Humphreys Cub Scouts hold annual Pinewood Derby

by Bob McElroy

CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea - About 40 Cub Scouts from Camp Humphreys' Pack 203 held their annual Pinewood Derby car races at the 304th Expeditionary Signal Battalion motor pool here on Jan. 21.

According to the Boy Scouts of America Pinewood Derby website- purpose of the event is to foster a closer father-son relationship and promote craftsmanship and good sportsmanship through competition.

Cub Scouts have built and raced the small wooden cars in races around America since 1953. Each scout selects a car design and carves it from a small block of pine, paints and decorates it and then races it.

The criteria for the cars is strict. They cannot be more than 2.75 inches wide or seven inches long and cannot weigh more than five ounces. The axles, wheels and body must only be from the kit. Wheel bearings, washers and bushings are prohibited and, while no lubricating oil may be used, Scouts may lubricate their axles with powdered graphite or silicon. Finally, cars cannot ride on any kind of spring and must be free-wheeling.

The Humphreys Pinewood Derby also included about 14 Girl Scouts. Several Boy Scouts from Humphrey Troop 203 supported the races as well. For the second year in a row, Military Police Soldiers from the 557th Military Police Company handed out speeding tickets to some of the racers.

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