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  Pack 1833 - Mountain View Elementary School

Pack 1833, established in 1972,  just celebrated 42 years in the Gainesville/Haymarket area!

Pack 1833
 serves Mountain View Elementary School in Haymarket, Virginia.   We are the original pack in the Gainesville/Haymarket area and welcome boys currently in 1st-5th grades who live in the communities that have Mountain View Elementary School as their base school. If your son goes to a private school in the area or even if they are home schooled, as long as you live in those communities, this is YOUR pack!  Current kindergartners can join June 1st at the end of their kindergarten year. Please look around our website and see what cub scouting is all about!!

If you have questions or want more information on joining Pack 1833, please contact our Cubmaster, Matt Pottenburgh at and our Pack Committee Chair, Bill Jackowski at!  Need help finding another area Cub Scout pack? Go to 


2015- 2016 Pack Schedule

Aug 22 – Back to Scouting Night at River Mills Farm in Marshall, VA

Aug 27 – MVES New Student Orientation Night @ MVES, 7-8pm

Aug 28 – MVES Meet the Teacher @ MVES 10:30-11:30am

Aug 31 – PWCS School Start

Sep 4 – Popcorn order #2 due

Sep 7 – Labor Day / No School

Sep 19 – Popcorn order #2 pick-up

Oct 1 – MVES Back to School Night (K-2nd grade) @ MVES, 6-6:30pm

Oct 1 – MVES Back to School Night (3-5th grade) @ MVES, 7-7:30pm

Oct 3-4 – Fall Pack Meeting / Pack Overnighter at River Mill Farm in Marshall, VA

Oct 2 – Popcorn order #3 due

Oct 12 – Columbus Day / No School

Oct 16-18 – Jamboree on the Air/Internet (JOTA/JOTI) @ Braemar Club House

Oct 17 – Popcorn order #3 pick-up

Oct 23-25 – Bull Run District Fall Camporee / “Robots Invade” (WEBELOS 1 and 2 attend)

Nov TBD – Pack Meeting / Thanksgiving Theme

Nov 3 – Parent/Teacher Conf / No School

Nov 6 – Popcorn #4 order due

Nov 7 – Scouting for Food bag distribution

Nov 7 – Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) Training – Reston, VA

Nov 11 – Veteran’s Day / No School

Nov 14 – Scouting for Food bag collection

Nov 21 – NCAC POW WOW (Cub Scout Leader Training)

Nov 21 – Popcorn order #4 pick-up

Nov 25 – 27 – Thanksgiving Holiday / No School

Dec TBD – Pack Meeting / Holiday Theme

Dec TBD – Stocking Stuffer Volunteer Effort @ Haymarket Food Pantry

Dec 12 – Arlington National Cemetery Wreaths Across America

Dec 21 – Jan 1 – Winter Break / No School

Jan 9 – Pack Meeting / Pinewood Derby

Jan 18 – MLK Jr. Holiday / No School

Jan 23 - Arlington National Cemetery Wreaths Across America Clean-up

Jan 29 – PWCS ½ Day

Feb 1 – Teacher Work Day / No School

Feb 7 – Super Bowl

Feb 14 – Pack Meeting / Blue & Gold Banquet

Feb 15 – President’s Day / No School

Feb 27 – Discover Engineering Family Day, National Building Museum 10AM-4:30PM

Mar 13 – Pack Meeting / Space Derby / St. Patty’s Day theme

Mar 21 – 28 – Spring Break / No School

Mar 28 – MVES Spring Gardening Clean-up

Apr TBD – Pack Meeting

Apr 18 – Teacher Work Day / No School

May TBD – Pack Meeting / Spring Join Scouting Night @ MVES

May TBD – Bull Run District Soapbox Derby

May TBD – Spring Pack Overnighter

May 30 – Memorial Day / No School

Jun TBD – Potomac Nationals Scout Overnight

Jun 7 – Pack Graduation / Raingutter Regatta @ Silver Lake Regional Park

Jun 17 – PWCS Last Day of School

Dates are preliminary and subject to change -
check ScoutTracks calendar for final dates/event information
Does not include Den activities or certain activities where a POC
(point of contact) has not yet been identified


The History of Scouting and specifically, Cub Scouting in America!
Scouting's history goes back to the turn of the 20th century to a British Army officer, Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell. While stationed in India, he discovered that his men did not know basic first aid or the elementary means of survival in the outdoors. Baden-Powell realized he needed to teach his men many frontier skills, so he wrote a small handbook called Aids to Scouting, which emphasized resourcefulness, adaptability, and the qualities of leadership that frontier conditions demanded.

After returning from the Boer War, Baden-Powell was amazed to find that his little handbook had caught the interest of English boys. They were using it to play the game of scouting.  Baden-Powell had the vision to see some new possibilities, and he decided to test his ideas on boys. In August 1907, he gathered about 20 boys and took them to Brownsea Island in a sheltered bay off England's southern coast. They set up a makeshift camp that would be their home for the next 12 days.

