Cub Scout Pack 99 will be holding its annual Pinewood Derby this coming Saturday at River View Elementary School, located at 2097 Bronk Road in Plainfield.
The event will take place from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm and will include races by Den and then a race-off to determine the pack winner. Each car has been designed and decorated by the individual Cub Scout to meet the specifications of the Pinewood Derby. There will be prizes for the best decorated car and sibling races in addition to the main Derby.
The pinewood derby is an annual event of the Cub Scouts (the young-age division of the Boy Scouts of America). It is the most popular event for many Scouts and is probably the best known Scouting event among non-Scouts.
The Cub Scout is given a block of wood made of pine with two notches for wheels, four plastic wheels and four nails. The finished car must use all nine pieces, and cannot exceed five ounces on weight, 7 inches of length and 2 3/4 inches wide. Other than the previous basic design rules, the Cub Scout is able to carve and decorate the car as he chooses. Many Cub Scouts also add weights to the final design to bring the car to the maximum allowable weight. Cars typically vary from unfinished blocks to whimsical objects, to accurate replicas of actual cars.
The idea behind the pinewood derby is for an adult partner to spend time helping the child design, carve, paint, add weights, and tune the final car.
Media outlets are invited to attend to take pictures and video. Boys, their parents and pack leaders will be available to answer questions and for on-camera interviews.
ABOUT THE PACK
Cub Scout Pack 99 serves a diverse group of boys and their families in the Plainfield/Joliet area, following the Cub Scout motto of “fun with a purpose” to help instill values and skills for a lifetime.