Get Ready to Race!

by on November 14, 2013

Greetings Pack 811 Racers!


Our annual pinewood derby will be held on Sunday, January 12th. Click on the image on the right for the details and official rules. Note that all cars must be turned in on Saturday, January 11th.  Pinewood Derby kits will be distributed at this Sunday’s pack meeting to all Scouts.

There have been several minor changes made to the Pinewood Derby for 2014.

  1. We added a few new design categories for our creative scouts to compete in. We will also be asking each Scout which categories he wants to be judged on (up to 2 choices).
  2. We have limited the display stand size to 9” x 5” and no more than 4” tall.
  3. Please be sure to read all the rules for a few other additions for this year.

We are once again including both siblings and parents in this year’s event. You can contact Paul Hinz if you need extra car kits or stop by the local Scout Shop in Anaheim. Scout entries should include their own “BEST” contribution.

A workshop will be held sometime in December for those that need a little help getting started. No one should feel intimidated or afraid to participate – our pack has plenty of experienced racers willing to share their expertise. Check the Pack Calendar for any updates.  Some useful hints can also be found on line. Check out the Resource Library for some links, and the Photo Albums for some pictures of creative entries from previous years. We are looking forward to another great event!

This event requires considerable volunteer help to make this an enjoyable day for our scouts.  Jim Remley and I will be actively recruiting volunteers to help with the following activities.

a.  SAM Hall set-up and derby car weigh-in on Saturday, January 11th. (4 volunteers)

b.  A photographer will be needed to take photos of each entry during weigh-in.

c.  Food services: hamburgers, hot dogs, snack table with beverages. (6 volunteers)

d.  Pit Crew for January 12th ( Staging cars, operating track, car retrieval after each race). (5 volunteers)

e.  Judging contest organizer

f.  Break-down & Clean-up (5 volunteers)

Each volunteer will earn a highly coveted spot on the official 2014 Pinewood Derby Committee.  Enough volunteers will be recruited to insure every parent will still be able to cheer on their racer on race day. If you are interested in being on the committee this year, please contact Jim Remley or myself.  We will have a meeting some time in December to prepare for race day.

Yours in Scouting,

Warren Biederstadt
Derby Committee Chair

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