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Kayaking the Toccoa River

 We had a terrific kayaking trip down the lower Toccoa River in Blue Ridge the last weekend in July with 13 scouts and family members. If you missed the trip, we sure hope to see you along next time. We saw herons, kingfishers, fished and relaxed along the river. Thanks a ton to Joe Cotnoir, our Wolf Den Leader, for organizing our two summer float trips…what a blast!

Toccoa River Tubing was awesome!

The last weekend in June, Five families went hiking the trails and tubing down the Toccoa River in Aska, GA, just outside of Blue Ridge.

2021-2022 Graduation

Congratulations to all our Pack 3000 scouts for a fantastic year of adventures. Our scouts will move up to the next level and are on their way to cub scout’s highest honor, Arrow of Light.

Also, Thank You to the parents, family members, and pack leaders who made this year a success.

Graduating Lions
Graduating Tigers
Graduating Wolves
Graduating Bears
Graduating Webelos

2022 Spring Camp Out

It was a Great Weekend for Scouting at Scoutland on Lake Lanier.  Everyone had an amazing time!

The weather was perfect, the property was amazing, and we had a full house.  We camped 20 folks Friday and over 40 in attendance Saturday!  Friday we had movie night.  Saturday we fished, played, and did den activities all day and there was plenty of time to do whatever we wanted.  Saturday evening we had a campfire with Troop 431 from Roswell where we performed our skits for them, they did some skits for us, we led them in some songs and stories, and they taught us a Greenbar song or two.  Then we made S’mores and invited everyone to go out in the field and look through the big telescope at the Whirlpool double galaxy, and the Bode’s Nebula Galaxies.  It was really cool!

The food was fantastic all weekend… thanks to all the adults who helped with preparation and cleanup.  And extra thanks to Mr. Andrius who prepped the menu and did grocery shopping, and Mr. Frank who picked up Saturday lunch from Publix.

Friday Night Movie Night
Den Activities
Hiking & Fishing at Lake Lanier

Toccoa River Swinging Bridge 2022

We had a great trip to the Toccoa RIver Swinging Bridge. We had 20 scouts and families along. Thanks for all who attended! Everyone had a blast. We got there around 10:30 in the morning and an ultramarathon called the Georgia Death Race was about to go through. Turns out the swinging bridge was the mile 30 marker of a 74 mile trail race from Vogel State Park to Amicalola State Park.

2022 Arrow of Light and Crossover ceremony

March 20, 2022: Congratulations to the nine scouts of Pack 3000 Den 4 as they completed the cub scout program and crossed over into boy scouts to start the next chapter in their scouting journey. Our graduating scouts are Zachary Hamil, Christian Parillo, Anderson Kimball, Thomas Carns, Clayton Velloff, Carter Maciel, Patrick Velloff, Sean Durkin, and Austin Bowie (not pictured).

2022 Blue & Gold / Rocket day

Pack 3000 enjoyed its annual combined Blue & Gold day (celebrating the founding of scouting) and Rocket day (building and launching model rockets) on Sunday March 6th on the back property of Birmingham United Methodist Church. It was a beautiful day for launching and chasing rockets!

February 2022 Pack meeting

Pack 3000 held it’s February pack meeting on February 28 in the courtyard at the Birmingham Falls United Methodist Church. We talked about upcoming events, including rocket day, the Toccoa swinging bridge hike, and the spring campout. We also honored our AOL scouts who were attending their very last pack meeting before crossing over to Boy Scouts. Last but not least, our scouts took advantage of the nice weather with games featuring stomp rockets and marshmallow launchers!

2022 Pinewood Derby

The 2022 Pack 3000 Pinewood Derby Champions
Racing action
Check in night

Congratulations to William Brown for winning the overall 2022 Pack 3000 pinewood derby championship! The runners up were Anderson Kimball (2nd place) and Watts Davis (3rd place). The competition was fierce this year with a huge variety of very fast and very creative cars. Special thanks to Bobby Parillo and Jeff Barnes for organizing a fantastic event.

The Pack 3000 Pinewood Derby was held on Saturday January 22 at Birmingham United Methodist Church fellowship hall, with check-in the night before.

2022 Pack 3000 Pinewood Derby Speed Shop

The Pack 3000 Speed Shop returned for 2022 with a busy event on January 8 at the Carns family workshop. Thank you to Mr. Ed Good for letting us use his woodworking tools, and thank you to Frank Cristiano and Jason Hamil for helping to supervise. The scouts have worked hard on a lot of creative designs this year; we can’t wait to see them race!

