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Pack 12 Raingutter Regatta

posted Jun 27, 2017, 10:04 AM by Pack 12 Cubmaster   [ updated Jun 27, 2017, 10:57 AM ]

Anchors Aweigh! DON'T DELAY!!!!!

Pack 12's July Summertime Activity will be a true-blue Raingutter Regatta...well, minus the aluminum rain gutter (we too fancy for that).

Each Scout will be responsible to purchase his own Raingutter Regatta kit from the Scout Shop (or elsewhere) as seen here: It can be the the single hull, trimaran as seen in the link or any other hull design offered in the kits. The Baton Rouge Scout shop has about 50 kits in stock as of 6/27. You may purchase other kits online or from area hobby stores as long as they meet the rules found in the link below.

Rules can be found in the PDF attachment below. HOWEVER, I must stress that this is not meant to be as intense as the Pinewood Derby. We will check for general compliance with the rules, but because there is no District Race on the line, we need not be as stringent. We merely want our Scouts to "Do Your Best" and have fun. This is the first time any of us have run a real regatta, so I'm sure we'll learn some things to improve upon for next year. Please be courteous and kind. :)

We have the pavillion reserved, so there should be enough shaded area for the races and family members to get out of the sun. Of course, the splash pad should be available as sideline entertainment between races, and we intend to serve some cool watermelon. Please RSVP so we know how much to buy.

COST: Pack 12 will pick up the cost of the pavilion rental and watermelon. Scouts need only pay for their regatta kits.
WEAR: Class B T-shirts with swim trunks (bring sunscreen and towels for splash pad) 

Any updates will be posted to the Scoutbook Event Description or Comment Section. Please check back and ask questions there.

God bless you, your Scouts, and your families.


PS - Our thanks to Mr. Pat Dulaney and Committee Chair Laine Garner for their leadership on this event (and belated thanks to Greg and Michele Trahan for the Pack 12 Movie Night event)

Summer Resident Camp

posted Apr 14, 2017, 8:27 AM by Pack 12 Committee Chair   [ updated Apr 14, 2017, 9:13 AM ]

Webelos I/AOL

Tigers, Wolves, Bears

Summer Resident Camp affords an ideal overnight camping experience for Scouts to get a jump start on next year's rank requirements and have a blast while doing so.

See the attachment below for information. We register as a Pack, not individually, so contact to inquire.

A physical will be required. There is an informational session for leaders and parents to go see what camp will be all about. See guidebook attached below for dates.

An alternative to summer resident camp is summer day camp. See separate news posting for information on day camp.

Summer Day Camp

posted Apr 14, 2017, 8:27 AM by Pack 12 Committee Chair   [ updated Apr 14, 2017, 9:01 AM ]


Summer Day Camp affords an inexpensive day camp for Scouts to get a jump start on next year's rank requirements and have a blast while doing so.

Join the Facebook group to keep up with developments and announcements:

See the attachment below for an information sheet and registration form. Registration fee goes up $25 starting April 15 and spots are limited.

Also below you'll find the Medical forms needed to participate.

An alternative to summer day camp is summer resident camp. See separate news posting for information on resident camp.

Pinewood Derby CHECK-IN DAY

posted Mar 7, 2017, 12:25 PM by Pack 12 Committee Chair   [ updated Mar 7, 2017, 12:46 PM by Committee Chair Pack 12 ]


Please be reminded that Inspection/Impound Day (check-in & registration) is SATURDAY, MARCH 11 @ 5 PM for all scouts wishing to race in Sunday's Pinewood Derby.

Some things to keep in mind:

