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Lowes Pinewood Derby Workshops 2012

Posted on 08 January 2012 by ScoutingNewsStaff

Lowes and Dremel have teamed up again to offer Pinewood Derby Days workshops in 2012.  At these clinics experts share their tips and tricks for making good looking and fast racing derby cars. Everyone who attends an event will be given a BSA-approved badge and a 10% off Dremel coupon.

These are the dates:

  • Saturday, January 7th (I guess we’re a little late on this)
  • Saturday, January 21st
  • Saturday, February 4th
  • Saturday, February 18th

The event usually lasts from 11AM to 1PM. Please check with your local store before the event as local times/dates may differ.

More information on the Derby Days website.

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Pinewood Derby Season Kicks Off in December – 4 Million Kids Participate Annually


Pinewood Derby Season Kicks Off in December – 4 Million Kids Participate Annually

Posted on 08 December 2011 by ScoutingNewsStaff

Getting Started in Pinewood Derby

Getting Started in Pinewood Derby

(LANCASTER, PA) This month marks the start of a wildly anticipated annual event for boys and girls across the United States – the Pinewood Derby – a racing competition in which children create a winning car from a block of wood and plastic wheels. For Boy Scouts, the season begins at the end of December and lasts until March. For Awana, a religious organization that hosts their own Pinewood Derby-style event called the Awana Grand Prix, the event runs from January to May. The popularity of the Pinewood Derby led it to be called a “celebrated rite of spring,” and one of “America’s 100 Best,” by Reader’s Digest in 2006. And with this event comes an opportunity for parent and child to work together toward a common goal – building a car that will get down the track.

Dash Derby Can Help Parents and Kids Troy Thorne, an Assistant Scoutmaster, father of two Pinewood Derby participants and experienced woodworker, has written a new book for first-time racers who need assistance with making a car that will get down the track, called Getting Started in Pinewood Derby: Step-By-Step Workbook to Building Your First Car (Fox Chapel Publishing, November 1, 2011). The comic-book styled guide includes a delightfully-illustrated character complete with a red and white racing-striped helmet and racing jumpsuit, named Dash Derby. Dash is the “adventure guide” to building a car, and makes the book fun, easy to read and enjoyable for kids. He chronicles each day of the building process and provides tips along the way.

Making a Pinewood Derby Car There are Official Grand Prix Pinewood Derby car specifications and local rules that must be abided to when building a car. For example, wheel bearings and bushings are prohibited. Cars can’t weigh more than 5 ounces. Only dry lubricant is permitted, etc. With those rules in mind, children receive a supplied Pinewood Derby Kit, which includes wheels, axles and a block of wood. With the help of a parent, kids cut, shape, sand and paint the car of their dreams. Adding weight and graphite to the wheels are fine tuning secrets learned with experience – or the help of someone who’s been around the Pinewood Derby block. Thorne has been around that block – with the cars he’s built with his own children and even other parents who needed help. In that respect, he is very much like the founder of the Pinewood Derby.

History of the Pinewood Derby In 1953, Don Murphy, a father from Manhatten Beach, California, wanted to “devise a wholesome, constructive activity that would foster a closer father-son relationship and promote craftsmanship and good sportsmanship through competition.” The company he worked for, North American Aviation, sponsored the miniature racing event for his son’s Cub Scout pack, and purchased the wood and other materials. The event was instantly successful and was quickly adopted by the Los Angeles County Department of Recreation. Within the year, it was being duplicated in all Cub Scout packs across the United States, and publicized in the October 1954 issue of Boy’s Life magazine. Since then, an estimated 43 millions parents and children have participated.

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Pinewood Derby Phone iPad App to Debut Soon

Posted on 04 October 2010 by Dan

Pinewood Derby LogoIteration, LLC. is creating an iApp for Pinewood Derby® fans.  This application will be available for the iPad, and will incorporate physics lessons with the thrill of competition.

Additional details about the Pinewood Derby App will be posted when they are made available.

Source: BSA Licensing Insider Vol. 3, No. 10

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Alex Lloyd Grand Prix of Long Beach Race Report

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Alex Lloyd Grand Prix of Long Beach Race Report

Posted on 19 April 2010 by admin

Alex Lloyd finally got his trip to the Beach for one of Indy Car’s signature races, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Alex Lloyd driving the #19 BSA car has won numerous times on the Indy Lights series in 2007 but has never run on the streets of Long Beach before.

“It certainly is challenging coming to a new street circuit like this when most of the other drivers have had years of experience here,” commented Alex. “We were pleased with the progress we made over the weekend and feel we learned a lot which will help us when we get back on the street circuits this summer.”

