Pinewood Derby

Two weeks ago we held the Pinewood Derby workshop, and for the past two weeks you’ve been making those pinewood derby cars look spectacular.  Now it’s time to put the pedal to the medal for the 2020 Pinewood Derby.

Below is a rough timeline for the day.  Please note that this may shift as we get closer to the date. The event usually lasts around 3-4 hours, depending on the number of participants.

  • 10:00-11:00a – Registration and weigh-in
  • 11:30 – 12:30 – Pinewood Derby Races
  • 12:30 – 1:00 – Lunch Break*
  • 1:00 – ??? – Remaining Races*

Vehicle registration and weigh in will start at 10:00 AM and end promptly at 11:00 AM.  The Pinewood Derby itself will begin at 11:00 AM with the first heat running at 11:15 AM.

*Depending on how quickly the races are going, we may opt to continue racing and have lunch after the final races.

REMEMBER, ALL CARS MUST BE REGISTERED AND WEIGHED IN BY 11:00 AM — NO EXCEPTIONS.

Once the race begins new cars will not be accepted under any circumstance.  The software we use to generate the race schedule uses an algorithm that guarantees each car runs on each track at least once and races against different cars each race.  It is impossible, once the first race begins, to add new vehicles to the lineup without starting all over and invalidating the results of any races that already had taken place.   We do not have the time to start over nor is it fair to the scouts who were on time. Therefore we will not be doing so.

SCOUTS MUST BE IN UNIFORM: This is a pack event, and the scouts should be in full uniform.  This will make for much better photos of the scout with his car, which most parents love to take.

Lunch

Lunch will be provided at no cost for the participating scouts. Parents, sibling or friends may purchase something to eat and drink at a nominal cost, after lunch is served to the scouts.

Good Sportsmanship

This is already in the rules and you would expect that this should never be required to be part of the rules, but it is.  The Pinewood Derby is for the scouts and it is meant to be a fun time for the scout. Sometimes scouts and even parents can take things a bit too far which not only ruins it for the scout, but for other scouts as well. A visibly upset parent will make their child upset and that change in mood will spread to others.

Good sportsmanship is one of the things we teach our Cub Scouts and must be shown at all times.  Bad sportsmanship, regardless of whether it is from a scout or an adult is absolutely forbidden. A scout and his car will be disqualified if the scout, his parents, their guests, or leaders display unsportsmanlike conduct before, during, or after the derby.

The Rules

It is important to make sure that your car adheres to the rules. The rules are attached below.  The rules for our pack are in line with the district rules and strict adherence will be enforced.  If your car does not adhere to the rules it will be unable to race.

It is also important to remember that the decisions of the judges are final.

REV UP YOUR ENGINES!!!

PINEWOOD DERBY IS FINALLY HERE!! Woo hoo!! Get those race cars painted and fine tuned because Saturday WE RACE! That’s right! This Saturday, March 7 at Saints United Gym we are all gathering at 10:00 AM for the fun filled EXCITING  down to the last second hold your breath racing event of the year! At least for scouts 😁😁. This event lasts a few hours so bring a snack and a drink (covered containers only please) and your cheering voices. Remember, we want to win, but we also want to be happy for everyone else. So, do your best and support your pack members, too! ***please come in uniform if you can! 
DETAILS OF THE DAY

  • ARRIVAL TIME 10:00 AM  At this time we weigh and register your cars. Any cars found to be overweight or too wide may be altered and re-checked and registered so long as changes can be made before registration closes. 
    Once registered, the cars are entered into the computer and MAY NOT BE TOUCHED AGAIN BY ANYONE until the race begins. Doing so may also result in disqualification. 
    Cars are placed on display until the race starts so everyone can see all of the cool designs 🚖🚘

 

  • REGISTRATION CLOSES BEFORE 10:50 AM. So, to be safe, don’t be late.  We want to see your smiling faces promptly at 10:00 AM🙂☺️😊😀😃😄

 

  • FAILURE TO REGISTER BEFORE 10:50 AM DEADLINE MAY RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION.  We hate to have to do this, but we have specific BSA Pinewood Derby guidelines to follow and the computer needs time to calibrate the information which is sent to the electronic track. Please don’t be late!

