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Weekly meetings are at Deer Park Elementary, 8636 Trouble Creek Rd, New Port Richey. Park in the car loop or front parking lot, and walk down the east (Little Rd) side to the rear cafeteria. You are welcome to drop-in to a meeting and learn more about our Pack.

2023-2024 End of Year

Wow, the school year is almost over! It’s still a great time to join Pack 7, as we have a full summer calendar, including day camp and regular meet-ups.

Don’t miss the Rank presentations on Monday May 13, and our end of year Pool Party on Saturday May 18. Check your weekly email for the sign-up information!

Blue & Gold / Crossover

Big thank you to our Blue and Gold Committee for a great Star Wars celebration with special guests from the 501st Legion! We are so proud of our Eternal Flaming Phoenix AOL Scouts, who crossed over to their Troops are our March crossover camp out. We wish you many future adventures in Scouts BSAs

Pinewood Derby 2023-2024

Pinewood Derby is approaching! Cars will be handed out October 2. Tool workshop is October 16 from 6-8pm at TPCOSS. The race is Saturday, November 4 from 8am-2pm in the DPES cafeteria. Concessions will be sold for breakfast and lunch by girls Scouts BSA Troop 7.

Here are some tools to help you with your design!

See you at the track!

First Campout – Cubs to the Rescue

Join us September 29 – October 1 at Sand Hill to kick off our first campout of the school year. If you can’t stay overnight, register just to join us for Saturday! First responders will be bringing their tools and vehicles for the Cubs to check out, and we will cool off in the afternoon with some swimming. If you need to borrow a family tent, please reach out to the committee through email or Slack. Registration closes 9/19: Register Here

Registration Documents

Welcome back to the Pack! In order to streamline registration for new and returning families, many of our documents are digital. Return a copy of your completed checklist at our admin table for a free flashlight for your Cub Scout!

  1. Pack 7 Registration Form: http://thegreatpack7.com/register
  2. BSA National Registration (for new Cub Scout Youth): http://thegreatpack7.com/join
  3. BSA Medical Form (youth and adults, expires annually): https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-001_AB.pdf
  4. Pay fees online: http://thegreatpack7.com/paydues
  5. Join our Slack (see URL in checklist)

Back to the Pack!

Welcome back, Pack 7 family! We can’t wait to hear about your summer adventures. Re-registration for returning families, or families who registered before August 1, 2023, will be Monday, August 7 from 6p-8p at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 4651 Little Rd. Stop by and complete paperwork and chat with leaders. The playground will be open for the kids.

If you are a new family looking to join, please join us at our first meeting and Open House on Monday, August 14 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Deer Park Elementary at 8636 Trouble Creek Rd. Bring the kids dressed to be outside and get wet.

Crossover Campout 2023

Our 2023 Crossover Camp-out will be March 3-5 at Camp Soule in Clearwater FL. Saturday night we will celebrate our Arrow of Light Cub Scouts as they end their Cub Scout journeys and crossover to continue the adventures with a BSA Troop. Join us for a fun weekend of camping, crossover, and ROCKETS! All attendees must register, except for visitors attending just Saturday evening for the Crossover ceremony. REGISTER HERE Registration CLOSES Wednesday 3/1.

Visitors for the ceremony should plan to arrive at 5:30pm for a 6:00pm start time at the Council Ring.

Blue and Gold 2023

Our annual Blue and Gold party is Saturday, February 25 from 4:30-8:00. Live entertainment provided by BANDINGO, dinner provided by Havana Dreamers, and our competitive yet friendly silent auction make this event an annual family favorite.

This year’s theme is Pokemon, and we will try to catch all the Cubs! We will present the Arrow of Light award, the highest award in Cub Scouting, to members of our Fire Breathing Turtle Dragons Patrol before they move on to their Troops at the March 4 Crossover ceremony. Family and extended family are invited to attend this event. Our auction will begin online the week before and will end during the Blue and Gold event.

December Campout

Registration for the December Pack campout is now open! We will be camping at Camp Soule and participating in the Shooting Sports Activity day. Cub Scouts will have an assigned time slot to do Cub Scout archery or BB. Pre-registration is required. Register Here We are trying out a new registration and payment form, so please email committee@thegreatpack7.com if you have any trouble with registration.

Camp FAQ will be provided at the 11/28 meeting and online.

Aiming for the Arrow 2022

After Registering, pay for one youth or youth+adult here to finalize registration. Payment and registration must be received by 10/21 to receive a camp t-shirt. Select from the drop-down box below how many you are registering. One youth is $30, or one youth and one adult is $45. Youth may attend this campout without their accompany adult.

