Pack 23's Pinewood Derby Homepage

Race Day
The Derby will be held at the Irving School Gym.  Weigh-ins start at 12:45 PM, racing starts at 1:30 PM prompt.  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 types of races:  

1) The Den Heats - Each den will race against each other in as many heats as it takes for a double-elimination format.  The top car from the Den heats will receive a Trophy and the 2nd and 3rd place cars will receive medals.

2)The Pack Races - The top cars from each den will then race to see who is the fastest in the pack.  This is another double-elimination format set of races.  The top 3 cars will each receive a first, second or third place trophy.

Looking Good
In addition to making a fast car, you could also focus on the 2 other award categories.  The boys get to vote for the "Coolest" car, and the "Most Original Design".  Each category winner will receive a trophy.

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. 

Derby Workshop

We will have a designated day for the boys to get a head start on the car with a cut-out event.  The boys trace the rough shape onto the block of wood, and an adult will cut that rough shape for the car.  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 car kits are provided by the pack, so you don't need to buy your own from the scout shop.  Parent and siblings are on their own if they want to build a car.  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
We will post the printable rules below when they become available