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IMPORTANT - Cub Scout Day Camp - DEADLINE to turn in forms is Monday's Pack Meeting

Posted on Apr 22 2017 - 11:01am


Summer may seem far away, but it’s time to register for the famous Cub Scout Day Camp!  Please complete your son's summer day camp registration now. Your son won't want to miss the fun June 19-23rd at O'Neill Park. The camp registration is:

All registrations must be completed online and all health information submitted by the Monday, April 24th Pack Meeting. 

Online Registration and Payment:

Registration and payment is completed online only. To register your scout, adult volunteers, siblings (for sibling camp or to serve as youth volunteers) please go to Pack 623 traditionally registers together for the AM session (8:00-1:30 p.m.), but you can choose the PM session, if you prefer.  Please register your cub as the rank he will be in the FALL (example: this year’s Wolf will register as a Bear for summer camp). 

When you register, remember that we are a "gold" Journey to Excellence unit (we get a $5 discount), plus you will get the $20 early pricing, so the total you should pay to register your scout is $135. If your family is in need for consideration for a "campership" (a partial reduction in the camp fee), please contact Alesha Doherty. 

Health and Medical Forms and Copy of Health Insurance Card:

While registration and payment are done entirely online, you must complete and turn in a paper copy of the health forms for each registration - this includes scout, adult volunteers, siblings in sibling camp and sibling youth volunteers.  This is due by April 24th.  Please fill out Parts A and B of this form. That form is located at MUST include a photocopy of the front and back of your health insurance card if you have insurance – for EACH person attending.  (Please note that you may get an email confirmation when you register that the health forms aren't due until 5/13 - but that is the drop dead date for all paperwork to be 100% in by all packs.  In order to process and ensure ratios and completeness, I need every form by April 24thth.  THANKS!)

Additional Details:

A t-shirt will be included for your camper.  It is recommended that you order a size larger than he normally wears.  Adult volunteer shirts will be provided to adults that volunteer 3 or more days during the week.  Additional shirts may be purchased during the registration process for $10 apiece. 

Siblings may attend sibling camp (other than registered sister campers mentioned above).  Children must be 3 - 10 years old and potty trained. Siblings are only allowed at camp while their parents are in camp volunteering with Cub Scouts. Siblings are not allowed to accompany parents to the program areas.  Sibling camp children will be $5 per day up to $20 (so, if a parent volunteers for one day, the sibling will be $5.  If a parent volunteers all week, the sibling will only cost $20). 

Adult volunteer training dates are May 31st (7-8 p.m.) and June 3rd (9-10 a.m.).  Please plan on attending ONE of these dates. 

Youth 11 years and older are able to sign up as youth volunteers.  Youth volunteers must attend one of the mandatory training sessions, June 7 (7-8 p.m.) or 10 (9-10 a.m.). (Day Camp organizers were very clear that youth not attending one of these trainings will not be permitted to volunteer).  Youth that are interested in working on the archery range also need to sign up after April 1 at  Youth volunteers will pay $15 for the week and they will be fed lunch each day.  Youth volunteers may help 3-5 days during the week. 

In Summary:

1. Go to  to register and pay for your scout, adult volunteer, sign up for sibling camp (ages 3-10 & potty trained), sign up youth volunteers.

2. Please do us a HUGE favor:  Sign up on our Pack 623 website registration:  This is the main way we can ensure we have everyone's paperwork and that no one gets lost in the process.  This also enables us to specify our Pack scouts to stay together, as I need to request this.  I can only do that if I know your son is attending - and since you register online through the district, our Pack website registration is my main way of making sure our boys are together.  Also, adults please specify if you are volunteering and for which days.  And if you are flexible on days, that would be great!!  Our pack is responsible for a 1:4 adult to scout ratio so it is a great help to know!  Thank you!

3. Complete a health medical waiver for EVERY person attending camp (scout, adult, sibling) AND attach a copy of the front and back of your health insurance card for EACH person.  This packet of health information must be turned in by the April 24th Pack Meeting.