They divided into patrols and played games, went on hikes, and learned stalking and pioneering. They learned to cook outdoors without utensils. Scouting began on that island and would sweep the globe in a few years.

Cub Scouting in America is centered in the home and neighborhood. With the encouragement of family and leaders, boys enjoy a program that covers a wide variety of interesting things. It suggests activities that boys enjoy doing on their own when adults are not supervising them. These activities are particularly suited to boys of Cub Scout age and are different from those they will encounter in Boy Scouting.

The Cub Scouting program has 10 purposes related to the overall mission of the Boy Scouts of America – to build character, learn citizenship, and develop personal fitness:
Character Development
Spiritual Growth
Good Citizenship
Sportsmanship & Fitness
Family Understanding
Respectful relationships
Personal Achievement
Friendly Service
Fun & Adventure
Preparation for Boy Scouts



The NEW Cub Scout Promise (June 1st, 2015)
I promise to do my best
To do my duty to God and my country,

To obey the Scout Law,

To help other people at all times,

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.



The NEW Cub Scout Law (June 1st, 2015)

A Scout is...


12 Core Values






Health & Fitness



Positive Attitude





Meetings, Activities and CAMPING!

Den Meetings:  Each Den/Patrol meets at any variety of, parents rotate hosting at their homes, or other locations in the community.  We know how busy our Pack families are…as such, our Den Leaders work around the Den’s collective schedule (sports, music, after school clubs etc.) to ensure maximum participation during our meetings.  A den may hold a special activity, such as a service project or visit to a local museum, in place of one of the weekly meetings or in addition to the weekly meetings.
Each Den/Patrol meets at any variety of, parents rotate hosting at their homes, or other locations in the community.  We know how busy our Pack families are…as such, our Den Leaders work around the Den’s collective schedule (sports, music, after school clubs etc.) to ensure maximum participation during our meetings.  A den may hold a special activity, such as a service project or visit to a local museum, in place of one of the weekly meetings or in addition to the weekly meetings.


Pack Meetings:  The Pack (all the Dens together) meets once per month and typically on Sunday afternoons at 2:00 PM for no more than one and a half hours.

Pack Overnighters:  Camping at the Cub Scout level is a family event.  As Cub Scouts, the boys are not allowed to camp without parent or guardian.  In all Cub Scout camping events, each camper is responsible for bring all of their own camping supplies unless otherwise specified in advance by the campout organizer.  Pack 1833 always plans and executes two Pack Overnighters (Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning) each year…one in the Spring and one in the Fall.  

Activities:  There are plenty of activities each month to choose from and our busy families participate as much as their schedule allows.  We typically have 1-2 events; whether it is a service/volunteer opportunity in our local community or some other sporting, social or learning adventure.


Summer Activities:  The Pack offers at least one event each month for June, July and August.  In addition to summer camp which is described below, we will be participating in the Potomac Nationals Scout Overnight (game then campout in center field) in May and June, graduation party and Raingutter Regatta (racing Scout made balsa wood boats) in June and Pack fishing trip and campfire in August.


Summer Camp:  The Pack offers numerous options for Summer Camp from day camp (no overnights) to week long resident camp.  For next summer, we have several options to choose from and are still finalizing the dates:

·         Rising WEBELOS 2 (5th graders 2016-2017 school year) – Mr. Matt Pottenburgh

o   Camp Goshen, PA Webelos Resident Camp

o   Dates TBD

·         Rising WEBELOS 1 (4th graders 2016-2017 school year) – Mr. Brian Helmlinger

o   Camp William B. Snyder Webelos Resident Camp

o   Dates TBD

·         Rising Tiger / Wolf / Bear  (1st, 2nd, 3rd graders 2016-2017 school year) – Mr. Patrick Leary

o   Camp William B. Snyder Adventures Days (day camp)

o   Dates TBD





Pack 1883 held its 2015 Pinewood Derby on Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Here are just a few examples of the cars that 
Scouts built and raced!


Service and Volunteer Efforts

Meeting the substantial needs of every community is dependent on its citizens to answer the call of volunteerism.  There is a natural fit between the Boy Scouts of America and other community organizations, and service learning is an integral part of the Scouting program.  As a result, youth and adults seek opportunities to volunteer.  Community organizations need volunteers to help them fulfill their missions, and working with these organizations creates a win/win situation for everyone.  In
 the past year, Pack 1833 participated in the following volunteer efforts:
Scouting for Food:  Pack families donated over 500 pounds of food to the Northern Virginia Food Bank and some of our Scouts even volunteered at the Bull Run District food sorting and distribution location.
Stocking Stuffers:  Pack families donated toys and made over 150 holiday stockings.
Haymarket Food Pantry:  Scouts and parents helped assemble holiday food baskets for the less fortunate.
Haymarket Day Clean-up:  Scouts and parents helped clean up the city of Haymarket after the all weekend spring festival.
ountain View Elementary School Spring Clean-up:  Scouts and parents reestablished the gardens by trimming bushes, edging, pulling weeds, and mulching the flower beds over Spring Break.