Dan Beard District Pinewood Derby Held

Published 05/10 2014 03:14AM

Updated 05/10 2014 03:27AM


Cub Scout Pack 21, charted by the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church located on Dundaff Street in Dickson City, was proud to host the 2014 Dan Beard District Pinewod Derby Race on Saturday, April 26, 2014.

Cub Scouts from surrounding Cub Packs converged on the LaSalle Dickson City Campus with their cars in tow. Each boy participating had winning cars in their own pack's Pinewood Derbies. The boys turned their cars over to the Boy Scout volunteers to be weighed and measured. Each car must not exceed a length of seven inches and cannot weigh more than 5 ounces. Each car must be constructed of pine; the width, wheel and under-body clearance are also regulated. Once registered, the car is to remain untouched until race time.  Each car raced four times on an aluminum track with electronic timers. The races were divided by rank and age level.  The top three winners were chosen according to their track times.

The boys, surrounded by their families, were excited for the race and the prospect of winning. Nathan Buchinski, Tiger Scout with Pack 21 of Dickson City, exclaimed, "I hope I win!". His father, Robert, reminded him that even if he doesn't win, he will have lots of fun. Nathan added, "And, I did my best!". The Cub Scout motto is 'Do your best'.

With 32 boys racing and each racer being cheered by parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles, the level of enthusiasm was high. Track records were being beat. The boys congratulated each other and shook hands.  Jumbo Pixie Sticks was the candy of choice. Good sportsmanship was abundant.
The Pinewood Derby race started with an idea in 1952 when a Manhattan Beach, California father and scout leader, Don Murphy, wanted a father/son activity without waiting for the Soap Box Derby. His fellow leaders followed his lead and created a 31 foot, two lane race track, complete with a battery operated finish line. The first race was on May 15, 1953 with Cub Scout Pack 280C.

Information on the Boy Scouts of America in NEPA can be found at www.nepabsa.org.

(Information from Sheila McDonough)
(570) 604-4355
For Immediate Release
Cub Scout Pack 21, charted by the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church located on Dundaff Street in Dickson City, was proud to host the 2014 Dan Beard District Pinewod Derby Race on Saturday, April 26, 2014.
Cub Scouts from surrounding Cub Packs converged on the LaSalle Dickson City Campus with their cars in tow. Each boy participating had winning cars in their own pack's Pinewood Derbies. The boys turned their cars over to the Boy Scout volunteers to be weighed and measured. Each car must not exceed a length of seven inches and cannot weigh more than 5 ounces. Each car must be constructed of pine; the width, wheel and underbody clearance are also regulated. Once registered, the car is to remain untouched until race time.  Each car raced four times on an aluminum track with electronic timers. The races were divided by rank and age level.  The top three winners were chosen according to their track times.
The boys, surrounded by their families, were excited for the race and the prospect of winning. Nathan Buchinski, Tiger Scout with Pack 21 of Dickson City, exclaimed, "I hope I win!". His father, Robert, reminded him that even if he doesn't win, he will have lots of fun. Nathan added, "And, I did my best!". The Cub Scout motto is 'Do your best'.
With 32 boys racing and each racer being cheered by parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles, the level of enthusiasm was high. Track records were being beat. The boys congratulated each other and shook hands.  Jumbo Pixie Sticks was the candy of choice. Good sportsmanship was abundant.
The Pinewood Derby race started with an idea in 1952 when a Manhattan Beach, California father and scout leader, Don Murphy, wanted a father/son activity without waiting for the Soap Box Derby. His fellow leaders followed his lead and created a 31 foot, two lane race track, complete with a battery operated finish line. The first race was on May 15, 1953 with Cub Scout Pack 280C.
Information on the Boy Scouts of America in NEPA can be found at www.nepabsa.org.


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