Pack 1's Pinewood Derby Homepage

2017 Track Test

“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 toys that Cub Scouts make from a basic kit of block of wood, four plastic wheels and four nails for axles with help from their families. Then scouts come together and race the cars on a special track, powered only by gravity. Within some basic rules, Scouts are limited only by their imagination and resourcefulness.

Derby Day

Derby Day

Pack 1's 2020 Derby will be held at the Minnehaha UMC Fellowship Hall on Saturday, March 14th, from 10:15am-1:30pm. (Last-minute weigh in from 10:15-10:45, racing starts promptly thereafter.) Scouts are encouraged to get their car weighed the evening before (March 13th) at MUMC from 6-8pm. Scouts receive a free hot dog voucher for weighing in on Friday. The Derby is a family event so bring the grandparents, uncles, cousins, and anyone else who might enjoy the race. Although it is a fun event, it does take a while to get all the heats in and tally results, so plan accordingly! There will be lunch and snacks for sale by Troop 1 or the MUMC youth group.

Ground Rules

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 active Scouts will receive a kit from the Pack, thanks to fundraisers, but do not lose any pieces, or apply any numbers until you are given the correct number by your Den leader.

Cars may not exceed 5.0 ounces in weight and must conform to certain size restrictions and specifications--see Northern Star BSA's Pinewood Derby Page for links to this year's rules. Important safety note: the Northern Star BSA recommends that lead NOT be used as a weight due to toxicity. If lead is used it must be completely sealed and safe from all contact. Decorating the cars is left up to the imagination of the Scouts.

Derby cars

Derby Workshops

There will be opportunities to mold and shape the block of pinewood into a mean lean well-decorated racing machine. The whole Pack is welcome to a Pinewood Derby workshop on February 24 (Monday) from 6:30-8pm. Some Dens may hold their own workshops too. 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 as much of the work as possible. The point of the Derby is for Scouts to work with a trusted adult or parent to build something fun!

Race Day

On Race Day, racers from all Dens compete in multiple heats with the excitement building throughout the event. The top winners have the opportunity to go on and compete in the Metro Lakes District Pinewood Derby.

How it works

  1. Once a Scout registers their car and hands it over to the Derby officials, they cannot touch the car again until the first heat of the race. Then they will have to wait until the end of all racing to get their car back.
  2. In the interests of time, Scouts will not place their car on the track; parent volunteers will do this, same as last year.
  3. Each car is raced in random order in each lane of the six lane track.
  4. Scores are tallied by the track computer throughout the race. Even if a Scout's car doesn't win a heat, they can still place or win overall.
  5. Winners in each of the categories (By Den and Overall) will be announced at the conclusion of results tallying and awards presented.
  6. A panel of judges will also award five overall design awards that reward creativity in car design. So a Scout could win both a speed and design award!
  7. Some winners of the Pack races will have the opportunity to represent the Pack at the District Races; you will be notified shortly after the Pack Derby if you qualify.

More details will be added closer to Race Day!

Volunteer to Help!

  • Assist with tools at the Derby Workshop
  • Set up/take down track
  • Judge derby cars for design awards
  • Place/retrieve cars on track
  • To volunteer to set up, just show up Friday 3/13 at 6pm to help.
  • To volunteer for race-day duties, please meet Friday 3/13 at 7:30 pm for a quick "training" with our race coordinator.