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.

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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.

Friends of Scouting (FOS) District Luncheon

Posted on Feb 18 2016 - 3:50pm

Friends of Scouting (FOS) Distric Luncheon: Seats still available

The Capitol Area Council is hosting their FOS District Luncheon next Thursday, February 25th, and Pack 2 has a table with a few seats remaining for FOS donors. The keynote speaker is Joseph Landy, the CEO of Warburg Pincus and BSA national board member. This is a free luncheon, held at the Austin Convention Center, begins at 11:50 a.m. and ends at 1:00 p.m. (and free parking is available in the convention center parking lot). If you’d like to attend the luncheon, please make your FOS donation and e-mail Mike Meroney (mikemeroney@icloud.com) ASAP to reserve your seat — I’m filling seats on a first come, first serve basis. 

For question or comments, please contact Mike Meroney (2016 FOS Coordinator for Cub Scout Pack 2) at 512-589-2531 or e-mail mikemeroney@icloud.com

Pinewood Derby

Posted on Jan 29 2016 - 8:48am

Its Pinewood Derby Time!

The annual Pack 2 Pinewood Derby will be on Sunday, January 31, from 3p - 5p.  A few reminders and helpful hints to get you to the race successfully:

Pack 2 Resources
There are many helpful files on the official Pack 2 Pinewood Derby page.
We have our final Pinewood Derby Workshop scheduled for this coming Sunday, January 10th, from 1 - 4 PM at Mike & Shannon Meroney's house. The address is 6901 Glen Ridge Dr, Austin, TX 78731.
Check it in
You must check in your car on Saturday, January 30 at NWHUMC Youth Center across Hart Ln. from Murchison Middle School. Car check-in takes place in the Youth Center 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
For the race, we need lots more volunteers. Please send Jason Rios an email if you are able to help the Pack by serving in one of those roles. We need your help!!
Race Rules
We will adhere to the Official Pack 2 Rules posted on the Pack website.
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.

See everyone there!