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Fall Hike 2018 - Callahan State Forest

posted Oct 20, 2018, 7:03 AM by Scout Marlboro   [ updated Oct 23, 2018, 7:21 PM ]

  

Pack 31 will be taking our fall hike in Callahan State Forest on Sunday, Oct 28, 2018.  

We’ll be meeting at the North Entrance at 9:30 am for an 9:45 briefing and a hard start at 10:00 am. 

The hike should take about 90 minutes and we expect to be wrapped up by 12:00 pm at the latest.  We will be stopping for a break so bring a nutritious snack.

Scouts should pack a day-pack with the Cub Scout Six Essentials for Going Outdoors:

  1. First Aid Kit: A kit should include a few adhesive bandages, some moleskin (a sticky bandage that you can put over a blister to keep it from getting worse or rubbing), and a bandage or two.

  2. Filled water bottle: Make sure it is big enough to carry water for you to drink through your whole hike and back. And make sure it is full when you start out! It is not safe to drink water you find along the trail.

  3. Flashlight: Check your batteries to make sure they have plenty of juice. Your flashlight will be used only in an emergency, so save the batteries for times when you really need them!

  4. Trail food: Trail mix or a granola bar provides quick energy when you need it.

  5. Sun Protection: A hat and sunscreen (should be SPF 30 or greater).

  6. Whistle: It's only for emergencies, but a whistle will last longer than your voice.

Callahan State Park is a 820-acre state-owned, public recreation area located in the town of Framingham and the city of Marlborough, Massachusetts.  Callahan has seven miles of marked trails and is used for activities including fishing, hiking, horseback riding (horses not provided) and cross-country skiing. Within the park are nearly 100 acres of open fields.  A trail map can be found here.

The park is home to a wide variety of trees both coniferous and deciduous. Wildlife spotted at Callahan State Park include snapping turtles, spotted turtles, red bellied turtles, white tail deer, garter and water snakes, tree frogs, most New England frog and toad varieties, minks, fisher cat, red fox, coyote, largemouth bass at Eagle Pond, various common trout, pumpkin seeds and blue gills, herons, egrets, bobolinks, goldfinches, orioles, red tail hawks, mocking birds, sparrows, swifts, swallows, grackles, cow birds, cat birds, barred owl, other various birds of prey, robins, cardinals, blue jays and other New England birds. Deer flies, ticks, and mosquitoes are common. Garter snakes can be seen basking on the hot dirt paths in spring and summer.

PARKING
We are parking at the North Entrance of the forest.  Follow Broadmeadow St past the Wayside Racket and Swim Club.  Follow the road straight at the intersection onto Nourse St.  It is the first dirt parking lot on your left.  We might have to double park and stack the cars up but we can also park on the paved road.  Here is a map with directions from Jaworek:

Directions to North Entrance





Adventure Day Camp 2018 is coming soon!

posted Apr 15, 2018, 6:38 AM by Scout Marlboro


Register before May 1st and save $40! 

The Adventure Day Camp Program provides an introduction to Outdoor Program based on the principles of the Scouting program. Activities are conducted in an outdoor setting, close to home and during daylight hours. The day camp programs are designed for boys and girls completing grades 1 through 4.

The Knox Trail Council offers six weeks of Adventure Day Camp. Campers may attend any week they choose. Programs operate Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Sign up for several weeks or the entire summer and enjoy all the weekly themes. All weeks are conducted at the beautiful Adventure Day Camp at Camp Resolute in the E. Paul Robsham Scout Reservation in Bolton, Massachusetts.  SEE SOME PICTURES FROM PAST YEARS HERE!

For lots more details, and to sign up, please see the Cub Adventure Day Camp website here!

2018 Dates and Themes:

Week 1

Indiana Jones-Join Indy in trying to find and save the world’s treasures! Discover the ancient artifacts we have on the shores of Little Pond. Don’t miss a great week of travel and discovery during Indiana Jones Week!

July 9 – 13

Week 2

Transformers-Roll out to a great week at Adventure Day Camp! Help protect camp from Optimus Prime along with Bumblebee and his friends. Join us for Transformers Training Camp at Adventure Day Camp!

July 16 – 20

Week 3

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them- Newt’s creatures are loose in camp! Help us find them all and get them back where they belong. Join us as we all learn to tame the beasts!

July 23 – 27

Week 4

Sherlock Holmes- Help Holmes and Watson figure catch Moriarity as he causes trouble through Adventure Day Camp! Find all the clues to figure out who Moriarity is and where he’s hiding!

