Last Minute Pinewood Information

Pack 24 Parents – we have received a few questions regarding the Pinewood Derby such as:

  • Do we have to stay for the whole Derby?  The short answer is “No.”   Be sure to check in between 10am in noon and then have your scout on hand prior to the opening flag ceremony at 1pm.  Check in should take you no more than 15 minutes, especially if you arrive prior to the absolute deadline of 12 noon.  You are free to come & go, but remember at least one parent needs to be on hand while your scout participates in the derby.
  • I don’t think I can check in by noon – can I please check in late?  Absolutely not.  Sorry, but the race officials will have to prepare the racing software based on the check in results, and also tabulate votes so racing can begin promptly at 1pm.  If you do not check in on time, your scout will not race.  As a friend or neighbor to help you if you anticipate any issues.
  • My car number has two of the same digits (i.e. 22 / 33 / 44) – what do I do?  Be sure to use the number stickers from your pinewood kit on your scout’s car. Please bring along spare numbers to donate to the pit crew, so we have some extras for scouts that have two of the same digit.
  • What is the maximum weight?  Five ounces as determined by the official scales at check-in.  If your scout’s car is in excess of the limit, you will have to remove weight.  Pro tip #1 – don’t put weights on the bottom of your car… it can get caught on the track and ruin your scout’s race.  Pro tip #2 weigh your car at home and leave it a bit under five ounces, you can add a bit more weight in the pit crew area before you officially check in.
  • I saw some special equipment and parts at the Scout Store in LaGrange, can I use these?  Yes, but only if these are officially licensed BSA parts.  As stipulated in our rules, you can not use any non-BSA sanctioned parts.  Our rules are available here for your review: Pinewood Derby Rules for Pack 24
  • If cub scouts can’t handle their cars during the race, how is it going to work?  We are going to have several boy scouts from Troop 24 running the races for us.  Only the boy scouts will be permitted to handle cars after check-in.

A thank you to all parents that have stepped up to volunteer for the derby.  The updated list is summarized below.  If you are working in the movie room – please be ready at least five minutes in advance of your shift.

  • Note that we need two more movie room volunteers: one for each of the shifts beginning at 10:30 and 3:00pm.  It’s only 1/2 hour, so please sign up today by emailing us with your availability (  Note – if we don’t have enough parents to fill out the shifts, then we will have to close the movie room, and then we will have rambunctious scouts running around, and that’s not a good thing.
  • We could use a lot of help with cleanup as well, so email us, or check out the previous sign up form available here.
2013 Pack 24 Pinewood Derby
January 19, 2013
Time Slot Duty Parent
9:00 to 10:00am Setup Rade Knezevic
9:00 to 10:00am Setup
9:00 to 10:00am Setup Greg Nessinger
9:00 to 10:00am Setup  Mike Johnson
10:00 -11:00am Registration Rich Hosek
11:00 to noon Registration Aberdeen Ozga
noon to 1:00pm Voting Tim Williams
noon to 1:00pm Voting Don Mooney
10:00 -10:30am Movie Room Guy Adami
10:00 -10:30am Movie Room Tim Lauger
10:30 -11:00am Movie Room  Dawn Gmitro *
10:30 -11:00am Movie Room John Sanduski
11:00 -11:30am Movie Room Tina Caruso
11:00 -11:30am Movie Room Alice Enochs
1:00 to 1:30pm Movie Room Georgia Evans
1:00 to 1:30pm Movie Room Kristy Cubas
1:30 to 2:00pm Movie Room
1:30 to 2:00pm Movie Room  Jen Pacourek
2:00 to 2:30pm Movie Room  John or Julie Stack
2:00 to 2:30pm Movie Room  Sandy Briolat
2:30 to 3:00pm Movie Room  Carrie Staubus
2:30 to 3:00pm Movie Room  Mary Ellen Park
3:00 to 3:30pm Movie Room  Meaghan Mathews
3:00 to 3:30pm Movie Room  Fidel Gutierrez *
3:30 to 4:00pm Cleanup  Brian Cerda
3:30 to 4:00pm Cleanup  Holly Machina
3:30 to 4:00pm Cleanup  Sean Cameron
3:30 to 4:00pm Cleanup  Lou Waddle *
3:30 to 4:00pm Cleanup
3:30 to 4:00pm Cleanup
3:30 to 4:00pm Cleanup
3:30 to 4:00pm Cleanup
3:30 to 4:00pm Cleanup
3:30 to 4:00pm Cleanup

Thanks everyone, see you on Saturday.

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