Category Archives: Pack Activities

November Service Projects: Scouting For Food and Pack Meeting = SUCCESS!

Hi Pack 197 Parents,

I wanted to extend my gratitude to everyone who participated in our Election Day service project. Pastor John from Heritage expressed his appreciation, saying, “We REALLY appreciate your partnership in serving our citizens.”

In the spirit of thankfulness, we have two more service opportunities this month: Scouting for Food and our November Pack Meeting.

Scouting For Food
We are partnering with WARM’s (Westerville Area Resource Ministry) food pantry to help individuals in our community facing food insecurity. There are two ways to participate:

• Join us for our “Fill A Tent” food drive at Fresh Thyme grocery store on November 18 from 10 AM – 3 PM. You can sign up for a time slot here:

• Collect shelf-stable food from your neighborhood. We will distribute empty grocery bags with a list of items that WARM is requesting at next week’s den meeting. You can pass those bags out to your neighbors. The note on the bag will ask the recipient to fill it and place it on their front porch on a specific date. Before you pass out the bags, you’ll want to write in a date that works for you; then you’ll pick up the food and bring it to the Pack Meeting on November 28.

You are invited to participate in either (or both) of these opportunities. Any Scout who does will be eligible to receive a Scouting for Food patch!

November Pack Meeting
Our Pack Meeting on November 28 will feature a hands-on service project. We’re partnering with Seeds of Caring to provide Compassion Kits for unhoused youth. The goal is for Scouts to gain empathy for folks without a place to call home, and then use their helping hands to write notes of caring and assemble compassion kits. The meeting will be held at 6:30 PM at the Heritage Church main auditorium (the large room downstairs by the main entrance).

Please mark your calendars for these fun and meaningful opportunities to serve!

Yours in Scouting,
Joe Hohman
Pack 197

2023 Pumpkin Race! (Tues 10/24) = SUCCESS!!!

It’s almost time for our Pack’s annual Pumpkin Race! This event is always a crowd favorite. Here’s how it works: Each Scout decorates a pumpkin, puts it on wheels (think: Tonka trucks, skateboards, plywood with casters, etc.), and cheers as it races down a 4’ ramp and (hopefully) careens into the back wall! Scouts will also have an opportunity to vote for their favorite racer designs.


🎉 Friends & siblings are welcome!
This year’s Pumpkin Race will be a “Bring a Friend” event! That means any siblings or friends in grades K-5 are welcome to build their own Pumpkin Racer and have fun with us! Please tell your friends and family about this fun and free event! (Feel free to forward this email or share our social media posts.)

✅ The race itself is not competitive, and there are only two rules for your racer:

1. Make sure the wheelbase is no more than 18” wide (otherwise it won’t fit on the ramp)
2. DO. NOT. CARVE. THE. PUMPKIN. (otherwise it will almost certainly explode into a disaster of apocalyptic proportions when it hits the wall …or so I’ve been told)
Find more information on our Pack website!

🏆 Trophies will be awarded for the best racer designs in the following categories:

– Video games
– Scouting
– Favorite Books
– Food
– Spooky
– Everything Else

🙋‍♂️ Parent volunteers are needed to help with the event!
We need people to help with set-up, decor, registration, voting, and “pumpkin running”. Sign-up here:

👻 Wear a costume!
Everyone is welcome to wear their Scout-appropriate Halloween costumes to the event! (Please, nothing too scary!)

🗓 Event Schedule
The race is Tuesday, October 24 from 6-8 PM at Heritage Church. (The event is in Room 230, the large room upstairs where we traditionally hold Pack meetings.)

5:30 PM – Set-up Begins (Sign-up to help!)
6:00 PM – Arrival & Registration
6:30 PM – Welcome, Awards, & Design Voting
7:00 PM – Racing Begins
7:30 PM – Design Awards
7:45 PM – Clean-Up
8:00 PM – Dismissed

Ice Cream social – 7/20/23 @ DQ @ 6:30pm


We also have a fun Summer meet-up this Wednesday evening

We’ll meet at the Westerville Dairy Queen at 6:30. After grabbing some ice cream, we’ll head over to Hanby Park (the one behind the library with the splash pad and cool climbing structure). I hope to see you there!

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)

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

RACE DAY FOOD: PreOrder here!

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!

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


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.


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.


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


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
Pack 197

Blue and Gold Celebration

Category : News , Pack Activities

When: May 15th 5:30-8pm

Where: Westerville Community Center – Maple Rooms


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 – 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!

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:…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

Hiking Club – FEB 27

Deer Haven Park this Saturday at 10am. (4184 Liberty Rd, Delaware)

Hello Pack 197 Families!

It’s been a very fun and busy week! We’ve had Valentine’s Day sledding, checked in and raced our Pinewood Derby cars, AND we have a virtual Pack Meeting on deck…but, we can’t close out February without our Monthly Family Hike!

We’ll be meeting at Deer Haven Park this Saturday at 10am. (4184 Liberty Rd, Delaware) The weather will be warming up this week…so it’s a great time to join other families in the great outdoors!

Once again we will be taking advantage of the Delaware Preservation Parks Letterbox Adventure…but adding our own spin on it! Our guided hike will be about 1 mile long and culminate in Scouts finding the “treasure box” with the bead for their hiking stick, and a small prize.

And, as always, whether this is your 1st family hike or your 5th…all are welcome. The guided hike file will be sent later in the week, and we will have hiking stick supplies on hand if your Scout is missing any pieces!

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to me at

(more about Hiking Club)

2021 – Pinewood Derby Voting

VOTING is NOW OPEN! Have fun! We’ll close voting FRIDAY NIGHT!

2021 Pinewood Derby Race – VOTING

2021 – Pinewood Derby FLOW

Car Check-inFeb 18th (signup sheet)

Table of Contents

  • Checkin Flow
  • Curbside Check in
  • Race Day Schedule
  • Design Awards
  • Race Format


Race Day Schedule 

Saturday February 20th

9:45am Slide show of entered cars begins 

10am Lions & Tigers races begin
10:30 Wolves races begin
11:00 Bears races begin

11:45 Webelos races begin
12:15 Arrow of Light races begin
1pm Recap, Design Awards, & Pack Finals