Pack News

Scout Garden News, August 15

posted Aug 15, 2016, 11:04 AM by John Gilbert

The Gardening Day scheduled for this Tuesday, August 16th has been CANCELED.
The church driveway is being re-sealed this Tuesday, August 16th. No one will be allowed into the parking lot or the garden on this day. The parking lot will re-open on Wednesday, August 17th. The Garden schedule will resume on Thursday, August 18th.

Scout Garden News

Thank you so much to the 25 scouts, along with their families, who have participated in our 2016 Garden Season! Please continue to help Pack 24 Grow by attending some more garden dates. We are asking each scout to attend one or two days during each of the 5 two-week garden cycles.

View our Pack 24 calendar for the Garden Schedule.

So far Pack 24 has donated 11 hot peppers, 6 summer squash, 8 peppers, 7 tomatoes, 7 potatoes, 7 lettuce, and 19 radishes. Considering the hungry rabbits in the area and the dry summer we've had, that's a pretty good start!

This week we began Garden Cycle 2. Thanks to the scouts that tended the garden last night! It was a hot one! 

As a reminder, please remember to be safe while tending the garden. Be sure to keep yourself hydrated, and don't stay in the hot sun for too long. It is not necessary to stay the full hour.

Some things to remember when helping at the garden:
• Be sure to mark your attendance
• Count and mark any harvested crops
• Tie or adjust the ties of the plants to the garden stakes
• Add to our compost (feel free to bring along some egg shells, fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grinds, rice and pasta leftovers, and stale bread)
• Weed
• Water

Please contact Cheryl Gilbert with any questions.

Thank you all and Happy Gardening!

Nature In Your Neighborhood Summary

posted Aug 2, 2016, 10:16 AM by John Gilbert   [ updated Aug 2, 2016, 10:26 AM ]

On June 18, 2016, members of the Pack 24 Hiking Club ventured into the woods right in our own City. The Nature In Your Neighborhood hike was part of a program designed to inform the community about the many properties that are open for public use. While we were lead through the forest and wetlands, our outdoorsman-leader, Jack Lash educated us on all that we saw and heard. In fact, the scouts were so involved with the experience that we only covered about two thirds of the trail before having to wrap things up! Below is a summary of our hike.


MASS. CULTURAL COUNCIL & MASS.  AUDUBON SOCIETY
JUNE 18TH HIKE, COLMAN RESERVATION, ATTLEBORO, MASS.

On a sunny Saturday morning, the Mass. Cultural Council, (MCC), Mass. Audubon Society (MAS) and Attleboro Land Trust sponsored a 2 hour hike at the Colman Reservation. At 77 acres, the property offers easy access and diverse wooded habitats.

After a parking lot introduction, which included Jack Lash describing the purposes of the hike and thanking the MCC and local Cultural Council, the Land Trust leaders commented on the Trust’s acquisitions and activities, and the trek began. Cub Scout Pack 24 joined the group with energy and enthusiasm. A large group of helpful adults also walked along, took photos, and provided drinks and snacks at the "Hemlock" rest stop.

The following natural resource features were described and pointed out to the group:

TREES: Species spotted included Red and White Oak, Red and Sugar Maple, Black and Yellow Birch, Hemlock, White Pine, and Sassafras. A few diseased American Chestnut were seen also, along with several red cedar. The oaks have been affected by many moths. Jack offered a brief history on importance of Chestnut to settlers.

SHRUBS: High and Lowbush blueberry dominate the main trail (blue blazes). Numerous Witch-hazel and spicebush were also present, and pepperbush became dominant as we came closer to wet sites. Moths were not as prevalent on shrubs.

GROUND PLANTS: Princess pine, Canada Mayflower and several sedge species were most numerous along the paths. Off trail a few yards, especially near wetlands, skunk cabbage was abundant. Wild rhubarb grew at the parking lot edges.

BIRDS: Heard, but not often seen were: Tufted Titmouse, Northern Cardinal, Veery, Eastern Towhee ("Drink your Teeaaa!"), Northern Waterthrush, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Blue Jay, Crow, Downy Woodpecker, Pine Warbler, and Ovenbird.

MAMMALS: Both grey and red squirrels. Scouts also knew that Flying squirrels might be present in the area. Eastern Chipmunks were seen and heard, and raccoon tracks were seen in the muddy stream edges.

