Pack 615's Pinewood Derby Info

Race Day
The Derby will be held on February 16th, 2019. Weigh-ins start at 1:00 PM, racing starts at 1:45 PM sharp. 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 child can design and build their own "Grand Prix" car to enter in the race.


Race Day Highlights

There will be two divisions this year due to the number of Scouts that will be participating in the race (sorry parents, you won't be racing this year):  

  1. The Scout Derby - Only Cub Scouts (grades K-5th) will be racing in this event
  2. The Sibling Derby - Scout brothers and sisters through fifth grade can enter their own cars

Prizes and Recognition

The Derby is about doing one's best and having fun, so all child participants will be recognized; however, 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 youth 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 expected to assist their child but they should try to let their 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 should have received their Derby Car Kit at the last Pack meeting. 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 children. The complete set of rules are available on this website.
Click above for the rules of the road.