Hello Scouters! Welcome to October and the start of the true fall, I think. We have a very busy month, and we’re going to have a great Scouting year with all of our new Scouts and Scouters.

NF Air Base Visit

First, we have been invited to visit as guests to the Niagara Falls Air Force Base on October 13, Columbus Day. I have a few details for you, so that you can have a great time and be as informed as possible. Here’s what you need to know:

You should enter at the main gate on Lockport Road. Try to arrive between 1:00 and 1:15 so we can start promptly at 1:30. It will be difficult if you arrive late, and will most likely be turned away at the gate. Ensure that your vehicle has proof of insurance, current registration and a current Inspection sticker.

There are over 150 people signed up so we will spilt up into 3 groups. We will be touring the Fire Department, Army Reserve Center and a C-130 cargo plane. We are planning approximately 45 minutes at each so our tour may run closer to 4:00-4:30. Bring a full water bottle, no soft drinks or food, only water.

With reference to the Army Reserve Center: there is a shooting simulator that visitors may try. This means that your scout may have the opportunity to hold and fire what will feel like a real weapon. It is designed to work with an air hose to provide the feeling of recoil, but these are simulacra and cannot fire real ammunition. If you feel uncomfortable with this, certainly you may choose to not participate in this part of the tour.

Blackman’s Farms – Apple Picking

The following weekend, October 19, we’ll also be going apple picking – we will provide doughnuts and cider for the Scouts, so please sign up so that we have a head count and can get enough for everyone. We will meet at 2pm at Blackman farms.

Going apple picking, for those of you who might not be familiar with it, includes a little bit of tourism (there is sometimes farm animals, etc… that the kids can pet) but also includes the opportunity to go out into the orchard and actually pick yourself some apples for your family, and even eat a couple directly off of the tree. Certainly this is a tradition for my family, and I hope that it might become one for yours. As a side note, you’ll see roadside stands along your drive into Niagara County with giant pumpkins, squash, and other fall produce from local growers. Pick up a few pumpkins for halloween and try a new type of squash with Sunday dinner!

Aquarium Overnight

Next Month, in November, we will be our second fall sleepover at the Niagara Aquarium. We haven’t done this in a long time, and we’re really looking forward to this one, as it’s a cool opportunity to check out all of the fish and other water creatures in the aquarium, and “sleep with the fishes” so to speak. Here are the details that you’re going to need:

Arrive at 7:45pm Friday, November 7 and the program goes until 9am the following morning. The fee for adults is $20. Scouts are covered by the Pack dues. This is a sleepover, which includes full access to all of the aquarium exhibits, crafts, the touch tank, a pizza snack, and donuts & milk for breakfast.

Packing list for the sleepover:

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Pillow
  • Pad or Air Mattress
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Clothes for the following day
  • Flashlight (important)

Finally, a big thanks to our new Pack Archivist, who is already beefing up our Facebook presence by adding awesome quality photo albums for our Pack activities!