Pack 1 News

September 18, 2021

We are over the moon by how many people turned out for our Back to the Pack Ice Cream Social and Popcorn Kickoff! It was so amazing to get our Scouts back together for an afternoon of fun and meet all of our new Scout families!

Even though it rained for a short time, we all had a lot of fun getting to see everyone. Thank you to all of the Scouters who stepped up to help out, and our new parents who didn't hesitate to lend a hand.

Don't forget to check out the Events page of the website for all of the active RSVPs and invitations. We'll continue to send them directly to you, but in the event you need to locate an invitation quickly, they'll be right there for you.

To our new Scouts and families, understand that the leadership of Pack 1 is fully committed to providing your entire family a fun and educational experience, but most importantly, a safe one. We're confident that your journey along the Scouting trail will be full of adventure, and we're glad you're here.

September 14, 2021

I was looking at the email inbox today, and there are soooo many responses to the event invitations we have been sending out! I love it, but it made me think about how you all must feel getting bombarded with RSVP requests. (Sorry!)

To make things easier for you, we've decided to post all of our active RSVPs on our "Events" page here on the website. We'll still continue to send them to you via email, but in the event one gets accidentally misplaced, you can always know that we will have the link available for you here on the site.

We've also posted links to the Pack 1 New Scout Welcome Guide, the Youth Application, and the Adult Application, so if you ever need a copy of any of those, they'll also be available. They can be found on our homepage.

September 11, 201

What a beautiful day we had for the Town of Malta Community Day! We are so grateful for all of the Scouts and parents who came and helped us at our booth, and it felt so good to be out in the community sharing Scouting with people. We talked to a whole bunch of great folks, and we hope that they'll decide to join our Blue and Gold family this year!

Coming up next is our Back to the Pack Ice Cream Social on Saturday, September 18th at 3:30 PM at Shenentaha Creek Park. This event is open to both new and recurring Scouts, as well as anyone considering becoming part of our Pack, so be sure to join us for a delicious kickoff to the new Scouting year.

After that is our annual fall campout at Camp Wakpominee from Friday, October 1 to Sunday October 3rd. Our campouts are always so much fun, and we hope you can make it!

September 1, 2021

Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by and checked out our booth at the Gordon Creek PTA Back to School BBQ! Special thanks to the Gordon Creek PTA for making it happen, and to all of the Scouts who joined us and helped share our enthusiasm about Scouting in Pack 1!

For those of you who visited, THANK YOU! We sincerely hope you decide to start your Scout's journey along the Cub Scout Trail with Pack 1.

You can always email us with any questions or comments you may have at Pack1BallstonSpa@gmail.com

We look forward to hearing from you!


August 7, 2021

Scouts can be wild sometimes, but today they got to meet some real animals. Otters, kangaroos, zebras, capybaras, tortoises, and all sorts of primates! Who knew we lived so close to so many exotic animals? What was your favorite exhibit at the zoo?

Thanks to the staff at Jungleland Experience Zoo in Granville for allowing our Scouts to see such beautiful animals up close! They all had a great time!

July 28, 2021

WOW! Those of you who were at the Tri-City Valleycats game with Pack 1 tonight sure got to participate in something special! Cub Scouts from Pack 1 walked out onto the field and presented the colors during the National Anthem and opening ceremony to the baseball game! We knew there were a lot of people there, but the official attendance for the game was 4,326! That's over four thousand people who heard the team introduce us over the stadium PA system.

You all looked super sharp in your uniforms, and your presentation was flawless. You represented Pack 1 and all Cub Scouts everywhere perfectly. We are all so proud of you, and we hope this is a memory you'll have forever, because it really was a special night. Great job, Scouts!

June 28, 2021

Did you join us at the Natural Stone Bridge and Caves in Pottersville? What a cool experience it was for our Scouts to get out and see a different type of landscape! Did you know that the Natural Stone Bridge and Caves features the largest marble cave entrance in the Eastern United States?

What was your favorite part of this trip?


Next up: Baseball with the Tri-City Valleycats!

June 19, 2021

What a fun day our annual Pinewood Derby was! You guys made some amazing cars, and there were some super tight races! Stand by for photos!

Thanks to you all for making this challenging year as fantastic as it was. We can't wait to see you all during some of our summer events, and we're already planning ahead for the fall!

June 7, 2021

Holy cow, Pack 1! This weekend's spring campout was amazing! I hope you all had as much as we did! We could not have asked for better weather. Be sure to check you and your Scouts for ticks. They can be super small, so check thoroughly.

Don't forget to check the photo gallery to see new photos. Special thanks to Sean and Amy D. for their incredible pictures! They are so talented and we're lucky to have them!

May 29, 2021

BREAKING NEWS! Our 2021 Pinewood Derby will be held at the Ballston Area Community Center on Malta Avenue on Saturday, June 19th from 2-5 PM! Watch your email for more information. We are so excited to be able to host this IN PERSON event! Pinewood car kits will be distributed soon, and trophies will be awarded to the winning cars as well as for the "Best in Show" car.

This is going to be an exciting event!

May 20, 2021

WE ARE FINALLY ABLE TO CAMP!

After the craziest year in recent memory, Cub Scout Pack 1 is thrilled to announce that we're going camping again! Join us on Friday, June 4th at 5 PM for two nights of fun at Camp Wakpominee! Grab your tent and your sleeping bag and RSVP today!

