Cub Scout Pack 375's Annual Events
Cub Scout Pack 375 is extremely active throughout the year. Below is a list of our annual events!
Last year, Cub Scout Pack 375 embarked on a districtwide fall camping experience. This year, each individual Pack is responsible for hosting and arranging their own fall camping experience. Please reach out to the Cubmaster and your Den Leader for details on your Scout's Den plans for fall camping.
Cub Scout Pack 375 has the opportunity to promote the Scouting Program through a popcorn fundraiser to raise funds for our Cub Scout Pack and to help provide the quality programing each Scout deserves! This year's fall popcorn is provided by Trails End with over 70% of the sales going toward Scouting programming. Forms are sent home with Scouts in the fall and popcorn is distributed typically in November. Show and Sell opportunities are also available for those Scouts wishing to participate.
Scouting for Food
Each year, Cub Scout Pack 375 particpates in the national Scouting for Food charity drive where Scouts reach out to the local community to collect non-perishable food items. Scouts throughout the Centre County region work together to organize and package all food collected. The food is directly distributed to local food pantries for further delivery to those in need. This is an excellent way for Scouts to give back to the community in a very impactful way.
To gear up for the Pinewood Derby held during the winter of every year, Cub Scout Pack 375 meets to watch "Down and Derby", a 2005 comedy film based on a Cub Scout Pinewood Derby race. The cars are meant to be built from kits by Cub Scouts with proper adult supervision, but in this film, the fathers of four Scouts take over the process and get carried away by their competativeness. The film is a reminder that while the Pinewood Derby is a competition, it is primarily meant to be a fun learning experience between Scouts and their family.
Camping Isn't just for the summer months! Every winter, Cub Scout Pack 375 embarks on a weekend camping adventure at Seven Mountains Scout Camp located about 30 minutes outside of State College. Here the Scouts sled, snow hike, play games, and make memories! Winter camping is a nice introduction to camping. The Scouts and parents stay in a large cabin sleeping on bunkbeds. Showering is optional!
The Klondike Derby is an annual event held during the winter months and is based on the heritage of the Klondike Gold Rush. Scouts BSA units have been running Klondike Derbies since 1949. The event consists of several stations where Patrols/Units must test their Scoutcraft skills and their leadership abilities, earning points towards a total score. The Unit must transport their gear on a homemade sled pulled by the Scouts. Additional information on the Klondike Derby can be found on the Juniata Valley's Klondike Derby Webpage.
The December Pack 375 meeting is always a very exciting meeting because Santa visits and distributes Pinewood Derby kits to the Scouts. These kits consist of blocks of wood that will be carved, ground, and sanded into mini derby cars! There are specific guidelines that the Scouts must follow in crafting their cars to include weight restrictions. The Scouts then take turns racing the cars against their fellow Den Scouts. The winners of each Den compete against each other for an overall winner. The top three fastest cars for the Pack go on to compete in the District Finals competition.
Blue & Gold Banquet
Pack 375 celebrates every year with the Blue & Gold Banquet. It brings families together for an evening of fun and cheer. The purpose of the blue and gold banquet is to celebrate the Pack's anniversary, Scout achievements, thank Pack Leaders and other adults who have helped the Pack, and inspire the Leaders, Scouts, and parents. Pack 375 often invites former members and other Scouting or community Leaders to take part in the Blue & Gold Banquet.
Toward the end of every Scouting year, the eldest Scouts in the Pack, the Webelos II, will partake in a bridging ceremony where they go on to become official Scouts BSA Troop Scouts. This is an opportunity for the Scouts and parents to reflect on their time as Cub Scouts and share Scouting memories. This momentous occasion is celebrated with a potluck dinner, awards, and cake!
Cub Scout Pack 375 encourages it's Scouts to attend summer camp in late June/early July at Seven Moutains Scout Camp. There are three camping programs offerred to include a Day Camp, Overnight Camp, and a Webelos specific Camp. All programs include favorites such as bb-guns, archery, boating, Scout games, and aquatics.
For additional details visit the Juniata Valley Camping Webpage.
Each summer Pack 375 gets together to have some fun, share summer stories, and to introduce new friends to Scouting. Sometimes the picnic is held at a pool and sometimes it is held at a local park, but either way, it is an opportunity for the Scouts to reconnect before heading into a new Scouting year.
Spikes Scout Night
Toward the end of the regular baseball season, local Scouts have the opportunity to participate in the Annual Scout Night with the State College Spikes. Scouts and their families are able to purchase discounted tickets for a State College Spikes home baseball game. Prior to the start of the game, the Scouts participate in a pre-game Parade on the Field. Immediately following the game Scouts can camp on the field and watch a movie on the Scoreboard!
Other Scouting Fun!
Because Pack 375 is fortunate enough to be located close to the University, there are several events held throughout the year in conjunction with Penn State athletics to include Scouting tailgating events, special sporting event pricing for designated football, basketball, and baseball games, and access to Penn State's Vertical Adventure ropes course and leadershp training facility. All events are optional and available to Scouts and their families.