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Rocket Day is BACK!

posted Mar 5, 2017, 6:43 AM by Pack 4 Webmaster

Pack 4's Annual Rocket Day is Back! After a 2 year hiatus we are pleased to be able to bring back a favorite Cub Scout activity - Rocket Day!

Saturday, April 1st at Claxton Field (across from Needham RTS)
12:30 - 3:30 pm
Rain/Snow Date - April 8th

Suggested Times by Den (to decrease wait times for rocket launches):
12:30 - 1:45 pm -- Tigers & Wolves
2:00 - 3:30 pm -- Bears, Webelos, Arrow of Light

PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! - We need a small number of parents to assist with Rocket Day. Please sign up to help if you can.

Parking is limited at Claxton Field so families are encouraged to carpool. If the Claxton parking area is full, families must park at the Town Forest/Horsford Pond and walk over; there is no parking on Central Avenue.

Rocket kits were given to all Den Leaders at the Blue & Gold celebration. Rocket engines will be distributed at Rocket Day. A limited number of sibling rocket kits are available for purchase for $10 each from David Carter (

For safety reasons, Rocket Day is not a drop-off event. Parents need to remain with their Scouts. No snacks or drinks are provided at this event.

Last but not least...we need a parent to take over organizing Rocket Day for future years because our head Rocket Engineer is graduating from Cub Scouts. Please contact David Carter if you're interested. This is a very light lift event: approximately 2 hours in Jan/Feb to organize and order supplies; Rocket Day itself and approximately 2 hours after the event packing everything up for the next year.

Pinewood Derby 2017

posted Dec 29, 2016, 5:48 AM by Pack 4 Webmaster   [ updated Jan 16, 2017, 11:31 AM ]

It's Derby time! Please see the flyer below for complete rules and information.

Didn't get your car kit yet? Please contact your Den leader.

Parent Volunteers Needed for Derby -- Can you help us with the Pinewood Derby? Parent volunteers are needed to assist with the Weigh In, setting up the track and helping on Race Day.

Below are a few photos to inspire you!

Museum of Science Overnight, Feb 2017

posted Dec 9, 2016, 10:02 AM by Pack 4 Webmaster   [ updated Dec 9, 2016, 10:04 AM ]

Join us for a perennial Cub Scout favorite -- an overnight at Boston's Museum of Science! 

When: Saturday, February 11 (starting at approximately 5 pm) - Sunday, February 12, 2017 (finishing at approximately 10 am)

How Much: Ticket prices are as follows:
$65 - Parent ticket
$30 - 1st Cub Scout ticket
$25 - Additional Cub Scouts

As with all Pack fees, scholarships are available by contacting (confidentially) Andrea Carter at or 781-559-3420.

We have a limited number of spots available for this overnight so REGISTER today! 

Generic Ministry Service Project

posted Nov 17, 2016, 4:09 AM by Pack 4 Webmaster   [ updated Nov 17, 2016, 4:13 AM ]

At our December Pack Meeting, we will engage in two service projects. As our meeting activity, we will make holiday cards to send to servicemen and women overseas. 

We will also be collecting items for Generic Ministry, a Needham nonprofit that provides services to homeless and needy people in Boston. We are collecting the following items:
  • Men’s and Women’s New Undergarments and Socks
  • Men’s and Women’s Used Clothing, particularly:
    • T-shirts
    • Jeans
    • Sweatshirts
    • Sweatpants
    • Hats
    • Mittens
    • Coats
    • Shoes
    • Backpacks
  • Toiletries, particularly travel-size:
    • Deodorant
    • Soap
    • Shampoo and conditioner
    • Lotion
    • Toothpaste
    • Toothbrushes
    • Combs

Needham Camporee

posted Sep 16, 2016, 4:41 AM by Pack 4 Webmaster   [ updated Sep 16, 2016, 4:42 AM ]

Needham Camporee is a great event put on for all Cub Scouts by Boy Scouts from Troop 13. Boys participate in several activity stations throughout the afternoon and there is a campfire with skits and songs in the evening. All food is provided and cooked by the Boy Scouts.

Advance registrations are accepted thru Wednesday, 9/21. 

USS Salem Overnight

posted Sep 1, 2016, 12:49 PM by Pack 4 Webmaster   [ updated Sep 1, 2016, 1:10 PM ]

Are you ready for a great adventure? Join us aboard the USS Salem for a Pack 4 favorite sleepover!

Saturday, November 5th - Sunday, November 6th
Arrival begins at 12 noon on Saturday, with the program beginning at 1 pm. The program ends after breakfast on Sunday, however, families are welcome to stay and enjoy the ship all day.

Program Overview
Structured programming in the afternoon
Plenty of time to explore the ship (can stay all day Saturday and Sunday)
Dinner on Saturday and Breakfast on Sunday
Evening Movie Choices

Families are encouraged to bring snacks & water and there is also a (cash only) snack bar.

What to Bring
You will be sleeping on ship cots so bring a sleeping bag, pillow and personal items for overnight (pajamas, toothbrush, etc.). Also recommended are ear plugs!

