Pack 107 Blue and Gold Banquet 2022

On Saturday 4/9/2022, Cub Scout Pack 107 hosted it’s Blue and Gold Banquet at Millbury Street Elementary School in Grafton. The Blue and Gold Banquet is one of the most exciting and important celebrations in the Scouting calendar, as Scouts celebrate the birthday and the anniversary of the founding of the Boy Scouts of America Program on February 8th,1910.  This year’s Blue and Gold Banquet is  extra-special since it is the first time we were able to celebrate in person since 2019. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to commemorate this occasion remotely for 2 years in a row. At the Blue and Gold Banquet, our Pack also celebrates the Arrow of Light Scouts as they receive their rank of Arrow of Lights, which is the highest rank to be earned in the Cub Scouting Program.  We also gather to celebrate their cross over to the Troop level as BSA Scouts, and wishing them farewell from our Pack. In addition special recognitions and achievements are awarded.

The Blue and Gold Ceremony began our Arrow of Light Scouts performing the Color Guard ceremony, the last one they would be performing as a Cub Scout. This was followed by an invocation by Reverend Dr. Barbara Therese, from The Congregational Church of Grafton, the Pack’s charted organization. She spoke about “Shining Your Light” as you live out the Scout Law in your daily life, family life, and as you go our into the community.

As we celebrate the birthday of the BSA, Boy Scouts of America, the Pack leaders came together to tell the story of the beginning of the BSA, Boy Scouts of America’s founding and achievements along the way.

Mr. Erik Coldwell, Assistant Scoutmaster or Troop 107, and Souring Eagle Distict Pinewood Derby Championship organizer presented Pack 107 as the first winner of Championship Tophy. He also mentioned all the winners from Pack 107 who won at the District Derby.

The Bobcat rank is the first rank a Cub Scout achieves, and there is a special Bobcat ceremony that goes along with it. Today we have 2 Tiger Scouts who have achieved this rank. Congratulations Grayden and Luca and their families.

Our Cubmaster Tabitha presented hike miles awards to Jimmy C, who earned enough miles to get a hiking stick, Ollie N. and Gabriel R., each earned another 5 miles bead. Samuel G. was awarded with the Outdoor activity award patch for attending summer camp and 6 other summertime Pack activities.

Our AOL Scout, Aisla G., Samuel G., and Lukas H., took turns “lighting” candles that represent the spirit of Cub Scouting: The blue candle, representing of giving goodwill and doing your best, the white candle, representing, the promise to fulfill the Scout Oath and Scout Law, the Cub SCout Motto, “Do your best”, the yellow candle , representing the entire Scouting movement is one of service, high ideals and fellowship, and the green unlit candle, representing, the Scouts, BSA Program, that there is more adventure ahead as you continue on your journey along the Scouting trail.

This year we have 6 Arrow of Light Scouts, from Den 9 and Den 19, who have achieved this rank. Congratulations go out to Joseph D., Gabriel F, Lukas H., Samuel G., Ailsa G., and Owen T.  Den 9 is  a milestone Den which started in 2016  with the addition of the Lion Year Pilot program , with Joseph D., and Gabriel F. who have been through the program since the Den’s inception, Samual G. joined Den 9 at the Start of the Tiger Year, Lukas H., joined at the beginning of the Wolf Year, and Owen T. joined Cub Scouts as a Wolf in New Jersey, and joined our Pack and Den in the beginning of the Arrow of Light Year. Den 19 is also a milestone Den, which is the year that girls were allowed to join Cub Scouts, and we celebrate Ailsa G, who joined at her Tiger Year in Millbury, and joined our Pack and Den in her Bear Year.  Each Scout was handed an Arrow of Light Pin to give their parents to thank them for helping and guiding them along their Scouting journey. Parents were given an Arrow of Light patch to pin onto their Scout’s uniform. This is the only Cub Scout rank badge that can remain on the Scout’s uniform throughout their Scouts, BSA journey. Each Scout is then awarded their special Arrow plaque award that contains an arrow with custom attached special colored bands that represent, awards, ranks, and adventures that they have earned during their Cub Scout Journey. These colored bands are custom tied by our Cubmaster, Mrs. Tabitha Lefrancois.

