To participate in our Fall Pack Overnighter at Smallwood State Park, your Scout’s 2018-19 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 available spaces in the campsite are now full.
What do I need to pack?
Scouts can wear their yellow “Class B” shirts rather than their uniforms.
The pack has reserved both Youth Group sites. Official check-in time is 3pm, so no tents should be setup before that time. We will meet and check you in at the Picnic Shelter near the Tobacco Barn and Recycled Tire Playground.
Take the Beltway towards the National Harbor area and take the exit for Route 210 South.
From Route 210 south towards Indian Head, take a left (east) on Route 225 to Route 224. At the light at Route 224 turn right (south). Park entrance is approximately 3 miles on the right.
- 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
- Fishing Pier
- Art Center
Clementines, String Cheese, Baby Carrots
Chicken Apple Sausages
S’mores: Hershey’s Chocolate, Marshmallows, Graham Crackers
Dump Cake: Yellow Cake Mix, Apple or Cherry Pie Filling
Plain bagels with Cream Cheese
Filtered drinking water
8:30am – Arrive to the park
9:00am – Flag Ceremony
Cub scouts will raise the flag and learn/practice how to fold the American flag.
9:30am – Be Prepared
Our region park ranger will play games with cub scouts about what equipment they should bring on a walk or backpack trip. Prizes will be given.
10:00am – Bird walk
Cub scouts will be able to hike with our bird person with binoculars to see birds throughout the park, one mile hike. Binoculars are provided by the park to each cub scout to BORROW.
11:00am – Canal Hike
Come learn the history of the park with the rangers and how the falls and canal was formed that makes Great Falls Park a national park.
12:00pm – Lunch
Lunch is NOT provided by the park, we have a concession stand.
1:00pm – Raptor show
Cub scouts will be able to see different types of raptors. Learn about the habitat, wings, food, ect. Cub scouts will NOT be able to pet the raptors, but can get really close to them.
2:00pm – Snake Alive
Cub scouts will be able to see a ranger feed a snake and touch it. Cub scouts will be able to be up-close and personal with the snake.
3:00pm – Award scout ranger/ junior ranger/ scout ranger
Cub scouts who have participated throughout the day will earn the Scout/Ranger certificate and junior ranger badge.
The entrance fee for Great Falls Park is $10 per car. You can also use a National Parks Pass or if you have a child in Fourth Grade take advantage of the Every Kid in a Park program
Pack 461 stays active over the summer! While we take a break from Den and Pack meetings, we enjoy the warm weather while doing some fun activities.
Scouts who attend a Pack event in June, July, and August will receive the National Summertime Award pin (pictured to the right) for their rank!
June 9: The Potomac Chapter of the Order of the Arrow is hosting a hike on the Billy Goat Trail., 9am – this is a tough hike recommended for 3rd/4th/5th graders. CANCELLED DUE TO FLOODING.
July 13: Color Guard for Bethesda Big Train Baseball – Free to Scouts and Leaders in Uniform, 6:15pm
August 25: Frederick Keys Baseball Scout Night, Parade, Fireworks Show, run the bases, and campout in the outfield, 5:30pm. Rescheduled from June 2nd.