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January-February 2011

A Newsletter for Royal Ranger Leaders of the Potomac District  Central Section

Time to Get Ready For Pinewood Derby Page 2

Official Derby Rules Page 3

Rangers Earn Medals Page 5

Leadership Training Scheduled for January Page 5

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entries will be judged for a special “best workmanship” award. HOT MEALS. The “Finish Line” concession stand will be open all day to provide coffee and donuts, lunch and snacks. Only two pinewood car kits will be authorized for entries in all regular race divisions for Ranger Kids, Discovery Rangers, Adventure Rangers, Expedition Rangers, Commanders, Missionettes and Open. The approved kits are:  Boy Scouts of America Grand Prix Pinewood Derby Car Kit (Stock #17006), $3.59. Call toll-free (800) 323-0732.

Make Pinewood Derby a Highlight of Your Ranger Calendar

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il up the band saws and break out the sandpaper! It’s not too early to start make preparations for your Rangers to participate in our Central Section Pinewood Derby scheduled for March 12 at Highway Assembly of God in Fredericksburg. This popular annual event is open to all chartered outposts in Central Section. Last year, 143 Rangers, commanders and family members from 14 outposts entered pinewood cars to compete in a great race day. With electronic finish lines humming on two separate tracks, we zoomed through the race schedule in record time. This year, we will award trophies for 1st through 6th place in each of six race divisions: Ranger Kids, Discovery Rangers, Adventure Rangers, Expedition Rangers, Commanders, and Open Class (for Missionettes, family members,

friends). And we will select 1st through 6th place winners in each race division to receive craftsmanship awards for their display of the best creativity. Registration will be held from 9-10 a.m. and is $8 per person. Participants will be eligible to enter the pinewood races and will receive a special patch to commemorate the event. Special features of this year’s derby will include: GRAND PRIZE. The Ranger with the fastest single race time will receive a radio-controlled car. SPLIT SECOND FINISH LINE. Electronic finish lines on our tracks calculate precise race times — to the thousandth of a second! CRAFTS, GAMES & MOVIES. Special activities for each age group are planned to help pass the time when “drivers” aren’t racing. DESIGN COUNTS. All pinewood

 Gospel Publishing House Pinewood Car Kit (Stock #18-7540), $2.95. Call toll-free (800) 641-4310. No wheel substitutions will be allowed within the regular race divisions; cars made from approved kits must use the wheels provided. Complete pinewood derby rules are provided for you in this edition of The Scribe on pages 3-4.

You’ll find Central Section Royal Rangers on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/ pages/Central-Section-RoyalRangers-PotomacDistrict/337114636413

COVER PHOTO: Jonathan Cross from Outpost 48 at Highway Assembly of God is “hooded” with a stocking that has secured a raw egg to his head, during one of the Survival challenges at the 2010 Potomac District Pow Wow. This particular challenge pitted similarly hooded contestants, equipped with foam noodles, against each other to see who would be the last Ranger standing with his egg still imtact on his head.

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Official Rules for the Conduct of Royal Ranger Pinewood Derby Adopted by Central Section Royal Rangers STATEMENT OF PURPOSE The Royal Ranger Pinewood Derby Project was started with the intent of having a project that a father and son could work on together and to give the boy with no father at home an opportunity to learn with his father image, leader, or sponsor. Through this project each boy will learn many woodworking skills and good sportsmanship con-ducted in a Christian manner.

Please allow the boy to experience as much of the joy of this project as he can. God bless you and may the best car win. FORMAT OF COMPETITION 1. All races will start at the specified time and participants must allow time to register their cars prior to race time. The races will be conducted in a multiple elimination format (see Race Procedures). 3. Classes include Ranger Kids, Discovery Rangers, Adventure Rangers, Expedition Rangers, Commanders and Open Class. Only chartered Rangers and Commanders are eligible for the Ranger age-group specific classes. 4. An Open Class is included for parents, family members or friends. The cars in this class must adhere to the same rules as other classes and must be a separate car not racing in any other class. The cost will be the same for this class and all other conditions of racing remain the same. 5. The only pinewood car kits authorized for entries in all race divisions (Ranger Kids, Discovery Rangers, Adventure Rangers, Expedition Rangers, Commanders, and Open) are as follows: - Boy Scouts Grand Prix Pinewood Derby Car Kit, Stock #17006. Call tollfree (800) 323-0732 to order direct.