Jul 30 – Aug 3

Week 5

Incredibles- Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, and the gang have landed at the Superhero Training Facility at Adventure Day Camp! Learn what it takes to be a superhero and train to be one of the best!

August 6 – 10

Week 6

Pirates of the Caribbean-Jack Sparrow returns to sail upon Little Pond. Board the Black Pearl and learn what it takes to be a part of a pirate crew!

August 13 – 17





Pack 31 Cake Auction Feb 26, 2018 @ 6:30pm

posted Feb 23, 2018, 8:03 AM by Scout Marlboro

Our annual Pack 31 Cake Auction fundraiser is right around the corner!

 
Our February Pack Meeting will once again be going cake crazy with our annual Cake Auction fundraiser!  Please make sure to participate by bringing a cake to be auctioned off.  It doesn't matter how plain or fancy, we love them all!

In order for us to best announce your delicious, delectable confectionery delights please use the Cake Auction Registration Form found here:  www.pack31.net/documents/Cake_Auction_Form.pdf
 
Remember, when bidding you can use Scout Bucks.

See you there!

Easter Egg Stuffing with the Marlborough Eagles

posted Apr 10, 2017, 5:21 PM by Scout Marlboro

WHEN:  Thu, April 13, 2017 6pm – 7:30pm
WHERE:  Marlborough Eagles - Upstairs Hall,
56 Florence Street Marlboro, MA 01752

 
 
Come help the Marlborough Eagles fill 20,000 Easter Eggs with candy at the Eagles Club at 56 Florence St. (by Walgreens) for their annual Easter Egg Hunt at Ghiloni Park.  Sampling is allowed…  

We need as many scouts as possible, it's a great time!

Spring Camp Out - Nobscot

posted Apr 3, 2017, 4:36 PM by Scout Marlboro

Our free spring camp out is coming up April 8, 2017.  Stay overnight or just for the day...

This is a free family camp out at Nobscot Scout Reservation in Framingham.  We are camping in a very large cabin, with bunks that have mattresses, and even a little heat! Or feel free to bring at tent if you would rather brave the outdoors.

Please sign up HERE if you are planning on coming for Saturday and/or Overnight.

 

EVENT DETAILS
Date:  Saturday April 8 to Sunday April 9 
(Webelos will be camping the night before)
Time: Saturday Start @ 11:00 am, Sunday End @ 9:00 am
Cost: FREE

Place:  Nobscot Scout Reservation - Legion Cabin 
Edgell Rd, Framingham

Need directions to Nobscot Scout Reservation?  Click here.

 
WHAT TO BRING:           
  • A bag lunch for Saturday and optional snacks. We will provide dinner on Saturday and continental breakfast on Sunday.
  • Tent (if you prefer to sleep outside).
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Air Mattress or Foam Mat if sleeping in a tent.  There are mattresses for the cabin bunks.
  • Pillow
  • Clothing- You may need a warm coat/jacket plus hat and gloves depending on the night-time temperature plus lighter clothing for the day and activities. Wool socks which stay warm even when wet. Extra set of dry clothes to change into is recommended. UNIFORMS ARE NOT REQUIRED.
  • Hiking boots or comfortable walking shoes
  • Hats/sunglasses for the sun
  • Water bottles
  • Backpacks for a hike to carry your gear
  • Cameras
  • Pocket knives are OK if you have a whittling chip card and an adult with you. NO AXES. We will bring bow saws for cutting wood.
  • Mitts, baseballs, footballs, Frisbees are OK
  • Mess kits if you have them or your own re-usable utensils, plates and cups
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Camp chairs for around the fire
  • Toiletries and toilet paper

Please be prepared for the conditions by wearing proper footwear (boots are advised) and packing extra clothes in your vehicle in case there is a slip and fall in the mud (it happens every year!).  Also- we cannot stress enough to pack what you can carry as the trails will be extremely difficult to traverse with a camp wagon. Although there are carts to use at the camp, the trails to Legion Cabin are steep.



See you there!

Pack 31 Cake Auction Feb 27, 2017 @ 6:30pm

posted Feb 11, 2017, 7:22 AM by Scout Marlboro   [ updated Feb 24, 2017, 7:29 AM ]

Our annual Pack 31 Cake Auction fundraiser is right around the corner!

 
Our February Pack Meeting will once again be going cake crazy with our annual Cake Auction fundraiser!  Please make sure to participate by bringing a cake to be auctioned off.  It doesn't matter how plain or fancy, we love them all!

