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2017 Pinewood Derby - Results / District rules

posted Feb 7, 2017, 9:21 AM by Richard Lebel

Videos from the Pinewood Derby:

Pinewood Derby Results:
1. Cooper Caporicci
2. Edward Miller
3. Ethan Rose

1. Jake Swenson
2. Grayson Keller
3. Mason Destromp

1. Diego Cobos
2. Vincento Vendetti 
3. Christopher Beale

1. Mason Putnam
2. Gabe Warner
3. Ben Murphy

Arrow of Light
1. Colin Lebel
2. Braedyn Schroth
3. Winter Hooks

District Pinewood Derby:

When:  Saturday March 4th

Location:   St Pius X Catholic School 7800 Halprin Dr. Norfolk, VA 23518 Bayside District

Rank           Check-in/Inspection*              Race Start Time**  
AOL             8:20 – 8:50 a.m.                    9:00 a.m.  
Webelos       9:05 – 9:35 a.m.                    9:45 a.m.  
Bear             9:50 – 10:20 a.m.                 10:30 a.m.  
Wolf             10:35 – 11:05 a.m.               11:15 a.m.  
Tiger            11:20 – 11:50 a.m.               12:00 Noon  
Finals           N/A                                      12:45 p.m.

Bayside District  Official Pinewood Derby Rules
Car Specifications:      
1. Width - 2 ¾ inches.
2. Length - 7 inches.
3. Gross weight - shall not exceed 5 ounces.
4. Width between wheels – 1 ¾ inches
5. Clearance between car bottom and track – no less than 3/8 inch.
6. Height - 3 inches maximum (finish line gate will obstruct a taller car).
7. Wheel base can be modified provided the front wheels do not extend past the front of the car itself.
Car Rules:
1. Wheel bearings, washers, bushings and springs are prohibited.  Single rod axels are prohibited.
2. Only official Cub Scout Grand Prix Pinewood Derby wheels and axles are permitted.
3. The car shall be freewheeling with no starting device(s). 
4. Only dry type lubricant is permitted. (i.e. graphite).  
5. Wheels and axles may not be altered.  Wheels and axles may be polished to remove imperfections.  No changes to the size or shape of the wheels and axles are permitted. 
6. The entire car must line up behind the starting post.
7. Weights must be fastened securely and paint shall be dry.
Race Rules:
1. A Scout must be present for his car to be raced.  Exceptions may be granted by the Race Director on a case-by-case basis.
2. Cars shall be inspected and weighed by race officials to ensure that all cars fulfill the race requirements.  Once a car passes inspection, it will be impounded until its racing has been completed. 
3. Only Racers and Officials are permitted inside the impound or track areas.
4. Races will be run by Rank – Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos and AOL.  Trophies shall be awarded for the three fastest cars in each Rank Group.  Trophy winners will also race against each other for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place District Overall trophies.
5. Protests and problems should be brought to the attention of the Race Director immediately.  No protests will be allowed after the start of the next race.
6.  The Race Director, at her/his sole discretion, may take any actions they deem necessary for fairness, safety and good sportsmanship.  All decisions of the Race Director shall be final.  The Council will not mediate protest.

New Member Information

posted Sep 12, 2016, 6:26 PM by Richard Lebel   [ updated Sep 12, 2016, 6:27 PM ]

New Members!  Welcome to Pack 364.

We're accepting applications for 1st - 5th graders right now.  Cost to join today is $52 for Sept - Dec ($8 BSA fees, $4 boys life, $40 dues).  Make checks payable to "Pack 364".

Contact for more information.

We are looking for Leaders to sign up so we can recruit more boys.  Pack 364 now has over 50 registered boys!

Already signed's what you need to purchase.

