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2017 Pinewood Derby Setup Process

Pinewood Derby Setup

2017 Pinewood Derby schedule

It's Pinewood Derby Week folks. Here is the schedule for this weekend's festivities.

A pre-race workshop will be Friday, February 10th 6:30PM - 8:30PM in the RUMC Scout Hut.

We will also be doing track set-up and race facility set-up Friday, Feb 10th 6:00PM - 8:00PM. If you can help, come on over.

8:00AM - 9:45AM Official Race Check-In, cars must be checked in by 10am to be run with the Scout cars.

10:00AM - 10:30AM Flag/Opening Ceremony & Scout Voting on Derby Entries

10:30AM - Racing Begins

Race Order

New this year:

   If you were with us for the 2016 Raingutter Regatta, you will recall we were able to manipulate the race software to allow for mixed racing.   This will enable us to roll through the ranks/dens in a different format.     Racing will be in heats and will rotate through the ranks/dens.

Heat 1: Tiger, Wolves, Bears, Webelos & AOL

Heat 2: Tigers, Wolves, Bears, Webelos & AOL

This will continue until we fully complete all heats for entries at all ranks before moving on to the finals.   The goal is to have all scouts involved though out the race and not have the Tigers for instance only involved at the very beginning of the race and then have to wait for everyone else to finish.



The races and activities are expected to last until approximately 1:30PM.

Food(pizza) and other concessions will be available for purchase @ 12:00PM.

Looking back at the 2015 Pinewood Derby
This years Derby was held February 20, 2015 and was a huge success!  The track was fast, the cars were super creative and Scouts and family alike had a great time racing, playing and socializing.  Just check out the video highlights-

Looking forward to the 2017 Pinewood Derby
Check back here for updated information on the February 2017 Pinewood Derby.  Weigh-ins start at 8am, racing starts at 9:45am prompt.  Snacks, lunch foods, and drinks will be available as a fundraiser.  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

On race day, there are three divisions...  

1) The Scout Derby - Car must be checked during published check-in times to qualify.  

                           Scouts should be wearing Class A uniforms for the event. 
2)The Leader Derby - with the leaders cheating their way to contested victory again this year. 
                                 Life is not fair boys.  Live with it.
3) The Family Derby - Scout brothers and sisters through fifth grade can enter their own cars.  Kids in sixth grade or above
                                  will be disenfranchised in the parent division.  Bring Kleenex.

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.  Especially the leaders who battle and fudge and manipulate their way to the oh so awesome victory lane for that oh so elusive glass of milk.

Derby Workshops

There will be several opportunities to mold and shape the block of pinewood into a mean lean well-decorated racing machine.  We will announce dates and times for the workshops once we get the parents lined up who will be supervising the shop tools.  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 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 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

Just for fun.....