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Recommended Gear List (eff. 9-8-2014)

Posted by fairmountpack58 on September 8, 2014 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Recommended Gear List (eff. 9-8-2014)

Must have 
  • Tent & tent pegs/stakes
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Bug Repellent
  • Sun Screen
  • Flash Light
  • Canteen or water bottle
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Toilet paper
  • Soap
  • Extra change of clothes
  • Dry sleep clothes-you will stay warmer
  • Extra socks, shoes, underwear
  • Rain gear; poncho recommended
  • Sweatshirt and/or Jacket
  • Hats
  • Towels and washcloth
  • Personal items & toiletries

Completely Optional

  • Tent Broom
  • Rake (to clear area under tent)
  • Lantern
  • Extra Blankets
  • Table & Chairs
  • Stove and fuel or metal grate to put over campfire
  • Long fork or hangers for roasting marshmallows
  • Fishing gear
  • Small tools hammer, wrench
  • Baby wipes


Strongly Recommended

  • Tarp for under Tent
  • Folding Chairs
  • Air mattress, Cot, Sleeping pad
  • Pillows
  • Cord, rope


Provided By the Group/Pack (unless discussed in advance)

  • Bucket – for water to put out fire
  • Shovel, to put out campfire
  • Food, Snacks
  • Ice Chest / Cooler w/ice
  • Salt, pepper, condiments
  • Cookware & cooking utensils
  • Hot Pads or gloves
  • Plastic / Paper cups, plates, utensils, bowls
  • Matches
  • Paper towels, napkins
  • Dish rags & Dish soap, Brillo Pad
  • Can opener
  • Garbage bags


Not allowed

  • Lighter fluid for fire (BSA Rules)
  • Liquid Gas Stoves (Fine for some camping but prohibited at BSA sites)
  • Alcohol, Firearms (BSA Rules)



New Cub Program coming 2015

Posted by fairmountpack58 on June 16, 2014 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Just figured I would mention this because it is new, exciting, interesting and I am sure will spur some questions all over.

BSA is releasing a new Cub Program which will eliminate belt loops, adjust how rank acheivement works and gets us all new manuals.

Look here for details rom Scouting Magazine....

Summertime Pack Award

Posted by fairmountpack58 on June 5, 2014 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Most of us like getting a break from the busy school year and Cub Scouts are no exception. Our Pack doesn’t have regular meetings during the summer so we can allow everyone a chance to enjoy their break and take family vacations or just relax. We do however keep in touch and have some e vents to help keep people together and traditionally our summer activities are both well attended and fun for all the boys and their families.


This year we have an event each month (June, July and August) and look forward to seeing as many people as we can get to each event. Our Rain gutter Regatta and a trip to do some Cave Camping are both on the list and I will be in touch with everyone as events come around.


As part of our Summertime Pack activities, we have the ability to earn some special awards. Some of these we have earned in the past and some we have not pursued.


• The pack can earn an award for having an event in each month during the summer. We schedule three events and as long as we get 50% participation at each event we can earn another ribbon for our Pack Flag.

• Dens with at least 50% participation at events can also earn a ribbon for their den flags. (We will talk more about making and using Den Flags in this coming year)

• Individuals who attend all three events can also earn a pin that can be worn on the uniform for the Summertime Pack Award.


I look forward to our summertime activities as a way to have fun, maintain interest and grow our group. If you have any suggestions or ideas I am happy to hear them and look into them for our Pack.




Michael Fantom

Cubmaster – Pack 58



Basic Fire Starting 101

Posted by fairmountpack58 on January 8, 2014 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)


It's winter and whether you are camping with the scouts or just with your family, being able to start and control a campfire is a skill that will serve you over and over again. It seems like just about everyone would know how to start a fire and care for it but time and time again we see people in camp that struggle with this basic skill.

Anyone can light a fire with starter fluid or a lighter, but in scouts we work to try and make sure that the boys can be prepared for a variety of situations and types of weather. What happens if you get stranded on a long rural road in winter or lost in the woods when it has been raining? No matter what your life plans are you could be faced with a situation where the only thing between you and illness or death is your level of preparedness. These tips will suit a variety of situations and can be used in everyday camping as well.

Basic Fire Starting 101

1. Pick a good location - In the even that you need to start a fire in an area without a designated fire pit, you need to choose your location carefully. Things to look for would be a good solid location. No steep inclines where you could lose containment of your fire. Try to look for a location without any overhanging branches which could catch fire. Also be mindful of what flammable material may be around your spot. Starting a fire that spreads through the dry grass you are in or over the dry leaf liter you didnt clear away is a very dangerous situation to be in.

