Jim Sleezer (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Fri, 28 Oct 1994 08:53:27 CST
It's that time of year again when Cub Packs start thinking about Pinewood
Derbies, Space Derbies, and Raingutter Regatta's. I would like to encourage
packs to use their derbies as opportunities to showcase Cub Scouting by
holding the derby in a public location such as a shopping center.
When I was cubmaster, we contacted the local mall to ask about holding the
derby there. They were delighted and even purchased pinewood derby patches
for all participants. Actually, their graphics people helped design the
patch with their stylized logo (a leaf) in the background and a pinewood
derby car in the foreground. Several businesses in the mall donated prizes
although we declined anything of much value. We gave most away as door prizes.
Our race was on Saturday morning and drew lots of attention including two
new den leaders and about a half dozen new cubs.
The next year several other packs coordinated with us to use our track and
hold their races at the mall--we had a derby week with races every evening.
On Saturday, the mall hosted the district derby. BTW, they paid for patches
for all participants in the pack competitions (regardless of whether the
pack held their derby at the mall) and trophies for the district champs.
Trophies were the winning cars mounted on a pedestal.
BTW, one parent didn't want his son's car mounted. He let it slip that the
car had been a winner the year before and they wanted to race it again the
next year. Since we required a "this year's model" the car was disqualified.
Fortunately, we learned this early in the race when we announced the trophy
plan and the parent rushed up to save _his_ car.
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