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Pack 329 Parents,
Here are some updates:
1.) Pack 329 Pinewood Derby - I am working with the trophy company to resolve the issue with the front of the trophies having the incorrect year. They are going to provide us with new ones. This is only for the overall pack 1st-5th place trophies, all other trophies were correct. They will also be providing me with additional medals for Most Aerodynamic and Best Design Not A Car because of the ties. Once everything comes in and I have them I will reach out to the winners.
2.) District Pinewood Derby - The district derby is scheduled for Saturday, April 8th 9:30am at John Glenn High School in Elwood. The impound date is Thursday, March 10th 7:30pm also at John Glenn HS at the monthly round table meeting. The top 4 cars from our Pack can be entered which are Gregory Merkel, Vincent Sievers, JJ Sievers and Nolan Murray.
3.) Nets Game - The Nets game is a week from today and I will be providing all of the information later this week. I should receive the tickets by the middle the week, at which time I will announce pick up times. It will most likely be Friday evening.
4.) Next Leaders Meeting - Our next Leaders Meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 7th 7:30pm in the cafeteria at Burr.
5.) February Ice Skating Event - As I announced at the derby, we will be going to Superior Ice Skating Rink in Kings Park (Indian Head Road) on Monday, February 20th (President's Day). We will have the entire rink to ourselves from 10am-11:30am. The cost is $9 per person and that includes the skate rental. Within the next couple of weeks you will be receiving an electronic invite for you to RSVP to help us get a headcount for the rink. Everyone is invited, including friends, relatives, classmates, etc.
6.) Blue and Gold - Blue and Gold is Sunday, February 26th from 10am-1:30pm. If you have not yet purchased tickets and would like to attend please contact Sheri Merkel (SLH11754@yahoo.com) as soon as possible. We will be holding the raffle that day from the tickets the scouts earned during the popcorn sales from earlier this year. We have some awesome prizes including a mini-iPad as the Grand Prize!
7.) NYSCI Museum Sleep Over - The sleep over will be Saturday, March 25th-Sunday, March 26th. The deadline to purchase tickets to this event is at Blue and Gold as Donna Tucker will be collecting that day. If you want to go and will not be at Blue and Gold, you can contact Donna (email@example.com) and arrange payment. I have attached some info here regarding the sleep over and the permission slip.
Okay, I know there is a lot of info in this email. If you have any questions please feel free to ask. Thanks!
-Joe (Pack 329 Committee Chair)
Good evening Pack 329 Parents,
This is just a friendly reminder that you should be just about done with your derby cars as the weigh ins are tomorrow and Thursday evenings 7pm-8pm at the Burr Cafeteria B and the race is this upcoming Saturday at 10am in Cafeteria A at Burr. In case you need them, I have placed the rules at the bottom of this email.
Here is some additional last minute info:
1.) Please make sure you write your Scout's first initial and last name with a Sharpie on the bottom of the car.
2.) Make sure to bring your car on Wednesday/Thursday in a shoe/sneaker box with your Scout's name written on it.
3.) Make sure you bring a picture of your car (preferably a 4 X 6 or 5 X 7) with your scouts name written on the back as well as what category you are entering for the Cub Scout vote for best designs, here are the categories again:
Best Represents Scouting
Best Race Car
Best Design, Not A Car
Let me know if anyone has any other questions not addressed either above or below.
4.) To my knowledge there are no adult cars entering the "Outlaw Division" this year, if anyone is interested in doing it let me know.
See you all soon!
-Joe (Pack 329 Committee Chair)
Pack 329 Parents,From the desk of our Cub Master:
As not everyone in the Pack has picked up a car kit, not everyone has gotten an updated copy of the rules. Below is a full copy. Please read them as new rules have been added from last year.
Cub Scout Pack 329
Pinewood Derby Rules
It is the responsibility of all entrants to read and understand these rules.
Building a Pinewood Derby entry is a joint Cub Scout-adult project. Parents should feel free to HELP with the cars, but to keep in mind that they are each Scout’s project.
These rules incorporate the Matinecock District rules. In some cases our rules are more stringent. According to Suffolk County Council, as a Pack we ARE allowed to modify or add rules as we see fit providing the rules are not LESS STRICT than the District rules. This ensures that the winning Pack cars that go on to District are automatically in compliance.
