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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.

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4th of July Parade - NWACA

Posted on Jun 23 2016 - 2:12pm

The NWACA 44th Annual 4th of July Parade is less than two weeks away. Pack 2 will lead the parade as we have done for years, and our Arrow of Light Scouts will perform the opening flag ceremony. This is a great honor for us to represent Scouting in our neighborhood and to celebrate our nation's independence together.
    
The route is a little different this year due to anticipated construction on Far West. The parade starts at 9:00 AM at 4302 North Hills Drive and ends at Doss Elementary where we will enjoy fun events, drinks and snacks at Freedom Fest. Please arrive at the starting point at 8:30 AM. I believe Boy Scout Troop 511 has invited several veterans to join them on their float, so please arrive early so that our Scouts can meet these American heroes, shake their hand, and thank them for their service.
    
Scouts and leaders should wear their Class A uniforms.
    
New Tiger Parents
For those new Tiger parents who have started following our activities on the Pack 2 site, if your son is planning to join Pack 2 this year and you want to walk with us in the parade, please do! If you want to purchase your son a Class A uniform for the parade (completely optional for you at this point), you can do so at the Scout Shop in the Frank Fickett Scout Training & Service Center on Parmer Lane and I35. Information about the uniform is available in this PDF. The Scout Shop staff can also help you. The main things your Scout needs are the shirt, neckerchief, neckerchief slide, and patches. Many Scouts also get a cap and a belt. We have not assigned Dens yet, so don't get a Den number patch. If cost is a concern, scholarships are available, so please don't let cost prevent your son from enjoying Scouting.

Please contact Jason Rios if you have questions or need more info.

Hope to see you there!

Swimming at Northwest Park Pool

Posted on Jun 9 2016 - 3:20pm
When: Jun 11 2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: Beverly S. Sheffield Northwest District Park Pool, 4000 Ardath
 
Join Pack 2 families as we enjoy a great neighborhood pool and escape the heat.  $3 admission to the pool. 
 
If you plan on attending with your Scout, please register on the Pack 2 site so that we know how many popsicles to bring. We'll also have a cooler of lemonade.

April Campout - Still Time To Register

Posted on Apr 7 2016 - 2:39pm
Final 2015-16 Pack 2 Campout April 15 - 17.  Registration Still Open!
 
Please register ASAP so that we have an accurate count and can hire the right number of lifeguards:
 
 
Due to a reservation conflict at HEB Foundation, we have moved the campout to Bear Creek Scout Reservation just outside of Kerville. This is a beautiful campground and facility managed by the Alamo Area Council (San Antonio). See the following link for more information:
 
 
The campground is right on Bear Creek. Activities will include swimming, canoeing, fishing and hopefully archery and BB guns. We are working on the arrangements for archery and BB guns now.
 
Cost is $30 per person, which will cover the cost of the campground, facilities, canoes, lifeguards and food.
 
Please read the event information on the Pack 2 site. There is critical information about swimming certifications that must be obtained by all Scouts and parents that want to swim without a personal flotation device. If you don't have the certification, you must use a PFD while on or in the water.
 
We also need some parents to serve as "lookouts" to provide a second pair of eyes overseeing aquatics areas. This is a BSA requirement. Each lookout will be asked to monitor the creek and water activities for 1-2 one-hour sessions. Lookouts must take Safe Swim Defense, Safety Afloat, and Weather Awareness online training prior to the campout.
 
This should be a great weekend for our Scouts and families! Please sign up, and let me know if you have questions. I'll update the event information as I have new updates.

Pack 2 Friends of Scouting - It's Not Too Late!

Posted on Mar 16 2016 - 1:39pm

It's not too late to make your 2016 Friends Of Scouting Contribution!

