The Webelos Den is currently made up of seven 4th grade boys, all from Lancaster, led by John Stazinski and Jessica Pease..
Boys may join at any time during the year – they are never ‘behind.’
“Webelos” stands for “We Be Loyal Scouts,” and this year begins a transition from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts. The boys are able to do more and to take more responsibility. The activities become more strenuous and challenging and the requirements for the Adventures a bit more complex.
Also, while many parents choose to continue attending meetings because of the quality time it affords them with their boys, it is no longer required. However, boys must have a supervising adult in attendance; i.e. they can come along with another boy and his parent who stays for the meeting. A boy cannot be simply dropped off without a designated adult in attendance who takes responsibility for their behavior and well-being.
All Cub Scout den meetings are typically built around “Adventures,” or units of learning activities. Webelos Adventures are:
- Cast Iron Chef (Fire and cooking)
- Duty to God and you (Non-denominational and personal)
- First Responder (First Aid and emergency response)
- Stronger, Faster, Higher (Physical fitness)
- Webelos Walkabout (Hiking)
Webelos also work with their parent(s) or as a Den to complete one elective Adventure chosen from a group of options.
This year, leaders will incorporate the high points of each Adventure into the outdoor-only format we have adopted for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic. Every effort will be made to ensure the boys cover the principle components of the Webelos curriculum, with all participants doing their best* to cover the material while staying safe and united as a community.
* Do Your Best is the Cub Scout motto and it applies to boys, leaders and parents alike.
Webelos Den Calendar
We’ll meet on Saturday, September 26th at the Scouts’ sugar shack on Sterling Rd. There’s a fire pit at the far end of the field, and plenty of room for social distancing. Since we don’t have as much sunlight as we did a couple weeks ago, we should plan to meet between 3:30 and 3:45. We’ll build a fire, Scouts will build their own reflector ovens, then we’ll cook an early dinner. This is a family-friend campfire cookout, so feel free to bring the immediate family of your Scout (obviously, for safety reasons, these should only be people who live in the same household as the Scout). You’ll also need to bring camp chairs for everyone, and everyone will be required to wear a mask.
We picked this date because it seemed to work best for everyone, but if there’s conflict with a sport event, please feel free to come a little late if you have to.
Fire in the hole… 3… 2… 1… Blast off!!! It’s the Annual Pack 9 Rocket Launch!
Be sure to arrive no later than 10:00 AM for the Event Kickoff and Safety Discussion.
“Doors open” at 9:30 for instruction and rocket preparation.
Boys bring their own rockets and launch them under safe and supervised conditions. You don’t need to know anything about rockets to try it, but you do need to come prepared.
If you’re completely new to it, just understand that you need to buy a couple of things: (1) a rocket and (2) several “engines” for it. Four engines = four flights which should be enough. You only need one rocket, which you use over and over. That said, some enthusiasts have multiple rockets. The Pack provides the launchers, wadding, safety glasses, etc.
You can build the rocket from a kit and decorate it, which is a lot of fun to do with your son. If so, you should probably start soon. On the other end of the spectrum, some boys are happy just to have something to launch and have the most fun just running around chasing all the rockets with their buddies. If that sounds like your son, a pre-made rocket from one of the hobby stores is probably fine. For about $20-$25 all-in and you’re good to go w/ a rocket and 4 engines.
There’s a lot to know about the engines – most people use A, B or C engines (they’re all the same size, just differ in performance attributes) and the C’s are most powerful, the A’s the least powerful. The screenshot above gives you an idea – you don’t have to get A8-3 engines, that’s just to give you an idea.
So if you don’t have rockets and you’d like to participate in the November 14th Rocket Launch, put a trip to RC Excitement or Turn4Hobbies on your Calendar this weekend. I think that’s probably the best way to get started if you’ve never done it before.
Finally – fall sports season is over and the Rocket Launch is a great event to invite a friend to who might have been too busy to try Cub Scouts earlier.