Help with Pinewood
Mark Ranzenberger (ranzenberger@MDN.NET)
Sun, 15 Dec 1996 23:14:17 -0500
Greeting Race Fans Again!
Gene Soares wrote for information on Pinewood Derby races. Here's our input:
First off, check out the Program Helps for May 1997. (Why May? Why not?) That
should be available at your local Scout service center. It talks about a pack
that decided to do away with double-elimination and winners and losers, and let
the kids just have fun. They let the boys race their cars until the wheels fell
off, basically. When they won a race, the boys got a sticker. The people at our
roundtable liked the idea and decided that the three kids with the most
stickers, whose cars didn't fall apart, would go to district.
They also decided they'd like to have a race for the adults. This way,
Dad could build his monster souped-up 4.99999995-ounce overhead-weight
chrome-and-glitter here's-where-the-rocket-engine goes Pinewood Derby, and let
his son build a real car.
Another option for adults and siblings (NOT Cubs) is a completely open
category. (Rocket engines should still be banned, however.) (Ever see how far a
rocket-powered Derby car goes? But that's another story.)
As far as outside kits goes: Our pack, which holds its Derby in
February, gift-wraps Official Pinewood Derby kits and hands them out as gifts
from Santa Claus at the December Pack Meeting. Strange kits have never shown up.
Mark and Kay Ranzenberger
SM, Troop 798 (him)
Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner, Chippewa District (her)
Lake Huron Area Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City