Spring Campout

The spring campout is going to be held Friday April 8 until Sunday April 10.

I hope you are all planning to send your boys to the camp out this month, and I look forward to seeing you there because this is what scouting is all about!

The format is very similar to the fall camp out.  We will be at  Camp Manatoc, meeting at the Gilwell Shelter.  We will have Gilwell Cabin and Gilwell Pavilion.

Medical forms must be on file or brought to the site. Please follow the link below if you did not turn in a form in the fall.

If you can help prepare Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner, please let me know. (flipping Pancakes or burgers, helping set up, any task will help)

Camp Manatoc Map

Camp-Manatoc_to gilwell

Tigers get first priority on the cabin spots. If you are a tiger mom, and planning on staying overnight in the cabin, please let us know! (see below)

Arrive around 6 pm
Set up tents
Evening Games
Snack at 8 pm
Lights out at 10 pm

(If you are arriving on Saturday morning, please arrive by 8 am.)
7 am Breakfast
9 am to 11 am BB and Archery, den activity/hike
Noon Lunch
1 – 3 pm build rockets/den Activity
3 – 4 pm shoot off rockets
4 – 5 Scavenger Hunt
5:30 Dinner
6:30 -7:30 practice skits
Dusk Campfire and skits
Lights out at 10 pm

7 am breakfast
8 – 9 am Pack up and depart

Please bring a mess kit and rain gear.(warm clothing with layers)

We need the medical forms and a copy of your insurance card for this camp-out. Please bring them with you if you have already not turned them in. They are a BSA requirement for staying at camp.

Medical Record – Parts A&B

We will be at Camp Manatoc, meeting at the Gilwell Pavilion (same place as always).  The plan is to arrive Friday night after dinner (there will be NO FOOD cooked Friday night). We will be at camp setting up around 5-6:00.  We will have a snack around 7:30 and then have a campfire. Lights out at 10pm. Tiger Scouts have first call on the heated cabins. If you are a tiger mom, and planning on staying overnight in the cabin, please let me know! (There will be special accommodations, as the BSA does not allow co-ed bunking, unless you are tenting with your own child/children.)

Saturday will be packed full: starting at 7:30 breakfast (pancakes, eggs & sausage boiled in baggies and Cereal) and then from 9 to 11 am off to BB shooting and Archery! Parents are encouraged to stay and participate or you are welcome to leave the boys (Tiger parent must stay).  If you can help for lunch or dinner, please let me know. At 11:30 we will have some lunch (hot dogs and Chips) and then at 1:00 we will be building and launching model rockets.  The game plan is to end around 5:30 for dinner.  We will have a campfire Saturday night and lights out by 10:00. If you are not spending the night on Friday and are driving out on Saturday morning, please arrive at 8 am, so that we can check you in and then split the group up so that we can start heading to BB and Archery by 8:30.

Sunday morning we will have some Pop Tarts / Cereal and basically spend the morning breaking down and cleaning up.  We are usually gone by 9:00 or so.

See packing list at the bottom of this e-mail please read it carefully.  We will not be bringing any paper plates, bowls or cups to camp this year.  We are trying to minimize the waste and additional costs involved with all of the extra paper products.

Please see some tips from our Scoutmaster of Troop 155 to the Boy Scouts:

Tips on sleeping in cold weather:
If you do not have a 20 degree rated sleeping bag or lower, you can line your sleeping bag with fleece blankets to increase the warmth. You will also need to make sure you are not sleeping on the ground directly, this can suck the warmth out of your sleeping bag.  If you have insulated sleeping pads, bring them.  A second sleeping bag to sleep on top of will also work.

Plan on changing all your clothes before getting into your sleeping bag, this means both underwear and socks.  The clothes you are wearing during the day will be slightly damp just because you sweat all day long.  You want to be as dry as possible since wetness can make you colder.  Boys can be very self-conscious undressing around others, so tell them to change their underwear in their sleeping bag.  It’s important to change, especially the socks because the drier they are, the warmer they will be.  Have the boys sleep in a clean, unworn sweatpants, and unworn hooded sweatshirt. Tell your scouts to make sure they never get into their sleeping bag with dirty or wet clothes

Pack 3171 2016 Spring Campout Packing List

Only bring essentials and clothing. As a general rule, please make sure your boy has plenty of socks to change into. The boys will always find a way to get wet and muddy. Extra hats and gloves are also recommended.

Pack everything in a duffel or backpack. DO NOT bring toys or electronic devices. There will be plenty of activities to keep you busy!

Clothing: Dress in layers

  • Boots. It’s very important that your feet stay dry. Expect rain.
  • Socks, Underwear, Pants, shirts, Sweatshirts, Jacket, Rain coat or Poncho
  • Cub Scout uniform shirt to be worn on Saturday.


  • Sleeping bag or three blankets, pillow, fitted sheet to put on the mattress in the cabins.

Please bring a tent  if you have one, there will be limited room in the cabins, and Tigers get first choice of cabin space.

Personal Items:

  • Flashlight
  • If you have your Wittlin’ Chit, you are allowed to bring a pocket knife.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

Mess kit: There will be no paper plates, plastic utensils or Styrofoam cups available at the campout. Adults must have a mess kit as well as the boys.

  • Water Bottle
  • Plate/Bowl
  • Cup
  • Utensils
  • Mesh Bag big enough to hold all of your mess kit


  • Completed Health form (for anyone staying at the camp overnight including adults). Health forms must have a copy of your insurance card included.

Your Den Leader may ask you to bring additional items. Be sure to check with them before leaving for camp.


What Is Cub Scouting?

Cub Scouting is fun! No matter what grade you are in, first through fifth, it can be a blast. Do you like to learn by doing? This is just the place. You can learn to tie knots, set up a tent, shoot a bow and arrow (archery). Have you ever cooked a meal on a campfire? Sent a secret code to a buddy? Built a birdhouse? Played Ultimate? Hiked? Earn rewards for doing these things in Cub Scouts!

About Pack 3171

Sponsored by the Woodridge Elementary School PTO, Cub Scout Pack 3171 holds pack meetings once a month, typically on the third Thursday. Pack meetings are open to all members of our Cub Scout families, so feel free to bring siblings.

Dens are small groups of boys (usually 8-10) who are in the same grade.  They typically meet twice a month.

  • Tigers – 1st Grade (parents must attend all meetings with their Tigers)
  • Wolves – 2nd Grade
  • Bears – 3rd Grade
  • Webelos 1s – 4th Grade
  • Webelos 2s – 5th Grade

Join us as we continue to serve our youth members in the Woodridge school district!


Our Pack consists of Scouts and families, all of who attend our events and outings. Besides Pack and Den Meetings, our Scouts enjoy camping outings, as well as visits to fire stations, local museums and hikes in the National Park!

Scouts participate in age appropriate activities from field trips for our younger groups, to hikes and woodworking for our older youth. All our Scouts enjoy a variety of group activities under adult guidance, such as Rocket Rallies, Raingutter Regattas, and the every famous Pinewood Derby! Join us for our next outing!

Character Development

Since its origin, the Scouting program has been an educational experience concerned with values. In 1910, the first activities for Scouts were designed to build character, physical fitness, practical skills, and service. These elements were part of the original Cub Scout program and continue to be part of Cub Scouting today.

Character development extends into every aspect of a boy’s life. Character development also extends into every aspect of Cub Scouting. Cub Scout leaders strive to use Cub Scouting’s 12 core values throughout all elements of the program—service projects, ceremonies, games, skits, songs, crafts, and all the other activities enjoyed at den and pack meetings and most of all ensure the boys have fun in the process!