Pinewood Derby

Pack 529's Pinewood Derby Homepage

Race Day - February 22th, 2021

The Derby will be held in the community room at Holy Cross Lutheran Church on Lake Mary Blvd. Weigh-ins start at 6 pm on Friday, February 19th. The race starts at 10:00 am on Saturday, February 20th. This is normally a family event but due to Covid, we are asking you only to bring a parent per scout.

Schedule of Derby Events


  • January 29th, 6:45pm, Church Garage, Car Cut.

  • February 18th, 6:00pm - 9:00pm, Church Fellowship Hall, Track Set up, Tune-ups, test runs and registration.

  • February 19th, 10:00am, Church Fellowship Hall

The Scout Derby - with the three fastest cars qualifying for the District Pinewood Derby (if applicable)

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.

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

Race Day Highlights

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.

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 20th

"Be Fast... or Look Good Trying"