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No Cub Scout meeting on Friday, 3/29/19 – West Point trip this weekend

Hello everyone,
This Friday, 3/29/19, there is no Cub Scout meeting.
We will be having our West Point trip this weekend.
We are meeting at the visitor center on Saturday morning at 10am.
Other updates:

Mets Scout Day – April 7th Game against the Nationals, the tickets have been purchased for those who signed up on this past Friday. I will hand them out at the meeting on Friday, April 5th.

2019 Emergency Preparedness day is on Saturday, April 13th and will be held in the Marine Park Avenue U parking lot. I am attaching the flyer in case there are any questions. This is a free event for scouts and their families.

Camping Trip to TMR is on 5/17-5/19 – Please sign up at the meeting, the cabin space is limited to 20 bunks, please specify when you sign up.

Blue & Gold Dinner will be on Friday, 6/7/19. More information will follow over the next few weeks.
Please contact me if there are any questions.
Jason Flanders
Pack 353

Pinewood Derby on Friday, February 8, 2019 – Check in starts at 6pm

Hello everyone,
The Pinewood Derby is on Friday, February 8, 2019 at the Church Gymnasium.
Check in starts at 6pm
Please bring your car ready to race.
Some key rules to remember:

  • No oil or liquid lubricants for the car (Only Graphite Powder)
  • You want your car to be as close to 5 ounces as possible, without going over

We will have concessions open starting at 6:30pm.
Other Reminders:

  • West Point trip is on March 30th and if you want a hotel room with the group you will need to book it at the hotel and use the group:  Cub Scout Pack 353
  • After the pinewood derby, the next meeting will be on March 1st.  The regional Pinewood Derby will be on Saturday, March 2nd at Kings Plaza.  I will send more details as they become available.

If there are any questions, please contact me.
Jason Flanders

No Meeting this Friday – 2/01/19

This Friday we will not have an official cub scout meeting.
However, Rob and Tony will be there from 7:00pm to 9:00pm to help with Pinewood Derby cars.  If you are looking to weigh your car or get any advice, this is a good time to bring your car and ask questions.
The Klondike derby is Saturday, 2/2 at 9am.  Please dress appropriately for the weather.  Everyone that signed up, or let me know, has been registered as of tonight.If you haven’t paid me, please bring your $10 per scout to the Klondike.I am attaching the flyer with detailed information.
The Pinewood Derby will be Friday 2/8.  More details to follow.
If there are any questions please contact me.
Jason Flanders

Pinewood Derby Workshop tonight – 1/11/19

Lions, Tigers and Wolves please arrive by 6:30pm
Bears, Webelo 1 & 2 please arrive by 7:30pm

You will need to bring your Pinewood Derby kit with you, that was given out at the holiday party.If you did not receive it, we have your kit, please see me to get your kit.
For tonight, when you arrive, first come to the table with the drill presses where the axles (the 4 screws in the kit) will be polished. We will take your axles and put them in a zip lock bag and label it, we will work on them throughout the night.
You will then go over to the tables with the templates for the car outlines and you will select the design for your car, you will cut out the design and glue it to the side of the wooden block, please be aware of where the axle notches are on the bottom and where you want the wheels positioned on the block, the bottom is also stamped.  We can only use the blocks that have been stamped.
Once you have the block with the template glued in the proper place, please go to the band saw tables, there will be two band saws, we will need one orderly line, especially with all of the power tools.
After you have your car cut, you can sit at one of the sanding tables and take sand paper and sand your car bodies.
Once you sand your car and you have come back to collect your axles, you can leave the workshop.
The next parts are to be done at home and include putting weight on the vehicle to be as close to 5 ounces as possible (Very Important!) and painting the vehicle, if you like. You can only use graphite for the wheels and axles, no oil or liquid lubricants are allowed.
Safety is the most important part of tonight, and due to all of the power tools, there is no running or games allowed tonight.  Once you have finished your car, you may leave the workshop.
I hope everyone has a safe and fun night at the workshop and please feel free to ask any questions you may have.
Jason Flanders

Cub Scout Pinewood derby car workshop this Friday – 1/11/19

This Friday, 1/11/19, will be the Pinewood Derby workshop where we will work on pinewood derby cars.  We will have power tools and equipment in the Gym which will require all scouts to listen to instructions.  There will be no running around in the gym to maintain a safer environment.
The times will be as follows:

  • Lions, Tigers & Wolves – Start arriving at 6:30pm
  • Bears, Webelos 1 & 2 – Start arriving at 7:30pm

When the scout finishes his car design and the axles are polished and ready, they can leave.  The workshop will include the cutting of the wood block to the template that the scout requests, the polishing of the axles for the wheels and we will provide sandpaper for the scout to sand their car.
The workshop will be ending by 9pm.
You will need to bring your pinewood derby kit that you received at the holiday party.  If you did not receive your kit at the holiday, we will have your kit available when you arrive.
You must use the kit that we gave you as they have been stamped to show that they are a BSA kit.  Do not paint the bottom of your cars.  No oil can be used, only graphite can be used for the wheels.
In addition, here are some other items coming up:

  • Movie night will be on 1/18/19 and is a fundraiser for the Pack
  • Klondike Derby event is on 2/2/19, we will have our workshop for that on 1/25/19.
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