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!
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.
Our next pack meeting is on Monday, March 23rd, in our usual location, the Ministry Center at Trietsch Memorial UMC, at 7pm.
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.
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.
**IF YOUR SCOUT DO NOT CHECK-IN BEFORE RACING COMMENCES, HIS CAR WILL HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE END OF RACING TO MAKE ITS RUNS.**
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.
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.
Cub-O is the most poplar orienteering event in North America! The Orienteering Committee extends its thanks and appreciation to the outstanding Troops, Scouts, and Scouters who helped make Cub-O 2013 another FUN day of hiking and friendly competition for Longhorn Council Cub Scouts, parents, and Leaders! Cub-O is a fun Orienteering competition for Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos held each year right after the holiday break. Lunch is included.
Each team of 3-6 Cubs gets a Cub-O map half an hour before the race starts. Your goal is to hike in the woods and find as many of the 40 orange and white orienteering flags as you can. Plan your strategy to score the maximum point total possible in 2 hours! Map training sessions for Cub Scouts and parents are held all morning.
Lunch will be served in the dining hall. Meal times are assigned to minimize the length of serving lines. Units may choose to do Pack Family Camping on Friday and/or Saturday night. Scores will be available by Saturday night. After the event, each team’s competition race maps will be available to pick up at the District Roundtable meetings in January or February. This is a rain or shine event: extreme inclement weather (ice or snow) may cause a one week postponement.
Some of us including myself and my scout will go up on Friday and make camp, and camp till Sunday morning. If you are interested in camping the entire/part of the weekend please let Stephen know. If you’re interested in only coming up for the day of orienteering please let me know that as well. I will fill out the necessary paperwork, but will need everyone’s reply by Monday, December 29th. The cost is $17 per person plus $10 if you want a T-Shirt (I’ll need your shirt size when you tell me if you’re going.)
Hope to have a good size group going this year, we had a lot of fun last year.
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!
Our summer get-together for the month of July will be bowling at Main Event in Lewisville, on Saturday, July 20th, 2-4 PM. The pack will pick up the tab for the lanes, so Scouts, siblings, and parents who wish to participate will be responsible for their own shoe rental.
Please plan to be at Main Event for 1:45 PM to get your shoes, pick out a ball, and so on, so we are ready to roll at 2.
Hope to see everyone!