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1st Annual Himalayan Hike

Saturday, January 8, 2011  – 1st Annual Himalayan Hike

We would like to invite you to join Pack 3894 on our first annual Himalayan Hike on January 8, 2011. All Cub scouts, siblings, and parents are invited to join us as we explore the wilderness at the Little Red School House Nature Center and Willow Springs Forest Preserve. Activities will include hiking, photography, and an indoor nature center.

The nature center has many live animals including turtles, hawks, owls, snakes, toads, fish. There is also a hands-on interactive room for toddlers. Please dress your children warmly for the hike and have them bring a family camera to take pictures of animals, plants, or the scenery.

Here are the event details:

Date: Saturday, January 8, 2011
Time: 9:30AM – 12:30PM
Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center
9800 Willow Springs Road
Willow Springs, IL 60480
West side of Willow Springs Rd. (104th Ave.), 1/2 mile south of 95th St., Willow Springs
(708) 839-6897

*   9:30 AM — arrival
* 10:00 AM — opening ceremony
* 10:15-12:15 — activities determined by each den
* 12:15-12:30 — closing ceremony

There are many restaurants near the Little Red Schoolhouse in case you would like to have lunch after the hike. From the Nature Center, Head north on 104th Ave/S Willow Springs Rd toward 95th St. Take the 1st right onto 95th St and travel 2 miles. Please see the attached map.

Please RSVP with your den leaders if you are interested in joining us. We hope to see everyone participate.

Lastly, if you would like Additional liability and insurance auto coverage offered by the BSA, please provide the following car information in the link bel0w.

This is optional, but highly recommended.

Pinewood Derby 2011

Ladies & Gentlemen…start your engines!!

Date: Friday January 28th, 2011

Time: Doors open @ 5:45pm  Race:  6:00pm ( 1st Time Trials @ 6:01) **Modified 1/19/20101 – We had to remove the extra time trial due to time contraints. ALL River Bandits & Huskies Cub Scouts must be at Registration by 5:45pm.

Location: Queen of Angels Gym, 4412 N Western, Avenue Chicago, IL 60625


We have made some specific rule changes to account for the Adult Pinewood Derby to follow the Cub Scout race. The spirit of the Cub Scout Race is to allow the boys to “do their best” and create , design & build their own car as much as possible with full adult supervision, but limited adult “hands on” as much as possible. The Adult Derby is for those parents (both mom and/or dad) , grandparents,  brothers or sisters ( over 18 ) , friends, families, or anyone really interested in racing their newly put together pinewood car to the race ( see other post for race details) and allowing the boys to have their own models to say they actually built it.

The following PDF link contains the new rules, so please be familiar with them.


This year we will have 21 “design” awards that the boys can target their concept and design ideas around to try and win this award. One award per boy per Pinewood Derby ( no chance of one boy winning more than one design award). We are working on a Pinewood Derby Judging Committee that falls outside the Parents, to make things fair for all. The races will initially have time trials ( 1 to 2 )  mixed up with older and younger boys racing at once. (Estimated) 3rd time trials will be by Den, where seeded places with slower boys race each other, and so forth to determine the Top 2 Den Representatives.  The Top Den representatives will square off for the Pack Trophy Cup, with 1st, 2nd & 3rd place awarded. The overall winner brings home a Pizza Party for their Den.

Design Awards

Best Classic Design
Best Design
Best Detail
Best Dragster
Best In Show
Best Paint Job
Best Scout Theme
Best Theme
Best Workmanship
Cubmaster’s Pick
Judge’s Favorite
Most Aerodynamic
Most Colorful
Most Creative
Most Decals
Most Futuristic
Most Innovative
Most Original
Most Patriotic
Most Realistic
Most Unique


If  you are interested in entering the Adult 2011 Derby please see the following link:

If you are interested in helping with the event please see the following link:

Pinewood Derby Help

We will be inviting guest to this event, including the upcoming Kindergarten Class (boys & their families) to share in the fun. Pizza will be served. The pinewood derby car kits have been distributed; if you have not received your car please contact CubMaster Robert.

The Adult Pinewood Derby 2011 will start soon after Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Awards are given out. Approximate Time –  8:00pm

St Paul Christmas Caroling – Give Goodwill

We will be caroling at St. Paul’s House on Sunday, December 5, from 1 pm to 2 pm.  This facility is a retirement community for senior citizens who always look forward to see young kids on the holiday; so we want as many boys to show up and give goodwill.
Please be at St. Paul ’s by 12:30 so we can gather in the auditorium. The address is 3800 N. California .

Because we are a big group, we will not be wandering the hallways; instead we will be singing in the auditorium. The Girl Scouts may be joining us.
PLEASE we need a piano player to play for us while we sing traditional Christmas songs!

Before December 5, we need 100 cards to be made by our Pack. St. Paul ’s has 115 residents; our Den has already made 15 cards. If the other dens make at least 20 cards each, we should be fine.
This Pack night we hope to collect donations from parents to pay for the gifts we are giving the residents.  We will need help wrapping gifts on the 4th. A sign-up sheet for parents/scouts to volunteer will be available at the Pack Meeting; so please make sure you check in.

please Email Angie for any further questions or additional assistance.

Scouting for Food Drive in December

Greater Chicago Food Depository
The Scouting For Food program is a city-wide food collection program conducted inpartnership with the Chicago Food Depository. The program will be conducted during the firsttwo weeks of December by several thousand Scouts. The Scouts will be collecting fooddonations and delivering the food to their district collection site. The food will then betransported to the Chicago Food Depository for distribution to local food pantries.
In the Law of the Pack, a Cub Scout gives good will and in the Boy Scout Promise, a Boy Scout promises to help other people at all times. By participating in the Scouting for Food program, Scouts fulfill these words and assist needy neighbors.
The Scouting For Food program has several objectives:
1. Help provide food for needy families.
2. Teach young people the value and importance of serving the community and helping their neighbors.
3. Provide and opportunity for the Chicago Area Council to give back to the community.
4. Provide visibility for Scouting.
UPDATE — 12/1/2010
Just a reminder that Saturday, December 4th is Bag Distribution for the Scouting for Food program.  We have some rules from the Area Council:
1. Scouts must have adult supervision.
2. Under no circumstances are scouts to enter any homes or buildings.
3. Do not ring doorbells or knock on doors.
4. Hang bags on doorknobs. Do not place in mailboxes.
5. Scouts should wear uniforms or other Scout identification.
6. Do not distribute bags after dark.
7. Record streets where bags are distributed so you can recall locations for collecting day.

There are thank you cards available at Please print these out and insert them into the bags or deliver them when you pick up the food.  Bag Collection is on Saturday, December 11.  After you collect the food, bring it to St. Matthias Church/School, 4910 N. Claremont Ave.  We will be there between 10 AM to 1 PM.  We will take a Pack picture at 11:00 AM if you can make it, but you can drop the food off anytime between 10 and 1.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  I have extra bags if you need them.

Thanks for all your efforts

Diane Dugard
Scouting for Food Event Coordinator

Email me more information

Chicago Area Council – Harlem Globetrotters Scouts Days

Join The Chicago Area Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts on either Wednesday December 29th – 2pm or 7pm shows  OR Thursday December 30th  2pm or 7pm shows of the Harlem Globetrotters.  Scout Patch provided with each Ticket Purchased.

Pack 3894 would like to have a presence at this game, so we are encourage a few parents to coordinate among the dens to get as many boys and families from the Pack to be out at one of these shows.

To find out pricing and more details , please see the following link

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