Re: Pinewood Derbys
Leah R. Wolf (WOLF@CUA.BITNET)
Tue, 24 Nov 1992 12:37:29 -0500
We give both Pack and Den level awards in our Pinewood Derby.
For SPEED, we give first, second, and third place ribbons at the Pack level and
within each Den, and in the Open class (friends, siblings, other family mem-
bers). The first place Pack winner receives a trophy.
We also give, first, second, and third place Pack level ribbons for the follow-
ing categories: Best Design, Most Original, Most Scout-Oriented, Best Paint
Job, Most Unusual, and Judge's Award.
Our Tiger Cubs race Hot Wheels or Matchbox cars on a separate track. They are
judged only on speed.
We had our Assistant District Commissioner help with judging the categories
other than speed.
Last year, for the first time, we made the Derby a fundraiser in disguise.
From 8:00 AM on we sold donuts and coffee, at 10:30 started selling hot dogs,
chips, and sodas to all those who came to the Derby. We took in about $100
Our racing official is a former committee member who no longer has sons in our
Pack, but enjoys working Pinewood Derbies, which he does for several Packs.
It was he who suggested selling food during the event.
Every participant received one of the little cards (from the Scout Shop)
certifying participation in the event. On the back of the cards our timer
(the Cubmaster) recorded the number of practice runs and official run times.
(He also recorded the times on a master sheet I prepared for him.)
The Derby is so popular with our Pack families that one family whose sons are
now in the Troop have already asked me to reserve three kits for them, so they
can participate this year in the Open category.
Leah R. Wolf, Committee Chair
Patuxent District, National Capital Area Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City