SOAR - October 9th

posted Aug 23, 2016, 9:25 AM by Pack 4 Webmaster   [ updated Sep 16, 2016, 4:38 AM ]

Will you be in town Columbus Day weekend? If so, then SOAR is the place to bring your family on Sunday, October 9th. For the second time, the Spirit of Adventure Council is hosting a grand extravaganza along the banks of the Charles River. Cub Scouts and their families are invited for the day to participate in over 90 activities that include:
  • Tomahawk Toss
  • Monkey Bridge
  • Water Sports - canoes, kayaks and more
  • Ode to Pumpkin Fest - pumpkin seed spitting, scavenger hunt and golf
  • STEM activities - engines & gears, bridge building, rockets, magnetic slime and more
  • and SO MUCH MORE!
Families should register here directly with the Spirit of Adventure Council. The cost is:
- $25/person for Scouts & siblings (price increases to $35 on 9/20)
- $15/person for Adults (price increases to $25 on 9/20)

When registering, we are:
Unit 4
Spirit of Adventure Council
Great Blue Hill District

Non-Scouts are invited too so bring all of your friends!

February Winter Week

posted Jan 2, 2016, 9:23 AM by Pack 4 Webmaster   [ updated Jan 2, 2016, 12:44 PM ]

 Feb 15-19th, 2016 at New England Base Camp in Milton, will be a great week-long day camp for our Scouts. Winter camp is anything but traditional... Cub Scouts will go on hikes through the Blue Hills using snow shoes,  go ice skating on our ice rink, learn how to cook in the snow and so much more.  Everyone will be able to enjoy sledding, snurfing, our indoor nerf shooting range and the olympic size swimming pool. Sign up HERE.  This event accepts siblings too, and runs from 8:30 to 4:00pm or later.  Arrange carpooling with other Pack 4 scouts.

Pinewood Derby Clinic

posted Dec 9, 2015, 6:07 PM by Pack 4 Webmaster   [ updated Jan 1, 2016, 7:17 AM ]

  Can you lend a hand with the Derby? Parent helpers needed!

Join us for our Annual Pinewood Derby Clinic & Movie Night on Saturday, January 9th -- RSVP Here!

3:15 - 5:00 pm -- Clinic
5:15 - 7:00 pm -- Pizza Dinner & Movie
Christ Episcopal Church, Fellowship Hall (large downstairs room)  

The clinic is a great opportunity for newer Scouts to get some basic assistance with their Pinewood Derby cars. You'll get some tips on how to turn your block of wood into a car and we'll have simple hand tools on site (coping saws, etc.) so Scouts can begin to cut their cars. 

After the clinic we'll have a pizza dinner (siblings and families welcome) and show the classic movie, Down & Derby. Please bring a water bottle and RSVP so we have enough pizza for everyone.

Plimoth Plantation Overnight

posted Sep 28, 2015, 11:15 AM by Pack 4 Webmaster   [ updated Sep 29, 2015, 10:02 AM ]

Saturday, November 21 - Sunday, November 22, 2015

Have you ever wanted to travel back in time? Discover 17th-century Plimoth life from both Colonial and Wampanoag perspectives during our bi-cultural overnight! Our group will share a meal of traditional Wampanoag foods and Colonial recipes. We will experience each culture by playing 17th century games and creating something to take home. Finally, we'll take a walk through the grounds with our Museum Teacher and discover the nighttime sights, sounds and stories of New Plimoth/Patuxet, including the Mayflower! And don't worry about the cold weather - we will be sleeping indoors and will be nice and cozy.

REGISTER HERE! -- Registration will be open until November 1st.

Tentative Agenda
2 pm                    Self-guided exploration
5 pm                    Meet your overnight host; bring overnight items into sleeping area
5:30 pm               Dinner (included in overnight)
6:30 - 8:30 pm     Program Activities - 17th Century Writing, Wampanoag Crafts, Nighttime in the 17th Century
9 pm                    Get ready for bed (this is one of the earlier overnights!)

7 am                    Wake up and load vehicles
8 am                    Breakfast (included in overnight)
9 am                    Visit to Mayflower II (10 minute drive, admission included in overnight)

This overnight is more expensive than most and the true cost is $63/person (Scout, sibling or adult). Due to the success of our popcorn sales over the last few years, however, we are able to offer this overnight at the costs shown below:

$85        1 Scout + 1 Parent ($126 full price)
$100      2 Scouts + 1 Parent ($189 full price)
$50        Siblings or additional adults (beyond either option above)

If cost is an issue for you and your Scout to attend this overnight, please contact Andrea Carter to confidentially request a scholarship. Pack 4 offers scholarships up to the full amount of Scout-related expenses (dues, uniforms, activities, etc.). 

Please note, the subsidized fees shown above are predicated on our Pack selling at least $20,000 in popcorn this fall. This is consistent with our overall sales in the last several years. 

Overnight registrations require full payment in advance and are non-refundable (but are transferrable to other Scouts if the need arises).

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