Monday, November 8, 2010

Boo! Gobble Gooble! Pizza Pizza! And Popcorn Too!

This is the first in what I hope to be a long series of regular weekly updates about what Pack 770 has done and has planned. My hope is to keep parents and leaders abreast of all that happens in Pack 770 and to build some enthusiasm for attending the numerous scouting functions put on at the pack, district, and council levels.

So, here goes...

We had our annual Halloween Party at Huber Ridge Elementary on October 25. This party was made particularly exciting by the presence of the Westerville Board of Education meeting down the hall. Nothing like a bunch of loud young lads, in costume, jacked on candy, and actually at a party to set the tone for a Board of Education meeting. Of course, the boys were well behaved and the staff at the school reported that they couldn't even hear us down the hall. Personally, I credit the sound-proofing because the kids were all pretty enthused about pizza, pop, door prizes, and -- at the very end -- wrapping their  Cubmaster in toilet-paper like a mummy!

Scouting for Food
Scouting for Food was also a big success thanks to the hard work of Lisa Meredith, an Assistant Scoutmaster from Troop 192 and a former Den Leader for Pack 770. Her and the cub and boy scouts went out on Halloween during the day to place bags all over the Huber Ridge Area asking for donations for Scouting for Food. Together, they canvased the entire neighborhood in about 4 hours. The following Sunday the boys went out in force and gathered tons (litterally) of food to be donated to a local food pantry. Thanks to our pack and Troop 192, there are families that can have a Thanksgiving dinner dignity this year.

Popcorn sales started at the end of September and are almost done. Tomorrow, November 8th, is the deadline to get your order forms turned in. Ryan and Dave will be at the Pack Committee Meeting at 7:30 pm at Huber Ridge tomorrow if you want to turn your forms in there. Or, you can give them to your Den Leader and they will get them to Ryan or Dave.

Dave will have the popcorn at his house to be picked up on Saturday, December 4th and will call you when it is all sorted out. The popcorn litterally takes over an entire room in his house so when he calls for you to pick it up, please get there as soon as you can. His service to pack in this manner is very significant as it is our primary fundraiser for the year and we couldn't do it without him.

Once you have the popcorn, the money for it is due December 13th. Again, give this to Ryan or Dave. Some of the prizes earned (the ones the pack purchased) will be given out at the pack Christmas Party on December 13th. The prizes from Trails End may not arrive in time for Christmas and usually are given out in January. Hey! Two Christmases!

Civitans Pizza & Subs
The Westerville Civitans (that's our Chartered Organization) are having their annual pizza and sub sale as their primary fundraiser on Wednesday the 10th. While it's probably a little late to order, it might be worth a try if really you want some pizza or subs. Also, if anyone wants to help out they can join Troop 700 (that's our sister troop in the Civitans) in making subs and pizza. Just meet at the Westerville Community Center at 7:00 pm.

Links: flyermap

Our annual Thanksgiving Potluck is on November 22nd. This is a pack meeting and so we will have a brief flag ceremony before hand, give out some awards, and then dig into turkey, ham, and lots of tasty sides that y'all bring. What should you bring? Bring whatever you are excellent at making. If everyone does that, it'll be the best feast you'll ever have had.

Links: flyer

Whew! That's a lot of stuff but it's all for this week,

Monday, October 18, 2010

Popcorn Sale

Remember, scouts: it's as easy as
  1. Set (a goal... $600 perhaps?)
  2. Ask (the people you know... Family?  Neighbors?  Co-workers?)
  3. Get (rewards... "Pie in the face", Camping Equipment, Gift Cards, and more)
If you need a popcorn form, you can download one here: (Page 4 is probably what you need most):

Important Dates to Remember:
  • Monday, November 8th - Popcorn Forms due back to the pack
  • Saturday, December 4th : Popcorn Pick-up Day
  • Monday, December 13th : Final Collection of Payments Due
Have other questions?  Call the "Kernal", Dave Lannom at 614-679-3615, or Ryan Grissinger at 614-203-9405

October Pack Meeting

WHERE: The Cafeteria at Huber Ridge Elementary (5757 Buenos Aires Blvd, 43081)
WHEN: Monday, Oct 25th, 6:30 PM
WHAT: October Pack Meeting and Halloween Party

If you're new to our pack, please remember that our pack events are very family-friendly, so parents and siblings are strongly encouraged to attend!  It should be fun for everyone!

Until then, here are a few jokes for you to share with the kids:

Q. What is a Mummie's favorite type of music? A. Wrap!!!!!

Q. Why did the game warden arrest the ghost? A. He didn't have a haunting license. 

Q. Why didn't the skeleton dance at the party? A. He had no body to dance with.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Scout Night is Upon Us!

