Pack News

Scouting for Food - 2018

posted Mar 2, 2018, 8:34 AM by Matt Wagner

SFF Patch 2018
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 10th at 9:00am 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 RSVP in Scoutbook.

March 17th 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 10th). We will meet @Randall (near the playground on the south side of the building) to distribute maps, bags, and form groups. Please RSVP in Scoutbook.

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.

Scout Sunday 2018

posted Feb 6, 2018, 8:59 AM by Webmaster Pack30

Scout Sunday Patch
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.

This year, Scout Sunday falls on Feb. 4th, 2018.

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

Country Springs Day - Feb. 18th, 2018

posted Jan 8, 2018, 9:42 PM by Matt Wagner

Nothing beats the winter blues like fun in an indoor water park! This year, our pack will once again be heading to Country Springs for an afternoon of (discounted) water park fun. If you are interested, this will happen on Sunday, Feb. 18th from 12:00-5:00 p.m. 

Country Springs is under new management and their prices have risen by $3.50/person. However, the pack is going to cover this difference and hold our prices at last year's rates: $12.50 for scouts & leaders, $14.50 for family & friends, $5 for spectators. 

You may sign-up online using THIS FORM. I will also bring the sheet along to our pack meeting this Wednesday. Payment can be made by check to 'Pack 30' (or cash if you prefer).

Any questions, feel free to email or call Laura Wagner.

Jan. Pack Meeting - Wildlife in Need

posted Jan 8, 2018, 9:27 PM by Matt Wagner

Please join us on Wednesday, January 8th for our Pack meeting where we will have representatives from the Wildlife in Need Center joining us to explain what they do as a wildlife rehabilitation center and what we can do to get involved. They will have a few animals there for us to see.  As usual our meeting starts at 6:15 so please be on time to be respectful to our guests.

The Wildlife in Need center does great work in our area, and they do not charge a fee to explain what they do, however to help aid that cause, our Pack would like to help them out in the form of donations.  To that end we would like to donate supplies or money equaling at least $200 for them to be able to put on their program.  Here is the link identifying some of the items that they could use.

We look forward to seeing all of you there for this exciting event!

JTE 2017 - Gold!

posted Jan 7, 2018, 7:18 PM by Matt Wagner

JTE Gold 2017
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 1450 total points in 10 of the 11 categories and was awarded the Gold level once again thanks to the pack leadership and the involvement of our parents and youth.  So, 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 2017 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.

Milwaukee Wave Scout Night 2018

posted Jan 7, 2018, 6:38 PM by Matt Wagner

On Saturday night a few scouts and their families joined several other Troops and Packs in the Milwaukee area to cheer on the Milwaukee Wave as they played the Cedar Rapids Rampage. It was an intense game with the Wave dominating the play early. The final score was 11 to 5 with the Wave continuing their undefeated streak at 12-0 for the season.

Our scouts had an opportunity to walk on the field before the game, and had some time meeting the players after the game, where they signed autographs. Each scout and attending family received a Wave stocking cap and a commemorative patch. A few of our scouts also stayed overnight, where they were able to watch the Lego Batman Movie and sleep right on the field. 

The entire experience was a lot of fun, and it looked like everyone had a good time.

Pinewood Derby - 2018

posted Dec 21, 2017, 6:15 PM 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 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 17th, 2017 at the Randall School Gym. The following times will be of importance, this will allow us time to run the 50+ 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 13, 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.

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 Pinewood Derby 3-24-1- Rev 1.pdf document below for more details.

Winter Activities for Families

posted Dec 21, 2017, 5:39 PM by Matt Wagner

There are many activities over the winter months that your family may want to participate in. Pack 30 will not be planning to attend as a group, but if any of these interest you, feel free to contact the Bradley Center (see attachments below) and reserve tickets at the discounted Scout rate.

If you have any questions, please contact Eric Johnson or Matt Wagner.

These, and other events can be found on the Potawatomi Area Council Events page:

Dec. Pack Meeting - STEM Engineering

posted Dec 21, 2017, 5:02 PM by Matt Wagner

This month we will be building towers and structures using marshmallows and toothpicks to try and build the highest, stable structures with limited resources. Scouts will be teaming up in groups of three or four from their den to plan and build the structures. When complete, we will measure height and if the structures can hold weight. We will be utilizing some of the examples below to create solid structures. Please bring your imagination!

We will also be talking with a few engineers from the Pack (Mr. Johnson and Mr. Slater) as they share with our scouts blueprints and what sort of skills are required for their engineering jobs. Please bring you questions.

The meeting will be at the Randall School Gym on Wednesday, Dec. 13th @ 6:15pm.

Scouts will also have an opportunity to create a pine cone ornament that they can keep or give away as a gift to someone.

Wave Scout Night

posted Nov 9, 2017, 8:42 AM by Matt Wagner

MKE Wave
Are you interested in going to the MKE Wave's Cub Scout night game? If so, keep reading :) 

The Wave game on Sat, January 6, 2018 at 6:05 vs. Cedar Rapids is their Cub Scout night. All scouts who attend can take part in a pre-game Scout parade on the field and will receive a Wave Patch as well as a MKE Wave Winter Hat!  

There are 3 options to choose from: attending the game only, attending the game and staying after to watch Lego Batman on their video board, or attending the game, watching the movie and then sleeping over! (Leaving at 8am Sunday). Please be aware this night is open to Boy Scouts as well so there will a range of ages.

This is a family event; if you want your child to attend, you will need to come with them. Please see attached flyer for details and then, if interested, please sign up on the Google form attached. Be aware that there are 3 levels of pricing (worst to best seats). You are welcome to choose any level you like. We will have tickets together within each price point so if there are friends you want to sit with going, choose the same price level.

Please sign-up by Friday, Dec 1st

Any questions, let me know.

-Laura Wagner

 MKE Wave Sign Up Sheet: Jan 6, 2018

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