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Pinewood Derby - 2019

posted Dec 18, 2018, 9:20 PM by Matt Wagner   [ updated Dec 18, 2018, 9:20 PM ]

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 will be handing 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.

To accommodate all of our racers, this year we will be running the Race on Saturday, February 9th, 2019 at the Randall School Gym. The following times will be of importance, this will allow us time to run the 60+ cars we will have in the race. 

8:00-9:00 - Setup of track
9:00-9:30 - Webelos and Bear scouts register their cars.
9:30-10:00 - Wolf, Tiger and Lion scouts register their cars.
~10:00 - Races begin
~12:00 - Race ends, awards are handed out.

I know how exciting it can be to build a car, 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 12, 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 the Dremel site, 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. In the past Lowe's has sponsored Dremel days at their stores. Check with your local store to see if they have an event in January.
  • 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.

Rules & Regulations:

  1. The car must be built for the current Pinewood Derby Racing Season. NO REPEATS or REPAINTS.
  2. A completed car purchased or tuned from a third party is not allowed.
  3. Maximum Overall Width is 3”.
  4. Minimum Width between wheels is 1 7/8”
  5. Maximum Height is not to exceed 3”
  6. Minimum Track clearance (bottom clearance between the car and the track) is 3/8” (please keep this in mind when placing weights on the bottom of the car).
  7. Wheelbase: the distance between the axels must NOT be changed. You must use the existing Axel grooves.
  8. Front of the car: No part of the car can extend beyond the starting post and the front of the car must be no higher than ½” where it contacts the starting post. It must also be at least ½” wide at the center of the car.
  9. Official materials must be used: Wheels, axels, wood.
  10. All parts must be securely attached.
  11. Wheel contact – At least 3 wheels MUST be in contact with a flat surface when the car is placed on it. The wheels must be attached to the sides of the car body, in an axel groove. Each wheel must be attached to the Car’s wood chassis with a legal axle.
  12. Wheel shape – THE SHAPE AND FORM OF THE WHEELS CANNOT BE MODIFIED OR RESHAPED, however wheels may be sanded to remove molding burrs. Wheels may not be tapered or rounded.
  13. Maximum Weight – Not over 5 ounces (141.75 grams).
  14. Lead (Pb) weight, if used, must be completely sealed and safe from all possible contact with youth.
  15. Dry lubricants only for axel lubrication.
  16. No starting devices or propellants.
  17. Most of all, have fun!

The voting categories this year are:

  • Most Scout-like
  • Most Patriotic
  • Fastest Looking Car
  • Most Realistic Car
  • Most unlike a Car
If you have questions on any of this, please ask. We just want to have a good time and be fair to all.

This year, the top three winners from our pack will have an opportunity to race at the Council level Pinewood Derby on March 24th. This even is sponsored by Wild Subaru, as were the cars this year. See the PinewoodDerbyFlyer-4-6-19.pdf document below for more details.

Dec. Pack Meeting - Giving

posted Dec 18, 2018, 8:49 PM by Matt Wagner

This month we will be decorating pine cones for bird feeders, making a reindeer candy cane and a game or two.

Keeping with the theme of giving, could you bring a new pack of socks to donate?  We will need a bunch for our game that we will be playing… no more hints.  After the game they will be donated locally.

Other announcements:

  •          We will be handing out the pinewood derby cars for the scouts to start working on.
  •          Admirals game sign up.  A sign up link was emailed out last week to sign up to go to the Admirals game on January 25th.  We hope to have enough scouts sign up to be able to be the color guard that night before the game, so please sign up.
  •          Awards and finding out what each den has been up to over the last month with an update from each den.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Admirals Hockey Night

posted Dec 6, 2018, 12:31 PM by Webmaster Pack30   [ updated Dec 6, 2018, 12:32 PM ]

On Friday Jan. 25, Pack 30 will be able to attend an Admirals game. Our Pack will also have an opportunity to be the color guard at the start of the game.

As a scout group we will receive discounted tickets in the same section. The Pack is also paying $4 for each registered scout/leader.

If you are interested, please sign up using our online form.

Please sign up by the end of December so we can register and get the tickets in time for the event.

The game starts at 7:00pm, so please arrive early so you can be part of the color guard. Scouts must be in uniform for the flag ceremony. 

Nov. Pack Meeting - Regatta

posted Nov 13, 2018, 7:52 AM by Matt Wagner

Our annual Rain gutter Regatta is this week at our Pack meeting.  The meeting starts at 6:15pm in the gym at Randall.  No need to bring anything but be ready to have fun.  We will make, decorate and race our boats that night in the gym.  We will make them out of pool noodles, paper plates, and Popsicle sticks and then race them in our rain gutters.  It is always a fun time.

We will also have a station to make cards for our Veterans.  In addition  to the cards we make that night we will be collecting items for Operation Gratitude.  The list of suggested items is attached.  If you want to learn more about their organization here is their website: 

As usual at our Pack meetings we will be handing out any awards that the scouts have earned as well as the awards for our fundraising efforts.

Upcoming this Saturday on November 17th we will be visiting the Garcade in Menomonee Falls.  The sign up and information(starts at 11am) will be present at the meeting on the table.  This should also be fun where the scouts can learn what original video games were like and not hand held devices. 

All of us leaders look forward to seeing the scouts in their uniform, looking sharp and ready to have some fun.

Arcade Day

posted Oct 10, 2018, 12:45 PM by Webmaster Pack30   [ updated Oct 14, 2018, 5:59 PM ]

This year's fall event will be a trip to an Arcade.
Saturday, Nov. 17th starting at 11:00am.
The Garcade is in Menomonee Falls and features over 150 games and 20+ pinball machines.

