Pinewood Derby


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 and girl can design and build his/her own car to enter in the races. Parents are encouraged to assist the child, but they should let the child do most of the work.

Derby Workshops

Generally, Scouts work on their cars at their homes to mold and shape the block of pinewood into a lean, mean, well-decorated racing machine. Occasionally, the Pack will host workshops to answer questions, provide guidance, and even provide tools to help Scouts even further. Dates and times for the workshops are announced once we get the parents lined up who will be supervising the shop tools. The Scouts are not permitted to use power tools at Derby Workshops, but they are encouraged to design the shape of their cars, sand them, and decorate them accordingly.

Race Day

Pinewood Derby races are hosted at our charter organization, Christ our Redeemer Catholic Church. Weigh-ins start early, and races start promptly at their assigned times. This is a family event so bring the grandparents, uncles, cousins, and anyone else who might enjoy the race.