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Welcome to Pack 461!

We are a Cub Scout Pack of about 40 boys in kindergarten through 5th grade. Cub Scouts do things, go places, and earn awards!  Keep reading our posts to learn things we plan to do or have already done.

We are sponsored by Saint Jane Frances de Chantal Parish in Bethesda, MD, and most of our boys attend Ashburton Elementary School or St. Jane de Chantal Catholic School.  Our Pack 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 Pack Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at 6pm, downstairs in the cafeteria at St. Jane de Chantal Catholic School.

New members can register with Pack 461 online!

For more information, fill out this form, or email/call/text
Andrew Notarian at notarian@gmail.com, 240-277-7590.

USS Constellation Overnight Adventure, April 28-29

USS Constellation is a sloop-of-war, the last sail-only warship designed and built by the United States Navy in 1854. Now a museum ship in the Baltimore Inner Harbor, she will be the site of our Spring “Campout.”

Scouts become Landsmen, USS Constellation’s newest crew members.  Overnight recruits “learn the ropes” and quickly develop both a working nautical vocabulary and a familiarity with the basics of life aboard a man-of-war including Civil War-era dining, hands-on activities, and the navy hammock.

There is a $60 fee per person (adult or child) for this activity. It can be paid by check or credit card in-person, or online. Paying the fee will hold your spot. Two meals are included.

The Constellation holds 60 people. If we get enough sign-ups we will also try to reserve an overnighter on the World War II submarine USS Torsk. This would be good for Webelos who’ve already done the Constellation overnighter.

We will need permission slips (for scouts) and health forms (for all participants) for this activity. If you attended the Fall Campout in Calvert Cliffs your health forms are still valid.

More details are available from the Historic Ships In Baltimore website.

Scouting for Food 2017

Every fall, Scouting for Food is the Potomac District’s service project for the needy in Montgomery County. All food collected goes to Manna, a food bank serving Montgomery County, and is stored for use throughout the year. Potomac District Scouts contributed thousands of bags of food last year (over 9 tons of food), supplying the lion’s share of food utilized by Manna last winter for those in need. Let’s make this year’s collection the most successful yet!

Only canned, bagged and boxed goods are needed – no perishable groceries, opened containers, glass containers, frozen food, or paper or household goods, please.  Please refer to Manna’s “Most Needed Foods List,” and even copy it for distribution with your bags if you like.

How to Participate:

  • Thursday, November 2nd Pack Meeting–Get 10-20 empty bags (If you’re unable to attend, contact Veronica Bendit at 301-996-3280).
  • Prepare a personal solicitation note (include your first name only, our unit number, mention that the donated food will go to the local food bank, the date you will pick-up, thanks for helping).
  • Saturday morning, November 4th–Distribute bags to your neighbors. It’s best to go with a buddy from the troop or a parent. Knock on the door and explain the procedure, or leave the bag and your note on the doorknob. Do not put bags in mailboxes, and do not enter a home for any reason. Again, if other scouts live in your neighborhood, coordinate with them to divide up the territory. You can suggest that they leave any donations on their front doorstep on Saturday morning, November 11th, by no later than, say, 10 a.m.
  • Keep a written list of where you left bags!
  • Saturday morning, November 11th–drive around with a parent and pick up the bags that people have left out, or knock on the door to ask if they have filled the bag (some people will forget, but will fill it for you as you wait.) It’s a nice idea to leave a thank-you note for those who have left bags out.
  • Saturday morning, November 11th from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.–Bring your donated bags to the Giant parking lot at Georgetown Square (far corner of the Giant parking lot at Old Georgetown Rd and Rock Spring Dr).  Bradley (Wolf) and Veronica Bendit will receive your donated bags and log them into a master list. Be sure to give your name, unit number and number of bags collected.  If you are not able to get to Giant by 11 a.m., you can bring the bags directly to the Bolger Center (off of Democracy Blvd) parking lot until 2:00 p.m. The Bolger Center (9600 Newbridge Dr., Potomac, MD 20854) is the Potomac District pick-up site.

Safety Tips to Remember:

Always look both ways when crossing the street.
Never travel alone- take a friend or parent.
Never go into a home.

Fall Campout in Calvert Cliffs

To participate in our Fall Pack Overnighter, your Scout’s 2017-18 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.

What do I need to pack?

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

The pack has reserved Youth Group sites 1 and 3. We have Site 1 reserved for Friday night, so arrivals before 3pm on Saturday should meet at Site 1. The larger Site 3 will be available us at 3pm.

