Cub Scout Pack 280

Flower Mound, Texas

Author: chris (page 1 of 2)

2016 Pinewood Derby

Our Pinewood Derby will be held on Saturday, January 30th, at Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church, in the Ministry Center. This is in the main sanctuary building, NOT in the Family Life Center where we have pack meetings. For those unfamiliar with Trietsch, if you’re facing the main building from the parking lot, you will enter on the LEFT side of the building, and the Ministry Center is right there.

Registration will begin at 1:30pm, with racing scheduled to start at 2:00pm. Scout cars can weigh no more than 5 ounces. All Scout cars will be weighed at registration, and if adjustments are required, your Scout’s car will be directed to pit row.

Mr. Phil Hanus is our track sponsor. Please be advised, for those siblings and parents in the renegade category, he asks that cars weigh no more than 7.5 ounces to save wear and tear on his track.

We will begin room setup at 12:30pm on the 30th. If you are able to volunteer to help with setup, or with making adjustments on pit row, or with helping Mr. Hanus with weigh-in and registration, please let Chris or Melissa know. We need volunteers!

Pack meeting, 25 January 2016

Our first pack meeting of 2016 is on Monday, January 25th. It will be held in Room 231 of Trietsch’s Family Life Center, starting at 7:00PM.

Pack meeting, 23 March 2015

Our next pack meeting is on Monday, March 23rd, in our usual location, the Ministry Center at Trietsch Memorial UMC, at 7pm.

Recycled Orchestra

As Scouts, we are taught to look after the environment. One of our rules is to always leave the outdoor areas we occupy in better condition than we found them. Conservation is our watchword.

In Paraguay, there is a movement underway to equip children of all ages with musical instruments made from items found in trash dumps and reclaimed wood. Talk about recycling! Below is a cello made from reclaimed wood and oil barrels!

Just goes to show that those dead branches our boys find in the woods can be more than pretend guns, swords, or magic wands. It’s definitely something to think about with regard to any trash found at future campouts!

Blue & Gold Banquet

Due to some logistical conflicts at Trietsch, we are moving our annual Blue & Gold Banquet up one day. It will now be:

Date: Friday, February 21st

Time: 6:30-8:30 PM

Where: at Trietsch in the Ministry Center of the south wing. (map/directions)

Dens will have a half hour before the start time to set up their tables. The theme this year is the Winter Olympics, and each den has picked a sport featured in the winter games.

Own a piece of Pack 280 history!


While cleaning out his garage, Tim Bachelder found a bin full of these old pack shirts. These were the “Class B” shirts the pack used prior to Davis and I joining. We’ve had two different pack shirts since then!

We are going to sell these to pack members for $5 each. We have several Adult Larges, but also mediums and smalls. Youth sizes range from small to large.

We will have a table set up at the Pinewood Derby as well as at the next pack meeting. First come, first serve!

Pinewood Derby — THIS FRIDAY!

Our annual Pinewood Derby is this Friday, January 24th. It will be in the Ministry Center at Trietsch UMC (where we normally meet for pack meetings).

Check-in, with official weighing, begins at 6:15 PM. Racing begins promptly at 7:00 PM.


The track we are using this year has four lanes, so each car will run four heats, one in each lane. We will take the car’s fastest time of the four as its official time for determining results.

REMEMBER: Scout cars can NOT weigh more than 5 ounces. Outlaw cars cannot weigh more than 7.5 ounces. All cars must be under the 5-inch height limit, or they will not fit under the finish gate.

During racing, it is important that Scouts and siblings sit back from the track. We will assign track duties for the retrieval of cars from the finish line to certain Scouts. These are the only children which should be near the track. Our track host would be very appreciative of parents talking about this with their Scouts and other attending children beforehand.

If you have any questions, please contact your den leader, TJ, or Chris. See everyone Friday night!

UPDATE: All Scouts should be in their Class A uniforms for the Derby.

Cub-O Results

Cub-O-2014-teamJan. 3, 2014. It was a beautiful day at Sid Richardson Scout Camp. Thousands of scouts and their leaders and parents gathered for camping, map & orienteering training, and a grand adventure.

The challenge? Collect as many landmark hole-punches on our map.

Our team, Lego Landlubbers, hot-footed it across miles and miles of woods and trails, and landed smack in the middle of 35th place of 72 teams participating in Cub-O.

Team Score: 150 points

Finish Time: 3:48:40

See PDF report of full results

Cub-O 2014


Pack Holiday Party

The pack holiday party is next Tuesday, December 10th, 6:30-8:30pm at Interskate in Lewisville. Tuesday is bargain night, admission is only $3, and regular skate rental is free. If you’re not skating, you don’t pay anything.

We will be distributing Pinewood Derby car kits at the party. (If you can’t make it to the party, please make arrangements with your den leader or TJ for pickup.) Each Scout will have a car provided to him by the pack. If a parent or sibling wishes to enter a car, we need to know before Sunday night, so we have a count of how many to purchase.

Please let Chris or TJ know how many cars your family would like beyond the one provided to your Scout. Each car is $5.

Fall campout service project


As part of our fall camp out, we picked up trash and debris along a section of Lake Grapevine as a service project. Our Scouts and their families worked really hard to make this area of the shoreline more enjoyable for others. Their presence even convinced one kayaker to join in the cleanup!

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