Pack 153's 2014 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
 
The Derby has been scheduled for April 13, 2014. The event will be held at the Manlius Community Room (behind the Manlius Library). The race is from noon until 4:00 pm. All participants will need to arrive at noon for weigh ins and inspection.  Snacks and drinks will be provided by the pack.  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 two divisions...  

1) The Stock Car Class - Stock cars have more strict rules and less modifications allowed. All work on these cars should be led by the scout. All scouts are encouraged to participate in the stock class. The stock car class is only open to pack 153 active members. Official rules are published and can be found via the link on the right.

2)The Modified Car Class - Everyone loves to compete. The modifieds have many fewer rules and restrictions. Parents are allowed to help their scouts with these hot rods. This should be a cooperative effort. This class is open to all, so get the friends and family motivated to race. Official rules are published and can be found via the link on the right.


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 parents and 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 several 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 boys 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.
  • 3/3 - Monday 6:30 pm
  • 4/5 - Saturday 10:00 am 
(Optional) opportunities to come work on your car at the church.

Equal Ground

All entries in the derby will start with the "Official Grand Prix Pinewood Derby Kit" which includes the body, 4 axles pins, 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.  All active Scouts will receive a kit provided by the pack. Parents and siblings are on their own.  Cars may not exceed 5 ounces in weight and must conform to certain size restrictions and specifications.  Decorating the cars are up to the imagination of the boys.  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.
 
 
Prinatable Rules
 
We will post the printable rules below when they become available