November 2021 Newsletter

Calendar of Events
Be sure to check Scoutbook for the latest updates to our calendar and to RSVP for events!

November 2021

Nov 01 – Den Meetings @ Church

Nov 06Popcorn Storefront Sales - Walmart

Nov 07Popcorn Storefront Sales - Walmart

Nov 08 No Meetings

Nov 11 – District Roundtable Meeting

Nov 12 – Pack Committee Meeting

Nov 13TFC Training Academy @ Sycamore (*)

Nov 14 – Tree Trimming @ Brookfield Zoo

Nov 15 – Den Meetings @ Church

Nov 20 Pack Hike @ Big Rock Forest Preserve

Nov 21Popcorn Storefront Sales - Rural King

Nov 22 – Thanksgiving Break - No Meetings

Nov 29 – Space Derby @ Church

(*) denotes activities that require registration through the website

December 2021

Dec 06Den Meetings @ Church

Dec 09 – District Roundtable Meeting

Dec 10 NO Pack Committee Meeting

Dec 13 – Den Meetings @ Church

Dec 27 – Winter Break - No Meetings

(*) denotes activities that require registration through the website

January 2022

Jan 03 – Den Meetings @ Church

Jan 08Cubscicle (*)

Jan 15Cubscicle (*)

Jan 10 – Den Meetings @ Church

Jan 13 – District Roundtable Meeting

Jan 14 – Pack Committee Meeting

Jan 17 MLK Jr Day - No Meetings

Jan 24 Den Meetings @ Church

Jan 29 Pinewood Derby @ Plano Legion

Jan 31 No Meetings

(*) denotes activities that require registration through the website

Popcorn Sales Ending

The last opportunity to sell popcorn at a storefront occur in November. Our final days at Walmart are on November 6 & 7, 2021. We will have one final sale at Rural King on November 21, 2021. This is our final push to complete over $20,000 in popcorn sales this year! If you would still like to sign-up for a shift, please review the available shifts in the Trail's End app or contact Mr. Boerner.

Uniforming: Official Scout Uniform ("Class A")

Adult Training Academy

The Three Fires Council Training Academy is scheduled for November 13, 2021 at Sycamore High School in Sycamore, IL. This is a chance for leaders to gain additional resources for their dens and to complete position-specific training. It is also a great opportunity to network with other leaders!

Registration information is available at:

Uniforming: Official Scout Uniform ("Class A")

Brookfield Zoo Tree Trimming

One of our annual traditions is to decorate a Christmas Tree at Brookfield Zoo. This tradition is quite fun for our Scouts, as they make decorations for the tree at a den meeting then we all gather at the zoo to put them on our tree. We will be trimming our tree on Sunday, November 14, 2021, beginning at 10:00am. All Scouts and their families should meet near the carousel upon your arrival. We will then move as a group to our tree (#190), which is located on the East Mall, to decorate. After we are done decorating, your family is free to enjoy the remainder of the day visiting the zoo animals!

If you have a current zoo membership, we ask that you use it for admission and parking for your family. Admission tickets and parking passes for families that do not have a current zoo membership were distributed at the den meetings on November 1st.

Parking: Main (North) Parking Lot
Meet-up: Sunday, November 14, 2021, 10:00am at the Carousel
Tree Trimming: #190, East Mall (between Roosevelt Fountain and BZ Red Hots Restaurant)
Uniforming: Activity Scout Shirt ("Class B")

Big Rock Forest Preserve Hike

We have added a hike to our November calendar at the Big Rock Forest Preserve in Big Rock, IL. This hike will be a bit longer than usual, as our Webelos Scouts will be using it to complete their long hike requirement for the Webelos Walkabout pin (this hike will be 4+ miles). We will meet in the South parking lot of the forest preserve (off of Jericho Road - - travel to the last parking lot). Check this map for specific meeting details.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Due to the number of families that typically travel during the week of Thanksgiving, we will not be holding any meetings on November 22, 2021. We hope that your Scout will use this time off to celebrate their loved ones and appreciate the blessings that life has brought this year.

Space Derby launches November 29th

The Space Derby is a racing event for unpowered, unmanned miniature space ships. Pack 317 provides an official Space Derby kit to each Cub Scout, which is built with the help of adults. The Scout begins with a block of balsa wood, three plastic wings, and four rubber bands. The finished rocket must meet all requirements, as set forth in the Pack 317 Official Space Derby Rules. Blocks can be sanded with sandpaper, sanding block, or a powered sander. Rockets vary from unfinished blocks to whimsical objects, to accurate replicas of actual space ships. The Pack 317 Space Derby Race is run on a four-line hand-crafted wood derby track. We use race officials at both ends of the track to administer and officiate the results of the race. The race is run in heats, by den, and overall pack winners.

This year's Space Derby will launch on November 29, 2021 at the First Baptist Church. The launch window opens shortly after 7:00pm, so don't be late! Kits were distributed to Scouts at the November 1, 2021 den meetings. More information is available on our Space Derby webpage.

Uniforming: Official Scout Uniform ("Class A")

Operation Cubscicle 2022: International Games

Join us at Camp Big Timber for a fun day of winter activities both inside and out! This is an event open to all Lions, Tigers, Wolves, Bears, Webelos, Siblings and Friends! Indoor and outdoor activities will include: sling shots, sledding, snow sports, and other exciting activities and projects!

New this year, there are three options to choose from:


    • Saturday, January 8, 2022

    • 9:00am - 3:30pm

      • $15.00/youth

      • $10.00/adult

  • HALF DAY SESSION (Morning)

    • Saturday, January 15, 2021

    • 9:00am - 12:00pm

      • $10.00/youth

      • $5.00/adult

  • HALF DAY SESSION (Afternoon)

    • Saturday, January 15, 2021

    • 1:00pm - 4:00pm

      • $10.00/youth

      • $5.00/adult

This event is help at Camp Big Timber (37W955 Big Timber Rd, Elgin IL 60124). Registration is open now and more information is available at:

Uniforming: Pack Activity Shirt ("Class B")