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Fall 2018

posted Oct 5, 2018, 12:10 PM by Kimberly Adkins   [ updated Oct 5, 2018, 12:52 PM ]

The fall campout had 128 people attend in September!!  This year we went back to Pine Tree campsite.  Families enjoyed an amazing dinner made by the Bears, s'mores prepared by Webelos, and breakfast cooked by Arrow of Lights.  Scouts worked on achievements like fire building, hiking, animal appreciation...something for everyone!

The pack will be apple picking as a group at the end of the month.

Welcome ladies!  We welcome Anmol & Lana as our pioneer females who were the first to join pack 79 starting a 2nd grade/Wolf den and 5th grade/Arrow of Light den.  Our scouting families can tell you female siblings have always been included in our pack.  Now the girls who want to officially join can do so.  All dens are same-gender so females are in their own den.  BSA requires they are led by a female den leader. 

October brings our first pack meeting with ALL the scouts.  We meet at Pond Road Middle School on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6:45pm

4th and 5th graders will have an opportunity to camp with Boy Scout Troops in the area this fall.  We have already been invited by several local troops.  Camping is a great way to meet the troops and see which one is a good fit for your son (5th graders transition to Boy Scouts in March 2019).

November pack meeting will be a STEM theme.  Pinewood derby cars will be given out then so scouts can get working on those cars.

December is a time for family and celebrating.  We host an indoor campfire with sing alongs, music, & skits. We also crown the scout who sold the most popcorn as the POPCORN KING.  This scout will get to throw a pie in the face of Cubmaster Steve.  The kids go CRAZY for this tradition, who will be the crowned the 4th annual king?  

Spring/Summer 2018

posted May 14, 2018, 11:15 AM by Kimberly Adkins   [ updated Jul 1, 2018, 9:28 AM ]

April: 50 boys and their families cleaned up garbage in the area by the Robbinsville police station, library and the Senior center.

May: BSA always support veterans by helping to place American flags on the graves of the military.  We will be honoring those who have passed at Princeton Memorial Cemetery in Robbinsville (next to Sharon school) and Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery.
Pictures from event: May 20th flag placement pics

June: We celebrate being a "family" at our annual Pack 79 picnic at Rosedale park in Pennington.  There will be food, games, good music and a whipped cream eating contest for boys!

July & August: Trenton Thunder Game and sleep over, campfire with treats, Bonkerz visit and a hike at Veteran's park in late August.  

Winter 2017-2018

posted Dec 16, 2017, 9:30 AM by Kimberly Adkins   [ updated Jan 14, 2018, 4:55 PM ]

December may be cold but we are heating up!  We have an "indoor campfire" Pack meeting in December.  Each den performs a skit with plenty of singing and fun.  We end the night by crowning the "Popcorn King" (the boy who sold the most popcorn).  The King will throw a pie in the face to Cubmaster Steve..and it isn't just any pie- Cans of whipped cream, chocolate, and toppings!  It is messy, but oh how the boys love it.

January 2018- Get your engines ready- it is PINEWOOD DERBY time!  This is a tradition of cub scouts and a family favorite. Boys compete not only for speed, but best paint job, most patriotic, best not-a-car, best in show and boys favorite.

February we will go ice skating in a private rink reserved for Pack 79 and have our annual Blue & Gold dinner with emoji theme this year!

March we will camp-in at the Camden Aquarium overnight.  We do not recommend you sleep in the HIPPO room- pew! 

    Look for us on March 24th in the Robbinsville St. Patrick's Day Parade (we had to cancel last year when the parade was moved due to snow but we look forward to march this year).  

    Finally our Arrow of Light (5th graders) will cross over into Boy Scouts in March and leave Pack 79 to continue their adventures in scouting!

