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2017 Pinewood Derby

Event: 2017 Pack 369  Pinewood Derby
Dates / Time:

Registration: Friday, March 10th from 6:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. — All derby cars MUST be registered during this time period.

Race: Saturday, March 11th @ 8:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.

Location:  John H. Castle Elementary Gymnasium

There will be graphite for the wheels and additional weights available at check-in on Friday evening if you need to add weight or modify your car to comply with the rules. 

2017 Pinewood Derby Rules

2017 Pinewood Derby (Big Kid Rules)

Each car will race a total of 4 times, once in each lane. We will then determine the fastest 3 cars in each rank (Lion, Tiger, etc.) by overall time from each race. The track is electronically timed and submitted to a computer program. When all racers have completed, we will also determine the overall top 4 racers in the pack.

Additional trophies will be given out for the following categories:

Scout Theme
Sports Theme
Most Colorful Paint-job
Most Unusual
Animal Theme
Patriotic Theme
Most Stickers
Funniest Theme
Fastest Looking
Leader’s Choice
Cubmaster’s Choice

Additionally, each scouts time sheet will be printed and given to them after all the racing is completed.

Any scout that has not yet picked up their derby car may contact myself or Committee Chair, Dana Drees. Remember that adults and siblings are allowed to race as well and you can buy a car from the pack for $3.50 or the scout office for $3.99. Former cub scouts will compete in the “big kid” category.

There will also be a concession stand available during the races that will be ran by the Webelos Dens. Proceeds go directly to Dens 4 & 5.

Pack 369 Blue and Gold Ceremony

RSVP required to be turned in by February 1st, 2017. The registration form is located here.

Event: Pack 369 Blue and Gold Ceremony
Date: February 17th, 2017
Time: 6:00 P.M. – ?
Location: First Christian Church Gym / Worship Center (Park in the back parking lot)
Details: The Blue/Gold Ceremony is a celebration of a boy’s journey through Cub Scouts and the crossing over to Boy Scouts. The event will start with a meal and the ceremony following. Your den will be performing a skit during the proceedings. The Webelos I scouts will be receiving their Webelo Badge (if all requirements for the rank are met). The Webelos II (Arrow of Light) scouts will be receiving their Arrow of Light and then cross over the bridge to be received by a Boy Scout Troop. It’s an event all scouts are encouraged to attend.

YMCA Lock-In


Event:  Pack 369 YMCA Lock-In
Date:  February 11, 2017 – February 12, 2017
Time:  6:30 P.M. to 7:30 A.M. (Sleeping over is optional)
Location: Dunigan YMCA  (6846 Oak Grove Rd, Evansville, IN 47715)

We will have use of the swimming pool for the first 2 hours to break up the winter blues and open gym play with a movie and snacks later on as we wind down for the night. You and your scout do not have to spend the night if you do not want to, just come and play for awhile. We will have the place all to ourselves!

This is NOT a drop off event. Every child must have a parent / guardian present!

What to Bring / What to Expect:
  • Please bring the following snack/drink based on your rank to share:
    • Tigers – Salty snacks
    • Wolves – Sweet snacks
    • Bears – Drinks (2 Liter or gallon please)
    • Webelos – Fruit
  • Your scout can wear their pack t-shirt, no uniforms required. 
  • We will be swimming, so please bring swimwear and towels.
    • If you have a young child that will be swimming, you MUST remain in the pool area with them.
  • We will have a sign-in and sign out sheet, please make sure you sign the scout  out when you leave.
  • As with the camp outs, your scout should not bring electronics.
  • If you are staying overnight, make sure you bring sleeping bags, the floors get a little hard. It is going to be fun and I hope to see you all there!


Cub Scout Advancement Modifications Made

The BSA has announced modifications to adventure requirements in response to feedback from den leaders who have run the new Cub Scouting program for a year. Dens may begin using the modified requirements immediately as they begin working on their next adventure. Click here for the complete list of modifications.


With one year of experience, feedback suggests that the new design of the Cub Scout program did successfully address many original concerns, but also indicates an opportunity for further modifications. Cub advancement was down after the first year of implementation and we know that correlates to lower member satisfaction and subsequently, lower retention. Some Den Leaders are having difficulty fitting all the Adventures required for advancement into their program year given their number of Den meetings and weather/daylight issues for outdoor activities. Overnight camping is a significant hurdle for some. Duty to God requirements connote organized religion to some and are not seen as embracing a belief in God and spirituality outside of specific faiths. A task force was formed to draft modifications to the Cub Scout Program that would address this feedback. These modifications are designed to ensure that Adventure requirements are achievable by today’s Cub Scout dens within a program year and achievable by Cub Scouts from a wide range of backgrounds and socio-cultural experiences.

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