Pack News

Scouting for Food - 2021

posted Feb 17, 2021, 1:41 PM by Matt Wagner

SFF 2021
Scouting for Food is a chance for our Pack to reach out to the community to help fill the Waukesha food Pantry. Our scouts distribute bags one weekend, then come back and collect bags filled with nonperishable food, which is then brought to the pantry. Food levels are usually pretty low this time of year, and this is a much needed service.

March 6th at 9:30am is the Scouting for Food bag drop-off. WE NEED YOUR HELP!! We will be distributing bags to each house in the streets surrounding Randall Elementary. Please show up early for your route and bags, then distribute until you've hit every house, or your bags are gone.

March 13th at 10:00am 
we will revisit the route and collect food for the Waukesha Food Pantry. Please consider attending both weekends. It usually doesn’t take that much time, and is a great help to our community. If you can only make one weekend, please make it the first (March 6th). We will meet @Randall (near the playground on the south side of the building) to distribute maps, bags, and form groups.

Our general area can be seen in the map below. We will not distribute to the college, church or schools in our area, just the residential houses.

Pinewood Derby Car Registration

posted Feb 3, 2021, 6:51 PM by Matt Wagner

We are less than a week away from our pinewood derby. As was mentioned earlier in January week, we are going to do virtual this year due to COVID. 

Because we will be holding a virtual race, we are going to need to collect cars and weigh them ahead of time. Car drop off will be this Thursday, February 4th from 6:30 - 8 at Evangelical & Reformed UCC (where we have been meeting on Saturdays). If you are unable to make it to this drop off time, please reach out to Jen Wray or another member of the Pack committee and we will arrange to have you drop off your car before this time and we will insure it gets to the weigh in night and over to the race.

The race will be available online at 9 am. We are still waiting on the meeting information to send out so all families can log in and watch the race, but will send that out as soon as we have it. 

If you have any questions on the pinewood derby, do not hesitate to reach out.

Scout Sunday 2021

posted Jan 20, 2021, 8:02 AM by Matt Wagner   [ updated Jan 20, 2021, 8:11 AM ]

Scout Sunday 2021
Scout Sunday is a time for the scouts to give back to their charter organizations and help out wit
h religious services or projects. Sometimes scouts wear their uniforms to church, or are positioned as greeters, or participate in part of the service, or are awarded their religious emblem that they have been working on. Each religious organization handles Scout Sunday differently, and may not always celebrate it on the 'official' date, so please check your religious leaders. 

Also, with COVID restrictions in place for many public gathering spaces, Scout Sunday may happen virtually for your religious institution.

This year, Scout Sunday falls on Feb. 7th, 2021.

If your religious organization is not doing anything this year, maybe you can suggest something for next year.

River Rats Sign-up

posted Jan 20, 2021, 6:50 AM by Matt Wagner

River Rats 2021 logo
Join us for the 1st weekend of River Rats (April 30th - May 2nd, 2021)!

River Rats is a family camp put on by the Potawatomi Area Council at Camp Long Lake, just north of Dundee, WI. We arrive at camp Friday night to set up, get an orientation, break into groups and have a snack (remember to eat dinner before you arrive Friday).

Saturday is a day of fun and games where the scouts build fires, shoot bows and arrows, bb guns and slingshots, climb walls, make rope, and a myriad of other things. 

Typically our pack is responsible for running one of the events when you move to that station. So, ask our Cubmaster, Mr. Bradley, if you have questions on how that is run.

There is a campfire Saturday night where our scouts put on a skit or sing a song.

This is a fun weekend of camping where the camp provides the food.

So far we have 38 scouts and parents registered. The early-bird rates are available until 3/4/21, so if you're still interested in attending, you may talk to Mr. Bradley for more information.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Pinewood Derby 2021

posted Jan 20, 2021, 6:31 AM by Matt Wagner

Ladies and Gentlemen start your engines. The Pack 30 Pinewood Derby is about to begin. Each year we host a Derby Day where our Scouts compete for the fastest or most stylish cars in the Pack. This year we handed out cars in December and race them in February, giving you two months to carve, sand and paint your car so that it’s ready for race day.

