About Us

IC Cub Scout Pack 24 has been chartered with the Immaculate Conception Parish in Marlboro for approximately 12 years. We are a member of the Knox Trail Council and the Tri River District.

The Pack usually meets monthly at Meehan Hall on Friday nights at 6:45 pm.

Summer Map and Compass Event

On Saturday August 16th Pack 24 met at Ghiloni Park in Marlborough and learned about compasses and how to use them. We first had a talk about the devices including the scouts. We even got as far as talking about why magentic North is moving. Then the scouts were given, if they didn’t have their own already, a compass and a six step instruction sheet. The instructions included a compass bearing and a number of steps. Then they were off, each team assisted by an adult leader. Each team completed each course (there were three) and then cleaned up afterward. Then the scouts were given a carefully crafted map sheet, in the style of an old pirate map, to draw either the park, their neighborhood, anything. With all these activities completed in a little over an hour the scouts that attended earned their Map and Compass Belt Loops.

Then we had a special surprise, one of our adult leaders showed the scouts a wilderness survival kit that he put together when he was a scout about their age. Besides a few items being a little rusty it was very intact. The boys were interested as well as surprised at a few items. There were matches, a strikepad, a sewing kit, mirror, pocket knife, fishing line, a sinker, fishing hook, and more. All of this was carefully packaged in an army surplus container with a belt clip about 3 inches, by 4 inches by 1 inch. Something maybe for our scouts to aspire to.

We also learned a few unexpected lessons, like the big difference from “analog” compasses and digital ones, what happens to a compass when you are right next to a fire hydrant or other large amount of metal… Even that a poorly laid out course could be accomplished in more than one way…

Thanks to all that attended and I am sure all had fun and learned a thing or two…

The Campfire Ash Ceremony

I found this article on Troop 1018’s website and I couldn’t write it any better, I have replaced their links with our own, but the story and ceremony stay the same:

The Campfire Ash Ceremony is a tradition that was supposedly started by Baden-Powell to highlight the bond among Scouts worldwide.  The basic idea is that ashes from a campfire are collected and sprinkled into the next campfire, thus there’s a common thread that binds the events and the participants.  By keeping a running log, a “campfire pedigree” is created that lists lineage of the current ashes.

It’s a fun thing to do at a campfire and really does highlight the worldwide nature of the Scouting movement.  That having been said, my research has not shown any evidence that B-P really did come up with the idea, and the pedigree is, of course, something that has to be taken on faith.  None of this is notarized, certified, or has received a stamp of approval from the international “ash master”.  Bottom line – we do it because it’s fun.

Traditionally, anyone that participated in the campfire can take ashes for their own pedigree and can combine pedigrees if ashes from multiple “lines” are sprinkled into a fire.

CampfirePedigreePack24MarlboroughMA (pdf format)

Here is an example of a campfire ash ceremony:

There exists, in Scouting circles, a legend that Baden-Powell would take ashes from a ceremonial campfire and spread them into the next campfire. This was done to recall memories of past campfires and to highlight to all Scouts and Scouters the bonds that connect us with our fellow Scouts and Scouters around the world. 

If anybody else has any ashes that they would like to contribute to this ceremony, I invite them to come forward now and join me.

The ashes I spread into this campfire carry memories of past campfires dating back to ______. They have been carried around the world to over _____ Scouting campfires in ____ countries where Scouting fellowship has been shared.

[Sprinkle ashes into the fire]

In adding these ashes to our campfire tonight, we symbolically send greetings to our brother and sister Scouts around the world.  And, as these ashes mingle with tonight’s campfire, we join the memories of our own past campfire experiences and those of Scouts that have come before us with tonight’s program.

CampfirePedigreePack24MarlboroughMA (Comma Seperated Values file to add to in any program)

Cub Scout STEM Academy

What is your Cub Scout doing during April vacation?  For the first time ever, the Knox Trail Council will offer a STEM Academy for our Cub Scouts.

ktc-bsa STEM

Tuesday, April 22 – Friday, April 25

9am to 4pm – extended morning and evening available for an additional fee

Nobscot Scout Reservation, Sudbury, Massachusetts

$195 per Cub Scout includes lunch daily, all program materials and a commemorative t-shirt and patch.  Registration is limited to 75 Cub Scouts.

Visit www.ktc-bsa.org/stem.htm for additional details and to sign-up

The STEM Academy will encourage the natural curiosity of Cub Scouts and their sense of wonder. A Scout will leave the academy with a start on the NOVA Award, pins, belt loops and achievements toward his next rank as well as skills and memories to last a lifetime. All activities are designed to be hands-on and interactive to ensure that Cub Scouts are provided opportunities to actively participate.

 

Scouting Sunday

This coming Sunday, Feb. 2nd will be Scouting Sunday – we will help to celebrate this national scouting event during the 9am Mass at the I.C. Church.

The day is meant to mark the founding of the Scouts in the United States.

We have a great opportunity to show our sponsors our gratitude for their support, and our community that Pack 24 is there to help.

If you are able to attend the Mass, this will be great. We have 4 boys that will be getting their Religious Award at the Mass also.

