Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!

26 Feb

The pinnacle event of the year is almost upon us. With the 2013 Pinewood Derby about a month away, here’s everything you need to know to get rolling (pun intended).

Step 1: Get your stuff
If you don’t already have your Pinewood Derby kit, connect with your den leader. (Wolves who didn’t receive their kits at Blue & Gold will receive it at school.)

Step 2: Get crackin’ on March 2
This Sat., March 2, Pack 231 is hosting a Pit Stop at Washington Heights Woodworking at 3915 W. McKinley Ave. from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Look for the green door next to the overhead garage door.) The Pit Stop allows scouts and their Akelas to get a start on their cars with all the needed tools available to them. It’s not a required event, though it is particularly helpful for families unfamiliar with building a Pinewood Derby car and anyone who does not have the right tools to cut and shape a block of wood. Make sure you peruse the official Pack 231 Pinewood Derby Rules.

Step 3: Get weighed in on Sat., March 23
The weigh-in for the Pinewood Derby is March 23 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Saint Sebastian school’s cafeteria. Any scout participating in the Pinewood Derby must register his car at any time during this time frame. There will be some tools on hand to make some minor adjustments. Just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither should you shoehorn your car’s construction into this single day. After weigh in, the cars will be stored onsite until the race the next day. Cars will not be allowed to be entered on race day, Sun., March 24.

Volunteers needed on Saturday:

  • 3-4 people to help get the track down before weigh-in begins
  • 7+ to help with weigh-in by volunteering for a shift during the 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. timeframe

Step 4: Off to the races on Sun., March 24
Our Pinewood Derby is scheduled for March 24. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and the race begins at 1:00 p.m. The Lightning Cobras den will be hosting a concession stand to raise funds. Come hungry, come happy and have lunch at the Pinewood Derby. It’s gonna be a good time!

Volunteers needed on Sunday:

  • 3-4 Boy Scouts to help with the race
  • Pit manager
  • Computer operator support

If you are willing to help out the pack and volunteer for one of the needs listed above, please email Lena Stephenson.

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Posted by on February 26, 2013 in Events, Pinewood Derby, Sports


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