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The '''Pinewood derby''' is a racing event for Cub Scouts in the Boy Scouts of America. Cub Scouts, with the help of parents, build their own cars from wood, usually from kits containing a block of pine, plastic wheels and metal axles. With the popularity of the pinewood derby, other organizations have developed similar events and a small industry has developed to provide tracks, timers, scales and other products. The pinewood derby was selected as part of "America's 100 Best" in 2006 as "a celebrated rite of spring" by Reader's Digest. Similar Cub Scouting events include the raingutter regatta with boats and the space derby using rubber band powered rockets.
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The '''pinewood derby''' is a popular [[Cub Scout Leader Portal|Cub Scout]] activity. Pinewood derby cars are small wooden models that boys make with help from their families and then race in competition. The cars are powered by gravity and run down a regulation track. The pinewood derby is an annual event in most packs. It can be run indoors or outdoors. Every boy can design and build his own "grand prix" car to enter in the race.
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Kits and supplies for the pinewood derby are available from the national Supply Division. See their Web site at [http://www.scoutstuff.org/ www.scoutstuff.org].
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==Planning Your Derby==
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All derbies and regattas have some things in common. They all require planning and preparation, they all involve competition and prizes, and they provide fun for boys and their families. Always remember that in Cub Scouting, it's more important to "Do Your Best" than to come in first.
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Because the derby is a major event, it should be planned and prepared by its own program committee, which will need to:
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*Follow the guidelines for planning special pack activities found in chapter 6 of the Cub Scout Leader Book.
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*Provide each participating family with a set of simple, uncomplicated rules, including a time schedule.
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*Plan and carry out appropriate opening, award, and closing ceremonies.
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*Handle all aspects of awards, not only prizes for the "winners," but recognition for every boy for participating in the derby.
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*Plan for crowd control.
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*Devise a fair method of judging.
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*Plan and provide appropriate decorations with lots of boy participation.
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*You can find more information about derbies in the Cub Scout Grand Prix Pinewood Derby Guidebook.
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==Pinewood Derby Awards==
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Cub Scout Pack often use the Pinewood Derby as one of their special events or at a [[Pack Meeting]] Trophies or awards are often presented. Special medals are available:
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'''[http://www.scoutstuff.org/BSASupply/ItemDetail.aspx?cat=01RTL&ctgy=PRODUCTS&c2=CRAFTS&c3=DERBIES&c4=&lv=3&item=173PDM Pinewood derby medals]''', with red, white, and blue ribbons, Cub Scout, above left pocket: blue background, No. 00974; red background, No. 00975; white background, No. 00976.
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==Cub Scout Derbies==
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Cub Scout derbies—the pinewood derby, raingutter regatta, and space derby—are optional but valuable activities for Cub Scouts. Many men who once were Cub Scouts fondly recall their derby experiences: planning the design of their vehicle, working with a parent to build it, and seeing it perform on race day when, win or lose, they could take pride in having done their best. In this way, the three basic lessons learned by participating in a Cub Scout derby—the craft skills, the rules of fair play, and good sportsmanship—are remembered for a lifetime.
== History ==
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The first pinewood derby was held on May 15, 1953, in Manhattan Beach, California by Pack 280c, organized by Cubmaster Don Murphy. Murphy's son was too young to participate in the popular [[Soap Box Derby]] races, so he came up with the idea of racing miniature wood cars. The cars had the same gravity-powered concept as the full-size Soap Box Derby cars, but were much smaller and easier to build. After Don Murphy's first race in 1953 the Los Angeles County Department of Recreation copied the pinewood derby with Murphy's permission.
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The first pinewood derby was held on May 15, 1953, in Manhattan Beach, California by Pack 280c, organized by Cubmaster Don Murphy.
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In the 1980s, the design of the block was changed from a cutout block to a solid block and the tires were changed to wider "slicks". The pinewood derby was selected as part of "America's 100 Best" in 2006 as "a celebrated rite of spring" by Reader's Digest. Similar Cub Scouting events include the raingutter regatta with boats and the space derby using rubber band powered rockets.
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==See also==
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* [[Pinewood Derby Official Rules]]
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* [[Pinewood Derby Tips]]
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* Supplies: [http://www.scoutstuff.org/BSASupply/SearchPage.aspx?page=LIST&free_text=17006* Car Kit] - [http://www.scoutstuff.org/BSASupply/SearchPage.aspx?page=LIST&free_text=30538* Speed Secrets] - [http://www.scoutstuff.org/BSASupply/SearchPage.aspx?page=LIST&free_text=16989* Scale] - [http://www.scoutstuff.org/BSASupply/SearchPage.aspx?page=LIST&free_text=17106* Axle Lube] - [http://www.scoutstuff.org/BSASupply/SearchPage.aspx?page=LIST&free_text=17101* Practice Track] - [http://www.scoutstuff.org/BSASupply/SearchPage.aspx?page=LIST&free_text=16990* Adjustment Tool] - [http://www.scoutstuff.org/BSASupply/SearchPage.aspx?page=LIST&free_text=16988* Polishing Kit] - [http://scoutstuff.org/BSASupply/SearchPage.aspx?page=LIST&free_text=pinewood More]
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* [[Pack Meeting]]
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* [[Craftsman|Webelos Craftsman]] Activity Badge
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* [[Cub Scout Art]] Belt Loop and Pin
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* Other sites: [http://www.usscouts.org/netresources/derby.asp USScouts.org] - [http://www.maximum-velocity.com/ Maximum Velocity] - [http://www.abc-pinewood-derby.com/ ABC Pinewood] - [http://www.pinewoodextreme.com/ Pinewood Extreme] - [http://www.pinewoodextreme.com/ Pinecar] - [http://www.pinewoodpro.com/ Pinewood Pro] - [http://www.derbychamp.com/v/vspfiles/free_tips.htm Tips]
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In the 1980s, the design of the block was changed from a cutout block, consistent with a 1940's style front-engined Indy 500 car, to a solid block. The tires were also changed from narrow, hard plastic, to wider "slicks".
 
