2017 Pinewood Derby Results

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Congratulations to all Weymouth Pack 9 Cub Scouts who participated in the 2017 Pinewood Derby this past weekend at Pond Plain Association in Weymouth, MA. It was an exciting day of races in all divisions with the smell of hot dogs wafting throughout the hall, and Pack 9 was able to raise $110 in concessions!

The final standings for this year’s Weymouth Pack 9 Pinewood Derby are:

Tigers:

1. Tyler K.
2. Lucas M.
3. Mitchell M.

Wolves:

1. Theo R.
2. Patrick D.
3. Kyle L.

Bears:

1. Aiden F.
2. Sebastian C.
3. Nathan C.

Webelos:

1. Mario M. Jr
2. James W.
3. Jonathan V.

Fastest in Pack:

1. Mario M. Jr
2. Jonathan V.
3. James W.

Be sure to check out the pictures from the 2017 Pinewood Derby on the Photos page.

Special thanks to all the parents and scouts who stayed after the Pinewood Derby to clean up the hall. Shout out to all the wonderful volunteers who put in their time and effort to make this year’s Pinewood Derby possible – Brandon, Gabe, Sarah D, Jeff, Josie, Paul, Sheila, John, Sara W, and Stacey. Also, we greatly appreciate our local Weymouth Shaw’s and BJ’s stores for donating concessions to this event.

2017 Pack 9 Pinewood Derby – Weigh-In, Race Day, and Districts

pwd-carsWith only 1 week left to finish-up your Pinewood Derby car before the WEIGH-IN for the 2017 Pack 9 Pinewood Derby racing season, we have some final notes to convey to the Parents and Scouts of Weymouth Pack 9.

Be sure to note these important dates/times for Pinewood Derby events (more details for each will be provided below):

  • Wed, Mar 15, 2016 from 6:00-8:00pm (Pond Plain Association) – WEIGH-IN for the 2017 Pack 9 PineWood Derby
  • Sat, Mar 18, 2016 from 10:00am-1:00pm (Pond Plain Association) – RACE DAY for the 2017 Pack 9 PineWood Derby
  • Sat, Apr 8, 2016 from 9:30am-3:00pm (VFW Post 1046, Brockton, MA) – 2017 Squanto District Pinewood Derby regionals (invitation-only for Pack 9 finalists)

For the WEIGH-IN, please bring your car to Pond Plain Association (330 Pond St, South Weymouth, MA) on “Wed, Mar 15” between 6:00PM and 8:00PM. CLASS A UNIFORM IS REQUIRED to be worn by all scouts for a picture that will be taken with their car. Please make sure your car complies with both Squanto District rules (squanto-district-pinewood-derby-construction-guidelines-2016-updated-edition-newest) and Pack 9 rules (pack-9-pinewood-derby-rules-supplement-to-squanto-district-2017) for the Pinewood Derby. Also, if your car is very close to the maximum 5.0 oz weight, then we recommend arriving early in case adjustments need to be made if it registers over-weight on the official race scale. Your scout should choose a fun and creative NAME for their car, which will be recorded at the WEIGH-IN and referred to on RACE DAY. All cars registered at the WEIGH-IN will be held by the Derby leaders and brought to RACE DAY.

The Pack 9 PineWood Derby RACE DAY will take place at the same location on “Sat, Mar 18” between 10:00AM and 1:00PM. Leaders and volunteers should be on-site 1-hour before for setup, including cleanup afterwards. CLASS A UNIFORM IS REQUIRED to be worn by all scouts at this event. We will be selling concessions (hot dogs, chips, water) at this event which raises money for Pack 9, but we encourage everyone to bring food and drinks from home if you prefer. Races will be run in the following order – Tigers, Wolves, Bears, Webelos, and Pack 9 Overall Finalists. Each race should take approximately 30 minutes, depending on the number of participants. At the conclusion of each race, prizes (medals, patches) will be awarded and PWD cars will be returned to their owners.

