Cub Scout - Pack 56

Dixon Elementary School, 2400 Pilgrim Square Drive, Brookfield, WI 53005

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Cub Scout - Pack 56

Dixon Elementary School, 2400 Pilgrim Square Drive, Brookfield, WI 53005

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Pinewood Derby

Pack 56

January 25, 2011

Dixon Cafeteria



The Pinewood Derby has been a Cub Scout tradition for more than 50 years. It is an opportunity for the boys to learn elements of engineering, fair play, and friendly competition. The goal of the pack is to provide a fun event where winning is secondary to participation. It is also important to conduct the event in such a way that everyone, parents and scouts, feel that the event is as fair and unbiased as possible. This is achieved by providing all participants with the same materials and the same rules governing their use to start. The Scouts can let their imaginations take over from there. Below are the guidelines that we will be using for this year's race.


We will try to minimize the downtime that boys experience between races, and we encourage them to watch and root for their friends. However, there will still be times when the boys will not be racing. The leaders will be involved in running the racing activities, and will not have time to keep track of the boys or keep them safe. We will be expecting the parents to help us prevent the boys (and their siblings) from running unsupervised in the cafeteria or out in the halls. If everyone takes responsibility for their children, we will have a safe and enjoyable evening.


The Pinewood Derby will consist of two elements: Best Looking and Racing


2. Best Looking Competition - Scouts and Leaders will be able to vote for their favorite looking cars.

 Voting will take place between 6:00pm and 6:30pm on the evening of the race. Any votes not cast by 6:30p will not be counted.

 Each scout will receive a poker chip with his name on it.

 There will be cans available with a number on each can. That number will correspond to the number of the slot where the car will be.

 Cars may not be touched or handled prior to or during the voting.

 Votes will be tallied while the races are run, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be announced at the conclusion of racing.

2. Racing Competition

 Only cars checked-in during the official time will be permitted to compete. Check-in is Monday, January 24, 2011 from 6:30pm 7:30pm in the Dixon Cafeteria

 Racing will take place between 6:30pm and 8pm on Tuesday evening.

 Each boys is scheduled to race in 3 heats

 Heats will be run by Den when possible, so all of the boys in a particular den will run all of their heats and then we will move on to the next den

 Points will be awarded to each racer based on finish place in that heat (ex. 1st place will earn 1 point, 2nd place will earn 2 points, etc.

 Racers who do not compete or do not finish will earn 9 points for that heat.

 The point total for each heat will be added together to form the racer's composite score. These scores will be visible to the Pack during that Den's heats.

 The lowest composite score from each Den will move onto the Final race. Some dens will send the lowest two (2) scorers to the Final race.

 If there is a tie composite score between two racers that affects the determination of who shall go to the Final race. A Tie-Breaker heat will be run. This heat will only involve the racers whose tie score leaves the Final race in question. Winner of the tie-breaker heat will move on to the Finals. In the event, that a Den is eligible to send two racers, and the two lowest scores from that den have tied, then no tie-breaker heat will be necessary. Both racers will move on to the finals.

 After all of the Dens have finished their heats, the racers for the Final race will be announced and displayed.

 The Final race will be a single heat. Lanes will be arbitrarily assigned by the Den Leaders.