Pinewood Derby

Pack 550's Pinewood Derby Homepage

The Derby will be held at our normal Pack meeting space, the Kirkland Congregational Church Hall. This is a family event so bring the grandparents, uncles, cousins, and anyone else who might enjoy the race. The pack will provide pizza and beverages.

Typical Schedule:

6 pm weigh-in starts, pit stop open for last minute repairs, pizza!.

6:30pm races start

8 pm (estimate) cleanup

Help Wanted:

Many hands are needed for a successful derby. Please sign up to help for the workshops (Feb 1 or Feb 11) or on the night of the derby.

Racer Registration:

All racers MUST register in advance. We CANNOT accept registrations the day of the event. We need to send the racer list to the track company the day BEFORE the race. Please check pack news to find the racer registration link.

"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 scout can design and build their own "grand prix" car to enter in the race.

Race Highlights

There will be two divisions...

1) The Scout Derby - made by current Cub Scouts (with help from family).

2)The Parent and Sibling Derby - Scout parents, brothers, and sisters can enter their own cars.

The Derby is about doing one's best and having fun, so all child participants will be recognized. But that doesn't mean our race winners won't take home some shiny hardware. There will be trophies and other forms of recognition for style!

Derby Workshop

There will be a opportunity to mold and shape the block of pinewood into a mean lean well-decorated racing machine with the help of some pack experts. The workshop will be held a few weeks prior to the Pinewood Derby. 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 the child but they should let the child do most of the work.

Check the pack calendar for the latest updates regarding workshops.

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 car kit in December or January. Parent and siblings are on their own. The pack usually purchases extra car kits and sells them at cost. 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 scouts. The complete set of rules are available at the bottom of this page and we usually have extra hard copies at the workshops.

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