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End of Year BBQ This Thursday 3:30pm Hoyt Farm

posted Jun 17, 2017, 4:54 PM by Joe Sievers

Pack 329 Parents,
Believe it or not, the 2016-17 Scouting year is almost over and we are only 5 days away from the Pack 329 End of the Year BBQ! 
All the details are in the attached flyer.  The BBQ is Thursday at Hoyt Farm and starts at 3:30pm, we have several water games planned for the Scouts so bring towels and bathing suits.  The Scouts WILL get wet.

At the BBQ you can also sign up for the 2017-18 scouting year and receive the Early Bird Discount pricing of $99.  If you sign up any time after the BBQ it is $119 for next year.  Our Treasurer Donna Tucker will be collecting at the BBQ, if you cannot attend and want to sign up for next year please contact her at
Hope to see you all there for our final event of the year! 

-Joe (Pack 329 Committee Chair)

6th Annual Camp Out Information

posted May 16, 2017, 10:20 AM by Joe Sievers

Pack 329 Parents,

Here is the itinerary, what you'll need and directions for this weekend:

Saturday, May 20th–Sunday May 21st, 2017


10:00am                                Arrival

10:00am – 11:00am            Setup tents

11:00am – 11:15am            Flag Ceremony and Announcements

11:15am – 11:30am            Handout drink bottles, announce teams and give out T-Shirts

11:30am – 12:15pm            Lunch (Bagels or bagged lunch)

12:15pm – 12:30pm            Lunch Cleanup (LEAVE NO TRACE)

12:30pm – 12:45pm            Gather scouts and break them off into teams

12:45pm 1:00pm              Homing Pigeons Demonstration

1:00pm – 3:40pm                 Events (30 minutes per event plus 10 minutes between)

A: Event (Chariot Races)

B: Event (Newcomb)

C: Event (Scavenger Hunt)

D: Event (Obstacle Course)

3:40pm - 4:20pm                  Event Playoffs

4:20pm – 5:15pm                 BBQ Dinner (Hamburgers and Hotdogs)

5:15pm – 5:30pm                 Dinner Cleanup (LEAVE NO TRACE)

5:30pm – 6:30pm                 Special Event

6:30pm – 6:45pm                 Flag Ceremony and Announcements

6:45pm – 7:15pm                 Prepare Skits

7:15pm – 8:45pm                 Present Skits, Campfire, S’mores and handout Flashlight/Pen Necklaces

8:45pm – 10:25pm               Popcorn and a Movie (Storks)

10:25pm – 10:30pm            Scouts Go Off to Sleep

10:30pm                                LIGHTS OUT



7:00am – 7:30am                Wake up

7:30am – 8:30am                Breakfast

8:30am – 9:00am                Cleanup (LEAVE NO TRACE)

9:00am – 9:30am                Pack Up and Go Home

What you’ll need:

            Lunch for Saturday if you don’t want bagels

            Tent (sounds silly to list this but better safe than sorry) 

            Sleeping Bags

     Air mattress (if necessary)

     Air pump (if necessary)




     Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)


     Shampoo (if showering)

     Camera (we would love to see lots of pictures, if anyone would like to be the designated photographer, let me know!)

     Flashlight(s) – Although we will be handing small ones out 



     Change of clothes for Saturday and Sunday 

              The boys should wear their Class B uniform (Pack 329 T-shirt) and shorts or comfortable pants on Saturday, an additional change of clothes for Saturday, just in case


     Parents should be dressed for fun as well

     Beach chairs  and/or camping chairs

     Bug Spray


     Anti-bacterial wipes (if you want)


     Prescription medicine


Things you won’t need:

  NO ELECTRONICS FOR SCOUTS (iPads, music, DVD’s, Gameboys, etc.)

  Entertainment (we got it all covered)



  Dinner and dessert

  Breakfast on Sunday morning

  Paper goods or cups (we will be handing out drink squeeze bottles)



     The address is 100 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Smithtown, NY

     The main entrance to Blydenburgh Park is on the North side of Veterans Memorial Hwy (Rte 454), opposite the H. Lee Dennison County Center in Smithtown, approximately 3/4 mile west of the junction of Rtes 454 and 347, and approximately 1 1/4 mile east of the entrance to the Northern State Pkwy.  If you are heading east on Vets Hwy there is a light with a turn signal that you will make a left into the complex. 

     Enter through the main gate and drive straight ahead until you reach a log cabin looking building on your right hand side.  This building is where you can purchase Green Cards.  Make a right at the building and then follow that dirt road to the right.  There will be bathrooms on the left and go a little further and you will see us.

