Pinewood Derby Participation Survey

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Stan Pope
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Pinewood Derby Participation Survey

Post by Stan Pope » Thu Feb 13, 2014 8:34 pm

It is time to run this survey again!

SURVEY

1. This response is for
___ District _______________
___ Council _______________

2. What is your District's (Council's) Pinewood Derby participation criteria:
___ No limit on Scouts per pack
___ Limit on Number of Scouts per pack. How many? ______
___ Limit on Number of Scouts per grade per pack. How many? ______

3. How many racing competition divisions are provided at the District (Council) PWD?
___ One division covering all Scouts?
___ One division for each grade?
___ Other (Please describe)

4. How many youth participated in the racing division(s) at your last District (Council) Pinewood Derby? _____

5. How many Cub Scouts are in your District (Council)? (That is, how many could
participate if entries per pack were not restricted?) _____ (Your district
executive or membership chairman can help with this number.)

6. What other factors, in your opinion, influence your District (Council)
Pinewood Derby participation level?
Geography (e.g. driving time to reach PWD site): _____
Cost: _____
Recognition (e.g. trophies, patches): _____
Advance Planning / Organization: _____
Conflicting Activities: _____
Other: _____

7. What is your Council name? _______________
If you are reporting on your district, what is its name? _____________________

You may post answers here or email them to me. I'll leave the survey open until the end of the current PWD season. I'll summarize then, though you may get some idea from those who chose to respond openly.

Thank you for your participation.


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Re: Pinewood Derby Participation Survey

Post by birddog » Fri Feb 14, 2014 12:20 pm

1. This response is for
___ District _______________
___ Council _______________
Gateway District Race
This district is part of the Denver Area Council (but our Council does not offer a race)
2. What is your District's (Council's) Pinewood Derby participation criteria:
___ No limit on Scouts per pack
___ Limit on Number of Scouts per pack. How many? ______
___ Limit on Number of Scouts per grade per pack. How many? ______
District limit is 6 scouts per pack, split between the 2 divisions we offer trophies for (speed and design). Each pack can enter 3 speed entrants and 3 design entrants.
3. How many racing competition divisions are provided at the District (Council) PWD?
___ One division covering all Scouts?
___ One division for each grade?
___ Other (Please describe)
There is only one racing division at the district race. All grades/ranks compete against one another. We do also offer a "best of show" division, but that covers all Scouts as well (no separation based on grade/rank).
4. How many youth participated in the racing division(s) at your last District (Council) Pinewood Derby? _____
We have about 50 kids in the racing division and about 50 kids in the design award division.
5. How many Cub Scouts are in your District (Council)? (That is, how many could
participate if entries per pack were not restricted?) _____ (Your district
executive or membership chairman can help with this number.)
I'm responding now, so don't have an accurate figure. On a website for the council, I see the Gateway district:
Serves North Jefferson, Gilpin, Clear Creek and Broomfield Counties.
6. What other factors, in your opinion, influence your District (Council)
Pinewood Derby participation level?
Geography (e.g. driving time to reach PWD site): _____
Cost: _____
Recognition (e.g. trophies, patches): _____
Advance Planning / Organization: _____
Conflicting Activities: _____
Other: _____
Drive time is certainly an issue. The 4 counties are a bit spread out. We charge $40 per pack and I suspect most packs pick up the cost, so I don't think that is an issue. I think we would get greater participation if we allowed more than "3+3" from each pack, but on the other hand, not sure we really want it to get that large anyway. I think we are pretty satisfied with the current size.
7. What is your Council name? _______________
If you are reporting on your district, what is its name? _____________________
Council Name: Denver Area Council
District Name: Gateway District



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Re: Pinewood Derby Participation Survey

Post by Speedster » Fri Feb 14, 2014 12:25 pm

1. District
2. Limit on Number of Scouts per pack. How many? 15. 2 for race. 1 for Best Design for each Den.
Limit on Number of Scouts per grade per pack. How many? 3
3. One division for each grade
4. 150
5. 919
6. Other. This is the number that has been invited for the past 29 years. The District is now run on 2 tracks. First, Elapsed time on a 4 lane Best track, one time down each lane. Top 8 from the Best track then race twice down each lane, point system, on a Freedom Track. This pretty much takes all day.
7. Erie Shores Council
District name: Commodore Perry District
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Re: Pinewood Derby Participation Survey

Post by Nitro Dan » Mon Mar 24, 2014 3:32 pm

1. District
2. Top 3 from each Den OR the Top 15 fastest cars in your pack. This allows smaller packs to fully attend and only limits the largers ones.
3. For the Official District Race it is one division per each rank. We also have side events that anyone can enter (Outlaw, Demolition Derby, and Einstein/Turtle race).
4. Last year was our first District race. We had 62 racers in the Official District Race.
5. Estimating around 300 to 360.
6. The Derby location can be anywhere in the district, but our district only covers half a county. Cost is $6 for the Official Race and $3 for any side event. All events have decent trophies and everyone gets a patch. A hosting Pack provides man power and a facility for the event. In return, we run a free PWD workshop for their Pack and they get to run a concession stand at the event as a fundraiser for their pack. Packs make about three to four hundred off of the concession. We run it in the late spring time to avoid other conflicting activities (as much as possible). Side events are open to anyone so that helps pull in racers who may not have made it at the Pack level. The more attractions we can bring in, the more attendance we get and the more everyone has a good time.
7. Council: New Birth of Freedom
District: Indian Rock


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Re: Pinewood Derby Participation Survey

Post by Topspin.D » Tue Mar 25, 2014 5:34 pm

1. This response is for
___ District - Sammamish Trails District
___ Council - Chief Seattle

2. What is your District's (Council's) Pinewood Derby participation criteria:

2 per grade per pack

3. How many racing competition divisions are provided at the District (Council) PWD?
One division for each grade

4. How many youth participated in the racing division(s) at your last District
Down significantly from previous year - guessing about 40

5. How many Cub Scouts are in your District (Council)? (That is, how many could
participate if entries per pack were not restricted?) _____ (Your district
executive or membership chairman can help with this number.)

6. What other factors, in your opinion, influence your District (Council)
Pinewood Derby participation level?

Recognition (e.g. trophies, patches): _____
Advance Planning / Organization: _____
Conflicting Activities: _____
Timing - They hold our race in early May. Most people have moved on to other things by then.

7. What is your Council name? Chief Seattle
If you are reporting on your district, what is its name? Sammamish Trails



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Re: Pinewood Derby Participation Survey

Post by TXDerbyDad » Wed Mar 26, 2014 7:49 pm

1: Frontier Trails District, Longhorn Council
2: District and Council open to all.
3: One division per grade/rank.
4: 20; no tigers participated.
5: No clue. I can talk to our DE and find out.
6: Trophies, planning, timing.
7: Longhorn; Frontier Trails District



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