This year’s Blue & Gold Banquet was just sensational! Every year we celebrate our scouts and families with a luncheon at the Franklin Elks. We have awards for Scouts and Leaders and cross our Arrow of Light Scouts over to their new Boy Scout Troop. We hired “Mad Science” to entertain us this year, which was a nice change of pace. This is another “can’t miss” event that everyone really has a good time at celebrating scouting and spending time as a bigger scouting family.
The Pinewood Derby is the TOP event for Cub Scouts each year. This is one date that hardly anyone misses because it is just that much fun! Scouts build cars out of blocks of wood with help from their parents and decorate/style based on the theme or type of car they want to make. We race them for placement and use computer software and a digital timer to keep track of speed and time. We also have design awards. The top scouts move on to compete at the district race and if they are really fast Nationals in NYC!
In the Fall we also hold our Pack Rocket Derby. This is a non-competitive event where the scouts work with their parent to construct a model rocket from a kit and then launch them into space! We usually hold this event in November at Mount St Mary Abbey in Wrentham. We insert engines into the rockets and the boys get to push the ignition button to launch their rocket. I think half of the fun is chasing after their rocket as it falls back to earth!
Every fall we get the scouts out into nature for a hike! This is usually a low pressure flat hike in a local forest where we can get some fresh air and observe nature. The scouts also have rank requirements that can be worked
on during this time with their dens. Our Webelos Den knocked out their 3 mile hike requirement!
Pack 92 runs an annual fall camping trip that takes place at the end of September or early October each year. This past fall we camped out at Camp Sayre in Milton, MA which is also home to New England Base Camp. We started out with a rainy Friday that delayed our start a bit however we showed up in force on Saturday morning, set up camp, cooked lunch, enjoyed the activities at NE Base Camp (ropes, bouldering, bb guns, archery, tomahawk through, axe yard, swimming, and boat safety). After a lovely group dinner of “Taco in a Bag” we got the fire blazing for our skit/song show, flag retirement ceremony, and of course roasting marshmallows for s’mores!
Our final summer activity was an early morning hike at Rocky Woods in Medfield. What a great location for a hike in the woods! They have a really great picnic pavilion and a pond with kayaking, canoeing, and fishing available. They also have a great fire ring that was created as a local Eagle Scout project. We hope to return here soon for one of our many yearly activities!
Each year in June the Scouts of the Seven Rivers District come together for a friendly competition that tests the “scout skills” learned throughout the year. In small teams the scouts compete in various activities such as obstacle course, planks & crates, compass, BB Gun/Rubber Band Gun target shooting, and archery (older scouts). The scouts decorate and pull a Conestoga style “Chuck Wagon” during the competition.
Pack 92 had three wagons compete this past year and had success with several of the wagon crews winning 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place ribbons along the way. That evening we camped at Camp Resolute and had a fun Camp Fire Skit Show and Yummy S’mores!