Cub Scout Pack 107 Gives Back the Community During COVID-19.

The new school year has been nothing but normal, and with the limitations of indoor/outdoor group gatherings, Pack 107 had to adapt to the times and have an adapted focus. With the relatively warm fall and winter this past season, Pack 107 have been successful in holding outdoor Pack and Den meetings at various locations in Grafton. We are most grateful to generosity of our chartered sponsor, The Grafton Congregrational Church, for the use of their parking lot, and to the Grafton Lion’s Club, for allowing us to hold meeting on their property.

Norcross Park Clean Ups

During the months of Summer months and September, October, November, the dens and pack participated in several Norcross Park clean ups. A Scout is clean, helpful and trustworthy. Pack 107 is keeping its commitment to monthly community service at Norcross Park after the Pack adoption of the park in 2017.

Pack Meetings and Caring for the Community

For the October Pack Meeting, we had a drive thru advancement ceremony, which was modified and postponed from the year June Advancement ceremony and campout. for the November Pack Meeting, the cub scouts and leaders were also invited to dress up in their Halloween costumes, and to bring canned foods for the Grafton Congregation Church Outdoor Food Pantry, in exchange for candy and a Pinewood Derby car kit. The cub scouts also received their new neckerchieves for their new rank, as well as walking sticks and awards for achievements earned in the last month. This event collected more than a big plastic bin full of canned food for the Food and Loaves Food Pantry, located outside the Congregational Church. The COVID pandemic has made economic hardships for many families. Any family in need in, are free to take some food, and anyone who wants to donate, can leave non-perishable foods in this pantry.

A Scout is helpful, friendly, and kind. Thank you Pack 107 families for your generous donations!

The December Pack Meeting was holiday themed and held at the Grafton Lion’s Club. Each den arrived in 30 minute intervals. Cub scouts received awards for hiking miles, and completed adventures, and they each received a holiday treat bag. They made holiday greeting cards for the veterans, and creative bead ornaments. Cub scouts and their families had the opportunity to take photos with our special guest, Santa Claus, followed by a hike along the trail behind the Lion’s Club field.Pack 107 also collected donations for Veterans, Inc, Project New Hope, and Toys for Tots. Cub scouts learn that a scout is helpful! Special thanks to Ms. Tabitha, our Cubmaster, for taking on the task of being our “special guest”, Mr. Rob Lane, for being the official elf, Mrs. Christine Gaspar for being the craft table elf and photographer, Mr. Chris Nichols for being the official photographer for this event! We thank the Lion’s Club for allowing us to use the field hold this event!.

Monthly Pack Hikes

Pack 107 hosted monthly hikes with the October hike at Upton State Forest, the November Pack hike at Mount Wachusett, and the December Pack hike at the Grafton Lion’s Club grounds and Gummere Woods, as part of the Pack meeting. In January, the pack organized a socially distanced family pack hike on any trail in Grafton during the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.

Den Adventures

Our dens have been able to work on various advancement adventures in groups outdoors as needed, and on Zoom when necessary. In October the Arrow of Light Scouts were able to work on their Camper Adventure at a campout with BSA Grafton Troop 107 at Treasure Valley Scout Reservation. Theyn also went on a den hike to Mount Monadnock.

The Bears worked on Baloo the Builder and Bear Necessities , and Fur, Feathers and Ferns adventures.

The Webelos worked on Cast Iron Chef, Stronger Faster, HIgher, First Responder, and, Webelos Walk About adventures.

The WolF den worked on various adventures including reveiwing the 7* essentials needed when going on outdoor adventures. In addition to the Cub Scout 6 Essentials, the wolves felt that a 7th should be added- a face mask. What a great idea since we have to wear them when meeting in-person! 😷The Scouts worked on the “Call of the Wild” adventure, learning about animal tracks 🐾, weather scenarios ⛈🌨🌧🌪, and practicing their knot tying.

Snowman Making Contest

Introducing Pack 107’s first snowman building competition! This fun competition will run from December 5th until the end of March. Each snowfall, Scouts can build a snowman. Scouts will get 1 entry per snowfall. Siblings may either work together to build a snowman or may submit their own individual snowmen (per snowfall). That means the chance for multiple entries over the course of winter! At the end of March, all entries will be judged based on the following categories with one winner per category chosen:
* Best Scout Theme
* Most Funny
* Best Snow Creature
* Best Snow Superhero
* Cubmaster’s Choice

Spark Plug Award

At the December Pack meeting this past Sunday, Pack 107 awarded the 2020 Mill Town District Spark Plug Award to our Bears Den Leader, Mr. John Bubriski. He was nominated by our Pack Committee for the outstanding contributions he made to advancing our Pack program. Besides being a den leader, Mr. Brubriski is also the Pack’s IT Chairperson. He helped create and design our Pack webpage. Congratulations Mr. Brubriski on this award, and we thank you for all that you do for Scouting!