These rules have been developed to make it fairer for ALL Scouts to compete. They are a result of Scouts not entering in previous years because they felt they didn’t have a chance. Pack 329 Leadership would like 100% participation. Every Scout should enter a car that they physically worked on and have pride in. Everyone should feel they have an equal opportunity to be competitive.
The Pack 329 Pinewood Derby Committee has done extensive research on pre-assembled cars. We know every single local and web retailer selling competitive race ready vehicles including having images of their designs. The Pinewood Derby Committee reserves the right to refuse or disqualify cars they suspect of being professionally built by said retailers.
All cars entered must be newly built after November 1, of the current Scouting year using the materials in the Official Pinewood Derby Racing Car Kit (part# 17006).
All kits have been examined for the correct amount of parts.
All wood bodies have been stamped with an ink stamp denoting the applicable year and Pack 329. Should an entrant choose to purchase an official Pre-Cut kit, the kit must be submitted PRIOR to opening it so that the body may be stamped.
The BOTTOMS of all cars MUST REMAIN UNPAINTED AND THE OFFICIAL STAMP KEPT VISIBLE, otherwise the cars will be disqualified.
If the entrant wishes to purchase additional
wheels or axles
they may do so providing they are the Official Wheel/Axle Kit
#17554, #17555, # 17556, #17557).
All cars will be weighed in and inspected on
dates before the race. The maximum weight is five (5) ounces. Any
car over this
weight will not be accepted. (5 ounces is equal to 141.7 Grams on
The Scout’s name must be permanently displayed on the bottom of the car (Sharpie).
• Wheel treads may not be rounded, tapered, grooved, shaped or positioned at any angle. Wheel treads must run flat against the track surface.
• Wheel bearings, washers or bushings are also
The front outside wheel sidewalls & face must remain intact.
must have the “BSA” “Pinewood Derby” logos showing and completely
intact on the
sidewall. The picture of the wheel above is what the judges will
expect to see
on the cars (in any of 5 BSA official colors black, red, orange,
blue). Wheel or hub
covers are also
Examples of modifications that ARE allowed
• Sanding the imperfections out of the track
surface of the
wheels. Be careful not to reduce the wheel diameter or round the
The tread must remain flat.
*** Note: Every attempt should be made to attend the first Pack 329 weigh in on January 25th because if there is an issue with your car, you will have 24 hours to remedy the situation. Do not wait until last minute because no cars will be accepted after January 26th, whether or not you came to the weigh in.
Weigh-ins will be conducted at Burr the evenings of January 25th and 26th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.***
These Rules are FINAL. Any deviation will result in immediate disqualification.
Pack 329 Leaders,
I need to change the Leaders Meeting/New Leaders Orientation meeting to Thursday this week.
We will still be doing the regular Leaders Meeting from 7pm-8pm and then the New Leaders Orientation from 8pm-9pm.
I apologize for this last minute change.
Hopefully everyone can still make it.
I have several updates I wanted to share, here you go:
1.) Kick Off Event - Movie night later tonight 6:30pm at Burr behind the school by the playground. We will be showing Sandlot. Please bring your own chairs, blankets, snacks and bug spray. There will be bathroom access and we will have water and popcorn.
2.) West Point - If there are any last minute families that would like to attend West Point on October 15th (tour, tailgate and football game), we have 8 tickets remaining available through tomorrow ($45 each plus $15 parking). Email me back right away if you are interested.
3.) Popcorn Show and Sells - We have an opening this Saturday at Bagel Chalet in the Macy's Shopping Center from 12pm-2pm that we NEED TO FILL. Please contact Sheri Merkel right away if you can fill the spot. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition to this weekend we have other show and sells we need to fill over the next few weeks. Remember, all scouts need to sign up for at least 1 show and sell for the season.
4.) Popcorn Deposits - There are still several people that need to hand in the $75 deposit for meeting the minimum $150 in sales (Tigers or new scouts are excluded). I will send a separate email to those folks.
5.) Online Registration - There are also several people that still need to fill out the online registration form. A separate email will be coming your way as well.