So, how do you give? We have four options:

  1. Go online to this website and fill out the form for either A) a one-time gift, or B) a recurring gift. With this online option, you can pay with a credit card, debit card, online check or even PayPal. Between “Donor Information” and “Payment Information”, be sure to specify Cub Scout Pack #2. Once you fill out all your information, your have another page to review the details and then click “SUBMIT”. You’ll then receive an e-mail from the district office with a confirmation number. ** Please forward that e-mail to mikemeroney@icloud.com because I’m trying to keep track of all the Pack 2 donations.
  2. You can write a check, payable to “Friends of Scouting, Capitol Area Council” and don’t forget to put Cub Scout Pack 2 in the memo line. I can pick up your check, or you can drop it at my house (6901 Glen Ridge Drive, 78731), or you can mail it directly to the Capitol Area Council. If you mail it, just send me an e-mail mikemeroney@icloud.com, letting me know the amount.
  3. You can fill out a pledge card… I have a stack at my house, and will leave them on my front porch.
  4. Some Pack 2 family members work for companies who have corporate match programs (either company or foundation) for charitable contributions. Depending on your company, that could be a payroll deduction, or a simple match dollar-for-dollar to your donation. Please check with your company or foundation for their specific procedure, and don’t forget that some companies also give bonus dollars to charities for the time you donate toward scouting. Call me with questions (512-589-2531).

What is the Friends of Scouting campaign?

The true cost of scouting is like an iceberg… the costs you see above the water (registration, camp fees, uniforms, books, magazine subscriptions, meeting costs, etc.) is just a fraction of the total cost. The part that is not visible — costs like running camps, counseling existing units and leaders, organizing training, coordinating and assisting with fundraising, overseeing membership recruitment, and insuring quality district operations — is truly keeping scouting afloat. The Friends of Scouting campaign is a LOCAL fundraising effort — ALL funds raised stay local, going to support our Capitol Area Council only.
 
At Cub Scout Pack 2, we have made the deliberate decision to NOT ask scouts and their families to spend time and effort selling things (like popcorn or mulch) for fundraising efforts. Instead, we ask families to consider giving to the Friends of Scouting campaign. Our goal is to have 100% participation in the Pack, no matter the amount.
 
We do have gifts/swag for families who participate at certain levels. Families receive a FOS pen with any gift. At $250, you get a FOS ball cap (and the FOS pen), and with a $500 donation, you get a FOS water bottle, the FOS ball cap and the FOS pen. Again, we hope you will participate at whatever level that fits within your family budget.

Please consider forwarding this e-mail to your scout’s grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, and ask them to consider a gift to scouting. Again, no amount is too small, but our collective giving makes a huge difference.

Thank you for your consideration, and please feel free to call (512-589-2531) or e-mail (mikemeroney@icloud.com) with any questions. 
 
— Yours in Scouting, Mike Meroney (2016 FOS Coordinator for Cub Scout Pack 2)

Pack 2 Service Project: It's My Park Day @ Doss Elementary

Posted on Mar 3 2016 - 10:19am
Mar 5 2016 - 10:00am - 3:00pm
Doss Elementary Playground/Park Area

What: This is another opportunity for our Pack to serve the community as we work toward another Journey to Excellence Ribbon in 2016!  

When: Saturday - March 5th

Where: Doss Elementary and surrounding grounds

Who: all Pack 2 Cub Scouts and Parents interested in helping out - we have 60 spots that must be filled via the Austin Parks registration tool

What else: all those registering on the Austin Parks site will also register and receive a t-shirt.  We plan to get a Pack 2 photo with our Pack flag and all volunteers on the work day.  Access this link https://austinparks.givepulse.com/group/events/9012 and register under the event "Doss Park Improvement and Refresh Project".  

Pack Meeting: Blue and Gold Crossover Banquet

Posted on Mar 3 2016 - 10:18am
Mar 6 2016 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Northwest Hills UMC - Family Life Center (Gym)

The Blue and Gold Crossover Banquet is schedule for March 6th, starting at 5 pm. It will be celebration and ceremony for our Webelos 2 / Arrow of Light Scouts earning their Arrow of Light award, the highest award in Cub Scouts. Some of those Scouts will continue their path to Eagle by "crossing over" into Boy Scouts.  We will be joined by the Order of the Arrow Ceremonial Team from Troop 3, who will be leading us in the crossover ceremony, and representatives of the Troops into which our Scouts are crossing.