Throughout the year the Scouts have a lot of fun, but our favorite activities are when the whole Pack comes together for a memorable event. Below are a few of our major annual events.
The Pinewood Derby is one of the most popular and successful family activities in Cub Scouting. Pinewood derby cars are small wooden models that Cub Scouts make with help from their families. The scouts gather together to race them in the Pinewood Derby competition. The cars are powered by gravity and run down an indoor track where they compete in heats.
Each January Pack 59 gathers together for our annual Pinewood Derby Competition. Prizes are awarded in several categories including top 3 in each Den, top 3 in the pack, best design and fastest sibling car – that’s right, the Pinewood Derby is so much fun siblings get to participate too and sometimes are better than all of the scouts!
The Pinewood Derby is often the highlight of a scout’s year.
Another favorite Scout even is the annual Raingutter Regatta! During the Raingutter Regatta scouts make their own boats using Pack provided boat kits. During the regatta boats race down a narrow channel of water powered by wind as the boys blow into their sails.
Our pack sponsors two family camping trips each year at nearby campgrounds. Usually held during weekends in March and November, the camps feature hiking, fishing, Campfire stories and songs, and a lot of fun cooking and eating. Other highlights of family camping include skits and songs, dutch-oven cooking contest, and more!
Pack 59 Popcorn Blitz Fundraiser
Pack 59’s fundraiser this year will likely be selling popcorn. This fundraiser is coordinated through the Alamo Area Council, and usually runs from mid-September to mid-November. Scouts have many options on how to sell — from “show & sells”, to “take-orders”, to on-line sales. The pack relies on this fundraiser for its annual operating budget (beyond the Scout fees). We use the money collected to pay for campouts, reduce out-of-pocket costs for Pack Meeting events, provide supplies for events, and to pay for badges and awards. The Pack also sets aside a significant portion of the profits for “scouterships”, which benefit needy scouts in our own pack.