Holy Hike

A very special pack tradition is our annual Holy Hike through the chapels on Notre Dame campus. This year we visited the following locations:

  • Grotto
  • Coleman-Morse Chapel
  • Baumer Hall Chapel
  • Eck Visitor Center
  • Log Chapel

Along the way, we learned about the special features of each location, as well as their connection to the Virgin Mary – all aligned with the message of Christmas.  Together we sang carols and celebrated the coming of this special holiday.  Afterwards, we celebrated as a group with pizza and movies. It was a fun way to close out the 2019 scouting year, and we are looking forward to all the events coming up in the new year!

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First Responders

Thanks so much to the South Bend Fire Department for welcoming us into their fire station.  They took our pack on a tour of the kitchen, living areas, sleeping areas, and learning rooms.  The tour would not have been complete without a look at the fire engines and the fire pole!  Thank you for your service to our community, even as you received calls while we were touring.  We really appreciate your time to allow us to learn about these first responders and the work that they do.

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Iron Horse 2019

Iron Horse 2019 featured campfire fun, den hikes, den activities, bounce houses, an outdoor Mass, and lots of time on the campground play set.  Our older Webelos learned how to build a fire, leaning on the expertise of some of the leaders and Boy Scouts in attendance.  It was a time for families to cook, eat, sing, and have fun with each other.  Hope to see everyone back again next year!

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Pack Bike Ride

The September pack bike ride was a huge success!  Scouts of all ages rode their bicycles all around the University of Notre Dame campus.  Before leaving, we discussed helmet safety, bike signals, and rules of the road.  We made a quick stop in front of the dome to take pictures before splitting off on a longer route for the older scouts, while the younger scouts finished their shorter route.  The weather was perfect for this event!  Thanks to all who helped plan and attended this event.


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Join Pack 10!

Join Cub Scout Pack 10 for fun, friends, and adventure!

Our scouts go camping, biking, hiking, climbing, fishing, and more.  Every month, we have a pack meeting (large group), den meetings (small groups), and at least one outing.  Scouts learn about character, citizenship, and their community through fun activities  All boys and girls in grades K-5 are welcome to join — it doesn’t matter what school or church you attend.

To join up, come to our first pack meeting of the school year, Monday, August 26th, 2019 at 6:30 PM in the auxiliary gym of St. Pius X Catholic Church, 52553 Fir Rd, Granger, IN 46530.  (Or contact Catherine Floyd (domercat@verizon.net) to join up any other time of the year.)

Dues includes membership in the national BSA organization, participation in all den and pack meetings, all badges and awards earned, the Pinewood Derby, and the Blue & Gold Banquet.  Some of our larger monthly outings (like camping or horseback riding) have an additional cost for participants.

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Scouts Earn Religious Awards

This spring, scouts from Pack 10 earned one of two optional religious awards – the Light of Christ or the Parvuli Dei.  Earning each of these awards required working individually with their families to complete activities and reflections.  Scouts then created a poster to outline their work and presented this to Fr. Bill for review.  Scouts were honored at Mass for the work that they accomplished.  Great work!

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Pinewood Derby 2019

The 2019 Pinewood Derby will be back at St Pius X Catholic Church in the auxiliary gym on Saturday, March 16th starting at 11:00AM.

Doors open at 11:00AM for racers to sign in, make last minute adjustments, and weigh in. Opening ceremonies will be at 11:30AM, with racing to begin shortly afterward.  Each den will race against each other (Lions, Tigers, Wolves, Bears, then Webelos).  Awards will be given for den and pack winners, and also for cars with the best designs.   Siblings are invited to build their own cars and race in the final heat.  Hot dogs, chips, and drinks will be available for sale throughout the races.  Closing ceremonies and awards about 2:00PM.

Free Pinewood Derby kits — courtesy of Gurley-Leep Motors — will be distributed at the January pack meeting.  If you use another kind of kit, please be sure to consult the rules below:

A number of adult volunteers will be needed to make a successful event: race judges, concessions, setup and cleanup, etc.  A separate call for volunteers will go out shortly.

2019 Pinewood Derby Rules

The goal of the Pinewood Derby is for scouts to have fun building a car while learning how to use basic tools under appropriate adult supervision.  Each scout should enter a car that they have constructed for this year’s race.  To ensure that race day is as fair as possible, all cars must obey the following rules:

  • The car may not weigh more than 5 ounces.
  • The car body must be 2.75 inches wide and 7 inches long.
  • Bottom clearance under the car must be 3/8 inch.
  • BSA brand wheels and axles must be used.  Only dry powder lubrication may be used.
  • The wheels and axles must be mounted in the standard pre-cut grooves, which are 4 and 3/8 inches apart.

Note that any BSA branded car kit already has the proper dimensions and wheels, so it is easy to follow the rules if you simply use the kit in the obvious way.  If you use a non-BSA branded kit, then be sure to check each of the measurements above, and buy a set of standard BSA wheels to use with the car.

All cars must be presented to the weigh-in judge for weighing before racing begins.  If a car does not meet the rules, the scout may modify the car and try again at any point before his den begins racing.  If a car breaks during a race (e.g. a wheel falls off) the owner will be given five minutes to repair the car, and the race attempted again.

The decisions of the judges are final, and all scouts and parents are reminded that the judges are friendly volunteers whose goal is fun and fairness to all.

Pinewood Derby for Beginners

Save the date for Pinewood Derby on Saturday, March 3rd at 11:30AM in the St Pius X gym!

If you are new to the Pinewood Derby, here is how it works:  Scouts build, paint, and decorate a simple wood car kit at home.  Just building the car is the main point, and it’s a great opportunity to enjoy working with your child on a project.  Help them to pick appropriate tools and materials, but let them do as much as possible.

At the derby, the whole pack gathers together to race.  We have a long sloped track, and cars roll down the track by gravity.   Every car races at least twice, and the winners move on to a final heat. Awards are given for the den and overall winners, and also for the most creative, the most realistic, the best paint job, and so on.

You do not need a lot of tools or woodworking experience to participate!  For a first time car, your son can simply shape the car with a file or sandpaper, paint it, and then carefully tap the wheels in with a hammer.  That’s it!

PinewoodKitYou will receive a Pinewood Derby kit at the January pack meeting.  The kit contains a block of wood, four wheels and axles, and some stickers.  If you need an extra for a sibling, they are $3.99 at the local scout shop, and you can also find them at several local hobby shops.  The official BSA kit looks like this:
http://www.scoutstuff.org/official-pinewood-derby-car-kit.html

(There are a variety of kit types which are ok to use: if you have a non-BSA branded kit, then make sure to read the Pack 10 rules carefully.)

Plan on doing the work with your son at home over the course of a few days: cut the wood one day, sand it down another day, and paint it another day:

If you want to get really creative, check out some ideas from Boys’ Life:

First Responders Pack Meeting

At our “October” pack meeting, scouts met local first responders  from the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s department, and the Clay Fire Department. We had a great time exploring the equipment and learning about careers.  A great big thank you to the officers, firefighters, and paramedics for spending some time with us!
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