Attached to your car is our specification sheet and below are the rules and regulations, which we will use during the inspection day to ensure your car is “street legal”. This assures uniform weight and that the car will run down the track without issue. You have been assigned a number already. Please make sure that appears on your car. Also, please read ALL of the rules below, and read through the specification sheet. It speeds up the registration process if everyone comes prepared.

We will be holding the Pinewood Derby virtually this year, due to COVID. We are working with Troop 4 who runs our race to set up a virtual meeting where everyone will be able to log in online. The race will be run in the morning of the 6th, but all cars will need to be turned in earlier so we can get them to Troop 4 to run. We are still working on the exact timeline, but are planning to have a weigh in session mid-week leading up to the race. Please keep an eye out for more on that in the next few days.

If you have not yet worked on your pinewood derby car and need help with cutting your car, the Scout Shop is offering free pinewood derby cutting day on January 30th, but does require a sign up. Please see the below from the scout shop website. 

PINEWOOD DERBY season is coming. We have everything you need to rev up your car. Ask an associate about FREE Pinewood Derby car cutting days January 9th, 2021 and 30th, 2021 10 am to 1:45 pm at the Scout Shop. 15 minute time slots will be offered. Sign up today, call the Potawatomi Scout Shop at 262-446-5155

I know how exciting it can be to build a car as an adult, but I implore you to please let your Scout do most of the work on this project. It is much more meaningful for them, and you will be surprised at the skill and creativity they bring to this project. Even if it’s just a block of wood with wheels going down the track, it’s theirs and they will be proud of it. If, however, you really want to build your own car, or your Scout’s other siblings want a chance to compete, kits are available for purchase. They are $3.99 and the pack usually has a few extras. Otherwise they are available at the Scout Shop on Bluemound Rd. or at Sherper’s (call to ensure they’re in stock).

If you have never done this before or are looking for more resources, I recommend the following resources to help you build your car:
  • The scout shop will typically have an open test day around January 30, from 9:30am to 12:30pm, at the scout office. They will have a track set up for testing your car as well as a scale to test weights. Call before hand if you are planning on going. The scout office also has some great accessories (decals, tools, weights). So, check it out if you have a chance. Menards also has a great selection of accessories, lubricants and weights at good prices. 
  • If you’re looking for more ideas, please check out one of the Lowe’s events as well. has the details. There is a fun template program on their Web site that will let you print out one of several choices of car style. Some do not conform to our rules, so be careful. Check with the local Lowes as the website says Derby Days is set for Jan. 14th as well.
  • There are some great sites on the Internet on the science behind the Pinewood derby. Check out these links if you have not seen them yet to provide you with that extra 'edge' when creating your car. (Again, please note you need to follow our rules about wheels and weights, not the suggested methods to make your car faster).
    Boys' Life - How to Use Science to make a Fast Pinewood Derby car.
    Boys' Life - How to make a fast pinewood derby car.
  • Remember, you don't need a woodworking shop to make your car (although it does speed the process). Hand tools work just as well. Just remember to design your car first, apply the markings to the block of wood and cut as much away as possible before sanding. If you still have questions or need help, please contact your Den leaders or other committee members.
  • Lastly, this is a fun project for your Scout to work on. Provide help where necessary, but remember, it's more rewarding if they do most of the work themselves.

The following are the rules and regulations for our race. These were not put here to take the fun out of the event, but instead, to make the race fair for everyone. Also, if you win the Pack 30 event, your car is eligible to race at the Council level. These rules are followed there as well.

If you have questions on any of this, please ask. We just want to have a good time and be fair to all.

Winter Blast 2021

posted Jan 19, 2021, 1:12 PM by Matt Wagner

Winter Blast
The annual Winter Blast Adventure will be held in Johnson Creek on January 23rd, 2021.

There are still slots available to participate in the 2021 Winter Blast event in Johnson Creek. The event has been limited to one weekend this year due to availability of venue and # of scouts that can be in attendance.

If you have not registered yet, please reach out to your den leader and have them sign up directly with the scout office.

There are lots of activities for each rank available. This is a great way to get some advancement checked off and have a great time doing it. Our scouts that attend have a fun time. Check the last page of the attachment below to see details on activities for each rank.

