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(k)Nights of the Roundtable

So, maybe you’ve heard about this thing called “Roundtable”. Maybe you haven’t. But, what is it? It is a little bit of everything. It happens once every month, except July, on the 3rd Thursday of every month. For our district, Crosswinds, it happens at the Cary LDS church off of Cary parkway.

Roundtable starts at 6:30pm with 30 minutes of jibber jabbering with fellow scouters about whatever you like. At 7pm, the combined district Roundtable begins with announcements and what-not about the goings on of what is going on in the district. If you want to be ‘in the know’, this is where you should be.

At 7:30, the cub leaders break off to discuss cub related activities and ideas for our packs or district events. This is a good opportunity to discuss any ideas or concerns that you may be having with your den or pack and to get help from experienced leaders. The more folks that are there, the better the discussions.

So, if you are a leader, leader wannabe or just an interested parent, come on out!

Oh yeah, don’t forget to stay for the meeting after the meeting….

Who: Scouters and parents
What: Roundtable
When: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where: Cary LDS church, 1811 Seabrook Ave, Cary, NC
Why: To help grow the scouting movement and meet fellow scouters

YIS,
Warren

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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

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.

Rock Climbing Event

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
Phone: 919.463.7625(ROCK)

Camping in Apex

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.

Online:  http://northcarolinastateparks.reserveamerica.com/

Our pack visits this campground annually and always has a great time!