Local Cub Scouts take part in the District Pinewood Derby Competition
Spencer Goodmansen of Pinewood Derby Racing briefs riders on the rules of the track during the Scout Mountain District Pinewood Derby on May 22 at Grace Lutheran High School Gymnasium in Pocatello. The district is part of the Grand Teton Council of the Boy Scouts of America. | Courtesy of Scout Mountain District, Grand Teton Council
The following is a press release from the Scout Mountain District of the Grand Teton Council Boy Scouts of America.
POCATELLO – Local Cubs raced their gravity-powered speedsters during a Pinewood Derby Championship event held at the Grace Lutheran High School gymnasium in Pocatello on Saturday.
The event was sponsored by the Scout Mountain District of the Grand Teton Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The district includes units from Pocatello, Soda Springs, Malad, American Falls and other surrounding communities.
“The Cub Scout packs participating this year included Grace Lutheran School Pack 108, Pocatello Catholic Community Pack 315 and Pocatello Community Charter School Pack 363,” said Scout Mountain District President Deborah. McHugh.
To compete, riders had to have driven their cars earlier this year as part of their Scout pack’s pinewood derby competition.
“The pack derbies usually take place in the January-February period with the district event in March or April, but everything was delayed this year as we had to work the events around changing COVID- guidelines. 19, ”McHugh said.
When the Cubs arrived, they first had to visit the pit crew to have their cars weighed, inspected and the axles lubricated with graphite.
“We use small adhesive weights to adjust each car to exactly five ounces,” said Gary Davis, a member of the pit crew.
When not in the pit, Davis serves as a Scout paraprofessional and Sea Scout advisor. Scout Mountain District Commissioner Terry Jensen was responsible for applying graphite to the axles of the cars.
In addition to accommodating dimensions of seven inches long by two and three-quarter inches wide and three inches high, Cub Scouts can pretty much design cars however they want. While there were many original paint schemes and drawings, Saturday’s race cars also included a lot of character themes, including R2D2 from Star War, Lightning McQueen from Car, Spiderman, Batman, and Team Pokémon.
To add energy, enthusiasm and professionalism to the event, the District hired Spencer Goodmansen of Pinewood Derby Racing. Goodmansen’s setup included announcement services, a four-lane aluminum track, electronic timing, instant replay, and real-time NASCAR race sounds. After the event, runners can even view the race results on the Goodmansen website.
At the end of the races, awards were given to the group based on their Cub rank and the overall event winners. The overall winners of this year’s Scout Mountain District Pinewood Derby were:
- Tyler D., Pack 315, 1st place with an average speed of 200.55 mph
- Ben H., Pack 108, 2nd place with an average speed of 198.55 mph
- Ezra B., Pack 108, 3rd place with an average speed of 196.26 mph
For more information on Scouting opportunities for youth and adults, contact Deborah McHugh, District President, at (208) 406-1614 or the Scout Service Center at (208) 233-4600.
This year’s Scout Mountain District Pinewood Derby Overall Winners. | Courtesy of Scout Mountain District, Grand Teton Council