6.) Tiger Den Leader - Tiger parents, we need a leader. I will be reaching out to all of you shortly.
7.) Leaders - I have current rosters that I will be sending you tonight.
8.) Halloween Committee and Advancement Chair - The Halloween Committee and Advancement Chair position have been filled!
9.) Books - The Pack will be purchasing the books for each of the Scouts.
As always, if you have any questions email me or call me on my cell at 516-672-0748. Our website is www.pack329commack.org.
I hope we have a big turnout tomorrow night! Unfortunately I cannot attend because Vinny has a baseball game but I will be in touch with everyone soon.
-Joe (Pack 329 Committee Chair)
Good Evening Pack 329 Community,
Believe it or not the end of summer is near, one that I truly hope you all enjoyed as much as I did. I was probably more excited about the birth of my 4th child but coming in a close second was having the summer off from Cub Scouts. With the kids going back to school in about 10 days, I wanted to take this opportunity to pass along some information regarding the upcoming Scouting year. I have included an attachment to this email with the TENTATIVE Pack 329 2016-17 Calendar.
If your scout is definitely not joining this year then please email me separately and I will remove you from this distribution. Also, if you know someone that for some reason is missing from this distribution then let me know that as well so I can add them. You can forward this information to prospective scouts and share my contact information with them.
Over the last couple of months I know that you all missed your emails from me, along with my numbering of upcoming events/information. To pacify your need for this, here goes the latest:
1.) Registration - There are currently 34 Scouts registered and paid for the 2016-17 year. At the end of 2016 we had 48 active scouts so we are well on our way to matching and/or surpassing that number. If you want to register you can do so by contacting our Treasurer Donna Tucker at email@example.com. You can also register at Indian Hollow Orientation on Thursday, September 15th (we will be in the lobby) or at our first Pack Night on Monday, September 19th. You can pay by cash or check (made out to Pack 329) and the amount is $119 for registration and $75 for a refundable popcorn deposit. For multiple scouts in the same family there is a $10 discount per scout and the popcorn deposit is only $100 total. Please note that the popcorn deposit is fully refundable once your scout sells the minimum required amount of popcorn. Tiger Cubs are not subject to the deposit.
2.) First Pack Night - Our first pack night will be on Monday, September 19th 7pm at Burr Intermediate School in the auditorium or possibly at Indian Hollow (once it is confirmed I will send out an email). There will be some paperwork to fill out, a discussion with the parents about the year, some information about the program and getting acquainted with the new families. There will of course be fun for the scouts as well. If you can, please get to the Scout Store or order online the next level slide, neckerchief and hat for your scouts. For the new scouts they can come in street clothes for now.
3.) September Event - On Friday, September 23rd (time TBD) we will be kicking off the new year with a Outdoor Movie Night (location TBD), the movie being shown will be the original Karate Kid. This will be a nice casual environment for the new scouts and their families to be welcomed into the pack so make it if you can. This will be weather permitting of course.
4.) October Event (West Point Tour and Lafayette Leopards at Army Black Knights Football Game) - We will be going to the West Point Army base to tailgate, take a tour and attend the football game afterward on Saturday, October 15th (Tour at 8am and Kickoff 12pm). Tickets are currently being sold for $45 each and include the tour, tailgate and ticket to the game (there is an additional cost of $15 to park per car to be paid in advance at the first pack night). Tickets must be paid in full by Thursday, September 15th. You can pay for your tickets by contacting our Treasurer Donna Tucker at firstname.lastname@example.org, at the IH orientation or to myself directly.
5.) Leaders - We have AT LEAST 2 open spots on our permanent Pack Committee (Advancement Chair and Quartermaster). Additionally, we will have openings on our seasonal committees (Popcorn, Blue & Gold, Campout and BBQ) and most importantly we need Den Leaders, especially for the Tigers. If anyone interested in helping out please contact me. The lifeblood of the pack is the parental participation.
6.) Leaders Meetings - I will send something separately but our first leaders meeting will be Monday, September 12th. The location is TBD right now but it will be at 7:30pm. After the first one all future leaders meetings will be scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm.
