Pinewood Derby Information
The pinewood derby is one of the most popular and successful family activities in Cub Scouting. Pinewood derby cars are small wooden models that boys make with the help of their families and then race in competition. The model cars are built from a kit which contains a wooden block (pinewood), four wheels and four nails (axles). Under the guidance of their parents or helpers the Scouts shape, sand, paint and decorate their cars to their own liking. The Scouts then assemble their cars according to specific dimensions and weight requirements as set forth in the Official Rules. The cars are powered by gravity and run down a regulation track. The pinewood derby is an annual event in most packs and can be run indoors or outdoors.