Pinewood Derby

Pack 805's Pinewood Derby Homepage

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 boy can design and build his own "grand prix" car to enter in the race.

Race Day

Weigh-ins start at 8:30 am, racing starts at 10:00 am.

NOTE: This year (2017) we will be at Los Cerros!

Snacks, lunch foods, and drinks will be available as a fundraiser. This is a family event so bring the grandparents, uncles, cousins, and anyone else who might enjoy the race.

Race Day Highlights

There will be three divisions...

1) The Scout Derby - with the three fastest cars qualifying for the District Pinewood Derby

2)The Unlimited Derby - with the leaders cheating their way to contested victory again this year. Life is not fair boys. Live with it.

3) The Sibling Derby - Scout brothers and sisters can enter their own cars.

Schedule

All times are approximate!

Prizes and Recognition

The Derby is about doing one's best and having fun, so all child participants will be recognized with a patch and a gift at registration. But 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.

    1. Rank Speed Awards - every Rank's three fastest cars will get a trophy
    2. Pack Speed Awards - the Rank Speed Award winners will race again in the Grand Finals, and the top three will get a trophy
    1. Den Speed Awards - every Den's three fastest cars will get a ribbon
        1. Design Awards - the top three cars will get trophies for these three categories:
      1. Scouting / Patriotic / Military
      2. Racing / Cars / Sports
      3. Funny / Creative

Derby Workshops

There will be several opportunities to mold and shape the block of pinewood into a mean lean well-decorated racing machine. Dens are encouraged to hold workshops. Ace Hardware in Alamo is holding one, and another one from the Diablo Silverado Council was announced. Parents are encouraged to assist the child but they should let the child do most of the work.

The Internet is a great resource for new racers to get started, and veterans to get help and ideas to improve. YouTube has a number of excellent videos. Here is a fine web site that does a good job outlining the process:

http://www.abc-pinewood-derby.com/basic-guide.php

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. Parent and siblings can request one, or purchase one online or from the Scout Shop in Pleasant Hill.

Cars may not exceed 5.0 ounces in weight and must conform to certain size restrictions and specifications. Decorating the cars are up to the imagination of the boys. Please don't worry about the small print specifically worded to exclude the leaders from some or all of the rules.

Printable Rules

Printable rules are posted below.

Questions

Contact your friendly Pinewood Derby Coordinator:

John Branch

john.l.branch@comcast.net

(925) 858-3979