Pack 43's Pinewood Derby Homepage

Race Day
The 2018 Pinewood Derby will be held March this year, stay tuned!  Concessions will be available as a fundraiser.  This is a family event too so bring the grandparents, uncles, cousins, friends 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 three divisions...  

1) The Scout Derby - with the three fastest cars qualifying for the District Pinewood Derby (if applicable)

2)The Leaders DisgRace - with the leaders cheating their way to contested victory again this year.  Life is not fair boys.  Live with it.
3) The Buddy Derby - Scout buddies from 1st through 5th grade are invited by scouts by way of a "ticket".  The FIRST 30 "buddies" to arrive WITH a ticket get to race some of our prebuilt (but not yet decorated) cars.

Prizes and Recognition

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.  Other incentives and special class awards may be announced. 

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 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 as a Christmas present in December. Parent and siblings are on their own.  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. Please don't worry about the small print specifically worded to exclude the leaders from some or all of the rules.
Printable Rules
The "fine print" is provided as a document below should you want detailed rules.  Summarized and categorized rules and guides are available in the navigation on the right hand side of this page.

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Apr 1, 2016, 12:27 PM
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