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Fall Family Camp @ Avondale

posted Oct 5, 2015, 11:12 AM by Site Webmaster

Pack 103 will be attending the Istrouma Area Scout Fall Family Camp at Avondale this month.  The campout will be from Friday, October 9th, through Sunday, October 11th.  It will be held at Avondale Scout Reservation.

More information about the camp is available here.

The cost will be $12.00 for adults, scouts, and siblings 6 and older.  Siblings under 5 will be free.  The $12 fee will cover the camp attendance fee.  Payments can be made via the Pack 103 Square Store.

Meals on Saturday(breakfast and dinner) and Sunday(breakfast) will also be covered.  Friday night dinner and Saturday lunch are the responsibility of the scout/family.  Menu details will be finalized soon.

For any questions, comments please contact your den leader.

Coffee on a Grand Scale, Pack 103 is Ready!

posted Jul 18, 2015, 5:37 AM by Matthew Caillouet   [ updated Jul 18, 2015, 6:15 AM ]

48 Cup Drip-o-lator Ready for Active Duty 

Posted by: Matthew P. Caillouet, 7-18-2015

Pack 103 is ready for our fall family campout with our new, yet slightly older (50 plus years) 48 cup Drip-o-lator coffee maker.  Picked up on Ebay, rehabbed and modified for our outdoor needs, this drip coffee maker is the pinnacle of outdoor car camping cookery.  The drip method is second to only the french press method for procuring a cup of joe in the outdoors.  But, when you need to produce coffee on a large scale for upwards of 50 people on our campouts, this will be the only way to brew.

Our specific unit was at home at a Lutheran Church in Indiana, until it was picked up at an estate sale and listed online for auction.  All that was needed was a new sight glass tube, bottom and top gaskets and screw top for the tube.

Special thanks to Mr. Robert J. Velkey with Velkey & Associates, Food Service Consultants of Jackson, MS.  Mr. Velkey was listed as a manufacturer's representative for Tomlinson Spigots, manufacturers of the sight glass tube and spigot assembly.  I placed a cold call in to Mr. Velkey, explained our situation, and was surprised to find an Eagle Scout on the other end of the phone call.  Mr. Velkey was excited to help out, considering he, his son and grandson are all scouts as well!


The plug-in heating element has been removed, but the raised base retained for sitting directly over a open stove flame.  

All that is required is a 1lb brick of coffee and 48 cups of boiling water.  A little bit of home in the woods.

Yesterday, I arrived at my desk after vacation and there at my desk was a box from Tomlinson Spigots.  Mr. Velkey had ordered 4 sets of gaskets, sight glass tube and top screw parts for our unit.  They all fit and work great!  We are ready to try this unit out in the woods.


A few more related coffee articles:

Fletcher Class Destroyer Campout A Blast!

posted Jan 19, 2015, 8:32 PM by Matthew Caillouet   [ updated Jan 19, 2015, 8:32 PM ]

On Friday January 16th our Pack 103 enjoyed an awesome night aboard the U.S.S. Kidd.  The Kidd a Fletcher Class Destroyer was the stage for a wonderful night of tours, history and hide and seek.  Thanks to all who came and had a great time!

4th of July Parade was a hit!

posted Sep 2, 2014, 10:06 AM by Mark Chiasson

Thanks for all who came out to celebrate of Nation's Liberty at the 2014 Kenilworth Civic Associations annual 4th of July Parade.  We all had a great time, and probably had the most throws of all of the parade entries!  See some of the photos here.

2014 Clark Creek/Tunica Hills Hike

posted Jul 4, 2014, 1:56 PM by Mark Chiasson   [ updated Jul 6, 2014, 12:50 PM ]

We had an awesome time this year at our annual hike.  The boys had a blast climbing the rocks and splashing in the water.  The weather even cooperated better this year(read: it wasn't as hot!).

I have posted some photos from the hike.  I will be uploading some video later.  (**Video is now posted below.**)

I know the boys can't wait until next year.

Pack Graduation is this Sunday May 18th

posted May 15, 2014, 6:11 PM by Matthew Caillouet

I just wanted to send a quick reminder that our Pack graduation is this Sunday at 3pm, on the deck most probably (weather permitting) and all updates for anything earned by the scouts must be put into scout track by tomorrow.  Please be sure to get with your den leader ASAP if you need help updating your scouts acheivments!  The report will be run early Thursday morning and will be sent in to the scout office so they can have time to get the order ready for Friday pick up.  We would like the boys to be awarded for all of things they have worked on and accomplished, so be sure you get them it!


Also, this will be discussed at the pack meeting, but a quick heads-up, the Pack's next outing will be May 24th to Port Hudson to place flags at the graves to honor the men and women who have been laid to rest there for Memorial Day.  More deatils will be given on Sunday.


Let me know if you have any questions!

January Pack Meeting

posted Dec 20, 2013, 12:13 PM by Mark Chiasson   [ updated Jan 2, 2014, 8:10 AM ]

The January 2014 pack meeting will be at the Louisiana National Guard facilities in Hammond.  We have to let the facility know how many people will be in attendance.  In order to get an accurate count, we need you to complete the sign up form at the bottom of this page.

The pack meeting will be on January 12, 2014 at 1:00pm.

We will be going to:

Air National Guard-236 Combat Communications Squadron
901 N Airport Rd
Hammond, LA 70401

Air National Guard-236 Combat Communications Squadron


Pack Conservation Project, Part 2 the Box Continues

posted Oct 23, 2013, 5:33 AM by Matthew Caillouet   [ updated Oct 23, 2013, 5:41 AM ]

September 22nd @ 11:00am Base Camp on Lake McGee at Camp Avondale Scout Reservation.
We are going to install our nesting boxes around Lake McGee and Lake Tigator at Avondale Scout Reservation. Come get dirty!
What a great success the Nesting Box Build Project has been. Special thanks to Mr. Tom Dufour and Delta Waterfowl for a wonderful time. The boys had a blast, and received hats and duck calls! See some of the photos here.

2013 Christmas Wreaths .... Coming Soon

posted Sep 7, 2013, 11:31 AM by Mark Chiasson

During the month of October, Cub Scout Pack 103 will be selling Christmas wreaths, garland, and sprays again.  Our scouts will be selling them door to door, online, and after the four weekend masses at St. Jude.  Be on the lookout for additional details.

Pack Hike to Tunica Hills

posted Jun 26, 2013, 7:47 PM by Mark Chiasson   [ updated Jun 26, 2013, 7:49 PM ]

On Saturday, June 22nd, the pack made the annual trip to the Tunica Hills Wildlife Management Area on the Louisiana/Mississippi border.  We spent the morning hiking the trails, climbing the rocks, playing in the waterfalls and pools.  The boys had a blast.

You can see some of the photos taken from the trip by clicking on the "Photo Albums" link above.

We hope you can attend the hike next year.

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