In order for us to best announce your delicious, delectable confectionery delights please use the Cake Auction Registration Form found here:  www.pack31.net/documents/Cake_Auction_Form.pdf
 
Remember, when bidding you can use Scout Bucks.

See you there!

Pinewood Derby Jan 14th 2017

posted Dec 31, 2016, 12:28 PM by Scout Marlboro   [ updated Dec 31, 2016, 12:29 PM ]

 

2017 Awards
Pack 31 will be presenting awards for these categories this year:

  • 1st in Pack
  • 2nd in Pack
  • 3rd in Pack
  • Top Tiger in Pack
  • Fastest car in each Den
  • Most Cub Scout Pride or Patriotic
  • Best Use Of Imagination
  • Most Fuel Efficient
  • Least Like a Car
  • Best in Show
  • Best Paint Job
2017 SCHEDULE
Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017, 6:30-8:00 pm
Weigh-in @ the Hobin house (231 Naugler Ave)
All cars must be dropped off for weigh-in in order to be eligible for racing on Saturday.  Cars for the Friday evening Sibling Race need to be dropped off on Wednesday also. Be sure your name and "Pack 31" is written on the bottom of your car!
 
Friday, Jan 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Sibling Race @ Meehan Hall (119 Washington St, Marlborough)
Please bring your sibling car to the Wednesday weigh-in. Car numbers will be assigned Friday evening - be sure your name and "Pack 31" is written on the bottom of your car! 
Come join us for our annual Sibling Race where any Scout siblings can race their own cars for fun, fame and glory!
 
Saturday, Jan 14, 2017 - 10:00 am - try to arrive early
Pack 31 Races @ Meehan Hall (119 Washington St, Marlborough)
Snacks and drinks will be available as a fundraiser.  This is a great family event so bring the grandparents, uncles, cousins, and anyone else who might enjoy the race!
 
Saturday, Jan 14, 2017 - 12:00 pm
City Wide Races @ Meehan Hall (119 Washington St, Marlborough)
Pack 31's top 3 racers will be racing in the City Wide races at 12 pm.  Come cheer on the scouts!
 
Key Rules for 2017:
Cars in the 2017 competition must have been made for the 2017 race season. Cars or parts of cars such as wheels or axles, from previous years may not be used.  Only the Official Cub Scout Grand Prix Derby Car kit the Pack provided may be used.

Weight of the car shall not exceed 5 ounces (141.75 grams).  Overall width of car shall not exceed 2 3/4 inches.  Length of car shall not exceed 7 inches.  Height of car shall not exceed 4 inches.  Minimum width between wheels shall be 1 3/4 inches so that the wheels can clear the center guide strip.  Minimum distance between the bottom of the car and the bottom of the wheels shall be 3/8 inch so that the car will clear the center guide strip.  The axles must be placed in the slots provided in the wood blocks. This provides a wheelbase (axle to axle distance) of 4 3/8 inches.


Wheels must be full width as provided in the kit. The width of the wheel that touches the track must be at least 1/4 inch wide and flat. Beveling, tapering, thin sanding, wafering or lathe turning of the wheels is prohibited.  Only dry, powdered lubricant may be used.

Please review our complete 2017 official rules HERE, and also found on the Pack 31 documents page in "Pack Event Info":  
http://www.pack31.net/documents
 
Don't forget Bob's Wooden Toys Workshop (@ Trombetta's) if you need help getting your cars built.  They have 50 different patterns, weights, paints, and a scale. Their prices last year were:  Extra blank blocks $5.00, weights of (2 1/4 oz) $5.00, cut and sand your car $3.00, cut sand and paint your car $7.00.  Use of patterns, hammers, and scale are free.
 

Scouting for Food 2016

posted Nov 4, 2016, 4:39 PM by Scout Marlboro   [ updated Nov 4, 2016, 4:41 PM ]

Door hanger drop off Saturday & Sunday, November 5 & 6, 2016

Food Pickup Saturday November 12, 2016
Scouting for Food is a service project we do every year with the National Scouting Program nationwide.  Our local food collected is donated to the Marlborough Food Pantry to help keep it stocked throughout the winter for families in need.

The boys start on a Saturday/Sunday by hanging flyers on the door knobs of every house in our territory.   The following Saturday, the boys drive by those same houses collecting donations to bring to the food pantry.

Do's and Don'ts

  • DO try to have the flyers handed out by Noon
  • DO try to have all collections done by Noon the following week
  • DO hang flyers on door knobs if possible or place inside screen doors
  • DO NOT hang flyers on mailboxes (town won't let us)
  • DO NOT flyer houses that look un-safe or have really long drive-ways (if you can't see the house from the road, skip it).
  • DO be polite, cheerful and courteous if you meet a homeowner.  Hand the flyer to the person and say you are helping to collect food as part of a community service project.  Be proud.

