January 2022 Newsletter

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

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 23 Pack Hike @ Lyon Forest Preserve

Jan 24 Den Meetings @ Church (Treasure Bread Kickoff)

Jan 29 Pinewood Derby @ Plano Legion

Jan 31 No Meetings

(*) denotes activities that require registration through the scoutingevent.com website

February 2022


Feb 07 No Meetings

Feb 10 – District Roundtable Meeting

Feb 11 – Pack Committee Meeting

Feb 14 – Den Meetings @ Church (Treasure Bread Due)

Feb 21 – Den Meetings @ Church

Feb 26 – Blue & Gold Banquet @ Plano Legion

Feb 26 – Arrow of Light Crossover Ceremony

(*) denotes activities that require registration through the scoutingevent.com website

March 2022

Mar 07Den Meetings @ Church

Mar 10 – District Roundtable Meeting

Mar 11No Pack Committee Meeting

Mar 12District Pinewood Derby @ TBD

Mar 14 – Den Meetings @ Church

Mar 21 No Meetings

Mar 28 – Den Meetings @ Church

(*) denotes activities that require registration through the scoutingevent.com website

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 closing soon! More information is available at: https://scoutingevent.com/127-46213

Uniforming: Pack Activity Shirt ("Class B")

Lyon Forest Preserve Hike on January 23rd

We are taking a 2-mile winter hike through Lyon Forest Preserve in Yorkville on Sunday, January 23, 2022. We will start our hike at 1pm. Check Scoutbook for more details.

Treasure Bread Kick-Off on January 24th

Our 2022 Treasure Bread fundraising efforts will begin with a presentation to Scouts at the January 24th meeting. Order forms will be due at the February 14th meetings and orders will be distributed for delivery on February 26th! Learn more about Treasure Bread in the fundraising section of our website.

Pinewood Derby launches January 29th

The Pinewood Derby is the premier racing event for Cub Scouts. Pack 317 provides an official Pinewood Derby kit to each Cub Scout, which is built with the help of adults. The Scout begins with a block of balsa wood and four plastic wheels. The finished race car must meet all requirements, as set forth in the Pack 317 Official Pinewood Derby Rules. Blocks can be sanded with sandpaper, sanding block, or a powered sander. Pinewood cars vary from unfinished blocks to whimsical objects, to accurate replicas of actual race cars. The Pack 317 Pinewood Derby™ Race is run on a four-lane hand-crafted wood derby track that slopes down to the ground, since the cars are powered by gravity. We use computer software to administer and officiate the results of the race. The race is run in heats, by den, and overall pack winners.

This year's Pinewood Derby will be on January 29, 2022 at the Plano American Legion. Kits were distributed to Scouts at the December 13, 2021 den meetings. More information is available on our Pinewood Derby webpage.

Uniforming: Official Scout Uniform ("Class A")

Popcorn Celebration at Funway on February 5th

SAVE-THE-DATE for our huge party in celebration of this year's successful popcorn sales!!!

Our Scouts worked very hard this fall to blast right past our stretch goal of $20,000 in popcorn sales. To celebrate this amazing accomplishment, the Pack is throwing a HUGE PARTY at Funway in Batavia on Saturday, February 5th!!!

This event is FREE to all registered youth members of our Pack, due to the SPECTACULAR popcorn selling that we accomplished this fall!

What's Included:
10:00am-11:00am: Bowling (shoe rental included)
11:00am-11:30am: Lunch (choice of pizza or hotdog)|
11:30am-1:00pm: Roller Skating (skate rental included)
1:00pm-2:00pm: "Play" Card Activities ($20 loaded onto card for laser tag, bumper cars, mini golf, video games, etc.)

Non-registered youth and/or parents that wish to participate can join in our group rate for $35/person.

Download the flyer/reservation form for this event! This form will be available at January den meetings and is due no later than January 10, 2022.

Uniforming: Pack Activity Shirt ("Class B")

Blue & Gold Banquet on February 26th

Blue and Gold Banquets are a tradition in Cub Scout packs. They are a celebration of the anniversary of the founding of the BSA on February 8, 1910, and therefore usually take the place of the February pack meeting. Advancements and awards are presented. The Arrow of Light ceremony is also be included as the 5th graders cross over to a troop. Sometimes community leaders or special guests are invited to attend.

Our Blue & Gold Banquet is scheduled for Saturday, February 26, 2022 at the Plano American Legion. More details to come!

Uniforming: Official Scout Uniform ("Class A")

Summer Resident Camp at Camp Rokilio

Camp Rokilio provides a GREAT OUTDOOR ADVENTURE for Cub Scouts (entering 1st through 5th grade in the fall of 2022) and their parents and leaders on 213 beautiful acres of hilly terrain with tall timber located in the Kettle Moraine, seven miles east of Kiel, Wisconsin!

Camp Rokilio consists of a 3-day/2-night stay in one of the camp’s four themed buildings, which includes the Fort J.J. Keller, Gunderson Viking Bäten Ship, Kohler Castle, and Oertle Train Station. The buildings' amenities include electricity, water, flush toilets, showers, kitchen, and living quarters with beds for both adults and youth. Camp Rokilio provides an introduction to camping in a very comfortable and stylistic way!

As a Cub Scout becomes accustomed to the out-of-doors with their Den, they unconsciously absorb some of the greatness of nature itself — the quiet of the forest, the cheerfulness of a running stream, the breadth of a body of water, the openness of the sky, the freshness of the wind, the curiousness of a bog with insect eating plants, and the beauty of a sunset.

By spending time outdoors, they learn some of the skills, resourcefulness, and self-reliance of the pioneers. The woods, the streams, the trails, and the wild creatures that inhabit them become friends, and the out-of-doors becomes a lifelong source of recreation.

Camping is an opportunity for the continuation of Cub Scouting throughout the summer! The camp program is designed to meet the needs and interests of Tigers, Wolves, Bears, Webelos, and parents; therefore, preparation for adventure belt loops and activity pins are continuous and consistent with the program in the Pack.

All of Scouting is an educational program, and since education consists primarily of determining the individual’s learning needs and proceeding to satisfy those needs, the Camp Rokilio program is designed to promote a meaningful and educational experience. The program consists of 3 days of waterfront, shooting sports (BB Guns/Archery), Nature, Campfires, Chapel, theme related projects and activities, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) activities, and NOVA awards.

Cub Scouts and their parents, grandparents and leaders can choose a session that fits into their schedule. All Cub Scouts are required to attend resident camp with a parent for the entire duration of camp. We will attend Camp Rokilio from June 27-29, 2022. Remaining camp fees are due no later than March 28, 2022!

Summer Day Camp at the Yorkville American Legion

Three Fires Council's Summer Day Camp at the Yorkville American Legion is from July 25-29, 2022. This is the closest location to our pack. Day Camp is an activity-based adventure for your Scout (and siblings) to enjoy. The emphasis is NOT on advancements, but on having fun and fellowship with your fellow Cub Scouts. Day Camp is recommended for Tigers, Wolves, and Bears. Webelos and Arrow of Light Scouts should consider Summer Resident Camp instead.

Uniforming: Pack Activity Shirt ("Class B")