On February 10, 2018 Cub Scout Pack 634 Galloway held its local Pinewood Derby. Each pack organizes its own Pinewood Derby®, establishes rules and conducts the events. The fun of planning and holding the event is an annual highlight for many Cub Scout packs. The Cubmaster can designate volunteers (for small packs) or a committee (for larger packs) to manage the upcoming event.
Cub Scout Pack 280C at the Manhattan Beach Scout House ran the first Pinewood Derby® in Southern California in 1953. The derby was publicized in Boys’ Life magazine in October 1954 and was an instant hit. The rules set out for the very first race still stand today: “The derby is run in heats – two to four cars starting by gravity from a standstill on a track and run down a ramp to a finish line unaided. The track is an inclined ramp with wood strips down the center to guide the cars” said Ron Gorneau.
Did you know? A Pinewood Derby® car can reach a speed of nearly 20 mph, and if a derby car and track was enlarged to the size of a real automobile the car would be speeding at more than 200 mph!
Summing it up nicely, the Pinewood Derby was devised as a wholesome constructive activity that would foster a closer father-son relationship and promote craftsmanship and good sportsmanship through competition. The Pinewood Derby® stays close to its roots, giving Cub Scouts an excellent way to learn about craftsmanship, sportsmanship and respect for others through friendly competition.
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