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Pinewood Derby

Race Day
The Derby will be held at Bridlewood Elementary.  Weigh-ins start 45 minutes before your rank racing heats begin.  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 2 divisions...  

1)The Family Derby - for Siblings, parents, grandparents, relatives of Scouts…but no Scouts.  Run first in the day to 'shake-out' the equipment and work out any kinks.

2) The Scout Derby - for the Scouts.  Heats are all within rank.

Prizes and Recognition

The Derby is about doing one's best and having fun, so all child participants will be recognized with a medal and picture of them with their car and the Pack flag.  But that doesn't mean our race winners won't take home some shiny hardware.  First three fastest in rank and best design in rank get plaques to mount their car and picture.  First three fastest in Pack and best design in Pack get trophies.

Derby Workshops

There will be two 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 boys 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.

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 at the December Pack meeting. Parent and siblings can purchase a kit from the Scout Shop or from the Pack if extras are available.  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 will be available at the Derby Workshops.
Printable Rules