Alex would start the race from row 11 along side Graham Rahal. Alex won the battle to the first turn and would end up improving as the race went on. Late in the race the leaders had finally caught Alex, but the talented Brit was running very strong lap times and they would find it difficult to put the #19 car a lap down. Ryan finally was able to squeeze by and eventual second place finisher Justin Wilson would also try an aggressive move to get by.

Justin was almost up to Alex’s rear wheel at turn in. Justin’s front wing got into Alex’s right rear tire causing an immediate flat tire. Alex was forced to limp back to the pits costing him valuable positions to get new tires and fuel.

Relegated back Alex would soldier on with good lap times, closing on Formula 1 veteran Takumo Sato, before the checkered would come out and reward the Boy Scout car with 19th place.

The Boy Scouts of America Indy Car contingent had a great weekend of events at Long Beach. The local Long Beach Council had Bay Street closed off for Scout Alley. Show cars, displays, Pinewood Derbies, and Soap Box derbies were the highlight.

Of interesting note Alex beat team owner Dale Coyne by .2 seconds in the Soap Box derby on Friday evening. Of more interest is that Alex’s wife Samantha beat Alex by a similar margin.

The team now prepares for the beginning of the seasons oval swing of races. First up will be the 1.5 mile high bank oval of Kansas in two weeks time, followed by the famed month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Scouting organization is composed of 2.7 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 20, 1.1 million volunteers, and nearly 300 local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.

More information about 100 Years of Scouting can be found at www.scouting.org/100years.

About Dale Coyne Racing
For more than 27 years Dale Coyne Racing has competed in Indy car racing. The team enjoyed a successful 2009 IndyCar Series season with a win at Watkins Glen, and finished 9th in the IndyCar Series championship. Please visit www.dalecoyneracing.com for more information about the Boy Scouts of America #19 IndyCar.

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Children Get Creative at the Pinewood Derby

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Children Get Creative at the Pinewood Derby

Posted on 19 February 2010 by admin

Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort
Story by Lance Cpl. Courtney White

Cub Scouts line up along the caution tape surrounding the race track while preparing to watch their car compete against other cars for the fastest speed. Chatter fills the room as the scout master puts up two fingers, a move that all of the children mimic. With the signal for everyone to be quiet, the race is ready to begin.

Tri-Command’s Cub Scouts celebrated an annual Pinewood Derby at Galer Elementary School’s cafeteria aboard Laurel Bay, Saturday, Feb. 13.

The Pinewood Derby is a race that Cub Scouts participate in yearly after building their own race car with their personal, unique style, using materials given to them.

“This is a great opportunity for the children to build something useful with very few materials,” said Maj. Charles Bercier, the scout master for pack 283. “The main focus of these activities is to get the families involved in their child’s life and to teach the children different skills.”

The 60 Cub Scouts who participated ranged from first through fifth grade. Each child was given a block of wood and materials needed to build a wooden car no heavier than five ounces.

A wide variety of creative pinewood cars were raced showing each child’s uniqueness. Some children cut their car for a sleek design while others maintained a box-shaped car, and each car was painted differently. Some children painted military-style cars, a plain favorite color or a motivational character such as Cubby, the scout mascot.

The cubs are given about a month to complete their box car during Cub Scout meetings and at home with the assistance of their family. There were various rules and restrictions on the car such as the car could not be longer than seven inches, the wood provided in the kit had to have been used and wheel bearings, washers and bushings were prohibited.

“We had a difficult time getting my car to be at the right weight, but it was still fun building it,” said Joshua Fuson, the Cub Scout who won first place in speed. “My favorite part of the derby was seeing everyone’s cool car. I’m looking forward to next year’s derby.”

The Cub Scouts have been a part of the Tri-Command Community since the 1970s, offering a chance for the children to learn a wide variety of skills.

“Cub scouting is a great family program that gets the children off of the couch and away from electronics,” Bercier said.

The children competed for first second and third place in categories for both the speed of the car and the most creative design. However, all Cub Scouts received a certificate and patch for participating.

Each box car raced in all four lanes offering the Cub Scouts a chance to watch their car compete multiple times. After the race was completed, all of the scores were added together to give a fair score.

“Once the children have participated in one derby, they become much more excited about the next one and how they can improve their car,” said Amy Albert, a Cub Scout parent. “The children always improve over the years, and the changes are visible as their imagination grows.”

The Cub Scouts will continue to work together and host more events such as the upcoming Blue and Gold Banquet which will give the children a chance to get together.

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2010 Dremel Pinewood Derby Days Program

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2010 Dremel Pinewood Derby Days Program

Posted on 06 January 2010 by Dan

Click here for the 2012 Derby Days.

Once again Dremel is partnering with Lowe’s Home Improvement stores and the Boy Scouts of America to provide the Dremel Pinewood Derby® Days program. This is the second year of this collaborative program to help Scouts create a winning Pinewood Derby car. The 2009 event was hit or miss based on the store and the Pinewood Derby “expert” that was brought in, you can read some of the comments on the 2009 Pinewood Derby Days program.

