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2017 Pack Winter Hike details

Blue Hills Reservation
Houghton Pond – Tucker Hill Loop

Saturday, January 20, 2018
Starts at 11am @ Houghton’s Pond Parking Area

 

OVERVIEW: Cub Scout Pack 313 will have a Pack Hike in the Blue Hills Reservation starting at Houghton’s Pond parking area at 11am on Saturday, January 20, 2018. The hike will start at the information boards in front of the restrooms at the Houghton’s Pond parking area and consist of hiking to around Houghton Pond, followed by taking the Dark Hollow and Tucker Hill Paths around Tucker Hill. The planned path is shown in Figure 1. The hike is ~3 1⁄2 miles in total length with about 170 ft in elevation gain. The terrain for the hike is relatively level, with some minor inclines.

Figure 1. Trail Map for Pack 313 Houghton’s Pond – Tucker Hill Loop.

The planned route can be shortened to accommodate Scouts and parents that do not want to hike several hours. We estimate your Scout will hike at ~1 mile per hour, so the entire hike will be about 4 1⁄2 hours (3 hours hiking, 1 hour for breaks). While we will take snack and water breaks during the hike, we recommend you and your Scout eat an early lunch/late breakfast prior to the hike.

DIRECTIONS:

The Houghton’s Pond parking area is located within the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton, MA. Google Maps lists the address of the parking area as 840 Hillside St, Milton, MA 02186. From Route 93, take Exit 3 (Houghton’s Pond, Ponkapoag Trail exit) from I-93. Follow the signs to Houghton’s Pond. The trip is approximately 26 miles (~30 minutes) from Arlington by car.

CUB SCOUT ADVENTURES:

This hike will assist your Scout in the following Cub Scout Adventures:

  • Tiger: Tigers in the Wild, My Tiger Jungle
  • Wolf: Paws on the Path
  • Bear: Fur, Feathers, and Ferns
  • Webelos: Webelos Walkabout
  • Arrow of Light: Outdoorsman Option B

Please consult the relevant Cub Scout Handbooks for the requirements of these adventures that you can do with your Scout on this hike. Prior to the start of the hike, the Hike Leader will review the Cub Scout Essentials, the Outdoor Code, and Leave No Trace for Kids as well as talk about various activities that Scouts can accomplish on the hike. A hiking booklet, detailing these items as well as providing a guide to animal tracks and tree leaf identification guide, will be provided to each Scout.

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT:

It is recommended that you and your Cub Scout bring the six (6) Cub Scout Essentials for hiking. These essentials are (1) a first aid kit, (2) flashlight, (3) water, (4) trail food, (5) sun protection, and (6) a whistle. The Hike Leader will carry these items on the hike and will have several maps of the Blue Hills Reservation. However, it is recommended you bring your own map and compass. A free hiking trails map of the Blue Hills Reservation can be downloaded at the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) website at http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/parks/trails/blue-hills-trail-map- 2016.pdf. DCR Maps can also be purchased at the Blue Hills Reservation Headquarters, a short distance up the road from the Houghton Pond parking lot.

The Hike Leader will have water and limited snacks for Scouts at the start of the hike. However, it is recommended you bring adequate food and water for you and your Scout. The weather will be typical for early winter in New England and the trails in the Blue Hills Reservation can be rocky with tree roots. If snow and/or ice exist on the trails, you may want additional traction for your feet, such as microspikes. Hiking poles also may be helpful in snow/icy conditions. Please dress you and your Scout appropriately for the weather conditions, keeping in mind that you and your Scout will be walking on cold snow/ice/ground for several hours. Bringing an insulated sit pad (such as a Thermarest Z seat) is also recommended for the rest breaks.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

The hike will be led by Ed Hajduk, the Den 5 (Bear) Leader. Please contact Ed at 781-462-8971 or at ehajduk@mac.com with any questions. Ed will happily text or email KML and GPX files of the planned hike and the DCR Blue Hills trail map as a PDF file to anyone who would like this information. Should the hike be cancelled due to unsafe weather conditions, an email will be sent to the Pack as soon as possible.

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2017-2018 Recruit Night

Cub Scout Pack 313

Join Cub Scouts,

Join the Fun,

Join the Adventure!

 

First Pack Meeting September 8th, 2017 or

Recruit Night Friday Sept. 22nd, 2017

7:00-8:30 pm at

St Camillus Church Hall

 

Who? Boys in grades 1 – 5 may join Cub Scouts. Families are always welcome and encouraged to attend.
What? Cub Scouts (grades 1-5) is a year-round program designed to meet the needs of young boys and their families through fun and challenging activities designed to promote education, character, and physical development. Some of the best things about Cub Scouting are the activities you get to do: Camping, Hiking, Building and Racing model cars, going on Field Trips, or doing projects for your community.
Where? Pack meetings are held at St Camillus, 1175 Concord Turnpike Arlington.
Den Meetings are held in different locations, including the library, local parks, and the homes of scouts
When? Pack meetings of boys in all grades are held monthly, typically the first
Friday Night from 7-8:30 pm. Den meetings with scouts in their grade/rank are held one to three times a month, based on the scout schedules.
Why? It’s Fun! You’ll make new friends, and learn new skills.

