Category Archives: Outing

Bell Ringing Ceremony

There is an event that happens at the Downtown Apex Fire Station on the First Saturday of each month that is good for Scouts and Scouters alike to participate in.  It is a Bell Ringing Ceremony that is put together by the Apex American Legion Post 124.  It is a somber affair that honors our fallen Soldiers for the preceding month. 

Day:  1st Saturday of each month

Time:  12:00pm – 12:15 pm

Where:  Downtown Apex Fire Station (Salem Street)

The flag is lowered to half-staff while the brave are honored in prayer.  Following the flag ceremony, the bell is rung for each fallen soldier.

This is an event that could be of interest to Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts or Girl Scouts.  I would highly suggest being in full Uniform for this event.  Below is a video of the event.  This particular one was during the peak fest so there are quite a few more people around than there are typically but it gives you an idea of the type of event.  As you can see there are a few scouts at this event. 

Feel free to just show up to the event or you can contact the Apex American Legion Post 124 beforehand.  Contact information is on their webpage. 

YIS,
Warren

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Take a Hike at Raven Rock

It’s always good to get your scouting group out in nature on a hike.  One good park that we visited last year was Raven Rock State Park in Lillington, NC.  About 1 hour drive away, this park offers great hikes and spectacular views.  There are a few options on hiking.  If you want a 2-3 hour hike, choose the raven rock loop trail.  This takes you down to, well, the Raven Rock.  Come into the state park and park off to the right before you get to the Welcome Center.   There is a picnic shelter there which is right next to the path.  Be sure to go to the restrooms before you leave as there are not any facilities along the way.

Before you leave on the hike, it is a good idea to go over the buddy system and the 10 essential items needed for hiking.

There is a stop about half way to the rock where you can sit and take a break and discuss things you have seen, use of a compass or whatever you want to give the scouts a break.  Then onto the rock.  

After the rock, there is another overlook where you can see the great Cape Fear River.  Take a break here for some photos.

There are other trails if you have moretime (and energy) that include a overlook for the Lanier Falls.  This is on the Cambell Creek Loop Trail which is described as a Moderate Trail.  All other Trails in the park are described as Easy. 

In addition to Hiking Trails, you can fish in the Cape Fear River (with NC Fishing License) and there are additional primative group hike-in camping that is good for Boy Scout Troops.  They even have a canoe-in campsites.

Visit the Raven Rock Website for more details on this beautiful park and great hiking destination.

Requirements Met:

Tiger 5G

Bear 25 a, b

Outdoorsman: 9

Time:  1 hr from Apex, NC

YIS,
Warren

Take me out to the ballgame…

Another good scouting event that we, as a cub scout pack, have done for the past few years is the Durham Bulls Scout Night.  The Boy Scout night is very popular.  So popular that they have added another event during the summer.  There are now two Boy Scout Nights, which includes the Cub Scouts.  These are fun events for the scouts and their families.  However, the good seats go really fast.  These are the seats under the awning so plan early and plan often.

The event itself starts with a parade around the base line of the field.  We will typically bring our Pack 226 banner and Cub Scout Pack Flag.  The Scouts then line up at the grounds crew area of the field near the end of the right field base line. 

After the parade, grab some peanuts and cracker jacks and take a seat in the super nice DBAP.  Wool E. Bull is always a great source of entertainment for the young ones and young at heart.  He entertains before the game and in-between innings.

Be sure to keep an eye on the game and bring your glove if seated outside of the netted area.  There is sure to be a few fly foul balls coming your way.  Maybe you’ll even get a chance to catch one. 

With summertime storms, the game can be delayed.  If it looks like storms are possible, you can call the Durham Bulls Rain Hotline at 919.687.6556 to find out if there is a delay and how long the delay is expected.  If the game is cancelled, tickets can be used for a game later in the season.

There is an optional sleepover on the field after the game.  I would not recommend this for Cub Scout Packs as games usually last well past normal kid’s bedtime.  (11pm or later)  However, after the game and after the fireworks, the stadium is emptied.  The Scout Troops and Packs are then allowed back in once they have their gear to camp in the outfield.  Please note all the rules for this including NO STAKES.

And….there’s a patch for attending either the game or the game/sleepover!

This event counts as a summertime pack activity towards the summertime activity award.  It also meets requirements at each rank for going to a sporting event with your family, den or pack.  See you there!

YIS,
Warren

Requirements met:

Tiger 3G

Bear: 23e

Wolf: 23a (if camping)

Bear 25d (if camping)

Distance/Time to Destination: 40 minutes.

Apex Community Park

Apex has quite a few parks in the area.  Many of which are good for Scout events.  One in particular is the Apex Community Park.  This Park has many features that make it a good fit for a scout unit event.  It has two shelters that may be reserved for a fee which are located right next to each other.  There are also small charcoal grills located next to both shelters.  If your event involves cooking for more than just a few, plan to bring your own grill.  There are also restroom facilities in the vicinity of the shelters.  In addition, there is water to the site of the shelters as well as electricity.

The shelters are equipped with picnic tables and according to the Town of Apex can accommodate up to 100 or 50 people.  The larger shelter rents for $70 for Apex residents, the smaller for $50 for residents.  This reserves the shelters for a 4 hour block.

The shelter is also located right next to a 50+ acre lake that is stocked for fishing.  If fishing is part of the event, an additional fishing license will need to be purchased from the Town of Apex for non-residents.  Licenses are Free to residents of the town but the license will still need to be applied for.  Anglers ages 16 and older will also need to have an NC Fishing License and will need to abide by regulations set by the NC wildlife commission.  For more information on fishing licenses visit www.ncwildlife.org.  There is a fishing dock that can be used for fishing in the lake.

In addition, there are over 3 miles of trails.  One of which runs around the lake and leads to/from the picnic shelters.  The trail around the lake is paved.

Another good feature is a playground which may be good for the younger siblings of a Cub Scout Pack.

Apex Community Park Playground

Therefore, this park is great for Cub Scout packs looking to venture out for an outing that could involve a picnic, hiking, biking (on the trails) and fishing.  The Hiking, Biking and Fishing Belt Loops could definitely be worked in at the Apex Community Park.

For more information on the Park, visit the Apex Community Park Website.