Scouts are welcome to start here; the memorial is right across the road from the playground, at the junction of the high school and library. After the ceremony, we’ll need to jog over to the town commons to join the main crowd.
11:00 AM Parade Step off time.
From the town commons, we will organize the flag-bearers, grouping, and so forth. The scouts will be coached on why we’re doing this and how to behave. When appropriate, we will quietly slip into the main parade line heading down Great Road, right after the BHS marching band.
Some points to remember:
This is a somber event; no candy etc.
Class A uniforms; as perfect as they can muster, shirts tucked in, shoes tied, caps, neckerchiefs with clasp.
A bottle of water and sunscreen application is a good idea.
Kids need not stay for the entire duration, as they tend to get fidgety; we’ll find a mutually agreeable departure time, and respectfully, and silently disperse.
If the weather is bad, it will still be held, but at the high-school
This is an important event for Scouts as citizenship and community are part of the core of the program. Since it is important, but not one of the flashy, fun Scouting events, boys who participate will get extra raffle tickets at the June cookout event (details forthcoming)
Saturday, May 21st May Campfire Event
Starting at 7:00 PM, join us for a campfire on the Brown property off Turf Meadow Drive. This will be a fun-filled family event. Come one, come all! Key things to bring are bug spray, a flashlight, (it will be surprisingly dark when the campfire is over), and a chair for best comfort during the event
The campfire ring is a 3-5 minute walk down a path from parking, so please plan accordingly to get to the event on time. We suggest being in place by 6:50pm. We realize that some boys may have sports, etc…While we promote the wearing of our uniforms… please feel free to come right from any event, even if running late, or if your boy doesn’t have time too change into their Scout uniform.. we want as many that can to attend! We will be doing skits and toasting S’mores, so come enjoy the evening.
We will not be doing a sleepover event as we did with the October campfire. The campfire will be the event for the evening.
Beautify Bedford On Saturday, May 7th, we will be holding our annual event to help clean up Bedford. To participate in the event you need to:
Show up at the Bedford DPW lot (left of the DPW building across from Stop and Shop) any time between 9am and 2pm. Individual scouts (with parents) or groups welcomed. You will see our canopy set up in the parking lot.You will be assigned an area in Bedford to clean up. Length of participation is entirely up to you. It’s good to plan on 1/2 hour to an hour of clean up depending on how many people are in your group.There will be some work gloves available but if you have your own please do bring them. Trash bags will be provided. Please come prepared with bug spray and sun screen as needed.
Class B uniforms (Pack 194 T-shirts) and hats are recommended. This is our chance to show the community that the scouts are giving something back to the community that supports them year after year.
When you are done with your area, you can return to the DPW lot and leave trash bags at the dumpster there. If you see any large items that are too big to put in the bag or fit in your vehicle, note the location and that information will be passed on to the DPW for pick up later in the week.
Your Den Leader should be communicating with you shortly regarding this event. Some dens may choose to do this as a grouped den activity.
Raingutter RegattaMonday, April 11th6:45 JGMS
Preregistration required. Please make sure that your den leader knows that your boy(s) plan to participate no later than the end of April 10th.
Sunday, February 28 at 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Billerica Boys & Girls Club
19 Campbell Road
Billerica, MA 01821
(978) 667-2193Please join us for the annual pack swim event at the Billerica Boys & Girls Club at 19 Campbell Road in Billerica from 4:30 – 6:30 pm. The event is free and siblings are also welcome. This is not a drop off event, so at least one parent should attend. Please plan to arrive between 4:15 and 4:25. Food and/or drinks will not be provided and are not allowed in the pool area so please make sure to have a healthy snack before you arrive.There is no cost associated with this event.
Drumlin Farm Trip
Sunday, November 22 at 1 pm, Pack 194 will visit Drumlin Farm.
This is not a drop off event, so at least one parent should attend. Siblings are welcome also. The cost is $10 per person. Please email Bill Barney: barney.william”AT”TIAXLLC.com, with the number of children and adults from your family that will attend. The deadline is 11/13/15, but please respond as soon as possible so we can get a head count to Drumlin.
The Drumlin trip is earlier this year to avoid the snow and cold that we get in February. We will be doing the Native Pathways program. This is likely to be somewhat different from past programs we have done. The description from their website follows;
“Explore our fields and forests as if it were 1000 years ago. Where would you live? What would you eat? What tools would you use? How has the land changed? Through a variety of hands-on activities, discover the relationships among plants, animals, people, and the resources we share. Learn how we can live more lightly on the land by listening to the stories of the people who came before us.”
