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Scouting updates during COVID-19

Scouts BSA has updated their FAQ and requirement deadlines for Scouting while maintaining safety at home. Most notably, the deadline to complete requirements has been extended to July 31, 2020. Scouts can work on adventures and electives at home and still meet the requirements to earn a rank badge.

As you complete activities, be sure to let your den leader know so they can track it appropriately. As of today (April 16, 2020) all in person Pack 205 activities are still postponed. That includes Blue and Gold Banquet as well as Crossover Camp out. We still intended to hold a “end of year” ceremony, but details for now are still up in the air.

We will continue to update the Pack 205 website and calendar as things change. If you have any questions, you can contact your den leader or to Pack 205 leadership as well.

Drip Cafe offering Take Out

Our very own volunteer extraordinaire Greg is owner of the amazing Drip Cafe in Hockessin and Newark. He has graciously given his time and resources for years to helping our pancake breakfast, the Blue and Gold banquet, popcorn sales, you name it.

And now he can use our help.

A scout is Helpful. The COVID-19 pandemic is having a worldwide impact to us all. We are all just figuring out how to adjust to the new reality – but we can also still help each other out. Drip Cafe has changed hours and operation to pickup and delivery service. One new feature is a family style menu featuring brunch, entrees, sides, etc to feed a group.

Please consider patronizing Drip Cafe for yourself and also others in need that may no be able to leave their houses. Check out the Drip Cafe limited pickup menu and the family style menu on their website.

Drip Cafe Main Website

Drip Cafe FaceBook

Drip Cafe Takeout Menu

Drip Cafe Family Style Menu

Corona virus updates

As of March 13, 2020; here are the latest impacts to Pack 205 activities:

  • Pack 205 usage of MacLary Elementary is on pause until April 19. Christina School District is stopping all outside activities from using school buildings. CSD is implementing the following restrictions effective March 12, 2020 through April 19, 2020: All outside groups using CSD indoor facilities are canceled. Field usage will be permitted with no access to buildings.
  • All BSA District and Council events have been cancelled or postponed until April 30. We need to double check, but almost positive there will be no District Pinewood Race on April 4.
  • Holy Angels School is closed from 3/13/20 until 3/27/20. No Pack Night on 3/18. Blue and Gold banquet on 3/29 will be postponed.

STEM Night at U of D

Pack 205 is invited to a STEM presentation at the U of D Sharp Lab on Wednesday January 29th at 6:30pm. The Sharp Lab is located on the U of D Green at 104 The Green, Newark, DE 19716.

Pinewood Derby 2020

Our annual pinewood derby race is scheduled for Sunday March 1st. Weigh in / registration starts at 1pm and closes at 1:45pm. Race starts at 2pm.

We have both a “scout” class and a “guest” class. This is to ensure that the scouts work on and build their own cars safely and to the best of their ability. If parents, guardians, siblings, etc. want to enter a car; the more the merrier! Those cars will compete in their own class.

If you don’t have tools, Mr. Walt will be holding a build workshop at his garage on February 8th and 9th. Details to come later. But it’s a “open house” style workshop where you can come, learn how to use woodworking tools safely, work on your car, and maybe learn some tricks to go fast. You can download the Pack 205 Pinewood Derby Rules here.

For anyone that was unable to attend Pack Night in December, be sure to attend the January events to claim your car. Non-scout participants can purchase the car kits from us or from the Scout Shop in Wilmington.
BEAR DEN – start reading Baloo the Builder requirement to learn more about wood working!

If you have any questions, be sure to ask one of the leaders. Trophies awarded for fastest cars – and certificates for categories like “most car like” and “most patriotic”.
See you at the races!

Snow Procedures

In the event that one of our activities occurs during a snow storm, Pack 205 will follow the decision of the school system. So if we plan to meet at MacLary Elementary or at Holy Angels, you can check their websites for school closings.

For other activities, we will send out an email and also update our own website as well.

Crossover Camp out

Save the Date! Our Crossover Camp out is booked for the weekend of April 17-19th 2020. This is when we celebrate our achievements with a year end “crossover” celebration. We recognize all scouts who will progress to the next level, and also those Arrow of Light scouts who will move up to Boy Scout Troops.

Tree Planting Service Project

The Delaware Nature Society is hosting their annual volunteer tree planting event this Saturday November 2 from 9am -12pm. While Pack 205 isn’t participating in an “official” capacity, this is a great opportunity for the entire family to have a direct and local impact on our environment.

Planting will take place at the field at the intersection of Polly Drummond Hill Rd. and Smith Mill Rd. between the VCA Pike Creek Animal Hospital and Little’s Garage.

Volunteers bring shovels, gloves, and a water container (bucket or gal milk jug). Volunteers should dress for the weather. We plant rain or shine. To register, click here.

What to pack for camping

Cub scouts is a great way to ease into camping without getting over committed to expensive equipment purchases, long distances from home, or being 100% self reliant on the basic necessities. One of the questions we get is – what do I need for camping? What’s involved (aka what am I getting myself into?) I’ve broken down a list of things that everyone would need to bring to camping and a list of “nice to haves” for camping.

  • Need to bring:
    • Parts A and B filled out for Health and Medical form
    • Water jugs for drinking
    • Warm comfortable shoes
    • Several change of socks
    • Weather appropriate clothing – best to dress in layers and be too warm than too cold and can’t sleep
    • Sleeping bags (nothing too fancy – cub scouts only camp from April to October)
    • Tent
    • Hammer / mallet to drive tent stakes into the ground
    • Waterproof ground cloth or plastic sheet
    • Class A uniform
    • Class B uniform
    • Weather appropriate gear – warm hat and gloves, rain gear, warm coat, sun protection, sunglasses
    • Personal medications (if necessary)
    • Food allergy specifics (if necessary)
    • Trail snack(s)
    • Packed lunch (most camp outs will meet around noon, but lunch is not provided).
  • Nice to haves:
    • Pillow
    • Air mattress or camping pad
    • Lawn chairs
    • Cooler
    • First aid kit
    • Flash light, head lamp
    • Insect repellent
    • Safety pins
    • Camera
    • Binoculars
    • Notebook and pencil
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Personal toiletries (since we only camp one night, most are unnecessarily)
    • Pocketknife (only those that have earned and bring their Whittlin’ Chip)
    • Spending money for trading post (when at Camp Rodney or other BSA locations)
    • Game or activity such as frisbee, football, soccer ball
    • Songs or skits – props if necessary

Which uniform should they wear?

Cub Scouting 101: which uniform should my child wear and when?

Good question. The rule of thumb is the Class A “full uniform” should be worn at all times. If leadership hasn’t specifically mentioned it, plan to be in Class A uniform. For our Pack that means shirt, hat, neckerchief, slide and belt. The uniform guide and patch placement diagrams can be found in the front of the scout handbook.

Pack 205 has a Class B uniform – it’s our yellow T-shirt with Pack 205 design. The Class B shirt will be called out for specific occasions – e.g. trash pickup service projects, outdoor activities where we’re likely to get dirty, etc. For Pack 205, the Class B can be worn during game night (the first Wednesday of the month). The full uniform should be worn at Pack Night and at Den meetings.

My child is a Lion (kindergarten), what is the preferred uniform? The Pack 205 Class B shirt is fine. The scout shop sells a specific Lion shirt, but it’s not necessary.

For new scouts / parents, the Class B shirt is included with our dues. Once you’re registered and dues are paid, we’ll issue your child their Class B shirt. The Class A uniform can be purchased from the scout shop. We also have a uniform closet of donated items for anyone needing assistance.

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