Cub Scout Pack 255
Chevy Chase, MD
WELCOME TO CUB SCOUT PACK 255!
Cub Scout Pack 255 is an active Pack in Chevy Chase, Maryland. For more than 75 years, Pack 255 has taught Cub Scouts to do their best, to help others, and to live their lives according to the Scout Oath and the Scout Law.
June Summertime Activity - Conservation Project at Brookside Nature Center
Help maintain a wonderful local nature center/gardens by mulching trails and play areas and grooming camp sites. Class B wear - ready to get a little dirty! You may want to bring gardening gloves if you have a pair. Remember the sunscreen and water bottles. After our work, spend some time enjoying the Nature Center and/or beautiful Brookside Gardens. The Wings of Fancy butterfly and caterpillar exhibit is open this day.
Pack 255 News
May Pack Meeting and Den Graduation
Pack 255 wrapped up another exciting Scouting Year in May. Activities at this meeting included:
- The last awards ceremony of the year
- Promotion of each den from Lions up through Jr. Webelos
- STEM activity: Egg Drop Challenge where Cubs attempted to build a cradle using various materials to protect an egg being dropped from a high point
Cubs and siblings from Pack 255 were climbing the walls at Earth Treks for our March 2018 Pack Meeting. The Pack reserved the private party walls for two hours of climbing fun. Refreshments of pizza and water kept the climbers fueled for trip after trip to the top.
Thanks to Earth Treks staff for their support in making the event a success for participants from age 4 on up. Lots of encouragement from the staff and parents helped climbers of all abilities reach the top of the walls.
February Pack Meeting
February saw many awards being bestowed upon Pack 255 Cubs. The meeting began with an opening ceremony led by the Wolf Den including the presentation of the colors, Pledge of Allegiance, Scout Oath, and Scout Law. Then each Den from Lions up through Senior Webelos talked about their last Den activity and were presented with earned achievement pins, patches, and belt loops.
Next the trophies from the Pinewood Derby were presented to the winning racers. The top three fastest in each Den were given a trophy, followed by the three fastest from all of Pack 255. There was lots of cheering and smiles all around.
The meeting ended with a Pack 255 Spirit Campfire Program including a skit from the Wolf Den and an, "Open Mic," for Cubs to tell their favorite jokes. Knock, knock, and why did the ________ cross the road were the most frequent joke format. Lots of laughs and groans from Cubs and families.
Hopeful racers brought their fastest hot rods to the Cub Pack 255 Pinewood Derby 2018. The afternoon began with inspections and weigh-ins. Those racers who desired then had time to make final adjustments and test their cars on the racetrack. Once check-ins were complete the Bear Den presented the colors and lead the attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance. After some introductory remarks from the Cub Master it was time to race.
Each Den raced in heats to determine the fastest three cars from the Lions up to Sr. Webelos and the Alligators (sibling racers). From there, the top two fastest cars in each Den were able to compete in the All-Pack 255 Finals to determine the three fastest cars in the Pack. In addition to speed, the cars were judged on design and awards were bestowed in categories including Most Unusual, Coolest Shape, Best Design, Funniest, Speediest Appearance, Most Original, Most Colorful, Best Scout Spirit, and two awards for Good Sportsmanship.
Attendees found sustenance from the bake sale and popcorn machine. Pack 255 t-shirts and hoodies were popular items. Congratulations to all the competitors and thank you to all the volunteers who made the event a roaring success.
A Scout is reverent. Cubs, leaders, parents and siblings gathered to thank Chevy Chase United Methodist Church for their sponsorship of Pack 255. CCUMC has gladly re-chartered our Pack each year for the past 77 years and continues to support and provide space for Pack 255 events (indoors and out) throughout the year. Scout Sunday is the day each year when the CCUMC congregation honors the Scouting units they charter & support (including Troop 255 and Venturing Crew 255) and is an opportunity for the Scouts to say, "Thank You!" to the congregation.
Pack 255 took the lead in serving in visible roles in the contemporary service at CCUMC including greeting the congregation, distributing worship bulletins, color guard to present the US, Christian, and Pack 255 flags, and leading the Pledge of Allegiance.
