Wolf Den Service Project | Care Package Assembly – March 7, 2020

On Saturday, March 7, the Pack 104 Wolf den helped Their Angels Military Support Group to make care packages.

When asked what they did during this service project, Desmond said “We made cards and care packages in plastic bags that had snacks (such as rice crispies and granola bars), razors, and newspapers. We made a lot of them!”

Thank you again to Elroy for organizing this outing!

Their Angels Military Support Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, located in Richmond, CA. Their mission is to support active duty military personnel, veterans, wounded warriors, military families, and the community through monthly packing events, VA hospital visits and ongoing community outreach.

Their Angeles Military Support Group takes pride in its ability to bring joy to those who dedicate their lives to protect the public. With their actions, they hope to show the military community respect and appreciation for their heroism and service to the country.

Meet Their Angels:

From left to right: Sonia, Susie, Michael, Sharon, Marva and Donna

Pinewood Derby – March 6, 2020

We had yet another fantastic turn-out at this year’s Pinewood Derby. There were amazingly creative and futuristic cars, sleek innovations, shiny aerodynamic speedsters (and drivers with questionably attained licenses).

William, Neil and Simar took home the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes, respectfully, for their speedy inventions! These Pack 104 gearheads outdid themselves this year! Thanks again to this year’s organizers and volunteers, Thuy, RJ, John, Candace, Aubrey, Nikki and Christopher and anyone else who pitched in to make this year’s event a great success.

 

Chabot Space Center Overnight – Feb 29, 2020

Odyssey Overnights
On Saturday February 29th, the Pack 104 scouts convened at the Chabot Space Center to blast off into an out-of-the-world experience exploring the outer realms of space! The group explored telescopes, enjoyed recordings at the planetarium, and were challenged in a fast-paced scavenger hunt. They stayed overnight at the center and had a memorable time!

We asked a few of the scouts what they enjoyed most about their trip to Chabot. Here are a few highlights.

Chris: “Seeing what the night sky would have looked like 2000 years ago [in the planetarium] before light pollution.”

William: “I really liked the ‘Touch the Sun’ exhibit.”

Wolf Den Fire Station Visit – February 27, 2020

On Thursday, February 27, 2020, the Wolf den toured the El Cerrito Fire Department station as part of the Hometown Heroes Adventure. For this adventure, the Wolves learn about citizens who are heroes in their local communities.

The Wolf Den Leader guide says:

“In this adventure, Wolf Scouts will learn about the heroes within their community. By getting to know some real-life heroes and honoring their service, the Wolves will see the importance of living the Scout Oath and Scout Law, and gain an understanding of what makes a hero.”

When asked what he liked most about his trip to the El Cerrito Fire Department, Dylan said “my favorite part of the fire station was seeing their tools, like the sledgehammer and chainsaw.”

Thank you to Alia for coordinating this fun community trip. Kids loved it!

Photo credit: Alia 

Blue & Gold Dinner – February 6, 2020

This year’s Blue & Gold Banquet at Camp Herms was a great success. It was very well-attended, the potluck contributions were of course fantastic, the skits were fun, lively and entertaining, and the spirit and energy were very positive.

With all of the awards announcements, it is obvious that these scouts have made tremendous progress in their respective goals and achievements.

There were quite a few contributions to the cake auction this year. Check out these amazing cakes our Scouts baked for the auction! See you all again next year!

About Blue & Gold

Blue and gold banquets are a tradition within packs, celebrating the leaders and parents who volunteer to make Cub Scouting fantastic. Sometimes former pack members return to blue and gold banquets. Often special Scouting or community leaders are invited to attend or speak to Cub Scouts in attendance.  Some packs also use the banquet as a chance to celebrate the accomplishments of Scouts, themselves.

 

 

Visit our Pack Meeting, Jan 9th, 2020

Interested in learning more about Cub Scouts Pack 104?

Visit our next Pack Meeting
Thursday,
January 9 2020, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Harding School MultiPurpose Room (MPR),
accessible off Ashbury Ave. at Fairmont Ave. in El Cerrito

Join Pack 104 for our monthly pack meeting and learn about Pack 104’s upcoming events and opportunities, or let us know if you are interested so we can follow up with more information.

Scouting for Food – November 16, 2019

Scouting for Food is an annual food-collection drive, and one of the many service projects the BSA has conducted since 1910.

870,000 Bay Area residents and a quarter million residents in our council geography lack adequate access to food. Scouts can help make an impact by participating in the annual Scouting for food drive

The annual effort for Scouting in the Bay Area is coordinated in November.

