Fourth of July parade in Towson was represented by the Pack 352 along with Pack 787 and proudly marched and represented the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts well this past Tuesday. It was hot and humid day and the boys had to wait a long time before the parade actually began but did a wonderful job.
Cub Scouts are a non-profit organization that is funded by annual dues and fundraising. In our efforts to keep the costs affordable to the scouts, we are embarking on a fundraiser of selling Boy Scouts of America Camp Cards.
The cost of each card is just $5. Here are the discounts that the card comes.
- Coupon for $5 off of $50 purchase at Safeway.
- Coupon for $10 off of $50 purchase at Bass Pro Shops
- $5 off $25 purchase at the Greene Turtle restaurant
- Free Small Frosty with any purchase at Wendy’s
- Any size coffee or slushee for just $1 at Royal Farms
- $20 off on Adult/$5 off on child ticket at Medieval Times
- 15% off total purchase at Modell’s Sporting Goods
- Free chips and medium drink with purchase of med or large sub at Firehouse subs
- $8 off Signature Service Oil Change at Jiffy Lube
- $5 off the purchase of $25 or more at Buffalo Wild Wings
- 15% off purchase of $50 or more at Baltimore Scout Shop
All discounts are good until 12/31/2017
This year, $2 from each card, sold by the cub scout, will go toward the cost of camping trips of the scouts’ choice.
Please consider supporting scouts of Pack 352 by purchasing the Camp Cards.
Due to a scheduling conflict with American Legion Hall in Towson, the originally scheduled date of Sunday, March 26th, has been moved up one week, to the March, 19th.
The time of the event is still from 4 pm to 6 pm.
More detailed information will be sent out at the next Pack meeting and a follow-up email. We apologize for this change and we hope to see you all at the ceremony.
The Pinewood Derby is one of the best events of the Scout year for the boys and their families. By now, every scout should have received his Pinewood Derby Car kit and a yellow flyer explaining the Derby details. If you do not have one, please contact your den leader. Every den leader has kits and flyers.
Pinewood Derby Workshop: Next Saturday, January 14, 1-3 PM
LOCATION: Home Depot, Perring Plaza Shopping Center, 1971 East Joppa Road, Parkville (the Home Depot in the Burlington Coat Factory shopping center).
WHAT IS THERE? A band-saw, hand sanders, a jig-saw and tables to work at. Home Depot supplies the space and will have an associate there to assist with cutting, but the idea is that the boys are hands on. This is for our Pack only and is led by Pack volunteers, not Home Depot. Home Depot is kind enough to provide the space. Ask at the desk when you arrive for the Pinewood Derby Workshop and you will be directed to our location in the store.
WHO SHOULD COME? If you don’t have tools at home to cut out your car, come to the workshop. Or if you are curious about others’ designs, come! Sketch your design on the block of wood before you come (or do it there). Cut out your car at the workshop and finish sanding (then painting) at home.
IMPORTANT: Our Pack supplies the tools. Does anyone have a band saw or jig saw to lend to the event? If so, please contact Sarah Achenbach at sarahachenbach @ comcast.net, den leader for Arrow of Lights.
This is NOT a drop-off event (Scout safety around power tools is paramount and parents need to be monitoring their son’s activity). There is NO SNOW DATE for the workshop.
Derby Weigh-in: Friday, February 10, 6:00 – 8:30 PM: REQUIRED FOR EVERY RACER
LOCATION: Idlewylde Social Hall, 6301 Sherwood Road, Baltimore
EVERY car (Scout or sibling) competing must weigh-in on Friday. Once weighed in and registered, all cars remain at the site overnight. No adjustments can be made after the Weigh-In.
Every car must meet the following restrictions:
• Width shall not exceed 2-3/4 inches.
• Length shall not exceed 7 inches.
• Weight shall not exceed 5 ounces. (Cars are weighed at the weigh-in.)
• Axles, wheels, and body shall be from the materials provided in the Pinewood Derby kit.