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Vintage Pinewood derby cartoon
Vintage Pinewood derby cartoon

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Also see: Pinewood Derby Official Rules and Pinewood Derby Tips
See Cub Scout Derbies

The pinewood derby is a popular Cub Scout activity. Pinewood derby cars are small wooden models that boys make with help from their families and then race in competition. The cars are powered by gravity and run down a regulation track. The pinewood derby is an annual event in most packs. It can be run indoors or outdoors. Every boy can design and build his own "grand prix" car to enter in the race.

Kits and supplies for the pinewood derby are available from the national Supply Division. See their Web site at www.scoutstuff.org.

Contents

Planning Your Derby

All derbies and regattas have some things in common. They all require planning and preparation, they all involve competition and prizes, and they provide fun for boys and their families. Always remember that in Cub Scouting, it's more important to "Do Your Best" than to come in first.

Because the derby is a major event, it should be planned and prepared by its own program committee, which will need to:

  • Follow the guidelines for planning special pack activities found in chapter 6 of the Cub Scout Leader Book.
  • Provide each participating family with a set of simple, uncomplicated rules, including a time schedule.
  • Plan and carry out appropriate opening, award, and closing ceremonies.
  • Handle all aspects of awards, not only prizes for the "winners," but recognition for every boy for participating in the derby.
  • Plan for crowd control.
  • Devise a fair method of judging.
  • Plan and provide appropriate decorations with lots of boy participation.
  • You can find more information about derbies in the Cub Scout Grand Prix Pinewood Derby Guidebook.

Pinewood Derby Awards

Cub Scout Pack often use the Pinewood Derby as one of their special events or at a Pack Meeting Trophies or awards are often presented. Special medals are available:

Pinewood derby medals, with red, white, and blue ribbons, Cub Scout, above left pocket: blue background, No. 00974; red background, No. 00975; white background, No. 00976.

Cub Scout Derbies

Cub Scout derbies—the pinewood derby, raingutter regatta, and space derby—are optional but valuable activities for Cub Scouts. Many men who once were Cub Scouts fondly recall their derby experiences: planning the design of their vehicle, working with a parent to build it, and seeing it perform on race day when, win or lose, they could take pride in having done their best. In this way, the three basic lessons learned by participating in a Cub Scout derby—the craft skills, the rules of fair play, and good sportsmanship—are remembered for a lifetime.

History

The first pinewood derby was held on May 15, 1953, in Manhattan Beach, California by Pack 280c, organized by Cubmaster Don Murphy. In the 1980s, the design of the block was changed from a cutout block to a solid block and the tires were changed to wider "slicks". The pinewood derby was selected as part of "America's 100 Best" in 2006 as "a celebrated rite of spring" by Reader's Digest. Similar Cub Scouting events include the raingutter regatta with boats and the space derby using rubber band powered rockets.

See also


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