This program should satisfy some badge and elective requirements for scouts at all levels. The ones we have identified are listed below. In some cases the scouts may need to plan ahead to accomplish the requirement (come up with 3 questions to ask a scientist, etc.) or may need to be alert and on the lookout to spot animals. Den leaders should review the requirements to confirm that they are satisfied.
Wednesday, November 11th, 11:45 am
Scouts meet at the Veterans Memorial Park (155 Great Road across from Bedford Marketplace Plaza w/Marshalls and Whole Foods) at 11:45.
Boys should wear Class A uniform. There will be a ceremony
that includes and unveiling of the new Veterans Memorial Park Sign and a ceremony. The Boy Scouts have invited Pack 194 to participate with them at this event again this year. The entire ceremony should last for about an hour. All participants are welcome to come to the Bedford American Legion for lunch afterwards.
The Pack 194 lead for this event is Bill Barney. Please contact him via email at: Barney.William”AT”TIAXLLC.com is you are able to attend.
Pack 194 Campfire/Pack Meeting!
Saturday, October 24th, 6:30 pm
Starting at 6:30 PM, join us for a campfire on the Brown property off Turf Meadow Drive. This will be a fun-filled family event. Come one, come all! Key things to bring are a flashlight and a chair or blanket for best comfort during the event. Boys should wear the Class A uniform.
The campfire ring is a 3-5 minute walk down a path from parking, so please plan accordingly to get to the event on time. We suggest being in place by 6:15 pm. We will be doing skits and toasting S’mores, so come enjoy the evening.
The address/GPS info is:
Turfmeadow Road (off RT 62)
Bedford, MA 01730
This annual boy favorite will be back once again. For a nominal pass-through fee of $12 boys will be able to purchase a rocket kit and two engines to fire rockets high in the air (cash or check to: Pack 194). There will also be food from the grill to enjoy as well. Siblings and friends are welcome to come as well and join in the fun.
Monday, September 28th, 7:00pm – First Pack Meeting! John Glenn Middle School Cafeteria
The first official pack meeting of the year. A chance to welcome new boys to the pack and returning Scouts to their new rank year. There will be information for new parents, and a chance to gather the handbook and Pack 194 patch if not already received. The first pack meeting is largely introductory and we will cover some of the Scout basics etc. Also some awards will be handed out for those who earned things over the summer.
This year each pack meeting will have a theme based on one of the 12 points of the Scout Law. September’s theme: A Scout is Friendly
Saturday, September 19th, 9:45am – Bedford Day Parade
We will stage on DeAngelo Drive (off Loomis St.)
Pack 194 will once again take part in the annual Bedford Day Parade. We will march from the staging area, turn on to Great Road, then up to the center of town to the Mudge Way area. Boys should wear the Class A uniform (or best presentation) for the parade. The parade will step off at 10:30. After the parade, Pack 194 will have a booth at the fair with a rain gutter regatta track set-up. We will also be selling homemade chocolate covered pretzels!
Important info about location and timing of the parade can all be found here
No boy will be released at the end of the parade until a parent is present at the Mudge Way end point.
Pack 194 Candy Policy: Tossing candy into the crowd is one of the fun parts of the parade for the boys, but it also makes it difficult to keep order. If anyone wants to bring candy to toss to the crowd, it is welcomed and encouraged. However, please note that uniformed Den Leaders will hold all candy and distribute to the boys throughout the route to their hands. Boys should not have their “own” bag of candy.
Monday, September 14th at 7pm: New Parents Night
25 Great Road, First Church of Christ, Congregational
This event is for parents who have just joined Pack 194 this year and are either new to Scouting or coming from a different pack and want to learn more about how it all works. There will be some handouts and a general discussion about Scouting and Pack 194. It is a great chance to meet the leadership of Pack 194 and ask any questions that you may have. Light refreshments will be served.
Monday, August 24th – Field Day (Mudge Way, Field E)
A chance to play ball sports and other games and activities, and to catch up with friends after a fun summer full of activities. Also a chance to sign-up or re-register for the 2015-2016 year
Saturday, July 25th – Lowell Spinners Sleepover
A chance to see minor league baseball, enjoy some stadium food, watch a movie on the big left field screen with the best part being able to camp out in the outfield.