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Weigh In- Thursday, January 18, 2018

The pack will have the racing track setup to provide opportunity for any parents or scouts that wish to test their car out on our track before the races (note this is the only time you can trial run your car. Trial runs will not occur on race day.

Once you complete your trial runs, your vehicle will be weighed, inspected, and then impounded. Your impounded car will be held until after racing is complete. You will not be allowed to add graphite or make modifications to your car once it is impounded.

Race Day- Friday, January 19, 2018

The Derby will be held at McKamy Elementary School. Racing starts promptly at 6:30 PM. There will be food and drinks available for purchase. This is a family event so bring the grandparents, uncles, cousins, and anyone else who might enjoy a good race.

We have a four lane track. Each racer will race once down each lane of the track. The top two places from each rank will race in the Grand Finale.

Plan to stick around after the race to help clean up. Many hands make for light work and EVERYONE is expected to do their part before they leave.

Prizes and Recognition

The Derby is about doing one's best and having fun, so all participants will be recognized. But that doesn't mean our race winners won't take home some shiny trophies.

Awards & Trophies

All scouts & Siblings will receive a participation ribbon. Trophies are awarded for 1st to 3rd place in each rank (Tiger, Wolf, Bear, & Webelos). The top (2) in each rank will race in the Grand Finale and will receive trophies.

Derby Workshops

The Pack strives to provide opportunities to mold and shape the block of pinewood into a lean, mean, well-decorated racing machine. Decorating the car is completely up to the imagination of the scout.

Parents are encouraged to assist their scout, but they should let the scout do most of the work. Car kits are provided free of charge in December for Scouts rechartering with Pack 693 by our December Pack Meeting.

"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.

Derby Patch


Of course no great event can run without the help of volunteers.

  • We need help on Thursday and Friday to help set up the track.

  • We need help during the race for the check in table (check in the cars, weigh them and then number them).

  • We need a couple of adults to do hand offs of the cars from the table to the track and from the end of the track back to the table.

  • We need people to stick around after the race to help break down the track and clean up.

  • We need every parent & scout to LEAVE NO TRACE. Please ensure you have cleaned up your area.

  • We need every parent and leader to help keep order during the event.

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. Cars may not exceed 5 ounces in weight and must conform to certain size restrictions and specifications. The complete set of rules will be available at the Derby Workshops, Form & Flyers section of the website and below. The kits are sold at the local Scout Shop, online and will also be sold by the pack at meetings and the derby workshops. If you purchase parts from Michael's Crafts, Hobby Lobby, or other hobby shops, they must have the official BSA Logo. When viewing online templates, we follow the standard BSA wheel base. Scouts will not be able to drill holes for extended wheel bases.