  • Car MUST be checked-in on this day or scout will be unable to race. There is no time for inspection and registration the morning of the race.
  • Scout should be present to check in his own car if at all possible.
  • Check-in will take place (weather permitting) through the BACK door of the PAC nearest the JP2 House. This is to facilitate an OUTDOOR work/pit area for last minute tuning and lubrication prior to impounding.
  • A work/pit area will be provided outdoors on Inspection/Impound day for last-minute tuning and adjustments only. Please do not monopolize the area and tools by attempting to construct your car at check-in. We'll try to have some tools available, but plan to bring your own.
  • We need volunteers willing to loan tools for the pit/work area (drills, hammers, pliers, screwdrivers, sandpaper, glue, extra axles, wheels and weights if you're willing to share
  • NOTE: if your car is heavier than 5 oz., you WILL have to remove material to get the weight down.
  • Scout should be prepared to give a name for his car. (Can be anything he likes: camo cruiser, green lightning, chicken doodle, etc.)
  • Cars will be inspected for compliance with Tunica District Pinewood Derby Rules, which were distributed when you got your kit, at den meetings, and posted below
    Note: To allow as many scouts an opportunity to race as possible, Pack 12 Pit Crew members may, at their discretion, allow a scout to race a car not in strict compliance with District rules IF, and only if, the noncompliance does not create a competitive speed advantage (this will usually only be a cosmetic height issue), HOWEVER, should the scout place at the Pack race with a non-compliant car, the scout will NOT be allowed to advance to District. His runner-up will advance instead. We STRONGLY urge all scouts to strictly adhere to posted Tunica District Rules.
    ALL PACK 12 PIT CREW INSPECTION DETERMINATIONS ARE FINAL. The Pack 12 PWD is meant to foster an environment of competitive FUN and good SPORTSMANSHIP. Our goal is to create a fun race-day experience and a level playing field, but it goes without saying that someone will be disappointed. Such disappointment can be a meaningful learning experience for scouts. As Akela, please support and guide your scout with your encouraging words and example.
  • Inspectors and Pit Crew will likely be divided into stations: 1) check-in/registration; 2) weight, height, width & ground clearance inspection; 3) wheel & axle inspection; 4) Outdoor Work/Pit area; 5) Track testing
  • Each racer will have two (and only two) chances to test his car on the official track. A Pit Crew member will run the car. Only Pit Crew are allowed in the track area - no scouts or parents.
  • Once the scout has tested his car (optional) and passed inspection, his car will be impounded and may not be touched again by anyone but Pit Crew until the end of Race Day.
  • Cars will be assigned a number by placing a number sticker on the car.

As always, feel free to reach out to me directly if you have any questions, concerns, or if there's anything we can do to make your scouting experience more enjoyable.

God bless you, your scouts, and your families!

Scott D. Harrington
Pack 12 Committee Chair
225.938.8910 (m)

Pinewood Derby RACE-DAY Information

posted Mar 7, 2017, 12:10 PM by Pack 12 Committee Chair   [ updated Mar 7, 2017, 1:36 PM ]


The Pack 12 Pinewood Derby has arrived and begins this SUNDAY, MARCH 12 @ 10:30 AM. We strongly encourage you to be there for all of the races to support your fellow scouts - but also because we do not know for sure how fast the individual heats will progress and, therefore, the precise time your scout will race. 
Be sure to check in with a leader to get your driver's licenses as soon as you get there.

All Scouts should wear Class A uniforms. We will be taking trophy pictures for each rank, but also candids throughout the day.

I will attempt to post heat matrices after check-in so you can see who your scout races against and in what order.

Sunday, March 12 @ OLOM PAC
times are approximate and may vary depending on actual heat times; please ARRIVE EARLY
  • 10:15-10:30 AM    Arrow of Light Scouts help sell/serve jambalaya in front of PAC 
  • 10:30-10:45 AM    Arrow of Light Race 
  • 10:30-10:45 AM    Bears help sell/serve jambalaya in front of PAC
  • 10:45-11:00 AM    Bears Race 
  • 10:45-11:00 AM    Wolf Den 2 help sell/serve jambalaya in front of PAC
  • 11:00-11:20 AM    Wolves Race 
  • 11:00-11:20 AM    Tigers help sell/serve jambalaya in front of PAC
  • 11:20-11:40 PM   Tigers Race 
  • 11:20-1:30 PM     Need scout or adult volunteers for Jambalaya Table
  • 11:40-12:15 PM    Break for lunch and prep for awards
  • 12:15-1:30 PM     Trophy Presentation/Photos
  • 1:30 PM               Jambalaya sale ends. Need all hands on deck for cleanup 

What to Expect on Race Day
  • Pack 12 Pit Crew members will be conducting the race according to the estimated schedule above. 
  • Scouts nor parents will be permitted to touch cars nor enter the race area. No additional lubrication or tuning will be allowed during race day.
  • Race heats are generated by computer software and projected overhead for all to see. The software ensures that each scout races in each lane to prevent lane inconsistencies from affecting race results.
  • Racers may watch their own cars race from reserved seating nearest the track.
  • "On-deck" racers (those in the heat immediately following the current one) will be asked to enter the on-deck seating to be ready for their heat.
  • Trophies are given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers within each rank (Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos I, Arrow of Light). Additional trophies are awarded to Pack 12 overall finishers in 1st-3rd places.
  • 1st-3rd place trophies are also awarded for best design (as voted on by scouts) and one trophy is awarded for Cubmaster's choice.
  • 1st and 2nd place finishers from each rank are eligible to represent Pack 12 at the Tunica District Pinewood Derby held on April 1, 2017 at Bass Pro Shops in Denham Springs. In the event that a 1st or 2nd place finisher cannot or doesn't want to advance, open slots will be awarded to the fastest overall scout(s) (regardless of rank placement) not already eligible.
  • We will need scouts to help hand out jambalaya dinners following the Sunday Masses at times they are not racing. See suggested schedule above.


