Pinewood Derby

Race Day

The Derby will be held at Cicrle Center Grade School Gym.

"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 scout can design and build their own "grand prix" car to enter in the race.

Race Day Highlights

There will be two divisions...

1) The Scout Class - for all registered scouts of the Pack using a derby car built this year.

2)The Open Class - for all adults and siblings desiring bragging rights.

Prizes and Recognition

The Derby is about doing one's best and having fun, so all scout participants will be recognized. But that doesn't mean our race winners won't take home some shiny hardware.

Derby Workshops

There will be a one day opportunity to mold and shape the block of pinewood into a mean lean well-decorated racing machine. We will announce the date and time for the workshop once we get the parents lined up who will be supervising the shop tools. The scouts 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 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 scouts. The complete set of rules will be available at the Derby Workshops and issued with each kit.

Printable Rules

The printable rules are below for review and printing.