Drop off is at the Walker Building.  Enter from Prospect Street by the I.C. Church.

Where do the dens meet up?
See your den leader's email for your den's meet up time/location.

Map:
A map of each den's area can be found here:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1assBDO352qKnLo6G2J0CMw1DyA8&usp=sharing



Scouting for Food 2016


Fall Hike 2016 - Battle Road Trail

posted Oct 29, 2016, 11:58 AM by Scout Marlboro   [ updated Oct 29, 2016, 11:58 AM ]

Come join Pack 31 on our 2016 fall hike Sunday, Oct 30th from 9:00 – 11:30am. 


https://sites.google.com/site/cubspack31/Pack-31-News/fallhike2016-battleroadtrail/MIMA_Park_map_to_parking.jpg?attredirects=0

We will be hiking a piece of the Battle Road Trail in Minute Man National Historical Park (Lexington / Concord). The path follows the attack and retreat by British soldiers as they moved into the countryside to disarm the towns of Lexington and Concord and is a great piece of national history right in our backyard. Plus, it is a great 4.5 mile hike on a very easy road with few hills and a nicely packed gravel walk path. Perfect for the whole family.
 
We will be meeting between 8:30 – 8:45am at the main Minute Man Visitors Center:
250 North Great Road, Lincoln MA

NOTE:  GOOGLE MAPS HAS A PROBLEM WITH THIS ADDRESS.  See the map above or click here:
Here is a link to a google map with directions.

The hike will start promptly at 9am and should take us about 2 – 2.5 hours to complete as we will be walking from the visitors center to the Meriam House. There are several stops along the path to explore:  

  • the Hartwell Tavern
  • the Paul Revere Capture site
  • the framework of a revolutionary era house
  • a fully functioning farm
  • and more!

Please park your car in the main parking lot at the visitors center and we will have cars located at the end to shuttle drivers back to the start of the hike. We will also have cars strategically place along the route in case we run into any issues or injuries. 

Please make sure to have a bag / backpack with the 6 essentials for a hike: 

  • water
  • snack
  • first aid kit
  • whistle
  • hat / sun protection
  • flashlight

The scouts will be carrying the backpacks the whole hike so make sure it is not too heavy with extras and fits them properly.
 
Please follow this link to a map of the park and you can see the path we will be following. 

Thanks for all of your time and effort and let's hope for some nicer weather than last weekend!

See these great websites for more info:
http://www.nps.gov/mima/index.htm
http://www.battleroad.org/sites.html

Fall Camp Out 2016

posted Oct 14, 2016, 1:08 PM by Scout Marlboro

This year we will be having our Fall Campout at the Marlborough Fish and Game Club on Friday October 21 and Saturday October 22.  All Scouts are welcome.  Come join us for a great event of fishing, whittling, s’mores around the campfire, and even some archery!

Scout Motto- Be Prepared!
It could be pretty chilly next Friday night- if you do not have the proper camping gear, you are not obligated to stay.
The safety of you and your scout is most important. 
If you are unable to stay, please join us for the evening and then you can return by 8 am Saturday so the boys can enjoy a great morning of fishing and archery with their fellow scouts.


MEALS:

We will be serving "Crockpot Potluck" for dinner, snacks at night, and breakfast in the morning.

We are looking for parents to bring a crockpot type dinner (chili, mac-n-cheese, soup, stew)

ATTENDANCE:

Please email Eric Hobin if you are planning on attending so we can get a head count for food.

In your email please include:  

1)  You name and scout's name

2)  How many are attending

3)  What you can bring for a crockpot dinner choice

  

SCHEDULE:

Friday Night

 

5:00 - 6:00 pm

Arrival, unload, setup tents, fire building (Webelos) wood gathering, etc.

6:00 - 8:30 pm

Fishing, whittling, hot soups for dinner

8:30 - 10:00 pm

Manhunt, free time

10:00 - 11:00 pm

S'mores, campfire,

11:00 pm

Lights out

 

Saturday Morning

 

7:30 - 8:00 am

Wakeup/campfire

8:00 - 9:00 am

Breakfast, (webelos assist cooking) breakfast burritos, muffins, bagels

9:00 - 9:30 am

Cleanup

10:00 - 11:00 am

Archery or fishing

11:00 am

Event ends, depart.

 

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