January-February 2012 Update

posted Jan 31, 2012, 12:43 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 31, 2012, 3:09 PM ]
What a great month we had in January!

We started the month off with our second Pinewood Derby workshop (1/8/12) with lots of Scouts and parents coming out.  With everyone cutting out bodies, weighting and painting their cars it was clear that there was going to be great enthusiasm at this year's derby.

Our January Pack meeting (1/19/12) was touch and go for a while but in the end it turned out great.  Joana Johnson had arranged a visit by the Austin Police Department months ago for our main activity.  Then on the morning of the 19th, they cancelled.  Luckily for us, the Austin ISD Police Department was ready and willing to step in.  Officer Andrew and his dog Rocco filled in at the last minute and really gave a great presentation to our guys.  You can always tell when a presenter has the Scout's attention (they are quiet) and boy were they attentive that night.  Thanks again to Officer Andrew, Rocco and the AISD Police Dept.

Of course on the following Saturday (1/21/12) we held our annual Pinewood Derby and it was spectacular!  If we could only do one Scouting event in the year, I would want it to be the Pinewood Derby.  What a wonderful experience with the kids coming up with their great design ideas and then working hard (usually with some parent help) to bring their ideas to life.  There were lots of last minute preparations just before check-in, then the real action started right at 1PM.  With the triple elimination format that we've run the last couple of years, everyone got lots of chances to see their car run down the track and I don't recall ever seeing so many cool and fast cars.

Here are the final results:
  • For the Speed Trophy
  1. Max Shaw with the Orange Ninja
  2. Robert Gossard with Jim Clark Special
  3. Andrew Mosser with White Lightning
  • For the Best Overall Trophy
  1. Eli McDaniel
  2. Sean Hall
  3. Jack Goodacre
  • For the Funniest Car Trophy
  1. Nicholas Heinen
  2. George Borowski
  3. Erik Zeinner
Congratulations to all the participants.  Someone told me in years past that you know you've had a successful Pinewood Derby when no one goes home crying.  Certainly this year was a great success.  Thanks to everyone that helped pull off the Derby this year:  the Boy Scouts from Troop 9, John Oakley, Rita Constante, Dirk Heinen, Andrea Basinski, and everyone else that pitched in to make the derby happen.  I especially want to thank Matt Shaw who in addition to his other duties, ramrodded the whole Pinewood Derby event.  From picking up the car kits to planning and organizing the event and volunteers to running the workshops and finally to MC-ing the show, Matt did it all this year.  On behalf of Pack 9, a big thank you goes out to Matt.

Continuing on with the derby theme, February will start out with a full throttle weekend...

On the morning of February 4th, the annual Boy Scouting Report to State Parade will take place in downtown Austin.  This is an event where Cub and Boy Scouts from across the state proceed up Congress Avenue to the state capital to present their annual report to the Governor.  It’s a pretty fun experience and a chance to see how big scouting really is.  This year, we are planning to ride bikes in the parade so everyone bring your bicycle/tricycle/thing with wheels but no motor.  Boys and adults are welcome to ride.  Make absolutely sure that if you are going to be riding on wheels that you wear your helmet and the uniform is Class 'A'.  We will line up on the Congress Ave. bridge starting at about 8:00am.  The parade is scheduled to start at 9:00am but be prepared to be patient.  We will have coffee, hot chocolate and donuts for the early arrivers.  I’ve been told that the best place to park is in the TxDot lot at Congress and Riverside.  The Council is also asking that each Scout bring 5 cans of food in support of the ‘Souper Bowl of Caring’ to be dropped off at 220 S. Congress Ave.  Please take a look at Report to State Parade - Feb 4, 2012 for all the details.

Then to make it a complete Scouting weekend, after the parade we will be joining Troop 9 for our annual joint Pack 9/Troop 9 camp out at Camp Mabry.  We have the area near the picnic pavilion just down the hill from the main post complex reserved again for this year.  Try to get there in the early afternoon – say before 1:00PM to be present for the opening ceremony.  The boy scouts will be running a series of activities throughout the afternoon to give our Cubs a better idea of the kind of things Boy Scouts work on.  There will be some free time as well for the dens.  There is a small pond next to our camping area so fishing poles are in order, and visiting the Texas Military Forces Museum is definitely a favorite activity for our boys.  Troop 9 will be preparing and serving the evening meal to everyone.  We – Pack 9 – have the honor of preparing breakfast for the camp.  I’ll be working with the Den Leaders to plan the breakfast preparation.  If you haven’t been on a camp out before, this is a really good one to start with.  It’s close to home so if you forget something you can run back for it, and it really is a favorite for the Cub Scouts because they get to hang out with the big guys.  If you must, you can also just come out for the day(s) although you will have a hard time dragging your Scout away.  The weather should be pretty decent.  A tent, a good sleeping bag, and an insulated mat or mattress will keep you comfortable through the night.  Please take a look at 2012 Mabry Camp Out with Troop 9 for more details.
Finally, our February Pack Meeting will be held at 6:30PM on the 16th of February.  That should be about enough for now.  I hope to see everyone this weekend at the parade and the camp out.

Happy Scouting,

Grady Gossard