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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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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!

November Pack Meeting and Cub World Campout (Nov '15)

Posted on Nov 20 2015 - 8:20am
Cub World Campout:  Saturday Nov 21 2015
 
Quick links:
Map (785 FM 1441) Cub World at Tom Wooten Register and more info Pack2 Camping Resource page

 

We currently have 112 people signed up for the Cub World at Tom Wooten campout!  The campout will be at the Garrison camp site from noon on Saturday Nov 21 2015 to noon on Sunday. This should be great fun for the whole family!  Cost is $12.50 per person to cover food and activities.

A cold front is blowing through Friday night to early Saturday. Rain chances are 60% early Saturday with clearing in the afternoon. In the event of severe weather (which I do not expect), we can move everyone into the dining hall on the camp grounds. The high on Saturday is 59 degrees with a low of 36 degrees, so please bring warm clothes and warm camping gear. You really should bring a foam mat or an air mat to sleep on to get your body off the cold ground
 
Lora Phillips has graciously volunteered to organize food for the campout. Menu includes lemon and honey glazed drumstick chicken and green beans for dinner; and mini egg, cheese and ham breakfast pies for breakfast. Feel free to bring other food or side dishes, if you wish. If anyone in your family is allergic to items in this menu, please let me know, and I will try to make arrangements for alternatives.
 
We have the BB Gun range reserved from 1 - 4 pm on Saturday afternoon, so if your Scout wants to learn to shoot a BB Gun (or shoot one again, for returning Scouts), this will be the time to do it. Cub World provides the BB guns for the range.
 
Current Range schedule for Saturday:  
 
November Pack Meeting:  Sunday Nov 15 2015
 
We will be having our pack meeting on Sunday Nov 15 2015, from 3:00pm - 5:00pm in the gym on the second floor of the Family Life Center at NWHUMC.  Topics/activities include:
  • Logistics for the Cub World Campout
  • A brief presentation from the Wolves
  • A carnival put on by the Bears!
  • Plus other anouncements...

Don't miss it!

Upcoming Pack Meeting and Overnight At Seawolf Park (Oct '15)

Posted on Nov 4 2015 - 10:54am
Pack Meeting
Our next Pack Meeting is this Sunday (10/11) at NWHUMC in the gym of the Family Life Center from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. Scouts please wear your Class A uniforms. In this meeting, Scouts will start learning the different components of the Scout Law: "A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent." This Sunday we will focus on bravery. There will be a fun activity for the Scouts as they focus on bravery, and parents can help too. We will also discuss final logistics for the Overnight at Seawolf Park.
 
Overnight at Seawolf Park
The Overnight at Seawolf Park is Saturday 10/17 through Sunday 10/18. Details for the event are available here. We currently have 95 people registered for the event, which is our limit, but some have not yet paid. If you are registered but have not paid, please do so by this Saturday, 10/10. Starting this Sunday, we will reopen the unpaid spots and begin accepting people from the waiting list on a first come, first served basis. Please email me if you would like to be added to the waiting list. This should be a great trip!
 
Bear Service Project, H'Owl Cleanup
Following the Doss H'Owl on 10/24, the Bears will have a service project to clean up after the event. All Bears that are in town and available, please meet on the Doss blacktop at 5:00 pm.

Camp Mabry Campout (Sep 2015)

Posted on Sep 17 2015 - 5:02pm

The first Pack 2 campout for the 2015/16 season is upon us!  Here are some quick links for those new to Pack 2:

  • General Info here and Camp Plan posted below with activities and times.  
  • Here is a short camping checklist to make sure you have all the Pack 2 campout  essentials
  • Pack 2 maintains a Camping Gear page with helpful info about our campouts in general (found under Pack Resources)
  • We also have a page with handy information for those volunteering for the campouts: Campfire Resources
  • Adults: Remember to bring a valid ID to show at the gaurd station at the entrance to Camp Mabry
  • We are at a different site than in 2014: Go straight past guard station to the end of the road, turn left and look for signs guiding you to our site.

Other items to note:

  • We can arrive starting Noon on Saturday.
  • Meals are being coordinated by grade level (rank).  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.)
  • 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.

Pack 2 Systems Quick Tips

Posted on Aug 26 2015 - 9:12am

1.  Pack2Austin.com Website

  • Access this site to view and register for events and to get important info about the pack.  
  • When event registration is open, click the calendar event then click the "Register" button and enter the required info. Be sure to complete the process paying for event feels in the site's shopping cart. 
  • You can pay annual dues and t-shirt fees by clicking the "Online Payments" left nav link.
  • Be sure to set up calendar sync! Click "Calendar Sync" in the upper left, then select type of calendar and confirm the calendars to include, then click "Create iCalendar Feed."  This will create a URL you can connect into your calendar for live updates of pack and den events.

Now Recruiting

Posted on Jun 17 2015 - 3:24pm

Pack 2 welcomes new scouts completing Kindergarten through 4th grades.

We invite new families to any of these activities and would love to meet you:

  • Saturday 7/4 8:30am: Pack 2 leads the NWACA Parade
  • Saturday 8/22 10am: Recruiting at Doss - Angry Birds Water Balloons
  • Saturday 9/19 - Sunday 9/20: Campout at Camp Mabry
  • Saturday 10/17 - Sunday 10/18: Houston Airshow and overnight on the Wolfpack Submarine and Destroyer in Galveston
  • Saturday 11/21 - Sunday 11/22: Campout at Cub World, Lost Pines Scout Reservation, Bastrop, with BB Guns and Archery

See the attached flyer for more information. Contact Cubmaster Jason Rios <jason@jasonrios.com> to join!