Pinewood Derby an educational experience

FALLBROOK – On Saturday, March 9, Boy Scout Pack 738 held its annual Pinewood Derby, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church hall. The Fallbrook Vintage Car Club assists with judging for the event and sponsors the Best of Show award.

From the perspective of 8-year-old Cub Scout, Ozzy Minard, it was an educational experience designing, building, and racing a car in the event.

Open to all Cub Scouts, the derby process started with an official, certified Scout pinewood kit, consisting of a rectangular seven-inch block of pine, two steel axles, and four wood wheels. Derby rules state, “Cars should be built by the Cub Scout with some adult guidance.” The adult guidance is meant to be mentor/teacher and a bonding process with the young scout.

After determining the body configuration, Ozzy learned to use tools to shape the wood block, drill axle holes, mount wheels, add optional refinements, and finish the body in his choice of colors. After all this work, the car must meet derby specifications: width 2

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