Following the Arrow of Light Award ceremony, there was time for a Pack craft, designed by our Tiger Assistant Den Leader, Mrs. Christine Gaspar. Each Scout and guest were invited to design a Scout themed picture picture frame. It was amazing to see the personalities come out in each design!

Throughout the event, each Den performed various skits, and it was wonderful to see their creativity, love of laughter and performance come to light.

A Cub Scout Summer Camp presentation came just before lunch and it was amazing to see the wonder and excitement in the Cub Scouts eyes as they see all the adventure that await them.

A catered lunch included pizza, salad, fruits, chips, blue and gold cup cakes, and drinks. Everyone enjoyed a journey down memory lane of the last 6 years since the inception of Den 9.

After lunch, our AOL Den Leader, Mr. Dan Gaspar, and Assistant Den Leader, Mr. Larry Drew, gave a final congratulation and goodbye speech, and gift presentations from the leaders to the Scouts and from our AOL Scouts and families to their den Leaders.

As the Cross Over Ceremony began, our AOL Scouts were invited to light the candles representing the Seven Virtues of Life, representing the seven rays on the Arrow of Light. 1. Wisdom doesn’t mean that you are smarter than otehrs. It means that you use what you know to lead a better life. 2. Courage does not mean that you have no fear or danger. It means that you can face danger despite your fear. 3. Self-control means being able to stop when you have had enough of something, such as eating, playing, or even working too much. 4. Justice means being fair with others as you play and work with then. 5. Faith is belief in God and things that you cannot see, but feel are true. 6. Hope means looking forward to good things you believe will happen and working hard today to make them happen. 7. Many kind words of Love are important: love of family, fellow humans, God and our country.

The AOL Scouts and their families were invited to the Cross Over Bridge as the parents send their Scout onto the next step in their Scouting Journey as Scouts, BSA. The first AOL scout to cross over was, Ailsa G., who is crossing over to Souts BSA Troop 2019, the first all female Troop of Grafton. Joseph D, Gabriel F., Samual G., Lukas H., and Owen T., crossed over to Scouts, BSA Troop 107.

A special and touching speech by our Cubmaster, Ms. Tabitha Lefrancois, followed. She announced that this was her first and last time hosting Blue and Gold Banquet and Ceremony as Cubmaster, and that she plans to retire from her position after the Pack Advancement Ceremony on June 18, 2022. Ms. Tabitha began her journey with Pack 107 when her son, Kaleb joins as a Tiger in 2014. Ms. Tabitha served as Pack Secretary, Lion Den leader, Assistant Cubmaster, and became Cubmaster in 2019. Mr. Larry Drew, who just retired as Assistent Den Leader for Den 9 and Den 19, will take on the position of Co-Cubmaster, and will become the official Cubmaster on June 18th.

Our Committee Member, Chris Nichols, gave a touching tribute to all that Tabitha has accomplished, and shined a light on all that a Cubmaster does behind the scenes to make our Program run.

A big thank you goes out to our special guest, Troop 2019, Troop 107 and their Leaders for coming to join this special event and to receive the new Scouts into their Troops, Reverend Dr. Barbara Therese for giving the invocation, and to all those who helped behind the scenes for our Blue and Gold Banquet and Ceremony to take place. Thank you to Mrs. Tabitha Lefrancois, Mr. Dan Gaspar, Mrs. Christine Gaspar, Mr. Chris Nichols, Mrs Cindy Fong who formed the Blue and Bold Committee. Thank you to Mrs. April Lane for ordering the pizza and salad. Thank you to Mr. Chris Nichols, Mr. Chris Vincent, Mrs. Heather Nickerson, Mr. John Bubriski, and Mrs. Cindy Fong for taking photos and videos.

