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Moving Pack Communications Forward With TroopTrack

Pack 196 Scout Parents:

Have you ever wanted to catch up on your Scout’s progress toward achievements, or remind yourself about next steps on a certain award? Ever wished you had more information or contact info regarding Pack or Den events while on the go? Well, our move to using TroopTrack software/website — at https://lhpack196.trooptrack.com — is aimed at addressing all those needs and more! The software even has Google Translate integration, so you can use it in Welsh, Finnish or Esperanto if you prefer.

Current Scout Parents should have received an emailed invitation to set up their TroopTrack account earlier this week. If you haven’t, please check your spam folder, search your email box for messages from trooptrack.com, or, if none of that works, please send a message with your info via this form and we’ll figure it out. Once you log on, we urge you to ensure your contact info is correct, including your mobile phone and carrier info.

One of the features we’ll be using first is a Pack Calendar with lots of details about each occasion — this is only accessible by logged-in Parents and Leaders, so it’s safe and secure from prying eyes. You can add events one-by-one to whatever calendar software you use, if you use it, or subscribe to the entire calendar.

For some events, we’ll be collecting RSVPs — please respond as quickly as possible to these RSVP requests, as we’re only requesting them when they’re really needed. Additionally, when we’ll need payment for events (like campouts and the Blue & Gold banquet) we will collect fees via online payments, so you can take care of this whenever you’d like with your credit or debit card.

TroopTrack is web-based and mobile-friendly, so you should be able to interact with all your information on your PC, Mac, tablet or mobile phone, making it especially handy in these busy times. If you forget the URL, you can click on “Pack 196 Private Site” on the menu for the public site: Pack196.org.

It’s taking some time to get all of the current data over from our previous system, so please be patient as we make the transition, and if you have any questions along the way, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your Den Leader or other Pack Leadership!

Here’s a video TroopTrack created when switching to the new Cub Scout program in 2015, and it’ll give you a nice overview of some of the features:


Texas Free Fishing Day on Saturday

Tomorrow is Free Fishing Day in Texas, the one day of the year when anglers can fish on any public body of water without a license. (Kids under 17 aren’t required to have a license at all, and adults can always fish license-free in Texas State Parks.) The event is part of a national celebration — National Fishing & Boating Week, which goes on until June 12.

Free fishing days are a perfect opportunity for beginners to try out fishing for the first time. If you already have a fishing license, consider taking a friend or family member who has never been fishing out on the water for the day!

Find more info including nearby places to fish on:


From Facebook: Memorial Day Activities

From Our Facebook Page:

Scouts and Parents:
Here’s what’s happening for Memorial Day. We hope you’ll participate!

Our Charter Organization, the Liberty Hill United Methodist Church, will have a combined worship service this Sunday at 11am with a potluck lunch to follow. The service will begin with a tribute to those who gave their lives in service to our country. The Boy Scout Troop 196 will be leading a flag ceremony and any Cub Scouts in attendance are welcome to join in with their ranks. Class A uniforms are required. The Church extends a sincere invitation to all who would like to attend and allow their Scout to pay tribute on this very special weekend. Please arrive a few minutes early if you plan to take part.

In addition, please remember we will be replacing flags on veterans’ graves this Saturday morning at 9 am at the LH Cemetery across from the high school on Hwy 29. Class A uniforms are required, as this is a reverent activity. The boys enjoy this activity and it really gives them a hands-on education regarding Memorial Day.

See the original post here.
Posted by: Pamela Parker Caird


From Facebook: Dispatch From Spring Goliad Campout

From our Facebook Page:

We had a great time at the Goliad Campout this weekend. The weather was perfect for our adventure into the past to learn more about Texas History.

See the original post here: https://www.facebook.com/LHCubScoutPack196/posts/1148266875206161


A Little Financial Boost To Help You “Be Prepared”

The next few days would be a good time to stock up on those emergency preparedness supplies you’ve been putting off buying.

Not because there’s an expected emergency, but because Texas shoppers can purchase such items sales-tax-free the weekend of April 23rd and 24th, as well as on Monday the 25th.
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From Facebook: Operation Liberty Hill

From Our Facebook Page:

Operation Liberty Hill

Pack 196, please see below for new updated hours for the OLH Thrift Store. Please remember, you can support this great organization in our community by making purchases from the store AND giving donations of gently used items you are no longer in need of. A Scout is Thrifty!


The thrift store will now be open on Wednesdays, close earlier on Fridays, and be closed on Saturdays. Tuesday and Thursday hours are unchanged.

New hours: Tu, Wed, Th – 10am – 6pm
Fri – 10am – 3pm
Sat, Sun, Mon – closed

See the original post here.
Posted by: Neina Moore


A Successful Food Drive for Operation Liberty Hill

Cub Scouts from Pack 196, along with some Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, brought more than 800 pounds of food and other donations — collected from our generous Liberty Hill neighbors — to Operation Liberty Hill this afternoon.

The organization will distribute all of the contributions to those in the community in need of assistance. We thank everyone who participated in this successful effort!


Cub Scout Summer Camps, 2016!

Each of the Districts in the Capitol Area Council hosts its own Summer Camp for Cub Scouts over the summer months, giving Scouts (actually all Elementary-school-aged boys, whether they’re Scouts or not) an opportunity for fun, adventure and fellowship.

This year, camps will have a global theme, so kids will go on an adventure around the world. They will enjoy sports, crafts, nature, water activities, learn to shoot a bow and arrow, go fishing and more!

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Coming Up: Local Heroes Family Fun Day May 14, 2016

BSA Local Heroes Family Fun Day is a council event jammed with more than your kids can do in a day, so get there early and get started. Get out there and experience hands-on thrills!

At BSA Local Heroes Family Fun Day, you’ll be able to learn more about Scouting while getting up close to the heroes who keep you, your family and other people in Central Texas safe each day. General admission for the static displays listed below is FREE (free registration link below)! But there are also opportunities for advancement at all Cub Scout levels!

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Cub Scout Annual Food Drive for Operation Liberty Hill

Liberty Hill Cub Scout Pack 196 is sponsoring a food drive in April to benefit Operation Liberty Hill.

Scouts will collect food donations in various Liberty Hill neighborhoods on April 16. [continue reading…]