Pack 167's Pinewood Derby Homepage

Race Day
The Derby will be held on Saturday, February 10 at the Clarendon United Methodist Church, located at 606 North Irving Street, Arlington.  Weigh-ins start at 2pm, racing starts at 2:30 promptly.  We need volunteers to help in setup and to run the scoring system.  This is a family event so bring the grandparents, uncles, cousins, and anyone else who might enjoy the race.  We will wrap up and clean up and Leave No Trace by 5pm.
"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 competitions...  

1) The Scout Derby - with the three fastest cars qualifying for the District Pinewood Derby.

2) Design Competition - if your car can't go fast, at least it can look cool.

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.  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 at the Den level.  The Thomas Jefferson Community Center has a great wood shop and a PWD-specific program available to help out. 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, at Michael's in Seven Corners, 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 latest version of the Chain Bridge District rules is attached below.

Scott Lucier,
Jan 9, 2018, 8:12 PM