"Be Fast... or Look Good Trying"
The Derby will be held at the Park Church March 21st 2015.
The Pinewood Derby is fast approaching. This year the event will be held on Saturday March 21 at the Park Church.
Please read this entire page for all of the information needed.
12:00 noon- Webelos Car Check-In deadline Races will begin promptly at 12:15pm
12:30pm- Bears Car Check-In deadline Races will begin at approx. 12:45pm
1:00pm- Wolves Car Check-In deadline Races will begin at approx. 1:15pm
1:45pm- Tigers Car Check-In dedline Races will begin at approx. 2:00pm
3:00pm- Dad’s Race for bragging rights Dad’s will need to check in their cars at any time up to 2:30pm
3:15pm- Finals Races Top 3 finishers from each Scout rank will compete in the finals
3:45pm- Trophy Ceremony
4pm-5pm Open Track
*Please arrive on time for your rank car check in, but also please be understanding and allow some variance to the schedule listed.
This is a family event so bring the grandparents, uncles, cousins, and anyone else who might enjoy the race.
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.
Pack Derby Winners - with the three fastest cars qualifying for the "Hopewell District Pinewood Derby" held at a later date
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.
Derby Workshop Rules
There will be several opportunities to mold and shape the block of pinewood into a mean lean well-decorated racing machine.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.
All entries in the derby will start with the "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. 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 below.
The rules agreed upon by the Race Committee for building your cars are as follows.
-Overall Width 2 ¾” max.
-Overall Length 7” max.
-Width between wheels 1 ¾”
-Bottom clearance between car and track 3/8”
-Weight Not to exceed 5oz. (exception to this rule is the dad cars which are not to exceed 7oz.)
Wheel bearings, washers and bushings are prohibited. The car shall not ride on springs. Only official Cub Scout Grand Prix Pinewood Derby wheels and axles are permitted. Only dry lubricant is permitted. Details to decorate the car are permissible as long as they do not exceed the maximum length, width, and weight specifications. The car must be free-wheeling, with no starting devices. No loose materials in the car. Each car must pass inspection, the owner will be informed of the reason for failure, and will be given time within the check-in period to make adjustments. After final approval owners will not be allowed any further adjustments, and cars will not be re-inspected unless the car is damaged in handling or in a race.
We have been following these same rules for many years with much success at achieving FUN.
You can visit the official Cub Scout Pinewood Derby website for ideas by following this link.
You can purchase the Pinewood Derby Car Kit in the blue box that was shown (and won by a few) at our last Pack meeting at the Dan Beard Scout Shop. If you purchase a different brand of car at a hobby shop or other retailer just make sure that it will accommodate the dimension and weight specifications in the rules and that the proper wheels are used. The blue box kit has a copy of the rules and specifications in the box. It costs $3.99 for a kit.
Dan Beard Scout Shop
The Dan Beard Scout Shop has convenient hours for your shopping needs.
Monday - Tuesday
Wednesday - Thursday
This year we have added the Dad’s Race to the event. Any parent can build a car to the rules laid out above and participate. We want to differentiate these cars by having them weigh in over the 5oz rule with a maximum of 7oz to make sure there is no competitive spirit raised between the Scouts and the adults. The adults will not be racing any scouts. It will only be a fun race amongst adults for bragging rights and a good time. There were some questions raised about a sibling being able to participate and build a car. If the sibling would like to be included in the adult race for bragging rights the car will have to be over 5oz with a maximum weight of 7oz. If the sibling would like to build a car to run down the track during the open track time between 4pm-5pm they can build the car to the 5oz standard. No awards will be given during the open track session. It will just be another fun time to have cars running.
If anyone has any comments, questions or concerns please contact the leadership committee at the Pack email address.
Families and extended families are welcome to come watch the races. We do have limited space in “Gasoline Alley” (aka the sanctuary), so please be aware that we would like to limit the spectators to the families of the scouts that are racing at the time. All scouts are allowed to watch any race at any time throughout the event. This can be a flexible rule depending on attendance and room in the space. We want everyone to have a good time and we want to make sure that families are able to see their Scouts in action.
At this point I would encourage families to bring some snacks to tide you over. Everyone is free to come and go as they please, but just make sure that you are there for check-in and your specified race times. Please keep all food and drinks in the lobby area of the church.
We are looking forward to another fantastic event and we’re looking forward to seeing you all there.