INSECTS: Dominating the stops during the trek were frequent findings of gypsy and winter moth larvae. A large predatory beetle was also found, along with a cabbage white butterfly, mosquitoes, and small spiders.

ALSO: Turning over a large, trailside log, the scouts found a lone slug. Touching it was optional. Tree cavities and woodpecker holes were plentiful, and should be visited again
in other seasons.

GEOLOGY: A granite boulder nearly 20' high with a girth of at least 50' is a highlight about a half mile along the main path. Facing it, one can choose whether it resembles a hump-back whale or large elephant.

Jack thanked the Pack and group at the end of the hike and handed out Wildlife Track Cards. Most vowed to return to Coleman reservation again soon.

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Many thanks to Jack Lash for leading the scouts on this hike and making it educational and fun.

Fishing Derby, August 6

posted Aug 2, 2016, 9:33 AM by John Gilbert

Fishing Derby

Saturday, August 6 — 8:00am-12:00pm (Rain Date: Sunday, August 7)
Fulton's Pond, Mansfield

All Pack 24 scouts & their families are invited to have a fun, fantastic, fabulous family fishing day!

Trophies for the scout with the most fish caught & the scout with the biggest fish caught! Raffle Tickets for ALL to win some great prizes! Fishing Derby Patch (Given out at the first Pack Meeting to all scouts who attend)!

We'll also have a learning display set up about the various types of fishing bait. Check it out, then see how much you remember by taking the brain teaser quiz!

There will be a poster of the many fresh water fish species that could be lurking in Fulton's Pond. See if you can identify all the fish you catch!

How to be a part of the fun:

  • Register for the event via email. There is no cost for this event, however we need to track attendance for awards, patches and prizes.
  • Have your BSA heath forms ready for all attendees.
  • Get your own fishing poles & tackle box out and ready to go.
  • BYOB-Bring Your Own BAIT... Last year the kids used all varieties of bait & had success: Live bait such as worms & shiners; Lures such as wiggly worms, spoons, jigs; Synthetic bait such as power bait & salmon eggs; Human Food such as hot dogs, niblet corn, and bread. You decide what works best for you & your family & bring lots of it!
  • Chairs if you want to be comfy.
  • Pack yourself some food & drinks-snacks or even bring your own picnic lunch.
  • Wear your Pack 24 T-shirt or just just dress for fishing... sunscreen, hat, bug spray!

For any questions, please contact: Cathy Correira at cccdogteach@aol.com

Summer Camp 2016 - Star Wars STEM Week

posted Apr 23, 2016, 7:39 AM by John Gilbert   [ updated May 4, 2016, 7:21 PM ]


Day Camp at Camp Norse, July 18-22

Day Camp is a great way for your child to experience the thrill of the outdoors and is a good introduction to independence from Mom & Dad without being to far from home. The week long program fills each day with adventure and the experiences for which boys join Scouting. Activities include archery, BB, boating, swimming, crafts, and many more.

NEW FOR 2016! - Expanded STEM Program Time, Siblings Can Attend

We are absolutely thrilled to offer Day Camp this summer to Scout-aged SIBLINGS of registered Cub Scouts! Now you don't have to make the decision of what program to send your kids too, or have the hassle of dropping off at multiple summer programs.

Cost of Attending Camp

$185 per Child for the entire Week ($170 before May 22nd)

$25 additional for "Extended Hours" 8AM to 9AM and 4PM to 6PM. (No Extended hours Friday afternoon.)

$35 additional for Bus Service.  The bus departs Triboro Plaza each morning at 7:30am and returns at 5:30pm. Click here for schedule info.

Camp Scholarships are available for youth - Click here for more info about camp scholarships



Kingdom of Fantasy

posted Feb 7, 2016, 11:32 AM by John Gilbert

Lords and ladies, your time is at hand! Reserve your seating today! 

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Time is running out (nine days left) to register your family. Journey with Cub Scout Pack 24 on Saturday, February 27 promptly when ye clock strikes 11 in thy morn, back to a time of myth and lore -- when dragons roamed thee skies, kings ruled forgotten realms, dwarves mined thee earth, steel and steed were commonplace and wizards and warriors journeyed on exciting quests seeking riches beyond imagination.
 
