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2023 – Pinewood Derby FLOW

Car Building Clinic -–

January 21, 2023:  9am – 12pm Dircksen Basement

Come have your car designed and cut by experts near the field! Chat about race strategies and tactics, all needed to ensure a amazing time for the Scouts!

Don’t forget to bring your car kits!

(300 E College Ave, Westerville, OH 43081)

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B45A9AE2CABF58-pinewood

What an amazing turnout, and success! Thanks to all the leaders!


— Pre-Race & Race Day –-

(pre-race) February 3th, 2023

Car Check-In/Registration – February 3th, 2023: 5pm – 7pm

To avoid long lines on race day, we will be checking in cars early – on Friday Febrary 3rd between 5pm – 7pm at Heritage.

(Race Day) February 4th, 2023

When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm

  • Outlaw race and design voting 10am – 11:30am

Where: Room 230 at the Heritage Christian church

Car Registration number will be used during anonymous voting for the best design and computer tracking for race results. Car must display registration number on the front.

We need your help!
Please help us make this year’s Pinewood Derby a success!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B45A9AE2CABF58-202223

Race Rules
Please note that the axles, wheels, and car body must be made from the standard BSA kit provided to scouts. Also, your car must weigh 5.0 ounces or less. See the pack website for the full list of rules.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out. See you Saturday!

Yours in Scouting,
Joe Hohman & The 2023 PWD Team



Upcoming events & Announcements

Category : Featured , News

Hi Pack 197,

I hope your Winter Break is off to a great start! Thanks for joining us at the Pack meeting last Tuesday, and thank you for all of the delicious cookies and treats you shared! I hope your kids had a great time and learned something about another culture. I also hope you were able to get them to sleep without too much trouble after all those sweets.

😅

For your reference, below is an email version of the announcements I included on the take-home sheet. Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

📣 Pack Announcements on GroupMe
Please open the link below to join the Pack 197 Announcements group on the GroupMe app.
https://groupme.com/join_group/90698698/YDel12SK

🙋‍♀️ Pack Committee Meeting – December 19
All parents are encouraged to attend our monthly committee meetings. The meeting will be held this Tomorrow at the Genoa Twp. Police Station from 6:30 to 8 PM.

🚫 No Den Meetings – December 20 – January 3
Due to the holidays, we are not having any den meetings until January 10th.

⚜️ Den Leader Meeting – January 3
All den leaders, assistant den leaders, and any parents interested in helping with den leadership, please join us from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at Heritage.

🌲 Pack Hike @ Sharon Woods – January 14

🚘 Pack Meeting @ OSU C.A.R. – January 31
Space at the OSU Center for Automotive Research is limited to 70 people, so we will be sending out an RSVP sheet so we can ensure not to exceed the limit. (I’m waiting until closer to the event to send out the sign-up sheet so I can get as accurate a count as possible.)

🏎 Pinewood Derby
Car Building Clinic & Outlaw Race: Dates TBA
Car Check-In & Registration: Friday, February 3, 5-7 PM
Race Day: Saturday, February 4, 11 AM – 2 PM
Design Categories: Cars, Scouting, Characters, Sports, Unique
Volunteers Needed: Click here for volunteer opportunities.

🌲 Pack Hike @ Glacier Ridge – February 14

🎉 Blue & Gold Banquet – Sunday, February 26
Save the date for our Pack’s Blue & Gold Banquet at Camp Lazarus (tentatively 5-7 PM)! We are in need of several additional volunteers for this event. Please contact Nathan Ericson (nathan.ericson@gmail.com) if you are able to help!

We’re forming a team to plan that event right now. If you’re able to help, just reply and let me know.

I also wanted to mention that we’re planning a fun end-of-the-Scouting-year event in May which will take the place of our typical Blue & Gold banquet. More details on that to come!

Yours in Scouting,
Joe Hohman
Cubmaster
Pack 197


(8/30/22) is LAUNCH DAY! WELCOME BACK!

Hi Pack 197,

2019 prior Launch Day

Next Tuesday (8/30) is LAUNCH DAY – and I hope you’re ready to BLAST into the Scouting year! Please join us outside at Heritage (in the East parking lot area) from 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM. We’ll plan to start promptly at 6:30 PM, so please be sure to arrive a little early so you don’t miss out on any of the fun!

While the Scouts are building their rockets, I’m planning to hold a brief parent meeting where Jacob Dircksen (our new Committee Chair) and I will talk through some details for the year.

SUPPLIES & SET-UP HELPERS

We need some supplies to complete our rocket builds (duct tape, craft supplies, etc.) as well as some people to help set-up at 6:00 PM. Please sign-up here if you’re able to help.

PLEASE BRING

• An empty 2-Liter soda bottle for each Scout in your family.
• Folding Chairs
• Drinking Water
• Field Uniform (Class A)

RAINGUTTER REGATTA

Please save the date for the Raingutter Regatta on September 17th (2-5 PM)! If you’d like to purchase a sailboat kit online, you can pick it up at the pack meeting.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I’m looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday!

Yours in Scouting,
Joe Hohman
Cubmaster
Pack 197


Check out the calendar

Category : Featured , News

The calendar is where the leaders coordinate events.

Come join in!


Blue and Gold Celebration

Category : News , Pack Activities

When: May 15th 5:30-8pm

Where: Westerville Community Center – Maple Rooms

Details

This is our Blue & Gold Celebration to recognize our Scouts for completing their rank awards and other accomplishments during the 2021-22 Scout year!