• Wheel bearings, washers, and bushings are prohibited.
• No lubricating oil may be used. Axles may be lubricated with powdered graphite or silicone.
• The car shall not ride on any kind of spring.
• The car must be free-wheeling, with no starting devices.
• No loose materials of any kind are allowed in the car.
• HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Purchase a strip of lead weights (with adhesive) at Michaels, the Scout Store or online. These help to make the car heavier. There are other weight systems as well. Do a web search for how to use weights with the car. There’s A LOT of info. out there!
IF YOU ARE NEW TO THE DERBY, there are lots of places to look for design inspiration: Search “Pinewood Derby car designs” or “fastest Pinewood Derby car design” on Google, YouTube, Pinterest, etc. Boys’ Life is also a great source of ideas. See the Voters’ Choice categories below for inspiration as well.
WHAT IF YOUR CAR IS OVER/UNDER AT WEIGH-IN?
If your car is less than 5.0 ounces at Weigh-In, you MAY add weight and get re-weighed during the Weigh-In. You do not have to add weight. We will have tools, glue guns, extra lead strips, etc. for your use at the Weigh-in.
If your car is more than 5.0 ounces at Weigh-In, you MUST reduce the weight and get re-weighed during the Weigh-In.
At the January Pack Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 19th, we will have a postal scale available to weigh your car so Scouts can check their progress, if desired.
PINEWOOD DERBY, Saturday, February 11, 9 AM – 12 PM, hosted by the Arrow of Lights
LOCATION: Idlewylde Social Hall
All racing will occur on Saturday. Families welcome! There will be a concession stand with coffee, juice, baked goods, fruit, all-beef hot dogs, etc. Proceeds will benefit Pack 352. Cash only (bring change and small bills).
There will be other games, a photo booth and a few activities for when boys are not racing their car, but the main activity is racing. Parents of younger children (toddlers, preschoolers) should plan ahead. It is a well-organized morning, but it does take some time for the racing to be complete.
Scouts should wear Class “A” uniform.
Bring your camera!
All participating Scouts will receive a commemorative 2017 Pinewood Derby Patch for their uniform. All speed and Voters’ Choice awards will be given out at the end of the Derby.
WHAT ARE THE SPEED PRIZES? Each Scout car will race against other cars by den with prizes awarded for speed. Each den will have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place speed winners. The winner of each den will race against each other to determine the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners for the Pack.
NEW THIS YEAR! SIBLING RACE! You’ve asked and we’ve listened! Sisters and brothers of Pack 352 may race cars they create! Cars should adhere to same guidelines above and be presented at the weigh-in. The Pack will not provide kits for siblings; kits may be purchased online, at the Scout Store or at Michaels. There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners for Siblings, which will be given at the end of the Derby. Sibling cars will not be part of the “Voter’s Choice” voting.
WHAT IS VOTERS’ CHOICE? In addition to the speed prizes, there is a “Voter’s Choice” program with several categories. Anyone attending the Derby may vote in the “Voter’s Choice.” Voter’s Choice Awards are for Cub Scouts only and are:
• Fastest-Looking Car
• Most Realistic-Looking
• Best Movie/TV Theme
• Best Video Game Theme
• Best Sports Theme
• Best Food Theme
• Best Scouting Theme
• Most Creative
• Most Patriotic
• Best Paint Job
• Best Use of Driver (LEGO Minifigure, etc., which must be glued to car)
• Wildest Design
Thanks to Idlewylde Social Hall, Home Depot and to the Arrow of Lights for helping to make the 2017 Pinewood Derby a memorable event.
If you have questions about the event, contact Sarah Achenbach. Can’t wait to see all the creativity in Pack 352!
Scouts! Get ready! Plan your design! The Derby Car kits have arrived!
We are going to be racing your cars on Saturday, February 11th, 2017 with the weigh-in on Friday, February 10th.
More detailed Pinewood Derby rules and the derby car kit will be given out at the next Den meeting, but you can start thinking about your design now!
