Author Archives: Mrs. Brown

I am Mother to two scouts and wife to Cubmaster Dan Brown. I assist where needed with the pack. I co-chair in committees involved with popcorn sales, annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser, Blue and Gold banquet, and many other activities serving the scouts and community. Outside of scouting projects, I am an Early childhood Educator for over 10 years.

Blue and Gold Banquet

Hello pack families!

Mrs. Petula sent out a pack email that may or may not have reached all of our families.  The email was regarding our upcoming Blue and Gold banquet.  For those new to scouting, this is an annual tradition where we celebrate the birth of scouting.
This year we will have a St. Patrick’s day themed event that will be a pot luck dinner.  There will be entertainment from the Whitaker Center as well as our cake decorating contest.  Families will bring a theme related cake to the banquet where one will be voted as best decorated.  the cakes are to be homemade and a family collaboration.  Have fun with this 🙂
Please RSVP to the attached link and be sure to sign up for the requested items as well as letting us know how many will be in attendance from your family.  Thank you!


This year our spaghetti dinner will take place on Scout Sunday—February 9th at noon.  We need your help to continue making this a great success!  We would greatly appreciate online registration for the event with payment accepted at the door.  Payment is $7 a person with all proceeds benefiting our boys in Pack 200.  Please register at the below link if you plan on attending.  If you cannot make it, or to invite a friend, feel free to forward the link to others.


Who:  Cub Scouts and Parents

What: Hiking! Building /Cooking over a fire! Rocket Launch! , knife skills (with parent approval), board games, geocaching, and scary stories at night!  Also:  all the hot chocolate you can drink, and no showering! =-)

Where: Hidden Valley Scout Reservation, Loysville (Perry County). We are staying in the Labor Lodge which has bunk beds, a large kitchen, and  bathrooms. (no shower in the lodge, but there is a year-round shower house in camp).

When: December 6-8.  Depart on your own.. eating dinner before you arrive to camp on Friday and Leave camp by noon on Sunday.


Cost:  The cost at $20 per person.  This includes accommodations and activities, snack Friday night, all meals/snacks Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday.  If desired, bring a little extra $ for the camp trading post.

Please note: The scouts are encouraged to bring their favorite board/card games, but NO electronics!

If using GPS, the address for Hidden valley is:   268 Hidden Valley Rd, Loysville, PA 17047


Suggested Packing List

  • sleeping bag
  • travel pillow
  • pajamas
  • spare clothes/ boots
  • mess kit (don’t forget silverware and cup!)
  • flashlight
  • board games/ card games—  NO ELECTRONICS!
  • hygiene items (toothpaste, toothbrush etc…)
  • compass (for geocaching activity)
  • winter hats/ gloves/ heavy coat.  (we will be spending significant time outdoors)

Get discounted Hershey Park tickets for friends and family from the BSA and help support scouting!

Trying to find great deals on discounted Hersheypark tickets for this summer?  Look no further than the New Birth of Freedom Council’s website for the best prices you’ll find ANYWHERE in central PA for deep discounts on tickets to Hersheypark!

Scouting groups, along with families and friends, can take advantage of special on-line discounts on Hersheypark one-day passes through the council’s website.  These  great ticket discounts are only available through the council’s website.  These tickets purchased on-line through the council’s website can be used for ALL of Hersheypark’s 2013 summer season dates!

Discounted one-day ticket  prices available through this program are as follows:

Tickets purchased through July 31:

  • Regular (ages 9-54) – just $38.10 (regular price is $57.95* if purchased at gate)
  • Junior/Senior (ages 3-8 or 55-69) – just $29.25 ($36.95* at the gate)
  • Senior (ages 70+) – just $21.50 ($23.95* at the gate)

Tickets purchased after July 31:

  • Regular (ages 9-54) one-day passes, the price increases by $5 (to $43.10)
  • All other ticket prices remain the same price


Please use Promo Code: 21254

All tickets purchased at the Hersheypark gate are also subject to a $0.85 per ticket amusement tax. This amusement tax is already INCLUDED for our special discounted ticket prices.

It pays to purchase your Hersheypark tickets through the council’s website early and then use  them any day you want, all summer long.

Additionally, for every ticket purchased through the council’s website, the New Birth of Freedom Council will receive a portion of the purchase price to support our local Scouting programs.  It’s a great deal – enjoy a great day of fun and excitement at Hersheypark (at the best prices you’ll find anywhere) and local  Scouting programs benefit as well!  Be sure to let other family members and friends know about these specially priced Hersheypark tickets so they can purchase these tickets through our website!

Get busy on making your Hersheypark plans for the upcoming summer and be sure to purchase your tickets through our website!