N85 W15920 Appleton Ave
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin 53051

Typical admission is $15. If we get a large enough group, it will be $10. 
Pack 30 will pay half of the entry fee for any registered scouts, bringing that price down to $5 for scouting participants.
Admission fee gets you a wristband and allows unlimited play, all day. The games do not use quarters, they are all set to free play.
We need one adult per family to accompany their scout(s) as not all games are age appropriate, and only you can decide which games your scout should be able to play.

There is no food in the gaming area, but we may have some snacks and such in their lounge. Again, you will be able to leave and return later if you'd like to find something to eat later.
We are officially ending the Scouting event at 2:00pm, however you are welcome to stay longer if you'd like.

For more details on The Garcade:

Oct. Pack Meeting

posted Oct 10, 2018, 12:40 PM by Webmaster Pack30   [ updated Oct 10, 2018, 12:46 PM ]

Our next pack meeting is next Wed. Oct. 10th at 6:15pm.  We hope that we have a fun meeting planned for the scouts.  We have the following planned:
  • Costume Parade.  Please have your scout wear their Halloween costume (conforming to all the same Randall rules for costumes).  If they have not picked their costume for this year yet, recycle last years for this event.
  • Den Leader Mummification – We will have a challenge where the dens will “mummify” their den leader using toilet paper – this will be fun for all…except maybe the leaders.
  • Police Officer visit.  They will discuss safety tips for children during Halloween and Trick or Treating
  • We will have a station to decorate gourds to take home.
  • Sign up for River Rats camping in the Spring
    • Typically this event occurs the first weekend in May, Fri night until Sun morning
    • Will be at Camp Long Lake in St. Cloud, WI
    • Fun weekend of great experiences for the scouts including, shooting sports, games, crafts, scout skills, etc.  The events change each year.
    • Camping outdoors with the family
    • Last year we had over 70 family members go, we were one of the largest groups there.
    • The signup sheet will be at the meeting.  I will need names, contact info, t shirt size and a $15 deposit per person attending.  Typically the cost is around $50 per person.  We encourage full payment, if possible, but there is a deadline to have all payments in that we will communicate to all.


We will also squeeze in a Bobcat ceremony for any new scouts who have completed their Bobcat requirements.


Lastly, if your scout has finished selling, please bring in their sales sheets to turn in.  All sheets must be turned in before or on Oct. 13th.


Thoughts for the weekend…GO BREWERS!!! And stay dry.

Swamp Fox 2018

posted Sep 30, 2018, 8:56 PM by Webmaster Pack30

We had a good turnout for the annual Potawatomi Area Council Swamp Fox weekend camp-out. This was the 32nd anniversary for Swamp Fox. There were  12 families (35 people) participating, and we enjoyed a full weekend of fun activities. This year we were at the Phantom Lake YMCA Camp in Mukwanago, WI due to Camp Long Lake being closed from wind damage. 

The weekend was amazing with temperatures in the 60s and beautiful weather. Friday night was chilly, with temperatures dropping to 34 deg. Saturday was beautiful. Around 6:00pm the rain started, and we moved the Campfire program into one of their main buildings. 
Those that came were able to practice archery, BB gun shooting, a wood project to make a toolbox, capture the flag, "rock, paper scissors ultimate showdown" and more great activities that our Cub Scouts can only do at camp. 

All of our Scouts had a great time, enjoyed some fun with their fellow scouts and family, and met some new friends.

Everyone that participated attained the Shooting Sports patch for Archery and BB Gun Shooting, progress toward their Outdoor Activity awards and some rank advancement for the activities they participated in.

This was an excellent weekend, and I hope to see you all again next year!

Congratulations to Szymon S. and Sam W. for being awarded the Order of the Swamp Fox. We look forward to seeing great things from you!

Webelos Jam-o-Ree 2018

posted Sep 30, 2018, 8:43 PM by Webmaster Pack30

On Sept. 15-16, Pack 30 had 3 Webelos scouts join 20 Boy Scout Troops from the Potawatomi Area Council for a fun day of scout skills and personal reflection. This was a great opportunity for our scouts to see Boy Scout troops in action and also get an idea of which one they may want to join after they graduate from Cub Scouts.

Temperatures were in the high 80s during the day and a cool 50 deg F. at night. The dew point was pretty high, though, and most of the tents were soaking wet in the morning.

Our scouts had a great time, and spent the evening having a lot of fun with the scout troops in the area.

This is a highly recommended event for all Webelos scouts, so look for it in mid-September next year!

For an informational video, check out this one from 2017:

New Parent Orientation Night

posted Sep 12, 2018, 1:08 PM by Webmaster Pack30

September 13, at 6:30pm - 8:00pm we will have an opportunity for you to come and learn about Pack 30. Matt Wagner, our Committee Chair, will be there to explain the scouting program and the benefits that our youth  If you bring your scout, we will have our Den Chief and some of our Webelos scouts available to help teach the Bobcat requirements.

Bring your questions, your applications, and your "Can Do" attitude, and join us for another great year of scouting.

Sept. Pack Meeting

posted Aug 29, 2018, 8:06 AM by Matt Wagner

Wednesday, Sept. 12th at 6:15pm will be the first Pack meeting of the year. We are excited to see all of the Pack 30 scouts, and some new faces. Each of our dens will be putting on an obstacle course event and share it with the pack. Following that, we'll have a popcorn tasting.

Parents, please stay to have your questions answered about events for this year, and pick up your fundraising packets. If you're new to Pack 30, you'll have an opportunity to meet our pack committee and den leaders and have your son or daughter introduced to their den leader.

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