Pinewood Derby Workshop
Cubs and siblings (Alligators) brought their Pinewood Derby kits to the workshop where experienced parent volunteers helped them begin creating & building unique cars at the following stations:
- Design station - paper, pencils & PWD idea books helped Cubs select a design and then draw it on the wood to be cut at the next station
- Band saw station - skilled parents cut along the lines drawn on wood blocks using a band saw
- Sanding station - various grades of sandpaper were available for to sand cars to a smooth, aerodynamic finish
- Weigh station - for test the weight of cars to be sure they were within weight limits (according to the 2018 PWD rules)
Pack 255 Earns 2017 Journey to Excellence Gold Unit Award
Pack 255 once again took the Gold, the highest level of recognition of Scouting’s Journey to Excellence (JTE) program. JTE is the BSA’s planning, performance, and recognition program designed to encourage and reward the success of its units, districts and councils. It is meant to encourage excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA.
In 2017, Pack 255 scored points in areas such as rank advancement, outdoor activities, camping, service projects, Den and Pack meetings, youth member retention, planning, budgeting, and adult leadership recruitment & training.
January Pack Meeting
Rachel Walker from Reptiles Alive joined Pack 255 to present an amazing live animal show. Cubs and siblings received a great introduction to the world of reptiles, learning snake secrets and laughing at lizard stories and turtle tales. Featured animals included an albino python, tortoise, and lizard.
Skiing at Whitetail Resort
Cubs, siblings and parents enjoyed a full day of skiing at Whitetail Resort in Mercersburg, PA. The sun was out, the temperature was warm, and the snow was great. Cubs had the choice between beginner or advanced lessons, or just hitting the slopes in addition to their lift ticket and rental packages.
November/December Pack Meeting
Cubs and siblings in Pack 255 enjoyed a fun family magic show infused with Cub Scout values and surprises for all ages with Mr. Mike Perrello! As part of a holiday service project, Pack 255 Cubs also collected dozens of new, unwrapped toys to donate for K-5th grade children to receive through the North Pole Room at A Wider Circle.
Scouting for Food
Pack 255 was excited to once again participate in Scouting for Food, an annual food collection orchestrated by Scouts from National Capital Area Council. Local Scouts distributed plastic bags to homes across the region on Saturday, Nov. 4th, and returned to pick up the bags, now filled with food, one week later on Saturday, Nov. 11. Collected food is distributed to needy families throughout the communities of the Council.
Cubs from Pack 255 did a great job, collecting a total of 208 bags which is around 1900 pounds of food! A shout-out to the Junior Webelos for having the highest participation rate among the Dens. The Wolves were a close 2nd.
Packwide Fall Family Camping
Cubs, parents, and siblings camped in the great outdoors again this Fall at George Washington Monument State Park near Middletown, MD. The event was oversold with a wait list despite the forecast for some wet weather on Sunday.
Everyone who attended pulled together for a wonderful camp out. Kudos for everyone's flexibility in jumping in wherever needed and helping out in many different ways! The weather was awesome! Perfect and dry for hiking, exploring, playing and completing Cub Scout Den adventures together on Saturday; little rain very late overnight and a mild foggy morning for breakfast and more play. Two Bear Cubs showed some of us a large stick bug they found, another Cub found a toad, and the dogs loved all the attention! Pack 255 Cub Scouts in every Den earned adventures or awards at camp.
October Pack Meeting
The Pack officially welcomed 18 new Cubs to the Pack through the Bobcat ceremony. Bobcat is the first rank that all Cubs must earn when they join a Pack. Cubs had their faces painted with different colors and symbols that represent Cub Scouting. Cubs then get to mark their parent or guardian with the paint to symbolize the love and guidance for their Cubs.
Next, each of the Dens recognized the achievement of their Cubs who had completed requirements toward their rank in the past month and distributed their awards.
Then it was time for the big event - pumpkin carving and decorating. Under close supervision of adults the Cubs demonstrated the Cub Scout Motto of, "Do Your Best," by designing, carving, and decorating their pumpkins. There was much enthusiasm, encouragement, and creativity. Completed pumpkins were entered for judging by the Pack leadership and prizes were awarded in categories including Cutest, Most Original, Funniest, Most Traditional, Scariest, Most Wicked, Most Ghoulish, and Best Design.
Cubs and siblings from Pack 255 sanded, painted, and assembled their raingutter racer kits for this year's Regatta. Each of the Dens, plus a Den of siblings called, "Alligators," raced against each other in double elimination heats to make sure everyone got to race at least twice. The top finishers in each Den and Alligators advanced the Pack championship races. In the end, the top three finishers from the Pack and the top two finishers from each Den and Alligators received a racing award. Design awards were bestowed on boats in categories such as, "Most Fun, Most Colorful, Best Pirate Ship, and Best Scout Spirit," were awarded by a panel of judges.