Upcoming Events

One of the most anticipated events of the Scouting year is the Pinewood Derby. Here are the key dates we’ll be working around for the derby this year.

Build Day – Saturday, February 20th (alternate weather date, February 27th)

Weigh-in Day (Part 1): Friday, March 5 (6:30-7:30pm)
Weigh-in Day (Part 2): Saturday, March 6 (10am-12pm)

Build Day and both Weigh-In days will be held at the Lions Club (Dan – thanks for booking the venue!).

Race Day: Saturday, March 13 (alternate weather date, March 20)

Unfortunately, we will not be racing in person this year. We will be racing the cars with a bare-minimum skeleton crew to maintain safety for COVID spread, but we will be recording all of the heats and will do a broadcast of the race, and the results, a week or two after the race is held.

We can’t wait to see the Scouts’ finished cars.

Pack 107’s First Pack Hike of New Scouting Year

Cub Scout Pack 107 kicked off the first pack hike of the scouting year on Sunday, October 11, 2020, at Upton State Forest. It was the perfect warm, sunny, fall day during the Columbus Day weekend, with beautiful fall foliage and amazing landscape to take in. We had 12 scouts and their families, and one new scout family who joined us on the hike. Everyone had their masks on, and were socially distanced between families during the hike.

Before starting the hike, Cub Master Tabitha Lefrancois, reviewed the 6 Essentials, the Outdoor Code, the Leave No Trace Principles, and the safety rules of hiking, using the buddy system, staying in between the leader and the caboose and all times. Mr. and Mrs. Gaspar brought plastic bags for trash sightings so that the cub scouts put into practice the Leave No Trace Principles, and learn to be community service minded.

The cub scouts paired into buddies with their sibling and parents throughout the hike, and each buddy group took turns being the leader on the 3.3 mile hike. Ms. Tabitha talked about the presence or evidence of animals along the trail, including what they can hear, see, and smell. Some evidence can include animal droppings, known as scat, animal tracks, feathers, fur, scratches on trees, burrows, food scraps, and even a tree stump that was gnawed on by a beaver.

The hike ended with a race to the gate, with Samuel G. coming in first place! Everyone had a fun time reconnecting and enjoying the outdoors, learning about nature, and experiencing the beauty of the fall season in New England!

The next Pack hike will be on November 1, 2020 , 10AM-2PM, at Mount Wachusett, in Princeton, MA.

Pack 107 AOL Den Kicks Off New Scouting at Mount Monadnock

Last Sunday, 10/4/2020, Pack 107’s AOL den kicked off their new scout year with a hike up Mt. Monadnock. It was a beautiful fall day and we had some amazing views along the Marlborough Trail. The trail was challenging with some steep sections requiring a little bit of scrambling. The scouts did a great job and the parents managed to keep up too! We’re looking forward to many more adventures with our AOL den this year.

2020 Pack Advancement Ceremony

Last Friday, October 2nd, Cub Scout Pack 107 hosted their 2020 Pack Advancement ceremony using innovation and creativity to adapt to the new COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. The Pack did it using a family drive-by style ceremony!! Congratulations to all our Cub Scouts and Webelos in successfully obtaining their rank badges and advancing to their new ranks!

It was great to see all of our Scouts again, and not through a computer screen.

Pack 107 would like to thank Explorer Post 85 in Westboro for donating the use of their lights for our event, and to the explorers who volunteered their time tonight to make it all happen!

Water Rocket Launch 2020

On Saturday September 26, 2020, Cub Scout Pack 107 hosted their second annual Water Rocket Launch to celebrate a new Scouting year. The community of Grafton was invited to join in the fun, and to find out more about Scouting with Cub Scout Pack 107! It was a perfect warm, sunny, day, with no breeze which set up for the perfect conditions for a successful event! The Cub Scouts took a moment to examine nature and learned about a plant called Touch-Me-Not. This plant is a sensitive plant that when touched lor shaken, the compound leaves fold inward and droop.

The Cub Scouts took a moment to examine nature and learned about a plant called Touch-Me-Not. This plant is a sensitive plant that when touched lor shaken, the compound leaves fold inward and droop.

It was amazing to see all the creativity in the different water rocket designs! Thank you to all who came out to this event!! We all had a blast!!

Cub Scout Pack 107 is a year-round family scouting program. Our program invites all boys and girls in grades K-5 to join. Your time is valuable. More than ever, today’s families strive to find quality time to spend together. Cub Scouting helps to support your family by providing ready-made opportunities for you and your children to do things together. Scouting teaches family values and works to strengthen your relationship with your child. Both the parent and the child learn so much in this program.
As a parent, you will be assured that the trained leaders of Cub Scout Pack 107 will teach values consistent with good citizenship, character development, and physical fitness, guided by the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Your child will learn to live by the code of “On my honor”. Like it’s motto, Cub Scouting teaches your child to “do your best” and to be helpful to others.

Cub Scout Pack 107 has an upcoming sign up and registration night as well as a Pack hike. Feel free to bring along friends!!