Pinewood Derby

The Pinewood Derby is open to all Cub Scouts registered in Pack 1833. Siblings and friends may also enter in a separate division. Leaders and parents will be placed in the Outlaw division. Any Scout/sibling/parent/Leader may participate in the Outlaw Derby with a non-regulation car.

Each Scout/sibling may enter only one car in the official competition. Several cars may be constructed but only one may be registered and raced.

The car must have been built during the current year (the school year in which the Derby is held). Cars that have competed in a previous Derby are not permitted.

Competition will consist of a full track of cars for each race. (We have a six lane track.) The races will be determined using cumulative times from all six heats for each racer in which the lowest time wins.

Car Registration

Inspection/registration will be on Friday, January 22nd from 5:30 - 8:00 pm. Each family must sign up using the form at the bottom of this page. There are (11) 15 minute time slots available. Only on Friday will you be able to test your car to be sure it passes race inspection and run test laps (limited to 2 runs). Once you submit your car for final inspection, it will be "impounded" until racing is complete. At this point you will not be able to make any further adjustments or modifications to the car. All cars will be returned at the next Den meeting.

Race Day

The Derby will be held on Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church. The difference is that the races will be streamed live on Youtube to maintain a safe environment and to adhere to the guidelines set forth by the Governor. The races are scheduled to begin at 9:00am and continue until all registered cars have raced. A link to the live stream will be emailed the day before the race which can be shared with family and friends.

Racing Order: Lions | Tigers | Wolves | Bears | Webelos | AOL | Siblings | Outlaw

Tentative Schedule

5:30 - 8:00pm: Registration at St. John Neumann by appointment

9:00 - 11:00 am: Racing (Live Streamed on Youtube)

Awards will be announced after all racing has ended and presented at the next Den meeting.

"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 child can design and build their own derby car to enter in the race.

Race Day Highlights

There will be three divisions...

1) The Scout Derby - Scouts compete by Rank for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place with the two fastest cars in each Rank qualifying for the District Pinewood Derby

2) The Sibling Derby - Scout brothers and sisters under the age of 16 can enter their own cars. Youth that are 16 and older will race in the Outlaw Derby.

3) The Outlaw Derby - This is the race where anyone can enter and there are limited rules.

Prizes and Recognition

The Derby is about doing one's best and having fun. All Scouts will receive a Pinewood Derby Patch at registration. There will be trophies presented to the 3 fastest cars for each Rank in the Scout Derby (Lion, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, Arrow of Light) and in the Sibling Derby. The 1st place winner in the Outlaw Derby will receive recognition as well. Additional awards will be presented for various design categories for craftsmanship and aesthetics.

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. All active Scouts will receive a kit as a Christmas present in December. The kits are sold at the local Scout Shop or online if you need an extra kit. Cars may not exceed 5 ounces in weight and must conform to certain size restrictions and specifications found HERE. Decorating the cars is up to the imagination of the Scouts. The complete set of rules is available at the link at the top of this page.

Additional Information

Please feel free to browse the Pinewood Derby pages here on our website for more information.