Outings and Field Trips
A big part of being a cub scout is taking trips. Some of the places Pack 496 Cub Scouts have gone are the Gardner Police and Fire stations, Gardner town hall, Gardner News Printing press, Davis Mega Maze, Woods ambulance, Monster Jam, Battleship Cove, camping and hiking trips.
The pinewood derby is one of the most popular and successful family activities in Cub Scouting. Pinewood derby cars are small wooden models that Cub Scouts make with help from their families. Then they race the cars in competition. The cars are powered by gravity and run down a track. Gardner Pack 496 holds a pinewood derby every year in the spring. Every boy can design and build his own "grand prix" car to enter in the race.
In the raingutter regatta, boats race down a narrow channel. Gardner Pack 496 uses the boys' own wind power to move their boats in a head to head race.
Doing service projects together is one way that Cub Scouts keep their promise "to help other people." While a Scout should do his best to help other people every day, a group service project is a bigger way to help people. Gardner Pack 496 has participated in several area service projects.
The two main fundraisers Pack 496 coordinates are our annual popcorn sale and our cake auction. Both provide income to our pack to pay for our activities. The popcorn sale provides the boys with opportunites to sell and merchandise. The cake auction is intended to give the cub scout a chance to bake and decorate a cake, something they may not have yet done.
During October and December we have Halloween and Christmas parties in place of our regular pack meeting. Always a lot of fun, these parties are open to all family members and are some of our most popular activities.