2024 Pinewood Derby

The Pinewood Derby is one of the highlights of the scouting year.  Everyone gets excited about entering a car in the Pinewood Derby.  The event is a great opportunity for scout and parent to spend time together on a fun project.

Pinewood is funded solely by fall popcorn sales. 

If this is your first time, you might feel a little lost but do not worry.  You will find a source of help in our Scout leaders and from adults with previous derby experience.

Important Pinewood Derby Events 

  • Car kits will be provided to Scouts at December pack meeting (The Christmas Party). If you have not received a Pinewood Derby Car, please contact Jarod Mohlmaster.
  • Test N Tune – Thursday Feb 1 2024 from 6:30-7:30pm:  The track will be set up so cars can be tested.  
  • Impound Night Tuesday February 6, 2024 6:30-8:00pm:  Cars are measured, weighed, named and impounded. Please bring them in a box with your name on them. BRING YOUR COMPLETED ENTRY FORM
  • Race Day Setup Friday February 9, 2024 6:00pm- Until Complete
  • Race Day! Saturday February 10, 2024 10:00am -2:00pm  

Trophies and Design Awards

Trophies will be awarded to the first, second and third-place speed finishers in each rank and over-all for the Pack.  

Design Awards are typically given for the following but may change from year to year.
∗ Pit Crew Favorite
∗ Best Non-Car
∗ Best Paint Job
∗ Blue & Gold (Cub Scout Spirit)
∗ Good Sport 
∗ Looks like an Animal 
∗ Most Aerodynamic 
∗ Most creative use of Materials
∗ Most Original
∗ Most Realistic Looking


BSA’s Pinewood Derby Car Building Rules

All cars must pass the following inspection to qualify for the race:

  1. Width shall not exceed 2-3/4 inches.
  2. Length shall not exceed 7 inches.
  3. Weight shall not exceed 5 ounces.
  4. Axles, wheels, and body shall be from the materials provided in the kit. Additional wheels can be purchased separately.
  5. Wheel bearings, washers, and bushings are prohibited.
  6. No lubricating oil may be used. Axles may be lubricated with powdered graphite or silicone.
  7. The car shall not ride on any kind of spring.
  8. The car must be free-wheeling, with no starting devices.
  9. No loose materials of any kind are allowed in the car.


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