Check-In:                7:45AM
Flag Ceremony:     8:30AM
Announcements:    8:45AM
Program Begins:    9:00AM
Closing:                    3:30PM
Program Ends:        3:45PM

  • Packs must provide 1 adult per rank (1 adult=10 Scouts) as they will be combined with other Packs to meet the BSA standard of 2 Deep Leadership.
  • TIGERS (1st grade) MUST be accompanied by at least 1 adult partner each (1 Adult = 1 Scout), to meet National Cub Scout standards and provide the 1 on 1 attention to complete activities in the time provided. Tigers without a parent attending are unable to participate.
Have fun and hope to see you there!!

JTE 2020 - Gold!

posted Jan 19, 2021, 7:57 AM by Matt Wagner

JTE Unit Gold 2020

The Journey to Excellence
award is given to packs that have met the requirements outlined by the Boy Scouts of America.  Each year, there is a list of goals that a pack, district and council must meet in order to be considered for the award.  There are three levels as well: bronze, silver and gold.  The requirements range from increasing and maintaining membership in the pack, providing activities and having scouts participate in those activities, graduating Webelos to Boy Scout troops, training the pack leadership, and communicating the pack activities and yearly plan to the parents and scouts.

This year, Pack 30 achieved 1550 total points in all 11 categories and was awarded the Gold level once again thanks to the pack leadership and the involvement of our parents and youth. Thank you all for helping us achieve this goal!

We will be receiving a ribbon commemorating this achievement from the council.  This ribbon will be placed on our pack flag during one of our upcoming pack meetings.

In addition, scouts are able to purchase a patch from the Waukesha scout shop (or online at to wear on the right-sleeve of their uniform.

This link shows the Pack 30 breakdown of the 2020 JTE checklist for Packs. When reading this, it's important to look at the categories we did not score gold in as it indicates areas of improvement for the Pack. Also, remember that these requirements change each year. The latest version of these scorecards can always be found at the BSA JTE Website

If you have questions, please let us know.

Summertime Activity June Hike

posted Jun 19, 2020, 8:23 AM by Matt Wagner have a hike scheduled for Saturday June 27th at Minooka Park.  This
will be a great opportunity to get out and enjoy nature. We intend on utilizing social distancing practices as best as possible and feel free to bring/use a mask as desired.  We will hike the yellow trail which is 3 miles long as part of the Trail Trekker's program.

 The scouts should wear class B uniforms(scout t shirt – the new one if you have gotten it from your den leader, or any other one you have) and make sure they bring the 6 essentials for hiking…

  1. First Aid Kit
  2. Water Bottle
  3. Flashlight
  4. Trail Food
  5. Sun Protection
  6. Whistle

We will need some adults to walk with us to assist in keeping up social distancing.

Any questions
 please feel free to send them to Steve Bradley


National Camp-in

posted May 6, 2020, 9:02 AM by Webmaster Pack30

Camp-in Patch
On Saturday, May 2nd, Scouts BSA held a camp-in with various activities and interviews to show our scouts something new to do at home.

For those that did not see the announcements from National, you can see the recorded streams here:

Some of the activities included:
  • Campsite Construction - Live Conversation with Arctic Skiing Adventurers - Campsite Checklist
  • Virtual 5K Hike for Feeding America - Race Bib
  • Cooke with a MasterChef Junior Fanalist
  • Moviemaking: behind-the-scenes set tour.
  • NASA Astronaut Doug Wheelock
  • Build a flashlight from Household Items - Supply List
  • Steve Wozniak Talks STEM - Cub Scout STEM Activities
  • Skillet S'mores - Recipe
  • National Virtual Campfire

Check it out if you have some time. It was fun and something different to do.

#ScoutingAtHome - May 2020

posted May 4, 2020, 2:48 PM by Webmaster Pack30   [ updated May 6, 2020, 9:14 AM ]

Let’s do something fun! This month would have been our camping meeting with skits, songs etc.  Take a picture or short video of you scout(s) doing something scout like.  Maybe helping a sibling with homework, cooking, being creative….and send them in to Mr. Johnson or post them on our Pack 30 Facebook page.  We can get them posted or put together a collage of pictures to show our scouts are still active.
Follow it up with a #ScoutingAtHome to be part of the nation-wide Scouts BSA activities.

If you're looking for ideas, the Three Harbors Council in Milwaukee has a weekly challenge posted on their site:
Scouting at Home May Challenge

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