- Gospel Publishing House Pinewood Car Kit, Stock #18-7540. Call toll-free (800) 641-4310 to order. No wheel substitutions will be allowed; cars made from approved kits must use the wheels provided. No alterations to either wheels or axles provided with approved kits will be permitted. 6. Pinewood entries made from other than approved kits, or that use alternate wheel types, will not be permitted to race. 7. Due to possible schedule conflicts — if a car owner cannot be present to race — a Ranger leader or other designated alternate may race or show a car that is otherwise eligible. RULES OF CONSTRUCTION 1. The Ranger may have help in building his car (dependent on his age and skill) and it may be shaped by any means desired. It does not have to be whittled. Do not design the car so it has a competitive advantage while sitting in the starting gate. 2. All cars entered in competition must be able to fit on and roll down the track. All cars must meet the following specifications: (a) A car must not be more than 7½” in length, including all attachments. (b) A car must not be more than 2¾” in width, including wheels and axles. (c) A car must not be more than 4” high. (d) A car must not weigh more than 5 ounces. 3. No part of the car may extend in front of the track starting gatepost. 4. All weights must be inside the car, part of the ornaments, or securely attached to the car. A car can be dis-

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qualified if the weights are not securely attached to the car. 5. No bearings or bushings of any type may be used on any car. 6. No metal-to-metal contact is allowed in the wheel assembly. 7. No starting devices (springs, wires, rubber bands, etc.) are allowed on any car. The car must start moving and roll by gravity only; no pushing or blowing will be permitted. 8. You may lubricate the wheels with any lubricant you desire. However, if any lubricant drips or spills on the track from the car it may disqualified. We expect some graphite to fowl the track, but excessive graphite or dripping oil will cause disqualification. WORKMANSHIP RULES 1. All cars entered by Royal Rangers at the Pine-wood Derby will automatically be considered for a Workmanship Award. The primary intent of this competition is to recognize workmanship that is specifically that of a Ranger himself. 2. Workmanship will be judged by at least three judges chosen by the Derby Director. The judges will grade cars according to three criteria: originality, workmanship, and general appearance.

Originality - Take into consideration how much creativity went into the design of the car. Is the idea or design unique? Ratings: Fair 1-4 points; Good 5-7 points, Excellent 8-10 points. Workmanship - Take into consideration the Ranger’s skill and craftsmanship; how well the car was cut or carved, sanded, finished, and detailed. Are there excessive “store-bought parts” or decals that did not require

See DERBY RULES, page 4

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DERBY RULES:

Fair Competition is the Goal

FROM PAGE 3 workmanship? Ratings: Fair 1-6 points; Good 7-12 points; Excellent 13-20 points.

General Appearance - Take into consideration the painting of the car and the color scheme if more than one color is used. Ratings 1-20 points as above. RACE PROCEDURES 1. Each car must be registered at the registration table, inspected, and placed on the display table before scheduled race time. The car will be given a number to expedite the racing activity. The car will be inspected by members of the Derby Staff for weight and measurements. Scales used by Derby Staff for registering cars will be considered official scales to be used for the event, to provide an equitable standard of measure for all cars. 2. Once a car has completed inspection, no further work or lubrication is allowed without permission of the Derby Director. 3. If, during the race, a car is broken, a contes-tant may ask the Derby Director for permission to repair the problem only. Do not take advantage of such opportunities to make other adjustments. 4. All races will be run on an elimination basis to determine the fastest cars. The exact method will depend

upon the track being used and the number of cars racing. The method will be explained by the Derby Director prior to the first heat of the race. To eliminate any possible differences in lanes (or per-ceived differences), cars will rotate lanes on the track in as orderly a manner as possible. 5. If either a car or parts of a car leave the track or interfere with another car before the finish line, the race will be declared “no contest,” and the race will be re-run with the cars in the same lanes. If the same car or parts of the car leaves the track or interferes a second time, the offending car will lose that heat. 6. Only a car’s owner, the official starter, and official finish line judges or workmanship judges may handle the car. Handling will not go beyond what is absolutely necessary. While not racing, all cars will be left on the display table until cleared by the Derby Director. 7. All cars and participants must adhere to all the rules and specifications included in this set of official rules or they will be disqualified from the Pinewood Derby. If you have any doubts about a car or an action, see the Derby Director or a Sectional Staff member as soon as possible while we can still deal with the situation without hurting anyone’s feelings.

Save the date! Potomac District Commanders’ Conference Friday-Saturday

March 25-26 West End Assembly of God

Richmond, Va. Keynote Speaker ~ Dr. H. R. Rhoden Regional Executive Presbyter

More Details Available Soon

Every pinewood car is weighed and inspected to ensure each race entry meets the construction guidelines for the sectional derby races.

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REGISTRATION DUE FOR LEADERSHIP TRAINING A Leadership Training Academy (LTA) for Royal Ranger leaders in Central Section is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 22, at Hazel River A/G in Rixeyville, featuring the new Ranger Basics training module. The deadline to register for the LTA event is Jan. 14. Commanders who have minimal training, or none yet, are encouraged to register and take advantage of this opportunity to meet most of the requirements for earning your Leaders Medal of Achievement (LMA). Registration information is included in this edition of the The Scribe on pages 6-7.

COMMANDERS’ AWARD NOMINATIONS DUE Commanders, please remember to complete nomination forms for your leadership awards as soon as possible. Award forms are available at www.royalrangers.ag.org (click on “Applications”). These awards recognize your efforts in the Royal Ranger ministry on a yearly basis. Applications for year 2010 awards must be filed through the Potomac District Royal Rangers office by Jan. 31. Central Section Royal Rangers will pick up the cost of medals, ribbons and award numerals for all our outposts that submit their applications via the section. In order for the section to provide this support, please mail com-

RANGERS RECEIVE MEDALS Outpost 31 at Charlottesville First Assembly held a Council of Achievement on Dec. 8. After the presentation of merit patches, three medals were awarded. Adventure Rangers David Hannold and Justin Welch received the Bronze Medal of Achievement and Glenn Hannold received the Silver Medal of Achievement. This is the first SMA awarded at Outpost 31. Central Section Commander Ken O'Maley and Area Commander Julius Williamson were on hand to congratulate these high achievers. Pictured are (l. to r.) Cmdr. Williamson, Justin Welch, Glenn Hannold, David Hannold, Cmdr. O’Maley, and OP31 Senior Cmdr. Bill Hannold. pleted forms to Central Section Royal Rangers, 11042 Settletown Place, Rixeyville, VA 22737. If we receive your applications in time, we will forward all award packages with required fees to Potomac District.

COMMANDERS’ ROUNDTABLE SCHEDULED JANUARY 8 Our next sectional staff meeting and commanders’ roundtable will be held on Saturday, Jan. 8, at 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Harvest Church of God located near Madison, Va. All Ranger leaders in the section are welcome to attend. We will discuss plans for upcoming sectional events. We will also provide you with resource material and infor-

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mation that will help you in your outpost. There is no cost to attend. Morning and afternoon refreshments and lunch will be provided. We will accept donations to help with the expense. The church is located at 6173 Seminole Trail in Rochelle. From points north, take Rt. 29 south to the traffic light at Sheetz in Madison, continue south on Rt. 29 for 4.6 miles. Make a U-turn to go north on Rt. 29; look for the sign that says Harvest Church, which is a brick house on the right. From points south on Rt. 29, look for the church 5.8 miles north of the intersection with Rt. 33 in Ruckersville.

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‘Ranger Basics’ Royal Ranger Leadership Module Offered in January Ranger Basics is a one-day hands-on experience that teaches Royal Ranger leaders how to run successful outpost meetings, how to use the Rangers curriculum and advancement system, and how to build healthy relationships with boys and young men. You also learn soul-winning techniques for evangelism. Central Section is offering the Ranger Basics module of the Rangers Ministry Academy on Saturday, Jan. 22, at Hazel River Assembly of God in Rixeyville. The full-day course starts

with registration at 7:30 a.m. and typically concludes by 4 p.m. Any Royal Ranger leader working with an outpost in Central Section is encouraged to sign up for this seminar. The day will be well worth your time, and will equip you to be more effective in this dynamic ministry to boys. Registration information is below. The deadline for registering for this class is Jan. 14. Hazel River A/G is located on Rt. 229 approximately 10 miles north of Culpeper.

