Pinewood Derby

Pinewood Derby

Quick thought on the derby

Designing, cutting, painting and adding details can seem like a lot to do before a race. We would like you know we are here to help and so are some of the other parents in your den and the pack. Derbies are meant to be a fun experience not only for the Scouts but for the parents as well. Please don't be worried about reaching out and asking for help or offering it as well.


8:00 am - Check in Begins

10:00 am - Opening Ceremony

10:15 am - Racing Begins

11:30 am - Lunch Break

1:00 pm - Closing Ceremony

Pinewood Derby Rules

Setting up the Pinewood Derby Track takes a lot of work and requires a lot of help. Here is a really quick view of the setup process. We hope you enjoy it.

Here is another look by Bret Williams of the 2014 Derby Highlights. He has some more that we will be adding as they become available.

Looking Forward to the next Pinewood Derby

Check back here for updated information on the next Pinewood Derby. Weigh-ins usually start at 8am, racing starts at 10:00am 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.

Just for fun here is what one Cubmaster did to show a really fast pinewood derby car... No it's not legal on our track but still fun to watch.