It’s Pinewood Derby time again! Scouts should be receiving their kits and numbers from their Den Leaders at an upcoming meeting if they haven’t yet done so.
For the uninitiated, here’s how the Cub Scouts describe the event: “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. Most packs have a pinewood derby every year. It can be run indoors or outdoors. Every boy can design and build his own ‘grand prix’ car to enter in the race.”
Download our Pack’s official rules for 2017 in PDF format. There’s a lot to know in terms of acceptable modifications and weights, so please keep these rules close at hand when preparing your entry.
The 2017 Event Timeline
- Check In: Friday, February 24, 2017, 6 pm (Optional). Check-in will involve ensuring your car adheres to all of the requirements outlined in the official rules. At that time, you’ll hand over your project for safe keeping until the event begins.
- Race Day: Saturday, February 25, 2017 – 8:30 am check in for those who didn’t come to the optional check-in on Friday. Flag Ceremony at 9:00 am
- Location: Cross Tracks Church (Formerly Liberty Hill UMC), Liberty Hill, Texas
- Philosophy: The Pinewood Derby is set up to be a technical learning/teaching experience. Cub Scouts are to build the cars with the aid of an adult. Each child should do as much of the work themselves as safely as possible.
- Cost: No entry fee
Support for Parents and Scouts
One of the main purposes of the Pinewood Derby is to teach the principles of sportsmanship. In this spirit, all Scouts, parents, and race officials will support every Scout in their attempt to build the best car they can. If you have questions or need technical assistance, please contact one of the race officials, your son’s Den Leader, or other parents in the Pack. You will find no shortage of people willing to provide tips, experience, and tools.
We hope to have one or two days when Scouts and Akela have access to a workshop with tools they may not have at home. Details of these events to be announced as they’re firmed up. Regardless, though, you will find people willing to share.
To help you in your project, here’s a collection of links to helpful resources for Pinewood Derby car builders…
A Former NASA Engineer Explains The Science:
Super Fast Pinewood Derby Track
The 2009 Pinewood Derby National Championships