 

  • THE FIRST RACE BEGINS PROMPTLY AT 11:15 AM.  Please understand this event is run in heats and therefore lasts a few hours and we rent the track. That means if we are late starting, we are late ending, and the people coming for the track after the race will be held up and that’s not very scoutlike of us to not be courteous to them!

 

  • EXPECT LOTS OF CHEERS AND GROANS AND LAUGHING so bring your happy face whether you come in first or last!
    YES:  😁🤗🤪😊😃
    NO:☹️😢😭😤😠😡
    A LITTLE HERE AND THERE IS ONLY NATURAL: 😯😧😬😣😕

 

 

  • THE WINNER HERE GETS TO GO ON TO COMPETE AT THE DISTRICT DERBY! 👏🏻👏🏻🏆

SEE YOU SATURDAY!!!! GOOD LUCK!!! 🍀
family and friends are welcome to attend, so please don’t be shy about asking them. Share the fun!!

 

2019 Pinewood Derby (Backup Date)

2019 Pinewood Derby

District Pinewood Derby

All Cub Scout Packs in Roosevelt District may enter up to three cars in the District Pinewood Derby. Two cars to compete in the race and one car to compete for Best in Show.

Anyone connected with your pack may attend the derby (Racers, Parents, Leaders, Den Chiefs, Siblings, guests of the families, etc.).

 

District Pinewood Derby

All Cub Scout Packs in Roosevelt District may enter up to three cars in the District Pinewood Derby. Two cars to compete in the race and one car to compete for Best in Show.

Anyone connected with your pack may attend the derby (Racers, Parents, Leaders, Den Chiefs, Siblings, guests of the families, etc.).

 

2018 Pinewood Derby Champions

Let's Get Down and DerbyI would like to thank everyone who came out this weekend for our 2018 Pinewood Derby. It was a huge success and it appeared that all of the scouts had a great time. I would like to thank those who volunteered their time to help run the derby and make the event the success that it was. Thank You!

 

Race Winners:

  1. Jason S
  2. Aidan M
  3. Aedhan S

 

Best in Show:  

  1. Jeremy P

 

Once again congratulations to all of our winners.

The first & second place race winners and the first place best in show will go to the district finals (click here for the details) on Saturday April 21st. We wish you the best of luck and hope you represent the pack like true scouts

Note: Please let us know if you have pictures and videos  that you’d like to share.  You can send them to cubmaster (at) cubscoutpack1776 (dot) org.

2018 Pinewood Derby

Three weeks ago we held the Pinewood Derby workshop, and for the past three weeks you’ve been making those pinewood derby cars look spectacular.  Now it’s time to put the pedal to the medal for the 2017 Pinewood Derby.

Below is a rough timeline for the day.  Please note that this may shift as we get closer to the date. The event usually lasts around 2-4 hours, depending on the number of participants.

  • 10:00-11:00a – Registration and weigh-in
  • 11:30 – 12:30 – Pinewood Derby Races
  • 12:30 – 1:00 – Lunch Break
  • 1:00 – ??? – Remaining Races

Vehicle registration and weigh in will start at 10:00 AM and end promptly at 11:00 AM.  The Pinewood Derby itself will begin at 11:30 AM with the first heat running at 11:45 AM.

REMEMBER, ALL CARS MUST BE REGISTERED AND WEIGHED IN BY 11:00 AM — NO EXCEPTIONS.

Once the race begins new cars will not be accepted under any circumstance.  The software we use to generate the race schedule uses an algorithm that guarantees each car runs on each track at least once and races against different cars each race.  It is impossible, once the first race begins, to add new vehicles to the lineup without starting all over and invalidating the results of any races that already had taken place.   It is not fair to the scouts who were on time to have to start all over. Therefore we will not be doing so.

SCOUTS MUST BE IN UNIFORM: This is a pack event, and the scouts should be in full uniform.  This will make for much better photos of the scout with his car, which most parents love to take.

Lunch

Lunch will be provided at no cost for the participating scouts. Parents, sibling or friends may purchase something to eat and drink at a nominal cost, after lunch is served to the scouts.

Good Sportsmanship

This is already in the rules and you would expect that this should never be required to be part of the rules, but it is.  The Pinewood Derby is for the scouts and it is meant to be a fun time for the scout. Sometimes scouts and even parents can take things a bit too far which not only ruins it for the scout, but for other scouts as well. A visibly upset parent will make their child upset and that change in mood will spread to others.

