The Pinewood Derby is among every Cub Scout's favorite event and Pack 94 strives to make it more exciting and memorable every year!
In addition to the races, we'll have exciting side activities, crafts, games, prizes, movies, concessions and more!
Take advantage of earlybird check-in at our Test-n-Tune prior to raceday and you'll be able to avoid the long registration lines and stroll right in when the racing begins! Scouts registering their cars at the earlybird check-in will be entered in EXCLUSIVE raffle drawings on raceday!
Trophies will be awarded to the first, second and third place finishers in each rank. Parents and siblings are invited to participate in the sibling, adult and outlaw races ($5 per non-Scout car). Special awards will be presented to the Coolest Car, the Fastest Looking Car, the Best Paint Job, the Safest Car, and the car with the Most Scout Spirit. See below for details about raceday and the events leading up to it.
Parents: There are many tasks that require adult volunteer help. Please attend at least one of the preparatory events listed below and help out where you can. Your efforts help make this event among our Scout's best memories!
2024 Event Information
About the Pinewood Derby
First run in 1953, the Pinewood Derby was the invention of California Cubmaster Donald Murphy. It's come to be one of the most celebrated events in Cub Scouting and forever remains a happy childhood memory.
The intention is for a Scout and an adult partner (parent, grandparent, trusted friend or neighbor, or Scout Leader) to design and construct a model derby car using the kit provided by the Pack. The completed car is raced against the cars of other Scouts at the derby itself.
There's no end to the number of great car designs, but do make sure that your Scout plays a big part in the planning and construction. A great rule of thumb is to use increments of 20%: Tigers should do at least 20% of the work (i.e. sanding and decorating. Wolves should do at least 40%, Bears 60%, Webelos I Scouts 80%. And by the time a fifth grade Scout participates in the derby, they should handle nearly 100% of the construction.
See the official rules for specifications regarding size, weight, construction and racing.
Pack 94 offers races for siblings and adults, as well. Plus, an "outlaw" division where almost anything (safe) goes!
It's always an AWESOME event!
PINEWOOD CAR WORKSHOP
If you and your Scout aren't ready to build a pinewood derby car on your own, come out to our workshop where you’ll have access to expert help, tools, weights and more! Scouts will leave with a fully-functioning, “legal” car ready for painting and decoration.
The workshop is FREE but donations to cover materials are appreciated. We're also in need of adult volunteers to assist in setup, cleanup and in helping the Scouts.
PARENTS: Please bring any tools you think would be helpful...
See how well your Scout’s car will perform on our official derby track and make any last tweaks before raceday! It's one last chance to get your car in perfect racing shape!
EARLYBIRD CHECK-IN! Whether it needs any tuning or not, your Scout’s car can be officially checked-in! PLUS all Scout earlybirds will be entered in EXCLUSIVE raffle drawings announced during the race!
PARENTS: If your scout is all set, feel free to stick around to lend a hand to another family. Many hands make light work.