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Pinewood: Winning by the Rules

Posted on 22 March 2012 by ScoutingNewsStaff

One of the annual events in scouting and scouting-like activities around the world is the Pinewood Derby. Boys and girls build small gravity-powered racers to compete for the honor of being the fastest. This honor brings with it the temptation to “bend rules” to win.

Creating a Pinewood Derby car is not only a wonderful hands-on project for those into building, designing and racing their own unique car, but it’s also a chance to teach valuable life lessons. Winning by the Rules shows that the fastest cars can be built without “cheating.”

This how-to guide utilizes over four years of scientific testing to describe in easy terms how you can achieve higher speeds and better performance with one’s custom-made racers.

Phil Reinke’s first experience with pinewood derby racers began with his father when he was in the Cub Scouts. It continued when he and his son, Tyler, raced cars at Pinewood Derbies in Georgia and Florida. Their research and experience led to three consecutive district championships. This book is written to share the joy of dreaming, designing, building and racing, while completely following the rules.

PINEWOOD: WINNING BY THE RULES (ISBN: 978-1-61204-955-7) is available at Amazon/Kindle: Pinewood Winning by the Rules

About the Author – Phil Reinke is the founder and President of the Continuous Improvement Institute, Executive Partner/President of the PCR Group, LLC, and was recently an Executive Director at Kaplan Higher Education. He is currently working on three more books. Reinke lives with his wife, Lori, two daughters, Courtney and Rachel, and son, Tyler, in Cooper City, Florida.

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Words of Wisdom Wednesday: Helpful

Posted on 21 March 2012 by ScoutingNewsStaff

The Words of Wisdom Wednesday series is composed of anecdotal segments to inspire and supplement a Scout’s personal development, building core values and moral character.

“An animal has been made by God just as you have been. He is therefore a fellowcreature. He has not the power of speaking our language, but can feel pleasure or pain just as we can, and he can feel grateful to anyone who is kind to him. A Scout is always helpful to people who are crippled or blind or deaf and dumb; so he is good also to these dumb fellow-creatures of ours.” -Sir Robert Baden-Powell

Helpful is the third character trait of a Scout. When Baden-Powell founded Scouting, he intended that every Scout be helpful toward both the environment and people alike. He recognized that a Scout should help those that could not help themselves and that a Scout should give the voiceless a voice.

So when you do a service project, help a person in need of assistance, or speak out for someone else, you are in fact upholding a part of the Scout Law.

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Cub Scout Theme for April is Faith, Thank You

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Cub Scouts Give Thanks Theme for April

Posted on 20 March 2012 by Scouter Mom

Cub Scout Theme for April is Faith, Thank You

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Each month, the Cub Scout program focuses on a core value. The Cub Scout April theme is Faith. BSA has started releasing theme based pack meeting plans for each of these core values. I hear that the new April theme will be Cub Scouts Give Thanks. So this month, I’ll be highlighting some ways that thankfulness can be incorporated into the Cub Scout program on my site

This April theme for Cub Scouts brings to mind both thankfulness to the Creator and remembering to show appreciation to each other. This thankfulness theme also presents a good opportunity for your Cub Scouts to thank everyone who helps them with the program – their parents, their leaders, and the chartering organization. Have your Cub Scouts spend some time writing thank you notes to them, or come up with a creative way for the Cubs to show their appreciation.

Related Cub Scout Achievements and Recognitions

Bear Achievement 18 – Jot It Down

  • Requirement e: Write a thank you note.

Good Manners Belt Loop

  • Requirement 3: Write a thank-you note to someone who has given you something or done something nice for you.

Computers Pin

  • Requirement 6: Use a computer to prepare a thank-you letter to someone.


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