Scout Store Shopping Guide:
  • Hat
  • Shirt (Blue for Tiger - Webelos (1st – 4th grade) and Tan/Khaki - AOL (5th grade)
  • Council Patch
  • 364 Patch (“3” “6” “4” or “364”)
  • Scouting Emblem
  • Den #
  • Belt and Buckle
  • Pants (optional, good condition blue jeans are acceptable)
  • Socks (optional)
  • Scout Handbook

  • Class "B" shirt (purchase from the Pack at our next event)

Boy Scouts of America

Family Camp 2017 - Fort Story

posted Aug 30, 2016, 5:33 AM by Richard Lebel   [ updated Sep 16, 2016, 11:53 AM ]

Camp Sites:  Sites are split up by Den.  Den leaders will assign 2 families to a site. 

Tiger Den (Ben) 5 families:  10,11,12
Tiger Den (Bill) 6 families:  13, 27, 23
Wolf: Saturday
Bear: with AOL den
Webelos (Mary) 6 families: 14, 22, 26
Arrow of Light (Sarah) 5 families + 2 w/o tents: 16, 18, 8

We have 22 families camping plus a lot that are coming for just Saturday. 

Arrival and Entry:  This event is being held on base.  If you need help getting on base, or are turned away, call your Den leader and we'll make arrangements for you to get on base.  Arrive no earlier than 2PM. 

JEB Fort Story Campground


Uniforms: Scouts should wear Class B uniform for the daytime activity and Class A for the Saturday evening Camp Fire and the Sunday Field Service.   Due to the activities being undertaken with the Boy Scouts on the Sat, no open-toed footwear or CROCs (eg. flip flops or sandals) be worn.  Sneakers or hiking boots are more suitable for this weekend.  It is recommended that Scouts bring water bottles and bug spray for the Troop Activities on Sat.  

Questions: Should you have any questions or issues before Fri 9/16, please contact Rich at  After the event starts, please contact your den leader.  

Agenda (Tentative):

Friday 9/16:  
Arrive/Setup (on designated den sites)
Afternoon family time
Evening Den time

Saturday 9/17:

09:00-11:00  Den Time

11:00-12:30 Lunch
1:00PM Troop 364 Activities
-First Aid w/Stretcher 
-Axe Yard 
-Flag Etiquette 
-Fire Building
-Backpack Packing
-Simple Knots 
-Dutch Oven Demo (Perfecting the Cobbler)

-Family/Den Dinner (coordinate a pot luck dinner with your den)

-Evening Campfire
-Den Skits/Songs
-Flag Retirements
-Den campfire time

Sunday 9/18:
08:30 Outdoor Service
Family Time
Pack/Clean up

Scout Strong:

Please DO NOT bring soda or sports drinks for your Scouts during this campout.  Encourage drinking cold water in a reusable water bottle.
Serve healthy snacks (fresh fruit and vegetables). 

Bottle Rocket Launch 8/18 @ Independence Middle School 6-8pm.

posted Aug 9, 2016, 3:15 PM by Richard Lebel

5...4...3...2...1...  It's that time of year again!  

Using an empty 2L soda bottle Scouts will build and launch a rocket.

The idea is for the boys to do most of the work.  If parents want to build their own, we'll have time to put them to a test.   Bonus points for Scouts that add a parachute to their rocket.  

For complete instructions, see the 98_waterbottlerocket.pdf .   The rocket will need a little weight added to the nose to prevent it from spinning out of control during flight.  There are a lot of Bottle Rocket youtube videos to assist.

Where: Independence Middle School 
When: 7/21 from 5:50 - 8:00 (launches start at 6:00)
What to expect:  Soaked Scouts

Bring: A complete rocket and a friends that you think might want to join the Pack. Water cannons are also allowed; however, NO water "GUNS".  GUNS have triggers, CANNONS push and pull in order to squirt water.  WATER GUNS are not permitted at Pack events; however, water CANNONS are strongly encouraged..    

Tips:  The rocket needs to have a little weight added to the top of it in order to prevent it from flipping and spiraling out of control during launch. 

Norfolk Admirals Scout Night - 12/16 @ 7:30

posted Aug 9, 2016, 1:21 PM by Richard Lebel   [ updated Aug 9, 2016, 1:25 PM ]

If you would like to go to a hockey game with the pack, RSVP and pay ($13) each to your Den Leader by 11/17.  Write checks out to Pack 364.  

