Pack 848's Pinewood Derby Homepage

So - What is the Pinewood Derby, Anyway?

Weigh-in Day
Inspection, Weigh-in and Judging.
Your car has to be checked in and impounded before it can place and be awarded any trophy on Saturday! There will be a couple of experienced car fixer-uppers with basic tools there to help with minor adjustments!

Race Day
Snacks, foods, and drinks will be available as a fundraiser for Pack 848. This is a family event so bring your grandparents, uncles, cousins, neighbors 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 model kits that your Cub Scouts make sometimes with a small amount of help from their families. Then they race their cars in head to head competition, powered only by gravity, down a long track designed specifically for these cars. Every boy can design and build his own "Grand Prix" car to enter in the race. Your Pack Leader will give your son his car during the December pack meeting which should allow plenty of time to help him build and sand it. If you need an extra car (or just want one for parts) then you may purchase a kit at the Scout Store for around $5. Keep in mind that there are specific rules for car size and weight and for the Derby all together, so check with your leaders!

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. Its gearing up to be some fun times, for sure!

Derby Workshops
There may be several opportunities to mold and shape the block of pinewood into a mean lean well-decorated racing machine. We will announce any 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 to their ability. Here is a cool YouTube VIDEO that addresses many thoughts for a speedy car.

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. Your son should have his car from his Den Leader already, and if you need an additional one for any reason, check with your leaders or you can get them at the local Scout Store or even 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 are available from your leaders!