Pinewood Derby

Pack 91's Pinewood Derby Homepage

Race Day

The Derby will be held on (Date to be confirmed, tent. scheduled for February 24), 2018. Weigh-ins will start at 9:30am, racing starts at 10:00am. Please be aware that due to the software used to run the race, once racing starts we are not able to add any cars. Anyone who arrives after racing has started will be able to compete in the open division only and can not be added to the Scout races. This is a family event so bring the grandparents, uncles, cousins, and anyone else who might enjoy the race.

"Be Fast... or Look Good Trying"

The pinewood derby is one of the most popular and successful family activities in Cub Scouting. Pinewood derby cars are small wooden models that Cub Scouts make with help from their families. Then they race the cars in competition. The cars are powered by gravity and run down a track. Every boy can design and build his own "grand prix" car to enter in the race.

Race Day Highlights

There will be two divisions...

1) The Scout Derby - All Scout cars race together and results will be shown by Den and overall Pack winners.

2)The Open Derby - All siblings and parents can enter their cars to race. This allows the Scouts to have their own car and Dad can make his own!

3) Awards - The judging and awards will take place AFTER the race has ended. Please understand that all cars will remain in the Race Pit until AFTER the awards are given out. If you need to leave early, please make arrangements for someone to pick up your car.

Prizes and Recognition

The Derby is about doing one's best and having fun, so all Scout participants will be recognized. But that doesn't mean our race winners won't take home something special. Especially the leaders who battle and fudge and manipulate their way to the oh so awesome victory lane for that oh so elusive glass of milk.

Derby Workshops

There will be several opportunities to mold and shape the block of pinewood into a mean lean well-decorated racing machine. We will announce dates and times for the workshops once we get the parents lined up who will be supervising the shop tools. The Scouts are not permitted to use power tools but they are encouraged to design the shape of their cars, sand them, and decorate them accordingly. Parents are encouraged to assist their Scout but they should let the Scout do most of the work.

Lowes and Dremel have had workshops in the past as well. If you're able to find a date/time for one of these please let us know so we can post for everyone.

Equal Ground

All entries in the derby will start with the "Official Grand Prix Pinewood Derby Kit" which includes the body, 4 axles, and 4 wheels. All nine pieces MUST be used before the car can race. The kits are sold at the local Scout Shop or online. All active Scouts will receive a kit. Parent and sibling kits can be purchased from the Pack or picked up at the Scout Shop. Cars may not exceed 5 ounces in weight and must conform to certain size restrictions and specifications. Decorating the cars are up to the imagination of the boys. The complete set of rules is available below. Please don't worry about the small print specifically worded to exclude the leaders from some or all of the rules.

Prinatable Rules

Pack 91 Pinewood Derby Rules can be downloaded below. If you have questions, please ask.