Re: Tigers and Pinewood Derby
Julie Rodriguez (jrodrigu@VM1.NODAK.EDU)
Tue, 31 Oct 1995 08:26:09 -0600
>Back when I was a Cubmaster we did include Tigers in the Pack's Pinewood
>Derby, but we did not have them build cars. Instead we encouraged each boy
>to bring their favorite Hot Wheels or Matchbox car to the Pinewood Derby.
>The cars fit perfectly in the space between each of the "guide strips" of
>the race track. What we did was have a special "Tigers Race" using their
>Matchbox/Hot Wheels cars while the judges were looking over our Cub's cars
>to determine the winners of the special awards we gave like best paint job,
>most outstanding, most realistic, funniest, etc. This Tigers race
>accomplished several things. First, it got the Tigers all fired up about
>the Derby and eager to build their car the next year. Second, it gave all
>the other boys in the Pack something to pay attention to while the judges
>were looking over the cars and making their decisions on the special awards.
>After their racing was over the Tigers were free to stay or go as they desired.
>Rockville, MD USA
We have also used the Matchbox/Hot Wheels derby in our pack. We used it for
recruiting. The scouts had the derby cars that they had built and they raced
in a bracketed tournament. But we also invited all the boys at school to
come and watch and they could bring a Matchbox/Hot Wheel car to race after
the offical tournament. It allowed the new boys to see and participate in
one of the most looked-forward-to events of the year.
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North Dakota State University
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