We cannot forget, an huge and heartfelt thank you to Mr. King, Scoutmaster of Troop 107, and Mrs. Tabitha for accepting pies in the face as awards for our top Scout Popcorn sales/fundraisers. Every Scout that raised more than $525 go to put a pie on Ms. Tabitha’s face. Congratulations these 11 csouts: Gabriel R., Andrew N, Nico F., Lilly G., Nathaniel R., Jimmy C., Samuel G., Gabriel F., Ollie N., Jasmine B, and our top seller/fundraiser, Matthew L.

The following Scout who sold/fundraised more than $750 got to put a pie into Mr. King’s face and beard. Congratulations to these 6 Scouts: Jimmy C., Samuel G., Gabriel F., Ollie N., Jasmine B., and Matthew L.

This was one of the most memorable events and will be remembered for years to come!! Cub Scout know how to have fun!

Photo credits: Chris Nichols, Chris Vincent, Cindy Fong

Going Strong in the 2021/2022 Scouting Year

Two years ago, no one would have thought that COVID would still be here. As we are learning more about this pandemic, Pack 107 has adapted to keeping our Scouting program safe and going strong. We’ve been active with various outdoor activities and resumed some indoor Den Meeting activities, and trying to reestablish some normalcy in our program.

October 2021 Pack Events

OCTOBER PACK MEETING

At the October Pack meeting on October 1, 2021, all the Cub Scouts and their families enjoyed designing paper airplanes, and launching them into hula-hoop landing targets. The Cub Scouts also decorated Halloween Trick-Or-Treat bags that they can use for the Scouts Spookerie event at Treasure Valley Scout Reservation (TVSR), the weekend before Halloween.

CLINTON DAM PACK HIKE

On October 16, Pack 107 had a great four mile hike today at the Clinton dam. Scouts reviewed leave no trace and the outdoor code. They climbed 184 stairs down and then up a bunch at the beginning and end of the hike. They talked about looking for animal tracks, the buddy system and took turns leading. They picked up a bunch of trash they go and littered along the way and took lots of snack breaks as well as time to enjoy the views. Thanks Mr. Matt for leading us on this awesome hike. What a beautiful day it was be outside.

GRAFTON SCOUT JAMBOREE WEEKEND AT TREASURE VALLEY

On the weekend of October 16, 2021, Troop 107 Grafton invited our Pack 107 AOL Den on a camp out with them at Treasure Vally Scout Reservation ( TVSR). This ended up being a big camping weekend at TVSR for all 5 of the BSA, Scouting groups from Grafton which also included Troop 106, Pack 106 and Troop 2019. It was a weekend of the AOL scouts from the Grafton Cub Scout Packs to get to know the Grafton Scouts, BSA Troops.

Troop 107 started their camping on Friday evening, and our AOL Den joined them the following morning. The Troop warmly welcomed the 5 AOL Scouts who attended and helped them to find a safe place to set up their tents, and to provide guidance as needed. The Troop 107 Scout Master, Mr. King, spent some time afterward going over knife safety and to review the requirements for the Whittling Chip for the Scouts that did not earn it yet.

It was fun to see the Troop Scouts in action preparing and serving lunch to everyone, and to our AOL Den Scouts and leaders, and to see how they set up for dishwashing clean up.

After lunch, the Troop worked on the Toten Chip requirement, for the Boy Scouts who needed it, and it was fascinating for the AOLs to see what will be in store for them after they cross over to the Troop level.

In the later afternoon, Pack 107 got to spend time with Troop 106 while Pack 106 got to spend time with Troop 107.

After dinner, Troops 107, Pack 107, Troop 2019 headed over to Troop 106/ Pack 106’s campsite for an amazing campfire program and cracker barrel. There were Dutch oven dump cakes of various flavors, and foil baked apples made from the apples that Troop 2019 had picked earlier in the day. There was laughing , singing, and skits being performed. It was the ultimate Grafton BSA Scouting spirit being experienced in that moment!

The night ended with a surprise sudden downpour as The Troops and Packs tried to find shelter and then find their way back to their respective campsites in the dark and rain.

By morning, the sun returned as the clouds cleared out, and everyone had a great time with memorable stories to tell!

