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Pack Summer Events

We know that many Scouts would like to work on the Summertime Pack Award. In order to achieve the award, the Scout needs to participate in a Pack activity in June, July and August. During this unprecedented time, this has been a challenge to achieve because we usually have parades and baseball games to attend. Have no fear! Your leaders have come up with three separate events that your Scout can participate in during the summer.

June: Family Campout – Either setup a tent in your back yard or sleeping  bags in your living room! Look for a Signup Genius coming soon with ideas for your campout and join us for our first ever Pack 102 Virtual Camp Fire on Saturday, June 20th from 7-8pm. Virtual meeting info will be in the Signup Genius. Take pictures and post them of our Facebook page.

July: Pack 102 Scavenger Hunt! Take your family on a great adventure through Olmsted Falls and Township visiting many Pack 102 Leader’s homes picking up clues along the way. The scavenger hunt begins on Thursday, July 23rd and runs through Sunday, July 26th. You are welcome to pick the best time for your family to go on this Cub Scout adventure! More info coming in July.

August: Pack 102 Crossover Sunday, August 16th from 2-5pm. Mark your
calendars now with more information to come. If we can be together, we will plan the Crossover with an ice cream social to finish the event. If we can’t be together, we will plan a fun ‘drive-thru’ event to celebrate the accomplishments of your Scouts. More info coming soon.

Nova Awards

In addition to these great opportunities there will be one opportunity each month to earn a different Nova Award, Please check Scoutbook, the monthly newsletter and our Facebook for additional details and signup information:

June 10th & 17th: 1-2-3 Go!

July 8th & 15th: Up and Away

August 12th & 19th: Nova Wild

Tying the Square Knot & the Sheet Bend

Joe Borowski, Dec. 6, 2019

The Square Knot was one of the first that I learned as a young Scout and one that I still hold dear today. But he has a cousin, the Sheet Bend, that has a superpower of his own and I think you should learn about both.

First up we have the Square Knot, or as it’s technically called the Reef Knot, which is a pretty strong type of joining knot. Joining knots, or binding knots, combine two ropes together or two ends of the same rope. We commonly know the Square knot from when we tie packages and we are combining two overhand knots. As kids, we remember repeating the old saying “Right over left, left over right” to remember how we make sure we end up with the knot we want. If you tie the same overhand knot twice, you will end up with a Granny Knot instead. It is not easily done with two ends of the same rope, but you can tie it in a way that you can have one long end and one short end opposing each other and this would be called a Theif Knot which is not as strong as the Reef Knot because of how the friction works then the ropes bind.

Now if you’re tying together ropes of two varying sizes, I would lead you to use the Sheet Bend. This knot puts an extra bend in that will create a secondary binding point. In the video below I’ll show you more on this, but if you get to a point where you are combining drastically different sized ropes, I would look at some even stronger bends like the Racking Bend or Seizing Bend.

Try it on your own and let me know if you have any feedback.

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