Welcome, we are Cub Scout Pack 713 of Manhattan Beach, CA. The pack is a member of the Pacifica District, Los Angeles Area Council. Our chartering organization is the Rotary Club of Manhattan Beach. Our Cubmaster, Bob Visty, can be reached at bobvistyBSA@verizon.net.
Pack 713 has been in existence for over 70 years. The Pack began in November 1941 and was chartered as Pack 280c. In 1950, Pack 280c was divided into Packs 280c and 713 due to growth. In 1968, Packs 280c and 713 merged under Pack 713.
The Pinewood Derby
Pack 713 is best known for starting the Pinewood Derby.
The first Pinewood Derby was held on May 15, 1953 at the Scout House in Manhattan Beach, California by Cub Scout Pack 280C (the present Pack 713). The concept was created by the Pack’s Cubmaster, Don Murphy, and sponsored by the Management Club at North American Aviation.
The Pinewood Derby had a sensational first year. The originator of the idea—Don Murphy and the Management Club of North American Aviation—sent out thousands of brochures to anyone who requested more information. The idea spread rapidly, and competitions were held across the country, mainly with recreation departments and nonprofit organizations including the Los Angeles County Department of Recreation. Of all that early enthusiasm, however, only the Boy Scouts of America made it part of an official program.
The National Director of Cub Scouting Service, O. W. (Bud) Bennett, wrote Murphy:
“We believe you have an excellent idea, and we are most anxious to make your material available to the Cub Scouts of America.”
Within the year, the Boy Scouts of America adopted the Pinewood Derby for use in all Cub Scout packs. In its October 1954 issue, Boys’ Life publicized the event and offered plans for the track and a car, which featured “four wheels, four nails, and three blocks of wood.”
Don Murphy continued to run the Derby program through the Management Club until his retirement from North American Aviation in 1978. He passed away in 2008.
In 2003, Pack 713 celebrated the 50th Pinewood Derby along with Packs 287, 759, 275, and former Cub Scouts from the 1953 Pack 280c.
This year, Pack 713 will be running the 61st Pinewood Derby at the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo. Today, we’re running the race on two four-lane extruded aluminum tracks with computerized timing instead of the original home-built two-lane wooden track. The Derby continues to be a wholesome, constructive activity that fosters a closer father-son relationship and promotes craftsmanship and good sportsmanship through competition.
The purposes of Cub Scouting are: to have fun; to influence character development; to encourage good citizenship, sportsmanship, personal achievement, and spiritual growth; to improve understanding within the family; to strengthen the ability to get along with other boys and respect other people; to encourage boys to be helpful and do their best; and to prepare them to become Boy Scouts. Did we mention fun? More than anything else, Cub Scouting is fun. The ten purposes of Scouting are:
- Character development
- Spiritual growth
- Good citizenship
- Family understanding
- Respectful relationships
- Personal achievement
- Friendly service
- Preparation for Boy Scouts
The Cub Scout Motto:
DO YOUR BEST
The Cub Scout Promise:
I, (name), promise to do my best, to do my duty to God and my country, to help other people, and to obey the law of the Pack.
The Law of the Pack:
The Cub Scout follows Akela
The Cub Scout helps the pack go
The pack helps the Cub Scout grow
The Cub Scout gives goodwill
The Pack is organized into dens, which typically consist of four to twelve boys in the same grade. They will typically advance together through the 5th grade – near the end of which they’ll bridge over to Boy Scouts.
Parents and Cub Scouting:
Cub Scouting encourages closeness to family. The program will give you opportunities to take part in activities with your son that you normally couldn’t do. It provides a positive way for parent and son to grow closer together, and encourages you to spend quality time together. In this way, Cub Scouting is a program for the entire family, and your involvement is vital to the program’s success.
Some specific things you can do to help your son in Cub Scouting are:
- Work with your son on projects
- Help your Cub Scout along the advancement trail
- Volunteer to lead and assist your son’s den and the pack
- Participate in monthly pack meetings
- Go on family campouts with your son
The Cub Scout years are developing years for young boys, falling between the dependence of early childhood and the relative independence of early adolescence. As he grows, your son will gain the ability to do more things “on his own,” but at this stage of his development, your help is critical.
Your den will meet one to three times a month during the school year at a leader’s home, the Scout House, a park, a school, or community facility. At den meetings, the kids and one or both parents participate in activities that are fun and full of adventure while improving physical and social skills.
It’s critical that parents are involved and willing to assist regularly. Each den must have a parent volunteer Den Leader and should have an Assistant Den Leader. Boy Scouts of America requires that every Scouting activity have at least two adults supervising. A key strength of Cub Scouting is that it is a neighborhood program. Because of this, Den Leaders fill critical roles as the coordinators of these activities—moms, dads, or both!
The Pack consists of several Dens of varying Scout rank. The Pack is led by the Cubmaster and overseen by the Pack Committee. We hold Pack meetings monthly through the school year. Pack meetings are for the entire family and consist of awards, fun activities, and theme-oriented programs. Typically, Pack meetings are on a Thursday evening from 7:00 to 8:00 PM at Grand View School Cafeteria unless otherwise announced.
Hikes, Campouts and More:
In addition to Pack Meetings, we also hold special activities like family camping, hikes, community service, and other events. These events are roughly once a month, usually on weekends. A schedule is published at the start of the school year. To give you an idea of what we do—and the kind of fun we have—several events slated for the coming year’s calendar are shown on the last page.
Annual Pack dues are $150.00, which covers membership in Boy Scouts of America, many of the Pack’s activities, uniform patches & awards, and a subscription to Boy’s Life. Dues are paid in September each year. You will also need to purchase a uniform, and there will be costs associated with some special events we do as a Pack. For families undergoing financial hardship, full scholarships are discreetly available (contact the Cubmaster).