7.) Dens - Once we have the final registration list we will send out the den assignments. Your first den meeting should be in October.
Okay, that is all for now. I threw a lot of information at you. Just know that we have a REALLY exciting year planned. We have the annual trip to West Point in October, an Islander game in early December, a Nets game in January, a sleep over at a science museum in March, a Fishing trip in June and much,much more. As always you can also go to our website for information at www.pack329commack.org, the calendar has been updated there.
Any questions please let me know, I am looking forward to another great year! I will see most of you at Pack Night on the 19th.
- Joe Sievers (Pack 329 Committee Chair)
Pack 329 Parents,
This will be the final email from me relating to the 2015-16 Scouting Year (I am sure that disappoints you all..lol).
I wanted to take a moment to thank all of our leaders for their tireless work to make this past year an extremely successful one. As I always say, the leaders are the lifeblood of the pack. We did so many things that listing them all would be impossible. We ended the year with 50 scouts and are off to a good start for next year with 7 Tiger Scouts already signed up. The state of Pack 329 is strong!
Here are some reminders:
1. Early bird pricing for the 2016-17 Scouting Year – Is $99 and will expire this Thursday, June 30th. If you sign up after this Thursday the cost will be $119 (contact Donna Tucker at email@example.com or Lori Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org).
2. Early Bird pricing for the West Point game on Saturday, October 15th - Is $37 per ticket and will expire this Thursday, June 30th, tickets purchased after this Thursday will be $45 per (contact Donna Tucker at email@example.com or Lori Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org).
3. Cub/Parent Summer Weekend Campout – Please contact Eric about this as he is coordinating (email@example.com). He sent out an email on June 10th.
4. Registering online for 2016-17 – Don’t forget to register online for next year at:
I will be on radio silence for at least the next two months for a well needed break. Not sure how much of a break it will be, since we are expecting our 4th child shortly.
I look forward to seeing you all in September for the kickoff to Pack 329’s 25th Anniversary year!
-Joe (Pack 329 Committee Chair)
Please note that due to the weather forecast, the end of the year BBQ has been moved to this Friday, June 24th 3pm at Indian Hollow in the field behind the school.
Here is the link to RSVP to the BBQ:
Hello Pack 329 Parents,
I hope everyone survived the winter break and found things for the kids to do all week. Since everyone's schedules get back to normal tomorrow, I figured this was the perfect time to reach out to all of you for some updates on our upcoming calendar. Here you go:
1.) Vanderbilt Museum Trip - Our trip is this Saturday, February 27th. I will send out a separate email later this week with all the details as to when and where we should meet.
2.) Upcoming Leaders Meetings - Our next leaders meetings will be next Wednesday, March 2nd and Wednesday, April 6th both at 7:30pm and both in the Burr Cafeteria.
3.) Intrepid Event - Is Saturday, March 12 to Sunday, March 13th. If you have purchased tickets to this event then our Cub Master Eric will be in touch with all of the details.
4.) March Pack Night - Will be at 7pm on Tuesday, March 15th in the Burr Auditorium. In keeping with the pack trying to be more involved in community giving, we will be accepting donations that night for the Guide Dog Foundation in Smithtown. Please see the attached PDF with a list of items you can donate that night. Thanks to Iris Cianciola for setting this up!
5.) District Pinewood Derby - This is 9:30am on April 9th at John Glenn HS. All are welcome to attend. Representing our pack will be Gregory Merkel, Christopher Carrera, Vincent Sievers and JJ Sievers.
6.) April Pack Night - Note that there is a date and time change for this pack night. It will be on Thursday, April 14th. The time and location is TBA. We will be seeing a demonstration of Birds of Prey that night, should be really mint!
7.) Ducks Game - We will be attending the Ducks game at 1:35pm on Sunday, May 1st. Tickets are $12 each and can be purchased at March's pack night. I will send a separate email with the details for this but it is pretty cool. We are on the field for the National Anthem before the game!
All of the above gets us through May 1st. Then in May and June we have some great stuff planned as well including the 5th Annual Camp Out (May 21st-22nd), marching in the Memorial Day parade (May 30th), a fishing trip (June 5th) and the annual end of the year BBQ (June 23rd).