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Spring Campout at Washington Monument State Park

To participate in our April 6-7 Spring Pack Overnighter at Washington Monument State Park, 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. If you have completed the form within the last year it is still valid.

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 2 & 4. Official check-in time is 3pm, so no tents should be setup before that time. This park is along the Appalachian Trail so plan to do some hiking!

Directions:

Take 270 North towards Frederick. In Frederick, take 70 towards Hagerstown. Take Exit 49, MD Alternate Route 40. Travel westbound (turn left) on Alternate 40 for approximately 9 miles. At the top of South Mountain, turn right on Washington Monument Road. After 1 mile, the road intersects with Zittlestown Road at a four-way stop. Go straight to enter the park.

Amenities:

  • Appalachian Trail Access
  • A small museum commemorates the Civil War Battle of South Mountain
  • A stone monument to George Washington built by the citizens of Boonsboro in 1827
  • Greenbrier State Park is nearby

Pinewood Derby 2019

This year’s Pinewood Derby will be on the afternoon of Saturday, February 2nd. Please check out the Pack Rules, which are based on the District Rules. Winners of the various Pack heats move onto the District competition on May 11th!

Scouting for Food 2018

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 notes if you like.

How to Participate:

  • Saturday morning, November 3rd Distribute sticky notes to your neighbors. It’s best to go with a buddy from the pack or a parent. Do not enter a home for any reason. If other scouts live in your neighborhood, coordinate with them to divide up the territory. Keep a written list of addresses where you left notes!
  • Saturday morning, November 10th 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 10th From 11 a.m. to Noon 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).  Jill Washecka will receive your donated bags and log them into a master list. Be sure to give your name and number of bags collected.  If you are not able to get to Giant by noon, you can bring the bags directly to the Bolger Center (off of Democracy Blvd) parking lot from 9am to 1pm. 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.

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