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The grassroots program—because of its very nature, its inherent merit, and the fact that it is just plain fun—went from one father’s idea at a California Cub Scout pack to sweeping the nation in the early 1950s.

Cubmaster Don Murphy of Pack 280C, Manhattan Beach, California, had a son who was unable to compete in a local gravity-powered car competition.

Of course, the cost of all this, if commercially produced (even from national supply) trophies or plaques are used can be prohibitive.

There are other alternatives, of course, including the pack-made trophy which could be a Webelos craftsman project or an adult contribution to the derby.

We do not, for example, tie advancement to whether a Cub Scout beats the other members of his den in a foot race, but rather to whether he betters his previous standards.

Variations of the pinewood derby have been developed over the years, including the raingutter regatta and the space derby, both of which demonstrate the worth (and the fun) of the pinewood derby in a slightly different form.In this module, whenever Cub Scouts are mentioned, it should be considered that this means Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts.Time Allotted 60 minutes Learning Objectives At the end of this session, participants should be able to: Required Materials Easel pad, markers, and Power Point equipment.Sometimes these problems have actually caused youth to drop out of Cub Scouting.Given that competitive events like the pinewood derby can raise emotional levels beyond what is appropriate, what Scouting goals does the pinewood derby help a Scout achieve?

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