It's the time of year when we do our big recruitment drive.  If you are interested in checking out Cub Scouts for your young boy, then please join us for Scout Night.

At Scout Night we will be showing off some of the cool things we did last year, tell you what we plan to do this year, explain the program, and answer any questions you might have.  Cub Scouts has been very rewarding for both myself and for my three sons.  If your interested in your boys having fun with a purpose, then Cub Scouts is something you should check out.

Scout Night
Huber Ridge Elementary (in the cafeteria) (map)
Monday, September 13, 6:30 pm

Call me at 614.425.4689 or email me at if you have any questions.

See ya soon!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Hey gang, we are trying to gather lots of pictures into one place for a variety of uses... for example:
  • Generally, to share with other families in our pack
  • To help our leaders prepare displays for Pack Events (Most urgently, Scout Night!)
  • Possibly to display as a "slideshow" in the future here on our website
     There are many fancy ways to share pictures nowadays, but here are 2 relatively simple and easy ways we might be able to get it done:
    1. Follow this link and try uploading pics to a collaborative "Picasa Web Album". (PS: you may need to email me to request permission.)
    2. Just email any pics you would like to share to:  I 'll be happy to take care of the rest. 
    Thank you for your help!

    *A note about privacy:  Individual's names should never be posted online or in the web albums.  Furthermore, it is possible to restrict access of the photo album by invitation-only, through the use of a secure hyperlink, or through other security means.  What do you think?
    Please also note that official BSA policy does permit the pack to use photos for the types of things we're talking about here - HOWEVER, we are also of course ever-mindful of the wishes of our families.  If you have any concerns about this topic, please tell a leader and your wishes will absolutely be respected.

        Tuesday, August 17, 2010

        A Day at the Air Force Museum

        Update: Here is a flyer about the trip
        WHAT: A day at the National Museum of the United States Air Force
        WHEN: Saturday, August 28th
        1100 Spaatz Street
        Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433

          • CLASS A UNIFORMS
          • Meet at 8:00 at Huber Ridge Elementary
          • The Caravan leaves at 8:30 sharp, which should have us arriving in time for the...
          • 10:30  The Heritage Tour
          • Bring Your Own Lunch & eat @ 12:30
          • Your family may be dismissed at this point, or feel free to stay and enjoy the rest of the Museum, including the R&D tour, which runs @1:00 and every 1/2 hr thereafter. 
          • Facility closes at 5:00

        Family Camping @ Slate Run

        WHERE: Slate Run Metro Park
        1375 State Route 674 N.
        Canal Winchester, OH 43110

        Click for: Website, Trail Map

        General Directions:
        From I-270, take U.S. 33 east toward Lancaster to the Canal Winchester/S.R. 674 exit. Turn right onto Gender Road/S.R. 674 and go about 2 miles until it dead-ends into Lithopolis Road. Turn left and go about 1/2 mile to S.R. 674. Turn right and go about 4 miles to the entrance on the right...

        • Friday - 
          • Arrival & Set-Up 3-6:00 or so...
          • Bring-your-own dinner 
          • Lights Out, 10PM
        • Saturday -
          • Bring-your-own breakfast
          • Early Morning - Pack Flag Ceremony (Class A Uniforms) 
          • ??? At 10:00 AM, there is a "Shale and Salamanders" program available...
          • Late Morning- Pack Hike (before it gets too hot?)
          • Bring-your-own Lunch
          • ???Early Afternoon - Nearby Historical Farm Tour (if available)?
          • Late Afternoon - Free time/Fun & Games/Have dens prepare & practice skits, songs, jokes?
          • Early Evening - Pack dinner (Campfire Hot Dogs & Hamburgers)
          • Evening- Pack Campfire w/ skits, jokes, & songs
          • Late Evening- If the sky is clear, astronomy (Friday or Saturday)
          • Lights out, 10:00pm
        • Sunday- 
          • Bring-your-own breakfast
          • Tear-Down
          • LEAVE NO TRACE
        Note: our affiliate Boy Scout Troop will also be at the adjacent camp area, so there may be several joint activities throughout the day, especially for our Webelos.
          • Your own food & drinks, with the exception of Saturday dinner
          • Plenty of Water (Water may be not be readily available)
          • Binoculars and/or Telescopes
          • Class A & B Uniforms
          • Camping Gear, Games, etc.
          Hope to see everyone there!

            Tuesday, August 10, 2010

            Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan's Purse

            Let's get a head start...
            As some of you may know our Pack collects and puts together shoe boxes for this organization. School supplies are on sale and now is a great time to get a few things to start working on your scout's shoe box. If we buy a few things at a time your scout's box will be full before we know! Please check the link and scroll down a bit and you'll see a brief list of acceptable items to include in your shoe box. Have your scout decide if you will be building for a boy or girl and have them help you shop and collect items. Sometimes including and letter and a family photo may get you a response from the receiver of your box.
            Thanks...and looking forward to seeing all the boxes!!
            (Thank you Stephanie!)