Hersheypark has 11 thrilling roller coasters and over 65 rides and attractions including over 20 kiddie rides, so there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Fishing Derby

This Saturday (6/15) is our fishing trip to Limestone Springs Fishing Reserve. We will meet there at 11am.  They are waiving the admission fee for our group.We reserved their pavilion if you would like to bring a lunch and eat there afterwords. Note: this is NOT a catch-and-release farm.You will have to keep every fish that you catch. The costs for the fish are below. The cleaning/filleting are optional. They also have bait for sale.
Trout:  $4.75 per lb
Rod Rental: $5.00 per day
Trout Cleaning: $0.50 per fish
Trout Filleting: $1.00 per fish
Here is the website and address if you would like to get more information:
Limestone Springs Fishing Preserve
930 Tulpehocken Road
Richland, PA 17087

Blue and Gold Banquet

Our annual Blue and Gold Banquet is right around the corner.  The Blue and Gold Banquet is a very special event held each year to celebrate the “Birthday” of scouting.  Families and scouts enjoy a great meal, entertainment, and can review highlights from the pack’s events with a slide show and displays from the dens.
 This year our theme is Chinese New Year….with 2013 being “Year of the Snake”…. taking a hint from our theme, we will have a very special visitor and guest(s) joining us for the festivities.
Another highlight of the Blue and Gold banquet is our cake decorating contest.  Families are invited to work with their scout at home to decorate a special “birthday cake” that coincides with our banquet theme.  A special award is given to the scout/ family with the best decorated/ theme cake.
The Blue and Gold banquet will  begin promptly at 6pm on March 18th.

Winter Camp Packing List

The following items are things all scouts and parents will want to pack for this weekend:
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Mess Kit (including silverware, plate, bowl, and cup which can hold hot and cold beverages)
  • Sneakers and/or boots
  • Winter coat, hat gloves, etc.
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Weather appropriate clothing, and as many changes of clothes as you will find necessary (extra socks)
  • Your favorite board game, card game, or other non-electronic game you can share with the other scouts
  • Pillow and blanket
  • Flashlight
  • Pocket knife
  • Money for the Trading Post
There is a year round shower house at Hidden Valley for those who may be interested.
If you do not have a mess kit, a sturdy, non-ceramic plate, bowl and cup with silverware will suffice.
If you want to caravan or carpool, the troop will be leaving from Derry Presbyterian at 6pm on Friday evening. If you are planning on meeting us there, please let Mr. Brown know so that we can make sure we have you with us when we leave.


Spaghetti Dinner Success

Pack 200 families,

Once again kudos to pack 200 for another successful fundraising effort.  We served approximately 130 individuals and thanks to generous donations from our local food stores… we had a near 93% profit for the pack!!

A special thank you to Derry Presbyterian Church, Loretta & Gary Chubb, Sue George, and Teresa Hutcheson for their help in  promotions, food prep, and kitchen services.

Thank you to all of our families and scouts for helping to make Pack 200 so great!


spaghetti dinner 2013 002

parents and leaders assisted in serving our guests for another successful pack fundraiser

a great Webelo volunteer helping to bus tables at the spaghetti dinner

a cheerful Webelo volunteer helping to bus tables at the spaghetti dinner



Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

It’s that time of year again to host our annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser!  Last year we served 140 individuals at $7 a serving.  Proceeds from the fundraiser went toward offsetting costs for various scout activities and purchasing our new Pinewood Derby track.
This year our Spaghetti Dinner will be held on February 10 in Fellowship Hall at Derry Presbyterian Church.  We will start serving at noon after church services.  We encourage scout families to attend and RSVP if interested in attending so we can ensure enough food is prepared.  RSVP by February 3 please…  A link for electronic RSVP is below:


Each year we ask that scouts contribute toward the dinner with food items to complete the meal.  This year, assignments are as follows:
Desserts:  Tigers and Bears (finger food desserts:  cupcakes, cookies, brownies.. etc)
Drinks:  wolves (each boy bring  (2) gallon jugs of iced tea, lemonade, or juice of choice)
Dinner rolls:  Webelos I and 2 (each boy brings 2 bags of dinner rolls)
All items must be brought to the fellowship hall kitchen on SATURDAY February 9 anytime between 9 am and noon.  I will be there doing food prep and decorating.
Volunteers are also requested for the following roles.  Please let me know if you/ your scout can assist.
  • Adult volunteers needed to set up Fellowship Hall (set tables and chairs up) on February 9 between 9 am and noon
  • Adult volunteers with food prep in the kitchen February 9 from 9 am to noon (salad prep, preparing sauce, etc).  *Stock pots are Heavy and tall*
  • Adult volunteers to serve pasta on Sunday for dinner
  • Adult volunteers to help clean up on Sunday (dishes, tear down tables and chairs, etc)
  • Scouts to distribute dinner rolls and desserts on Sunday at the dinner
  • Older scouts (webelo) to bus tables on Sunday
Please contact Mrs. Brown if able to assist with the above positions.  thank you!

Scouting for Food

We’re combining our resources with Troop 200 to collect food in support of local food banks.  Together we can help fight hunger within our community and live the spirit of the scouting oath “…to help other people at all times”. Assigned neighborhoods are Jacobs Creek, Valley View Acres, Stafford Heights, Chads Ford and Glen Acres.

Saturday November 10 – we’ll meet at 9am in the parking lot at Brookside Park for door hanger distribution in the neighborhoods. Scouts will be given designated streets to deliver via the buddy system.

Saturday November 17 – we’ll meet at 9am in the parking lot at Brookside Park. Scouts will collect food bags in these neighborhoods then return to Brookside Park for drop off. Donated food items will be gathered for overall tally and delivered to the local food bank. In the past we’ve wrapped up distribution and pickup within two hours – please plan on joining fellow scouts as we make a difference performing another good turn for the community.