December 2021 Pack meeting and popcorn fundraiser party

A big turnout!
Our committee chair Jim Durkin takes the ceremonial first pie from our top fundraiser, Carter Maciel
Rubbing it in
One of the last, but surely not the least enthusiastic

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the final pack meeting of 2021! It was an action-packed meeting. We announced the pinewood derby dates (see pack 3000 home page for details) and distributed pinewood derby car kits (please see your den leader if you didn’t get one yet). We owe an extra special thank you to Heather and Brendan Maciel for organizing our 2021 popcorn fundraiser party. We enjoyed pizza and ice cream, and we ended the night with everyone’s favorite award for hitting their sales goals: throwing a pie in the face of the scout leader of their choice 🙂 Thank you to all of the cub scout leaders for being such good sports!

November 2021 Pack Meeting

Welcoming new members of Pack 3000

Thank you for joining us for the November 15th pack meeting at Birmingham United Methodist Church. We were thrilled to welcome a lot of new families to the pack following the Birmingham Falls recruiting event! We hope that everyone had a great time.

New parents please don’t hesitate to reach out to your den leader and/or cubmaster if you have any questions.

Many thanks to existing parents who have volunteered to help with committee roles next year!

2021 fall field trip: Space Camp

The future astronauts of Pack 3000 had a blast on an overnight Space Camp field trip (November 6-7) at the US Space and Rocket Center in Alabama! Scouts and their families learned all about space while testing their skills at a variety of astronaut training activities.

October 2021 Pack Meeting

Thank you for joining us for the October 25th pack meeting in the BUMC courtyard! We welcomed new families to the pack, honored scouts with advancements, and played a bunch of fun games and relay races.

2021 Fall Campout

Campfire program
Morning interfaith service
A view of the campsite
Watermelon time!

What a great turnout and a great weekend for Scouting as Pack 3000 held it’s annual fall campout on September 25-26 on the BUMC back property.  We filled the field.  Our Fall Family Camping included hikes, imploding watermelons with rubber bands, games in the fields, great food, and a campfire with skits/songs.  Thanks to everyone for coming out and making the extra effort to help our new scouts have a great time.

We’d like to especially thank:

  • Andrius and Alma for organizing and leading the menu and cooking throughout the weekend… incredible food!
  • Jason and Phil and the AOLs for getting things ready
  • Bobby for setting up the volleyball net and running the Scouts Own Service

We are very fortunate to have such a beautiful camping location right on our church property.

August 2021 Pack meeting

Pack 3000 held it’s first pack meeting of the 2021-2022 scouting year in the courtyard of Birmingham United Methodist Church on August 23, 2021. We were thrilled to welcome many new scouts to the pack, kick off our popcorn fundraising program, and challenge our scouts with a variety of team relay activities. Thank you everyone!

Back to Pack pool party 2021

What better way to wrap up the summer and get back to scouting than with the annual Back to Pack pool party? The 2021 edition was held on August 8 at the Nettlebrook Farms neighborhood pool. We had great weather, great food (chicken, hamburgers, hotdogs, and more), and a great time in the water. Thank you to the pack leaders, especially Jim Durkin and Hemang Shah for organizing the food and the facility. Also thank you to the new prospective scouts for coming out to join us!

July summertime outdoor movie

Pack 3000 hosted an outdoor movie on the lawn at the scout compound on Saturday, July 24 2021. Thank you to the Parillo family for letting us borrow the gigantic projector screen!

June summertime pack hike

Pack 3000 gathered at Birmingham Park on June 19, 2021 for a pack hiking excursion. We had a great time on the trail and learned how to “caterpillar” to keep track of everyone. We even saw a couple of deer and some weird looking mushrooms 🙂

Pack 3000 at the 2021 NR Twilight Cub Camp

Archery
Pack 3000 Den 4 (rising AOL rank)

The Northern Ridge District’s twilight cub camp returned to Wills Park from June 1-3. Pack 3000 was well represented by enthusiastic scouts and gracious volunteers. The scouts participated in a wide variety of activities, including shooting sports (archery and bb guns), water rockets, kickball, wood working, and much much more. They even had fun playing in the rain on the last day! Thank you everyone for making this such a memorable event.

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