CUB SCOUT SPOOKERIE CAMPOUT AT TREASURE VALLEY

When Halloween is on a weekend, what better way to get the celebration started than to have a campout, and join in some Spookerie fun at Treasure Valley Scout Reservation! Our Pack arrived at the campsite on Friday evening 10/29/2021, set up camp, and then our Scouts worked together to gather branches, and small logs to build a campfire to stay warm during this cold night, and to roast marshmallows to make S’mores for that evening’s cracker barrel. It was the perfect setting for telling Halloween stories, and do some Spookery planning! Rain was in the forecast but luckily it didn’t start until long after everyone was tucked away in their warm sleeping bags, fast asleep.

In the morning our Welebo Scouts, Lilly and Jazzy worked on their Cast Iron Chef adventured and treated the Pack with a warm hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon and sausage, hot chocolate and oatmeal, under the supervision of their dads.They even had coffee for the adults!.

After breakfast, our Pack decorated the campsite with the theme of “The Dead Zone”, and then everyone changed into their Halloween costume before the festivities began. Despite the wet drizzly weather, everyone had fun playing board games, chasing games, before the Spookerie festivities began. Our Pack split into 2 groups so some Scout got to spook and hand out treats to our visits, while the other group when to go trick or treating at all the Spookerie stations, and then traded groups.

After all the festivities, our Pack enjoyed a lunch of walking Tacos while our own Mr. Dan sang, “It’s Raining Tacos”!

It was a fun-filled event and lots of great memories were made!

November 2021 Pack Events

NOVEMBER PACK MEETING

Pack 107 held its November Pack meeting at the Grafton Lions Club on November 6, 2021. Our Scouts enjoyed a pre-meeting game of Red Light ,Green Light, then the meeting was opened with the Flag Ceremony lead by our AOL and Bear Dens. At this Pack Meeting, we welcomed a new Lion Scout, Ian G., and held a Bobcat Ceremony for 4 Scouts who achieved their Bobcat rank. Congratulations to Jacob H., Andrew N., Ian M. and Ellis M. Hiking awards were handed out, and the top 3 popcorn sellers were announced. Congratulations to Matthew L., Jazzy B., and Ollie N.. So far, our Cubmaster, Ms. Tabitha has 7 pies ready for her!!

For the main activity, our Pack split up into dens to prepare for an egg drop engineering challenge. The goal is for each den to design and build a contraption out of recyclable materials, to protect an egg to be dropped from 8-9 feet onto a cement ground, without the egg breaking. It was exciting to see all the different design ideas. In the end, 3 out of our 4 groups had success in saving their egg from demise. Everyone had fun and the weather was spectacular!

NOVEMBER PACK HIKE AT LITTLE PUGATORY

On November 6th, our Pack held this month’s hike at Little Purgatory.. It was a fun 2 and a half mile hike on a gorgeous warm November day.. The hike started with reciting the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace Principles. Our Cubmaster, Ms. Tabitha had the Cub Scouts buddy up, and each buddy group took turns leading the group on the trail. We took a snack break at the half way point near the waterfall and the cool fallen tree. When we finished we took some time to enjoy the rock slide for a few minutes before departure. It was a picture perfect day for enjoying the outdoors..

December 2021 Pack Events

DECEMBER HOLIDAY PACK MEETING

On Saturday, 12/3/2021, Pack 107 held their December Holiday Pack Meeting at the Grafton Lions Club. The Bear and Tiger Dens did a wonderful job opening the meeting performing the Color Guard ceremony. We welcomed our new Lion, Lucas M to the Pack! Hiking miles were awarded to Tennyson, Ollie D, Jazzy, Lukas, Jacob, and Ailsa who earned enough miles for a hiking stick!

Our Scouts learned about the special holidays that are celebrated in the month of December and did some crafts that correspond to those holidays. For Hanukkah, our Scouts created a menorah collage, for Christmas, they designed and colored their own Christmas tree, for Kwanza, the Arrow of Light Den performed a musical performance of “Jingle Bells” on their homemade thong-o-phones made of PVC pines cut to length representing the notes C, D, E , F and G. Each of these holidays include the tradition of gift giving, and each of our Scouts received a Scouting gift from the Pack! The Scouts learned that the December Solstice is the shortest daylight day of the year for the northern hemisphere and the longest daylight day for the southern hemisphere of the Earth.