A VERY IMPORTANT NOTE FOR THE TOP-3 FINALISTS FROM EACH PACK 9 DEN – you will qualify and be invited to race in the Squanto District regionals Pinewood Derby taking place on “Sat, Apr 8” at “VFW Post 1046, Brockton, MA”. If you would like to attend this race, then a required $7 entry fee will be collected by your den leaders prior to that race. If you decide NOT to attend the Squanto District regionals Pinewood Derby, then please let your den leader know so that we can open-up the opportunity for our 4th/5th/etc place finishers. All cars racing at this event must go through a separate on-site inspection process by Squanto District race officials.

We’re always happy to get new parent volunteers to help out with these events, and without parents like you these events would not be possible! If you are interested in helping out with Pack 9 Pinewood Derby next year, then please let your den leaders know and you can take part in making this exciting event happen!

Please check periodically with our Pack 9 Facebook page and this Weymouth Pack 9 website for updates or to sign-up for automatic notifications when new details are posted. Pictures of this years PineWood Derby will be posted afterwards on this website’s “Photos” page.

Important Date Change and Updated 2017 Pinewood Derby Schedule

The date of the Pack 9 Car Weigh-In has been moved back 1 day earlier than previously announced. Be sure your Pinewood Derby cars are ready by this date.

Please mark your calendars with these updated Pinewood Derby dates and times:

Date/Time

Event

Location

Description

Wed, Mar 15, 2017

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Pack 9 Car Weigh-In

Pond Plain Improvement Association, Weymouth, MA

Pack 9 scouts bring their Pinewood Derby car to this official weigh-in, at which time race officials will take possession of the car and bring it to the Pack 9 Pinewood Derby.

Sat, Mar 18, 2017

10:00am – 1:00pm

Pack 9 Pinewood Derby

Pond Plain Improvement Association, Weymouth, MA

Race day for the Pack 9 Pinewood Derby.

Sat, Apr 8, 2017

Squanto District Pinewood Derby

VFW Post 1046, Brockton, MA

Scouts placing in the top-3 of their respective dens at the Pack 9 Pinewood Derby, will be invited to participate in this district-level Pinewood Derby competing against other Packs within the Squanto District.

This year’s Pack 9 Weigh-In and Pack 9 Pinewood Derby will both take place at Pond Plain Improvement Association located at 330 Pond Street, South Weymouth, MA.

2017 Pinewood Derby – Important Dates, Rules, and Guidelines from Pack 9 and Squanto District

bsa-pinewood-derby-kitAs we transition into 2017, one of the first big Cub Scout events in the new year is the Pinewood Derby. This is an exciting opportunity for each Cub Scout to transform a simple block of wood into a gravity-powered race car to compete against fellow scouts.

By this time, your Cub Scout should have received the Official Grand Prix Pinewood Derby Kit from Den Leaders. If you have not received this kit, then please contact your Den Leader right away.

We urge parents to resist the temptation to actually build the car for our sons, since the more they put into it – the more they will get out of it! The parents job is to teach the essential skills required to build a race-worthy car and guide them through the process to ensure it complies with the rules and regulations set forth by Pack 9 and Squanto District. The true value of the Pinewood Derby is NOT in winning the race, but rather if we as parents instill into our scouts the pride, confidence, integrity, and hand-on building skills that our sons need to compete in the Pinewood Derby. Success for our scouts is measured by them holding their head up high at the end of the race, win or lose, knowing they tried their best and eager to do it all again next year! Success for us parents is measured not only by the quality time we get to spend with our sons, but also in knowing we are preparing them to succeed in life!

