Pack News

Spring Camping - April 26-28 at Washington Monument State Park

posted Mar 28, 2019, 5:46 PM by Peter Jacobus

Please join us for our Spring Camping weekend, coming up soon.  Located atop South Mountain, Washington Monument State Park is named for the first completed monument dedicated to the memory of George Washington. The Washington Monument is a rugged stone tower that was initially erected by the citizens of Boonsboro in 1827. The monument makes it an ideal site for spotting migratory birds such as hawks, eagles, and falcons. The main office for South Mountain State Battlefield is located in Washington Monument State Park. Stop by the park office or museum to learn more about the first major Civil War battle fought in Maryland. Most of the Washington Monument’s hiking trail is part of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Scouting for Food 2019 Signup

posted Feb 18, 2019, 8:00 AM by Aaron Mais   [ updated Mar 28, 2019, 5:37 PM by Peter Jacobus ]

Hello Everyone!

Below is the sign-up link for the Scouting for Food event. There are two weekend dates available to sign-up and each day is anticipated to take about 2 hours or so to complete. I would encourage any families able to attend and assist with one of the weekends. This is a great opportunity for the scouts to earn their public service requirement of their Council Fire loop. The flyer and informational packet is attached. This is my first year participating in the event so I'll do my best to answer any questions. The format is a bit changed this year with the door hangers instead of the plastic bags. In previous years, the scouts distributed plastic bags with instructions affixed to them. Apparently last year many of the bags blew away in the wind. This year the scouts will be placing door hangers with instructions and those contributing food will use their own plastic bags. 

Update: (March 23) The Pack and Troop together collected 1400 pounds of food.  Thank you Pack and Tropp 719 for your service to our neighbors in need of food.

Blue and Gold Dinner - Sunday, Feb 24th, 3-6PM

posted Feb 18, 2019, 7:54 AM by Aaron Mais   [ updated Feb 18, 2019, 7:55 AM ]

Pack 719 Families,

The Blue and Gold Dinner is coming soon, hosted by the Bear, Wolf, and Lion Dens.  The theme this year is "LEGO".  This is a time for families to gather and celebrate Scouting.  We'll have Lego-themed games, skits, and plenty of food. One of our Pack's traditions is to have a cake contest, so please help your Cubs bake and decorate their best Lego-themed cake.

Families, grandparents, Aunts & Uncles are welcome.  Please RSVP to your Den leader no later than Feb 15th so we can get a good headcount for food.  We expect about 200 people to attend, so having an accurate number for planning will help greatly.

When: Sunday, Feb 24th from 3-6PM
Where: Wesley Freedom UMC, at the main church in the Community Life Center (Room 500).

We need help setting up before and cleaning up after. The Sign-up Genius is at:

Yours in Scouting,

Cubs in Support of Troop 719

posted Nov 27, 2018, 6:04 PM by Peter Jacobus

Boy Scout Troop 719 is selling Christmas trees in the Gold's Gym Parking lot and we will be there to help boost their sales! Our cubs will provide hot chocolate, donuts, and snack sticks for sale while customers are looking (and buying!) trees. We will need two cub scouts per time slot. This will be a great opportunity to interact with the Boy Scouts and raise some money for our Pack!

We have four sign-up windows over the next two weekends and can increase the number of windows if more cubs want to sign up!!
Sign up at:
Location: Gold's Gym parking lot
1332 Londontown Blvd, Sykesville, MD 21784 

Wreaths Across America, Saturday Dec 15th at Noon

posted Nov 25, 2018, 1:29 PM by Peter Jacobus

Our Pack theme this month is "reverent", and this event will allow our Cubs to explore how to show reverence towards our nation's veterans.  Wreaths Across America is a national event and we will participate at the Baltimore National Ceremony, 5501 Frederick Ave, Catonsville, MD 21228. The ceremony starts at Noon and lasts about a half hour, followed by the wreath laying which also takes about a half hour.  Last year, parking was plentiful but for some required a bit of a walk.  Exiting the cemetery also took a bit of time.Wreaths in Arlington National Cemetery

Caroling at Brinton Woods on Sunday, December 2nd

posted Nov 25, 2018, 1:21 PM by Peter Jacobus

 Our theme for this month is Reverent.  To allow our Scouts to honor our elders, please join us at Brinton Woods Nursing and Rehab Center, 1442 Buckhorn Rd, Winfield, MD 21784 on December 2nd at 2PM.  We will gather to sing carols to the residents and to deliver the Holiday cards that we're making at the Pack meeting on Nov 26th.  Afterward, we'll meet as a Pack for a short awards ceremony.  Facilities_Winfield

Camping Weekend Canceled due to Weather -- Dinner and a Movie Instead

posted Oct 24, 2018, 5:09 PM by Peter Jacobus

Our goal, of course, is to have a safe and great weekend for all of our campers so they'll have a lifelong love for camping. The current weather models say that there is a likelihood of winds of 50-70mph on the coast from VA to Maine, with significant winds and rain inland.  Given that, it's the right answer to cancel the camping weekend and propose an alternative to you, our families, who have blocked off this weekend for our Pack.  The Committee has discussed several alternatives, and the best path ahead is:

First, this weekend: Gather Satuday at 4PM at the Wesley Freedom Youth center (where we normally meet).  Games and activities 'till 5:30PM.  Dinner at 5:30PM (walking tacos and hot dogs, chips, drinks).  Then movie night with popcorn (movie TBD).  After that -- dismissed except for the Lions who will be able to sleep over in the game room in their tents.  There is the possibility that a couple of other families could sleep over, but we'll have limited space due to the need to keep most of the chairs, etc. in place for the church services the next morning.  The Lions **really** want to sleep in their tents, and this seems like a very good way to make that happen.

