Cub Scout Pack 1483 has lots of fun and exciting activities throughout the year! Here are some of the highlights...
Join Scouting Night
Although scouts can join anytime throughout the year, families interested in learning more should attend one of two annual Join Scouting Nights. They are usually held in September and May. Information will be posted around the community and sent home in Hillside students’ backpacks.
Pack & Den Meetings
Cub Scouts meet once a month as a pack (all scouts grades KG-5) to hear and perform skits, jokes, cheers, and songs, and to receive awards for their achievements over the past month. The dens (four to six boys in the same grade) will meet one or two additional times to play, learn, and explore together. Den meetings may include a trip to the fire station, learning how to whittle, making a model rocket or birdhouse, and much more!
Scouting for Food
Each year Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts all over Loudoun County participate in Scouting for Food, a collection that helps to feed those in need in our county. Scouting for Food takes place in early November, with Cub Scouts placing grocery bags and information on doors, and coming back the following Saturday to collect the bags of donated food. For more information, please see our Scouting for Food page!
Cub Scouts have three different summer camp adventures to choose from. Day Camp and Cub World are open to all from rising Tigers (rising 1st graders) to Webelos (rising 4th and 5th graders). Goshen is usually just for Webelos as its a week long camp.
Cub Snyder: Located only 45 minutes away in Haymarket, VA, cub scouts and their Leaders will spend three days and 2 nights full of FUN at Camp Snyder. Scouts get to play games, crafts, go boating, digging for gems in sand, shoot archery, BBs, and enjoy watching skits at campfires each night! Camp Snyder offers an air-conditioned dining hall and provide all food during the stay.
Goshen: For Webelos 1 and 2's, Goshen is the ultimate camping adventure and a chance to experience what Boy Scouts is all about. Scouts stay at camp for a week and enjoy canoeing, hiking, archery, BB guns, swimming, crafts, knots, games, and much more.
Day Camp: The council offers a five day long Cub Scout Day Camp which runs 9am - 3:30pm, one week in July. A perfect start to the summer and for those that don't want to spend overnights.
Pack 1483 enjoys two family campouts a year, fall and spring, at local campgrounds. Scouts have free time in the afternoon for games such as capture the flag, ultimate frisbee, or exploring. Dens usually coordinate dinner and make dinner for their dens. After dinner, everyone gathers around a campfire for stories, skits, and campfire songs performed by the scouts.
Blue & Gold Banquet
The Blue & Gold Banquet held in February is an annual birthday party for Scouting in America and also a celebration of each Cub Scout’s advancement to the next rank. Scouts who have worked through all the achievements in their manuals will be awarded the patch of their rank and advance to the next level. This is an important and meaningful ceremony for the boys and a fun time for everyone. The significance of Blue & Gold is that they are the primary
colors of scouting. Blue stands for truth and spirituality, steadfast loyalty and the sky above. Gold stands for warm sunlight, good cheer, and happiness.
Each fall our Pack 1483 raises funds and develops important sales skills by selling delicious Trails End popcorn. This is the only fundraiser we do, and the money raised goes to support scout activities such as summer camp. Be sure to stock up - this is the most delicious popcorn there is, and it benefits the local scouting programs!
Usually, once a year we hold events such as the Rocket Launch, where the scouts build and launch rockets. The scouts enjoy this not only because they are excited to see the rockets they made go up but also to remember running across the field getting them or keeping memories leaving them behind for those caught up in the trees!
Pack 1483's Pinewood Derby is held each year in January - a fun event for all the scouts and parents! Each Scout receives a block of wood and works with his parents or den to craft it into a racecar. The pack competition pits each car against the others and is quite an exciting day! Scouts receive patches for participating, plus medals and trophies for speed and awards for other categories such as Most Patriotic. Our pack has an awesome aluminum track with computerized scoring system, we usually have parents live-streaming the event to families and friends. It is a great to see how the scouts' cars improve each year and how creative some of the wood-work they do!
Other Summertime Activities
Incoming scouts are invited to join in for the summertime fun planned each year in Pack 1483. We have at least one event per month, from day camp to sports, Raingutter Regatta and Bike Rodeo, a very popular Hike in DC, and the annual Pool Party in August.