Aiming for the Arrow

October Family Camp

Last day to register is October 18. Our first family campout of the year is here! We hope you are as excited as we are to share this beautiful October weather outside and have some Halloween fun. We will be camping at WWCC on the Weeki Wachee river for Friday – Sunday. Pre-registration is required. Register here: [Registration closed]

Saturday we will also have our annual Tent Or Treat event. Each den will be decorating their trick or treating station; please reach out to your Den Leader with any questions or info on what supplies the den needs. Campers and siblings are welcome to bring a costume to wear for the evening.

Unique to this campout is also the option for our Bears, Webelos, and AOL Dens (third through fifth grade) to bunk together in A/C’s cabins for the weekend. During registration you will be able to indicate whether your Cub Scout will be cabin camping or tent camping with his/her family. Boys and girls will bunk in their own separate cabins and areas. Due to BSA youth protection requirements, any siblings attending the camp outside of these grades will need to tent camp with their attending adults.

The Camp FAQ will be sent out to families this week. If you need to borrow a Pack loaner tent for this event, please email committee@thegreatpack7.com with the number of campers that will be sleeping in the tent.

Annual Recharter

Annual program fees (“recharter fee”) for Jan-Dec 2023 to the national BSA organization are now due. If your family paid the 2023 BSA fee during fall registration in full, no payment is due. Families who are utilizing the fall popcorn fundraiser to cover recharter costs please stop by the admin table to review their popcorn credit balance. All others may pay the 2023 fee via credit card, Venmo, or PayPal online, or via credit card, cash, or check at the admin table. The fee for twelve months of registration for 2023 is $128 ($10.66/month).

Back to the Pack

We are excited to welcome our new and returning Cub Scouts back to the 2022-2023 school year and weekly meetings. Our registration event will be Monday, August 15 from 6p-8p on the west side of Deer Park Elementary. Dress the kids to get wet with water fun while the adults meet leaders and complete paperwork.

Save time at the event by completing the 22-23 Pack Registration form online at https://www.thegreatpack7.com/register

Returning Pack 7 members (who were registered with the Pack anytime in 2022 prior to August 10) may pay their 2023 BSA fees and Pack dues online at https://www.thegreatpack7.com/paydues If you need financial assistance or will be using the fall popcorn fundraiser credits to pay dues, then do not pay online.

New members to Pack 7 must register with the BSA first and pay the 2022 registration, then complete the two steps above. https://www.thegreatpack7.com/join

Pack t-shirt presales are also available in the store.

Summer 2022

Our summer program is in full swing! Check out our calendar on the Calendar page and in our Facebook group. If you missed the first summer camp, the next closest one to our area will be at Sand Hill in July. We look forward to seeing you at our summer activities. If you are new to Cub Scouts, come join us and see why we are The Great Pack 7.

2022 Splash-O-Ree Wrap Up

What a great last-camp-of-the-school-year weekend with the Pack, enjoying water activities and Cub shooting sports at Sand Hill Scout Reservation, with excellent weather. We are eagerly awaiting the landing and return of our weather balloon and Lego “Cubbie” we sent off to space. Thank you to the GTBAC Council and volunteers!

April Family Adventure Camp

RESCHEDULED

Due to the expected amount of rainfall and thunderstorms, the Pack Campout has been recheduled to Splash-O-Ree on April 22-24 at Sand Hill SR. Families who registered for the La-No-Che campout can transfer their registration and payments to the new camp if they are able to attend.

Cub Scouts camping and meals are free. Adults 13+ are $10 each, which includes camping, three meals Saturday and cold breakfast Sunday. Siblings 4-12 are $8. [Registration is closed but email committee@thegreatpack7.com if you missed it and still want to come]

If you are unable to camp, you are welcome to come up Saturday morning and stay for the day’s activities. You must still register via the link. There will be water activities and shooting sports. The Pack has some loaner tents available if you would like to camp but don’t have a family tent. Please contact the committee or the camping chair, Irene O’Brien, for more info!

February 2022 Wrap-Up

We had an amazing Blue and Gold celebration on the 12th with our MINECRAFT theme and featuring The Original Bandingo! Our Arrow of Light den received their awards and arrow plaques. Thank you to all of our families and volunteers for a successful and fun event. On Februrary 19th we had a great campout with our rocket launches, and said goodbye to our Jetpack Pug Patrol, who all earned their Arrow of Light awards and crossed over to Troops 177 and 77. We wish all of the ‘Pugs many future wonderful adventures with Scouts BSA and will miss them. Good luck to Den Leader Mr Kevin who will be joining the leaders at Troop 77 and thank you for your service to the boys. Assistant Den Leader Mr Jesse will be staying with Pack 7 as part of our Cubmaster Core.