Pack 364 Summer Fun - Pack Update

posted Jul 24, 2016, 2:46 PM by Richard Lebel

Pack!  I hope everyone is having a blast this summer.  First and foremost, I would like to welcome our new Tiger Den!  We officially have a den up and running and are in the middle of establishing a 2nd new Tiger Den.  Be sure to stay in touch with your den leaders and keep your eyes open for our upcoming summertime activities.  As we transition to the fall, reflect on what it is that you want your son to get out of Scouting and help us get better by offering your input and time in the form of stepping up and volunteering to take the lead on an event or fill a committee position.  Everything that we do is a direct result of the efforts our of parents and leaders to benefit our boys.  This isn't hard to do, but it is much easier when everyone is involved.  

We're looking for help filling committee positions this fall.  We have a lot of parents in the older dens that are going to be moving up to the troop in a few months.  Typically these jobs take about 1-2 hours of time a month to do and might have 1-2 times a year where you are responsible for something that takes a little more effort.  We have great Den Leaders doing the hard work, we just need 3-4 more parents to get involved with the committee and we'll be set.

What exactly am I talking about?  

-Assistant Cubmaster (best job in the pack).  Attend the committee meetings and help run the pack meetings.  This person is a behind the scenes person normally; however, when the Cubmaster is not present they take over the pack meetings.  No scouting experience is required...just need the ability to make a fool of yourself in front of 40 kids.  

-Recruitment Chairperson.  We need a parent to help keep track of recruit scouts and walk them through the application process.  This is 99% over email/phone and usually only requires 1 brief meeting per new family.  This person ensures that the Den the application is looking to join has room, or helps the pack establish a new den for the scout to join.  Critical position, requires good communication and organizational skills.  99% email job.

-Secretary/Awards Chairperson.  This position will be vacant this fall.  Attend meetings, 1 hour of work per month the week of the pack meetings.  You get to ensure that everyone that earns their bling gets recognized at the right time! 

-Flag Ceremony Coordinator.  Coordinate with the local civic leagues and dens to ensure that the pack has adequate time to schedule color guards.  100% email job.  Takes at most 1 hour a month to accomplish.

Yours in Scouting,



Family Camp 6/10-6/12 Plan

posted Jun 7, 2016, 5:24 PM by Richard Lebel

We are selecting the campsites Friday morning and will send the sites selected for each den to the Den Leaders.

Where:   First Landing State Park, 2500 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23451.  A and B loops.

Drinks:  Bring plenty of water.  Please avoid bring sodas and or drinks that have a lot of sugar.  The kids will get plenty of dessert this weekend.  


Friday:  Arrive TBD.  Family scheduled pack events.

0930-1100  Great Scout Race.  Groups of 6-8 will go on a race to solve puzzles and navigate with a compass.   CLASS "B"

1100-1230  Den/Family lunch

1230-5:30  Beach Fun

8:15 Family Camp Fire with skits, songs, etc..  CLASS "A"
Clean up

2016 Pack Picnic (6/14)

posted Jun 6, 2016, 4:42 PM by Katherine Warner   [ updated Jun 7, 2016, 2:40 AM ]

Pack 364’s Annual Picnic/Field Day/Recruiting/Community service

When:  Tuesday, June 14th

Where:  Bayville Farms Park

Time:  Promptly @ 5:30

Uniform:  Class "B" T-Shirts

**For those boys that were unable to advance at Family Camp, please bring both your Class “A” and ”B” uniform. 


PICNIC: We request that every family bring an item to share. Please use the following Sign up Genius link.

RECRUITING: Please ask the boys to invite their friends to learn about Cub Scouts and the fun that we have.


Our Webleo's are participating in a service project this year at a camp.  They will be collecting books to donate to the Horizons program.  They help inner-city, under-privileged children who do not have books to read or call their own.  Participating in this project will help our Webelo's and our Pack earn the Messengers of Peace award.    
We are asking each cub scout to bring one (or more) gently used or new books for children Pre-K thru 7th grade.  


