2018 Dogwood District Pinewood Derby Rules

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2018 Dogwood District Pinewood Derby Rules

Date:                     March 24, 2018

Time:                    9:00am till 1:00pm

9:00 am -10:30 am     Weigh In & Registration**


10:30am – 1:00 pm (Approx. Ending Time) Racing and Judging


Location:             ST. LUKE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 2916 Wicker St, Sanford, NC 27330

  1. In order to race at the Dogwood District Pinewood Derby, the participant must satisfy one of the two membership requirements.
    1. Registered as a Cub Scout at some point since January 1st , 2018
    2. 5 th Grade Cub Scout who bridged (joined) Boy Scouts since September 1st, 2017
    3. Finished in the top three of their Packs Pinewood Derby for the category they are registering to compete at the District level.
  2. The car must be built for the current Pinewood Derby Racing Season. NO REPEATS or REPAINTS.
  3. Cars must be built from an Official Pinewood Derby Racing Kit, BSA Item #17006. The kit includes a rectangular Pinewood body with axel slots, nails for axels, and wheels. NO PRECUT cars, even those marked “Official BSA,” shall be allowed during the District Pinewood Derby.
  4. The length of the car shall not exceed 7”, the width shall not exceed 2 3/4”, and the weight shall not exceed 5 ounces. The cut-outs provided for the axles in the block of wood shall be used and unaltered.
  1. No loose materials of any kind are permitted in or on the car.
  2. The car may be hollowed out and built up to the maximum weight limit by the addition of wood or metal, however, any added weights should be built into and securely fastened to the body of the car.
  1.  Wheel bearings, washers, and bushings on the wheels are prohibited.
  2. The car shall not ride on any type of springs or suspension system.
  3. Details such as a steering wheel, driver, decals, and paint are permissible provided they are securely fastened to the car.
  1. The car must be freewheeling without any type of starting devices.
  2. Axles (nails furnished with the kit) may be polished to remove burrs or imperfections and may be lubricated with a dry based lubricant only.
  1. The wheels may be sanded to remove burrs and imperfections from the surface which is in contact with the track. The width and shape of the wheel shall not be altered in any way.
  1. Only the wheels supplied in the official kit or official BSA color wheels, which may be substituted for the standard black wheels; including their accompanying axels, are allowed.
  2. Three categories of judging (i.e., speed, beauty, and unique) will be conducted with recognition given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in each category. Each car may register and compete in only one category in the District competition.
  3. All cars must be able to run the length of the track and meet all other qualifications in order to compete in any category.
  4. There is no height limit; however if the car does not clear the electronic scoring device, it will not be allowed to compete for speed. It may still compete for beauty and uniqueness and be caught before crossing under the scoring device.
  5. Each car must be registered and inspected before it can compete. In the case of the beauty and unique competition, after the car is registered, the car shall not be handled by anyone until the judges have completed their inspection.
  6. All cars will be inspected at registration. Once a car passes inspection, the scout owning the car will place it in the quarantine area.  Cars competing in the speed competition will be handled only by the scout owning the car, and only at the time he is called to race his car, except where the rules permit repairs. Except for repairs, the car cannot be altered in any way after it is registered and inspected.
  7. Should a car be damaged during the race, the scout owning the car will be provided a two (2) minute repair time. If the car cannot be repaired during the two minute repair time, the car will be raced “as is”, unless the official overseeing the event determines racing the car will cause damage to the track, or will affect another racer’s car.  Scouts will only be allowed one (1) repair time during the event.  If a repaired car is re-damaged, no additional repair time will be allowed and the car will be raced “as is” unless the official overseeing the event determines racing the car will cause damage to the track, or will affect another racers car.  Rules official decision is final.
  8. The racing competition will be run using the using the average time. Every racer will race in each of the lanes being used for the race

Roundtable Summary February 2018

Dogwood District website: www.dogwoodbsa.org

Webmaster: Phil Layton akelapack73@gmail.com

Big thanks to Tyler Perkinson who is our acting D.E.  Contact him at 919-930-5265 or tyler.perkinson@scouting.org.