RSVP link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050b4baeaa23a2f85-cubscout

May 15, 2021


Cub Scout Pack 1 was recently invited to get a private tour of an LC-130 Cargo Aircraft currently operating with the 109th Airlift Wing at the Stratton Air National Guard Base.

Our Scouts got an up close and personal look at the awesome airplanes that we see flying overhead all the time.

Special thanks to Sgt. Chris Shorkey, our fearless Lion Den Leader, for arranging this unique opportunity. The Scouts and families had an awesome experience!

March 14, 2021

Congratulations to Arrow of Light Scouts Ari, Michael, Owen and Colin for completing their Arrow of Light requirements and crossing over into Scouts BSA!

The Arrow of Light is the highest rank possible in Cub Scouting, and it is an achievement to be proud of. Each Scout received their rank badge, a Scouts BSA troop neckerchief, a Scouts BSA handbook, and a handcrafted arrow mounted on a handmade plaque to display proudly in their homes.

We'd also like to thank each Cub Scout who sold more than $500 in popcorn during our fundraiser this year and earned their way to throw a pie in the face of our Cubmaster, Mr. Kelly!!!

February 6, 2021

We had so much fun ice fishing and sledding at Camp Wakpominee today! We wish we could have held our annual winter campout, but it was so fun to at least get together in a safe, socially distant way and spend some time outdoors. We did some ice fishing, sledding, went on a hike across the frozen lake, and then enjoyed some delicious hot chocolate!

January 27, 2021

It's LEGO Derby time! We're running our race virtually this year, but you can always check out the video on our YouTube channel! You all made amazingly cool cars, and they were so fast! Did your car bring home one of these awesome trophies? Watch the video to find out who won! But always remember - this isn't about winning. If your car didn't win, see if you can think of ways to make your car faster next year! You can learn a lot by not winning!

December 22, 2020

Well, we seem to be making it through this crazy year! Our Den Leaders have been hard at work to try to create the best possible program while also keeping our Scouts and families safe. They've been doing an outstanding job.

Check out our Webelos den working on their Cast Iron Chef adventure despite three feet of snow on the ground and more falling!

As we enter the holiday season, and start to look forward to putting 2020 behind us, spend time with your loved ones, and please continue to stay safe, healthy and happy.

We are still working to put together our annual LEGO Derby, so keep an eye on your email for details! If you did not yet receive your wheel kit, let your den leader know.

Stay warm!

November 8, 2020


What a beautiful afternoon for our first ever Bike and Hike along the Zim Smith Trail! Our Scouts biked and walked a few miles on a gorgeous autumn day. We could not have planned better weather!

October 26, 2020

Thank you so much to everyone who came out and joined us for our Halloween Spooktacular! I know that usually we do a super fun Halloween Party, but with COVID, we had to change things up a bit. It seemed like you all had a really great time! We also want to send a special thank you to Garth at Ellm's Farm for his generous donations of all of our pumpkins. As a result, we were able to provide a pumpkin to carve to every single one of you, Scout or sibling. Thank you Garth!

We'd also like to thank all of you who have been busy participating in our Popcorn fundraiser. You guys are doing an amazing job!

We are hard at work releasing our next issue of the Pack 1 Press, so be sure to check that out when it gets published. If anyone is interested in joining our Newsletter team, just let us know!

We hope you're all well and we're looking forward to another year of fun!

OCTOBER, 2020

Helloooo Pack 1! It has felt so amazing to be getting back to Scouting things, even if much of it is virtual. I have seen a few of you here and there and I know you're also excited.

We are in the middle of our popcorn fundraiser, and your Scouts are doing such a great job. Keep up the good work. Your efforts directly help us provide the best possible program for our Scouts, and we can not thank you enough.

Be sure to check your emails. We have sent out information regarding safe, socially distanced, outdoor den meetings so we can start to try to get back to some degree of normalcy. We are looking at adding a whole bunch of new Scouts, across all of the ranks, so if you're considering joining us in Pack 1, please consider checking out a den meeting and seeing if we're a good fit. Our Halloween Spooktacular will take place on Sunday, October 25th, and our Bike Hike will be held on Sunday, November 1st. Information has been sent to your email, but if you need more information, feel free to contact us.

Another reminder - any Scout, prospective or existing, who registers and pays their registration fee by November 1st will receive a FREE Pack 1 activities T-shirt (while supplies last).

We do also have two events coming up. Please see the informational flyers on the EVENTS page of our website. Be sure to RSVP by October 17th in order to ensure that you receive your pumpkin for pumpkin carving!


SEPTEMBER, 2020

We're baaaack! I know when things started to shut down back in March, none of us knew what was headed our way. It's been a long six months, but the Scouts and Scouters of Pack 1 are back in business and we welcome you to the completely re-designed website.

We're doing things a little differently, for now at least, and having many of our events virtually, but our enthusiasm and dedication remains the same.

Be sure to check our our Virtual Campout and Open House on Friday, September 25th through Saturday, September 26th. We are building an itinerary fully of games, craft projects, video demonstrations and presentations that you and your Scout can follow along with from the comfort of your own home.

Don't want to camp out? Build a pillow or blanket fort in the house and join the fun that way!

Watch your email! More details to follow!

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