2018 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.
  • 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.
  • Bottom clearance under the car must be 3/8 inch.

(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.)

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 judge are final, and all scouts and parents are reminded that the judge is a friendly volunteer 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 son on a project.  Help your son to pick appropriate tools and materials, but let him 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 should already have a Pinewood Derby kit distributed at an earlier 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:

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:
Official rules will be posted shortly.

Advent Hike at Notre Dame

To begin the season of Advent, Pack 10 enjoyed a “holy hike” at the University of Notre Dame.  Fr. Doyle took us to a variety of historic sites, where we offered prayers and songs for the season, and then enjoyed treats and hot chocolate afterwards.  Please thank Mr. Clairmont for arranging the outing.


Webelos Rocket Launch

At a November den meeting, scouts in the Webelos den built model rockets by cutting, gluing, sanding, and painting Estes “Alpha” rocket kits.  Each one turned out a little different, but they all flew beautifully and all came back to ground intact!

Rockets Launch


Iron Horse Campout

Nearly 100 scouts and families joined the Iron Horse campout at Potato Creek State Park!  We enjoyed the outdoors all weekend long, including the Iron Horse hike, a giant kickball game, roasting marshmallow around the campfire, and even an outdoor mass on Saturday night.  Thanks to all of the leaders and parents who chipped in to make it happen, and see you again next year!


(Webelos den getting ready for the Iron Horse Hike)


Popcorn Fundraiser 2017

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, Pack 10 will waive the cost for the scout to participate in the spring outing to Kalamazoo.  (A paying parent will still need to attend with the scout.)

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 and prize sheet.
  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 a uniform, it helps!
  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 13th.

To sell popcorn online:

  1. Go to http://sell.trails-end.com
  2. Select “Online Selling”
  3. Select “Register” in the top right. (Unless you already have a user name)
  4. Create an account.
  5. Enter zip code 46530 and unit 10. Select “Pack 010, St Pius X Catholic Church” This will set you up with a personal page and unique “Scout Code” for your scout.
  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 20th and are collected automatically.

New Scout Information

We are off to a fun new year of scouting!  We had a great turnout of new people at our first pack meeting.  Please give us a few days to sort through the paperwork and get everyone added to the mailing list.  Your den leader will contact you shortly to set up the first den meetings.

If you were unable to come to the first meeting, it’s no problem, you can still join up.  Here is what you need to do:

  • Contact Tony Floyd (afloyd@alumni.nd.edu) to get signed up.
  • Read the Pack Info Sheet for 2017
  • Fill out a New Scout Application and bring it to the next pack or den meeting.
  • Pay dues of $50 by check made out to “Cub Scout Pack 10” and bring to the pack or den meeting.
  • 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 son’s age.)
  • Come to the Family Bike Rally on Sep 17th
  • Come to the next Pack Meeting on Sep 25th.

If you have any questions that weren’t answered at the kickoff, contact Douglas Thain (douglas.thain@gmail.com)

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.  Boys learn about character, citizenship, and their community through fun activities  All boys 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 28th, 2016 at 6:30 PM in the auxiliary gym of St. Pius X Catholic Church, 52553 Fir Rd, Granger, IN 46530.  (Or contact Douglas Thain (douglas.thain@gmail.com) to join up any other time of the year.)

Dues are $50/year, which 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.

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Submarine Outing!

Pack 10 families had a great time camping overnight on the USS Silversides submarine in Muskegon, Michigan.  Our scouts learned some history, climbed all over the submarine, and enjoyed friends and fun together.  Thank you very much to Chip and everyone who helped make the outing happen!

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