Check out these photos of our Pack 104 scouts having a great time on a Saturday morning!

Pack 104 scouts would like to express their gratitude to all neighbors who showed their  community support this year! The donations were be distributed to one of five Bay Area Food Banks. The Food Banks then distributed the food to families in the form of Holiday Food Baskets. Many thanks. We look forward to serving the community in this cause again next year.

Hiking the Presidio

Presidio Hike, Sunday, October 14, 9:30am

Pack 104 enjoyed a 3 mile hike at the Presidio in San Francisco on Sunday, October 14th. We were joined by our Pack 104 resident archeologist to explore the history of the Presidio and its natural surroundings.

Pack 104 Fall Campout, September 27-29 2019

Pack 104 enjoyed our annual Fall Campout under the stars!
Friday, September 27 – Sunday, September 29 2019
at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park (near Sonoma)
2605 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood, CA 95452
(about 1.5 hours north of El Cerrito)

Pack 104 enjoyed two nights camping in the beautiful oak tree forests in Sonoma County.

Bonus opportunity: Some scouts visited the Robert Ferguson Observatory for a solar viewing party Saturday afternoon, followed by a solar system hike to Pluto and back, followed by a star party later Saturday night.

Summer 2019 Activities

Pack 104 has a lot of activities planned over the summer – come join the fun!

July

Pack 104 Swim Night
Friday, July 19th 5:15 PM
Scouts will get the opportunity to take the BSA Swim Test, talk with a Lifeguard about water safety, and have fun swimming during the Family Swim at the El Cerrito Pool.  Contact John Bowen, jrb0301@sbcglobal.net.

Pack Hike, Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Antioch
Sunday, July 21st 9:30 AM

Join us for a pack hike! This hike is a distance of 3.5 miles on a moderate grade. Allow about 2-3 hours for the hike. Meet up at the parking lot.
To get there: Take Highway 4 to Somersville Road exit in Antioch. Drive south on Somersville Road to the Preserve entrance. There is a parking fee of $5 per vehicle.
Sign up for further details.

August

Camp Herms Service Project
Sunday, August 19th 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The Pack will do a service project at Camp Herms.  Please bring work gloves, sun protection and water.  A breakfast snack and tools will be provided.  Contact: RJ Lane, p104wolfden@gmail.com

Pack Hike, Tilden Nature Area Environmental Education Center & Wildcat Creek
600 Canon Drive, Berkeley
Saturday, August 24th 9:30 AM

Join us for our second pack hike of the summer!  This hike is a distance of 2.5 miles on a mostly gentle grade with steep grades near the peak. Allow about 2 hours for the hike. Meet up at the Central Park Drive parking lot.
To get there: Take Moeser Lane and Arlington Boulevard to Wildcat Canyon Road in Kensington. Follow Canon Drive to Central Park Drive.
Sign up for further details.

Please Contact Cub Master Chris Kent ecpack104cm@gmail.com or the Committee Chair at ecpack104cc@gmail.com for any questions about joining Pack 104.

Past events

June

Nerf Games V: Knock knock.  Who’s there? Ow, my eye!!
Saturday, June 1st 10:00 AM at Cerrito Vista Park

Please bring a Nerf N-Strike Elite.  We will provide the darts, please don’t bring any.  Everyone is welcome, you don’t have to be part of Scouts.  There will be information about Scouting.  Kids will have the opportunity to learn knots and test their Nerf skills with targets (No eyes will be shot!).  Please contact ecpack104info@gmail.com for more details.

Scout Day at the Oakland A’s
Sunday, June 2nd (Game at 1:00 PM)

Join fellow Scouts from across the bay to watch the Oakland A’s play the Houston Astros.  Game starts at 1:00.  Arrive early in cub scout uniform if you want to participate in the Scout march around the field before the game starts. (Registration for this event is closed.)

Camp Herms Summer Day Camp
Monday, June 24th through Friday June 28th, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM daily

Campers join other Scouts and siblings from all over the Bay Area at Camp Herms for Day Camp. Prepare to have fun with BB’s, archery, nature hikes, creepy crawly crafts, and fun on the sports field!  (Registration for this event is closed.)

July

4th of July Celebration
Wednesday, July 4th 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Pack 104 will be at the El Cerrito 4th of July Celebration promoting Scouting and helping run Carnival games with Troop 104.  Contact ecpack104info@gmail.com  with questions or refer to https://www.el-cerrito.org/702/July-4th-Festival