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Cullman PINEWOOD DERBY RESULTS Cullman City Cub Scouts

by | Mar 5, 2017 | Breaking News, City News, Community, Cullman City, Get Smart, People, Students

CULLMAN PINEWOOD DERBY RESULTS: Cullman City Cub Scouts – Pack 213

Saturday night was an annual rite of passage for the Cullman Cub Scouts of Tiger Den Pack 213 and their fathers.

It was the running of the traditional Pinewood Derby at First United Methodist Church.

CULLMAN PINEWOOD DERBY RESULTS: Cullman City Cub Scouts – Pack 213

The pinewood derby is a racing event for Cub Scouts within the Boy Scouts of America. Cub Scouts, with the help of parents – usually a Father or male guardian – build their own cars from wood, typically from kits containing a block of pine, plastic wheels, and metal axles.

The WINNERS this year were:

1st – Henry Crocker
2nd – Josh Marks
3rd – Jonathan Haynes

Also, receiving awards were:

Outlaw Class Winner – Brodie Lee
Scout Choice Award – Aiden Sanchez
Scoutsmanship Award – Maxx Walden

Cullman PINEWOOD DERBY RESULTS Cullman City Cub Scouts

The first pinewood derby was held on May 15, 1953, at the Scout House in Manhattan Beach, California by Cub Scout Pack 280C.

The pinewood derby had a sensational first year.

The idea spread rapidly, and competitions were held across the country. These took place mainly in recreation departments and nonprofit organizations including the Los Angeles County Department of Recreation.

The National Director of Cub Scouting Service at the time, O. W. (Bud) Bennett, said:

“We believe you have an excellent idea, and we are most anxious to make your material available to the Cub Scouts of America.”

Within the year, the Boy Scouts of America adopted the pinewood derby for use in all Cub Scout packs nationwide.

Cullman PINEWOOD DERBY RESULTS Cullman City Cub Scouts

The Scout is given a block of wood made of pine, four plastic wheels, and four nails. The finished car must use all nine pieces, must not exceed a certain weight (usually five ounces, must not exceed a certain width (usually 2-3/4 inches and length (usually 7 inches). The vehicle MUST fit on the track used by that particular scout pack.

The idea behind the pinewood derby is for the parent, usually the father, but sometimes the mother or grandparent, to spend time helping the child design, carve, paint, add weights, and tune the final car.

However, it is often the case that the parent takes over the construction of the car. The quest for a fast car supports a cottage industry that supplies modified wheels, axles, and blocks as well as videos and instruction books.

According to Ron Benfield Cullman Cub Scouts Den Leader of Pack 1, the popularity of the pinewood derby has spawned a small industry developed around providing tracks, timers, scales, trophies, ribbons, and other products.

While a pinewood derby car kit costs around $4, a set of modified wheels and axles can sell for more than ten times that amount.

The aftermarket items are legal under some Pack rules since the parts originally came from an official Boy Scouts of America (BSA) kit. Complete cars can be purchased on eBay and elsewhere for around $100 to $200. Although these cars violate the spirit of the event, if not the rules, enforcement can be difficult.

Father of the 1st Place winner, Champ Crocker, was pleased with his son’s performance and their compliance with the core integrity of pinewood derby spirit:

“I couldn’t be happier for Henry. He completed well last year but was seriously fired up to win this year. He certainly made the most of his $4 kit spending several nights engineering and crafting the vehicle for both looks and speed. I had a reasonable amount of involvement with his design, but he did virtually all the manual labor and fine crafting. Frankly, I was a bit surprised he won against some of the high-end competition we had in the field tonight.”

Young Crocker and several of the award winners are expected defend their titles in 2018. Henry is 8 years old, and a second grader at Cullman Christian School.

Cullman PINEWOOD DERBY RESULTS Cullman City Cub Scouts

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