Opening day of fishing season is just around the corner. Camp Tadma will be hosting the 2013 Fishing Derby on April 20, 2013. A number of scouts, parents and leaders will be camping out Friday April 19th to get first shot at the best fishing spots bright and early the following day. If you are interested in camping and/or fishing, please RSVP by April 5th.
Camper check-in begins Friday April 19th at 6pm. Followed by a cracker barrel in the Dining Hall at 8pm. Otherwise, come bright and early Saturday morning. Derby check-in begins at 6am followed by a Fisherman’s Breakfast. Fishing Derby runs from 7am to 9am (scouts only). Weigh stations will be set up around Tadma Pond, make sure to have your fished weight in when you catch one. This is a catch and release derby and all fish must be returned to the Pond. Presentation of Trophies at 9:30 in the Dining Hall. Open fishing will follow for both youth and adults and run to 4pm. Lunch will also be served from 11am to 1pm in the Dining Hall.
Fishing, Camping and Meal Plans
A- $20.00- Cabin Camping, Breakfast & Fishing- Youth only Choice
B- $15.00- Cabin Camping, Breakfast- Adults
C- $15.00- Tent Camping, Breakfast & Fishing- Youth only Choice
D- $10.00- Tent Camping, Breakfast- Adults
E- $10.00- Breakfast & Fishing- Youth Only
F- $5.00 – Breakfast
G- $5.00- Lunch
Join Pack 24 for our annual Blue & Gold Banquet on Feb 23, 2013 starting at 11:00AM. We will be continuing our nautical theme from last year but this year, we will be celebrating the Mystic Seaport for their Winter’s Aweigh event! The entry fee (Scouts & Siblings $6 / Parents $25) includes lunches from Latitude 41, beverages, cookies, tons of activities, and full admission for registered scouts, parents and siblings to the Seaport Village (open 10AM to 4PM). If you are not interested in lunch, but still want to join us at the seaport, scouts and siblings will be free and adults will be $15.
Arts and crafts include a hitching post to practice your sailor knots, a wooden block art project, printing a winter scene at their Print Shop, and build your own toy boat keepsake*. There will also be buggy rides through the village, new exhibits, tours of the whaleship Charles W. Morgan, live music and discovering the winter sky under the Planetarium dome*.
Please RSVP by Feb. 8th. Hope to see you all there!
*** All activities marked with an asterisk indicates additional fees for the programs. ***
It’s that time of year again, the Pack 24 Pinewood Derby is just a few weeks away! Weigh-ins are Thursday Jan 24th 6:30pm at American Legion and the racing will be Saturday Jan 26th 9:30am at Lillie B Haynes. For nearly 60 years now, Cub Scouts (and parents) have been participating in the Pinewood Derby. With the holidays hustle behind us, it’s time to start designing and building your roadsters. There are a number of great resources out there including books, magazines, and websites to help with your project. Here are a few tips that I’ve gathered for our Pack 24 website. Disclaimer: I have yet to build or assist in building a car that won a race☺
Tips and Specifications
- Weight: Get as close to 5 ounces without going over. As you start carving and sanding the block of wood, you’ll find that it doesn’t weigh much at all (1.5 to 3 oz). To greatly improve speed, supplement with weights in the back of the car. Tungsten weights, in most cases, are best because of their high density but you can also find zinc weights and pellets at hardware stores and hobby shops.
- Size: Width- The overall width of the car shall not exceed 2 ¾ inches. Length- The overall length of the car shall not exceed 7 inches. Track Clearance- There shall be a 3/8 clearance between the bottom of the car and the track. Speaking from experience, if you add material to the bottom of the car, it may drag on the track.
- Axles: The axles that come with your kit are essentially small plated nails that typically have burrs just below the head. To reduce friction and help those wheels spin, use a small file and fine sandpaper to remove any defects from the axles. If you’re really ambitious, you can put a number of axles in a power drill and spin them to find the axles that are most straight (and eliminate any with noticeable wobble).
- Painting and decals: Have fun coming up with a design and decorating your car. While the aerodynamics of a good paint job don’t matter much on such a short track, it is helpful to reduce friction where the wheels meet the car body. A couple options are (1) to avoid painting the wheel base and rub graphite into the body or (2) use slick decals to adorn the side of the car. Hobby stores like Lee’s in Groton offer a number of cool stickers and other details to jazz it up!
- Lubrication: This is another important trick to increasing the speed of the car. There are a couple places to add lubrication (dry graphite only). (1) The wheel base, (2) axles, and (3) wheel surface. Applying dry graphite in these locations will reduce friction and increase wheel speed.
- Final steps: Once your car is carved, sanded, painted and the wheels are mounted, make sure to check their alignment. The axles are notorious for popping out of the pre-drilled grooves. A little glue or thin decal can help with holding it in place. Once you are finished with the car, make sure to weigh it with a small postal scale so you won’t have to fiddle with it at the weigh-ins. It’s easier to make adjustments at home, than trying to add or remove (much more challenging) weight in the final moments. Once the car is weighed and the dimensions are checked, the car will be “impounded” ☺ until the big race. Good luck, have fun, and don’t forget those safety glasses!
Resources on the Web
Places to purchase supplies include a number of vendors online, Michael’s and Lowe’s in Waterford, Lee’s Toy & Hobby and Johnson’s Hardware in Groton, and Amato’s Toy & Hobby in Middletown, CT.
Dear Scouts, Families, and Friends,
As we busily prepare for the holidays and New Year, it is an important time to count our blessings and consider those who are down and out. Hurricane Sandy, a struggling economy, and other misfortunes have impacted many families in the East Lyme area. As a result, Pack 24 is working with Care & Share to help make a difference in our community.
We are grateful to all who participated in the “Scouting for Food” drive in November! In December, we are trying to raise money to provide Christmas gifts for less fortunate boys and girls in East Lyme. Pack 24 has picked names of five children from the Giving Tree at Smith Acres and the gifts are due on Dec 14th. Please consider making a pledge on PayPal or in person to help our fundraiser effort. Feel free to forward the link to anyone who might be willing to contribute.
Also…as the weather gets colder, we are collecting gently used coats, hats, and mittens for Care & Share. We will be collecting these items at our Holiday Pack Meeting on December 20th (6:30PM at LBH). Thanks in advance for your kindness and consideration!
Join us for an overnight camping trip on Oct 13, 2012 at Odetah Camping Resort in Bozrah, CT. The theme of the weekend will be pirates and events will include a movie with Capt. Jack Sparrow, Kid’s Craft, Kid’s Games, Scavenger Hunt, Flashlight lollipop hunt, etc. The events will begin at 9AM on Saturday (Oct 13th) and continue through the evening hours. Checkout the following day is at 1PM. In addition to the pirate activities, Odetah offers a lake, heated pool and Jacuzzi, miniature golf, playground, and arcade…to name a few. Feel free to bring your kayaks, fishing poles, and/or hiking boots. Should be a ton of fun!
Limited availability for tent sites so please RSVP ASAP. Cost is $54 for parent and child combo (includes camping, activities and meals).