PACK NEWS

Okpik - Winter Camp at the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

posted Jan 26, 2016, 8:48 AM by Cub Scout Pack 151

On Friday, January 22, Cub Scouts from Hugo’s Pack 151 travelled north to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The group started at the International Wolf Center in Ely, MN then continued their weekend adventure at Northern Tier, one of the Boy Scouts of America's High Adventure bases. They snowshoed, cross country skiied, enjoyed dog sledding and much more. It’s great to be a Scout!

For many more photos and videos, check out Hugo Cub Scout Pack 151 on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pack151/

Pinewood Derby reminder - turn in your car Friday, Feb. 5

posted Jan 22, 2016, 9:55 AM by Cub Scout Pack 151

This weekend's a great time to make progress on your Pinewood Derby Car. You'll turn it in on Friday, Feb. 5. Races start on Saturday, Feb. 6.

We need your help, even if it's only a few hours during your den's races. Check out the available tasks and register with this Signup Genius link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b49abab29abfb6-2016

All Pinewood Derby details (location, den schedule, uniform rules, etc.) are posted on Scoutbook's Pack 9151 Forum: https://www.scoutbook.com/mobile/forums/northern-star-council/pack-9151/54435/2016-pack-151-s-pinewood-derby/

Congratulations Den 4!

posted Jan 22, 2016, 9:34 AM by Cub Scout Pack 151

Congratulations to our Den 4 Webelos Scouts for all earning their Arrow of Light Awards. We wish them well as they join Hugo's Boy Scout Troop 151!

Signup for Cub Scout Summer Camp!

posted Jan 11, 2016, 10:20 AM by Cub Scout Pack 151   [ updated Jan 15, 2016, 10:23 AM ]


Cub Scout Summer Camp is a two night sleepaway adventure that's the highlight of a Cub Scout’s year. Each day is packed with fun and excitement from sunup to sundown. Year after year, this is the program the boys really look forward to.


Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 31, 2016

Kiwanis Scout Camp

15987 St. Croix Trail North

Marine on the St. Croix, MN 55047 (driving directions)


Parents: You should know this...

Well-trained camp staff plan and lead all the activities. You don't have to do anything except enjoy camp with your son. Hot meals (including coffee) are provided in the dining hall. 


This camp is perfect for beginners and isn't as rustic as you think. No experience or gear necessary. There's no need to "rough-it" unless you want to. Choose a mattressed bunk in the cabin or dormitory that's also near flush toilets and hot showers.  Traditional-style tent camping is also available.


OUTDOOR FUN is what Cub Scouting's all about.


 
Canoe the St. Croix River

climb the tower

Activities


Age-appropriate activities will likely include:

  • Swimming Pool
  • Zip Line & "Challenge Course"
  • Pony Rides
  • Climbing & Rappelling
  • Pontoon Boat Rides on the St. Croix River
  • Canoeing on the St. Croix River
  • Bounce pads
  • Evening Campfires
  • Fishing
  • Archery & BB Gun Ranges
  • Crafts
  • Hiking 
  • Star Gazing
  • Gaga Ball
  • Outdoor Skills like knot tying, fire building, and whittling.
  • Playing wacky games with the camp staff.
  • Rank advancement activities.


 
climbing
 
archery
 
BB guns
 
horseback riding

build a fire 
 
 swim in the pool



Pack 151's boys (shown here) have a great time at summer camp. Scouts build lasting friendships, learn skills and experience the outdoors in a way that's designed just for them.


Who should go?

Every Cub Scout should go to summer camp who’s currently (prior to June 1) Tiger, Wolf or Bear rank . Ideally, a parent should attend with their Scout to experience camp together. (1:2 adult to youth ratio required with minimum of 2 adults. Tigers require 1:1 adult to youth ratio.)


We recommend that current Lions sign up for Tiger Den Days. Current Webelos should sign up for Arrow or Light Navajo Camp at Tomahawk Scout Reservation.