We are hosting the event in the Maple Room at the Westerville Community Center. Tickets will be available for purchase to bring the whole family, including extended family. Dinner is being catered by City Barbeque and there will be entertainment by Juggler, Matt Jergens. It’s going to be spectacular!


Fees (pay here)

adults: $13

youth (5-12): $9 pp

toddlers (2-4): $3 pp 


2022 – Cold Toes campout – SUCCESS

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Category : Activities , Camping , News

When: April 9th, 2:00pm – April 10th, 10:00am

Where: Camp Otter Run – 7647 Co Rd 144, East Liberty, OH 43319

To help offset the cost of this event, fee is $10 per camper by 4/4/2022.

If you have a popcorn discount code for your Scout, you can enter it in the coupon code box. Pay online here. (Registration is closed – contact cubmaster@westervillepack197.org if you need assistance)


DETAILS

The Pack 197 annual Cold Toes campout will be here before you know it! Please email Sarah O’Bryan or your Den Leader if you have questions.

Note: The event agenda is subject to change.

Saturday
2:00-3:00 Campers and families arrive and set up camp
3:00-3:15 Flag ceremony
3:15-4:15 Conservation project/tree planting
4:15-5:30 Den Activities/Skit planning
5:30-7:00 Dinner/Free time for scouts
7:00-8:00 Campfire/Skits/Songs
8:00-10:00 Cracker-barrel
10:00 lights out

Sunday
7:30-10:00 Breakfast and teardown
9:00am – Optional non-denominational service

Your Den Leaders may have activities planned in order to help all of our Scouts reach their goal of completing rank by Blue and Gold.


Please make sure the Pack has a copy of the BSA medical forms, both parts A & B. Both adults and Scouts need to have these forms to attend camp. 

Recommended Gear
Medications
Toothbrush, toothpaste
Flashlight with extra batteries
Lightweight hiking boots or hiking shoes
Tall hiking socks
Pack hat

Lip balm
Sunscreen
Folding chair
Reusable plate, silverware and cup (mess kit)
Shovel, if you have one
Gardening gloves, optional

Layers of clothes for weather
Rain jacket or sturdy poncho
Warm jacket or vest
Long pants
Long-sleeve shirt
Scout t-shirt for hot weather
Thermal underwear

Sleeping
Soft cap (hoodie might be OK)
Sleeping bag, rated 20 degrees colder than lowest forecasted temperature
Sleeping pad or an air mattress, with battery pump
Water bottle
Day pack/small backpack (for scouts going on a hike)
Tent
Rain fly for tent (unless it’s built-in)
Full set of tent stakes
Tarp or tent footprint
Battery pump instead of AC powered.

Optional
Gloves
Hiking stick
Pocket knife (scouts must have Whittling Chip with them and follow its rules).

Note:
Scouts should not bring or play on any portable video games or other electronic devices.
Otter Run parking lot is small and we will need to park cars in such a way that some will not be able to move until everyone leaves. Please contact Sarah if you need to leave early before the event.


July 2022 – Day Camp (early bird price ends Mar 31)

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Category : Activities , Camping , News

Hello Pack 197!
Registration is open for Cub Scout Day Camp. The early bird deadline to save an extra $20 per Scout ends on March 31, and must be paid in full by that date.

We are in Polaris District which is the week of July 11-15.

Here is a link to sign up: https://scoutingevent.com/441-2022_Polaris_DC

Day Camp is run with volunteers. Please take a look at your schedule and consider registering yourself as an “adult participant.” We can work out a schedule among the dens to share adult supervision for the kids – at least 2 adult leaders per den each day. If you are registering an incoming Tiger/1st, you must have an adult with your Scout every day.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Yours in Scouting,
Sarah O’Bryan
Cubmaster


2022 – Pinewood Derby FLOW

Race Day Schedule 

Saturday February 5th

***IMPORTANT: Car Check-In/Registration Is Now ON SATURDAY***
Due to the high likelihood of bad weather tomorrow, we are proactively moving the race check-in to Saturday morning at 10:00 AM. We’d recommend arriving as close to 10 AM as possible to make sure we have enough time to get everyone registered.

Race Day Volunteers Needed!
We still have some volunteer positions open for race day. Please take a moment to see what’s available and sign-up to help!
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c4cada72da1fa7-20221

Race Day Schedule
10:00 AM – Car Registration
11:00 AM – Design Voting, Concessions Open
12:00 PM – Racing Begins
2:00 PM – Awards & Clean-Up

Live Streaming
We plan to stream the race on Zoom for any family members who can’t attend in person. You can share the link and passcode below to give others access the live stream:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j…F1Z05VUT09
Meeting ID: 871 5467 3317
Passcode: pack197

Race Rules
Please note that the axles, wheels, and car body must be made from the standard BSA kit provided to scouts. Also, your car must weigh 5.0 ounces or less. See the pack website for the full list of rules.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out. See you Saturday!

Yours in Scouting,
Joe Hohman & The 2022 PWD Team


2022 – Upcoming events

Category : News

  1. (1/22) Pinewood derby clinic @ The O’Bryan Garage! SUCCESS!
  2. (1/29) Outlaw race ….
  3. (1/31) Pack Meeting
  4. (2/5) Pinewood derby

For details, check out the CALENDAR. See you soon!!

Pinewood Derby Details HERE


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