Summer/September 2017

posted Jun 6, 2017, 2:03 PM by Kimberly Adkins   [ updated Jul 23, 2017, 3:48 PM ]

June we celebrate being a "family" at our annual Pack 79 picnic at Rosedale park in Pennington.  There will be food, games, good music and a whipped cream eating contest for boys!

Our charter organization, Robbinsville American Legion Post 530, is sponsoring a dedication to Veterans at Community Park on June 14th at 7PM and we will be there for support!

July come and sing silly songs, watch silly skits and eat yummy smortillas at our annual campfire. Cubmaster Steve will bring his guitar to keep us all in tune and we'll be entertained by the boys and their skits. 

Enjoy a Trenton Thunder game with your Cub Scout friends, then after the game set up your tent in the outfield and watch a movie on the big screen before turning in for the night.

August brings our guided tour of the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton. At the Museum our group will be sent back in time to 1777 where they will be recruited into General George Washington's Army. A soldier will prepare us for the realities of soldier's life, and even provide a live musket demonstration. We will be prepped for smallpox inoculation and learn about common 18th century medical practices. Our group will also meet with a witness to the Battle of Trenton who recounts the crossing, the march, and the battle.

We will also be hosting a "Chess and Checkers fun" event.  We'll have some adult volunteers teaching checkers and by the end of the event you'll know how to play too! 
 
Sept is the pack annual Fall Camp Out! Bring your tent or select a room in the conference center for an over night experience. They'll be lots of fun for everyone and we'll try and complete a few adventure requirements too. 

Spring 2017

posted Mar 12, 2017, 2:06 PM by Kimberly Adkins   [ updated Mar 12, 2017, 2:09 PM ]

MARCH- March 18th we will be marching in the Robbinsville St. Patrick's day parade.

We also have our annual "Camp In" event where we camp indoors a historical/educational location.  This year we will be camping at the PHILLY ZOO!  Hopefully those Lions and tigers don't mind sharing the cat house with us!

APRIL- The warmer weather allows us to get back outdoors as a pack and complete a local community service project in the area.  We are in the final stages of picking an area in our community that needs our assistance.

This spring the Cub-a-rama is "Wings and Things" theme at local Rosedale Park in Hopewell.  Packs from Mercer area come together to enjoy a day of activities, games and food.  There is usually a game of GAGA to get those boys nice and dirty, just the way they like it!

MAY- From Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts: Our 5th graders will be crossing over from Arrow of Light rank to Boy Scouts in a special ceremony May 9th.  The AOL's have picked local Boy Scout Troops to join and will continue their scouting adventures!


Winter 2016-2017

posted Nov 27, 2016, 5:17 PM by Kimberly Adkins

December we have our annual holiday Pack meeting.  Families sit around the "fire" while each den performs a skit.  We also sing-a-long with Cub Scout classics ("God Bless My Underwear" comes to mind) and some holiday tunes.  Finally, we will announce the "Popcorn King"- this is the scout who sold the most popcorn.  He actually gets a popcorn crown and will throw a pie in the face of our Cub Master Steve! 

January 2017 comes fast and that means two words: PINEWOOD DERBY! Scouts and participants will race those handcrafted cars.  They begin as a block of wood and become a unique racing machine.  For more info check out: http://pinewoodderby.org/

February is our annual Blue and Gold dinner.  Celebrate the birthday of Scouting and our wonderful Pack with an evening of camaraderie with Pack 79 friends. We review events from the past year, present awards earned by the boys, enjoy an entertainer, and eat from a buffet provided by the Hamilton Manor. 

Fall 2016

posted Sep 3, 2016, 9:05 AM by Kimberly Adkins   [ updated Sep 3, 2016, 9:05 AM ]

Back-to-school time!  The fall is always an exciting time for us because we will enroll a lot of new families to Pack 79.  Summer brought us 7 new families.  Kids will get a flyer home the first week about how to join. 

