Announcements


End of Year Cookout/Graduation - Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

posted May 22, 2018, 4:47 PM 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 2nd - 3rd at Stony Brook Conservation Land (formerly East Boston Camps; same place we've always held this event) .  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:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4EAFAB29A2F49-june3

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

Directions:

 http://www.westfordpack100.com/locations/SBCL


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 2nd):

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
  • Sleeping bag and pad/mattress
  • 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.

Cubmobile Race - May 27th, 2018

posted May 12, 2018, 10:58 AM by Westford Pack 100   [ updated May 24, 2018, 6:44 AM ]

Attention all Drivers and Race Fans!!

Our annual Cubmobile Race is coming up very soon!  One lucky team will win the Piston Cup!

Date:
Sunday, May 27th, 2018

Rain Date:
If we need to postpone the race there will be an email sent by 10:00am Sunday morning, so watch your email!  We will also try to update this webpage.  


Time:
Registration is 12:00 - 12:30 PM and races start at 1:00 PM.  
We need EVERYONE registered before we can start racing

See below for a full schedule and list of items to bring.

Dress Code:
All scouts must wear their Class B uniform (Pack 100 Racing Shirt).  If your scout needs a racing shirt please let your den leader know before race day.  We will be taking a group picture of everyone at the end wearing their Pack 100 Racing T-shirts.


Items for Drivers and Spectators to bring:
  • A completed Driver Registration form AND MIT Liability Waiver (both are attached to this page below ▼).
  • Helmet and closed toe shoes for racers.  These are mandatory to race.
  • Driving gloves, elbow and knee pads are optional.
  • A cushion to adjust the distance between the seat and the foot boards. (should be coordinated w/ your den)
  • Bug spray and sunscreen.
  • Folding chairs to sit in
  • Snacks and drinks for your party (water will be provided)

Race Day Schedule:
 
9:30 AM - Track set-up will begin - Volunteers should report for duty
12:00 PM - Cubmobiles need to be delivered to the track for inspection
12:00 PM - Driver Registration Starts
1:00 PM - Racing Starts, or sooner if we have Scouts all ready to race.
4:00 PM - Racing Concludes and its SLUSH time!
4:30 PM - Winning Den is presented with the Piston Cup, followed by a Pack Picture
5:00 PM - Track clean-up - Volunteers Needed


Pest Caution:
There are ticks and poison ivy in the woods that line the road so please have kids stay out of the woods.  Also, spray yourself and your kids with bug spray!


Location:
We hold the Cubmobile Race on the main access road to the MIT Haystack Observatory (Millstone Rd.).  

We close the main road (Millstone Rd) for the race, so you must access the track from Millstone Hill Rd.


From Rt-40 (Groton Rd.), turn right on Millstone Hill Road which is on the right BEFORE the Millstone Rd. main entrance.  Please park at the intersection of Millstone Hill Rd. and Millstone Rd. and walk down the hill to the race Start line. (Parking will only be at the top of the hill at the intersection of Millstone Hill and Millstone Hill Road. (no general parking will be at the bottom).)

Click on the map picture below to go to the custom Google Map.



Please let us know if you have any questions.
 
Thank You,
 
Pack 100 Race Committee

March in the Apple Blossom Parade - Sat. May 12th, 2018

posted Apr 29, 2018, 3:08 PM by Westford Pack 100

All Pack 100 Scouts are encouraged to come and march in the Apple Blossom Parade.

Date:
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Rain or Shine


Dress Code
Scouts should wear their full Class A uniform.


What to Bring
  • Den leaders should bring the Cubmobiles
  • sunblock
  • water/snacks
  • (camera)
  • Den Flags

Who Can March
  • Siblings and parents are welcome to march with your scout.

Where/When to Meet:

Randolph Circle
8:30-10:00am

There is no parking available at Randolph Cir.  You must either park elsewhere and walk to Randolph Cir., or get dropped off.

For drop offs, be aware that from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM Sat. morning Main St. will be ONE WAY from Flagg Rd. to Graniteville Rd., and Graniteville Rd. will be ONE WAY from the Main Street heading towards Coldspring Rd.

Please don’t drop off anyone at the top of Graniteville Rd. The drop off point is at Randolph Circle. This section will become open for parade participants only from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM.


Parade Start Time:
The parade itself starts at 10:00am, and proceeds from the corner of Main St/Graniteville Rd, down to Abbot School.


Where to pick up your son if not marching:
For parents that are not marching, the parade ends at Abbot School.  Parents who are not marching in the parade can meet their scouts on the grass area in front of the Abbott School cafeteria, or please arrange with your Den Leader about where to meet at Abbot.