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Rules and guidelines this year will primarily be those set forth by the Squanto District. Some Pack 9 specific rules and guidelines still remain, but these have been significantly minimized this year. For a copy of the rules and guidelines for this year’s Pinewood Derby events, please refer to the following attachments:

 

Leading up to the Pinewood Derby, there is typically one-or-more hands-on workshops run by Pack 9 parent volunteers or Den Leaders where Cub Scouts can work on their car. If you are new to the Pinewood Derby, this is a great way to get started and be among other like-minded scouts trying to achieve the same goal. There are no set dates for these workshops, since they are based on demand and availability of volunteers to run the workshops. Contact your Den Leader right away if you are interested in attending a workshop or would like to volunteer for running a workshop.

Please mark your calendars for these important upcoming Pinewood Derby dates:

Date

Event

Location

Description

Thu, Mar 16, 2017

Pack 9 Car Weigh-In

Pond Plain Improvement Association, Weymouth, MA

Pack 9 scouts bring their Pinewood Derby car to this official weigh-in, at which time race officials will take possession of the car and bring it to the Pack 9 Pinewood Derby.

Sat, Mar 18, 2017

Pack 9 Pinewood Derby

Pond Plain Improvement Association, Weymouth, MA

Race day for the Pack 9 Pinewood Derby.

Sat, Apr 8, 2017

Squanto District Pinewood Derby

VFW Post 1046, Brockton, MA

Scouts placing in the top-3 of their respective dens at the Pack 9 Pinewood Derby, may participate in this district-level Pinewood Derby competing against other Packs within the Squanto District.

This year’s Pack 9 Weigh-In and Pack 9 Pinewood Derby itself will take place at Pond Plain Improvement Association located at 330 Pond Street, South Weymouth, MA. Be sure to note this location, since previously these events were held at Knights Of Columbus while renovations of Pond Plain Improvement Association were underway. More specific details of these events will follow in the upcoming months.

This year’s Squanto District Pinewood Derby will take place at VFW Post 1046 in Brockton, MA – hosted by Troop 1046. All Packs are encouraged to enter their top-three finishers in each group. New this year, they are also looking for Cubs, Scouts, and Ventures to design the Pinewood Derby patch.

So let’s get our Cub Scouts thinking about those Pinewood Derby cars, and gear-up to give them the support they need for a successful Pinewood Derby in 2017!

Volunteers are welcome and needed to assist with this event.

 

 

Troop 9 Boy Scouts host Cub Scouts at Camp Squanto

img_1550Do you ever wonder how our growing boys make the transition from Arrow of Light (formerly Webelos II) to becoming a Boy Scout? After all, the decision to pursue Boy Scouts following the cross-over ceremony is completely up to our fully-vetted Cub Scouts to make. This decision, I believe in large part, is solidified by seeing the Boy Scouts themselves in action.

Traditionally, every year in November the Boy Scouts of Troop 9 will host our Pack 9 Arrow of Light Cub Scouts on a weekend camping trip at Camp Squanto at Myles Standish State Forest in Plymouth, MA – which my son and I had the honor to attend last weekend.

From the moment we arrived at the parking lot of Camp Squanto early Saturday morning, the Boy Scouts of Troop 9 immediately sprung into action – providing a warm welcome by introducing themselves, helping to carry our gear bags to camp, setting up our tent, and getting us settled in the place we’ll call home for the next 24 hours.

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This was just the beginning of the impressive overnight that the Boy Scouts of Troop 9 had in-store for our soon-to-be Boy Scouts. I should point out, (although adult leaders are present) the Boy Scouts themselves plan and prepare for this trip entirely themselves, setting the agenda and timing for all activities to keep the Cub Scouts fully engaged until it is time to pack-up and go home the next morning.

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From the moment our Cub Scouts arrived, the day was filled with great activities – including introductions by the camp fire, team building games, a football game against another local pack, and taking a hike/tour around the expansive and beautiful grounds of Camp Squanto. To help everyone recharge, the camp turned into a culinary festival as each of the Boy Scout patrols fired-up their cooking stoves and provided food for all such as grilled cheese sandwiches, hot dogs, bacon burgers, and even tacos! To say this was an impressive display of self-sufficiency, teamwork, and passage-to-manhood is an understatement – I was completely blown away by these Boy Scouts from Troop 9.

