About the Pinewood Derby
First run in 1953, the Pinewood Derby was the invention of California Cubmaster Donald Murphy. It's come to be one of the most celebrated events in Cub Scouting and forever remains a happy childhood memory.
The intention is for a boy and an adult partner (parent, grandparent, trusted friend or neighbor, or Scout Leader) to design and construct a model derby car using the kit provided by the Pack. The completed car is raced against the cars of other Scouts at the derby itself.
There's no end to the number of great car designs, but do make sure that your Scout plays a big part in the planning and construction. A great rule of thumb is to use increments of 20%: Tigers should do at least 20% of the work (i.e. sanding and decorating. Wolves should do at least 40%, Bears 60%, Webelos I Scouts 80%. And by the time a fifth grade Scout participates in the derby, he should handle nearly 100% of the construction.
See the official rules for specifications regarding size, weight, construction and racing.
Pack 94 offers races for siblings and adults, as well. Plus, an "outlaw" division where almost anything (safe) goes!
It's always an AWESOME event!
Car construction rules from the “Cub Scout Leader How-To Book” (BSA No. 33832).
- Width shall not exceed 2-1/4 inches.
- Length shall not exceed 7 inches.
- Weight shall not exceed 5 ounces.
- Axles, wheels, and body shall be from the materials provided in the kit.
- Wheel bearings, washers, and bushings are prohibited.
- No lubricating oil may be used. Axles may be lubricated with powdered graphite or silicone.
- The car shall not ride on any kind of spring.
- The car must be free-wheeling, with no starting devices
- No loose materials of any ki, nd are allowed in the car.