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Pinewood Derby Build
The Pinewood Derby is one of the most popular Cub Scout activities. The boys design and build cars from pinewood derby kits that the pack provides, then race them at the pack derby February 3, 2018. Alumni and families also can design and race cars. Winners at each Den level represent pack at district competition on April 7, 2018.
This is a pack build event, because not everyone has the tools needed to make a fast car at home. You can come to any pack build, or skip the builds if you have the tools you need at home. Especially needed are band saws, drill presses, and belt sanders. At this build, the scouts and their families work on their kits together at Christ Congregational Church, building (not painting) cars. Families with tools are encouraged to bring them to share – sign up so we know what we will have to work with.
There’s a lot of on-line advice about engineering your car to be as fast as possible. There are also weight kits and other accessories available at stores like Strosniders Hardware. Being the fastest is not the only way to win, though. Other awards are also given out, including the best appearance, best den chief’s car, and best parent’s car. All who participate at the pack level receive a certificate. There are also RULES about weight, height, clearance, and materials.
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