Pack Service Project: Creston Park Litter Patrol 10/21/2017

While it was rainy and VERY wet outside, 12 scouts (representing 4 of the 5 dens), 4 Pack Leaders, 2 siblings and 8 parents attended this first official service project for the 2017-18 Scouting year.

We met at St. Ignatius at 10am, then walked over to Creston Park. Overall each scout walked about 1-mile if not a bit more than that. and worked for almost 1.5hrs collecting trash beautifying our nearest park.

11 bags of trash were collected (several were bursting full!), 3 needles were reported to the city and one illegal campsite was reported.

These scouts and their families should be very proud of their efforts…Pack 351 sure

is!

 

 

 

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Fall Family Campout

October 13-15 marked our first Pack Family campout for the 2017-18 scouting year.

We camped in the mini-dacks in the Nestucca campsite of Camp Clark on the Oregon Coast…just south of Cape Lookout.

While it was rainy Friday for those packing and driving down, the coast itself was a bit cold at times but a dry and beautiful weekend overall. While we had a relatively small group of 8 scouts, 10 adults and 2 siblings in attendance…4 of the 5 Dens were represented as 1 new Tiger Scout did attend, so that is excellent!

Activities included sandcastle building, model rockets launched on the beach and a 1-mile roundtrip hike down to the tide-pools to look at some of the amazing wildlife.  Lots of sea stars, barnacles, anemones, conches and sand dollars were found along with some bullwhip kelp. Before heading out on Sunday, Pack 351 did a campsite clean-up!

The homemade pumpkin spice pancakes for breakfast made by Cubmaster Jen were a hit as were the marinated chicken, rice and carrot burritos for dinner made by Outdoor Activity Leader Tracy…Pack 351 may just have to make their own cookbook with some of these great recipes to share!

Overall -it was a fantastic weekend, beautiful weather and a lot of fun!

Our next Family Campout is planned for April 20-22…more details will likely come out in March…be sure to mark your calendars!

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Webelos Woods 2017

This past weekend, 9/29-10/1, our Webelos 1 and Webelos 2 dens joined together to participate in the Lewis & Clark District’s annual Webelos Woods event.

This year the event was held at Butte Creek Ranch. Our scouts, 13 of them, joined over a handful of other Packs from around the district to learn from and be mentored by local Boy Scouts and Scouter volunteers.

Our boys created Patrols similar to Boy Scouts, coming up with a name, flag and yell, they helped to cook our meals alongside the Boy Scout Den Chiefs, the learned about the 10 essentials, some songs and skits,  had a display  of Dutch Oven cooking, learned and practiced some fire building, identified local plants, even learned some basic first aid facts.

They participated in sportsmanship and teamwork activities like a tug of war, tarp-flip and all-aboard. They even got to do some always fun archery.

It was indeed a cold and rainy weekend but that didn’t stop us from having a good time and enjoying the wonderful world of scouting as many of these boys, the Webelos 2, prepare for their crossover in February.

A HUGE thank you to our Pack 351 Leaders that attended the weekend and supervised the Scouts participation, to our Pack 351 Leaders that participated in all day training Saturday thus missing out on most of the fun the scouts had, to the 351 Boy Scout Den Chiefs (Shane, Oliver and Fred) who mentored and modeled for our Webelos, to the Pack 351 parents who spent the entire day helping lead and supervise the scouts in their various activities and competitions, and to the scouters who planned and facilitated the event…without all of whom the fun we had and continue to have would not be possible 🙂

 

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Pack 351 visits the Sea Scouts

Today Pack 351 gathered at North Breakwater Dock and got the great privilege to ride on the local Sea Scout vessel the MV Reliant.

We had 11 scouts, 13 parents and 4 siblings join us. We had a great time cruising the Willamette up to Cathedral Park in St. Johns.

The MV Reliant  is a 64-foot Distribution Box Boat originally built February 1955 for the United States Navy in San Diego, CA .

This river tour took us by the largest dry dock on the west coast that is currently working on some Naval supply ships, past a tug boat pushing a petroleum barge as well as passing under most of the bridges in Portland. Many of our scouts and even some parents got the privilege to steer the boat as we headed up the river.

A very neat new experience to travel along the river as well as to learn about another arm of the scouting community and the programs the Sea Scouts offer for youth ages 10 and up.

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Cub Scouts Service Project – Community Care Day 2017

Today 8 of our Cub Scouts and their families partnered with Creston K8 School and PPS for Community Care Day.

At 9:00am we gathered at the school, tools in hand and began the hard work of week pulling, bark spreading, tree trimming, edging and overall beautification.

It was sunny and hot and everyone worked hard to accomplish

a seemingly daunting task but they did it and wow it looks good.

I am so very proud of the efforts from our scouts and scout families.

Thank you to all who gave of their time and efforts today!

 

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Pack 351 hikes Ape Cave at Mt St Helens

earning both their hiking segment and their Ape Cave segment 12 of our scouts and 2 potential new scouts when the Pack took their second summer outing on Saturday, July 22 to Ape Cave on Mt. St. Helens.

 

All of the boys hiked themselves and their daypacks all the way to the end of the cave, about 1.5 miles roundtrip, without complaint…some even touched the end of the cave twice!! So proud of these boys…

What a fun time…here at Pack 351 it is always an adventure!

How the Ape Caves were formed:
About 2,000 years ago lava poured down the southern flank of Mount St. Helens in streams. As the lava flowed the outer edges of the lava stream cooled forming a hardened crust which insulated the molten lava beneath. This allowed the lava to remain hot and fluid encased in this lava tube and continued flowing months during the eruption. The end result was the creation of this spectacular 13,042 foot long lava tube.

http://www.mountsthelens.com/ape-caves.html

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Wolf and Bear Den go to Summer Camp

Earlier this week the Wolf and Bear Den attended Cub Scout summer camp…a 3 day, 2 night resident camp…at Butte Creek Scout Camp.

 

The boys got to do SO much, including…

load their own gear up to the campsite and sleep in Canvas Tents;

go on a horse ride which varied by their rank as well as learn about various components of being a cowboy and caring for horses;

learn to fish and cast a line at the beautiful dragonfly-filled pond;

go on a nature hike to see a humongous ant hill as well as learn about various local plants;

pan for gold in the creek that could be traded at the camp Trading Post;

learn about pioneering skills and how to care for animals like chickens, goats & bunnies as well as start a fire with flint & steel as well as wash clothes with a washing board;

earn their whittling chip if they had not already done so…some even practiced their whittling skills back at camp;

build a stool, the style varied by their rank;

do Archery and BB Guns;

play gaga as well as play against all our parents and adult leaders who were in attendance…that was AWESOME!;

help with daily meal service and clean-up for breakfast, dinner, and supper;

rehearse and perform skits on stage in front of fellow scouts from our Pack and many others;

watch a fun street show as well as enjoy campfire performances by the camp staff;

roast marshmallows at a campfire and enjoy s’mores;

and so much more….

It was sunny and hot…the days were long but there was so much learned and earned by these boys.

I already can’t wait for Cub Scout Camp 2018!!!

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