Pinewood Derby

Pinewood Derby
Pinewood Derby is the Premier Cub Scout event.  What is more fun than spending time with your Akela building your own small wooden racecar and then go see it race.  Pinewood Derby a family friendly event that we run every spring so bring along the entire family.  The cars are powered by gravity and run down a track. The pack has its own 3 lane track with custom timing system to record car times to .0001 second.  Each car runs three races against scouts of their own age.  Each car runs once in each lane with the winner being the car that runs all three lanes in the least amount of time. Races are held on the Campus of First Christian Church and generally last about 2 hours.

Pinewood Derby Workshop
Cars are handed out to each scout 6-8 weeks in advance of race day.  Cars can be worked on at any time with your Akela.  The pack will organize a build day a few weeks prior to the event to allow scouts to shape and make progress on their cars.  This day is a great day to use the pack provided custom tools and get guidance on your car design.  Akela’s are strongly encouraged to help their sons but to allow then to 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 to build your car. Scouts are provided a car.  Cubmaster Challenge cars can be purchased at the scout store of from the pack.  Each racer will be provided a full set of rules that must be followed but in general the cars may not exceed 5 ounces in weight and must conform to certain size restrictions and specifications.  Decorating the cars is up to the imagination of the scout.  To keep things fair, no outside purchased axles or wheels are allowed.  Use the parts in the kit.  (Please don't worry about the small print specifically worded to exclude the leaders from some or all of the rules.)
Race Day Highlights
Pinewood Derby takes place over two days.  The derby start the night before the race with car check-in.  While the track is being built you can have our race officials inspect your car and make last minute fine tune adjustments.  All cars are turned in this evening to allow the race brackets to be set ahead of time.
Race day brings four events together.
o   Car judging by the scouts for the following categories.  
“I built it myself”, “Coolest”, “Most Original” & “Craziest”
o   Preliminary round racing
o   Finals racing
o   Cubmaster Challenge racing.
Cubmaster Challenge
It is easy for the Akela to take over building the scouts car.  It is also hard for the younger or older sibling to not want to also race.  For this we have the Cubmaster Challenge.  This race is for Dad, Grandpa, brother, sister or anyone to build their own car to race.  These cars are judged with the same criteria but sometimes through very blurry eyes.   It is a race for fun but in the end the car that runs a single race the fastest takes the prize.  Racers for this event must purchase their own car kit.
Prizes and Recognition
The Derby is about doing one's best and having fun.  Not everyone wins but your attitude ensures you have fun.  The boys vote on the car categories and we recognize each winner with special certificates.  We also recognize the top three fastest car in each den as well as the top three fastest cars in the whole pack.  In the tradition of the Indianapolis raceway, the pack-overall winners get to enjoy the traditional glass of (chocolate) milk and the kissing of the sacred racetrack bricks.
Printable Rules
Linked here are the rules from our most recent years.  The basic rules generally do not change so if you have rules from a few years back you are good to go.


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