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On November 4th Pack 3322 will meet for an afternoon family hike followed with a campfire and ceremony that welcomes first year Scouts into the Pack.

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Pack Outing – Pack Hike and Campfire / Bobcat Ceremony – November 4, 2017, Camp Manatoc; 3:15-7:30

Our annual Pack Hike and Campfire / Bobcat Ceremony will take place on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Camp Manatoc (1075 Truxell Rd, Peninsula, OH 44264) (the same Camp where we shot BBs and bows & arrows in September).  The campfire/Bobcat Ceremony, which will follow our hike and should begin a little after 5:30, is an important Pack event.  As such, every family is encouraged to attend and participate in the ceremony and campfire, but families of Bobcat recipients (first-year Scouts) should make a special effort to attend, as the parents/guardians in attendance will present the rank award to their respective son(s).  

The present agenda is below.  Note that ceremony.  Also, Scouts should bring their Scout hiking essentials (which are different for Cub Scouts than they are for Webelos), as detailed below.  Campfire/Bobcat Ceremony attendees should also bring a flashlight and portable chairs(family attendees will sit in chairs, and Scouts, conditions permitting, will sit on the ground, but please bring a chair for your Scout too, just in case).  If your you, your son, or any family member have talent that they’d like to share at the campfire, please let me know, and I will include it in the agenda (magic tricks, musical instruments, jokes, story telling, etc.)  And if you’d like to do a skit or lead a song with your son or family, please let me know that too.  Finally, there will NOT be s’mores and marshmallows at the campfire.

  • 3:15 arrival so you can be in place at 3:30 – at 3:30 ALL participants should in place and ready to hike at Camp Manatoc’s Valley Forge parking lot.  Because it is a hike, we can’t start until everyone is in place, so PLEASE DON’T BE LATE.  The Valley Forge parking lot is not large and fills up fast, so you may not be able to park there (especially if you pull in at 3:10).  If that lot is full, look for a space at the Administration Building / Camp Director’s parking lot, which is a little down the road (see this map for more details).  The Valley Forge parking lot is on the right side of the road after you enter Manatoc’s main entrance.   Because we can’t start until every person is there, please be at the Hike’s starting point and ready to hike at 3:30 (don’t pull into the Camp at 3:30; if you arrive then, I can guarantee all the close spots are taken and you will have to walk some distance from your spot to the hike’s start).
  • 3:45 – 4:45 – using staggered starts broken out by den, the whole Pack (Scouts, adults, and siblings) will hike along Camp Manatoc’s “White” trail until it arrives at the pool.  We will then leave the trail and walk to Manatoc’s parade field.    
    • Tigers, Wolves, and Bears should bring a backpack with their “Cub Scout 6” (Lions don’t need to have these, but can):
      • filled water bottle,
      • first-aid kit (can be minimal),
      • sun protection (hat and/or sunscreen),
      • snack,
      • whistle (only to be used in emergencies), and
      • flashlight with batteries.
    • Webelos should bring a backpack with their “Scout Basic Essentials” (see page 112 of the Webelos Scoutbook):
      • first-aid kit,
      • extra clothing,
      • rain gear,
      • filled water bottle,
      • flashlight with fresh batteries,
      • trail food,
      • sun protection,
      • map with compass, and
      • pocketknife (IF
        • (1) the Scout has earned his Whittling Chip AND
        • (2) his adult supervisor approves AND
        • (3) his den leader approves).
  • 4:45 – 5:30 – den breakout sessions where Scouts and siblings and adults will eat the bagged dinner/snack that each family brings.  Dens will also select and practice skits and songs for the night’s campfire.  During the Scouts’ campfire rehearsal, adults and other family members can then retrieve their flashlights and portable chairs from their cars and set the chairs up at the fire ring.
  • 5:30 – Scouts and Leaders will walk to the fire ring for the Bobcat Ceremony and the campfire, which should begin shortly thereafter.

What to Bring:

  • Scouts should bring their hiking essentials, as outlined above, in a backpack (optional for Lions);
  • All attendees should bring a bagged dinner/snack to eat after the hike / before the campfire;
  • A portable chair for each attendee (if it is dry, the Scouts will sit together on the ground in the first several rows; if it is not, Scouts will sit in chairs);
  • At least one flashlight per family (it will be dark when the campfire is over; you should have at least one flashlight/headlamp/lantern to help illuminate the walk back to your car);
  • Warm clothes (when the sun goes down, the temperature drops; be prepared to stay warm).