January – Trustworthy

The Great Race

A Scout Is Trustworthy

http://www.scouting.org/filestore/cubscouts/pdf/YEAR1/310­842(15)_January%20Trustworthy_WEB.pdf How Does “The Great Race” Relate to This Point of the Scout Law? Being a member of any type of racing team provides an opportunity to demonstrate trustworthiness. The team members must trust each other to always be prepared and perform their tasks to the best of their abilities. They trust that in the event of a loss, the entire team will demonstrate good sportsmanship toward each other as well as toward the other team.


Pinewood derby
Cross Country Race (Obstacle Course)

An Opening or Closing Ceremony
Narrator: “Flags have had many uses throughout our history to communicate information.

Colored flags used in auto racing can be an example of how we travel through life.” Cub

Scout 1: “Green—This flag signals the beginning of our race—we can go as fast as we dare, trusting there are no obstacles to get in our way.”

Cub Scout 2: “Yellow—This flag signals caution—we need to slow down and continue cautiously. Danger may lie ahead.”

Cub Scout 3: “Red and yellow stripes—This flag means a barrier is ahead with debris on the track! We sometimes meet challenges in life. A trustworthy Scout meets these barriers and overcomes them to race ahead cautiously but surely toward the goal.“

Cub Scout 4: “Red—STOP! There IS danger ahead. We must stop and rethink our plan before moving forward.”

Cub Scout 5: “Black—Sometimes in a race, mistakes are made. We all make mistakes, but a trustworthy racer admits the mistake, corrects it with the help of the members of his team, learns how to avoid that mistake, and gets back out on the track.”

Cub Scout 6: “White—There is only one lap to go. The goal is up ahead, so we stay the course to reach the finish line.”

Cub Scout 7: “Black­and­white checkered—WE DID IT! We finished the race. We didn’t give up and did our best.” [This flag should be waved enthusiastically.]

A Song to Sing

My Race Car Tune: “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean”

I wanted to build a fast race car,As fast, oh as fast as can be,

But something went wrong with my race car,

It ended up stuck in a tree.

Give back, give back, Give back my race car to me, to me.

Give back, give back, Oh tree, give my car back to me.

Soapbox Derby



You know the weekend variety. I’ve got 2 boys, the oldest is now 8 & I figure now is a good time as any to do this kind of stuff. I saw this pic in on of the CL threads & was like….”I can build that with leftover MKII/MKIII parts in my shed!” http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?5263942­Cool­Father­amp­Son­Projects

The Cubanapolis is a fun family event where the boys, prior to race day and
with their parent’s assistance, make a “cardboard race car” that they can wear and run
with. On race day, each Den will race separately to determine a “fastest racer.” If the boys Janurary2
are interested, we may run a final race to include the winner from each of the Dens. The
emphasis on this event is family fun and participation, therefore no trophies are awarded; instead the Scouts will race for some fun prizes.

Car Making:

  • Body of car must be constructed of cardboard. Tape, tinfoil, paint, construction paper, stickers and paper plates can also be used for decoration.
  • Use a box that fits around the boy without being either too snug or too loose.
  • No metal or glass materials may be used.
  • No items can be hanging or dragging behind a car
  • For safety reasons, cars should not have a ‘windshield’
  • All cars should have the boy’s assigned number prominently displayed. It will be the same number that was used at the Pinewood Derby.

Race Procedures:

Each race will consist of 4 laps

Each racer will need a 2 person pit crew

Each racer should bring 3 things: a small towel or washcloth, a helmet (bike or ski

helmet), and gym­appropriate (no black soles) shoes. A few spare helmets may be

available, but each boy should come prepared.

