Thursday, June 30, 2022

4th of July Parade Information

Hello Scouts!

Pack 722 is again walking in the 4th of July parade after a long hiatus due to COVID-19. If you haven't been in the parade before, it is amazingly fun. Being in a parade is a requirement for some scout ranks and will count as a July activity toward your Summer Pack award. 

Dress Code:
Class A uniforms. Generally, it is hot so dress for the weather.

What to bring:
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Maybe a snack
  • Wear your scout hat if you have one
  • Good walking shoes
When:
  • You should plan to come around 3:00 to catch the shuttle to the top of the lake. Sometimes these can take a little while to show up. Alternatively, you can walk up North Ave.You may want to come earlier to make sure you can park at MG Fitness or the Galvin.
  • Line up for the parade is at 4:00 pm and the parade starts at 5:00 pm.
How do I get there?:

If you are being dropped off at the staging area by car or arriving by bus: Use 607 North Avenue Wakefield, MA 01880 for GPS directions. As you approach the staging area you will see signs and receive instructions for drop-off at the Lakeside Office Park. Please turn down Willard Rd., take the 3rd left in the lot, and head towards the tent. 
  • We have to be in the staging area at Lakeside by 4:00pm for line up as the streets along the parade route and I-95/128 exit 39 will be blocked off starting at 4:00pm. We are usually in the area behind the building that Glamatics is in. 
  • Groups arriving in multiple vehicles are asked to meet at Wakefield Memorial High School at 60 Farm St. to consolidate cars before heading to the main parking lots at the end of the route at the Galvin Middle School or MG Fitness. I've found a space at MG fitness in the past or dropped people off at the Lakeside Office Park then drove back toward downtown and parked.
  • You will receive instructions on where to park as you approach the Galvin, 525 Main St Wakefield, MA 01880. 
  • Parking locations will be determined by the End of Route volunteers and you may be directed to park at the school or gym. Two shuttle busses will depart from the front doors of the school and gym making loops between the end and beginning of the parade starting at 12:30pm and the last shuttle will leave for the staging area at 3:45pm. 
  • If you plan to use the shuttle, please arrive early and meet the bus at the front of the school or the gym.]
  • Please carpool as much as possible to reduce the number of vehicles in the parking lots. Once spots are taken, we have limited parking options available.
  • Upon arrival at the staging area, a volunteer will assist you in finding your designated location. We are no longer shuttling people to their staging location in golf carts. You are expected to walk to your designated location. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
  • All vehicles not participating in the parade are limited to 30 minutes in the staging area for drop-off. After 30 minutes they will be sent towards the Galvin Middle School/MG Fitness parking areas to wait for their group. You will be trapped until after the parade if you do not leave before the roads close.
  • If you are taking the shuttle from the end to the staging area, please arrive in the middle school or gym parking area BEFORE 3:30pm in order to be in the staging area for 4:00pm. 
  • The last shuttles will leave the parking areas at 3:45pm. 
  • Once the roads start to close it will be very difficult to get to the staging area or the end of route parking area. 
  • Bathroom facilities will be available in the staging and parking areas 
  • ]No alcohol is to be consumed in the staging area or during the parade. 

Parade Information:
  • The parade is 1.9 miles long and ends at the Galvin Middle School. 
  • The parade is held rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, you will be contacted.
  • It will take approximately 1 hour once you have begun walking in the parade, to finish
YIS,
Your Scout Pack

Friday, June 24, 2022

Reminder: JJ Round Park Cleanup

Hello Pack 722,

Hope you all are enjoying the last day of school for those of you in the WPS system, and Congratulations! to all of our Webelos / 4th Graders who are now moving on to Galvin!

This is a reminder that we will be out at JJ Round tomorrow morning, Saturday, June 25th from 8:30AM to 10AM.  We will start with a walk through the town forest and on the way back, we will pick up trash and clean up the forest area of the park.  Class B shirts and hats for this event. Please wear good footwear for a stroll through the woods and bring gloves and a small trash bag to pick up litter.  We will have some larger trash bags available if needed.  Scouts should also bring the 6 essentials, including water and a small snack. 

Hope to see you there!

Yours in Scouting,
Pack 722 Committee

Friday, June 17, 2022

Summertime Cub Scouting

Hello Wakefield Pack 722,

Summertime is just about upon us and the end of school is clearly in sight now.  While we have already held our Pack Crossover, our scouting year continues right through the summer, having been kicked off with the exciting overnight trip to Battleship Cove and the USS Massachusetts down in Fall River, MA. We continue our summer of fun and service with activities primarily here in Wakefield, including the Wakefield July 4th Parade and park cleanups at JJ Round and Paddy Heights.  We also have some activities taking us down to Boston for a historic hike, and summer camps in Manchester, NH and Topsfield, MA.

The activities listed here are pack activities that qualify scouts for the National Summertime Pack Award. To earn the award, scouts must participate in at least one (1) pack activity each month (June, July, August) during the summer.  Scouts earning the award receive a pin that they can proudly wear on their uniforms.

Scouts also have the opportunity to attend summer camps and start working their way towards the Outdoor Activity Award.  We are noting two (2) summer camp experiences on our list with Camp Carpenter fast approaching for those who signed up earlier in the year, and the Topsfield Cub Scout Day Camp, which still has (27) space available.  https://experiencebasecamp.org/products/topsfield-youth-day-camp-2022  Through our Council and New England Basecamp, there are multiple other scouting day camps available - https://experiencebasecamp.org/pages/nebc-day-camps.  All of those camps through New England Basecamp qualify a scout for the Outdoor Activity Award.



Finally, here is our list of activities.  You can also download and print a PDF file listing our activities here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZcLiU3lmtgSQIA05-TKDJvt9hdhOH_O5/view?usp=sharing

·         June 4-5: Battleship Cove

·         June 25th : Clean up at JJ Round (8:30-10:00 AM)

·         June 26th-30th : Camp Carpenter

·         July 1st : Camp Carpenter for AOL scouts

·         July 4th : 4th of July Parade

·         July 9th : Kickball - BRING A FRIEND!

·         July 18-22nd : Day Camp in Topsfield - https://experiencebasecamp.org/products/topsfield-youth-day-camp-2022

·         July 30th : Clean Up at Paddy Heights (8:30-10:00 AM)

·         August 13th: Freedom Trail

·         August 27th : Geocache (location to be determined)

·         Early September: Farmers Markets

Dates and times are subject to change pending weather. Announcements/reminders will be sent as events get closer with details of the event.

Yours in Scouting,
Your Pack 722 Committee

Monday, May 23, 2022

Placing Flags at Lakeside Cemetery TODAY!

Hey all, 
Hope you are all having a good start to the week. Quick reminder that today we will be placing flags at Lakeside Cemetery. 

Arrive: 3pm (probably done around 4 or 4:30)
Wear: CLASS A uniform
Bring: screwdriver, or something like it to puncture the ground. This makes it significantly easier to place the flags. 

Hope to see you all soon! 
~Brad 


Monday, May 16, 2022

Pack Crossover

All,

Here is the schedule for the Pack Crossover this Friday, May 20th.  Please remember the plan is to have the crossover outside the church (First Parish Congregational) in the rear lot with time slots for each rank.  Scouts should wear Class A uniforms.



6-6:20 - Lions & Tigers
6:30-6:50 - Wolf
7:00-7:20 - Bear
7:30-7:50 - Webelos

Weather forecast looks good right now.  Fingers-crossed that holds!

Yours in Scouting,
Your Pack Committee