 

The mission of the Spirit of Adventure Council, Boy Scouts of America is to provide character development, citizenship training, growth in physical and mental fitness, and leadership opportunities for the young people of the Boston metropolitan area. We pride ourselves on the diversity of our members, and we are committed to providing young people with an educational and stimulating environment in which to learn and grow. Through the Scout Oath and Law, we pledge to respect all people and to defend the rights of others. Bias, intolerance and unlawful discrimination are unacceptable within the ranks of the Spirit of Adventure Council.

The Spirit of Adventure Council serves over 20,000 youth through 3,000 volunteers in over 400 Packs, Troops and other units without regard to color, race, religion, ethnic background, sexual orientation, or economic status.

Up and running for the 2017-2018 season!

Running with the packThe 2017-2018 season is up and running!

Our first pack meeting of the new year will be on September 8 at St. Camillus. Stay tuned for more information about pack meeting times + dates, as well as information about a recruit night for new and prospective scouts to learn more about our pack!

Pack Winter Hike details

Blue Hills Reservation
Elliot Tower/Great Blue Hill Hike Saturday, January 21, 2017
Starts at 10am @ Houghton’s Pond Parking Area

 

OVERVIEW: Cub Scout Pack 313 will have a Pack Hike in the Blue Hills Reservation starting at Houghton’s Pond parking area at 10am on Saturday, January 21, 2017. The hike will start at the information boards in front of the restrooms at the Houghton’s Pond parking area and consist of hiking to Elliot Tower and the Great Blue Hill Weather Observatory via the Headquarters Path, Wolcott Path, Skyline Trail (North and South), and the Houghton Path. The planned path is shown in Figure 1. The hike is approximately 3 miles in total length with approximately 400 ft in elevation gain.

gbh-hike-map

Figure 1. Trail Map for Pack 313 Elliot Tower/Great Blue Hill Hike.

We estimate your Scout will hike at ~1 mile per hour, so the entire hike will be about 4 hours (3 hours hiking, 1 hour for lunch and breaks). The lunch break will be at the Elliot Tower, about halfway thru the hike.

DIRECTIONS:

The Houghton’s Pond parking area is located within the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton, MA. Google Maps lists the address of the parking area as 840 Hillside St, Milton, MA 02186. From Route 93, take Exit 3 (Houghton’s Pond, Ponkapoag Trail exit) from I-93. Follow the signs to Houghton’s Pond. The trip is approximately 26 miles (~30 minutes) from Arlington by car.

CUB SCOUT ADVENTURES:

This hike will assist your Scout in the following Cub Scout Adventures:

  • Tiger: Tigers in the Wild
  • Wolf: Paws on the Path
  • Bear: Fur, Feathers, and Ferns
  • Webelos: Webelos Walkabout

Please consult the relevant Cub Scout Handbooks for the requirements of these adventures you can do with your Scout on this hike. Prior to the start of each Loop, the Hike Leader will review the Cub Scout Essentials and talk about various activities that Scouts can do on the hike. The Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Blue Hills Trailside Museum is a short walk down the Great Blue Hill Weather Observatory (~ 11⁄2 mile round trip). A visit to the Trailside Museum may fulfill other Cub Scout Adventure requirements. The cost to enter the Trailside Museum is $5 for adults and $3 for Scouts. Additional information on the Trailside Museum can be found at http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/blue-hills-trailside-museum.

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT:

It is recommended that you and your Cub Scout bring the six (6) Cub Scout Essentials for hiking. These essentials are (1) a first aid kit, (2) flashlight, (3) water, (4) trail food, (5) sun protection, and (6) a whistle. The Hike Leader will carry these items on the hike and will have several maps of the Blue Hills Reservation. However, it is recommended you bring your own map and compass. A free hiking trails map of the Blue Hills Reservation can be downloaded at the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) website. In addition, a 5 gallon cooler with water and limited snacks will be provided by the Hike Leader. Finally, please dress you and your Scout appropriately. The weather will be typical for early winter in New England and the trails in the Blue Hills Reservation are hilly and rocky. Additionally, if snow and/or ice exist on the trails, you may want additional traction for your feet, such as microspikes. Hiking poles also may be helpful in snow/icy conditions.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

The hike will be led by Ed Hajduk, the Den 5 (Bear) Leader. Please contact Ed at 781-462-8971 or at ehajduk@mac.com with any questions. Ed will happily text or email KML and GPX files of the planned hike and the DCR Blue Hills trail map as a PDF file to anyone who would like this information. Should the hike be cancelled due to unsafe weather conditions, an email will be sent to the Pack as soon as possible.

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