Klondike Derby 2016 with Troop 179 Invitation

Troop Master Fred Stine has sent this invitation to Webelo-2 Scouts in our pack. If you have any questions, please email craft.r@outlook.com.


Hello Webelos Two Scouts,

My name is Mr. Stine and I'm the Scoutmaster of Haddon Township's Boy Scout Troop 179.  We met at the Pack/Troop Holiday Bonfire at Edison School in December  I wanted to invite you to a pretty cool event called the Klondike Derby.  The Derby is on Saturday, January 30th at Pine Hill Scout Reservation, about a 25 minute drive from here.

The Klondike Derby is a race where the Boy Scouts pull a sled on trails through the woods from one campsite to the next.  At each campsite, they are challenged to do different outdoor skills and leadership challenges.  They might need to make a campfire using just two matches, or tie a couple of different knots, or show how to do an emergency rescue or some first aid.  They get scored on how well they do.  But the judges don't just score them on how well they tie knots.  They are also looking at how well the Patrol communicates with each other, does the Patrol leader get all the scouts involved, do the have a good attitude even when things aren't going right.  The Troop has a lot of fun and last year, one of our Patrols came in first overall.  We have three separate sleds with 6-7 scouts on each one.

This year, several of the scouts will be camping out to on Saturday night after the race.  Yes, it will be cold, but the Boy Scouts have been preparing how to go cold weather camping so we'll be prepared.  Some scouts do only go down for the day heading back home around 5:30 PM Saturday night.  If you spend the night though, they show a movie in the mess hall for a couple hours.  We'll have a big hot meal at our campsite Sat night, go see the moview, come back to the site and have a campfire and then get into the tents.  We wake up Sunday morning, get the campfire going again and have a big hot breakfast before heading home around 9:00AM.

I wanted to invite all the Webeloes Twos to join us on Saturday.  You can participate on the Klondike race along with the Boy Scouts.  You can stay for the day or, with a parent, you can spend the night.  The Troop has tents and all the cooking gear we'll need.  You need a good sleeping bag, ground cloth, dry clothes and a healthy attitude for an adventure.

You all probably know Ryan.  Ryan is a Boy Scout and your Den Chief.  Ryan and I and a couple of Boy Scouts will be attending your January 26th meeting to tell you more about the trip and answer your questions.  I wanted to send you this email so you have time to think about whether you want to come along on the Klondike or not.  And if you don't want to or have some other event on that day, no sweat.  The Troop goes camping once a month and, as Webeloes Twos, you can start joining us on our trips.  We really hope that you join the Troop after your final Blue and Gold Banquet in April.

Thank You!
--Mr. Stine

MLK Day 2016 – Day of Service Plans

For Martin Luther King Day, we will participate in a Day of Service with Boy Scout Troop 179 for a clean up of Cooper River Park.


Cooper River Park and Edison Woods Litter Clean-up, Jan. 18, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Haddon Township. 


Dress for the weather and wear boots, old clothes and bring some work gloves.


Bring a refillable water bottle.


Meet: Cooper River Park in Haddon Township adjacent to intersection of Cuthbert Blvd and South Park Dr. (see gravel parking lot).

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If the weather is questionable, check the Delaware Riverkeeper Network calendar at http://www.delawareriverkeeper.org/about/event.aspx?Id=687 for cancellation information.


Cub Scout Pack #179 Treats MLK Day as a “Day On”, not a “Day Off”.


Sleepover – 40 Winks with the Sphinx

40 Winks with the Sphinx

The Pack will have it’s annual Sleepover event at the Penn Museum this year! Arrive between 5:30 and 6:30.


              Friday January 15th, 2016


Every Cub that attends must have an adult chaperone; this is not a drop-off event.

Please contact the Pack if you have not already paid the deposit.

The Penn Museum’s waiver  must be completed and filed with the Pack.


Admission Price Includes

  • Scavenger hunt
  • Museum exploration
  • Evening flashlight expedition
  • Arts and crafts activities
  • Light Breakfast
  • Museum Admission the morning after the sleepover
  • Souvenir Patch for all participants 6-12 years old that gives them Museum admission for the remainder of the school year


Some Pack Sleepover basics:

  1. Do not bring any electronic games/devices for the kids.
  2. Do bring a small flashlight.
  3. Do bring a small snack before breakfast is served.
  4. A pack of Uno cards or a small checkers/chess set can’t hurt.
  5. Wear your activity (tie-dye) shirt or Field Uniform.


See you there!





Food Bank Collection Success!

Thanks to all Cub Scouts and their parents/guardians for making our food collection a success!


Our local Acme Supermarket and Thriftway Supermarket allowed us to ask shoppers to pick up an extra canned/boxed food item for us to deliver to the Blessed Theresa of Calcutta food bank, to help those that need it with Thanksgiving. The turnout was great, and we donated 5 full carts of food in the space of one meeting/evening.

Thanks again!


Food pantry


Pack Outdoor Day 2015

This Saturday is Pack 179’s Outdoor Day at Camp Roosevelt. Please let me know who is coming by Thursday night, in order to prepare for the day. There is no fee for this activity. This is a family event, siblings are welcome.


We plan to meet and start at 10 am at Roosevelt, have an activity before lunch, then lunch, and then a post-lunch activity. We intend to finish by 2-3 pm.
We will have hot dogs for lunch. For Cubs who do not like hot dogs, or cannot eat hot dogs, please provide a bag lunch.

Cubs interested in fishing can go fishing too.

Camp Roosevelt address:
384 Watsons Mill Road, Elmer, NJ




Halloween 2015 Parade was Great!

We had the please of parading this year dressed as Jedi Padawans, even fulfilling the Jedi tradition of making our own light sabers!

The Westmont Lions Club awarded us for our participation, costumes, and great spirit.


Thanks to all family and friends who helped make the 2015 parade possible!


BSA nationally promotes a food bank collection each November. We would like to thank the Pack and Mr. Rolland Coutinho in particular for efforts in collecting food for the Blessed Theresa of Calcutta food pantry. The Halloween parade, while fun, is also an opportunity for the pack to collect food on behalf of contributing members of Haddon Township, who bring cans to the parade for us to collect.

Thanks to all the Cubs and pack parents who helped and thanks to Haddon Township neighbors who contributed.



Photos from the event are available on our Flickr space.