Pack 529's Pinewood Derby Homepage
The Derby will be held at the multi-purpose room (i.e. cafeteria) at Heathrow Elementary School.  Weigh-ins start at 10 am, racing starts at 11:00 prompt.  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.
Schedule of Derby Events

Things You Should Do
  • Buy an official car kit (e.g. BSA PWD Car Kit)
  • Have your scout come up with a design drawing
  • Show up at one of the pack's PWD workshops or...
  • on your car at home
  • Show up at tune-up day at the church for practice runs
  • Bring your best to race day on February 22th

"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 scout can design and build their own "grand prix" car to enter in 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 (if applicable)

2)The Akela Derby - with the leaders cheating their way to contested victory again this year.  Life is not fair scouts.  Live with it.
3) The Sibling Derby - Scout brothers and sisters through fifth grade can enter their own cars.  Kids in sixth grade or above will be disenfranchised in the parent division.  Bring Kleenex.

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.  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 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 scouts 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.  When finished, the car should look like a car a kid built.  (For those parents unable to refrain from making your scout's car for them, why not build your own and race in the adults/open division allowing your scout the actual experience of building their own car, less the power tools part of course?)

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. Parents and siblings are on their own.  Cars may not exceed 5 ounces in weight and must conform to certain size restrictions and specifications (must fit completely within the sizing box).  Decorating the cars are up to the imagination of the scouts.  The complete set of rules will be available at the Derby Workshops. Please don't worry about the small print specifically worded to exclude the leaders from some or all of the rules.
Pack 529 Pinewood Derby Rules will be in effect: Pack 529 PWD Rules

Official Pinewood Derby Website