Pack 40's Pinewood Derby Homepage

Race Day
The Derby will be held at the Mount Vernon Middle School gym.  Weigh-ins start at 9am, racing starts at 10:00 prompt.  Pop and hot popcorn will be for sale.  This is a family event so bring the grandparents, uncles, cousins, and anyone else who might enjoy the race.
"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 Highlights

1) Check-in - All cars need to be registered, weighed, and impounded before the race begins. Don't be late!

2) The Scout Derby - with the three fastest cars qualifying for the District Pinewood Derby

3) Awards - The winners are announced and receive their awards.

Prizes and Recognition

The Derby is about doing one's best and having fun, so all child participants will be recognized.  All scouts who race will earn their Pinewood Derby segment (if they do not have one already). But that doesn't mean our race winners won't take home some shiny hardware. There will be trophies for the top three finishers from the entire Pack, and for the top three finishers from each den. There are also prizes for car design and construction. See our Rewards & Recognition page for details.          

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.

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.  All active Scouts will receive a kit as a Christmas present in November at the Fellers' Cake Bake pack meeting. 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.
Printable Rules
Pack 40's rules are based on the Three Rivers District Pinewood Derby Rules (updated12/12/2012). Additional rules can be found in the Pinewood Derby pages on the right.

4/17/2013: PWD rules updated (change of venue for 3R District race). Click here to view.