Cub Scout Neckerchief Slide Idea for Pinewood Derby

A few weeks ago, I posted this over on my Facebook page, and now it’s time to reveal what we made!



pinewood derby neckerchief slides1I searched for Cub Scout neckerchief slide ideas for our Pinewood Derby, and Alpine District Cub Scouts had this awesome one!  If you haven’t checked out their website, you need to.  They have lots of wonderful ideas.

Unfortunately, I procrastinated about ordering the checkered flag toothpicks online, and I knew they wouldn’t arrive in time.  I thought, “No worries.  I’ll find them locally.”  I called around to all the party supply and craft stores in our city, but no one had them!

So, I asked my local Facebook friends if they had any ideas.  I had totally forgotten that my neighbor, Melissa’s business is making party favors and decor.  She wrote back that she could supply the paper for the flags, but she wouldn’t have time to assemble them.  So, I was able to get 100 little slips of paper for $8.pinewood derby neckerchief slides 2

Rather than assemble the flags prior to our Pinewood Derby, I decided to have the boys do that.  I bought a box of toothpicks and a few glue sticks.  All the boys had to do was apply the glue and wrap the paper around the toothpick.

For the tires, I got a piece of foam pipe insulator and cut it with scissors into pieces that were about 1/2″ to 3/4″.  The foam insulator that I purchased was 6′ long, so there were plenty of slides!  When you’re buying your insulator, make sure that it’s closed rather than split.

The boys simply poke the flags into their “tires,” and they have a cool Pinewood Derby neckerchief slide!

Does your pack make neckerchief slides?  What has been the most popular one the boys have made?

Yours in Scouting,

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  1. Old Time Cub Scouter December 19, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    As a Den Leader, I relied heavily on the Program Helps for most of my Den meeting activities including the neckerchief slide projects that would correspond to the monthly themes. More slide projects were gleaned from the Cub Scout Leader How-To Book and from attending Cub Scout Leader Pow- Wow and monthly Roundtable meetings. These simple crafts were great activities for my Den Chief to do with the boys during gathering time while I checked handbooks for completed achievements/electives. Sometimes I used slide making as a “wind down” activity near the end of our Den meetings. The neckerchief slides that my Cubs made to wear at our first Pinewood Derby were the slides that my Den would wear annually to this event. These slides consisted of:
    1. ¾” length of ½” diameter PVC pipe
    2. Small (approx. 2” lg.), die-cast toy race cars (think hot wheels, only cheaper!)
    3. Hot glue
    I purchased a multi-pack of toy race cars at a dollar store for $2, and a length of PVC pipe at the local hardware store that was about $0.50/ft., which I pre-cut in ¾” lengths at home on my miter box. At the Den meeting preceding our PWD, I distributed the pieces of pipe and some sandpaper and had the boys smooth the rough edges and sand a flat spot on one side of the pipe. Next, I let each boy choose a car, and had them show me how they wanted it oriented on their slide (either up & down, or side to side), and then I applied the glue to the bottom of the car and stuck it to the flat spot on the pipe. Total cost: approx. $0.27 per slide. On race day, our Cubmaster noticed my boys and complimented them on their “very cool” & “sporty” neckerchief slides!

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