Cub Scouts

We are Boy Scouts of America Cub Scout Pack 2, chartered to Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, serving families in Austin's Northwest Hills neighborhood and Doss Elementary school.

2014 Recruiting Flyer6.63 MB

Camp Mabry campout details

Posted on Feb 18 2015 - 10:46pm
Pack 2 families - it's shaping up to be a fantastic weekend for camping!  Weather should be beautiful on Saturday, and pleasantly cool on Saturday night.  We've got nearly 150 people signed up - our largest campout ever!
Some items to note:
* we can arrive starting Noon on Saturday.
* All adults must have a valid ID and check in at the guard post.  Let them know you are camping with Pack 2 in the Picnic area.  Once past the guard post, you will drive ~200 yards straight ahead, turning right at the first right turn (it is marked picnic area).  Follow that down to the pavilion to unload.  There won't be enough parking at the pavilion for everyone, so after unloading, please move your car to a parking lot further up the hill.
* Meals are being coordinated by grade levels.  We have dinner Saturday and breakfast Sunday to prepare.
* Youth can fish for free.  Adults fishing (as opposed to instructing, untangling, and putting bait on hooks) require a valid Texas State fishing license.  The upper pond has stocked Rainbow Trout (yum!).  All other fish in both the upper and lower ponds are strictly catch-and-release. (This portion of the camp was once the primary firing range and motor pool.  You don't want to know what could be in those fish.  Trout are OK because they were stocked just a few weeks ago.)
* Throughout the day, please keep tabs on your scouts and siblings. The kids enjoy running around in the woods (which is fine), and near the ponds (much less fine).  This area of camp is quite large, it wouldn't take much to get lost.  Remind scouts and siblings to use the buddy system.
* All adults must have valid Youth Protection Training.  All Pack 2 registered leaders' YPT are current.   Visit scouting.org if you have not taken online or the in-person YPT class.
* If you have firewood at home, please bring a piece or two (not more!).
* arrive 12pm or later
* 12pm - 4:30pm fishing
* 1pm - 3pm Fly Fishing instruction by Steve McDaniel
* 3pm - 4:30pm outdoor games led by Troop 511
* 4:30pm - 6pm prepare, eat, and clean up meals by grade
* 6-6;30pm Smores (provided by the Pack)
* 6:30 Sundown
* 6:30pm - 7:30pm Campfire
* Breakfast by grade
* More fishing, exploring
* 10am Flag Ceremony on the main post flagpole
* 10am - 4pm Texas State Military Museum is open (free admission)
* pack up
* 12pm campout ends

Scout Parade/Report to State Sat. 2/7 & National Scout Sunday 2/8

Posted on Feb 6 2015 - 12:24am

Everybody loves a parade! Please plan to meet Pack 2 Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 at 7:30 am, along the Congress Ave. Bridge, for the 66th Annual Boy Scout Parade. Dress is full Class A uniform. At 8:30 am, the parade begins, and lasts about two hours. Pack 2 will march up Congress to the Capitol, and some of our Scouts will ride aboard Pack 2's float, "Camping Texas-Style." Following the parade, consider visiting with the governor! Scouts will meet Gov. Abbott in the Chamber of the House of Representatives (in the Capitol's west side) for Scouting's Report to the State of Texas, which kicks off the 105th anniversary celebration of the Scouting movement.

Parking may be difficult.  We recommend parking near the Capitol, and walking down to the Congress Avenue bridge.  Consult this map for available parking.


National Scout Sunday is celebrated Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. Scouts and Scouters please wear Class A uniforms to NWHUMC or the church of your choice to honor this anniversary of BSA.  Our charter organization, Northwest Hills United Methodist Church will recognize scouts on the same day.  Please wear Class A uniforms and come to the 11 am service to show our sponsor we appreciate what they do for Pack 2 and Troop 3, by giving us a home.

National Scout Sabbath is celebrated Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. Please wear Class A uniforms to your temple or synagogue.

Friends of Scouting

Posted on Jan 26 2015 - 11:24am
Just a reminder about the 2015 Friends of Scouting campaign for Pack 2.  The Council relies on these funds to care for the land we own, pay salaries, and conduct hundreds of training opportunities a year.  We also use this money to  fund scholarships so every boy can be a Scout.
We are hoping to have 100% participation.  Please don't delay.  Give today at http://tinyurl.com/qesahta.  Please be sure to list "2" when asked our Unit number.
Please be sure to let me (meganhelm0@gmail.com) know when you have given so I can keep track for the pack.  I will keep the amount completely confidential.

 Megan Helmbrecht and Mike Meroney

Pinewood Derby race results

Posted on Jan 19 2015 - 3:04pm

Thank you everyone for a very successful Pinewood Derby.  You can find race results and standings on our website.

Pinewood Derby reminders

Posted on Jan 15 2015 - 10:07pm
Pinewood Derby is this coming Sunday at the Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, with races starting at 2:00 p.m.  A few reminders and helpful hints to get you to the race successfully:
Check it in
You must check in your car on Saturday, January 17. Car check-in takes upstairs in one of the classrooms next to the gym from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. We will have our Official Scale plus tools, extra weights, glue, graphite, etc. to help get your car reach optimum weight and condition. Once your car is checked in it will be impounded until the actual race. No modifications will be allowed after your car is checked in. Please do not put the stick-on numbers on your cars as this will be done at check-in. Please do bring your stickers to check in though as we can always use them.
Volunteers Needed
We can use 2-3 volunteers at the Derby to help with things like room setup and Cub control. Please email me if you can help out during the race. mshaustin@gmail.com
Race Rules
We will adhere to the Official Pack 2 Rules posted on the Pack website. Please email me with any questions. mshaustin@gmail.com
Parts & parts
Hobby Lobby seems to the be go-to store for most everything you need (outside of 1000 grit sandpaper), but remember to get there soon as supplies go fast this time of year. And remember to buy only BSA-approved parts (wheels, kits, etc).
Remember the Big 3:
Friction, shape, and weight distribution. Prep your wheels and axles by grinding and polishing them to a shine. Remember that aerodynamics do make a difference. And put all of your weight in the back, preferably low and over the rear axle. I highly recommend this book about optimizing your car: Pinewood Derby Speed Secrets Book - by Derby Monkey. Worth the money.
Scouting for Food Campaign
Pack 2 is participating in the Scouting for Food campaign. We ask that you bring 2 canned food items to be donated for this effort. More information about the campaign can be found here: http://www.bsacac.org/activities/food_drive
Yours in Scouting,
Shawn Harrington
Pack 2 Pinewood Derby Coordinator

Pinewood Derby workshop 1/10 10am-2pm

Posted on Jan 7 2015 - 9:16am

The Divines are hosting a Pinewood Derby workshop in their garage on Saturday, 1/10, 10am - 2pm.  Bring your ideas, your car kits, and your excitement!  Kirk has all the tools you'll need to turn your block of wood into a top-performing race car!

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