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Welcome to Pack 461!

We are a Cub Scout Pack of about 30 boys in kindergarten through 5th grade. Cub Scouts do things, go places, and earn awards!

We have been meeting at Saint Jane Frances de Chantal Parish in Bethesda, MD since 1954, and most of our boys attend Ashburton Elementary School or St. Jane de Chantal Catholic School.  Our Pack is open to any boy in grades K to 5 who can regularly attend meetings at St. Jane de Chantal Catholic School (9525 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814).

During the school year our meetings are held on Wednesday evenings between 6 and 8pm, downstairs in the cafeteria at St. Jane de Chantal Catholic School. Park behind the church and walk up the hill towards the school, go past the awning and down the ramp around the corner to get to the cafeteria.

Returning members can pay their 2022-23 dues online!

New members can register with Pack 461 online!

For more information email
Mauro Tiso, pack461bethesda@gmail.com

Pinewood Derby 2023

This year’s Pinewood Derby will be on the late afternoon on Wed March 8th starting at 5.30PM.  Please check out the Pack Rules, which are based on the District Rules. Winners of the various Pack heats move onto the District competition!

Raingutter Regatta Overview & Rules

Raingutter Regatta is an annual event that requires cub scouts to build a sail boat utilizing the parts contained in the official BSA Raingutter Regatta trimaran kit. The boats are then raced down a length of water-filled rain gutters, powered by the boy blowing into the sail through a soda straw. Boys only race against other boys in their rank. Each boy will race in several heats and the fastest boat for each den will determine a winner.

1. Each boat should race 1 time in each lane.

2. The race begins once the official starter has placed the competing boats against the back wall of the gutter and commands the Scouts to “GO!”

3. On the starter’s command, the Scouts will blow through the straw into the sail of their boat in order to advance them through the water. The boat can only be propelled by blowing into the sail. Once the race has begun, the Scout CANNOT touch his boat.

4. If a boat capsizes or becomes stuck it will righted by a race official only.

5. If a boat is touched by any part of the Scout’s body or their straw, then the Scout’s boat will be returned to the starting position to continue racing.

6. The first boat to impact the end of the Raingutter with its bow (front) will be considered the winner of that heat. The finish line official will have the final and ONLY say in determining the winner of that heat.

7. A race winner is chosen for each den.

Fall Campout At Greenbrier State Park

To participate in our Fall Pack Overnighter at Greenbrier State Park, your Scout’s 2022-23 dues must be paid. A permission slip must be filled out for the scout (attached to this event in Scoutbook). Health Form AB is required for *all* participants including adults and siblings.

The have about 10 available tent’s spaces in the campsite!

What do I need to pack?

Scouts can wear their yellow “Class B” shirts rather than their uniforms.

The pack has reserved 10 campsites. Official check-in time is 3pm, so no tents should be setup before that time. We will meet at the Visitor’s Center near the camp entrance. Each campsite is equipped with a table, fire ring and parking area. Fires must be kept inside the fire rings.

Directions: 

From the east: Take I-70 west to exit 35. Turn left onto Rt. 66. Go straight to the stoplight at the intersection of Rt. 40. Turn left onto Rt. 40 east. Follow for two miles and the park is on the right.

Trails:

Eleven miles of hiking trails meander through a variety of wildlife habitats and afford a view of the area’s geological history. Most of Greenbriar’s trails are classified as moderate to strenuous, you will need appropriate footwear (the trails can be very rocky), clothing and gear, including minimum 1L drinking water.

A portion of the Appalachian Trail enters the eastern edge of the park on Bartman’s Hill and passes through the park.

Amenities:

  • Nature Center (subject to volunteer availability)
  • Historic Home of General Smallwood (subject to volunteer availability)
  • Hiking Paths
  • Store & Snack Bar open from 5am to 7pm
  • Playgrounds
  • Fishing Pier

Menu:

Snacks/Whenever
Oranges, String Cheese, Baby Carrots

Dinner
Burgers/Hot Dogs/Sausages
Chips

Dessert
S’mores: Hershey’s Chocolate, Marshmallows, Graham Crackers
Dump Cake: Yellow Cake Mix, Apple or Cherry Pie Filling

Breakfast
Plain bagels with Cream Cheese
Yogurt tubes Coffee for adults

Beverages
Filtered drinking water
Lemonade

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