The Webelos Den participated in the overnight program at the USS Hornet located in Alameda California on Saturday May 28th. The scouts arrived at the pier at 4:30 pm to board the ship at 5:00 pm. The crew started with some introductions and moved on to orientation, and an overview of some ship rules.
Participants spent the night “living with history” on the ultimate overnight adventure, learning about how the USS Hornet’s sailors lived and worked on this city at sea. They toured key areas of the ship to see various spaces and systems and discussed the history, science, and engineering behind them. There were opportunities to participate in several hands-on science stations and demonstrations interspersed with seeing sailors’ living quarters. The groups were assigned bunks within the ship’s berthing compartments.
The experience included dinner and breakfast in the original enlisted “Crew’s Mess”, learning about the famous carrier’s daring exploits, touring key areas of the ship and the historic naval aircraft on display, and learning about NASA’s Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 missions that put the first men on the moon.
Amidst Omicron, the Tiger den met outdoors! Some Scouts learned science magic to capture ghosts, while other Scouts discussed trees and animal signs. In the end, most Scouts completed their Tiger Bites adventure by making healthy snacks and delish lemonade ! Shout out to our fearless leaders: Michael and Tasha!
The Pack 104 Bear Den met together on Sunday, October 25th 10 am to work on their “Baloo the Builder” projects on the picnic tables outside of the Craft Shack.
The den discussed tools and tool safety at the virtual meeting prior to the workshop, so the scouts were well-prepared and excited to work on their respective projects. Families brought their own hand tools and building materials, and each scout worked at a table with their parent / assistant.
Check out these great photos from the workshop (courtesy of Mayumi)!
On Sunday September 13, 2020, the Pack 104 Bear Den gathered in a socially-distant outdoor setting to conduct knife safety training and complete the requirements for the Bear Claws adventure. During this time, all scouts who attended successfully demonstrated their ability to safely handle and use a knife, earing their Whittling Chip patch and Bear Claws belt loop.
They each made a soap carving with butter knives before advancing to pocketknives.
Although each family brought their own first aid kits, we are thrilled to share that nobody had to OPEN their kit, and there was no blood or tears to be shed. Congratulations to the Pack 104 Bear Den for completing this exciting adventure!
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!
Pack 104 has been chosen to pilot the brand new Lions scouting program for kindergarten aged boys. Here’s what Scoutingwire.org has to say about the program:
A new Scouting program for kindergarten-age boys is available as a national pilot for select councils this Fall.
Research shows that childhood development accelerates around ages four and five, about the time youth begin formal education. To supplement the learning and growth boys experience at home and in an educational environment at that age, Boy Scouts of America has developed a pilot program for five-year-old kindergarten boys called “Lion.”
What Is the Lion Program?
The Lion program weaves traditional Scouting concepts of character development, leadership skills, personal fitness and citizenship into activities that are age-appropriate and fun for the boys and their parents.
The activities introduce the family to Cub Scouting, and provide an exciting way for the little guys to explore the world around them. The program will fuel their imagination, creativity and fun as they experience the growth Scouting can provide. At the end of the Lion year, they “graduate” to Tiger and advance through Cub Scouting.
Councils will apply to become a national pilot site for Fall 2016. Scout Executives have been made aware of the procedures to do that. If approved, councils will track their experiences and provide feedback to national development teams for further study.
More information will be made available in the coming months around the specifics of the program, FAQ’s, and much more. Please join the excitement as we test new ways to reach America’s youth with the benefits of Scouting! What do you think about adding the Lion pilot program to Scouting?