Directions: Proceed approximately 14 miles south of Prince Frederick on Route 4. Follow the signs to Calvert Cliffs State Park. Turn left, as if to go into the park entrance. Turn left again on Rt. 765. Go one half mile (just past Middleham Chapel) and turn right onto Camp Conoy Road. Follow Camp Conoy Road to the end of the hard surface road and bear right onto the dirt road. The entrance to Camp Bay Breeze will be about one quarter mile on the right. GPS Directions to 775 Camp Conoy Rd, Lusby, MD 20657.

Rules:

  • Calvert Cliff’s Bay Breeze Youth Group Area is a secured location and is not open to the general public. The combination to the area’s security gate will be provided.
  • Youth Group Leaders are responsible for securing and locking the entrance gate whenever a member of his/her group enters or exists. The gate is not to be left unlocked.
  • Youth Group camping is restricted to tents only and must be set up in the designated areas.
  • Wheeled units and vehicles are not permitted on the site.
  • Parking: Each site has designated parking for a specific number of vehicles. Any additional vehicles must park in the main lot or overflow area.
  • Facilities: Camping is primitive. Showers and flushing toilets are NOT available. Pit toilets are located at sites 5 and 7 and must be shared by all groups. Note that pit toilets are locking, enclosed structures, but there is no running water and the toilets do not flush. Running water is available at the water spigot and we will have plenty of hand sanitizing wipes available. A flush toilet and sink are available in the public area of the park.
  • Cliffs Hazard Alert: The Park’s Cliffs are subject to frequent landslides that may cause serious injury. These events happen without warning. Walking beneath, climbing on and digging in the Cliffs are strictly prohibited. Youth Group leaders are responsible for keeping all members of their group from these activities.

Menu:

  • The full menu will be posted here for dinner and breakfast. We are planning a make your own “walking taco” or bowl with chili, corn chips, vegetarian beans, sour cream, cheese, tomatoes as ingredients. Breakfast will likely be bagels and other baked goods with cream cheese.
  • Webelos will also be cooking in the campfire for their Cast Iron Chef pin (foil meals and dump cake).
  • Contact the Grubmaster with any food allergies or dietary restrictions

 

Popcorn Sale 2017

We have received our first order of popcorn and sales can begin right away! We have setup a special Popcorn Page on the site to hopefully answer most of your questions. Thanasis, our “Popcorn Kernel” is your point of contact for any further questions.

Summer 2017 Activities

Announcing Pack 461’s Summer 2017 Schedule! Scouts who attend all three events in June, July, and August will be eligible to receive the National Summertime Award pin for their rank!

Seeking Leaders for 2017-2018

We are seeking parent volunteers to fill the positions below for the 2017-2018 Pack Year. Anyone interesting in filling a position can contact Victor Hogan for more information.

The links below provide an overview of Pack Committee members roles and responsibilities:

Scouting.org: About the Pack
MeritBadge.org: Pack Committee

Cub Scout Day Camp 2017

June 19-23 at Lois Green – Sligo Izaak Walton League,  Gaithersburg

Theme:  “Bug Hunters”

Activities likely: archery, BBs, crafts, fishing, games, nature, scout skills, sports, STEM

Camp flyer

The most important thing to understand about Cub Day Camp is that this is not a drop off or daycare program. A 2:10 scout to parent ratio is required. This means for a den of up to 10 scouts two parents must always be present. Parents usually carve up the week to provide coverage across the week rather than taking the whole week. Lions will be Tigers as of June 1, so they can attend Day Camp. But Tigers require a 1:1 adult to scout ratio, so if your Tiger wants to attend so will a parent.

Adult volunteers at Day Camp are also needed (and up to two of the volunteer’s sons can go to camp for free – this is a good deal if your son wants to go, if you can spend the week there volunteering, and if you can’t get the whole den to go.) The Day Camp Coordinator likes to see people with special skills like Range Officers or Archery Instructors volunteer, but even if your skill is just knowing how to glue Popsicle sticks together, there’s a volunteer spot for everyone.

If you are interested in Cub Scout Day Camp, get your den together and register for day camp before the price goes up on April 23rd! The fee is $190 now and keeps going up after that.

More information can be found on the NCAC website http://www.ncacbsa.org/program/cub-scouts/day-camp/

Registrations are only processed through the Pack.

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