Cub Scout Pack 1776
23Nov/19

Pinewood Derby Weekend!

January 11-12, 2020

Saturday, January 11, 2020: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Vehicle Inspection & Impound

Sunday, January 12, 2020:   Noon to 3:00 p.m. Race Day!

  • Location: Coyote Creek MPR
  • Attire: Class A uniform
  • Bring: Reusable water bottle and readiness to cheer on your fellow scouts

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Pinewood Derby SignUps

Our Annual Pinewood Derby will be held on January 12th from noon to 3 PM in the MPR! There will be racing, design competitions, and pizza. Please be conservation minded and bring your own reusable bottle. Fresh filtered water will be available from the refillable station in the MPR. We will once again have an open class for adults and siblings. Additional kits may be purchased for $5. Contact Jessica Almeida (jeijeica@yahoo.com) to purchase more kits. Wear your Class A uniform!

The mandatory inspection and car impounding is on January 11th from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at the Pack Shed near the Coyote Creek Kindergarten area.

Even though Pinewood Derby car is a team project for scouts and their adults, we encourage scouts to do as much of the car building as possible. For those new to scouting or just need a refresher course, here are some helpful websites.

If you need help cutting the wood block, you could take it to Ace Hardware. The store staff may charge each car $5. You can also use their equipment to sand, align the wheels, and fine-tune various details. Each car must pass inspection on January 11th by the official inspection committee before it will be allowed to compete. Once a car passes inspection and is entered into the race, only the race committee members can touch it. If the car loses a wheel, or is otherwise damaged, the racer has 5 minutes to make repairs.

Rules will be emailed to you in a separate email and can be found Pack 1776 Pinewood Derby Official Rules.

On the day of the event, cars will race in multiple heats.  They will have the opportunity to race on each of the 4 tracks. Only their best time will be used. All participants will receive a patch for participating. Trophies will be awarded to the fastest three cars in each rank, and the overall fastest three cars in the Pack. We will also give ribbons to 1) Best Paint Job, 2) Most Unique, 3) Most Patriotic, 4) Most Interesting Design, 5) Most Original, 6) Most Creative

AGENDA:

  • Lion Heats (x4 for each Lion)
  • Tiger Heats (x4 for each Tiger)
  • Wolf Heats (x4 for each Wolf)
  • Bear Heats (x4 for each Bear)
  • Webelos I Heats (x4 for each Webelos I)
  • Webelos II Heats (x4 for each Webelos II)
  • Siblings Heats (x4 for each Sibling)
  • Best Overall Heats (x4 for each First place Den Winner)

According to the BSA's Cub Scout Leader How-To-Book, the GENERAL RULES are as follows:

All cars must pass the following inspection to qualify for the race:

  1. Width shall not exceed 2-3/4 inches.
  2. Length shall not exceed 7 inches.
  3. Weight shall not exceed 5 ounces.
  4. Axles, wheels, and body shall be from the materials provided in the kit. Additional wheels can be purchased separately.
  5. Wheel bearings, washers, and bushings are prohibited.
  6. No lubricating oil may be used. Axles may be lubricated with powdered graphite or silicone.
  7. The car shall not ride on any kind of spring.
  8. The car must be free-wheeling with no starting devices.
  9. No loose materials of any kind are allowed in the car.

Here are the rules in more detail: Pack 1776 Pinewood Derby Official Rules

21Nov/19

December 12th Pack Meeting

Be Prepared: What to do in an emergency

  • DATE: December 12, 2019
  • TIME: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • LOCATION: Coyote Creek Elementary MPR
  • UNIFORM:  Class A

Making correct decisions under pressure can be difficult for anyone, but if Cub Scouts practice knowing when and how to call 911, basic first aid, and other skills they can be more ready for emergency situations. December's Pack Meeting's theme is to allow Scouts to build a basic first aid kit that may be useful on hikes, learn basic wound care, learn and practice when and how to call 911 on different types of phones and how to summon aid in the outdoors. All registered scouts will receive a pouch, simple first aid supplies, signal mirror and whistle.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS: There are 4 stations that we need to staff, with adults and Den Chiefs using a written script to teach:

  1. Station #1 - Make a first aid kit / how to treat a cut or scrape on a hike
  2. Station #2 - When to call 911
  3. Station #3 - How to call 911
  4. Station #4 - How to prepare for a hike & what do when we are lost. SIGN UP HERE!

Following the meeting, Pinewood Derby Car Kits will be passed out. These are free to all registered Cub Scouts.

Adults and siblings are welcome to join in on the fun in their own special heats. Pinewood Derby Kits for family members are $5 each.

Pinewood Derby Weekend is January 11th (Impound) and January 12th (Race Day). Check the website for additional details and complete Pack 1776 Pinewood Derby Official Rules.

4Nov/19

Leader Education and Discovery (L.E.A.D.) 2020

January 25, 2020

Registration for the BIGGEST Training event of 2020 — Leader Education and Discovery (L.E.A.D.) is now open. Bask in the warmth of friendliness and camaraderie of like-minded Scout leaders. Catch-up with old friends and meet new friends.

This event is OPEN to all adults. You DO NOT have to be a uniform leader. Everyone is welcome to attend!  Invest in the future – YOUR future success as a Scout leader, and the continuing interest and engagement of your Scouts depends on trained adults.

  • DATE:  Saturday, January 25th, 2020
  • TIME:   8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • LOCATION:  Diablo Valley College (DVC) - 321 Golf Club Rd, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
  • UNIFORMS:  Class A encouraged
  • COST:  $45 per participant (The Pack will reimburse after you attend and if you stay with us until the end of the school year)
  • REGISTRATION: Including Course Catalog and Schedules

What is STEM and how does it work for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA and Venturers?

Where can I go camping, hiking or backpacking in Northern California?

Where can I get in person training for my position as a Cub Scout, Scouts or Venture Leader?

How can I run fun and exciting Pack Meetings?

L.E.A.D. has you covered. L.E.A.D. offers over 130 classes across five colleges: Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing, Outdoors and Continuing Education. The day is broken up into 6 sessions. Some classes are 1 session, others, such as CPR certification, are 3 sessions, while even others, like Venturing Leader Training, last all day.

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