Accommodations




We want your stay to be comfortable and enjoyable. For that reason Kiwanis provides some of the best facilities and equipment you’ll find anywhere. Choose accommodations that are right for you.

  • Buildings-Dormitory: This is a “bunkhouse” style building, centrally located near the dining hall, showers and flush toilets. Features beds with mattresses.
  • Buildings-Cabins: Sleep on mattressed beds/cots with a roof over your head.
  • Tents: Two-person modern nylon tents pitched on raised wooden platforms with integrated bug screens. Sleeping pads/cots are provided.
  • Other Facilities: Kiwanis has facilities to make your experience comfortable. These include a dining hall, indoor plumbing, shower house, climbing towers, nature center, boat beach, a swimming pool and much more.
  • Food: All of your meals will be prepared by Kiwanis' licensed kitchen staff and are approved by a dietician to be healthy and complete. They even do the dishes for you too!
  • Trading Post: At camp you’ll have time to explore our camp store and get snacks, patches, clothing, and souvenirs.


Kiwanis-provided tents on platforms





Inside a cabinette


Rank Advancement


Camp is the best time for Cub Scouts to earn towards rank advancement. Each rank does different activities, so every year boys experience something new that will help them advance.

Note: By the time your son attends Cub Scout Summer Camp in late July, he'll be considered a rank higher than he is now.



Parents Have Fun Too!




The Northern Star Council does all the planning for you. Parents who come to camp with their Cub Scout are expected to have as much fun as the Scouts! Almost all activities at Cub Scout Summer Camp are designed for the adults to do alongside the Scouts in their group.

Kiwanis is fully staffed with trained, and very enthusiastic leaders. You don't need to worry about meals or cleanup either.  They even have a coffee bar!


Fees

  • $127 per Scout
  • $87 per Adult
  • + $35/person - for optional/additional Webelos Outpost



Camperships

The Northern Star Council and Pack 151 believes every boy should have the opportunity to experience the excitement of camping and wants to provide the opportunity for registered boys to go to camp. The intent of "Camperships" is to ensure that any boy with financial difficulties is not denied the opportunity to attend camping programs. Contact Pack Committee Chair or Cubmaster for more info. 




Optional Webelos Outpost


Cub Resident Camp's Webelos Outpost is an extra, optional opportunity for Webelos I Scouts attending Cub Scout Resident Camp. It's a chance for these Scouts to travel to a more remote part of camp, set up tents and cook their own food while learning some more advanced skills. This opportunity is definitely worth the extra time and cost! Webelos will enjoy the extra challenge, and younger Scouts will look forward to the outpost in future years.  Webelos Outpost fee is an additional $35/person.  Webelos Outpost begins on Sunday, July 31. and ends Monday, Aug. 1.

How Do I Register?

The Northern Star Council has changed the way we register for summer camps. Here’s how you’ll signup and pay:



BY FEB. 18 - RSVP
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RSVP "yes" via Scoutbook no later than 2/18 - Leave a comment telling us which overnight option you prefer, Tent or Building. 
- Bear families please indicate whether or not you'd like to signup for Webelos Outpost. 
- To RSVP: log into Scoutbook > click My Dashboard > click Events > click Upcoming Events > click on the CAMP: Cub Scout Summer Camp event on July 29, 2016 > click the "?", change your RSVP to "yes". 
- Pack 151 will withdraw a nonrefundable $15/person deposit from your Individual Scout Account (ISA). 
- ISA balances are published to your Scoutbook account. 
- Check your ISA Balance: log into Scoutbook > click My Dashboard > under My Family, click your son's name > scroll down and click on his Payment Log. 
- If you have an insufficient ISA balance for the $15/person deposit, you'll need to provide a nonrefundable deposit check (payable to Pack 151) to the Cubmaster by 2/18. 
- Families applying for Camperships should do so ASAP. Contact Cubmaster for details. 



