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Upcoming Events

January is Pinewood Derby month in Bedford

We will be holding build sessions at the American legion hall from 6-8 PM on Wednesday, January 12 and 19. You can check the cars in for the race on the 19th or at the American Legion from 6-8 PM on Thursday, January 20. The race will be held Sunday, January 23 at the American Legion. We are planning a dual live/remote race so people have the option of not being there in person.

There will be people at the build events to help your scout with design ideas and construction. We will have band saws and belt sanders to do the rough shaping of the car, as well as paints and brushes, and lead weights. It will be possible to make minor alterations on Thursday to achieve rules compliance, but there won’t be power tools available. You are free to build the car at home if that works better for you, but will still need to check the car in on Thursday. All cars must be checked for rules compliance in by Thursday. You cannot bring a car to the race on Sunday (other than family entries).

It is important to follow the official rules for the derby. The 2021 rules can be found here, and we believe there are no significant changes in 2022:

Rules Highlights:

  • The axle holes are pre-drilled.  Although they can be enlarged slightly to prevent splitting the wood, the location of the axle holes cannot be moved. 
  • The overall size of the car cannot exceed 2.75” in width (including wheels) and 7” in length.  As such, I would NOT recommend modifying the width or length of the original block.  If you want to change the shape of the side of the car, do not alter the width of the wheels relative to one another, as the wheels must fit over a rail in the center of the track.  Also, I wouldn’t recommend adding material to the underside of the car other than a thin layer of lead.
  • Liquid lubricants are strictly prohibited, although graphite powder may be used on the wheels and axles.
  • Wheels and axles cannot be modified, except for removing imperfections and slight polishing. Polishing the axles with an electric drill is recommended.
  • All four wheels must be touching the track at all time.  The axles must be parallel to the track, not slanted
  • Finally, the car should be as close to 5oz in weight as possible WITHOUT going over.  There are typically scales at the build events and scout leaders will help add/remove weight during car check-in prior to the event, if necessary.  Weight has a big impact on speed.

Next Pack Meeting February 14 at JGMS

Pinewood derby cars will be returned at this pack meeting. We will also be awarding advancements.

Skating evening at the Edge March 24

More details to follow

Past Activities

Scouting offers young people opportunities to learn about the outdoors, citizenship, and cooking, while making new friends. Pack 194 is a part of the Boy Scouts of America, and we are the unit that runs the BSA’s Cub Scout program for children in grades K-5 for Bedford, Massachusetts. Our energetic and enthusiastic group of well-trained, volunteer adult leaders are committed to running the Cub Scout program, and making it an experience filled with lots of purposeful fun, adventure, and learning for the children of Bedford. Pack 194 has a 50+ year tradition and is one of the more active packs in eastern Massachusetts.

Scouting focuses on encouraging and reinforcing important character traits, such as citizenship and leadership.  Cub Scouting also introduces many important life-skills including things like working with tools and emergency preparedness.

If you are interested in learning more about Cub Scouting and Pack 194, and what it can do for your child, we invite you to take a tour at our page Cub Scouts 101.  Or, you can visit our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/bedfordpack194/. We are convinced that we can offer your child memories and skills that will last a lifetime.

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© 2022 Cub Scouts Pack 194 - Boy Scouts of America