Second, plan an outing before it gets too cold.  It was mentioned taking a hike in Gettysburg.  We could always do McKeldin, too.  Something to get outside and do the exploration and nature parts of the camping weekend we're missing.

Please let your Den Leader know if you can join us for dinner and a movie night.  We appreciate your flexibility!!!

Fall Camping - Almost Here!

posted Sep 22, 2018, 6:24 PM by Peter Jacobus   [ updated Oct 15, 2018, 5:30 PM ]

Fall camping is on October 26-28 at the Patapsco State Park (Hilton area). It's about a 30 min drive from Wesley Freedom UMC, which should allow great flexibility for families to travel to/from the campground.  The area has great hiking, fishing, and exploring right from the campsite and a tire park is close by.

The details and agenda for each day are attached.  Many details -- please look -- each Den has responsibilities,  Please RSVP to your Den Leader this week.  We'll need that to purchase the food and make sure that we have everything we need to have a GREAT weekend!

Several Points:  
  • If you don't have all of the Personal Camping items (see attached), please let your den leader know.  We can help as many of us have extras.
  • Please RSVP soon, as that helps all of us who are planning events and purchasing items.
  • Please fill out the Medical Form, parts A&B (see attached below) and return to your Den Lader before Camping.  All adults and youth participating in camping need a medical for filled out prior to the camping event.
Many thanks to Alysa Simms, the Camping coordinator for helping to pull this all together.  

- Sign Up Genius for supplies:
- Camping news: 

2018 Pushcart Derby

posted Sep 5, 2018, 12:14 PM by Aaron Mais

Pack 719's Pushcart derby is our opening event for the year and takes place on Sunday, September 9th at 2 PM.

Siblings, Grandparents, friends and those interested in scouting are all welcome to attend.

Help Needed: We'll need both volunteers to help set up beforehand (arrive 12:30-1:00) and volunteers to help run events (5 total events). These are very simple events that most of the scouts have done before and will require no previous knowledge on the part of the volunteers, It would be helpful to have a cell phone with a stopwatch on it, as most of the events are timed.

Please let Greg Montgomery ( know if you can be there with your scout and help either set up or run a game.

PLEASE NOTE: All participants - scouts, siblings, anybody who will be riding on a cart - needs to have a bike helmet. You will not be allowed to participate without one.

Refreshments will be served after the derby, while the results are tallied.

Camping information for this weekend's adventure

posted Apr 24, 2018, 6:23 PM by Aaron Mais   [ updated Apr 24, 2018, 6:34 PM ]

- Meals and ingredients.  We have tried to accommodate food allergies. Please let me know if you need an alternate meal.
- Packing list.  Please read and bring the appropriate items for your family. As we are being environmentally friendly, PLEASE note that we need each camper to bring their own mess kit (plates, cups, silver/plasticware).
- Itinerary -- a fun weekend and adventures. And, the leaders promise a skit!
- Trail map - detailed trail map of Tuckahoe
- Tuckahoe camping map. Shows where the youth group pavilion is.

Directions: Tuckahoe State Park is located approximately 35 miles east of the Bay Bridge just off MD RT 404, on Maryland's Eastern Shore. On RT 50/301 East, over Bay Bridge, RT 50/301 splits, bear to the right on RT 50. Make a left at the intersection of RT 50 and RT 404. Go approximately 8 miles until you come to the intersection of RT 404 and RT 480. Make a left on RT 480. To your immediate left take Eveland Road. Once on Eveland Road follow directional signs to area of choice.
(410) 820-1668

Additional Information:
Traffic: The Bay Bridge boat show is this weekend on Kent Island, right over the Bay Bridge. Please expect traffic to be heavier than normal during boat show hours.

Amenities: We have sites YG2 and YG4. Large, open site (partially- to heavily shaded) to accommodate up to 30 people per site. Sites are primitive and equipped with 3 or 4 picnic tables, a fire ring (with grillplate) and a water spigot within 50 yards of the site.  Ample parking. 

Bathroom Facilities: Bathroom facilities for those camping in the Youth Group Campground are located at the rear of the field near Youth Group Site #4. Youth Group campers are not permitted to use the bathhouses on the neighboring non-electric or electric camping loops.

Quiet Hours: Quiet hours are maintained in the campground from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Firewood Restriction: Due to the potential threat of the emerald ash borer, the importation of personal firewood into all Maryland Department of Natural Resources properties is prohibited.

Emergency and 24-Hour Contact Information: Call 911 for emergency assistance. For 24-hour assistance or to report a violation, call the Natural Resources Police at 1-800-825-7275 or 1-410-260-8888. For park information or assistance call the Duty Ranger at 443-221-8285.

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