MAR. 1 - RESERVATION & DOWNPAYMENT
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On March 1, Pack 151 will create your new reservation with our group: 
- Northern Star Council's Summer Camp reservation system opens 3/1/16 at midnight. 
- The best camps/dates/options (the ones we prefer) fill within hours (sometimes minutes) of opening. 
- Pack 151 will submit your name, housing preference and $15/person deposit. On March 17, at our pack meeting, you'll receive a printed paper "Parent Portal" card. 
- The Parent Portal is the NSC's online too that enables you to provide detailed contact info, diet restrictions, allergy info, and make final online payments in April. 



APRIL 1 - FIRST PAYMENT & PARENT PORTAL
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On April 1, Pack 151 will ... 
- submit a second payment on your behalf using your ISA funds, which we;ll apply to your reservation. 
- use as much as available from your ISA unless otherwise directed. (See "Using ISA Funds" below) 
- notify you of any remaining balance you owe to the NSC. 


April 2 through April 31 - You must pay the remaining balance online via the Parent Portal. 



FINAL PAYMENT
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On May 1 
- Full payment is due.

On May 2 and after 
- If your reservation isn't paid in full by 5/1/16, the NSC may cancel your reservation. All deposits and subsequent payments may be forfeited. 


ISA FUNDS
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Unless you notify us* otherwise, Pack 151 assumes that you'll want to use as much of your ISA funds as possible to pay for combined (adult plus Scout) Cub Scout Summer Camp Scout fees. Some families, however, may want to use ISA's to subsidize the cost of multiple events throughout the year. Or families with Cub Scout siblings may wish to move funds between sibling ISA's. These and other options are allowed- please contact us* before April 1 to discuss. 



LATE REGISTRATION
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New reservation requests* received after March 1 are subject to availability. New reservation requests* made May 1 or after require full payment at the time the reservation is made. Subject to availability, new reservations* may be made up to a few days prior to the campout. 



WAIT LIST
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If camp session is full, youth/adults may be added to a waitlist. We'll let you know if this happens*. 



POLICIES
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Pack 151 Cancellation, No-Show & Swap Policy:
- Cancellation requests received* March 31 or before result in deposit forfeiture. 
- Cancellation requests received* April 1 and after may result in deposit forfeiture plus forfeiture of additional funds paid (including ISA payments Pack 151 made on your behalf and any payments you made) unless you're able to arrange a swap. 
- Swap: Before July 15, it may be a possible to swap your reservations with another pack family that agrees to take your reservations. Any swap must be approved by Pack 151* and the NSC. 
- No-Shows receive no refunds. 

NSC's Emergency Refund Policy:
Full refunds may be granted in the event of family medical emergencies or other such extreme circumstances. Requests must be made in writing, addressed to the Northern Star Council Director of Camping, and sent to goscouting@nsbsa.org for review. Any refunds will be issued to the pack for distribution. 



* CONTACT US
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Email outings.pack151@gmail.com regarding registration questions, cancellation requests, late registrations, etc.



What if the pack's selected dates doesn't work for me?

There are many backup dates and locations available.  Email me for options.  Individual Scout Accounts may be used for alternate dates too.


Required documents you'll bring along

For each person in your family attending, (adults too) copies of each of the following forms must be turned in at camp. Use the links below to download and print the necessary forms.


Questions?

Email outings.pack151@gmail.com with any questions you might have.

 

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Winter Trails Day at Fort Snelling State Park

posted Jan 11, 2016, 9:45 AM by Cub Scout Pack 151

Pack 151 Scouts were at it again, enjoying the outdoors! At Saturday's National Winter Trails Day, Scouts and their families enjoyed a free sampler of many winter activities sponsored by REI and various community groups. Scouts prepared themselves for single digit temps to enjoy cross country skiing, snowshoeing, nature hikes, outdoor art projects, s'mores, hot chocolate and snow mini-golf! We even figured out what skijoring was!

For our Webelos, it was an excellent shakedown for our upcoming Okpik winter campout in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area near Ely, MN.

