The Pinewood Derby is a great chance to build something with your cub scout and let them be creative. Make a fast car, silly car, slow car of just a fun car. And remember - the scout should do as much work on the car as he is able to do!
The Cub Scout race is in the morning, parents & siblings race in the middle of the day, Girl Scouts race in the afternoon, and lastly we run the Cub Scouts vs Girl Scouts race where the fastest cars from each race for a special trophy. Of course we encourage the scouts and families to be there for their race, but you don't have to be present for your car to go down the track for any of the races.
If you don't have the right tools or just want to get together with other scouts while working on your Pinewood Derby car, there will be design templates, saws, drills, sanders, dremel tools, weights, official scale, spare wood and decals, etc. available for you to use on the following days:
Pit night is from 6:30-8pm on Friday January 19th in the Tolbert cafeteria. This is your chance to weigh and measure your car to be sure it's legal for racing the next day. Pit Night is a great time to do a final check of each car including legal dimensions, weight, construction, and safety of design. That way you will have time to make changes to your car if you need to before racing begins on Saturday morning. There will NOT be an opportunity to test-run cars on the track before the race! All cars will be checked again prior to racing on Saturday.
There are a number of events on Race Day. ALL TIMES TO BE CONFIRMED CLOSER TO THE EVENT
Pack 998 follows the Goose Creek District Pinewood Derby rules which can be found on this page:NCAC Goose Creek Pinewood Derby Rules.
Some of the key rules that have been issues in the past are:
SEE OFFICIAL GOOSE CREEK RULES FOR ALL SPECIFICS
Parents & siblings - this is your turn to make a car. Legacy cars are very welcome. Bring the old stuff! The Family race has very limited rules. Your car can't extend beyond the starting gate at the beginning (see Goose Creek District Rules) and it must fit under the timing unit at the end. It can't be so wide that it touches other cars on the track. No explosives, no flames or extremely combustible material including CO2, nothing that will damage the track or other cars, and nothing that requires you to load or initiate the car or a device. Yes, we have to stipulate these things. No weight limit - again just don't hurt the track. Beyond that, be creative! but most size restrictions. We have more cars available for $5.00 and they are also available at Leesburg Hobbies or online.
Cub Scout Pack 998