There was a great display of sportsmanship from all the participants and a prize for the best demonstration of sportsmanship was awarded to a recipient in each Den plus Alligators. In addition to all the racing action, freshly baked goods were available for purchase for snacking or to take home for dessert.
September Pack Meeting
The Pack had an action-packed first meeting of the Scouting Year. Activities included:
- Introduction of Leaders & New Cubs
- Webelos Report on Goshen Summer Resident Camp
- Family Camping Prep - Parent Duties Signup & Skit
- Cub Skills (Scoutcraft) Rotations including Camping, Knot Tying, and Flag Facts & Folding
- Summer Achievements Awarded
Pack 255 is going to have an exciting year in 2017-2018.
Labor Day Parade
Pack 255 once again had the privilege of marching in the Town of Kensington Labor Day Parade along with parents, siblings, and dogs. Our Sr. Webelos took turns carrying the U.S., Maryland, and Pack flags and the Pack 255 banner. Younger Cubs enjoyed passing out candy to parade watchers and waving to the large crowds. The weather was fantastic and many Cubs and families stayed to enjoy the festival following the parade.
July & August 2017
July Mini Golf
Cubs and families enjoyed a round of miniature golf at Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm. This is one of the Pack's favorite activities besides camping and the Pinewood Derby.
August Family Swim Party
Pack 255 beat the late summer heat by cooling off in the North Chevy Chase Swimming Pool. Families brought fruit and desserts to share and the Pack provided pizza and beverages. During dinner break the Cubs had a chance to meet a former Pack 255 Cub who is a lifeguard and EMT to talk about what training he needed and what he does in each position. The Cubs in attendance were able to complete some adventure requirements including:
- Tigers -- Floats & Boats
- Wolves -- Spirit of the Water
- Bears -- Salmon Run
- Webelos -- Aquanaut
Goshen Scout Reservation Camp PMI for Webelos
Pack 255's Webelos (4th and 5th graders) participated in a variety of great activities, led by BSA camp staff, throughout the week: Swimming, Paddling, Nature Discovery, Scout Craft, Hiking, Target Sports, Camp-Wide Morning Flags & Evening Bonfires, Songs at the Dining Hall and much more.
Bethesda Big Train Baseball Color Guard
Cubs & Leaders put on their dress uniforms with newest ranks and achievements displayed to form the color guard to present the flags at the Bethesda Big Train baseball game against the Gaithersburg Giants. After a quick rehearsal the Cubs entered the field for the National Anthem. After the ceremony the Cubs returned the colors and took their seats to enjoy the game!
Packwide Family Spring Camping
Pack 255 braved damp and chilly weather and got out for some family camping. Activities for the trip included bicycling, hiking, all kinds of catch (baseball, football, Frisbee), freeze tag, and general exploring. Some Bears and Webelos finished up their Whittling Chip requirements. Dinner was roast your own hot dogs, mac-n-cheese, veggie platters, and chips, followed by marshmallow toasting for Smores.
The night finished with a campfire program where Cubs, siblings and parents told jokes and sang songs. The Pack also conducted a US Flag Retirement Ceremony for an unserviceable flag. This included discussing why the flag was unserviceable, why US Flags are retired with dignity, the playing of Taps, the Cubmaster reading of the poem, "My Name is Old Glory," by Don S. Miller, and incineration of the flag. After the ceremony the campers retired to their tents for the night.
On Sunday the campers rose bright and early for a breakfast of pancakes, fruit, bacon, and turkey sausage. After breakfast the families broke down their tent sites, packed up their cars, and did one final pass for campsite cleanup. The last activity was a group hike along the forest trails. Thank you to all participants for another fun camping trip.
Blue & Gold Banquet, Awards & Arrow of Light Ceremony
Pack 255 celebrated the birthday of Cub Scouting and conducted the Arrow of Light Ceremony honoring Sr. Webelos who completed rank! In addition, all cubs that reached their next level of rank (Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos) were award their rank and any additional adventure awards. The many volunteers who give their time to the Pack received recognition as well. All attendees enjoyed catered dinner from local restaurant, Fish Taco. Thanks to everyone who volunteered to make the Blue & Gold a success.
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