A Summer of Scouting Fun with Cub Scout Pack 107

Just because the school year ended and summer vacation is in full swing, Cub Scout Pack 107 kept the summer fun and active or our Cub Scouts.

In the first week of July, our Webelo Scout, Lillian, and AOL Scout, Sam enjoyed, three great nights at the Webelos Under the Stars summer camp at Treasure Valley Scout Reservation. They participated in a variety of Cub Scout activities, and even completed some of their rank adventure requirements. Sam said his favorite part of camp was shooting sports while Lilly loved climbing. They also particpated in swimming, boating, sports, nature adventures, learned some knot tying, and so much more. They enjoyed every moment and can’t wait to go back.

On July 11, 2021, Pack 107 hosted its summer “Kids Go Fishing” event this morning at Dorothy Pond, in Millbury. It was wonderful to see so many happy young faces enjoying the outdoors and learning how to fish. So many of our Cub Scouts were successful , some catching up to 10 or 11 fish!! It was so heartwarming to see the beaming pride on their faces with each of their catches!! One of the youngest in the group had the largest catch of the day, a 3 lb bass!! Great job, Madelynn!! It was wonderful to see the Scouts enjoying an activity where they are bonding with their family and friends at the same time! A special thank you goes out to Troop 107 Grafton Senior Patrol Leader, Nick C, and assistant Scoutmaster, Mr. Erik Coldwell, for helping out with this event!! Nick did a great job attending to all the Cub Scouts, giving them great fish handling tips, and helping them identify the species of fish that they were catching.

On Sunday, July 25, 2021, Pack 107 hosted its monthly cleanup of Norcross Park followed afterwards by a Rain Gutter Regatta held at the Grafton Lions Club Mass. It was amazing to see the dedication and commitment the Cub Scout had in cleaning up Norcross Park, and in learning about the importance of not littering. We even had a new family join in this great community service! Luckily, the rain held off and the clean up was a success. Great job everyone! For the Rain Gutter Regatta our Cub Scouts designed and created sailboats out of recycled materials to race down a water track. It was a fun STEM activity to work on creativity and engineering! The Scouts had great ideas on how to modify and improve their sailboats designs for balance, speed, and steering against variable wind conditions. Not once did they give up. Everyone cheered each other on, and they even shared tips on how they made their sailboats work better!This was an awesome opportunity to make new friends while doing some great community service, and enjoy Cub Scouts summer fun!A special thank you goes out to Pack 106 in Grafton MA, for lending us their inflatable rain gutter regatta. It’s so wonderful seeing the Scouting community helping each other out! The Scout Law teaches us that “A Scout is …helpful, friendly, courteous, kind….” Thank you!!Thank you to Grafton Lions Club Mass for you generosity as always, in giving us a setting to host this event!

On August 7th, 2021, Cub Scout Pack 107 hosted it’s Summer Time Bike Hike at the Upper Charles River Bike Trail in Milford MA. It was a perfect summer day to be outdoors and to enjoy the beautiful weather and the awesome scenery. It was great to see new and seasoned Scouts with their families at this event. We had various level of bike riders, so we divided into 2 groups to accommodate the levels of experience. It was a great opportunity to get all the bikes safety checked, to learn about bike safety and bike etiquette when riding on a public trail. The advanced riders rode 6 miles, and the beginner riders rode 3 miles, while the walkers walked 2 miles. This was a perfect plan so that we all ended at the finish line around the same time! Our walkers were able to explore various insects, plants, stone boulder structures, and they even spotted a family of swans swimming in Louisa Lake through their binoculars! They even helped pick up trash along the path, since a Scout follows the BSA, Leave No Trace Principles, and the Outdoor Code! These oaths were recited with the help of our AOL Scout Sam G, and Webelo Scout Lillian G., at the Pack gathering before starting the bike hike.

On August 13th, 2021, Pack 107 Cub Scouts and their families, came together for the monthly clean up of Norcross Park. Scouts picked up fallen branches and pine cones. They swept the parking lot and basketball court and they picked up trash. Along the way they found and discussed a variety of nuts and berries they found that had fallen on nearby trees and bushes. They also discovered a animal skeleton skull. Great jobs scouts. After they had fun together while they played on the playground

On August 28-29, 2021, Cub Scout Pack 107 hosted an end of summer celebration and a BLAST OFF to a new scouting season! This was the perfect camp out with the theme of spending a night amongst the stars! Our evening of fun took place at the Grafton Lions Club Mass . Our Cub Scouts had fun maxing their own galaxy slime, lead by our Tiger Den Leader, Mrs. Christine Gaspar, followed by designing a bottle rocket that they later launched with a mission to land as close as possible to the “Moon” landmark. This event was lead by our AOL Den Leader and Pack Committee Chair, Mr. Dan Gaspar. The top 2 scouts who landed closest to the Moon, won a model rocket kit. Congratulations goes out to our AOL Scout, Sam G, for earning 1st place, and to Matthew L, for earning 2nd place, coming 37.5 inches, and 48 inches respectively, from the Moon landmark. Our fun campfire dinner, started with a campfire ash ceremony lead by our Cubmaster, Ms. Tabitha Lefrançois with the assistant of our Webelo Scout, Jasmine B. Dinner included roast your own hot dogs at the campfire, which everyone loved! A big thank you goes out to our special guest, Mr. Tony Frederico of BSA Troop 107, and our former Pack Committee Chair, and den leader. Mr. Frederico demonstrated a model rocket launch and , followed by a captivating lesson on rocket science. The scouts were enthralled and asked many amazing questions, which showed that this lesson captured all their attention!! Mr. Frederico also brought his Dobsonian Newtonian telescope for a demonstration. Unfortunately the clouds did not cooperate with our plans to view Saturn and Jupiter, but the scouts got to see what how a telescope works. Mr. Frederico has volunteered to do another telescope viewing of Saturn and Jupiter at a future date!The evening continued with our Cub scouts telling jokes, singing and performing a play, and we were treated with a fantastic guitar sing along with Mr. Dan Gaspar. Pack 107 is so fortunate to have such so much talent shared with us!Just before lights out, we had a virtual viewing of our galaxy, its planets and the various constellation from the International Space Station via an NASA app. This was definitely a night to remember for all our Cubscouts!