For the Holidays, our Scouts and their families also did some community service by writing holiday greeting cards to the veterans, collected nonperishable goods for the food bank, toiletries for a homeless shelter, and toys for the Toys for Tots program. Thank you all for your great generosity!

DECEMBER PACK HIKE AT PELL FARM

For December’s Pack hike on Decmeber 12, the Pack did a 3.2 mile hike at Pell Farm in Grafton. Scouts started off with reciting the Scout Oath, Scout Law and the Cub Scout Moto, followed by the Leave No Trace Principles, and the Outdoor Code. The Scouts buddied up and took turns leading the hiking group. They went through the woods, past the old tree farm, around muddy areas, and over many different types of bridges. It was a beautiful mild December day to be outside, and a wonderful time together.

January 2022 Events

JANUARY PACK MEETING AND ICE FISHING

It’s finally happening after 5 long years of trying to plan this outdoor event , with the weather and date aligning- Pack 107 went ice fishing on Lake Ripple today, as part of the January Pack Meeting outdoor activity! It was the perfect way for Pack 107 to ring in the New Year with such a fun and exciting outdoor event!! Where else would families with kids in Kindergarten to Grade 5 experience this kind of winter outdoor fun?!?

The Pack Meeting started with the Pledge of Allegiance, Scout Oath and Scout Law, followed by the welcoming of our new Tiger Scout, Luca, with the presentation of his new neckerchief and Pack T-shirt. There were also award presentations for hike miles earned, and Popcorn sales awards. Congratulations to all our Scouts!

We are thankful for Mr. Erik Coldwell, Assistant Scout Master of BSA Troop 107, and former Cubmaster of Pack 107, who was also recently became a BSA certified Angler Instructor, to spend his afternoon with the Pack, in sharing time and talent! He taught our Cub Scouts about the equipment needed for ice fishing, and how to set up a fishing station. He told us that he came out earlier in the day to measure the ice thickness was safe, and Lake Ripple had an ice thickness of 8-10″, strong enough for our whole Pack to be on the ice, and for a vehicle to be able to go on the ice safely. He set up a few fishing stations ahead of time as well. We also thank Nick C., Boy Scout in BSA Troop 107, for helping out, and teaching our Cub Scouts how to use an ice auger to manually drill out a fishing hole in the ice. He also manned a milk crate ice sledding station, which was a big hit with the Cub Scouts. He told us that this is an example of how Boy Scout have fun outdoors!

Some families brought ice skates to enjoy a little ice hockey and ice staking on the frozen lake. Despite temperatures in the mid 20s degree Fahrenheit, everyone had a great time and many Scouts did not want to leave, even after 3 hours in the outdoors! We can wait for a next Scout ice fishing event!!

It’s finally happening after 5 long years of trying to plan this outdoor event , with the weather and date aligning- Pack 107 went ice fishing on Lake Ripple today, as part of the January Pack Meeting outdoor activity! It was the perfect way for Pack 107 to ring in the New Year with such a fun and exciting outdoor event!! Where else would families with kids in Kindergarten to Grade 5 experience this kind of winter outdoor fun?!?

The Pack Meeting started with the Pledge of Allegiance, Scout Oath and Scout Law, followed by the welcoming of our new Tiger Scout, Luca, with the presentation of his new neckerchief and Pack T-shirt. There were also award presentations for hike miles earned, and Popcorn sales awards. Congratulations to all our Scouts!

