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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Blue & Gold Banquet / Crossover details

Posted on Mar 5 2015 - 11:07pm

I hope everyone is excited for this Sunday's Blue and Gold Banquet.  We have a lot in store.  All boys who have earned rank advancement thus far will take part in their face painting ceremony.  We celebrate the achievement of 19 Webelos 2 scouts earning their Arrow of Light award, the highest award in Cub Scouts.  And we cheer as 16 scouts 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, and representatives of Troops 3, 410, and 511 into which our scouts are crossing.

We have a special catered BBQ dinner, inside the Frank Fickett Scout Center, surrounded by scouting memorabilia, and a slide show honoring our Webelos scouts.

Following dinner, we will have an outdoor campfire at the fire ring, an abbreviated format compared to normal campouts, enjoying the beautiful weather and setting. Families are welcome to stay for campfire, or return home.

This is looking like the largest event Pack 2 has hosted within memory, with well over 200 people expected to attend, and our first event at the Fickett Center.  As such, we will need your help in various ways to ensure the evening proceeds smoothly.

  • There are a limited number of parking spaces in the Center's own lot.  Street parking along Indian Mound Rd. between the I-35 frontage road and Lamar is recommended.  Overflow parking into the lot south of the center may be available.
  • If you have a camp chair, please bring one.  We'll need them for the campfire, and may need them for the awards ceremony too.  The Center provides chairs for use outside, but not quite 200+.
  • Please do look around the scout center and the items on display.  Please do not try opening closed doors, especially to the Scout Shop, as these are both locked and alarmed.

Schedule is as follows:

  • 4:45pm arrival
  • 5pm-6pm Awards ceremony on the back patio of the Center (weather permitting).  As we have 57 scouts with advancement this month, we encourage scouts to sit together by rank so we can get them to the front quickly.
  • 6pm-7pm catered BBQ dinner by Mopsies.  We will have table markers by rank and encourage ranks to eat together (families with multiple scouts can choose where to sit).
  • 7-8pm Campfire at the outdoor fire ring.  Scouts staying for this should come prepared with a joke - ideally scout themed.  Parents are asked to review jokes for appropriateness. Bring flashlights to be able to read song sheets.

 It's going to be a great evening!  We will see you there.

Camp Mabry campout details

Posted on Mar 2 2015 - 10:09pm
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!

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

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