Pinewood Derby

The Pinewood Derby is one of the most popular events in Cub Scouting. Every year more than 2 million boys and parents team up to carve, decorate, weigh, adjust, fret over, and finally race a Pinewood Derby car. The first Pinewood Derby was held in 1953 by Cub Scout Pack 280 of Manhattan Beach, California, and since then over 100 million Pinewood Derby model car kits have been sold. The purpose of the Pinewood Derby is to help the Cub Scout build a team relationship with their parent or helper, experience the sense of accomplishment and the excitement of competition, learn good sportsmanship, and to have fun.

When it comes to father/son bonding experiences, few can match the satisfaction of working on a pinewood derby car together. Most Cub Scout packs have an annual pinewood derby race. Scouts turn blocks of wood into super fast racing machines. In the process, they get a basic lesson in physics, tool handling, and competition. If you never had the pleasure of taking part in this glorious boyhood rite of passage, here are some tips on building great car.

Pack 1910's Pinewood Derby is open to all registered Scouts.  Lions will have their own heat with their LEGO derby cars.  This year siblings, parents, leaders and even our friends at Troop 1910 are being invited to participate in our first ever OUTLAW class for those that may want to build a car of their own.

A Scout’s primary goal in Pinewood Derby should be to:

  • Work together with a parent on a joint project
  • Acquire a healthy attitude about competition and sportsmanship
  • Become more proficient at woodworking
  • Survive the experience with all ten fingers

We realize, too, that everyone may not be a carpenter or own the tools desired to cut, shape and sand the car so we are having two Pack Derby Workshop Days.  Those are:

  • March 25
  • April 8

The official weigh-in will be Friday, April 28 from 6:30 - 8pm

All cars must pass inspection to qualify for the race. Each car must pass inspection by the race officials before it will be allowed to compete. The officials have the right to disqualify those cars that do not meet specifications. Cars not passing inspection for minor infractions, i.e., weight, wheel width, loose body trim, will have an opportunity for re-inspection before close of registration so long as adjustments are made.

Officials decisions are final. The car will be impounded when registered until the races are complete. After being impounded, repairs will be limited to replacement of axles/wheels that are broken/lost during the race. Any other piece of the car that is broken/lost during the race can not be replaced.

Saturday, April 29