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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Sunday Pack Meeting - outdoor games!

Posted on Apr 10 2014 - 11:18pm

For our April Pack meeting, it's time to have more fun outside in this beautiful weather.  We will meet at the Doss blacktop for our opening flag ceremony lead by our 3rd grade Bear Cubs, and then play outdoor games: Capture the Flag and kickball.  Everyone should bring a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated.  We will need parent participation as well (organizing the games, and playing too!).

See you Sunday!

Thank You to Pack 2 for Honoring Gerry Tharp and Our Family

Posted on Mar 27 2014 - 10:02pm

The family of Gerald George "Gerry" Tharp, including Rich, Kendra and Austin Tharp, Gerry's wife Gayle Tharp and daughter Angela Tharp would like to thank Pack 2 for honoring Gerry by providing a bounty of food to our family and friends, for the floral arrangement, for Pack 2 leaders attending Gerry's funeral service Monday en masse, and for many additional thoughtful acts of kindness and love, including calls and cards. We have been lifted up during this difficult time by your grace, and it will never be forgotten.


Austin Tharp's Grampa Gerry was able to award Austin his Webelos badge in a special ceremony performed in his home on Tuesday, March 18. This ceremony took place because of the kindness of several Pack 2 leaders who exempify the values of Scouting. Webelos Den Leader Kirk Divine let Austin do his den leader conference over the phone Sunday, March 16 since Kirk was going to California early the next day. Committee Member Gina McKallip picked up badges for Austin and her son Ben, who had also earned his Webelos badge and paced his buddy to finish the requirements. Cubmaster Matt Domsch left work early, wore his uniform, and missed his son's baseball game to preside over the ceremony. Gerry dressed up, and wore his WWII-era folding Boy Scout cap and orange neckerchief. After presenting Austin his Webelos badge and painting his face with Webelos warpaint, Gerry gave Austin his Boy Scout cap and neckerchief. Gina gave Ben his award and painted his face. After congratulations and hugs, Gerry retired to bed exhausted. 36 hours later he was gone.

There was a lot of the Spirit of Scouting in the Tharp living room that day, in the way that everybody pulled together to allow our family to have one last proud moment of celebration, and in the way Dad gave his last ounce of strength to honor his grandson. It was a scene we'll always remember and celebrate. We are fortunate and blessed to have friends like the folks in Pack 2, who have had our backs through Gerry's illness and passing. Thank you to all, with love and appreciation.

Yours in Scouting,                                                                                                                          

Assistant Cubmaster Rich Tharp and the Tharp Family

Camput at Camp Mabry next weekend (March 29-30)

Posted on Mar 21 2014 - 12:14am

Please sign up for the campout at Camp Mabry next weekend: http://pack2austin.com/node/2226

The weather looks to be beautiful, I hear the fish are biting, and I want to taste the many and various chillis and cobblers sure to keep us well fed Saturday night.  We'll have celebrity cookoff judges, a campfire program with advancements, fly fishing instruction, visits to the history museum, and fun for the whole family.  And you can't beat the location, just a few short minutes away.

Please sign up and pay online ($10/person) so we have an accurate count planning breakfast Sunday.  Even if you can't stay the night, come join us for the day Saturday and evening festivities.

It's My Park Day this Saturday

Posted on Feb 27 2014 - 11:46pm


From your NWACA Parks Committee -- "It's My Park Day!"

Volunteer registration is OPEN! Sign up for Allen Park or Doss Park for the March 1 work day! 

Allen Park is in the morning from 9am -12pm. 

Doss Park is in the afternoon from 1pm-4pm. 

Urban Forestry will deliver 30 cubic yards of mulch to Doss Park! 

We need your help! Bring your stuff! 

Sign up through the Austin Parks Foundation website and get a free t-shirt & snacks. Fun, eh? ...That's a LOT of mulch. Principal Griffin will be out there too. Children welcome... we want to show them how to LOVE their parks! 

Please register at http://www.austinparks.org/multi-project-list.html?eventid=754&linkid=358&action=selectproject

Camp at Camp Mabry! March 29-30, 2014

Posted on Feb 27 2014 - 11:41pm

Come have a fun weekend with fishing, Capture the Flag, a visit to the Texas Military Museum and a chili cookoff/pot-luck supper when Pack 2 returns to Camp Mabry March 29-30, 2014. We'll be camping out in a little pocket of the countryside, tucked right in the city, on post at the Headquarters for the Texas National Guard. Campout cost is $10 per person, which includes the cost for Sunday breakfast.

Please enter Camp Mabry's Main gate on the north side of W. 35th St., near its intersection with Pecos. Adults need a photo ID.

Scouts should bring their rod, reel and tackle box to try their luck at landing a bass, rainbow trout or perch at one of Camp Mabry's renowned fishing lakes. Fishing gear will be provided if you need some. Adults may fish but require a Texas fishing license. Kids don't need a license. All fishing on post is catch and release.

After the enthusiastic response to our Thanksgiving pot-luck dinner at Camp Mabry in November, we plan to have another, this time featuring a chili cookoff! Fix your favorite "bowl o' red" or make it at home and bring it out to warm up. Turkey chili, vegetarian chili and Yankee chili with beans are fine (even though Texans know they're not the real deal.) Non-chili cooks may bring another side order, or perhaps make a "heavy metal" dish in a dutch oven, like stew, biscuits, or cornbread.  We will also have a cobbler contest.  Local celebrity judges will be on hand for the competitions.

On Sunday morning, breakfast tacos, coffee and cocoa will be provided by the pack. 

We welcome your entire family to camp out, but if Mom and the siblings don't want to sleep in a tent, at least come out for dinner and stay for our Ceremonial Campfire. Our Scouts will treat us to great skits and jokes, we'll sing some songs, tell ghost stories and howl at the moon a little. Bring a lawn chair and flashlight for each person.

A visit to Camp Mabry would not be complete without a visit to the Texas Military Museum. You'll see artifacts dating back to the Indian Wars of Texas, as well as the Spanish-American War; wagons, tanks, aircraft, weapons and uniforms from WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Through the museum's window on the past, our Scouts can see that the price of freedom doesn't come cheap. Thanks to Pack 2 Committee Member Lt. Col. Doug O'Connell for inviting us back to Camp Mabry, and for his service to our country.

Scout Sunday at NWHUMC 2/9

Posted on Feb 6 2014 - 11:22pm

This Sunday, 2/9, Pack 2 will join Troop 3 and the members of Northwest Hills United Methodist Church in worship at the 11:15am service. We do this in recognition of our close association with the church, who charters both the Pack and the Troop and thus gives us our legal existence, and in honor of the birthday of Scouting.  You don't need to be a member of NWHUMC to attend - everyone is invited.  The service lasts about an hour.

Our Scouts and families are invited to arrive by 10:30am to enjoy some cobbler courtesy of Troop 3, and for brief training to usher and hand out bulletins.
Scouts should wear their Class A+ uniforms (shirts, neckerchiefs and slides, belts, pants, awards) and look as sharp as possible.

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