Ye young hero and his clan are hereby invited to come hither and enter thy “Kingdom of Fantasy” - this year’s theme for our annual Cub Scout Blue and Gold Banquet as we celebrate thee birthday of Scouting and thy Pack's 68th anniversary. It is one of thee legendary highlights of thy Cub Scouting year for Scouts and families alike.
 
Ye will enjoy an adventurous and mystical afternoon with a pasta and chicken dinner fit for an army of trolls, with a family-friendly price ye'll treasure. And be sure to loosen your chainmail so ye’ll have room for dessert.
 
Entertainment will be provided by each chivalrous den.
 
The noble celebration and fellowship will be had at St. Theresa’s Castle on Baltic Street in the land of Attleborough.
 
Thy Scouts attend at NO COST, princes and princesses under 5 are free, those age 5-11 can come for $5 each, and those 12 and older can eat a bounty fit for royalty for $10.
 
Seating is limited, so ye are summoned to REGISTER TODAY at http://www.pack24attleboro.org/payment-center. Deadline is Sunday, February 14 or ye will be confined to the dungeons.
 
Hang on to ye helmet. It is sure to be an epic time for all!
 
 

DECEMBER ACTIVITIES UPDATE!

posted Dec 2, 2015, 6:23 PM by John Gilbert   [ updated Dec 3, 2015, 9:53 AM ]


Holiday Family Fun Day @ Camp Yawgoog! 

Saturday, December 12th, 10am-2pm

Come join other scout families for a great outdoor family event. There will be crafts for the kids, hot chocolate, a hay ride, field games, lunch, candy canes and pictures with Santa.  Bring the whole family!  The Trading Post will also be open for snacks and souvenirs.

This is a FREE event!   All Scouts, parents and siblings attend for free! 

This event will be held at Camp Yawgoog in Hope Valley, RI. 
Please pre-register by December 9th by visiting this link.
http://www.narragansettbsa.org/event/1784005



Annual Holiday Caroling @ Mount St. Rita's Health Centre
15 Sumner Brown Road, Cumberland RI
Sunday, December 13th

Once again the pack will be spreading holiday cheer to residents of the nursing home.  We supply the lyric sheets and elf hats, you supply the voices and smiles.

We will meet in the lobby between 1:30-1:45.
In the past we have handed out homemade cards, pictures and ornaments to residents so if you are able to make some, please feel free to do!

Siblings & family members welcome!  Class A please!
Sign up here!  http://vols.pt/9yK4D9



Holiday Happenings Parade
Saturday, December 5th  12:45pm
Starting from the MBTA parking lot on Wall Street- marching down County Street to Capron Park.  Enjoy free activities & Santa in the park afterwards
 
December Pack Meeting
Sunday, December 20th  6pm!.

Heee-haww! Join Pack 24 for the Rip-Roarin' Covered Wagon Derby, Sat., Oct. 17

posted Oct 4, 2015, 7:00 AM by John Gilbert

Howdy! Come with Pack 24 to the wild, wild west, as we head to Cub Scout Camp Norse in Kingston, Mass. from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM on Saturday, October 17, for a fun-filled western-themed day for Scouts and their families. Register before it's too late. Details below.

"Tell me more, partner."

Cub Scout teams will push and pull their covered wagons around the "Old West," stopping at "towns" (activity stations) where they will have fun, and demonstrate basic Scout knowledge and skills appropriate for their age and rank. Cub Scouts will work together at each town while being engaged in exciting activities that build self-esteem and teamwork skills. There will be other packs from Attleboro and many other communities from throughout the region. The Pack 24 covered wagon will be there too. The boys will all have a turn pulling the wagon around as they travel the camp and manage their way around the occasional bovine pie.

"Can I wear my spurs to this rodeo?"

Y'all are encouraged to channel your inner cowboy/girl and dress in western wear, if ya like. Denim, plaid, bandana, ten-gallon hats, cowboy/hiking boots, are all welcome, or yur young mustang rider can simply wear his Cub Scout uniform.

"What type of grub is being served up?"

Ya can bring your own lunch/cooler or purchase lunch on site. The old canteen usually serves up some soup, hot dogs, chips, soda and water. But we warn ya -- the coffee around those parts ain't safe enough to give yur horse.