We are thankful for Mr. Erik Coldwell, Assistant Scout Master of BSA Troop 107, and former Cubmaster of Pack 107, who was also recently became a BSA certified Angler Instructor, to spend his afternoon with the Pack, in sharing time and talent! He taught our Cub Scouts about the equipment needed for ice fishing, and how to set up a fishing station. He told us that he came out earlier in the day to measure the ice thickness was safe, and Lake Ripple had an ice thickness of 8-10″, strong enough for our whole Pack to be on the ice, and for a vehicle to be able to go on the ice safely. He set up a few fishing stations ahead of time as well. We also thank Nick C., Boy Scout in BSA Troop 107, for helping out, and teaching our Cub Scouts how to use an ice auger to manually drill out a fishing hole in the ice. He also manned a milk crate ice sledding station, which was a big hit with the Cub Scouts. He told us that this is an example of how Boy Scout have fun outdoors!

Some families brought ice skates to enjoy a little ice hockey and ice staking on the frozen lake. Despite temperatures in the mid 20s degree Fahrenheit, everyone had a great time and many Scouts did not want to leave, even after 3 hours in the outdoors! We can wait for a next Scout ice fishing event!!

February 2022 Pack Events

FEBRUARY PACK MEETING AND PACK HIKE

This past Saturday, Cub Scout Pack 107 began their February break with a Pack Meeting and Pack Hike at the Riverbend Farm, in Uxbridge, along the Blackstone River. The Pack Meeting was opened by our Scouts who lead us with the Pledge of Allegiance, the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. Popcorn Sales awards were then presented to Scouts who missed the last Pack Meeting. We reviewed the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace Principles and rules for a safe hike. We learned about the buddy system, that we always stay behind the leader but always in front of the caboose, to insure that no one is left behind. The Scouts were divided into 8 buddy groups, and each group was given the opportunity to be a leader for different parts of the hike.

Some Scouts spotted signs of animals in nature, such as a beaver chewed tree trunk, carpenter ants tunnels in a fallen tree trunk, and woodpecker holes. At the location of our snack break, Scouts were doing forensic investigation on how a picnic bench was damaged by a fallen tree trunk, by some windy storm, with the tree trunk already weakened by carpenter ant damage and woodpecker damage.

The Pack also came across a canal lock that was built in 1917. At the end of the trail, the Pack came across the Stanley Woolen Mill, which was originally named the Taft or Central Woolen Mill, built by Moses Taft in 1858. The mill was built after the Blackstone Canal was closed in 1848, and Moses Taft redirected a portion of the Blackstone Canal to power equipment used for dying, spinning, and weaving high-quality wool cloth. in 1905, this mill was renamed the Stanley Woolen Mill which finally closed in 1988.

Our Pack enjoyed the hike in the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, and we learned that this is where the Industrial Revolution began, right in our backyard!

This past Saturday February 19, Cub Scout Pack 107 began their February break with a Pack Meeting and Pack Hike at the Riverbend Farm, in Uxbridge, along the Blackstone River. The Pack Meeting was opened by our Scouts who lead us with the Pledge of Allegiance, the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. Popcorn Sales awards were then presented to Scouts who missed the last Pack Meeting. We reviewed the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace Principles and rules for a safe hike. We learned about the buddy system, that we always stay behind the leader but always in front of the caboose, to insure that no one is left behind. The Scouts were divided into 8 buddy groups, and each group was given the opportunity to be a leader for different parts of the hike.

Some Scouts spotted signs of animals in nature, such as a beaver chewed tree trunk, carpenter ants tunnels in a fallen tree trunk, and woodpecker holes. At the location of our snack break, Scouts were doing forensic investigation on how a picnic bench was damaged by a fallen tree trunk, by some windy storm, with the tree trunk already weakened by carpenter ant damage and woodpecker damage.

The Pack also came across a canal lock that was built in 1917. At the end of the trail, the Pack came across the Stanley Woolen Mill, which was originally named the Taft or Central Woolen Mill, built by Moses Taft in 1858. The mill was built after the Blackstone Canal was closed in 1848, and Moses Taft redirected a portion of the Blackstone Canal to power equipment used for dying, spinning, and weaving high-quality wool cloth. in 1905, this mill was renamed the Stanley Woolen Mill which finally closed in 1988.

Our Pack enjoyed the hike in the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, and we learned that this is where the Industrial Revolution began, right in our backyard!

