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Pinewood Derby 2016

Hello to all Pack 96 racers!

The Pinewood Derby is just around the corner and there’s probably some excited scouts wanting to get started on their cars. Read on and see what it’s all about.

TECH NIGHT- Friday, January 29th 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 at the end of the rules 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 30th at 9:00 am in the St. Catherine’s gym/all purpose room. Races usually run about 2 hours. There will be light snacks and drinks. Craig from RACE MASTERS 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!

Please do not put numbers on your cars, but bring them to Tech Night. Your car number has been decided by “Race Masters”, the folks that run the races. The numbers have been programmed into their computer software along with the scout’s name. We will put your numbers on the cars at Tech Night. If you have a sibling or parent that is racing, please notify Mike Cioffoletti at If you can’t make Tech Night, we will have an abbreviated car weigh in at 8:30am on Saturday, January 30th before the race.

PARENT/SIBLING RACE: As in years past, anyone that would like to build and race a Pinewood Derby car can also do so. There will be a separate race for all of the non-scout participants.

AWARDS: This year there will be awards handed out for:
The three (3) fastest cars in the Pack,
The fastest car in each rank (Tigers, Wolves, Bears, Webelos I, Webelos II)
Most Original
Most Patriotic
…and of course, Best Cub Scout Theme

Your vote determines the winners in the last three categories. Ballots will be handed out as you enter the gym, make sure you receive one. Look for the voting box to hand in your ballots near the PITSTOP.

We look forward to another great race!

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December 2015 Pack Meeting

Seasons Greetings to all the scouts and families of Pack 96:

Please join us this Friday at 7pm in the upstairs room at St. Catherine’s this month for our December pack meeting. We will have a special guest joining us from the North Pole with a gift for each of the scouts!

In addition to our usually ceremony, we also plan on having a special holiday sing along for all to participate in.

As with all Pack meetings, please have the scouts dressed in their Class A uniforms. We look forward to seeing everyone Friday night!

Pack 96 Leadership Committee

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November 2015 Pack meeting

Hello scouts and patents of Pack 96!

Our next Pack meeting will be held on Friday, November 20th at 7pm in St. Catherine’s, upstairs above the all purpose room where the theme of the meeting with be “Citizenship”.

We are planning to be bringing some holiday cheer again this year to the kids at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood on December 6th at 2pm with our annual Christmas Caroling event. We would like to ask each family to bring a coloring book and a small pack of crayons to the November pack meeting so we can hand them out during our visit.

We will see everyone next Friday.

Pack 96 Leadership Committee

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October Pack Meeting – Trunk or Treat!

Happy Halloween to all the families of Pack 96!
Don’t forget that this month’s pack meeting will be held at Skyline Lake Beach on Skyline Lakes Drive across from Edgewood Road.  We hope to have all the cars set up in a semi-circle with any games/activities that you all have planned by 6:30pm.  We will have some brief announcements before we let the children begin.
We will have a campfire on the beach afterwards with a spooky story for the kids to enjoy.
Also, please bring your popcorn sales forms and payments to the meeting so Sue Temple can process the orders and get everyone their orders back to you ASAP.
Thank you and we will see you all Friday, 10/30!
Pack 96 Leadership Committee
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West Point Camping: October 2-4 2015

Hey Pack 96ers,

Welcome Back!

It’s hard to believe but our fall camping trip is only three weeks away.

Here are the down and dirty factoids for your perusal:

We have a group site reserved at Lake Frederick recreation area in Highland Mills, NY.

The West Point Museum is a short drive from our camping area, has free admission, and will provide a wonderful learning opportunity for all on Saturday.

​We’ll be serving a late dinner Friday, breakfast and dinner Saturday,and breakfast Sunday. Since we’ll be over at West Point during the day I’m not going to plan a “lunch” per se but there will be fruit or pb&j’s to take along picnic style. And as usual, there will be smores, venison, cobbler and songs around the ol campfire.

20 bucks a head. Your signed permission slips (link below) is your sign up. Bring cash or check to our September 25th pack meeting or to the camp out​

Need camping equipment? Let us know and we’ll do our best to help you out! Or just come for the day and stay for the campfire.



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