The Pinewood Derby is one of the most popular family activities in Cub Scouting. Pinewood derby cars are small wooden models that Cub Scouts make with help from their families. Then they race the cars in competition. The cars are powered by gravity and run down a track. Most packs have a pinewood derby every year. It can be run indoors or outdoors. Every boy can design and build his own “Grand Prix” car to enter in the race.
Pack 1776 races its pinewood derby cars in January each year. Prizes are awarded in several categories for design and painting, and of course, the big honors are won on the track. Typically, each den races several heats to determine a den winner. Finally, there are sibling and adult divisions.
The Pinewood Derby is often the highlight of a scout’s year and a great event to for extended family and close friends to attend.
Some of the other fun activities that Pack 1776 hosts:
Raingutter Regatta – In the rain gutter regatta, boats race down a narrow channel (10′ rain gutter) in a side-by-side race. The catamaran style boat is crafted by the scout with the help of their adult partners and blown down the channel.
Model Rocket Launch – Another popular family-son project is the model rocket launch. Scouts provide their own model rockets that are launched one at a time from the Pack’s launching platform. Rockets soar hundreds of feet into the air until an internal parachute is deployed allowing it to safely sail back to the ground. This event is held at the Fall Cub Carnival hosted by the Arrowhead District.
Our pack has two family camping trips each year at nearby Texas State Park campgrounds. Usually held during weekends in October and March/April, the camps feature crafts, Den Activities, Hikes, Campfire stories and songs, and a lot of fun cooking and eating. Other highlights of family camping include skits and songs, and dutch-oven cooking.
Most Cub Scout camping is a family event. When you attend a family camping event you may see your scout have fun practicing leatherwork and learning other games, arts, and crafts. Along with your den, you’ll enjoy helping prepare a meal for the den and/or pack, and maybe perform a skit by the campfire.
Pack 1776 sponsors a number of other fun outings that promote scout development and an opportunity to be outdoors. These may include Pack hikes, bike rides, kite flying, family picnics, sporting events and untold millions of possibilities are out there for outdoor fun. These events are optional and families are always invited.