FREE Winter Trails Day at Fort Snelling State Park - Sat. Jan. 9

posted Jan 8, 2016, 7:12 AM by Cub Scout Pack 151   [ updated Jan 8, 2016, 7:14 AM ]

Minnesota's 4 seasons provide plenty of outdoor opportunities 4 play! National Winter Trails Day has evolved into something bigger and better: Winter's 4Play!

Try something new at this open-house style event. Outdoor outfitter REI's experts will provide all the gear you need and show you how to use it. Fort Snelling State Park, local outdoors groups and art organizations will also provide activities that show how fun winter can be. FREE activities include: 
- Snowshoeing
- Cross-country skiing
- Skijoring
- Ice fishing
- Ice harvesting & Ice sculpting with the National Park Service
- US Forest Service naturalist guided hikes
- Bonfires & hot chocolate
- Art in the park with Northern Lights.MN
- Food for purchase, giveaways and more!

No registration required. This is an open-house style event where you can come and go. Play for a short time and try just the activities you want or stay all day and try everything!  It's free and open to the public, however a valid state park permit is required on each vehicle - a day pass is $5, or $25 for an annual pass (valid at all state parks). Permits may be purchased the day of the event at the park office.

Snelling Lake Beach, Fort Snelling State Park (NOT Historic Fort Snelling)
101 Snelling Lake Road 
St. Paul, MN 55111

Scout uniforms NOT recommended. Instead, dress in layers appropriate for the weather. Boots, mittens/gloves, hats, etc.  Learn how: https://sites.google.com/site/hugocubscoutpack151/camping/dressing-in-layers

This isn't a Scouting specific event but your son can definitely complete a few outdoor-related rank advancement activities while participating. 

This event organized by:
Mississippi Park Connection, Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, Greater MSP, Knight Foundation, Northern Lights.mn, REI and Wilderness Inquiry

For more information please visit: HTTP://www.scoutbook.com/mobile/dashboard/calendar/event.asp?EventID=82697

Welcome new Scouts!

posted Jan 8, 2016, 7:08 AM by Cub Scout Pack 151

It's always a good time to join Cub Scouts, and we welcome our newest members who attended Kindergarten Blast Off. 

Kindergarten Blast-Off Recruiting Event Dec. 20

posted Nov 24, 2015, 11:10 AM by Cub Scout Pack 151   [ updated Dec 7, 2015, 1:13 PM ]


Sunday, Dec 20, 2015, 1pm - 3pm
Hanifl Fields meeting room, 137th St N, Hugo, MN 55038

Who's invited? Area kindergarten families who are not yet in Cub Scouts will be our special guests at our pack's upcoming free Kindergarten Blast Off recruiting event!

Boys will build, launch and recover Estes Alpha III rockets. These fly high and include parachutes to bring them safely back to earth. In case of bad weather, we'll build the rockets and launch them at a later date.

Non-Scout kindergarten families do not need to RSVP, but families who are inviting them are asked to post a comment giving event planners a heads-up. Please post a comment in Scoutbook's Blast Off calendar event comment section.

All Pack 151 Scouts are invited too. For your Scout to receive a free rocket kit and engine, however, you must RSVP via Scoutbook no later than Saturday, December 12. (We need to know how many to purchase). Scouts are also welcome to bring along and launch their own previously built rockets.  Current Scouts please RSVP for this event through Scoutbook

We collected 1880 pounds of donations!

posted Nov 24, 2015, 10:52 AM by Cub Scout Pack 151

 Last saturday, area Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts collected food for Hugo's Good Neighbors Food Shelf.  We collected more than 200 pounds than the same-month effort last November.  Great job everyone!

Notes and drawings for deployed Soldiers

posted Nov 24, 2015, 10:48 AM by Cub Scout Pack 151

A Scout is….  Helpful.  At last week's pack meeting our Cub Scouts made lots of handmade drawing and notes.  These will be included in care packages assembled for deployed members of Minnesota National Guard's 682nd Engineer Battalion by Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network volunteers.  It was great to see all the boys creativity and to hear from a few of our pack's very own veterans.  They talked about how great it felt to get mail and packages from home.

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