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:

(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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Iron Horse Campout 2018

Join Pack 10 for our big fall campout at Potato Creek State park! Arrive on Friday night, stay for fun and games on Saturday, then depart on Sunday morning. The weekend includes campfire fun, the Iron Horse hike, outdoor games, an afternoon mass, and more. You bring the tent and sleeping bags, and the pack provides meals (except Sat lunch) for the weekend. We camp as families: parents share a tent with their own children, and the whole family is welcome.  The cost is $53 per family, and pack members will be receiving an invite by email shortly.

Here is the flyer with complete information and the campground map.  We are in the C loop of the family electric campground.


Popcorn Fundraiser 2018

Popcorn sales support pack activities throughout the year. We ask every scout in grades 1-5 to contribute by selling some amount of popcorn. (Lion scouts are not required to do fundraising.) In addition, if a scout sells more than $250, the pack will give the scout a $50 credit toward the spring outing.  Previous spring outings included camping out on a submarine (2016) and at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo (2017).

To sell popcorn door to door:

  1. Use the popcorn sales form handed out at the pack meeting, or print out this order form and product guide at home.
  2. Practice a simple sales pitch: “Hello, I’m selling popcorn so I can go camping with my Cub Scout pack. Would you like to see the choices?” Smile and say please and thank you. Wear the uniform!
  3. To take an order, write it down on the order sheet and collect cash or a check payable to “Cub Scout Pack 10”.  (Please don’t take an order without payment!)
  4. Parents, accompany your scout from a distance, but let him do the talking. Remind him to wait outside if the customer needs to fetch a checkbook.
  5. Return the form and all payments to the pack treasurer, Rick Thyen, 52357 Brendon Hills Drive, Granger IN 46530, no later than Friday, October 12th.

To sell popcorn online:

  1. Go to
  2. Select “Online Selling”
  3. Select “Register” in the top right. (Unless you already have a user name)
  4. Create an account as “Parent on behalf of Scout”
  5. For unit selection, pick Lasalle Council, Algonquian District, Pack 010.
  6. Have your son personalize the site with a few sentences and a picture, set a sales goal, then share the site with friends and family.  All online sales must be completed by Friday, October 19th and are collected automatically.

New Scout Information

We are off to a fun new year of scouting!  It was great to see so many boys and girls at our first pack meeting.  Here is what happens next:

  • Your den leader will be in touch in the next few days to set up a regular den (small group) meeting.  (If you don’t have a den leader yet, we will be in touch to find a volunteer.)
  • Visit the Scout Shop to purchase a Cub Scout book, uniform shirt, and neckerchief.  The staff there will be happy to help you find the right items for your scout.
  • Come to the Family Bike Hike and Picnic on Sep 16th
  • Come to the next Pack Meeting on Sep 24th.

If you were unable to come to the first pack meeting:

  • Contact Tony Floyd ( to sign up for this year.
  • Read the Pack Info Sheet for 2018
  • Brand new scouts only: fill out a New Scout Application and bring it to the next pack or den meeting.
  • Pay dues of $62 (incl scout magazine) or $50 (no magazine)  by check made out to “Cub Scout Pack 10” and bring to the next pack or den meeting.

If you have any questions that weren’t answered at the kickoff, contact Chip Mitros ( or Douglas Thain (


Join Cub Scout 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 27th, 2018 at 6:30 PM in the auxiliary gym of St. Pius X Catholic Church, 52553 Fir Rd, Granger, IN 46530.  (Or contact Chip Mitros ( 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 climbing) have an additional cost for participants.

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Pack 10 Welcomes Girls and Boys

Dear Pack 10 Families –

We would like to announce that Cub Scout Pack 10 will welcome both boys and girls in grades K-5 as uniformed members, starting in the fall of 2018. We are following the lead of the national BSA scouting organization, which is opening all of its programs to girls and boys. Pack 10 has always encouraged the whole family to participate, so this will not be a large change in how we currently operate.

How will den meetings work?
– Each den (small group) will be either an all-boy den or an all-girl den, so that boys and girls can have their own space and activities.

How will pack meetings work?
– Pack meetings and outings will involve all dens, both boys and girls, along with their den leaders and parents.

How will camping and overnight outings work?
– Camping and other overnight outings will continue to be organized
around families. When camping, youth will share a tent with their own parents and siblings, as we have always done.

How does this affect youth protection?
– The same basic policies continue to apply: Each scout activity must include two registered leaders, or one registered leader plus a parent. All registered leaders undergo training and background checks from both BSA and SPX. All parents are welcome and encouraged to participate or observe scouting activities.

How was this decision reached?
– We reached this decision after extensive discussion with Fr. Bill and the parish leadership after collecting perspectives from pack families, den leaders, and pack committee members.

Who can I contact with more questions?
– Contact Douglas Thain ( or Chip Mitros
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Air Zoo Overnight

Pack 10 scouts and their families had a blast staying overnight at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo!  After spending the evening touring the museum, we slept under the wing of an SR-71 Blackbird!  In the morning, we launched our model rockets — check out the slo-mo video of the rocket launch.  Please thank Chip Mitros for organizing this memorable outing.

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Scouting for Food 2018

On March 10th, scouting groups around the country collected food for the hungry.  Pack 10 scouts collected 229 items donated to the St Vincent de Paul food pantry at St Pius church, which supports families in our need in Granger.IMG_0273



Pinewood Derby 2018

The 2018 Pinewood Derby will be back at St Pius X Catholic Church in the auxiliary gym on Saturday, March 3rd 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 2:30.

This year, we will have a new aluminum track with four lanes and an electronic timing system!  We hope this will allow each scout to have more races with less setup time.

We ask one parent from every family to help out with the derby in some way.   No special training is required, and each group will be led by a parent who has done it before.  Please sign up to help out here: