The Pope's Place

Welcome to the Pope's Place. The Pope's Place contains a wide variety of our original Scouting-related information. You will also find a few pages by other authors whose work is hosted because of its significant content.

We have selected this information so that it will not duplicate what you can find elsewhere on the Internet. It includes original material on Pinewood Derby race management and race car design, 2-liter pop bottle rocket launcher, Cub Scout Roundtable, and other Scouting topics, as well as a few personal insights by Stan and Barb Pope.

Our home is in the central part of Illinois, a few miles south-east of Peoria. It is here that we have reared our children and done our Scouting.

Come on in, and visit with us for a while. -- Barb and Stan

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Barb and Stan Pope

Recent Additions

Pages are being given a "read it to me" icon at the end of the page title. Some are my own voice and some are "Mary", a mechanical sounding computer generated voice. In the early stages, most will be by "Mary." When clicked, the icon will open a new window to run the corresponding MP3 file.

Since December, 2005, I have donated computer time to Einstein@home. This project is attempting to find spinning neutron stars (also called pulsars) by searching in data from the LIGO and GEO gravitational wave detectors.

In November, 2004, I began telecommuting to the University of Arizona observatory at Kitts Peak, near Tucson, AZ, to assist by scanning photos to find traces of Near Earth Objects, aka Fast Moving Objects (FMOs). In December, 2004, I found an asteroid that passed within about 24,000 miles of Earth. (12/24/2004)

Since October, 2001, I have donated computer time to SETI@home. We haven't found any Extra Terrestrial intelligence yet, but who knows ... (12/24/2004)

Here's another way to make Cub Scouts tall enough to stage their own cars on the Pinewood Derby track. Plans for a Pinewood Derby Staging Platform and suggestions for usage are given in this new page. (1/7/2002)

The Great Egg Launch! was a "quiet-time" feature of our just-completed Day Camp. Still some pictures to add, but you can get the idea. Cub Scouts launched eggs in protective packaging to a height of about 60 feet, then dealt with the results. CD said that 90 percent survivied! (The pictures are there! 12/16/2001)

Here is a complete rewrite of my paper on Webelos Science. Problem solving activities are suitable for a day camp setting or a den meeting.

At the end of my book Learn to Build a Winner there is a test. The reader is challenged to go beyond the conventional, to step "outside the box" as it were, and design a car that beats a well-prepared car. Here are the answers submitted by talented scholars.

Flag Retirement Ceremonies, Which is Really the Correct Way? A guest essay by Les Donoho

A "No-Chart" Racing Method. Complete rework of this page with operational details. It makes "elimination" racing palatable.

Wood Badge Memories. The first in a new series of pages regarding the Wood Badge.

Foil Dinners. Includes some solutions to common problems and suggestions for incorporating this cooking method into your Cub Scout program.

Woggles, Turk's Head Knots, and Other Single-Strand Braids.
Enough detail to construct dozens of different types of braided rings.

A Comprehensive "Final Standings" Chart Generator.
Provides Quality Charts for 2 to 6 Lanes and 2 to 60 Racers. Includes Optional Score Sheets for All Races. Incorporates Perfect-N, Complementary Perfect-N and Partial Perfect-N. Co-authored with Cory Young. (Javascript)

Quick Links

Derby Car Design Tips | Derby Car Design Book (online) | Conducting a Pinewood Derby | PWD Plaques | PWD Race Method Evaluation | No-Chart Racing | New Dist Cmr | New CRT Cmr | Roundtable Attendance Board | Wotamalo District | W.D. Boyce Council, BSA | Philmont | Rocket Launcher | Bell Legend | Flag Retirement | W W W | Family | K9MFI | Songs of Scouting | Webelos Tie Slides | PW Race Timer | Silk Screen Printing | Pinewood Derby Racing Portal | Scouts Web Ring Portal | Cub Scouting the Web Ring Portal


Parents of -
   Katrina,    Samantha,    William
Grandparents of -
   Victor, Tatiana,
   Stanley Guy Robert - 6/26/98 !!!
   and Alexander - 7/14/99 !!!
   and Katherine - 12/8/2000 !!!
Our Extended "Family" -
   Rob and Jim
   The Cub Scouts of East Peoria Woodrow Wilson and Glendale Schools' Pack 209
   The Cubs and Scouts of the Wotamalo District
   and the W.D. Boyce Council, BSA,
   (or the "Official" W.D. Boyce Home Page)
   The Brothers of the Wenasa Quenhotan Lodge #23

Family and Personal

Drop in and meet Barb and Stan's Family

Stan, K9MFI, has been involved with Amateur Radio for about 40 years.

Local Scouting

A new site devoted to reporting on current events in Wotamalo District and W.D. Boyce Council has been launched. See Central Illinois Scouting Events for the stories in pictures and words.

Pinewood Derby

See a comprehensive index to my free Pinewood Derby writings.

Getting ready for Pinewood Derby? Here are some ideas to help you design your next Pinewood Derby Car.

If you have to organize the Pinewood Derby for your Pack, here are some thoughts on fairness and accuracy that I'd like you to consider: Conducting Pinewood Derby Races

For the True Pinewood Derby Racing afficiando, here is some information on Pinewood Derby Race Method Evaluation

If a Cub Scout makes a Pinewood Derby Car, he deserves some recognition. Here is how we do it in Pack 209: Plaques

Pinewood Derby Book: Learn to Build a Winner

This could be the last Pinewood Derby Book you need to read!

Pinewood Derby Car racing has been an obsession for me for many years. I have shared the tips and techniques for making pinewood cars faster with my pack members through "work shops" and with other council Scouters through Pow Wow sessions on "Design for Performance."

This is a text book on the science and technology of Pinewood Derby Race Cars. Where the other books end, this book is just picking up speed. Others tell you what; I tell you what and why and how and where to look for more! For example, did you ever notice the standard advice to "align the wheels?" But my book tells why and how, step by step.

Others tell how to make a fast car using methods that require adult skills. Almost all of the steps presented here are within the skill range of a typical Cub Scout, and the time to accomplish them is within a typical Cub Scout's attention span!

If your car is built and Race Day is nearly here, go directly to the section on Wheel Alignment. It WILL make a BIG difference.

My book is presented here, online, as "shareware". For its use, a donation to my BSA Council's Friends of Scouting campaign is requested. (It really is worth it!)

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Scouting, General

The Philmont Training Center is one of our favorite vacation spots. (The background music is, of course, my arrangement of "The Philmont Hymn," so have your tissues handy!)

W W W -- I dared not dream... Some Order of the Arrow insights.

Songs of Scouting... a few of my favorites.

This is my favorite U.S. Flag Retirement Ceremony

Here are some helpful words for you if you're a New Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner who is taking over a dying or dead Roundtable, or if you just want to keep it healthy.

Here is an easy to build Roundtable Attendance Board to help award that Attendance Cubbie.

Here are some helpful words for you if you're a New District Commissioner.

Just for Fun!

Why do walking sticks have bells on them? Read The Legend of the Bell

Try Silk Screen Printing!

Try our variation of the popular 2-Liter Pop Bottle Rocket Launcher

Links to the rest of the Scouting World

See the Official W.D. Boyce Council Web Page

Visit the U.S. Scouting Service Project for links to lots of other ideas.


While I'm away, my computer is still at work... being a small part (0.000025%) of the world's largest supercomputer.

On August 10, 1997, this Site Received

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Latest update: 10/10/2007
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