As the night progressed, the Boy Scouts continued to capture the attention and interest of our Cub Scouts with more games and fireside skits down at the outdoor amphitheater – which was unquestionably the biggest display I’ve seen of the comradery, love and support for one another, and the true strength of the Boy Scout family. It was clear to see the incredible value of becoming a Boy Scout in Troop 9, which is supported by these fine upstanding young men who are kind, dedicated, selfless, talented, hard working, immensely loyal to one another, and the future leaders of our next generation.

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To wrap up the evening, the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, parents, and adult leaders alike sat around the blazing campfire to participate in the solemn and very special flag retirement ceremony – for which only U.S. military personnel and Boy Scouts are allowed to take part. Afterwards, while sitting around the fire, everyone recapped their brief but fulfilling experience at Camp Squanto – and even with lights-out time being mere minutes away I could still see the energy and enthusiasm burning in the eyes of our Cub Scouts for this fine event hosted by the Boy Scouts of Troop 9. It was at this moment, I realized that our Arrow of Light Cub Scouts have made their decision to become a Boy Scout.

Although the air was brisk and damp, everyone in attendance at Camp Squanto fell asleep like babies in our tents that night after a very fulfilling and satisfying day hosted by the Boy Scouts of Troop 9. A very big thank you to all the scouts, leaders, and volunteers of Troop 9 for hosting this incredible event!

New to Cub Scouting and joining Pack 9?

 

 

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Cub Scout activities typically start in September and end in May. However, new scouts may join Pack 9 at any time throughout the year.  As long as your son is in 1st through 5th grade, he may join the pack. Cub Scout Dens are grouped by grade level.

To learn more about Pack 9 and Cub Scouts, please read 2016 Welcome to Pack 9 and Cub Scouting. If you are interested in joining Pack 9, then please attend one of our upcoming Weymouth Pack 9 Registration for 2016-2017 events. If you are interested in talking with a Cub Scout leader, then please use our Contact Us form to submit your request or questions and we’ll get back to you right away.

Weymouth Pack 9 Registration for 2016-2017

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Register to join Weymouth Pack 9 Cub Scouts on either of the upcoming dates …

  • Wednesday, June 15, 2016
  • Wednesday, September 21, 2016 (* this date is tentative)

… from 6:30-7:30pm at Fogg Library -Room 2 (1 Columbian St, South Weymouth, MA)

Registration fee of $75 due at registration (cash or check accepted).

For more information, use our contact form or email info@weymouthpack9.org.

 

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Young boys grow up fast. Give your son a valuable gift by encouraging him to join Cub Scouting.

The qualities we admire in adults are often learned early in life. The Cub Scout program helps boys to develop qualities they will carry throughout their lifetimes by focusing on 12 core values of character development:

  • Citizenship
  • Compassion
  • Cooperation
  • Courage
  • Faith
  • Health and Fitness
  • Honesty
  • Perseverance
  • Positive Attitude
  • Resourcefulness
  • Respect
  • Responsibility

By weaving these values into fun and educational activities, Cub Scouting helps boys grow up to be self-reliant, dependable, and caring men.

Weymouth Pack 9 is a member of Old Colony Council’s Squanto District. We are chartered through Pond Plain Improvement Association.

Weymouth Pack 9 is open to boys starting 1st grade in September through 5th grade.

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2016 Squanto District Pinewood Derby

 

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Now part of Squanto District, our Pack 9 Pinewood Derby scout finalists traveled to North Easton, MA this past Saturday to compete in our first ever Squanto District Pinewood Derby.

It was an awesome event comprised of 150 cub scouts racing from the various packs in the region – the largest ever in Squanto history. Pack 31 (from Bridgewater, MA) hosted the event, and master of ceremonies Jake Hackett did a great job keeping the scouts engaged while keeping the numerous races moving.

Congratulations to all of our Pack 9 scouts who raced that day, for earning a spot to compete against the best in the district.