4. Attend volunteer training (adults and youth volunteers each have training days)

Contact Alesha Doherty for help with any questions at  

Adventure Card Sales

Posted on Apr 22 2017 - 11:00am
Adventure Cards
We are selling Adventures Cards again this year in conjunction with Scout-O-Rama.  This is our last opportunity of the year to earn money for our Pack to provide funding for our camping trips and other fun Pack events.    We have one of the largest Packs in our district yet, most of our Pack events are paid for with little or no cost to our families because of fundraising participation. That being said, we would like to challenge our Cub Scouts to sell at least 3 Adventure Cards each.
What is an Adventure Card?
Adventure Cards are discount cards that Scouts sell to raise money for their adventures. Each card costs $10 and gives discounts to not only local restaurants and other retailers, but also comes with a $10 off coupon for Dick's Sporting Goods and $5 off coupon for Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions. For those planning on attending Scout-O-Rama, the $10 card is also your family's ticket to enter so, that is already 1 card sold! 
How do I get my Adventure Cards?
Catherine Beeny will have a table set up before and after the Pack meeting tomorrow so you can check out your Adventure Cards.  To check out your cards please bring cash or check made out to Pack 623 for the amount of cards you want ($10 per card).  Remember we are asking that each Scout sell at least 3 cards ($30) and we would like to have 100% participation from our Pack.  Of course we encourage you to get your Scouts to sell as many as they can so, why stop at 3?  Catherine Beeny will contact any families that do not pick up their cards at the meeting to make arrangements for pick up.
How long are we selling?  Are there any prizes?
Adventure Card sales will start tomorrow and last through May 7th.  Any cards that you did not sell can be returned to Catherine Beeny on May 7th for a refund, but we ask that each boy sells a minimum of 3 cards.  You can always pick up more cards from Catherine Beeny at any time.   There are prizes that Scouts can earn starting at 15 cards and each Scout who sells 5 cards will get a Scout-O-Rama patch.
Are we having Booth Sales to help sell the Adventure Cards?
Booths sales are the easiest way to sell your Adventure Cards.  We have booth sales at Dick's Sporting Goods, Pavilions, and Albertsons.  You can sign up for a booth sale here:
What is Scout-O-Rama?
Scout-O-Rama is May 13th and it is a day of fun and adventure for the whole family and for scouts to see demonstrations, participate in obstacle courses, archery, games, and many more activities. The site is local at Oak Canyon Park near Irvine Lake. Our Pack will have a booth (similar to the Fall Fair booth) set up and will have volunteer shift sign-ups coming soon on the Pack website.
If you have any questions you may call, text, or email Catherine Beeny at:  (949) 923-1052,

Holy Jim Hike - Date is back to April 22

Posted on Apr 9 2017 - 5:51am

Sorry for the confusion with our pack hike.  After several conversations with the park ranger, it was determined that we could keep our original hike day.   Holy Jim hike will be on April 22nd at 10:00

Mark you calendars and Join us for our exciting annual Pack Hike!  For those of you who have never been up the Holy Jim Trail to the waterfall at the top, this is one adventure you don’t want to miss!  Since we’ve been having an especially wet winter so far, this event at the start of Spring will likely greet us with extra green foliage and deep running streams.

Since parking costs $5 per vehicle at the trailhead lot (we can pay this fee in cash at the honor system pay box located in the lot), you may want to get with your fellow Den members to meet at the dirt lot off of Trabuco Canyon Road to load up into one vehicle (make sure you have all necessary booster seats!).  Also, due to the aforementioned rains, there are lots of big potholes on the dirt road leading up to the trailhead, so a high-ground clearance vehicle may be recommended, i.e. SUV, truck. 

Lastly, since this easy to moderate level hike will take us a good hour or two each way (depending on our group pace), we’ll definitely work up an appetite at the falls.  So bring a sack lunch, along with lots of water, so we can have ourselves a big Pack lunch together!

Pack 623 Photos

Posted on Mar 15 2017 - 9:33am

Did you know... Pack 623 has a shutterfly site for photos!!

Mr. Dennies has taken a lot of pictures during recent pack events and has uploaded them to our pack shutterfly account.  Thank you, Mr. Dennies!  We would love any pack photographs you parents may have to be included.  It's a great central resource for us to share pictures.

To access the pack shutterfly account:

The password is PortolaHills  --it is important that the "P" and the "H" are capitalized and that there is no space.

If this is the first time you have accessed the site, you may be asked to request membership.  You will be granted access very quickly, as I'll keep an eye out for requests.

Pack Meeting - February 27th

Posted on Feb 17 2017 - 5:47pm


Please be sure to make the February 27th Pack Meeting at 6:30 p.m..  There is a lot going on! 


  • Coin Drive is in progress and turn in is at the pack meeting!  It’s our annual Friends of Scouting time, which contributes funds to our local scouting infrastructure, such as the Newport Sea Base, Oso Lake, and Irvine Regional Outdoor Education Center.  Our goal is to have every cub in our pack participate.  Over the years we have found that coin-by-coin (with paper money and check too!), we have had great participation!  Cubs can own the process by searching couch cushions, under seats in cars, and piggy banks to contribute.  Bring in your coins to the pack meeting.  There is a den competition to see which den has the highest per-scout average of donations!  The den that averages the highest donations per scout will win a pizza party for the den (the winning den must reach at least a $10 per scout average)!
  • Awards!  For those that have earned adventure loops and awards, they will be presented. 
  • Carnival!  Our two Bear dens are creating a mini-carnival for the pack!  I can’t wait to see what games our 3rd graders have come up with.

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