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Pinewood Derby CHECK-IN DAY

posted Mar 7, 2017, 12:25 PM by Pack 12 Committee Chair   [ updated Jun 5, 2018, 6:07 PM by Pack 12 Cubmaster ]


Please be reminded that Inspection/Impound Day (check-in & registration) is SATURDAY, MARCH 11 @ 5 PM for all scouts wishing to race in Sunday's Pinewood Derby.

Some things to keep in mind:

  • Car MUST be checked-in on this day or scout will be unable to race. There is no time for inspection and registration the morning of the race.
  • Scout should be present to check in his own car if at all possible.
  • Check-in will take place (weather permitting) through the BACK door of the PAC nearest the JP2 House. This is to facilitate an OUTDOOR work/pit area for last minute tuning and lubrication prior to impounding.
  • A work/pit area will be provided outdoors on Inspection/Impound day for last-minute tuning and adjustments only. Please do not monopolize the area and tools by attempting to construct your car at check-in. We'll try to have some tools available, but plan to bring your own.
  • We need volunteers willing to loan tools for the pit/work area (drills, hammers, pliers, screwdrivers, sandpaper, glue, extra axles, wheels and weights if you're willing to share
  • NOTE: if your car is heavier than 5 oz., you WILL have to remove material to get the weight down.
  • Scout should be prepared to give a name for his car. (Can be anything he likes: camo cruiser, green lightning, chicken doodle, etc.)
  • Cars will be inspected for compliance with Tunica District Pinewood Derby Rules, which were distributed when you got your kit, at den meetings, and posted below
    Note: To allow as many scouts an opportunity to race as possible, Pack 12 Pit Crew members may, at their discretion, allow a scout to race a car not in strict compliance with District rules IF, and only if, the noncompliance does not create a competitive speed advantage (this will usually only be a cosmetic height issue), HOWEVER, should the scout place at the Pack race with a non-compliant car, the scout will NOT be allowed to advance to District. His runner-up will advance instead. We STRONGLY urge all scouts to strictly adhere to posted Tunica District Rules.
    ALL PACK 12 PIT CREW INSPECTION DETERMINATIONS ARE FINAL. The Pack 12 PWD is meant to foster an environment of competitive FUN and good SPORTSMANSHIP. Our goal is to create a fun race-day experience and a level playing field, but it goes without saying that someone will be disappointed. Such disappointment can be a meaningful learning experience for scouts. As Akela, please support and guide your scout with your encouraging words and example.
  • Inspectors and Pit Crew will likely be divided into stations: 1) check-in/registration; 2) weight, height, width & ground clearance inspection; 3) wheel & axle inspection; 4) Outdoor Work/Pit area; 5) Track testing
  • Each racer will have two (and only two) chances to test his car on the official track. A Pit Crew member will run the car. Only Pit Crew are allowed in the track area - no scouts or parents.
  • Once the scout has tested his car (optional) and passed inspection, his car will be impounded and may not be touched again by anyone but Pit Crew until the end of Race Day.
  • Cars will be assigned a number by placing a number sticker on the car.

As always, feel free to reach out to me directly if you have any questions, concerns, or if there's anything we can do to make your scouting experience more enjoyable.

God bless you, your scouts, and your families!

Scott D. Harrington
Pack 12 Committee Chair

Pack 12 Committee Chair,
Mar 7, 2017, 12:26 PM