Community Service Monthly Norcross Park Clean Ups

Pack 107 adopted Norcross Park in 2017, and has committed to monthly clean ups and maintenance of the park and Miner Field, during the non-snowy months of the year. The cub scouts and their families work together to help with picking up trash, weeding, spring and fall clean ups, and mulching of the playground area. Each month, an assigned den is responsible for this community service.

Cub Scout Pack 107 is trustworthy, helpful , friendly and clean, just like the Scout Law teaches, in committing to our monthly community service in Grafton!

Bimonthly Den Meetings

Twice a month, each of our Dens meet to work on various adventures that are required to achieve their rank badges. Activities include, physical fitness, learning healthy habits and healthy eating, meal planning and cooking, first aid, planning and preparing for outdoor hikes and camping, campout, field trips, engineering, art, magic, games, learning how to be a good sport and a good team mate, what it means to be a good citizen, meeting local government officials, meetings with Boy Scout Troop 107, knot tying, and so much more!

Scouting into the Spring and Summer to come

The Spring bring about a lot of Scouting activities. Pack 107 will be holding its much anticipated yearly Pinewood Derby on Saturday, March 5, 2022. In April, we will be holding our Blue and Gold Banquet which celebrates the birthday of Scouting, and the Arrow of Light Scouts will be crossing over into the BSA Scouting program at the Troop level. There will be more hikes, Den Level activities, Pack meeting working up to our Advancement ceremony in June that will mark the end of one Scouting year, and the beginning of the next. Pack 107 is a year round scouting program and we will have activities through the summer. If you are interested in finding out more or are interested in joining Cub Scout Pack 107, please feel free to contact us via Facebook ( Cubscout Pack 107 – Grafton) or via, email: graftonpack107@gmail.com

Falling into Scouting with Cub Scout Pack 107

On September 10, 2021, Cub Scout Pack 107 held it’s Welcome Cub Scouts September Pack meeting at Grafton Lions Club Mass pavilion. This was the first Pack meeting of the new Scouting year. Before the meeting began, the Scout enjoyed some kick ball fun. Our AOL Den helped open the Pack meeting with performing the Color Guard ceremony, leading the Pledge of Allegiance, The Scout Oath, and The Scout Law. A moment of silence was taken to remember the lives lost and affected by the events of 9/11, 20 years ago.We welcomed our new Scouts, Max S., Atharva S. and James C., who joined our Pack over the course of the summer, and our newest Scout, Owen T. who joined the same day! The Pack was introduced to our Pack Committee member and Den Leaders: Mr. Dan Gaspar, Committee Chair and AOL Den Leader, Mrs. Christine Gaspar, our Assistant Tiger Den Leader and committee member extraordinaire, Mr. Larry Drew, AOL Assistant Den Leader, Mr. Rob Lane, our co-Popcorn Kernel and Popcorn King, and former Den Leader, Mrs. April Lane, our co- Popcorn Kernel and Popcorn Queen, and Treasurer, Ms. Tabitha LeFrancois, our Cubmaster and Lions Den Leader, Mrs. Tiffany Bubriski, our Webelo Girls Den Leader, Mr. John Bubriski, our Webelo Den Leader and IT Chairperson, Mrs. Cindy Fong, our Public Relations Chairperson, Mr. Matt Davy, our Bear Den Leader, and absent was Mr. Chris Nichols, our Pine Wood Derby Chairperson and AV genius! Committee members were also recognized for their years of volunteer services. A great Cub Scout Program starts with great volunteers who share their time, talents, and love of Scouting! Thank you all for your dedication to Pack 107’s program success!Our current Cub Scouts also received their new neckerchiefs for their new ranks. Pack 107 had an active summer, and those who went to Cub Scout summer camp and Webelo overnight camp received their awards for the adventures they completed at summer camp. All Scouts who participated in at least one Pack activity in each of the months of June, July and August received their Summer Time Pack Award. Our Scouts who earned hiking miles were awarded for their new milestone hiking awards. Scouts who participated in the HNE Council Pinewood Derby on May 1, 2021 received their patch for this event.Our Popcorn Kernels; Popcorn King, Mr. Rob Lane, and Popcorn Queen, Mrs. April Lane introduced our Popcorn Fundraiser program that helps raise funds to run a successful Cub Scout Program for the year. They also explained about the various Scout incentives. Our Cub Scout Gabriel F., is the current Scout who raised the most funds last year. He earned the opportunity, as one of the incentives, to pie our fun-loving Cubmaster, Ms. Tabitha LeFrancois. She is definitely the best Cubmaster we could ever ask for! It was a great “welcome back” Pack Meeting, and we look forward to all that the new Scouting year has in store!