2. Pick good wood - So many times when the boys go out to bring back firewood there will be one boy who hauls a giant soaking wet rotten log up from under the leaves and wonders why we cant start the fire with his selection. The starter wood for a fire should be as fine as possible. You start tiny and work your way up in size. A good pile of dry pine twigs the thickness of a matchstick is a GREAT place to start and work up slowly in size to the big logs. You can burn wet wood once your fire is roaring but you cant start a fire with wet wood.

In wet weather it can be a challenge to find dry wood. Look to pine tree lower branches for small, dry usable wood for fire starting and you can usually find dry wood suitable for staring a good base to dry out other wood as you progress in size. A wet fire is not for an unpracticed wannabe woodsman.

3. Remember what a fire needs to exist - Fuel and Oxygen. If you are shy on either of these you will struggle with your fire. Don't pack your tinder in a tight pile and expect it to burn easily. A nice lose pile of very small very dry tinder with your fire starter (match, candle, dryer lint, steel wool, whatever) UNDER the tinder. Heat rises so put your fuel over the heat not under it.

Here is a great video on basic fire starting. He uses a flint and steel to start this with grasses but you could easily use a lighter or a match or a magnifying glass to achieve the same result.

Fire Starting Methods and Equipment

1. Matches - Wooden waterproof matches are a great thing to have in your fire kit. Keep them in a small waterproof case with a piece of sandpaper for striking.

2. Flint and Steel - These come in several varieties from a striker and Flint to an actual rock and piece of steel. Takes a little practice but will produce a spark in the rain and lasts a long time.

3. Dryer Lint - Straight from the screen of your dryer. It is extremely flammable and with light with a spark. Store in a waterproof container or ziplock.

4. Steel Wool - Will light from a spark or with a 9V battery. Very flammable. Store in a waterproof container or ziplock.

5. Candles - An easy way to have a continuous flame when you are dealing with wet wood and helpful when you are low on matches. Needs to be stored in a waterproof container. The wax also has a variety of uses. 6 Hour lantern candles are widely available.

6. Disposable BIC Lighters - Easy to use and cheap. Store in waterproof container.

Fire Safety

The Boy Scout Handbook has a list of rules that we follow for fire safety.

1. Do not build a fire when conditions are too dry. The Ranger in a park will usually post a “No Fire” sign.

2. Build a fire ring or dig a pit. Try to use existing fire rings or pits. Fire rings should be surrounded by dry rocks.

3. If you are removing sod to make a fire, take the sod out in squares. The squares should be dug out at 6” in depth. Save the sod to re-install later. No more than four square feet of sod should be removed. Place sod in a shady location with the grassy side up.

4. Always ensure 5 gallons of water (or plenty of sand or dirt) and a shovel are available by the fire.

5. Clear a 5' radius area encircling the fire. This includes removing any items that may be tripped over. Check above the fire ring to make sure there’s no flammable vegetation.

6. Ensure that fires are a safe distance from tents, tarps, ropes, propane and other fuels, bushes, trees, and any other flammable materials.

7. NEVER have a flame in a tent, including lit matches.

8. Do not play with matches.

9. Do not wave or throw burning sticks. Once a stick is lit, it must stay in the fire.

10. Do not put rocks from streams, lakes or ponds - these may explode and cause injuries.

11. Do not put sealed cans in the fire - these may explode and cause injuries.

12. Do not put plastic in a fire - it releases dangerous fumes.

13. Do not jump over, wrestle around, or run near fires.

There are many ways to use and enjoy a campfire in the outdoors. This is a good starting place for understanding. The best thing you can do is practice in good conditions so you can be prepared for when things are less than optimal.



New Site is up and running

Posted by fairmountpack58 on December 19, 2013 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Welcome to the new Pack 58 website. This blog will be used for a monthly (or better hopefully) update on what the pack is doing as well as tips and tricks for camping, hiking and outdoor activities. This blog has been made public so the community can get a feel for what we have been doing both in our organization and in the community at large. As we are an organization that works with children, we will not be using the blog to post information about upcoming activities or any information that could be used inappropriately. We want everyone to have a positive experience.

If you have questions or comments please feel free to send them to our group email address at We look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks and check back soon!