We are Hopkinton Pack 97!

My name is Roberto Howard, and I was part of the greatest Cub Scout pack on Earth. That would be Pack 97 out of Hopkinton. Scouting was an absolutely great experience for me, and Cub Scouts is where I got my start. I still stay in touch with many of my Scouting friends today. I moved away and am now working for a crawl space company, but I created this site to showcase some of the benefits of scouting, and the biggest benefit I have experienced has been the lifelong friendships I’ve built as part of this incredible organization. I’m grateful to be a lifelong Scout!

Please note that this is not an official site of any sort. It’s just my own personal blog. I do not represent scouting or any other organization in any official capacity. I just love it and it’s been an important part of my life.

On this site I will tell you stories about about camping trips, our experiences selling popcorn, and much more! Mostly I will tell stories about me and my friends, because spending time with great friends is what Scouting is all about.

One of my favorite memories in Scouting is a long backpacking trip that we only went on every two years, because it was so grueling and there was so much preparation involved. It was a 30 mile hike over the course of three days, and we carried all our gear on our backs for two nights of tent camping. It was a really big deal! We had to hike several miles at a time on weekends just to prepare for this trip, and we increased the weight in our packs each time so that we’d get used to it. 

The first time I went on this trip, I was really nervous! I didn’t know what to expect. I thought it’d be really hard, and that I wouldn’t be able to keep up. However, it turned out to be a fantastic experience. The pack made sure that no one was left behind, of course, but even before we left, they made sure that everyone in attendance was well prepared to make the journey. They helped us get into shape, let us know what we needed to pack, and overall the pack leaders worked really hard to make sure that this challenging hike was a great experience for all of us. 

After my first year, I was hooked. I felt so rugged and independent. I loved to cook my meals over a campfire and looking up at the night sky and seeing all the stars. I loved talking with my friends on our long days of hiking, or just slipping into peaceful silence for miles at a time. 

If you ever get the chance to go backpacking, I highly recommend that you do it. You need to prepare yourself ahead of time, but if you’re ready and you know what you’re doing, it ends up being a great time. Bring people with you that you wouldn’t mind getting stuck on a desert island with, as they say, because with no distractions, you really get to know your friends. That’s one of the best things about the journey. You also come home with a sense of pride, confidence, and accomplishment, because you know how hard you worked to make it happen, and no one can ever take that achievement away from you.