We are excited to go caroling at Holly Hill this Wednesday with Cub Scout Pack 787.
WHEN: WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14, 6:45 – 8 PM
LOCATION: Holly Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 531 Stevenson Lane, 21286 (near the intersection of York Road and Stevenson).
IMPORTANT PARKING INFO: There are limited spots in the Holly Hill lot. Please coordinate carpooling within your den OR drop off your Scout at Holly Hill (den leaders will be there to stay with Scouts), then park in Wiltondale, Stoneleigh or behind SES (on Kimway off of Stevenson) and walk to Holly Hill. For safety’s sake, please avoid walking on Stevenson Lane with children; it is dark and parts of it lack sidewalks. At the end of the evening, den leaders will stay with Scouts in the lobby while parents go and get their car. No Scout will be unattended.
SONG SHEETS: The Pack will have song sheets for all carolers, and Dave Lingg, former Pack den leader and great song leader, will play piano.
MAY SIBLINGS COME? Yes! We welcome families to this event. Anyone who wishes to sing may–the more, the merrier! As with every Cub Scout outing/event, parents are responsible for the behavior of their children.
WHAT DO BOYS WEAR? Please wear the Class “A” uniform and a holiday hat, if your Scout desires. If not, wear the Cub Scout hat.
WHAT ABOUT HOLIDAY CARDS? A few dens made cards to give to seniors. If you did not at your den meeting, that’s fine. Cards are not required. You are welcome, of course, to make holiday cards. Do not include a name or address the card, as the boys who make cards will give them to an unassigned resident. Cards may be as simple or as elaborate as you would like, and you may make as many as you would like. Siblings may make cards as well. Any effort will be very much appreciated by the residents. Children will hand their card(s) to a senior at the beginning of caroling.
Caroling at a senior facility is a tradition of our Pack, and it will be a wonderful way to share the holiday spirit.
On Friday, November 11th, the Tigers and the Wolves visited the Towson University’s Forensics Lab classroom and had an opportunity touch dinosaur bones as well as human and animals. The scouts learned about finger prints, foot prints, saliva, hair and other evidence that can be collected from a crime scene.
Dr. Dana Kollmann, a forensic anthropologist, led the group in teaching techniques used by Crime Labs to find evidence and solve crimes. Big thank yous to Miriam Sealock for arranging such a fascinating activities and Dr. Kollmann for taking her free time to teach the Scouts!
This year, our scouts are planning an exciting overnight camping trip to USS New Jersey Battleship camping in Philadelphia, PA.
Scouts will be able to learn about the roles the Battleship New Jersey played in World War ll, Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf. USS New Jersey is the most decorated battleship in US Naval history has much to share.
Scouts will be able to:
- Stow your gear in a locker — the same lockers that held sailor’s personal belongings when at sea.
- Sleep in bunks- just like enlisted sailors.
- “Chow down” in the Crew’s Mess.
- Receive a personalized “Dog Tag”
Our Pack is planning this trip on Saturday, May 20, 2017.
But we need to reserve our space with USS New Jersey as early as possible to lock down our date with the Battleship overnight program.
At our next pack meeting, on October 20th, at Stoneleigh Elementary School cafeteria, we will have a representative from the Scout Store so that you can purchase uniforms and other items that your Scout will need.
Remember, that with your Cub Scout dues, the Pack will provide the Neckerchief and Slide for your scout. The Scouts are responsible for purchasing the rest of the uniform. Scout store will accept Cash, Check, and Visa/MasterCard.
The standard uniform will include:
- Uniform Shirt
- Insignia/Number patches
- Uniform Pants/Shorts
- Scout Handbook appropriate for your Den
If you will not be at the next Pack meeting, you can purchase them directly from the Cub Store located in Wyman Park in Baltimore, near Johns Hopkins University, or purchase them online at ScoutStuff.org
800 Wyman Park Dr. Baltimore, MD 21211
Extended Fall Hours
Mon-Wed, Fri 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thu 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sat 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.