"How much we talkin'?"

The cost is only $6.00 per Scout for a day of thrillin'-spillin' fun. Siblings and adults can participate at no cost. The fee gets your young wrangler a leather wagon cutout that he can hang special beads on that he will earn by completing activities at each "town" he visits.

"I love a good gunfight. Can I bring my six-shooter?"

Heck, this ain't the O.K. Corral! But be sure to bring…

  • A completed BSA health/medical form (parts A and B) for every attendee
  • A canteen or water bottle for each person
  • A snack
  • A sweatshirt
  • A daypack/backpack
  • And brand your name on everything!

"Sign me up! I'm ready to saddle up and ride ‘em out!"

Don't wait. Register now, ya hear? Pay our banker online now at the Pack Payment Center. Deadline to pay and register is Monday, October 12. No additional reminders will be sent out, so stop a stallin' and get a movin'!

"Who's in Charge Here?"

If you have any questions, please holler out to Butch "The Bandit" Bozzi the fastest gun-slinger, assistant Cubmaster and cattle wrestler this side of town.


‘Get-to-Know Pack 24’ Info Night

posted Sep 4, 2015, 6:42 PM by John Gilbert

Our 2015-16 program year is about to kick into high gear with loads of adventure and fun.
On Tuesday, September 15 at 7PM at St. Theresa's Church basement, 18 Baltic Street, South Attleboro, we'll be having a ‘Get-to-Know Pack 24’ night, for new families and those interested in possibly joining our Pack. It will be an informative evening that families will find invaluable.

RSVP: Please email Cubmaster Steve Zenofsky (stevezenof@gmail.com) if you'll be able to attend
to ensure we have enough materials on hand for you.

We believe the information night will be especially worthwhile for you to attend because you'll learn more about the Cub Scouting program for your son and your family, how to make the most of your Cub Scouting experience, ways to gain the most quality time with your son and family in Scouting this coming year and how to ensure he’ll get the most out of being a Cub Scout.

Plus you will meet lots of other parents and get answers to your questions. Your son can attend too!
We look forward to hearing whether you can attend. Thanks!

Journey With Pack 24's Cub Scout Hiking Club to Legendary 'Wolf Hill'

posted Sep 4, 2015, 6:30 PM by John Gilbert   [ updated Sep 4, 2015, 7:14 PM ]

By popular demand, the Cub Scout Pack 24 Hiking Club begins its fourth exciting hiking season on Saturday, September 12 from 8:30 – 10:30 AM (weather and conditions permitting). (Back up date: Sunday, September 13 at 8:30 AM) 
 
This time we’ll explore the 300-acre Wolf Hill Forest Preserve in Smithfield, Rhode Island (only 25 minutes away) and hike along a rocky ridge and gently rolling trails, through a mature oak and maple forest, with a few stands of pine and hemlock and many huckleberry and lowbush blueberry bushes. The preserve is home to deer, wild turkeys, songbirds, and hawks. (No wolves thankfully.) We’ll hike to about 450 feet above sea level to Mercer Outlook which offers spectacular views of the Providence skyline and beyond on a clear day.
 
To register: Our deadline for sign-ups is next Wednesday, Sept. 9, if you want your son and family to attend. Please respond to Steve Zenofsky (stevezenof@gmail.com) and let us know how many from your family plan to attend. Registration is required because we must know by Wednesday, Sept. 9 who will be attending. (Further specific details will be sent to you once you register.)
 
Cost: Free

Why should your boy and family be part of the Hiking Club?
Consider this – no TV, no video games, just you, your family and the positive peer group of Pack 24 hiking in the wilderness, enjoying the fresh air, the peace and quiet, the amazing scenery, the wildlife, birds, and more.
 
On every hike we see children’s senses become heightened and their imaginations inspired. Your child may not realize it, but they are developing an appreciation and love for the outdoors and being in nature while having lots of fun.
 
Of note, the Hiking Club has become so popular with numerous families that this will be the 15th outing. We hike and explore in a different location each time, discovering forests, hills and fields, hidden relics and connecting with the serenity, beauty and wonders of nature. Plus, hiking club-related recognition is given at certain milestones as your boy's miles accumulate.
 
