Pinewood Derby 2022

*Construction of ALL entries MUST have begun AFTER last years Pack 44 Pinewood Derby Race.

Here are some useful links:

Maximum Velocity (my favorite)

Pinewood Pro

Some gallery's to give you ideas

Some ideas from Boys Life

Rules

Make Sure to review Official Rules

(including Car Design requirements) which can be found here:

The Derby is one of the most well known Cub Scouts events. Cubs build pinewood cars from a block of wood and then race them.

Races are grouped by rank. First place winners are invited to take part in the District Pinewood Derby.

We will be doing a Live Stream video from the Pack 44 Facebook account.

You can access the Live Stream from the Pack 44 Facebook page or from the below link:

Pinewood Derby Event Live Stream Link

Pinewood Derby Workshops

1/15/22 8a-12p & 1/20/22 5p-8p:

This workshop is designed for scouts who do not have access to the tools necessary to cut their block of wood into a car shape. The purpose of this workshop is ONLY to cut the shape of the car using the John's tools. Scouts will be responsible to paint and assemble the remaining pieces of the car on their own time at home. This year's workshops are being held at John Clark's house located at 552 Greenhowe Dr, Lititz, PA 17543.

For those scouts who have their cars completed by this time, you can stop in quickly to weigh your car to make sure you are within the approved weight.

Pinewood Derby Weigh-in and Impound, Friday, February 4, 6:30-8 pm (please see the specific time for your den listed below):

Any boys planning to race must register their car Friday night and have it impounded. Weigh-in is a 'stop-in' event - please come at the designated time for your den. Here are some more details:

  • 6:30 PM - Lions and Tigers

  • 6:45 PM- Wolves

  • 7:00 PM - Bears

  • 7:15 PM- Webelos I

  • 7:30 PM- AOL

  • IMPORTANT- Due to COVID restrictions please adhere to your designated time. Only 1 parent may accompany the scout for weigh-in.

  • Please note: Cars must be 95% completed at weigh-in. Cars must have tires affixed and extra embellishments affixed at the time of weigh-in. Weigh-in is strictly a time to fine-tune weight of the car. (For this purpose only a workstation will be set up to add or remove weight.)

  • Just get in line for the scale

  • When your car is weighed and checked for the other rules (length, wheel slots, height, width, etc) it will be assigned a number which will be affixed to the car with a sticker

  • If you are under weight it is fine (you can add weight if they wish to get as close to 5 oz as possible). If you are over weight they will be able to try to take weight off to get it to 5 oz (if you have them, please bring tools to add are remove weight and be available to help other boys if you have skills in this area)

  • Scouts will be able to take 1 test run down the track once they have been approved for check-in (no more than that - we won't have a free-for-all on the track as cars tend to get dropped and broken).

  • After the practice run race down the track the car will be 'impounded' - no more touching the car by the boy until race time.

  • Once your car is impounded you must leave to keep numbers down in the social hall

Pinewood Derby Race, Saturday, February 5, 8:30 am-12:00 pm:

Saturday the 5th is RACE DAY and we look forward to a fun morning together celebrating the hard work of the boys on their cars.

  • Scouts should wear their Class A uniforms for this event.

  • DUE to COVID-19 the following changes are being implemented this year:

    • Voting will be done on the Pack 44 Facebook page, posts will be created for each category and 'Likes' counted against each car's picture in the post. Each car can only win in one category. Anyone can vote, so ensure you have your friends and family look and 'like' their favorite car in each category!

    • Only 2 parents/guests may accompany each scout for the event. The race will be live-streamed so people can watch it at home.

    • Trophies will be handed out immediately following each den's race instead of waiting until the end like prior years. Scouts will be dismissed immediately after race completion.

    • For those scouts who place first in their den, your car will be kept and will be entered into the pack finals at 11:00 AM at which point you are invited but not required to return to the social hall to watch the race.

  • The schedule is as follows:

    • 8:30 am - Lions & Tigers

    • 9:00 am - Wolves

    • 9:30 am - Bears

    • 10:00 am - Webelos I

    • 10:30 am - AOL

    • 11:00 am - Finals

    • 11:30 am - Sibling race

    • After all Dens have their races, there will be the Pack championship (with the first place winner from each den participating.

  • Following the finals is the Sibling open race (note - these cars also need to be impounded Friday night and follow pinewood derby guidelines)