            Wednesday, July 7, 2010

            A day at the Metro Parks

            Please join the pack for an afternoon (and/or evening) at the park!  We're talking about Saturday, August 14th.

            PART I: Caterpillar Walk
            @ Blendon Woods, Cherry Ridge Program Area, 1:00 PM (MEET AT 12:30) (Park Map) (Directions)
            "We'll search milkweed patches for monarch caterpillars and learn how they mature into beautiful butterflies."  The walk should take about an hour, then please bring your own food for a light picnic lunch.  Playground, hiking, other park activites afterward...

            PART II: Planets and Perseids
            @ Sharon Woods, Apple Ridge Bulletin Board, 9:00PM (MEET AT 8:30) (Park Map) (Directions)
            "View planets and enjoy watching for 'shooting stars'. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and snacks. Telescopes and binoculars may be provided but meteor showers are best viewed with the naked eye. Please bring a garbage bag or tarp to lay on if the ground is wet. Program ends at 10:30 as the park will be closed at 10pm."

            Wednesday, June 23, 2010

            July Events

            June is almost over and July approaches.  We've got the following events planned for the boys in July.

            Westerville 4th of July Independence Day Parade
            Saturday, July 3rd, Noon

            Yes, the 4th of July parade is on the 3rd.  But so is Red, White, and Boom! so, I think we'll manage.

            This year we're doing bikes again.  So, bring your patriotically decorated bike & helmet to our parade entry!  The staging area for the parade is in the parking lot of the Brooksedge Office Park, which is South of West Schrock Road on Brooksedge Blvd.  Arrive no later than 12:30pm as the parade starts at 1:00pm sharp.  Parade officials there will direct you to our location – just let them know you are with Pack 770.  Wear class A uniforms.  The parade from start to finish takes about 3 hours.

            Family Camping at the Alum Creek Group Camp Site
            Friday July 16 - Sunday July 8

            Check in 3:00pm Friday or later.  Checkout by 1:00pm on Sunday.  Wear Class B uniforms and bring Class A uniforms. If you are the first one there, the combination to the gate lock can be obtained form the Campground Welcome Center.  The Welcome Center and Group Campsite can be found on the park map.

            IMPORTANT:  Bring potable water, as there is none provided at the campsite.

            2010 Arrowhead District Day Camp
            Tuesday July 27 - Friday July 30

            This year’s theme is shoot something and get wet every day!

            Day camp is 9:00am - 4:00pm each day.  Scouts will participate in individual and team sports, games, crafts, explore nature and work on achievements, electives and badges.  The deadline to register with the pack has expired so if you're going, you should know it already.  But, it's not to late if you aren't signed up with the pack.  You can still register yourself at the council's website.  Completed Medical Forms will be needed for each attendee.  Turn them in when you arrive at camp on Tuesday.

            Shining Light Across America
            Saturday July 31

            5:00pm - 10:00pm at Huntington Ballpark.  Free and open to the public!  Enjoy a special Friends & Family welcome!  Arrangements to group together will be sent prior to the event.  Wear Class A uniforms.  The Bounce Houses will open at 5pm, along with a live band.  This will be followed by a presentation by Eric Weihenmayer, the only blind person the climb the tallest peaks of all seven continents.  The presentation will be followed by a special satellite transmission of the Centennial Celebration Show from the 100th Anniversary National Scout Jamboree in Fort AP Hill, Virginia.  This will be the first time in the history of the Boy Scouts of America that the entire national Scouting community will be brought together at one time – to celebrate our 100th Anniversary!

            Check out the page on the council's site for more details.

            That's all for July.  Coming in August it looks like we have a Metro Park Outing, Family Camping at Slate Run, and possible a trip the Air Force Museum in Dayton.

            New Site & Spring Enrollment

            The new site is launched! What do y'all think? I've included a calendar -- which I think will be really handy and contact information for some of the leaders. The plan is to put all leader contact information on the site and have a nice about page for those who might want to join.

            And speaking of joining, Spring Enrollment is rolling in force, although it is getting to be Summer Enrollment here really fast. If you're interested in having your boy join Cub Scouts and are interested in Pack 770, please contact me at and we'll get you all set. We've got a summer full of fun activities planned including camping, fishing, and museum trips.

            And if you're already in the pack and have another boy that wants to join or your scout has friends that want to join, please, spread the word and we'll get them signed up.

            The Cub Scout Motto

            Do Your Best!