Crossover / Family Camp 2022

Our 2022 Crossover Camp-out will be February 18-20 Camp Soule in Clearwater FL. Saturday night we will celebrate our Arrow of Light Cub Scouts as they end their Cub Scout journeys and crossover to continue the adventures with a BSA Troop. Join us for a fun weekend of camping, crossover, and ROCKETS! All attendees must register, except for visitors attending just Saturday evening for the Crossover ceremony. REGISTER HERE

Visitors for the ceremony should plan to arrive at 5pm for a 5:30 start time at the Council Ring. COVID-19 Screening Forms will be required for ALL attendees per BSA requirements for Council camps. Please help us have everyone seated in time by arriving with your COVID-19 form (pages 2-3) already filled out for each guest (including children).

Blue and Gold 2022

Our annual Blue and Gold party is Saturday, February 12, from 4:30-8:00. Live entertainment provided by BANDINGO, dinner provided by Arlisa’s Events, and our competitive yet friendly silent auction make this event an annual family favorite.

This year’s theme is MINECRAFT, and we will present the Arrow of Light award, the highest award in Cub Scouting, to our Jet Pack Pug Patrol before they move on to their Troops later in February.

Purchase tickets and RSVP [ticket sales have ended]

Pinewood Derby 2022

Pinewood Derby has arrived! Early weigh-in will be Friday, Jan 28 from 6:30-7:30 in the cafeteria. Once checked-in, cars will remain on-site and secured. Saturday Jan 29 weigh-in starts at 8:00am for a 9:00am race start time. Breakfast and lunch concessions will be served (cash-only).

Here are some tools to help you with your design!

See you at the track!

December NASA Campout

Registration for our family campout December 3-5 is [registration closed]. We will be camping on-site at NASA Titusville and visiting the Kennedy Space Center on Saturday December 4. If you are unable to camp, you are welcome to still drive over and attend KSC with the Pack. Camping fees are $10 per adult, plus $12 per tent. Camp fee for kids 12 & under including Cub Scouts are covered by the Pack. Camping includes Friday night campfire snack (“cracker barrel”), three meals on Saturday, and Sunday breakfast.

KSC Admission tickets for Pack 7 Cub Scouts are provided by the Pack. Adult admission tickets are $48pp. Additional siblings 3-11 are $21pp. If you have your own passes, register for the campout and indicate you do not need KSC tickets during the registration process. After filling out the Google Form, please proceed through our Pack store to complete your registration. If you are applying fundraising credits to this camping trip, in the store checkout payment page there will be an option to indicate to pay with credits on your account. All others may checkout via Paypal or credit card. Registration closes 11/26.

October Campout!

Registration for our October Family Campout from Oct 1-3 at Camp Soule is now open! Cub Scouts and siblings 12 and under are free. Adults 13+ are $10 each, which includes camping, three meals Saturday and cold breakfast Sunday. Register here.

If you are unable to camp, you are welcome to come up Saturday morning and stay for the day’s activities. You must still register via the link. We will be swimming Saturday afternoon and Cub Scouts will have the opportunity to attempt the BSA swim test. The Pack has some loaner tents available if you would like to camp but don’t have a family tent. Please contact the committee or the camping chair for more info!

Labor Day & Next Meeting

Just a reminder there is no Cub Scout meeting on Monday September 6. The next Den Meeting will be Monday September 13 from 7-8p at Sims Park. This will be our last Sims Park meeting for the fall, we will return to the great indoors on 9/20. Pack 7 will be at the Cub Scout recruiting night on Thursday 9/9 from 6:30-8:30 at Mitchell Park on Little Rd, if you are interested in joining before the next meeting.

Coastal Cleanup 2021

The annual International Coastal Cleanup presented by the Rotary Club of New Port Richey will be held throughout Pasco County on Saturday, September 18, 2021, 9a-12. Mark your calendar!

Early registration to receive a t-shirt has ended. You are still welcome to attend, please email committee@thegreatpack7.com with the number attending and your Scout’s Den. We will be meeting at Eagle Point Park at 9am and will follow up the clean-up with fishing. 4499 Straub Memorial Dr, Port Richey, FL 34652

When participating in a cleanup it is important to wear old sturdy shoes – sneakers, rubber boots, or work boots are all good options. We know that Floridians love their flip-flops, but they are not a good idea for a cleanup. The sun can be intense so apply sunscreen, wear a hat, and bring water for hydration. Grass and mangroves can have all sorts of flying critters that like to chew a bit, so utilize bug spray so you don’t have to worry about slapping yourself with trashy hands.

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