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First Pack Meeting of the Year, Sept. 2019

Activity:        Sept. pack meeting
When:           Fridday, September 20, 2019, 7pm
Location:      St. Catherine Parish Center parking lot

Upcoming events:

  1. Fri. Oct 25 – October’s Pack Meeting is the Trunk or Treat (in costume) at Skyline Lakes Beach at 7pm, Parents bring candy for 50 or more & a decorated trunk, please.
  2. November 1-3 – Camping Trip
  3. Sat., Nov. 9 7am-3pm Scout day & football game at West Point $35 includes game (parking additional) Class B.
  4. Popcorn sales & other fundraisers:
  • Oct. 9 4pm-8pm Popcorn Show-and-sell outside Lakeside Diner (18 Ringwood Ave., near Skyline Lakes). Sign up via
  • Oct 9 All day Dine-to-donate at Lakeside Diner (yes, same place & date).. Mention the pack & a portion of your check will be donated to the pack. Class B or A uniform is encouraged.
  • Oct 13 Show & Sell at ShopRite of Oakland
  • Oct 19 Show & Sell at ShopRite of Oakland
  • Oct 19 10am-5pm Popcorn Show-and-sell at Harvest Fest, Ringwood Botanical Gardens at Ringwood Manor $5 parking. Class A uniform.
  • Oct. 24 Dine-to-donate at Maggie’s (CVS shopping center) 12pm-10pm. Dine-to-donate. Mention the pack & a portion of your check will be donated to the pack. Class B uniform is encouraged

Thanks so much to our Emergency Responders for making such a special meeting for or first pack meeting of the year! It was great to be outside.

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Holiday Caroling Tues., Dec. 11, 2018

Hello Pack 96ers! I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving with friends and family. We have confirmed a date for the annual holiday caroling event!

Activity:           Annual holiday caroling event
When:              Tuesday December 11th, 2018, 6pm
Location:          Lakeland Healthcare Center (25 5th Ave, Haskell, NJ 07420)
What to bring: Wear Class A uniform, bring a holiday hat & sleigh bells if possible
RSVP:                Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, please
Questions:       contact Bob Quinn at or (973) 962-7239

Upcoming events (at St. Catherines unless specified):

  • Pack meeting, Fri., Dec. 21, 7pm (donations of lightly worn coats for a coat drive encouraged). Holiday hats welcome!
  • Pinewood Derby car check-in, Fri., Jan. 25, 7pm
  • Pinewood Derby pack meeting, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2pm
  • Snow Tubing Thurs., Feb. 7, 6pm at Campgaw (more info at pack meeting)
  • Pack Campout Sat., Feb. 9, 6pm at Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk, CT (more info at pack meeting)
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Maggies Dine Out Fundraiser

Subject: Dine to Donate
Dates: Thurs., Feb. 1, 2018
Location: Maggie’s, Skyline Drive, Ringwood ( near CVS)
Activities: Dinner
This is a fundraiser for the pack where you go in, mention you’re there for the pack (or show them the flyer attached) and 15% of your bill will be given back to the pack.

It’s an easy way for the pack to raise a little money, which in turn gets put back into events for the scouts. Camping, rockets, pinewood derby, etc, are all possible because of fund raising.

Tell friends and family to go Maggie’s and mention Pack 96 next Thursday!



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2018 Pinewood Derby

The Pinewood Derby is scheduled for January 27th at 9am and there’s probably some excited scouts (and parents) looking to get started on designing and building their cars.

TECH NIGHT– Friday, January 26th 7:00 pm St. Catherine’s gym/all purpose room: This will not be a regular pack meeting. All scouts and additional racers must bring their cars to be weighed and measured on the Pack Scales. Bring your car in a shoe box or Tupperware with your name on it. Once the car conforms, it will be logged in and impounded until the time of the race. Please note, it is very important that you do not use any liquid lube, as it will damage the track, and is against our derby rules!