And, there are ongoing and numerous opportunities as well as awards that can be earned (see below). 

Awards your Cub Scout can earn for being part of the Pack 24 Hiking Club:

  • A Hiking Club patch – After attending the first hike
  • A compass – After completing three hikes with the club
  • An LED flashlight - After completing six hikes with the club
  • A First Aid Kit - After completing nine hikes with the club
  • A 5-in-1 Survival Whistle - After completing 12 hikes with the club
  • An emergency Rain Poncho - After completing 15 hikes with the club
  • A hiking staff -- Each time your boy attends a hike, his name is put into a drawing to win a custom-made hiking staff awarded at the next pack meeting. The more your boy hikes with the club the more times his name is put into the drawing.
  • Opportunities to meet Cub Scouting outdoor-related rank requirements (see our website)

Just remember: registration is required no later than Wednesday, Sept. 9 to attend. Please reply to this e-mail with your headcount to RSVP.
 
For additional information: Please contact Cubmaster Steve Zenofsky at stevezenof@gmail.com.
 
We hope you will join us for our next hike and sign up today. All family members capable of handling the terrain are welcome to attend.

Pack 24's August campout is coming soon. Register now before space is gone.

posted Jul 27, 2015, 7:04 PM by Web Master   [ updated Jul 27, 2015, 7:08 PM ]

Your son and family won’t want to miss our next fun-filled Cub Scout Pack 24 Campout -- Saturday, August 22, 2015. Please be aware that space is limited. Be sure you register right away so you and your son get on the attendee list. The cost is only $8 per person and this event will likely sell out. So avoid procrastinating because it promises to be one of our best campouts yet. Read on and find out why:


We’ll be camping at Camp Aquapaug Scout Reservation on the gorgeously quiet and pristine Worden’s Pond, Route 110, South Kingstown, Rhode Island.

Just bring a tent and sleeping bags. (And if you don’t have a tent, we’ll try to find you one to borrow.)

This event is as easy as camping gets and is a great introduction to the joys of an overnight in the woods that’s fun and memorable for the whole family. Family-friendly camping doesn’t get any simpler than the way we serve it up and we do all the cooking.


WHAT’S PLANNED

Webelos-Only (incoming 4th and 5th graders) – The Pack campout will be preceded by an exclusive night-before campout on Friday, August 21 at 5:30PM just for Webelos and their families, with a special focus on learning Boy Scout cooking and more advanced outdoor skills. For an additional $8 per person, it includes Friday dinner as well as breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

Saturday, August 22  We’ll start the day with a family picnic at noon. Just bring your picnic lunch, blankets, chairs and whatever will make the day special for you. (No grills please.) 

Then, we’ll spend the afternoon relaxing in the outdoors. There will be opportunities for fishing (bring your own poles and bait), exploringgames and having time to enjoy the forest and just be a kid.


SAVE ROOM FOR DINNER

At day’s end on Saturday, we’ll have a sumptuous Pack 24 barbeque with all the fixings. We do all the cooking for you.


ONCE THE SUN SETS…

CAMPFIRE

That night, we’ll have a campfire, skits, guitar sing-a-longs, songs and, s’mores. (This will be the chance for your son to revive some of the many songs he learned if he went with us to Camp Norse this summer.)

CRACKER BARREL

And after the kids go to bed, we’ll have a parents-only “cracker barrel” by the fire where we will have an assortment of snacks, sundries and drinks along with time for friendship and fellowship.

STARTING THE MORNING OFF RIGHT

Sunday morning, as the sun rises, we’ll get the coffee brewing at dawn and prepare the hot chocolate in advance of our crowd-pleasing, hearty pancake and sausage breakfast. Fresh fruits too.

And Camp Aquapaug is close to the beaches, so you might want to tack on a day at the seashore afterwards to round out your weekend.

 

 


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: SAT., AUG. 15, OR SOONER, IF WE SELL OUT

Hopefully, you're excited and ready to register. Here’s simply what you need to do next.

As mentioned, camping spaces are limited, so do not wait -- register NOW at http://www.pack24attleboro.org/payment-center. The cost is a bargain at only $8 per person.

Questions? Contact Cubmaster Steve Zenofsky anytime. Once you register, more details will be sent to you.

Thanks and we hope to see your family soon.

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