May Pack Meeting - Water Bottle Rockets - May 4th - 7:00 PM

posted Apr 29, 2018, 2:59 PM by Westford Pack 100   [ updated Apr 29, 2018, 3:03 PM ]

The May meeting is our popular Bottle Rockets Pack Meeting.  In an effort to take advantage of daylight, we will hold opening ceremonies at 7:00 PM on the Upper Abbot field adjacent to Fischer Way so please meet at the field.  After the boys launch their rockets, we'll stay outside for announcements and awards. Please note that this is a Rain or Shine event so please dress accordingly. 

 

The Internet has a lot information about building soda bottle rockets.  In addition, you can refer to the documents on this webpage for help.

 

Scouts should bring to the meeting -

 

Soda Bottle Rocket – Coke bottles fit the stopper on our launchers the  best. 

 

Water – 1-2 gallons
Bug Repellent
Chairs
Goggles or Safety Glasses

Shoes that can get wet

 

Design of Bottle Rockets:

 

1) Get Creative – try to build a parachute system into your bottle rocket.  The more shroud lines the better.

 

2) Bottle rockets must have a rigid fin so that the rocket propels upward.  Placement of fin is recommended to be as far back on the rocket as you can.  Fins should be constructed from a stiff waterproof material.

 

3) Test your rocket’s stability.  Attach a string to the rocket at its center of gravity.  Then, swing the rocket around yourself, holding onto the string, to see if it is stable. If the rocket tumbles and does not straighten out, then it will probably fly badly when launched.  Make adjustments to your design until it no longer tumbles.

 

4) Use duct tape for construction and do not use hot melt glue.  If you want to use glue, the recommended glue is PL Premium Window and Door Sealant.  Special Note:  Sealant takes at least 48 hours to dry, if not longer.

 

5) Care should be exercised to not add an exorbitant amount of weight to the bottle rocket as this could be dangerous if the rocket lands on someone.

 

6) Refer to the documents on this webpage for design construction or just search on the internet.

 

Thank you and let us know if you have any questions.

 

The Bottle Rocket Committee

April Pack Meeting - Apr 6 - Egg Drop!

posted Mar 22, 2018, 10:34 AM by Westford Pack 100


Pack 100 Families

The April Pack meeting (Apr 6) will feature our 4th Egg Drop competition! We haven't done this event since 2015 but it was a big hit last time.

Each Scout needs one raw egg and a means of protecting this egg (a “vehicle”) from being broken from a 20+ foot fall! Everything should be built at home prior to the pack meeting. The egg and vehicle have to be ready to go when your Scout shows up to the meeting.

Guidelines:

Creativity is encouraged to come up with a way to protect a raw egg while balancing good cushioning in a light weight design. This will be a friendly den to den competition, where the den with the lightest weight vehicles that protect the most eggs will win. Designs are not limited to specific dimensions except that the minimum weight of the vehicle (including an egg) is that of a medium egg, (1.75oz or 50g).

Some Ideas are: shoe boxes, cardboard containers, bags, soda bottle, large peanut butter jar, or even a pillow that can be packed with soft material to protect an egg. Please do not use anything breakable such as glass.

Use of a parachute will be allowed but cannot be guaranteed to work when it is dropped. Balloons may be used, but beware of the minimum weight stated above. If the designer wishes for the vehicle to be dropped in a certain orientation, then provide a handle, or label “TOP” or “UP”

The vehicles should be designed in a way that they will be easy to open after the drop to inspect the egg. All material will be thrown away after the egg drop. Eggs will be collected so they do not litter the school yard. Plenty of trash cans will be made available.

If you have any questions, please email pack@westfordpack100.com

Thank you,
The Pack 100 Egg Drop Committee

February Pack Meeting - Feb 2 - Boot Camp!

posted Feb 1, 2018, 12:28 PM by Westford Pack 100

Pack 100,

Are you ready to move, jump and shake? At the Pack meeting this Friday, 2 February, 7pm at Abbot Cafeteria, your scout will go to Boot Camp!

Please dress for action in your Class B (Pack 100 racing shirt), sneakers and sweat pants. Bring your water bottle.

Our motto is “Do Your Best!” and that’s all we expect from the scouts. This is not a competition or race. Come on out and have some fun.

Also, we are collecting used toys, games, puzzles for our Blue & Gold Banquet raffle. Please bring what you can to the Pack meeting and we’ll take it off your hands.

Now shape up or ship out!
Pack 100 Drill Committee

Follow us on Facebook!

posted Jan 28, 2018, 5:04 AM by Westford Pack 100

Pack 100 now has a Facebook page.  Follow us with link below and be sure to "Like" us!

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

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