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Pack 503 Fall Hayride at Ramsey's Farm

posted Oct 11, 2015, 8:03 AM by Cub Scout Pack 503

Pack 503 kicked off the 2015 Scout Season with a hayride and corn maze exploration at Ramsey's Farm in Wilmington, De over the weekend.  Nearly 85 Scouts, siblings, and family members came out for the fun.  Almost all got lost in their legendary corn maze.

2015 Pinewood Derby Official Results!

posted Jan 25, 2015, 10:55 AM by Cub Scout Pack 503

Our congratulations go out to ALL of the Scouts who participated in this year's running of the Pack 503 Pinewood Derby.  It was one of the most competitive collections of cars we've seen in quite some time.  Derby Photos coming soon!


A special 'Job Well Done' goes out to this year's Pack Champion – Christopher Solis – and the rest of the tall trophy takers.  Chris was gracious enough to grant a post event interview during which he provided the right amount of insight into his strategy and car setup.  We’re sure this win is already behind him and he’s begun taking the steps needed to ‘repeat the feat’.  Congrats Chris as well as all of the other race participants!








Best in Show Award

Ryan Merlino (WOLF)

Cub Crafted Car Award

Will Draper (WEBELOS I)

Most Unique Car Award

Conner Smith (WEBELOS I)

Most Creative Car Award

Christian Diromaldo (WEBELOS II)








3.121 SECS

247.7 SCALE MPH (ACTUAL: 9.174 MPH)






1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place


Josh Merlino

John Croce

Christopher Merth


Ben Pintof

Will Draper

Joseph Wilding


Christopher Solis

Alex Spatola

Daniel LeTourneau


David Kane

Nate Pintof

TJ Romero


Connor Criswell

Vincent DiBello

Ethan Maraj


Have some nice Derby pictures you wouldn’t mind sharing?  Just send them to us and we’ll add them to the online albums!



Race Statistics


In case you’re interested in breaking down some of the numbers, we’ve attached a complete set of race statistics for you.  Please keep in mind that the stats provide full transparency: info on the top performers as well as those not so near the top.  We’re requesting some discretion when discussing the particulars of your Scout’s performance.



A ‘Thank You’ from the Pack Committee


On behalf of the Pack 503 Committee, we’d like to send out a sincere Thank You to tonight’s event volunteers.  Lifelong memories are made from Scout events like the Pinewood Derby that just wouldn’t be possible without a small platoon of parent helpers willing to chip away at the long list of tasks that make the event one that our kids will reflect back on fondly with their own Scouts: ordering trophies, track set-up and tear-down, running pre-race check-ins, making sure the right cars are on the right lanes, recording heat winners, staffing the kitchen, ‘zoo keeping’ the kids, and much much more.  Without your help, events of this size wouldn’t be possible.


We’d like to send along a special thank you to this year’s Event Chair and Heat Manager – Mike Madden – who did a tremendous job coordinating all efforts and emceeing the event.  Mike is very likely still wrapping something up and making notes for next year.



Have something for next year’s Derby Mason Jar?


This year we added to our race management format and expanded our scoring system.  We checked in and impounded 59 Scout racers and 10 Sibling cars on time and without incident.  Our total race time was 1 hour 40 minutes during which we ran 150 Scout heats.  That averages out to about 1 heat run every 31 seconds throughout the event!  All in all, a pretty efficient evening. 


With that in mind we’re always interested in getting your feedback and suggestions for improving any part of the Derby.  Have a suggestion on how we might want to approach the elimination heats, weigh in process, or sibling races?   How was the food and craft?  We’d love to take your suggestions and put them on the table during next year’s event planning.  Feel free to send them to us at while they’re fresh in your mind.  We’ll make sure they get put in the mason jar of ideas for next year’s Derby and are discussed during the planning sessions.

3rd Annual Adult PWD Results!

posted Jan 25, 2015, 10:50 AM by Cub Scout Pack 503

Our congratulations go out to Jeff Pintof for taking home the coveted Adult Pinewood Derby trophy following Friday night's victory over an unbelievably competitive field of 14 Dads AND Moms.  We're glad to see this event continue to grow!




Avg Speed
(Scale MPH)


Car No.





Pintof, Jeff





Merlino, Jeff





Nemeth, Paul





Bandjough, Mark





Criswell, Joe





Croce, John





Doyle, David





Wickstrum, John





Twilley, Kristie





Smith, Dave





Twilley, Katy





Abel, Ed





Criswell, Candice





Twilley, Patrick


h = Position determined by Head-to-Head Tie Breaker

Scouting for Food Delivers TONS of Charity to Local Families!

posted Nov 16, 2014, 7:25 PM by Cub Scout Pack 503

Put the ribbon around another successful Scouting for Food Drive by our Pack this year.  An unbelievable effort was made by all who dropped off, donated, collected, sorted, boxed, and delivered literally TONS of food this year.  The Pack Committee and the Community THANK YOU ALL for your donations, hard work and time spent. 