Race Sequence:

  • Boys run first lap, then come into the pits and sit in their pit crew’s chair
  • Pit Crew will ‘clean the windshield’ by wiping the boys face with a damp towel
  • Boys run second lap, then come into the pits again and sit in their pit crew’s chair
  • Boy ‘refuels’ by drinking a cup of water handed to him by a pit crew member. BOY MUST DRINK ALL OF THE WATER BY HIMSELF.
  • Boys run third lap, then come into the pits again and sit in their pit crew’s chair
  • Pit Crew ‘changes’ tires’ by tying a ribbon IN A BOW around each ankle and wrist
  • Boys run fourth and final lap and cross finish line

Safety and Race Rules:

Pinewood Derby Car Design Tips


The Pinewood Derby has been drawing Cub Scouts together for a day of competition since 1953. The noble goal of the derby is to foster a stronger relationship between the Cub Scout and his parent by working together to create a personalized, custom, one­of­a-kind car from a basic BSA kit. It is hoped that a scout feels pride in his work, enjoys the competition of racing against other scouts, and demonstrates good sportsmanship whether he wins or not.

Pinewood Truths

I’ve been through 6 years of Pinewood Derbies with my sons. The first year was a rude awakening to the reality of Pinewood Derbies. These are the few truths I discovered:

Some dads do all the building of the car and the scout carries the trophy home. There is no way to prevent this.

Some cars are purchased ready to race rather than built. There is no way to prevent this.

Some fathers will teach their sons that cheating is ok.

Most scouts prefer to roll their cars around on the gym floor after the race rather than care about who won.

After the first derby, I sat down with my sons and we talked about the various levels of craftmanship and speed we had seen. They decided that next year they would try to win the Most Creative award instead of theFastest Car because the scouts all voted on the Most Creative. They recognized that some scouts did very little work on their car because the scouts told them. They also didn’t care about not being fastest. They were already talking about cool designs for next year and asking me if I would do the sawing again ­that’s all I ever did on their cars. Every year, I also made my own car on which I could demonstrate my creative abilities.

I believe the Pinewood Derby is a wonderful opportunity for a son and parent to have a great time working with wood, learning about friction and gravity, being creative, and just having an excellent time together. As long as the parent emphasizes that they are participating together and does not take over the project, the derby is great. I think the team needs to set a few goals and guidelines before the derby car kit is even opened:

  • Enjoy the process and the event, win or lose
  • Do our best within the rules
  • Hope for the best
  • Congratulate the rest

While my scouts were not too concerned about speed, I was very interested. Some of those cars just flew down the track and I wanted to know how. After hours of research, I learned all the tricks for a fast car and I learned the Pinewood Derby is Big Business with a myriad selection of tools, templates, plans, and designs for a dad to purchase in an effort to help his scout bring home a trophy. I decided to try some of the free speed tricks myself ­ I won the pack’s adult competition. The following tips tell you the most important pinewood derby car design concepts. Doing just the first few will make a huge impact on your performance.

Pinewood Derby Car Design Tips

These tips are in order of the most important first. If you have wheels as smooth as glass on axles that are misaligned, it will do no good.

Heavier is Faster ­ Pinewood derby cars are gravity driven. Make your car as close to the 5 ounce weight limit as possible. When the car reaches the flat end part of the track, its extra weight means more momentum to continue moving fast.

Axle Alignment ­ Absolutely straight, perpendicular axles mean a straight- running car with no drift. Every time your car drifts to the side and touches the lane boundaries, it slows down. The predrilled axle holes may not be true and straight.

Graphite Lubricant ­ dry graphite where the wheels and axles meet reduces friction and results in longer, faster runs.

Longer is Faster ­ if your rules allow you to move the axle locations, move the front and back axles as far apart as possible. The longer wheelbase results in less car Weight in Back ­ by moving weight towards the rear of the car, it moves further

up the track at the starting point. That means it falls further and propels the car longer. If the weight is too far back, the front of the car will wobble so finding the best location

Polish Axles ­ the standard axles have imperfections that will increase friction with the wheels. Grinding the ridges off and polishing reduces friction.

Smooth Wheels ­ The standard wheels have ridges and bumps. Sand and smooth them to reduce friction.

These are all modifications scouts with adult help can make on their standard kit. There are also many different tools available to help with the more advanced tasks such as polishing axles. And, it’s even possible to just purchase pre­polished axles and wheels.


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