2016 Summer Recruitment Drive

posted Apr 25, 2016, 2:24 PM by Richard Lebel

We're actively recruiting rising Tigers (going into 1st grade in the fall), Wolves (2nd grade), and Bears (3rd grade).  We have limited opportunities available for Webelos (4th grade) and Arrow of Light (5th grade).

The best recruitment efforts are accomplished by the boys.  Please have them talk with a friend and invite them to join us for an activity.  See the pack calendar for dates/times.  

-Pack Picnic
-Family Camp Day activities 
-Den Meetings
-Summertime activities

We're also looking for a Parent to be the face of this summer's recruitment drive.  Please contact if you would like to help us out here.  


**Rescheduled** 2016 Family Camp 6/10-6/12

posted Apr 24, 2016, 8:13 AM by Richard Lebel   [ updated Jun 6, 2016, 4:19 PM by Katherine Warner ]

The pack is going camping at First Landing State park from 6/10-6/12.  It's a lot of fun for the boys, but it is also takes a lot of coordination getting 40 families on the same page, so please read this page in its entirety and visit it for updates about the event.  Den Leaders are the points of contact for this event.  The Den Leaders can contact the committee and pack leadership for any questions that they may have.      

Cost is $20 per family for the weekend (one or two days, same cost) non-refundable.  RSVP and pay your den leader no later than 6/6.  
Camp Sites are preassigned to the pack.  We will split them up to the Dens who will then split them up between their den.  If you have a scout in more than one den, inform both den leaders who you would like to camp with.  Each site will be occupied by 2 families.  

Arrival, park entry, and parking is always a challenge.  Each site is issued 2 parking passes which we will pass on to the den leaders the day of the event.  Den leaders will keep track of the passes for their dens (so if you are arriving on Saturday, please make arrangements with your den leader to get your pass).  Only 2 cars are permitted for each camp site.  Please unload and move extra cars to the authorized overflow parking.  The playground is not an authorized overflow and parking here will be at your own risk.


Uniforms: Scouts should wear Class B uniform for the daytime activity and Class A for the Saturday evening Camp Fire and the Sunday Field Service.  Sneakers or hiking boots are required for all activities within the campground associated with the pack.  The only exception is if we do an activity on the beach. 

Recommendations:  In addition to normal camping supplies, every Scout should come with a labeled refillable water bottle, a head lamp, and bug spray.  Coordinate with your den to determine who is bringing ice/water and how you are planning on keeping a cooler filled with potable water.  Try to avoid individual disposable water bottles as much as possible.  Coordinate with your den to minimize setup requirements and plan pot luck dinners/lunches (not everyone needs to bring a grill, lighter fluid etc).  

Scout Strong: Let us make this a healthy event for the boys by avoiding sugary drinks such as soda, sport drinks, etc...  We always make amazing deserts in our dutch ovens on the camp fire, please let that be the treat your kids get for the weekend and take the time to plan ahead and bring healthy snacks (fresh fruit and vegetables).  
Notional agenda:

Friday 6/10:  
-Arrive/Setup (on designated den sites)
-Afternoon family time
-Evening Den time

Saturday 6/11:
-09:00 -11:00 Pack Morning Activity (proposed:  scavenger hunt (webelos lead event)
-11:00 -12:30 Lunch
-1:00 - 3:00 Pack Afternoon Activity (proposed: beach clean up, beach run / fun)

Dinner time:
-Family/Den Dinner (coordinate a pot luck dinner with your den)

10 Minutes after Sunset:
-Evening Campfire
-Advancements and Awards
-Den Skits/Songs (come prepared)
-Sibling Skits (siblings are encouraged to come up with a skit).  The sibling girls have stolen the show before with some very witty skits.    
-Flag Retirements
-Den campfire time
10:00 pm lights out

Sunday 6/12:

-Outdoor Service
-Family Time
-Pack/Clean up

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