The general proceedings will be as follows:
– We plan to have the boys hand out the pamphlets before mass begins.
– The boys can then proceed in front of the priest with the Pack flags and place them at the front of the church.
– Members of our Pack will help with the readings.
– The boys that completed their Religious Awards will receive their medals during the Service.
– The Girl Scouts will be there also – and will carry the gifts to the Altar.
– At the end of mass, we will carry the flags out.

If you have any questions please contact Tony Martinez.

 

Blue & Gold Banquet

Make sure to check your email for the invitation to the Blue & Gold Banquet.

Saturday, February 08, 2014
12:00 PM – 03:30 PM

This year we will host the ceremonial “Order of the Arrow” Native American Dancers to honor our Webelos scouts as they Crossover (to Boy Scouts).  The dancers are really something to see, and there will even be some audience participation.

 

Pinewood Derby Results

Congratulations to Jack Verri, Tristan Niedzielski, Ryan Tran and James Martinez who will be representing Pack 24 at the district wide race which right now is scheduled for Sat, the 5th of April.  Please hold on to your cars and let the pack know if you cannot attend.

Also, congratulations to all the racers this year, there were a number of great car designs and much fun was had by all.

In case you or your scouts are interested in the detailed results, I’ve attached everything here, both in .pdf and .xls form … there are detailed results at the individual heat level as well as the overall standings.

Pack 24 Results (PDF)

Pack 24 Results (XLS)

Pack 24 Standings (PDF)

Pack 24 Standings (XLS)

Pinewood Derby is here!

Gather your tools and get your kits ready! It’s time for the Pack 24 Pinewood Derby. This year the derby will be held on January 10th and 11th.

A few items of note:

  1. Please be prompt on registration night.  We only have 14 potential cars to register, but want to make sure everyone has time to make adjustments/repairs in the event of any complications
  2. Car numbers are assigned as per the attached .pdf but there is no need to label your car prior to registration night.  We’ll have stickers to attached to the cars at registration
  3. Post registration, the cars will be spending the night at Meehan hall, not to be accessed again by their owners until after the race on Saturday
  4. Our race is first on Saturday morning and there will be a few hours between the Pack 24 race and the City Wide championship.  Therefore, plan accordingly so you can attend the championship race in the event your scout is in the top 4 within the pack

Don’t forget, assuming the District race is run the same as it has been in the past, the same 4 racers that advance to the city wide championship will also be invited to the District race that will be happening later this spring!

Good luck racers, we’ll see everyone on Friday the 10th to register and weigh in your cars!

Registration Night – Friday January 10th

6:00PM            Registration Opens
7:00PM            Sibling Race Begins

*** If there are any parents or siblings that are building cars for fun, and you would like to see them race on Friday night, please let me know the name of the parent/sibling ASAP. ***

7:30PM            Registration Closes
8:00PM            Doors close

 

Race Day – Saturday January 11th

8:00 AM          Doors Open
9:00 AM          Pack 24 Race
10:00 AM        Pack 41 Race
11:30 AM        Pack 31 Race
1:00 PM           City-Wide Championship Race

* Consists of 4 cars from each pack (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 1st Tiger)

1:45 PM           City Wide Winners are announced

* There will be 4 trophies awarded (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 1st Tiger)

2:00 PM           Breakdown / Cleanup
3:00 PM           Doors Close

November Outing

I wanted to make you all aware of Pack 24’s plans for an outing on Sunday, November 17th at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge (http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Assabet_River/about.html)

The refuge, formerly part of Fort Devens, encompasses 3.5 square miles located within the towns of Hudson, Maynard, Stow and Sudbury, has a large wetland complex, several smaller wetlands, vernal pools, and large forested areas with a variety of well-marked trails for hiking and biking. Equally as interesting are several abandoned bunkers which were used to store munitions and other military supplies prior to and during World War II.

On Sunday the 17th @ 11AM, one of the rangers will be on hand to not only give a brief presentation on the refuge and its conservation activities, but also to open up one of the bunkers to the public.

This is a rare opportunity to learn about wildlife conservation and take a real live peek into history! This is also unique opportunity for scouts of all levels to complete portions of several achievements as the refuge and our activities will cover a number of subjects such as wildlife conservation, hiking, leave no trace, historical sites etc … Den leaders, please be sure to look through your respective handbooks and advise your scouts of these opportunities.

The plan is for us to meet at 10:30 AM at the *Winterberry Way Visitor Center, receive a brief talk about the refuge and the activities of the conservation officers, then head out to the trails and see inside the bunker.

Taste of Scouting 2013 Event

Knox Trail Council will be hosting a Taste of Scouting event for Tigers, Cubs, Webelos, Parents and Siblings on October 19th & 20th, 2013.

Scouting is “Outing” so join us at Camp Resolute for some exciting outdoor activities, the opportunity to earn Cub Scout Belt Loops and camping! Fun for the whole family!

Go to the Knox Trail Council site (http://www.ktc-bsa.org/taste.htm) for more details and register your scout for the event.

Taste-of-Scouting-Patch-2013