Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Cub Scout Resident Camp (Current Lions through Webelos)

Hi Everyone,

I have some summer camp updates to share, but the most important is to register your interest by Feb 28th: https://forms.gle/pWynAzxd3kLsZxFv6

We have until March 31st to register for the early bird discount and want to know how many kids are going to coordinate adult coverage.

What: 4 nights of Overnight Scout Camp (*optional 5th night for current 4th graders)
When: July 16th to 20th (Sunday around noon - Thursday around dinner)
Where: Camp Carpenter - Manchester, NH (less than an hour)
Who: All scouts not moving up to the troop in April. Kids that are graduating kindergarten this year (Lions) will be moving up to Tigers next year and can go with a parent for a discounted joint rate.
Cost: $530 per scout (before 3/15, $550 after). $230 per adult. Tiger pair is $680 for a tiger scout + adult.

Adult Leadership - Myself, Mike Festa, and James Maier went last year and will be running the trip this year. We are looking for additional parents that would like to join us for the week. Please let me know if you are interested. The total number of adults will be based on the number of scouts and should be around 1 per 4 scouts, not including tiger parents. If you would like to come, but cannot stay the entire week, we are allowed to rotate out adults and can coordinate as we get closer.

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Pinewood Derby 2023

Hello Pack 722,

Attached you will find the Pinewood Derby Rules.  Please review the rules carefully.  If you have any questions, please first go to your den leader.  If additional information is needed, please let us know.  

At weigh in, if your scout's car does not meet one of the requirements, we will ask you to fix it prior to being allowed to finalize check in on Friday night.  These rules are important so that everyone is on an equal playing field.  In addition, should you win for your rank level, you will then be able to move on to Districts and potentially Nationals.

Pinewood Derby Car Cutting Shops

There are multiple opportunities to receive assistance with getting your scout's car started with rough cuts, sanding, and general shaping.  This year, the Pack is once again offering a workshop thanks to the generosity of our former Cubmaster Mark Pothier for scouts to access his home shop at 38 Wiley Street.  Mr. Pothier's shop is in the basement, accessed by the bulkhead at the rear of his house.  Here is the schedule -

Saturday, January 21st - 9AM-1PM
9 - 9:30 - Lions & Tigers
9:45 - 10:15 - Wolves
10:30 - 11:00 - Bears
11:15-11:45 - Webelos
12:00 - 1:00 - Arrow of Lights

In addition to the workshop scheduled for January 21st, there are multiple parents within the Pack that have kindly offered their shops, with some notice, for scouts to stop by and work on their cars.  If you cannot make it to the workshop on the 21st or your scout gets a later start on their car and you need some assistance, please reach out to your den leader and they can get you in touch with someone who can assist you.

The Scout Shop in Woburn is also able to cut cars (initial rough cuts) and are running hours most days from now through March 1st. Saturdays, 10AM-3PM and Mon-Fri, 10AM-5PM.

Ideally, your scout should have a design in mind already.  The car will not be finished at these shops but you will get a head start on it with the initial (and larger) cuts.

If you did not receive your pinewood kit at the Pack Meeting, check with your den leader so we can get it to you.  A reminder as well that we do have a family race for everyone interested in working on a car of their own and racing.  We do have a few extra kits available for sale at our cost ($7) or you can purchase one at the Scout Shop.

Weigh In
The Derby Weigh-In will be in the evening on Friday, March 3rd at the Wakefield-Lynnfield UMC.  Time-slot information will follow but please note - no cars will be allowed to be checked in on Saturday, March 4th (Derby Day).  All cars will be kept overnight at the church.  If you personally cannot attend the weigh in, please give your car to someone who can check it in for you.  No Uniforms are required for weigh in.  If you have multiple scouts in the Pack, you can check them all in during a single time-slot, which will be by den/rank.

No car can weigh more than 5 ounces. The Pack uses one scale to record the Official weight. All cars are checked in using that one scale to keep things even.  We will have a few tools and graphite to make minor adjustments to your cars if necessary.  

Derby Day
Our Annual Derby will be held at the Wakefield-Lynnfield UMC on Saturday, March 4th.  We plan to live-stream the racing action from the church, just as we did last year.  This is a Class A uniform event.  Schedules for both the check-in on Friday, March 3rd and for Derby Day itself on Saturday, March 4th will be forthcoming.

Start Your Engines! - Vrooom! Vrooom!

Your Pack Committee

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Pack Committee Meeting 12/8/2022 7:30 PM

We would like to invite all parents and committee members to our next meeting.  It will be held this Sunday at 7:30pm at our Asst Cubmaster Matt Theisen's house   6 Hancock Rd, Wakefield .

This spring, a large portion of our committee will be crossing over to the Troop leaving a number of positions open.  In order to continue our strong Pack, we need your help.  If you are interested in joining the committee or just want to see what we do, please join us.  We would love to have you there.  Please note - this is an Adult only meeting.

We hope you can make it.

Yours in Scouting,
Your Pack Committee

Pack Calendar

Hello Pack 722,

Hope you all had a joyful holiday season and a very happy new year!  Attached to this email, please find the Pack calendar for winter and spring 2023.  A reminder that these dates and events can also be found on the Pack website where we will do our best to keep them current.  Dates and times are subject to change and details will be provided as we get closer, so please continue to keep an eye on the emails that you receive.

Upcoming Events -

This Friday, January 6th - 6:30PM (Note time change) - Wakefield/Lynnfield UMC - MOVIE NIGHT!  Popcorn will be provided but pizza will not - please plan accordingly.  Please bring reusable water bottles for drinks.  Scouts and siblings are invited, and all are welcome to bring sleeping pads/bags and pillows to set-up for enjoying the movie.

Friday, January 20th - 6:30PM - Wakefield/Lynnfield UMC - Pack Meeting - Our Blue & Gold celebration!

Saturday, January 21st - 9AM to 1PM - Pinewood Derby Workshop - Former Cubmaster Mark Pothier will host the workshop at his house where scouts can access his tools and knowledge to get started on building their derby cars.

Yours in Scouting,
Pack 722 Leadership