families not camping depart (stay longer if you’d like!)

10:00pm:  Lights out


Sunday Morning:

Wake up and pack up campsite (remember, scouts practice “Leave No Trace!”).  Depending on interest, those in attendance may organize a small hike before departing.

 

What To Bring For The Cookout:

  • Folding Chairs
  • Bug Spray
  • Flashlights
  • Outdoor play gear like baseballs, bats, gloves, soccer balls, footballs, etc.
  • Rain gear 

 Additional Items For The Overnight:

  • Tent/Rain Fly
    • can be rented at Eastern Mountain Sports in Nashua for around $25/night
  • Sleeping bag and pad/mattress
    • can also be rented from Eastern Mountain Sports in Nashua
  • Tarp and/or Canopy
  • Pillow
  • Change of clothes
    • Warm Gear - Long pants and sweatshirt
    • Sleep gear – Something to sleep in.
  • Toiletries
    • Towels/washcloth
    • soap
    • Toothbrush/toothpaste
    • deodorant
    • Any needed medications.
  • Water
  • Snacks/drinks for your scout
    • Please do not keep the food in the tents because of animals
  • Flashlight or lantern

 

*There are bathroom facilities that will be available for use but please bring toilet paper just in case.


RULES OF CONDUCT

  • Think Safety!
  • Remember, Leave No Trace!
  • No swimming please!
  • Campers, please setup tents around the perimeter of the field
  • Parking is limited and we may have to park along the entrance road.  You will be directed on where to park
  • No playing or roughhousing around the campfire!  This also means no throwing things into the fire!  Remember, our primary concern is safety, and then fun!
  • No alcoholic beverages.

Pack 100 Blue & Gold Banquet – Saturday, March 4th, 2017 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

posted Mar 1, 2017, 6:20 AM by Westford Pack 100


Scouts and their families are invited to join us as we celebrate our Scout’s accomplishments along with the birthday of Scouting (which is actually Feb 8th). The boys work hard all year and we look forward to watching them receive their rank. Each den will also be performing a special skit or song for everyone. 

When:
Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Where:
Blanchard Middle School
14 West St
Westford, MA 01886

Program:

4:00 pm
  • Doors open. Raffle tickets available: 2 tickets for $1.00 or 20 tickets for $5.00.
4:30 pm
  • Opening Ceremony in Auditorium, Den Awards and Skits.
6:00 pm
  • Dinner and dessert served in Cafeteria.
6:45 pm
  • Raffle prize winning numbers will be posted during dinner. Prizes may be picked up in the hall as you leave.
Menu:
  • Salad
  • Bread Rolls
  • Butter Ziti, Baked Ziti, Chicken, Broccoli & Ziti
  • Dessert
Donations:
Donations (cash & canned) will be collected for the Westford Food Pantry in lieu of a meal fee

RSVP:
We need you to RSVP to an Evite that was sent out on February 26th. Please email Jim Mallon if you did not receive the Evite or have any questions.

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