Kevin S Woods (kswoods@CHRISTA.UNH.EDU)
Thu, 10 Nov 1994 14:39:20 -0500
Hi!, I've been gone awhile, so it will be good to see what you are all
discussing these days. I have a request for some info on how your Pack
runs its' Pinewood Derby.
I really only desire replies from Packs who have 50 or more
participants. We have a pack of 80 and are trying to find a better way
to run a race.
History: We used to all come in at 9:00 and wait till we raced....What a
wait. 3-4 years ago we went to scheduled races ie. wolves 9-10
bears 10-11 tigers (unofficial races) 11-12 webelos 12-1
nicely organized parents pleased, minimum crowd concession stand kept
fairly busy, people can SEE
about 3 years ago we acquired the computer program to run races, nice
job, hook up a few switches, a P.C., and you get a very organized timed
to the nth degree list with printouts and equal track use (3 lane track).
Problems complained about were that although boys got to run at least 3
races, it was difficult to tell just who was in lead. A scout who won 3
races, could concievably not be the overall winner if a scout who won 2
and placed 2nd in the third, had better times.......
so.....we tried again last year we went to elimination races. problem
there one group was small resulting in a few boys only racing once...boy
do they NOT like that.......so we try again...
Trying to combine a boy getting to race enough (reminding us all that
60-70 boys must race in the day) and ensuring good competitive results?
Also, there can be computer or switch glitches which require a re run or
potential for a need to start over, boy should you hear the complaints on
As I am the one with the microphone in his hand for this event and the
decision of the judges is final (guess who?) can I get some models of
help from those with large pack experience
(is a regatta or space derby any easier?????
Cubmaster, Pack 100
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City