Good sportsmanship is one of the things we teach our Cub Scouts and must be shown at all times.  Bad sportsmanship, regardless of whether it is from a scout or an adult is absolutely forbidden. A scout and his car will be disqualified if the scout, his parents, their guests, or leaders display unsportsmanlike conduct before, during, or after the derby.

The Rules

It is important to make sure that your car adheres to the rules. The rules are attached below.  The rules for our pack are in line with the district rules and strict adherence will be enforced.  If your car does not adhere to the rules it will be unable to race.

It is also important to remember that the decisions of the judges are final.

Note: The link below is to the rules we used last year. If there are any changes, the link will be updated by the day after the workshop.

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2018 Pinewood Derby

Let's Get Down and DerbyThree weekends ago we held our held our sixth annual Pinewood Derby Workshop. It went really smooth and we had a great turn out this year. Several boys and their parents took advantage of the opportunity to get some pinewood derby tips, choose a design, get their cars cut out and sanded down.  Afterwards they had last week and the rest of this week to get their cars painted, add the wheels and get ready to race.

This year’s Pinewood Derby is this upcoming Saturday, April 7th.  Vehicle registration and weigh in will start at 10:00 AM and end promptly at 11:00 AM.  The Pinewood Derby itself will begin at 11:00 AM with the first heat running at 11:15 AM.

REMEMBER, ALL CARS MUST BE REGISTERED AND WEIGHED IN BY 11:00 AM — NO EXCEPTIONS.

Once the race begins new cars will not be accepted under any circumstance.  The software we use to generate the race schedule uses an algorithm that guarantees each car runs on each track at least once and races against different cars each race.  It is impossible, once the first race begins, to add new vehicles to the lineup without starting all over and invalidating the results of any races that already had taken place.   We do not have the time to start over nor is it fair to the scouts who were on time. Therefore we will not be doing so.

SCOUTS MUST BE IN UNIFORM: This is a pack event, and the scouts should be in full uniform.  This will make for much better photos of the scout with his car, which most parents love to take.

Preregistration

For those that would like to preregister for the derby this weekend, we will have the scale available at the scout hall Friday evening from 7:00p – 8:00p in the Scout Room. You can check the weight of your car and if it is ready to go you may register it so you are all set for Saturday morning.

Lunch

Lunch will be provided at no cost for the participating scouts. Parents, sibling or friends may purchase something to eat and drink at a nominal cost, after lunch is served to the scouts.

Good Sportsmanship

This is already in the rules and you would expect that this should never be required to be part of the rules, but it is.  The Pinewood Derby is for the scouts and it is meant to be a fun time for the scout. Sometimes scouts and even parents can take things a bit too far which not only ruins it for the scout, but for other scouts as well. A visibly upset parent will make their child upset and that change in mood will spread to others.

Good sportsmanship is one of the things we teach our Cub Scouts and must be shown at all times.  Bad sportsmanship, regardless of whether it is from a scout or an adult is absolutely forbidden. A scout and his car will be disqualified if the scout, his parents, their guests, or leaders display unsportsmanlike conduct before, during, or after the derby.

The Rules

It is important to make sure that your car adheres to the rules. The rules are attached below.  The rules for our pack are in line with the district rules and strict adherence will be enforced.  If your car does not adhere to the rules it will be unable to race. It is also important to remember that the decisions of the judges are final.

2018 Pinewood Derby Workshop

Pinewood DerbyTomorrow we will have a pinewood derby workshop starting at 10:00 AM.  We will be handing out the Pinewood Derby car kits along with the rules for the Pinewood Derby. Then we will go over the basics of how to turn your block of wood into a pinewood derby car as well as provide cutting services for those who need them.

This is a service for parent and scout, you must be present with your scout to work on his pinewood derby car.

We also ask that anyone with a scroll saw, coping saws, dremel tools (with cutting attachments) or other smaller woodworking tools to please bring them to assist with cutting.  It would be a huge help.

Since the work shop will encroach on the lunch hour we will have hot dog lunches available for $3 which will include a hot dog, a juice, and a snack. Other snacks will be available as well.