ROYAL RANGER LEADERSHIP TRAINING ACADEMY RANGER BASICS MODULE January 22, 2011 REGISTRATION FORM Name:

Outpost:

Address:

Phone:

City:

Zip:

Church: Module Cost

Amount Enclosed

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Ranger Basics

$ 15.00

□ Meal Cost □

Refreshments and Lunch

$ 5.00

Send your registration form with payment to Samuel Linn, 1687 McCoys Ford Road, Front Royal, Va. 22630 Contact information is solinn@shentel.net or call (540) 635-7497 The deadline for registrations for this LTA class is January 14. The Scribe  January-February 2011

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Saturday, March 12, 2011 Highway Assembly of God, Fredericksburg Rangers of all ages and their families are certain to enjoy this exciting pinewood race, one of our most anticipated Ranger events of the year. Plan now to attend and be part of the fun!

Registration 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Cost is $8 for each car registered Awards will include trophies for 1st thru 6th place for each race class, plus ribbons for best workmanship. Race classes will include:

Ranger Kids Adventure Rangers Commanders

Discovery Rangers Expedition Rangers Open Class (Parents & Friends)

“Finish Line” Concession Stand Don’t worry about bringing a “soggy” bag lunch! Food and beverages will be available throughout the day during the Pinewood Derby, beginning with coffee and donuts in the morning, hot dogs and BBQ for lunch, and afternoon refreshments.

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Win a Radio-Control Car! As a special bonus prize at our 2011 Pinewood Derby, the Ranger whose car has the fastest single race time during the day will receive a radiocontrol car to race … off track!

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CENTRAL SECTION STAFF

2011 Central Section Royal Rangers

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Sectional Commander Ken O’Maley ...............................(540) 937-6139 Email: kenomaley@aol.com Skyline Area Commander Mike Burroughs ........................(540) 635-8459 Email: mb6812@embarqmail.com

January 8.........................................Sectional Leadership Roundtable

Shenandoah Area Commander Tony Wilson.................................(540) 856-8423 Email: royalrangergfm369@gmail.com

January 22...........................................Leadership Training Academy

Allegheny Area Commander ..................(Vacant)

February 4-5 ...............................Regional Commanders’ Conference

Piedmont Area Commander Julius Williamson .....................(540) 948-4347 Email: jwilliamson@rrcsb.org

February 19.................................................... First Aid/CPR Training March 13 ....................................................Sectional Pinewood Derby March 18-19 ........................................Leadership Training Academy March 25-26 .................................. District Commanders’ Conference April 1-3....................................................................FCF Spring Trace April 8........................................................ Light for the Lost Banquet April 16 ...........................................Sectional Leadership Roundtable April 30 .................................................................. Ranger Kids Event May 19-22 .................................................. Central Section Pow Wow June 24-25 ...................Adventure Ranger/Expedition Ranger Event July 16 .............................................Sectional Leadership Roundtable August 7-10 .............................Junior Leadership Training Academy

Highland Area Commander Royce Rollins .............................(540) 522-8653 Email: roycerllns28@gmail.com Rappahannock Area Commander Michael Koehl ............................(540) 752-2728 Email: gma118@verizon.net Training Coordinator Sam Linn........................................(540) 635-7497 Email: solinn@shentel.net Ranger Kids Coordinator Keith Meeder..............................(540) 635-1906 Email: Linden.Meeder@hotmail.com Discovery Rangers Coordinator Dan Pignaloso ............................(540) 720-0144 Email: danpigna@yahoo.com Adventure/Expedition Rangers Coordinator Mike Cash.....................................(540) 901-9924 Email: MCash72062@aol.com

August 11-14............................................Potomac District Pow Wow Sept. 16-17..................................................... Discovery Ranger Event

Public Relations Coordinator Gary Wagner ............................ (540) 898-7415 Email: garywagner54@aol.com

Sept. 23-25....................................... FCF Fall Trace/Great Adventure October 8.........................................Sectional Leadership Roundtable

Boys’ Representative Ken Johnson ........................... (540) 775-1570

October 21-22.................... Sectional Ranger of the Year Competition November 4-6................................. Central Section FCF Rendezvous December 3.................. Ranger Basics/Leadership Training Module

CENTRAL SECTION ROYAL RANGERS 11042 Settletown Pl., Rixeyville, VA 22737 Phone: (540) 937-6139 Email: kenomaley@aol.com

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