Cub Scout Pack 83

Some Scout Activities

Plant For The Planet

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     Pack 83 will once again be planting two trees for Earth Day.  Heritage Nursery in Elkhorn, Nebraska has graciously donated two trees to the Pack for us to plant at our Ralston Schools Partners, Meadows and Wildwood Elementary Schools.  The Scouts will meet for their normal weekly meeting at Meadows Elementary on May 5th but instead of normal fun, we will give back to our charter organizations by planting these trees for them.  Earth Day 2011 is actually April 22nd, but due to the Easter holiday and Annual Rockets Pack Meeting activity, we have moved the planting to May 5th.  
     The Scouts who attend Meadows Elementary School will plant the tree at their school, and those Scouts who attend Blumfield and Wildwood will plant the tree at Wildwood School.  The trees will get mulched in and there may be some extra mulching to be done at Meadows for Mr Hooper. 
     This activity will count towards the Packs Journey to Excellence Service Hours for the year.  It is a great civic as well as conservation lesson for our boys.  If you have any tools, i.e. shovels, wheelbarrows, rakes, please bring them along as there will be many hands available to work!  See you then!


Camping is a key element of Scouting!!

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Cub Scout Camps teach Scouts lessons and values that will last a lifetime, including honesty, helping others, character development and respect for the law. Scouts learn these values by participating in fun, family-friendly activities. Cub Camp brings the "outing" to Scouting.

Organized camping is a creative, educational experience in cooperative group living in the outdoors. It uses the natural surroundings to contribute significantly to physical, mental, spiritual, and social growth.

  • Camping contributes to good health.
  • Camping helps campers develop self-reliance and resourcefulness.
  • Camping enhances spiritual growth.
  • Camping contributes to social development.
  • Camping is an experience in citizenship training.
  • Camping at the Cub Scout level introduces boys to the knowledge and skills that they will learn and apply more thoroughly as a Boy Scout.
Cub Scouting offers camping opportunities for Cub Scouts through day camps, resident camps, Webelos den overnight campouts, council-organized family camps, and pack overnighters.

Pack overnighters are pack-organized overnight events involving more than one family from a single pack, focused on age-appropriate Cub Scout activities and conducted at council-approved sites. If nonmembers (siblings) participate, the event must be structured to accommodate them. BSA health and safety and Youth Protection guidelines apply. In most cases, each youth member will be under the supervision of a parent or guardian. In all cases, each youth participant is responsible to a specific adult.

Blue and Gold...What a Party!!!!

The purpose of the Blue and Gold Banquet is to commemorate the organization of the Boy Scouts of America in 1910 and to celebrate the birthday of Lord Baden Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts organization.   The banquet is traditionally held as the February Pack meeting because Baden Powell was born February 22, 1857. 

The term “Blue and Gold” is the name of the banquet because those are the official colors of the Cub Scouts organization.  Blue represents truth and loyalty, and gold represents good cheer, happiness, and helping others.

                 -courtesy Jason Richards, Den leader 

Race Into Scouting....With the PINEWOOD DERBY!!!

The first Pinewood Derby ever held took place in 1953. Pack 280C of Manhattan Beach, California gathered at the Manhattan Beach Clubhouse and made Cub Scout history.

Cubmaster Don Murphy had been looking for an activity that his 10 year old son, Donn, could participate in after being too young for a soap box derby. Remembering the cars and airplanes he used to carve as a child he decided his Cub Scouts could work with their fathers and carve their own race cars. He felt this activity would foster a closer father-son relationship and good sportsmanship through competition.

Murphy approached his Cub Scout committee who eagerly took on the project. A car and track design were quickly worked out. The racing kit consisted of a block of pine wood, two wood axles, four nails, and four wheels. The track was 32 feet long with a declining four foot down ramp for the gravity propelled cars. The electric finish line was built with door bell coils powered by batteries to signify the winner.

The first race day was set for Friday May 15, 1953. Contestants raced in three classes: Class A: 10 years old, Class B: 9 years old, and Class C: 8 years old. The race was a hit from the second the first group of cars started down the track. News of the Pinewood Derby quickly spread. A city wide Pinewood Derby was sponsored by the Herald Express newspaper and the Los Angeles City Recreation and Parks department in 1954. When word reached the national office of the Boy Scouts of America they decided to promote the race nationwide. A race car kit was even included in the Boy Scouts of America's supply catalog.

Today most of the rules and regulations of the Pinewood Derby remain the same. Cub Scouts and their parents look forward to the race each year. Don Murphy, the father of the Pinewood Derby, still takes great pride in the event he started over 50 years ago. A regulation Pinewood Derby track can be found in the National Scouting Museum where visitors can race their own cars or a car provided by the museum. 

                     -courtesy BSAMuseum.org

We Strive to help others!

"Scouting for Food" is Scouting's community stewardship project aimed at addressing the problem of hunger in the community in which we live and work.

It is a project rooted in the very foundation  of the Scouting movement.  Through initiative and hard work, the Boy Scouts have developed a framework that can help local food pantries feed tens of thousands of needy local residents with emergency aid.

Scouts go door to door in their neighborhoods passing out notice that they will be collecting food for a food pantry in their local community.   Then the folowing week they again go through their neighborhood and collect the donated food and deliver it to their pantry.