The fall campout is expecting over 80 people in September!!  This year we are trying Oak Spring Girl Scout campsite.  It may sound strange that a cub scout pack is going to a girl scout camp but those girls had a lot of adventure to offer: Zip lining, hiking, gaga game pit, indoor bathrooms, tent site AND cabins.  Families will enjoy a dinner made by the Bears, s'mores prepared by Arrow of Lights, and breakfast cooked by Webelos.  Boys will work on achievements like fire building, hiking, animal appreciation...something for everyone!

The pack will be apple picking as a group at the end of the month.

4th graders will be attending a "First Responder" training and "Aquanaut" water seminar.

4th and 5th graders will have an opportunity to camp with Boy Scout Troops in the area this fall.  We have already been invited by several local troops.  Camping is a great way to meet the troops and see which one is a good fit for your son (5th grade boys transition to Boy Scouts in May 2017).

July & August 2016

posted Jul 13, 2016, 4:13 PM by Kimberly Adkins   [ updated Jul 18, 2016, 1:09 PM ]

July activities include visiting Franklin Institute "The Science Behind Pixar" exhibit.  We are also having our annual Pack 79 summer campfire.  We have a special marshmallow treat we make that are BETTER than s'mores!

August we'll be meeting for ultimate frisbee at Princeton Battlefield with tour of historic Clarke House. We also have a round mini-golf planned for some summer fun.  You also need to join Pack 79 in the summer to get in on our mid-September camp out...

May and June 2016

posted May 5, 2016, 2:37 PM by Kimberly Adkins   [ updated May 5, 2016, 2:39 PM ]

May has a lot of activities centered around "Community and Service" which are both important values taught to scouts.  Pack 79 collected food donations at ShopRite in Hamilton Marketplace on May 2nd.  We collected over 500 food items AND almost $500 in cash.  This was all delivered to the Robbinsville food pantry.  Later this month we will have our crossing over ceremony for boys in 5th grade who are going on to Boy Scouts.  Finally for Memorial Day we will honor the Armed Forces by placing American flags on the graves of all those who have served.

Enrollment is officially open and you will begin noticing signs around town and a flyer will come home with the kids at school.  Cubmaster Steve will be speaking with boys in kindergarten about joining Pack 79.  Last year we went into the school and the boys were VERY FIRED UP during our presentation about scouting.  Enrollment exploded and today we are one of the largest and most active packs in Mercer County.  We are happy to go back!

June you will be seeing us around town: We have the cabinet again at Robbinsville library by the check-out desk.  Another exciting display is being developed!  We will also have a FUN table at Community Day on June 11th.  From 2:30-3:30 our scouts will be showing kids how to solve the Rubik's cube and we'll host some solving races so boys and girls should bring their cubes that day.  We are also hoping to get our "Rain gutter Regata" sailboat activity going too!  Pack 79 families will be enjoying our annual Family Picnic and later in the month we will attending a Trenton Thunder baseball game.  Families are invited to sleepover in tents on the field after the game and the stadium shows a movie on their big screen. 

March & April 2016

posted Mar 1, 2016, 5:22 PM by Kimberly Adkins

Look for our group in the Robbinsville Saint Patrick's Day Parade on March 19th. 

We are excited to announce that our 2016 camp-in will be held at the Liberty Science Center. This awesome opportunity to sleep over at the Science Center. There will be organized activities, e.g. IMAX Dome Theater show, 3D movie, and access is granted to the exhibits until 11PM. Snack and breakfast are also provided and you are invited to stay as long as you want on the Sunday. Youth attendees will receive a patch.

To raise awareness of our environment around Earth Day, Pack 79 will help clean up the grounds of the RHS and PRMS by collecting trash discarded in the area. Once the work has been done, we will reward ourselves with a fun game of kickball. Gloves are recommended for the clean up. Trash bags will be provided. Bring water and sunscreen if the weather is warm.

Save the date for the Spring Cubarama. Word on the grapevine is that it has a Star Wars theme. More information and sign up flyer to come.

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