     Look for the “ Cub Scout Pack 329 " banner and it is part of the Family Camping area

     Find a spot where you want to set up or stop and talk to a leader about what spaces are available.

-Joe (Pack 329 Committee Chair)

May Calendar

posted May 1, 2017, 11:25 AM by Joe Sievers

Pack 329 Parents,

Here is the upcoming calendar for May:

1.) Tomorrow Tuesday, May 2nd - Leaders Meeting - 7:30pm in the cafeteria at Burr.

2.) This Sunday, May 7th - Ducks game - There are 86 of us going! We are to meet at the information desk behind home plate at 1pm to gather the scouts to go onto the field for the National Anthem (first pitch is 1:35pm). Only uniformed scouts and uniformed leaders are allowed on the field (no parents or other children).

3.) Friday, May 12th - Pack Night - 7pm in the auditorium at Burr. We will be collecting the funds for the Chocolate Bar Fundraiser. If you have not already done so, this is your change to buy tickets for the Fishing Trip in June. Tickets are $35 each and the trip is at 3pm on Saturday, June 10th (tickets price includes rod, reel and bait).

4.) Saturday, May 20th-Sunday, May 21st - 6th Annual Pack 329 Camp Out - This is the crown jewel of our Cub Scout year and something you don't want to miss! If you want to purchase tickets, as of May 1st they are now $45 each. Please contact Donna Tucker ( if you are still interested.

5.) Monday, May 29th - Memorial Day Parade - 9:30am meet up time by Old Navy in Commack for 10am-11am parade down Jericho Tpke.

Let me know if you have any questions.

-Joe (Pack 329 Committee Chair)

Pack Night - Friday, April 21st

posted Apr 18, 2017, 8:50 AM by Joe Sievers

Pack 329 Parents,

I wanted to let you know about some things going on at the next Pack Night on Friday, April 21st:

1.)  Uniform Inspection -  We will be holding our annual uniform inspection for all scouts and they will be graded.  Please have them in their full Class A Uniforms with the appropriate patches, slides, hats, neckerchiefs, etc.

2.)  6th Annual Camp Out Tickets - May 20th-21st - Tickets will be sold that night for $35 each. 

3.)  Fishing Trip Tickets - June 10th - Tickets will be sold that night for $35 each.

4.)  New Chocolate Bar Fundraiser -  We will be rolling out a chocolate bar fundraiser.  The sales requirements are low as each scout will be asked to sell 2 boxes of chocolates each.  The money earned through this fundraiser will be going specifically towards new BBQ, Camp Out and other equipment.  More on this to come.

Have a great spring break and hope to see you all at Pack Night.

-Joe (Pack 329 Committee Chair)

Ducks Game - May 7th 1:35pm - Tickets $12

posted Mar 21, 2017, 11:23 AM by Joe Sievers

Pack 329 Parents,

If you want to attend the Ducks game on May 7th and were unable to purchase them at the last Pack Night, they will be on sale through March 31st by Donna Tucker our Treasurer.  Please contact her ASAP at to arrange payment.

Here is all the info again: 

Our Pack will be presenting the colors on field for the National Anthem on Sunday, May 7th at the Ducks game.  Tickets will be $13 each (lower rows on the 3rd base side) and will have to be purchased on or before Monday, March 13th which is our next Pack Night.  If you cannot attend the pack night and would like to purchase tickets to the game contact our Treasurer Donna Tucker at 

Here is the game info:

GAME:  Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at Long Island Ducks
LOCATION:  Bethpage Ballpark (3 Court House Drive, Central Islip)
DATE Sunday, May 7th
TIME:  Game time is 1:35pm but we need to be there approximately 35 minutes prior.
COST:  $12 per ticket

We have done this 3 years in a row and it is a lot of fun!

Let me know if you have any questions.

-Joe (Pack 329 Committee Chair)

Ducks Game May 7th 1:35pm - Tickets $12

posted Mar 7, 2017, 6:18 AM by Joe Sievers

Pack 329 Parents,

I wanted to make a correction to my previous post as the tickets to the Ducks game are $12 each (I erroneously put $13).

Again, here is the game info:

GAME: Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at Long Island Ducks
LOCATION: Bethpage Ballpark (3 Court House Drive, Central Islip)
DATE: Sunday, May 7th
TIME: Game time is 1:35pm but we need to be there approximately 35 minutes prior to go onto the field for the color guard.
COST: $12 per ticket

Tickets will be on sale at the next pack night only which is this upcoming Monday, March 13th. Contact Donna Tucker ( to purchase tickets outside of Pack Night as the deadline is March 31st.

