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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More Summer fun to come…

Pack 351 Summer Activities coming up:…Remember that all our Activities are Recruiting events so be sure to bring a Non-Scouting friend with you and let’s get them to join our Pack!
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                 J u l y ~

Saturday, 7/22/17; 9:00am ~ Ape Cave Hike (lower cave hike); meet at the St. Ignatius parking lot

What to bring: Parent or Guardian, flashlight, extra batteries, whistle, a coat, hiking boots, water, lunch & snacks…Don’t forget to bring a friend!

                 A u g u s t ~

Saturday, 8/26/17; 9:00am ~ Scout Service Project Community Care Day at Creston School, 4701 SE Bush St, Portland OR 97206

 

What to bring: Parent or Guardian, close-toed shoes, work gloves, Scout hat, snacks, water, & sunscreen…Don’t forget to bring a friend!

 

Sunday, 8/27/17; 3:45pm ~ Ride a Sea Scout Vessel at North Breakwater Dock 

(surrounding Riverplace Marina) Ramp for dock

 

access is across the sidewalk from the Kimpton Riverplace Hotel at 1510 SW Harbor Way, Portland, OR 97201 / PARKING located at ACE Parking 1852 SW River Dr, Portland, OR 97201 and U Park also on SW River Dr

What to bring: Parent or Guardian, Scout hat, water, & sunscreen…Don’t forget to bring a friend!

Summertime Activities Flier 2017

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Bike Rodeo 2017

Sunday, June 11th Pack 351 held its second annual Bike Rodeo at St. Ignatius.

The activity was the first in our many planned Summertime Activities this summer.

The event included several bike skill courses, a bike safety talk from two Portland Police Bike Patrol Officers, all kinds of maps and prizes courtesy of PBOT.

We even had 4 Boy Scouts from Troop 351 and one Explorer Scout from Club 351 helping out the Cub Scout participants. A HUGE Thank You to these scouts for giving of their time and helping to make our Pack 351 event so successful!

Scouts who attended the event earned the special Bike Rodeo segment to wear on their uniform and a have achieved 1/3 of their National Summertime Award requirements.

Its was perfect weather and a fun time!!

 

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