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Pack 553 Graduation

posted Apr 30, 2019, 5:20 PM by Cubmaster Pack 553   [ updated Apr 30, 2019, 5:21 PM ]

What:  Pack 553 2019 Graduation
When:  Sunday, May 5, 4:30 PM
Where:  Rocky Bayou State Park
Who:  All Pack 553 Cub Scouts and their families
Uniform:  Field uniform (button down)

  • Webelos: Salads – any kind
  • Bears: Non-salad Side Dish
  • Wolves: Desserts
  • Tigers: Chips / Crunchy things
  • Your Scout in Field Uniform (button-down shirt)
  • The Pack will provide, plates, napkins, utensils, drinks and cups, beef franks and hotdogs, buns, condiments. 
  • Each Rank will provide items listed above.  Rule of thumb is to bring enough food for everyone coming with your family plus an additional three people.
  • You are encouraged to bring your own mess kits, to reduce waste
  • Enter the Rocky Bayou State Park from State Hwy 20
  • Tell the Ranger that you are "with the Scouts."
  • Take the first left past the Ranger Station.
  • Park near the pavilion next to the playground.

Pack 553 Ice Cream Social

posted Aug 29, 2018, 8:07 PM by Cubmaster Pack 553

The Pack 553 Ice Cream Social is coming up soon!  Make some new friends, meet your den leader, and make your Sundae anyway you want!

When:  Sunday, 9 September, 4:30PM - 6:00PM
Where:  Christ Our Redeemer Catholic Church
Why:  Because we all scream for ICE CREAM!
Who:  All existing and new Pack 553 scouts

Pack 553 Round Up was a HUGE Success!

posted Aug 29, 2018, 8:01 PM by Cubmaster Pack 553

Pack 553 is looking at increasing by adding at least 6 new dens, for a total of 14 dens!  If you haven't applied yet, there is still plenty of time.  
Hey STSR - Fam Camp is going to be massive this year!

[Pack553 - 📷 Picture Sharing] Introducing Pack 553 Smug Mug!

posted Sep 15, 2017, 7:57 PM by Cubmaster Pack 553

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Pack 553 now has a simple, beautiful, and secure way to store, view, and share an unlimited number of photos and videos!

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Why can't I see any Galleries?
When you first visit, all you'll see is the Cover Image and Profile Picture.

This is because all of the Galleries are "unlisted." Only those with a link and password to the specific Gallery can browse and download the pictures.

Alternatively, specific upload links can be made to "blindly" upload to a Gallery without seeing any of the pictures. 

What do I need to install to use SmugMug?
Nothing! SmugMug is a website, so you just need a browser and a link to a gallery. It will work from your desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone. The iPhone and Android apps are just for the account owner, so you don't use them.

Are there any limits to what can be uploaded?
Individual pictures can be up to 150MB.
Individual videos can be up to 20 minutes and/or 3GB.
An unlimited number of pictures and videos can be uploaded.

For further details, contact the Cubmaster.

Popcorn Pep Rally - August 27

posted Aug 17, 2017, 8:01 AM by Pack 553 Niceville, FL   [ updated Aug 20, 2017, 12:03 PM by Cubmaster Pack 553 ]

Join us to learn about the BIG CHANGES for this year's popcorn fundraiser.  We will be sampling some popcorn, playing some games, winning some prizes, and learning all about selling popcorn successfully.  Please dress up as a Lego Ninjago character!

Who: All Pack 553 Scouts and families  
What:  Popcorn 2017 Pep Rally  
When:  Sunday, August 20, 5:00pm  
Where:  COR Parish Hall  
Uniform:  Ninjago costume or activity shirt  

Open House and Sign-up Night!

posted Aug 17, 2017, 7:57 AM by Pack 553 Niceville, FL

Join Pack 553 for it's annual Open House and Sign-up Night! Learn more about Cub Scouts, Pack 553, and sign your son up for his next big adventure.

Who:  Anyone interested in joining Cub Scouts
What:  Pack 553's Open House
When:  Sunday, August 27 at 5:00pm
Where:  Christ Our Redeemer Catholic Church, 1028 White Point Road in Bluewater.

