Pack meeting, 23 March 2015

Our next pack meeting is on Monday, March 23rd, in our usual location, the Ministry Center at Trietsch Memorial UMC, at 7pm.

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Recycled Orchestra

As Scouts, we are taught to look after the environment. One of our rules is to always leave the outdoor areas we occupy in better condition than we found them. Conservation is our watchword.

In Paraguay, there is a movement underway to equip children of all ages with musical instruments made from items found in trash dumps and reclaimed wood. Talk about recycling! Below is a cello made from reclaimed wood and oil barrels!

Just goes to show that those dead branches our boys find in the woods can be more than pretend guns, swords, or magic wands. It’s definitely something to think about with regard to any trash found at future campouts!

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Blue & Gold Banquet

Due to some logistical conflicts at Trietsch, we are moving our annual Blue & Gold Banquet up one day. It will now be:

Date: Friday, February 21st

Time: 6:30-8:30 PM

Where: at Trietsch in the Ministry Center of the south wing. (map/directions)

Dens will have a half hour before the start time to set up their tables. The theme this year is the Winter Olympics, and each den has picked a sport featured in the winter games.

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Own a piece of Pack 280 history!


While cleaning out his garage, Tim Bachelder found a bin full of these old pack shirts. These were the “Class B” shirts the pack used prior to Davis and I joining. We’ve had two different pack shirts since then!

We are going to sell these to pack members for $5 each. We have several Adult Larges, but also mediums and smalls. Youth sizes range from small to large.

We will have a table set up at the Pinewood Derby as well as at the next pack meeting. First come, first serve!

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Pinewood Derby — THIS FRIDAY!

Our annual Pinewood Derby is this Friday, January 24th. It will be in the Ministry Center at Trietsch UMC (where we normally meet for pack meetings).

Check-in, with official weighing, begins at 6:15 PM. Racing begins promptly at 7:00 PM.


The track we are using this year has four lanes, so each car will run four heats, one in each lane. We will take the car’s fastest time of the four as its official time for determining results.

REMEMBER: Scout cars can NOT weigh more than 5 ounces. Outlaw cars cannot weigh more than 7.5 ounces. All cars must be under the 5-inch height limit, or they will not fit under the finish gate.

During racing, it is important that Scouts and siblings sit back from the track. We will assign track duties for the retrieval of cars from the finish line to certain Scouts. These are the only children which should be near the track. Our track host would be very appreciative of parents talking about this with their Scouts and other attending children beforehand.

If you have any questions, please contact your den leader, TJ, or Chris. See everyone Friday night!

UPDATE: All Scouts should be in their Class A uniforms for the Derby.

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Cub-O Results

Cub-O-2014-teamJan. 3, 2014. It was a beautiful day at Sid Richardson Scout Camp. Thousands of scouts and their leaders and parents gathered for camping, map & orienteering training, and a grand adventure.

The challenge? Collect as many landmark hole-punches on our map.

Our team, Lego Landlubbers, hot-footed it across miles and miles of woods and trails, and landed smack in the middle of 35th place of 72 teams participating in Cub-O.

Team Score: 150 points

Finish Time: 3:48:40

See PDF report of full results

Cub-O 2014


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Pack Holiday Party

The pack holiday party is next Tuesday, December 10th, 6:30-8:30pm at Interskate in Lewisville. Tuesday is bargain night, admission is only $3, and regular skate rental is free. If you’re not skating, you don’t pay anything.

We will be distributing Pinewood Derby car kits at the party. (If you can’t make it to the party, please make arrangements with your den leader or TJ for pickup.) Each Scout will have a car provided to him by the pack. If a parent or sibling wishes to enter a car, we need to know before Sunday night, so we have a count of how many to purchase.

Please let Chris or TJ know how many cars your family would like beyond the one provided to your Scout. Each car is $5.

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Cub – O

Cub-O is the most poplar orienteering event in North America! The Orienteering Committee extends its thanks and appreciation to the outstanding Troops, Scouts, and Scouters who helped make Cub-O 2013 another FUN day of hiking and friendly competition for Longhorn Council Cub Scouts, parents, and Leaders! Cub-O is a fun Orienteering competition for Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos held each year right after the holiday break. Lunch is included.

Each team of 3-6 Cubs gets a Cub-O map half an hour before the race starts. Your goal is to hike in the woods and find as many of the 40 orange and white orienteering flags as you can. Plan your strategy to score the maximum point total possible in 2 hours!  Map training sessions for Cub Scouts and parents are held all morning.

Lunch will be served in the dining hall. Meal times are assigned to minimize the length of serving lines. Units may choose to do Pack Family Camping on Friday and/or Saturday night. Scores will be available by Saturday night. After the event, each team’s competition race maps will be available to pick up at the District Roundtable meetings in January or February. This is a rain or shine event: extreme inclement weather (ice or snow) may cause a one week postponement.

Some of us including myself and my scout will go up on Friday and make camp, and camp till Sunday morning. If you are interested in camping the entire/part of the weekend please let Stephen know. If you’re interested in only coming up for the day of orienteering please let me know that as well. I will fill out the necessary paperwork, but will need everyone’s reply by Monday, December 29th. The cost is $17 per person plus $10 if you want a T-Shirt (I’ll need your shirt size when you tell me if you’re going.)

Hope to have a good size group going this year, we had a lot of fun last year.cub 0 2014

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Hope you all have had a wonderful Holiday weekend. I wanted to share a quick adventure that Ethan and I made earlier this week with a scout from another council up to Lake Ray Roberts. We first planned out everything we would need to take with us and then added items for what could be bad weather. Then Tuesday morning we got up, ate breakfast, and drove a little less that an hour to Johnson Branch. There is a $7 per adult fee to gain access to the park for any of you that think about going up there. We then found our place to park, made a pit stop at the provided restroom, and then hit the marked out trail. This is an out and back trail with lots of smaller trails that run off of it to add to the exploring. We decided to save the smaller trails for the next trip and just stick to the main trail. Including the time we spent stopped eating the lunches we brought, we were on the trail almost 5 hours. In this time we hiked just over 6 miles. The weather turned out perfect and the birds came out in the afternoon. The colors were amazing to see and experience in the open, and led to some great conversations with these two scouts. We were able to make a difference by finding trash left on the trail and putting it in the provided receptacles. I would recommend this trail to anyone looking for a “beginner” trail. It’s got some ups and downs, but it’s a clear wide path that is clearly marked. Looking forward to going back and exploring the smaller trails.IMG_2951IMG_2952IMG_2958IMG_2961IMG_2972

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Fall campout service project


As part of our fall camp out, we picked up trash and debris along a section of Lake Grapevine as a service project. Our Scouts and their families worked really hard to make this area of the shoreline more enjoyable for others. Their presence even convinced one kayaker to join in the cleanup!

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