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Pinewood Derby - February 11th

Posted on Jan 17 2017 - 8:42pm

Pinewood Derby is a fun race for scout-built cars to compete.  Not only can scouts go for the fastest cars, but decorations count too... there will be Best Scout Theme, Most Patriotic, and Coolest Car awards as well.  Scouts will wear their Class A uniforms.  

This year we will be checking in cars on the same day we race on Saturday Feb 11th at 11:30 AM. Racing will begin at 1:00 PM.  Your pinewood derby car MUST be checked in by 12:30!!!!  It may take time to adjust your car, so please plan to arrive between 11:30 and 12 to get cars checked in by 12:30.  Thank you!

Helpful Hints:

First, the internet is your friend! Nationwide, the Pinewood Derby is a VERY LARGE event for all of Cub Scouts! (Please see link here, attached file, or Google until your yellow and blue!)

Second, the pack does not provide any materials for you to build your car. Kits are available at the Scout Store, Michaels, Hobby Lobby I believe. Please don’t forget to buy weights for your car to make the car the maximum 5 oz. They sell a great kit at Michael’s and also simple regulation blocks of wood.


Pinewood Derby Car Workshop

Posted on Jan 17 2017 - 10:37am

Our workshop Sunday, February 5th from 2:00-4:00 pm is to have experienced Pinewood Derby families and parents help the newer scouts help design, build and paint their cars. This will be held at 15 Yellowpine, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679 at the Smith house. We will have limited supplies of items for all of this, and all the items are donated from previous families or leftover from previous years. We will have a scale at the workshop, the regulation “jig” the car has to fit into, a power bansaw and power sanding machine. There will be tables and chairs for the boys to sit at. Most importantly there will be a group atmosphere to see what other boys are doing and enjoy doing all this together!

 I look forward to seeing you there and please sign up on the pack website if you can so we can plan seating and some light refreshments! Email me or call at anytime with questions:

Congrats to our Pack "Extra Milers"

Posted on Jan 17 2017 - 10:32am

On behalf of the Pack Committee, I would like to recognize Carey Yannarella, Frank Yannarella and Karin Davis for the “Extra Miler Award” for our pack this past year 2016. They have stepped up beyond the normal call of duty for volunteering for all our boys and dedicating their time beyond what was expected.

The pack will pay if award recipients and their spouse would like to attend a dinner put on by the Saddleback District at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center on Thursday, January 26th at 6:00 PM. It will have a magic show by a professional magician and dinner. This is our Pack’s way of saying THANK YOU for helping our boys be future leaders and provide some recognition at the District Level for outstanding dedicated leaders.

Thank you Frank, Carey and Karin for helping all our sons! 


Pack Ski Day Coordinator Needed

Posted on Jan 9 2017 - 12:48pm

Want to contribute to the pack in a small, but meaningful way?  We are looking for someone to coordinate our Pack Ski Day that is coming up on January 30th.  This is such a fun day for both skiiers/snowboarders AND those that have never tried, but would like to!  January 30th is a SVUSD no-school day, but also a non-holiday, which gives us the opportunity to take advantage of fantastic rates for lessons, rentals, and skiing.  David has information from last year, and our coordinator would just need to be in touch with Snow Valley and let us know what to communicate on the website and in eBlasts about costs, along with answer questions.  Please contact David Smith if you can help us with this at

For everyone's calendars, the date is January 30th!  RSVP by January 11th!!!

2017 Range Days Posted to Calendar

Posted on Jan 6 2017 - 3:01pm

Range Day is open to all Legionnaires, Scouts, and their family and friends 

We will meet at Concourse Park (Saddleback Ranch and Ranchwood, Portola Hills, Lake Forest) at 0800 to caravan to the range; or you can meet us there about 0930, if you can find it.  We return to Concourse Park about 1600.  Please arrange for your own transportation; carpooling is highly recommended. 

Uniform:  Weather can be extreme at this range, plan appropriately - shirt, pants or shorts, sturdy shoes, hat, eye and ear protection (we have them if you don't).  Do not wear sandals or your BSA Class A shirts.  Troop shirts are fine.  We have bathrooms, water, and picnic tables for your convenience.    

Bring your own lunch, drinks, and sun block:  Be prepared for extreme weather.  

For anyone under 18 without a parent present, a signed permission slip is mandatory.  Children under 11 are allowed only with their parent.  This is NOT a BSA event, except for those working on Merit Badges.

Cost is $25 for shooters - It includes firearms, ammunition, and targets.  Non-shooters = $0 (sign up as a guest).  Bring a check made out to American Legion Post 862 (NO CASH) the day of the event.  You may bring your own firearms and ammunition.  However, if you use any of the American Legion's equipment we ask that you pay the $25 fee to help us cover maintenance expenses.  Thank you.

BSA/NRA Rangemasters:  Thom Spratt, Larry O'Connor, Craig Dickens, Steve Nightengale

This event is made possible by the generous grants from the NRA Foundation!


IMPORTANT: Cub Scout Programming Changes

Posted on Jan 6 2017 - 3:00pm

The handbooks that each scout uses this year reflect major updates that BSA made to Cub Scout programming, with full implementation beginning last year.  In the past year since adoption of the new requirements, BSA received a lot of feedback from parents, leaders, and packs about the changes.  While much of the feedback was very good with respect to making the activities more current, there were also concerns that many dens were having difficulty achieving all of the requirements to earn the rank patch, as the commitments increased over previous years.  BSA heard that feedback and have made mid-year program modifications by cub scout rank in response.  These revisions impact each rank, starting with Tiger through Webelos (Lion cubs are not impacted).  

Attached are the modifications by rank.  Any achievement or elective that your scout has ALREADY earned (after our pack graduation in June all the way up until now) is still considered "earned", of course.  From this point forward, any requirement or elective achievements should reflect activities completed in the attached file.  You may want to print out the portion for your scout's rank from the attachment.  Your current handbooks are still a great resource for activities to be included in each achievement, but your leader will be using the attached as the roadmap for your scout's forward progress.

As a note, if you are reading this as part of the eBlast, the attachment may not be included.  Please go to the pack website and log in:  If you need help with your username, please contact Alesha Doherty at:


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