BOWLING! Summertime Activity #3

posted Jul 23, 2017, 1:45 PM by Cubmaster Pack 553   [ updated Jul 31, 2017, 5:05 PM ]


Glow as you bowl under the blacklight!

WHAT: Summertime Activity #3 is the Pack 553 Bowling Party

WHY: The goal is to have fun in the dark to close out the summer!

WHEN: Sunday, August 6 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
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WHERE: Hurricane Lanes, 34876 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL 32541

WHO: Pack 553 Scouts, Families, and Friends

  • RSVP by Thursday 03 Aug 
  • Uniform of the Day/Evening
    • SOCKS!
    • Pack 553 Activity T-Shirt
    • SOCKS! 
    • SOCKS!
  • Cost
    • Scouts bowling/shoes for 2 hours - covered by the Pack
    • Everything else is "YOYO" (You're On Your Own)
      • NON-SCOUT CHILDREN, $5 to bowl and $3.50 for shoes for two hours
      • ADULTS, $5 per game to bowl, not including shoes
      • FOOD, for $3.50 you can get 2 slices of pizza and a drink

Pack 553 Pool party!

posted Jul 12, 2017, 7:13 AM by Pack 553 Niceville, FL

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Image result for event icon Summertime Activity Event #2 is the Pack 553 Pool Party

Related image The goal is to have fun in the water in the summer with good friends and to learn and practice safe swimming!

Image result for when iconSunday, June 16 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm ... RSVP on ScoutBook

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Inline image 4Bay Drive Pool, 1050 Bay Dr, Niceville, FL 32578
30.488767, -86.443042

Image result for How iconYou bring sunscreen, towels, swimsuits, snacks to share, and a willingness to volunteer some portion of the party to help keep the event safe.

The Pack brings hydration station and trained supervision.
The pool will be divided into non-swimmer, beginner, and swimmer sections. Everyone starts in the non-swimmer section, and a swim test will be administered throughout the party to assess ability. Ability will be indicated by colored yarn bracelets.*

The Buddy System will be used at all times. Buddy Checks will occur throughout the party!

Some requirements for Elective Adventures for WolvesBears, and Webelos/AOLs will be covered.

Weather will be assessed midday Sunday before the event and throughout the duration of the party.** 

Swimmers pass this test: Jump feet first into water over the head in depth. Level off and swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: sidestroke, breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl; then swim 25 yards using an easy resting backstroke. The 100 yards must be completed in one swim without stops and must include at least one sharp turn. After completing the swim, rest by floating. 

Beginners pass this test: Jump feet first into water over the head in depth, level off, and swim 25 feet on the surface. Stop, turn sharply, resume swimming and return to the starting place.

**In the event of audible thunder, observed lightning, or indications of lightning within 5 miles of the pool during the party, a "Lightning!" call will be made, and participants will seek shelter in their vehicles. The party will not resume until 30 minutes has passed since the last heard thunder or observed lightning AND the until there are no indications of lightning within 5 miles.

Set Sail with the Raingutter Regatta!

posted Jun 10, 2017, 3:35 PM by Pack 553 Niceville, FL

It's time for some gale force winds to propel your Scouts' creations down the Raingutter Regatta Track!  

Sunday, June 11th  

Uniform of the Day: Activity T-Shirts with optional swimsuits  

What to bring: Your boat, your Scout, your enthusiasm!  


  • Regatta, small groups with round-robin bracket, 1 winner from each group goes on to the finals  
  • Slip-n-Slide, wet and wild!
  • Ga-Ga Ball, fresh from Fam Camp
  • Paper Boat/Hat folding, create your own nautical gear
  • ScoutBook Photo Booth, let's get everyone's profile filled with smiling faces!


  • 16:00 Come early to help set-up
  • 17:00 Opening Ceremony
  • 18:45 Finals and Awards Ceremony
  • 19:00 Clean-up

WebelosRee Registration is Open!

posted Mar 28, 2017, 6:39 PM by Pack 553 Niceville, FL

Current Bear and Webelos Scouts can register to attend WebelosRee, May 19-21.  This event is for the Scout and one Akela ONLY; no siblings allowed.  Visit our WebelosRee page [ HERE ] to sign up.

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