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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.

Leaders Meeting now Thursday, Oct. 6th 7pm

posted Oct 3, 2016, 10:20 AM by Joe Sievers

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.


Updates - September/October 2016

posted Sep 22, 2016, 11:25 PM by Joe Sievers

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  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

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)

2016-17 Pack 329 Updates

posted Aug 26, 2016, 8:20 PM by Joe Sievers

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  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, 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, 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)  

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