God bless you, your scouts, and your families!

Scott D. Harrington
Pack 12 Committee Chair
225.938.8910 (m)


posted Sep 21, 2016, 8:59 PM by Pack 12 Committee Chair

The Istrouma Area Council is trying to determine which Scouting families have been most affected by the floods. We know that many units, Scouts and leaders have lost much if not all the necessities needed to deliver a Scouting program: equipment, literature and uniforms. 

We would like to offer our help and support as our communities begin to recover.  Having a detailed list by unit of the specific needs will facilitate this process.  That unit list should include a total headcount of the Scouts by rank (Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, Boy Scouts, Venturers and Explorers) that have lost their uniforms, handbooks, badges, camping gear, etc. Knowing the scope of the need better prepares the Council to create a constructive plan to help our Scouts and families.  Many thanks, and together, we will begin to re-build.

Gary Mertz, Scout Executive 

Click Here to Report Losses

(Note for survey that Unit = Pack 12. Pack 12 did not suffer any loss of Pack property)

There is also a nation-wide campaign to raise money to aid affected Scout families. Proceeds will benefit, and be administered by, our own Istrouma Area Council and the Evangeline Area Council (serving Lafayette). 

Families who need new uniforms and handbooks due to the flooding can take advantage of this campaign. If you'd like to contribute, text "Scouts4Scouts" to 41444, and please share.

In addition, Pack 12 maintains an inventory of used uniforms. Please let me know if your Scout needs one. We'd like to know of other ways we can help as well. 

Raingutter Regatta Recruiting Event

posted Sep 6, 2016, 11:20 AM by Committee Chair Pack 12

Pack 12 will host an informal Raingutter Regatta on Saturday, September 10 at 2 pm in the OLOM School Courtyard near the Gym and Cafeterial. This will serve as the August Summertime Pack Event due to the flooding. Remember that Scouts attending all 3 Summertime Events will earn their Summertime Award Pin.

The Regatta will also serve as a recruiting event for new Scouts. Invite your friends in 1-5 grade to join us for the fun! Due to expected large turnout, we prefer only current or potential Cub Scouts attend this event (next time, siblings).

There is no cost. Pack 12 will construct pool noodle hulls and provide mast and sail material for Scouts to complete the build and race down our new Raingutter Regatta tracks.

Tunica District PWD, 2016

posted May 18, 2016, 6:37 AM by Committee Chair Pack 12

We encourage you to come out and support these Pack 12 Scouts at the 7th Annual Tunica District PWD this Saturday:

  1. Peyton Trahan (1st Place Tiger)
  2. Gavin Harrington (1st Place Wolf)
  3. John Joffrion (1st Place Bear)
  4. Ethan Dean (2nd Place Webelos)
  5. Russell McKnight (2nd Place Arrow of Light)
  6. Colin Laird (2nd Place Tiger)
  7. Vincent Cutrone (2nd Place Wolf)
  8. Tyce Spearman (2nd Place Bear)
  9. Aidan St. Pierre (Wolf, 3rd Place Overall)
  10. Nathan Martin (Wolf, 9th Place Overall)
Bass Pro will have activities going on to keep our spectators busy in between races (catch-and-release pond fishing, backpacking tips, crafts, fried fish and funnel cakes, and more), so bring the whole family.

A race-day schedule and flyer for the other Bass Pro activities can be found here.

*This year's Tunica District Derby is being hosted by your own Pack 12 with help from Pack 97. We may be able to use some extra hands to help with weigh-in and race-day operations. 

Webelos Camp @ McGee

posted Mar 18, 2016, 7:54 PM by Pack 12 OLOM

In 2106 our Webelos are getting a week ALL THEIR OWN!  The week of June 19th – 25th will be dedicated to Webelos (boys entering 4th & 5th grades in the fall) – shooting pellet guns, ice-blocking, working on Adventure Loops, shooting archery and helping us to solve the McGee Mystery – The Case of the Marauding Moa! 

I will be sending more information and launching a registration page soon. In the meantime, the leader/parent guide can be found below if you'd like to see more information right away.

NEW: Cub Adventure Camp

posted Mar 18, 2016, 7:48 PM by Pack 12 OLOM

(Session A: July 5-7, Session B: July 8-10)

NEW in 2016 is Cub Adventure Camp.  Take a 3-day, 2-night trek as Louisiana Jones, and enjoy this jam-packed program full of shooting sports, wet and wild games, astronomy, campfires, an obstacle course and treasure hunt, and much more!  

I will be sending more information and launching a registration page soon. In the meantime, the leader/parent guide can be found below if you'd like to see more information right away.

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