Pack Events

Major Events During the Year

Pinewood Derby

The Pinewood Derby is one of the most popular and successful family activities in Cub Scouting. Pinewood derby cars are small wooden models that each scout can design and make with help from their families. Then they race the cars in a pack competition each January. The cars are powered by gravity and run down a track, with each scout racing in four heats to determine the den winners.  Prizes are awarded in several categories for design, painting, and speed.  Finally, there are sibling and adult divisions so all can join the fun! T
he Pinewood Derby is often the highlight of a scout’s year.






Camping

Camping is one of the core activities for our pack, which teaches appreciation for nature and an opportunity to develop outdoor skills.  Our pack typically goes on three camping trips during the school year (fall, winter, and spring campouts), usually at one of the local state parks.  These are family campouts usually timed with early release Fridays to enable 2 camping nights per trip.  Activities include day hikes, geocaching, ranger programs, fishing, scout cooking in Dutch ovens, and a pack campfire program with skits, stories, and s'mores!  Some years we also attend Camp Bovay, which is a BSA owned camp near Navasota, TX that offers a supervised program of activities including archery, climbing wall, swimming, canoe paddling, and a BB gun range.  Every other year, our winter campout will be aboard the the USS Lexington aircraft carrier in Corpus Christi where you will get to explore the ship, eat in the galley, and sleep in the sailors' bunks overnight!

The Webelos scouts also attend the Webelos Woods district camp in March each year with the local Boy Scout troops to demonstrate their outdoor skills in fire building, knot tying, first aid, and teamwork competitions with other packs in the district.  Last year our boys took home ribbons in 5 different events!



Pushmobile
The Pushmobile event is an annual race hosted by the San Jacinto District.  This is a team event where a team of boys in a den compete against dens in other packs by pushing the Pushmobile down marked lanes in a relay race.  This event is typically held in November of each year, with trophies awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each rank.  This is a great event that teaches teamwork and sportsmanship and is always a yearly highlight.  Rules and information can be found on the district website here:  Pushmobile Info







Blue and Gold Banquet

Every February we celebrate the birthday of Cub Scouting at the Blue & Gold Banquet.  Our Pack usually has this catered but families bring deserts and participate in a desert contest.  This event is hosted by our Bear dens and also includes lots of fun games and activities for the evening.










Raingutter Regatta

For this racing event in the spring, each den makes a catamaran sailboat and races it against the other dens in the pack.  Scouts propel the boat down the gutter as a team, using the power of their own hot air!  The winner is determined by double elimination bracket, with the champion den earning the right to throw a pie in a scout leader's face!









Service Projects

One of the basic principles of Scouting is service, whether to our country, community, church, or other people.  Our pack participates in several service projects each year.  The Scouting for Food campaign is an annual food drive where we collect canned goods and non-perishables for the local food banks.  We also participate in the annual Trash Bash event to help keep our community and environment clean.












Rank Advancement & Bridging Ceremony

Our rank advancement and bridging ceremony is held at the end of the school year in May.  This is a special event where we recognize the achievements of our scouts for their hard work during the school year and award scouts their rank patches.  By this time of the year each den should have completed all requirements for earning their rank, and this is a great chance to celebrate our scouts' accomplishments!  Each scout will then walk across the bridge to start his journey for the next rank.  After bridging over, scouts will receive their new neckerchief and slide for next year's rank in preparation for the summer activities and following school year.










Fundraising

In order to help cover the costs needed to keep our Scouting program going at an affordable price, we participate in two fundraisers each year.  In the early fall we participate in Show and Sell Popcorn Sales, selling a variety of popcorn flavors at local businesses and online.  In the spring we raise funds for the pack by selling coupon books for the annual Scout Fair.  This is a great way for our pack to raise money and to prepare our Scouts to earn their own way!  Coupon book buyers support the Scouting program while receiving valuable savings from partners such as Kroger, Sonic, Bass Pro Shops, and more.  Our pack receives a 30% base commission that directly funds pack activities for the next scouting year to help keep our annual dues low.  In addition, scouts can earn a variety of prizes depending upon the amount they sell.  The coupon book sales period in the spring leads up to the Scout Fair in April or May, which is a council wide Scouting event held in Houston featuring hundreds of booths with fun activities, crafts, Scout demonstrations and skills, and delicious outdoor cooking.  This is a huge event with attendance from Cub Scout packs and Boy Scout troops from all around the greater Houston area.


Fun Summer Activities

During the summer months the Scouting fun continues!  Every June the San Jacinto Districts hosts Twilight Camp.  This is a week-long day camp that offers activities such as crafts, sports, games, archery and BB gun marksmanship, and gives our scouts the opportunity to get a head start on achievements for the next year's rank activities.

After Twilight Camp, our pack has activities planned once or twice each month for the remainder of the summer.  Past activities include bowling, launching model rockets, church lock-in with games and movies, Armand Bayou nature hikes, water balloon picnic, roller skating, and swimming parties.  The Scouting adventure continues year-round!




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