-Joe (Pack 329 Committee Chair)

Ducks Game on Sunday, May 7th 1:35pm

posted Mar 5, 2017, 4:04 PM by Joe Sievers   [ updated Mar 21, 2017, 11:23 AM ]

Pack 329 Parents,

Our Pack will be presenting the colors on field for the National Anthem on Sunday, May 7th at the Ducks game.  Tickets will be $13 each (lower rows on the 3rd base side) and will have to be purchased on or before Monday, March 13th which is our next Pack Night.  If you cannot attend the pack night and would like to purchase tickets to the game contact our Treasurer Donna Tucker at 

Here is the game info:

GAME:  Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at Long Island Ducks
LOCATION:  Bethpage Ballpark (3 Court House Drive, Central Islip)
DATE Sunday, May 7th
TIME:  Game time is 1:35pm but we need to be there approximately 35 minutes prior.
COST:  $13 per ticket

We have done this 3 years in a row and it is a lot of fun!

Let me know if you have any questions.

-Joe (Pack 329 Committee Chair)

Various Items - February 2017

posted Feb 3, 2017, 7:04 AM by Joe Sievers

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 ( 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 ( 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) 

Pinewood Derby Weigh In This Wednesday and Thursday

posted Jan 24, 2017, 5:17 PM by Joe Sievers

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
Most Humorous
Most Patriotic
Most Aerodynamic

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.

Let me know if anyone has any other questions not addressed either above or below.

See you all soon!

-Joe (Pack 329 Committee Chair)

Pinewood Derby 2017 Rules

posted Jan 9, 2017, 6:17 PM by Joe Sievers

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 (part# 17553, #17554, #17555, # 17556, #17557).

The maximum length of the car shall not exceed 7 inches.

The maximum width (including wheels and axles) shall not exceed 2-3/4 inches.

The minimum width between the inside surfaces of the wheels shall be 1-3/4 inches so that the car will clear the center guide strip.

The maximum height shall not exceed 3 1/2 inches.

All cars will be weighed in and inspected on the determined 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 a digital scale.)

The minimum clearance between the bottom of the car and the track shall be at least 3/8-inch so that the car can clear the center guide strip.

Items such as steering wheels, model drivers, spoilers, decals, painting and other details are allowed as long as these details do not exceed the maximum length, width, height and weight specifications. Washers and coins are permitted as weights as long as they are not loose. Purchased weights are permitted, providing they do not alter the underside tolerances. All items must be permanently affixed to the cars. Loose materials of any kind are not permitted on the car including any type of material being used for weight.

The car or any part of the car may not extend beyond the starting pin. Pin height is 1-1/4 inches.

The Scout’s name must be permanently displayed on the bottom of the car (Sharpie).

• Wheel diameter cannot be reduced past the ridge (rippled) edge. The ridge (rippled) edge must remain intact on the entire wheel.

• Beveling, tapering, grooving or reducing the tread width of the wheels is strictly prohibited.

• 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 prohibited. The front outside wheel sidewalls & face must remain intact. All wheels 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, yellow or blue). Wheel or hub covers are also prohibited.

• Cars with wheels that have all 4 matching mold numbers are prohibited. At least 1 Wheel must have a different mold number. All BSA Mold numbers/markings must be seen.

• You may only use axles supplied in the original car kit (part# 17006), or the Official Wheel/Axle Kit (part# 17553, #17554, #17555, # 17556, #17557).

• Axles may not be angled in the car body slots/holes that would cause the wheel not to run flat to the surface of the track.

• Axles may not be modified to the point that breakage could occur during the race.

• The axle head diameter may not be reduced.

• No part of the car, including wheels, may extend past the front of the car body.

• The body of the car, the wheels, or any attachment, must not extend beyond the starting gate (pin). The front of the car must meet the starting pin.

All 4 wheels must touch the track at all times, to test for compliance… put the car on a level table. If all wheels do not touch then the car needs to be adjusted before bringing it to weigh in.

• The car must be freewheeling with no starting device or other propulsion.

• The wheelbase may not be changed. Wheels front to back must be the same length as grooves provided. (11cm or 4 5/16 inch)

• Use only a graphite (dry) lubricant. Wet lubricants such as oils, silicones or waxes are prohibited. Graphite is NOT to be applied to the tread areas of the wheels.



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 tread face. The tread must remain flat.

• Removing the pinch marks and mold ridges on the axles by sanding and polishing the axles.

• Straightening axles if bent.

• Use of the 5 different BSA official colored wheels Red, Yellow, Black, Orange or Blue.
(Purchased from BSA Official Source) Official Wheel/Axle Kit part# 17553, #17554, #17555, # 17556, #17557.


*** 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.

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