At the end of it, the tally showed we packaged more than 5,400 donated food items weighing in excess of 2 tons into cartons and delivered them to Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Prospect Park.  Have a look through the handful of pictures we already added to the Pack Photo Album. 


Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry is the largest food cupboard in Delaware County serving more than 700 families on a monthly basis as well as Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.  Read about them HERE. 

2014 Pack 503 Birdhouse Review a Hoot!

posted Nov 14, 2014, 8:04 PM by Cub Scout Pack 503

A 'Great Job' goes to every one of our Scouts for providing such a creative and unique collection of birdhouses this year!  Best Ever!  Really guys, well done and we fully expect to see a good number of these hanging in the backyard.   The voting results have been certified by the Pack Committee and are now official. Congratulations to this year’s winners – hang those houses high.

We’ve uploaded pictures of this year's birdhouses to the Pack Photo Album (or click HERE) so go ahead and have a look.  Make sure you all have a browse and check out some of your competition's stuff!

WEBELOS II do a Geology Hike at Glenn Providence Park

posted Nov 8, 2014, 11:27 AM by Cub Scout Pack 503

Scouts from our WEBELOS II Den joined Geologist Charles Randall along a two hour geology hike through Media's Glen Providence Park today.  Mr. Randall explained the geological history of the area while he talked about how the rocks of the park fit into the region's geological landscape.

The kids enjoyed a beautiful day hiking "with a purpose" and learning something new! 

WEBELOS II Complete Geocache Find and 3 Mile Hike at RCSP

posted Oct 26, 2014, 7:23 PM by Cub Scout Pack 503

Cubs from the pack's WEBELOS II Den completed a Geocache Find and a 3 mile hike at Ridley Creek State Park today. 

Before embarking on the hike that spent time on the park's white, yellow, and blue trials, alongside Ridley Creek and traversing through some of the park's more hilly terrain, the boys reviewed the seven principles of Leave No Trace and plotted out their path to the Geocache's location. 

Pack 503 Fall Hayride at Ramsey’s Farm

posted Sep 29, 2014, 7:51 PM by Cub Scout Pack 503

Are you ready for some fun! Scout Night at Ramsey’s Farm will be Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 5:30 – 9:00 PM.   The event includes a night hayride, bonfire, and flashlight corn maze beginning.  The fun events begin at 6:00 pm but we’ll get there a little early and grill dogs at our muster location while everyone arrives.  All attending Scouts will receive an event patch.


Pricing is $3.00 per Scout and $10.00 per non-Scout.


Pre-registration is required.  Register Online HERE before October 6th!


We’ll remind you as we get closer to the event to dress appropriately and bring your own flashlight!  The corn maze can create significant challenges and lots of fun when the lights go off!  Get ready to test your tracking and survival skills as you navigate through Ramsey’s ‘jungle of corn’.


More event information and directions can be found HERE.  

Pack 503 Sign Up Night Set for Sunday, September 14th

posted Aug 13, 2014, 9:31 AM by Cub Scout Pack 503   [ updated Sep 1, 2014, 6:25 AM ]

Pack 503 is inviting boys grades 1 through 5 to Join Cub Scouts!

As a Scout, your son will be doing much more than taking part in tons of fun activities. He'll be building character, learning how to work with others, and finding out what it takes to be a leader.  Scouting provides opportunities like family camping, field trips, outings, and community service that prepare kids for a lifetime of learning. And while you might call it life changing, he'll just call it fun.

Bring the whole family to St. Matthews Church on Sunday, September 14th for an evening of FREE Fun and Refreshments.  The kids could take a trip through the moonbounce, play street hockey, try their hand at rain gutter boat racing, or check out the stars using our telescope collection all while you're getting your questions answered.

Ready to sign up your Scout for the 2014-2015  year? Pre-register online HERE.

Pack 503 recruits from the Scenic Hills Elementary School neighborhoods but all are welcome.  Our brother pack, Pack 240 recruits from the Sabold Elementary School neighborhoods.

Congratulations to our Cub Master!

posted Mar 5, 2014, 6:01 PM by Cub Scout Pack 503

The Pack 503 Committee sends our sincere congratulations to our Cub Master LeeAnne Burkhalter for earning the prestigious Wood Badge.  The Wood Badge is Scouting’s premier adult leader training achievement and consists of instructional components relating to communication, setting goals, group dynamics, and leadership styles.  The skills are put into practice and demonstrated through a series of patrols and “ticket punches’ before the Wood Badge is awarded.  Much of what’s taught is re-applied back to what we promote with our very own Pack. 

Wood Badge recipients are tied into an international group of trained Scouters that can be traced back to the first Scoutmaster training courses. 

Congratulations LeeAnne!

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