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Pinewood Derby

Pack 205 holds an annual pinewood derby typically in February. The Derby is Holy Angels School – Fremont Hall.  Weigh-ins start one hour prior to the race. Snacks, a Bake Sale, and drinks will be available as a fundraiser for a small cost. This is a family event so bring the grandparents, uncles, cousins, and anyone else who might enjoy the race. Please bring anyone interested in Scouting!  

“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 his own “grand prix” car to enter in the race.

Race Day Highlights

There will be separate awarded divisions…  

  • Overall Pack – top three fastest cars from the Pack will qualify to continue on to the District level race.
  • Den Winners – Each Den will have their own champions.
  • Parent/Sibling/Guest/Others – That’s right. You build it, you enter it, we’ll race it! .

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. We have trophies for fastest cars and also certificates for custom categories such as “most car like” and “most patriotic”.
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 Pack 205 Scouts will receive a kit as a Christmas present in December. Parents and siblings who wish to participate 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 kids.  The complete set of rules will be available prior to the Derby. Please don’t worry about the small print specifically worded to exclude the leaders from some or all of the rules.    

Step 1. Know the Rules

Read the rules and specifications found in your kit. Also read any rules provided by your local derby committee. Discuss your ideas with your parent or adult partner and determine a plan for the construction of your derby entry.

Racing Specifications from the Kit

  1. Width. The overall width of the car shall not exceed 2 3/4 inches.
  2. Length. The overall length of the car shall not exceed 7 inches.
  3. Weight. The weight of the car shall not exceed 5 ounces. No loose materials of any kind are permitted in the car. The car may be hollowed out and built up to the maximum weight by the addition of wood or metal only, provided any additional material is securely built into the body.
  4. Wheel bearings, washers, and bushings are prohibited.
  5. Springing. The car shall not ride on any type of springs.
  6. Details. Details such as the steering wheel, driver, decals, painting, and interior detail are permissible as long as these details do not exceed the maximum length, width, and weight specifications.
  7. Attachments. The car must be freewheeling, with no starting devices.
  8. Inspection. Each car must pass inspection by the official inspection committee before it will be allowed to compete. The inspectors have the right to disqualify those cars that do not meet these specifications.

Each local derby committee provides copies of the rules for that specific race. See the example provided.  

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