It’s almost time to get back in gear for the new scouts coming into your Cub Scout Packs! Time for planning meetings and communicating with parents on what is next and how they can become involved in their sons’ scouting career.
There are many opportunities for scout leaders in the Apex area to become better prepared for the new year. This includes training and roundtables.
Crosswinds district roundtables meet on the 3rd Thursday of every month, except July.
When: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Where: Cultural Hall of LDS Church, 1811Seabrook Ave., Cary, NC
Who: All Scout Leaders
What: Meet with other scout leaders in the district to discuss Cub Scouts!
How else can a Cub Scout Leader get better prepared?
- BALOO training. This is training on how to take your pack on outings and on camping trips. It is required that at least one leader on a trip have BALOO.
- OLSWL (Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders) – This course is good for both Webelos Leaders and future Webelos Leaders. It is a great course to take if you want a quality outdoor program for your Webelos
Both of these courses (and more) are being offered the weekend of August 24th through 26th at Camp Durant. Consult the Occoneechee Council Website calendar for additional information on contacts and how to register.
These courses are great, not only to prepare you for the scouting year, but to meet new folks involved in scouting.
Here’s a great summertime (or any other time) event for your Packs and Troops. Rock Climbing! There is a great rock climbing facility right in Morrisville. It is the Triangle Rock Club. They have special times on Saturday mornings to accommodate a reserved Scout activity.
Our pack just had an event at this location this past Saturday from 8-10am. The scouts (and parents alike) absolutely loved it. It gave everyone a chance to try out rock climbing and to be successful at it. They have many different climbing paths appropriate for beginners and experts. They provide all the equipment necessary for climbing. The facility has auto belays as well to allow you to climb on your own if you are not skilled in belaying.
The cost for the event is $10 per person and can be scheduled through the Triangle Rock Club. They are super helpful and friendly.
Their location and phone:
102 Pheasant Wood Court
Morrisville, NC 27560
We are very fortunate to have some good group camping facilities in the nearby area. One that I want to metion is Jordan Lake Campground which is right down US HWY 64 in Apex. They actually have two nice group camping facilities. One is in the Parker’s Creek campground and the other is in Vista point campground. These are great sites for Cub Scout Packs that are looking for somewhere close to camp for the newbie scouts and parents. This gives the families an opportunity to experience scouting without leaving the immediate area.
Each campsite is equipped with picnic tables, fire rings and are close to the bath houses. These are full bath houses with showers and flush toilets (also good for new campers).
Nearby these campgrounds is the Lake, Jordan Lake that is. The scouts can bring their fishing poles and fish on the bank of the Lake during the event. Also, there are hiking trails located near the campsites.
The campsites are wooded and there are plenty of spots that are already packed down to setup tents. I do advise to try to stay out of the more natural wooded areas and not camp in areas that have vegetation. Additionally, the rangers do not want any vehicles parked on the grass. All vehicles should be parked in the parking lot provided. It can be a little tight if there are multiple groups present, so try to carpool where feasible.
The campsites hold about 30 persons. Reservations are requried and are necessary months in advance. Reservations can be made on-line or by calling 1-877-CAMP-NC. The cost is $48/day for the campsites.
Our pack visits this campground annually and always has a great time!
If you are in the Crosswinds District, I just found out about the following events on membership recruitment:
Wake County Kickoff: Wednesday, July 25th at 6PM (Edenton Street UMC). This is the kick-off event where pencils, yard signs, applications, parents’ guides, etc. will be handed out.
Scouting interest Event (Cary) on September 11th from 5-7pm
Scouting interest event (Apex) on September 12th from 5-7pm
The theme for these events will be Fitness. All Cub Scouts participating will receive the Cub Fitness Recognition. There will be a cookout for all in attendance.
There may be a MUD event the last Saturday in September.