The Derby will be held on the third Saturday in January. Weigh-ins start at 10am, racing starts at noon. Snacks, lunch foods, and drinks will be available as a fundraiser. 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
There will be two divisions…
1) The Scout Derby – with the two fastest cars from each rank qualifying for the District Pinewood Derby in Pecatonica.
2)The Design Awards – with the best designed cars from each rank qualifying for the District Pinewood Derby in Pecatonica.
3) The Sibling Derby – Scout brothers and sisters can enter their own cars and race before the Scout Derby begins.
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!
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.
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 December. Parent 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.