Re: Pinewood Derby
Sam Fairchild (SAMF@OHSTMVSA.BITNET)
Mon, 8 Mar 1993 11:30:00 EST
We rejected electronic measuring devices. Why? Sometimes the gadgets
indicated a winner when some other car actually crossed the finish line
ahead (something to do with individual timers for each lane).
Secondly, electronics eliminated the *fun* human element.
No State Troopers(nice touch :-) but we do have a small number of reruns
to the satisfaction of *all* concerned (imagine 24 eyeballs stacked
beside a Finish Line!).
Because we can get the church basement for a several day period, we
setup the evening before the first races. Then cubs can bring their
"last year" cars for the trial runs. They get to participate!
The fathers supervise and boys spin the nuts and bolts tight.
Our objective is fun in competition. We have close to fifty different
awards (in addtion of participation awards) for about ninety cubs.
We borrow *crates* of automotive banners (no ciggie/booze ads here!).
We run races on three tracks for two evenings of den races and setup,
and for a Saturday morning for the Big Event, with lots of snacks, etc.
Our parents so so proud of what they do for the pack!
Cubmaster, Pack 74
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City