PINEWOOD DERBY RACE DAY – Saturday, January 27th at 9:00 am in the St. Catherine’s gym/all purpose room. The race event usually lasts about 2.5 hours. There will be light snacks and drinks. Craig from RACEMASTERS returns this year to run and announce the races!!! The entire race is run on Race Masters computerized aluminum track. The results return directly to his laptop and he announces the winners of each race on his sound system. The computer calculates the speed of each car in scale mph. One of the fastest Pack 96 speeds is around 208 mph!

The numbers have been programmed into their computer software along with the scout’s name, so please only use the number assigned to you.

PARENT/SIBLING RACE: As in years past, anyone that would like to build and race a Pinewood Derby car can also do so, and you will be entered into a separate race. Respond to this email if you will be participating as a non-scout entry so we can have your info prior to the event. Please do not assign your own car number as we do not want the chance of duplicates, and it would make the volunteers setting up the races job very difficult. Once I know you are entering into the race, I will assign your car number and provide it to you.

AWARDS: This year the scouts could win a trophy for:

The fastest car in each rank (Lions, Tigers, Wolves, Bears, Webelos I, Webelos II)
The overall three (3) fastest cars in the Pack
Most Original Design
Fastest Looking
…and of course, Best Cub Scout Theme
Every scout will receive a Pinewood Derby patch for participating to display on their red patch vest!

Your vote determines the winners in the last three categories. Ballots will be on hand for you to cast your vote for each category. Look for the Gold voting box to hand in your ballots near the vehicle pit area

Once all the races are over and awards given, you will be able to pick up your car from the pit crew.

Car Specifications Required by Race Masters

The track is designed to function with BSA approved car kits following standard dimensions. Other car kits or home made “from scratch” cars cannot be accommodated unless they meet BSA specifications listed below:

Maximum width – 2-3/4″
Maximum Length – 7″
Maximum Weight – No more than 5 Ounces
Minimum width between wheels – 1-3/4
Minimum bottom clearance underneath the body (so it does not rub on the track guide) – 3/8″
Height of no more than 2 3/4″ is very important as it is the maximum limitation of the height for the track timer.
It works on a series of light emitting diodes, and they perform best when kept within this limit.
The block may be shaped any way that is desired.
The car must be freewheeling, with no starting devices.
The car must not ride on any type of springs.
Wheel bearings, washers or bushings are prohibited.
The axles supplied with the kit must be used. They may be polished or lubricated with graphite only.
No liquid lubricants can be used. They tend to leak out of the axles and make the track slick. This can cause unexpected results for cars that follow.
The wheels supplied with the kit must be used. The wheels may not be cut, drilled, beveled or rounded. You may remove the seam from the wheels.

We will have some tools on hand to make any last minute modifications to the vehicles, if needed, to make specs.


Any parent that would like to assist on the day of the race, or during the weigh in night, please let us know. We could use an adult:

Weigh-in night
This is typically a busy night. I will be manning the check in table and with 50+ cars to check in and possibly modify, help will be needed, so anyone that can come please do!
Feel free to bring any tools you have to assist as well. (Dremel, screw drivers, hammers, glue guns, etc). Can’t ever have too many tools on hand
Race Day!
Assist as a part of the Pit Crew during the race
Tally the votes for the design awards

Also, please discuss a few rules with your children before the Pinewood Derby, and make sure your children obey them.
Keep all food and drinks behind the race barriers. If the track gets wet, or food on it, it could be damaged and the race may not be able to continue.
There is no running.
No bottle flipping, or throwing of any items
No scout or sibling is permitted to leave the race area without an adult.
Any scout or sibling that is disobeying the rules will be brought directly to the parent, there will be no warnings given.
The parent will then be able to keep tabs on how many time the scout or sibling was spoken to by another Akela.
If your child has been brought to you three times, we ask that you not release them but that they stay with you for the remainder of the event. This is for their safety and the safety of others.
We look forward to another great event!


Mike Cioffoletti
Assistant Cub-master & Pinewood Derby Chair

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