  • Next Month’s Schedule: March at 1 6:30 District Committee, 7:30 Roundtable. Both at St. Luke UMC

  • Hearty Welcome to Chris Jordan our new District Chair!! One of the best ways to thank him for serving is to offer to work on the Finance, Membership, or Program Committees. cj@oconnorconc.com

  • OA News—Carson Lindell reporting. There is a Chapter Service Patch available. Lodge dues are due. Lodge Work Day at Camp—Feb. 24. Spring Pow-Wow and Webelos OA Day—March 16-18. Chapter Tapout will be scheduled soon. Schedule troop OA elections on the Lodge website. Call Out will be in Carthage sometime in April

  • District Award Banquet is at 6:30 pm on February 3 at St. Luke UMC.

  • There is a BALOO training being offered in Pittsboro on Feb. 15.

  • Rechartering is to be done all online. Paperwork can be turned in to Charles Davis on Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 6:30-7:30 pm at the McDonalds off US 1 (1909 Pendergrass Rd.) and from 8:00 until 9:00 pm at the Bojangles in Carthage (1045 Monroe St). Mary Griffin will be at a Blue and Gold banquet at Siler City United Methodist Church Feb. 20 from 6:30 until 7:30 pm if you would like to hand a charter in to her.

  • Don’t forget to hand in your unit’s JTE (Journey to Excellence) form along with your charter. (But if you do forget, still send it to Tyler Perkinson so it can help our District out. Last year the District earned Silver!

  • The District Pinewood Derby is Saturday, March 24 from 9:00 am till 1:00 pm at St. Luke UMC. See the District website for details and rules.

  • Training: New plan for this year. Rather than offering “Mega Training” events, units can contact David Williamson and arrange an onsite training if there are four or more leaders who need the same training. (And most training is available online as well.) Be sure to check your training records, especially after online courses. Some are not “registering”. Also, if a group takes a course together on one screen, only the person who is registered on the device will get credit. BUT if you send the information to David Williamson davidandjoyce2@gmail.com, he can get your records updated.

  • The District Spring Camporee is up in the air. Troops need to tell Camping Chair Bill Owen ASAP if they would rather have an event on April 20-22 or to cancel the event. The next Council Camporee is Oct. 12-14. w.e.owen82@gmail.com

  • There will be a District Cub Camporee Oct. 26-28.

  • There is a unique fundraising opportunity for the District. On April at 3:00 pm, the Sunday matinee performance of The Miracle Worker by William Gibson at Sandhills Theatre (3395 Airport Rd, Pinehurst) will donate over 50% of the ticket sales that day. Tickets are $38 presale and $43 at the door. (Military and student discounts available.) Nationally known performers will be in the cast. https://www.vision4moore.com/the-miracle-worker.html

  • If you are interested is assisting with Cub Scout Day Camp this summer, please let Mary Griffin (who is not in charge this year!) know: grapevine@windstream.net

  • Sign up for your unit’s Friends of Scouting presentation with Tyler Perkinson. You can also volunteer to be a presenter and get a special ghost patch. tyler.perkinson@scouting.org

  • If your pack is interested in including girls in its program, contact Tyler Perkinson. There is some paperwork and computer arrangements that you must complete.

  • Commissioner College: March 10 at Garner United Methodist Church (201 Methodist Drive Garner) Details and registration available online at ocscouts.org.

  • It sounds like all units will have access to one free year of Scoutbook beginning in April.

  • Remember to schedule your unit’s Day of Service this spring. The target month is May. Units are encouraged to partner with another youth or community organization if possible. When you schedule your event, please let Tamara Lewis know: tplewis@windstream.net.

  • Log Service hours and check training records (pretty please!) at my.scouting.org.