According to the Dremel Days website, these are the workshop dates and times:
Saturday, Jan. 16th, 11 am – 1 pm
Saturday, Jan. 30th, 11 am – 1 pm
Saturday, Feb. 6th, 11 am – 1 pm
Saturday, Feb. 20th, 11 am – 1 pm
Please contact your local store prior to event to ensure they are having the workshop and that the date and times are correct!

The workshops provide a program on how to build a winning Pinewood Derby® race car. It will also demonstrate the Dremel Pinewood Derby® Rotary Tool Accessory Kit which includes an official Pinewood Derby® car kit and 18 Dremel accessories for carving, sanding, polishing and cleaning the race car. As a special bonus, Dremel will provide everyone attending the in-store demonstrations a 2010 Pinewood Derby® Days patch (while supplies last) and 10% off the total purchase of any Dremel tool, attachment or accessory purchase.

If you can’t attend one of the Dremel Pinewood Derby Days workshops, at least check out the Dremel Derby website. Take a look around this site for car-building ideas and speed tips, help in designing a stunning derby car, and the supplies and tools you need to complete a one-of-a-kind car that is truly “built for speed”!

If you attend one of the 2010 Dremel Pinewood Derby Days workshops, let us know what you thought in the comments below.

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Subaru Forester Pinewood Derby Commercial

Posted on 18 February 2009 by admin

While the kids aren’t wearing Cub Scout Uniforms, Subaru has a commercial that features a Pinewood Derby Race.

This video was removed from YouTube 2/1/2012. Let us know if you find it agian!

Isn’t nice when honest virtues win…

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Pinewood Derby

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2009 National Museum Pinewood Derby Race

Posted on 08 February 2009 by Dan

Pinewood DerbyThe National Scouting Museum is hosting a Pinewood Derby Race on February 28, 2009.

According to the Flyer there will be fun & prizes and admission to the Museum is $3 for everyone. Reservations are required, call 972.580.2467 to make a reservation.

View the original 2009 National Scouting Museum Pinewood Derby Flyer (pdf).

Race Day Schedule:
11:00 a.m. Registration Begins

Race Times
12:30 p.m. Tiger
12:50 p.m. Bear
1:00 p.m. Wolf
1:20 p.m. Webelos I & II
1:40 p.m. Siblings
2:00 p.m. Final race
* All start times are approximate.

Double elimination will be used if necessary

Pinewood Derby Rules:
• The car weight shall not exceed 5 ounces and the length of the car shall not exceed 7 inches.
• The overall width of the car shall not exceed 2 3/4” and it must have 1 3/4” clearance between
the wheels.
• The car must have 3/8” clearance underneath the body.
• The wood and wheels provided in the kit must be used. The wheels may not be cut, drilled,
beveled, or rounded.
• The axles supplied with the kit must be used. Wheel bearings, washers, bushings, or springs are
• The car must be freewheeling, with no starting devices.

This is another great opportunity to extend the Pinewood Derby Racing season!

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Friday Funny: Pinewood Derby Laws

Posted on 06 February 2009 by Dan

Welcome to Friday Funny! Every Friday, Scouting News will share a Scouting related joke with our readers. Hopefully you find it just as funny as we did!

Today’s Friday Funny was overheard on Twitter, John (@JohnShepard) over at JohnScout 2.0 has been getting ready for a Pinewood Derby Race tomorrow. The last couple of days he has shared his thoughts abut preparing for the race in the theme of JohnScout’s Pinewood Derby Laws:

JohnScout’s First Law of the Pinewood Derby:

No matter how early one acquires the BSA Official Pinewood Derby kit blank, we will still be sanding the weekend before the big race.

JohnScout’s Second Law of the Pinewood Derby:

The less Akela touches the Pinewood Derby Kit, the better the Cub Scout does in the big race.

JohnScout’s Third Law of the Pinewood Derby:

Akela will ignore the Second Law of the Pinewood Derby.

What are your Pinewood Derby Laws?

Do you have a Scouting related joke? Would you like to see it featured on a future Friday Funny? If so please use the contact us page to send it to us. If you include your Unit and / or website address it will be included with the joke.

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Pack 336 News Van

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Pack 336 Pinewood Derby News Van

Posted on 24 January 2009 by Dan

Pack 336 News VanEver wonder what your Pinewood Derby car experiences flying down the track? Thanks to the Pack 336 News Van you don’t have to wonder anymore!

This creative Pinewood Derby Car, or van, was submitted by Cub Scout Riley during Cub Scout Pack 336’s Pinewood Derby. Pack 336 is based out of Mt. Carmel, Ohio.

The van features a fully working camera that took this exciting fast moving video. Hold onto your hats!

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