September 11th was gorgeous end of summer September day. Pack 107 held its September Pack Hike at the Douglas State Forest, in Douglas, MA. As the Cub Scouts and their families gathered, they were amazed by the sight of motor boats being unloaded in to Wallum Lake, and by boat getting out the water back onto truck trailers. Before the hike began, the Pack recited the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, The Outdoor Code and The Leave No Trace Principles. Our Cub Scouts and families paired up into buddy groups and learned about safety when hike in groups. The Pack enjoyed a 2.3 mile hike along the Coffeehouse Loop Trail. They saw different colored mushrooms, plants, and they even spotted a small toad along the trail. Our Cub Scouts learned about etiquettes when hiking in a group such as yielding to the right side to allow other visitors to pass, and to be courteous not to block a trail path when taking rest breaks. It was a great way to start the weekend enjoying the outdoors, making new friends and enjoying time with old friends

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Pack 107 adopted Norcross Park in 2017, and has committed to monthly clean ups and maintenance of the park and Miner Field, during the non-snowy months of the year. The cub scouts and their families work together to help with picking up trash, weeding, spring and fall clean ups, and mulching of the playground area. On September 18, 2021, the AOL Den of Cub Scout Pack 107 started the monthly Norcross Park Clean Up of the new Scouting season. It was a busy day at the park and Miner’s Field with fall season sports in full swing. The Den began with reciting The Pledge of Allegiance, The Scout Oath, The Scout Law, The Outdoor Code and the Leave No Trace Principles. Our Scouts and their families worked together picking up twigs, sticks, garbage, and raked newly fallen leaves that are a signal that autumn is fast approaching. They also observed different spider web shapes around the park, and they even found an earthworm in their leaf pile. The made sure to leave the earthworm safe in its habitat!After the clean up, our Scouts enjoyed some fun bonding time playing at the playground, and enjoying the new clean look of the park. It was a productive Saturday morning well spent!

On September 25-26,2021, a few Webelos and AOLs from Pack 107 along with their parents, joined Webelo Scouts throughout the Heart of New England Council at an overnight camping experience, call Webelos Woods. They participated on science fun, art explosion, engineering, rock climbing, BB guns, archery and more. They shared a campsite with Pack 106. They enjoyed dinner and breakfast cooked over a campfire, and even learned on some knot tying together. It was an awesome time at camp.

Cub Scout Pack 107 held its October Pack Meeting on October 1st, 2021, at the Grafton Lions Club Mass Pavillion. Our Webelo Den did a great job performing the Color Guard Ceremony for the meeting. We welcomed 3 new Scouts into the Pack. Welcome Ian M., Ellis M. and Owen T.!! Patches were presented to Scouts who went to Cub Scout Summer Camp, and to the Webelos/AOL Scouts who attended the Webelo Woods Camp-Out last weekend at Camp Wanocksett. Scouts who reached hiking milestones received their hiking beads, and our AOL Scout, Gabriel F. reached his 50 miles award level!.Congratulations to all our Scouts.For our Pack meeting activity, all the Cub Scouts and their families enjoyed designing paper airplanes, and launching them into hula-hoop landing targets. The Cub Scouts also decorated Halloween Trick-Or-Treat bags that they can use for the Scouts Spookerie event at Treasure Valley Scout Reservation (TVSR). Our Pack will be hosting a camp-out the night before at TVSR, and will be doing some Halloween decorating at the camp site!! What better way to gear up for Halloween than to have a camp-out!!

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.