Cub Scout Pack 1776

January 22nd and 23rd: Pinewood Derby Weekend

Saturday, January 22nd: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.:  Vehicle Inspection & Impound

Sunday, January 23rd:   Noon to 3:00 p.m. Race Day!

Location: Coyote Creek Elementary School MPR
Attire: Class A uniform
Bring: Reusable water bottle and readiness to cheer on your fellow scouts
Race Commissioner:  Krishna Kumar

Attention Race Fans!  

The 21st running of the Pack 1776 Pinewood Derby will be held on January 23rd from noon to 3 PM in the MPR! There will be racing, design competitions, and pizza. 

Please be conservation minded and bring your own reusable bottle. Fresh filtered water will be available from the refillable station in the MPR. Wear your Class A uniform!

We will once again have an open class for siblings. Additional kits may be purchased for $5 by January 16th to purchase more kits. Email for further information.

The mandatory inspection and car impounding is on January 22nd from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at the Pack Shed near the Coyote Creek Kindergarten area.

Even though Pinewood Derby car is a team project for scouts and their adults, we encourage scouts to do as much of the car building as possible. For those new to scouting or just need a refresher course, here are some helpful websites.

o    How to Video
o    Design Ideas
o    How to Tips and Templates
o    Online Car Designer

If you need help cutting the wood block, you could take it to Ace Hardware. The store staff may charge each car $5. You can also use their equipment to sand, align the wheels, and fine-tune various details. Each car must pass inspection on January 22nd by the official inspection committee before it will be allowed to compete. Once a car passes inspection and is entered into the race, only the race committee members can touch it. If the car loses a wheel, or is otherwise damaged, the racer has 5 minutes to make repairs.

Rules will be emailed to you in a separate email and can be found Pack 1776 Pinewood Derby Official Rules.

On the day of the event, cars will race in multiple heats.  They will have the opportunity to race on each of the 4 tracks. Only their best time will be used. All participants will receive a patch for participating. Trophies will be awarded to the fastest three cars in each rank, and the overall fastest three cars in the Pack. We will also give ribbons to 1) Best Paint Job, 2) Most Unique, 3) Most Patriotic, 4) Most Interesting Design, 5) Most Original, 6) Most Creative


o    Lion Heats (x4 for each Lion)
o    Tiger Heats (x4 for each Tiger)
o    Wolf Heats (x4 for each Wolf)
o    Bear Heats (x4 for each Bear)
o    Webelos I Heats (x4 for each Webelos I)
o    Webelos II Heats (x4 for each Webelos II)
o    Scouts BSA (x4 for each)
o    Siblings Heats (x4 for each Sibling)
o    Best Overall Heats (x4 for each First place Den Winner)

According to the BSA's Cub Scout Leader How-To-Book, the GENERAL RULES are as follows:

All cars must pass the following inspection to qualify for the race:

1.       Width shall not exceed 2-3/4 inches.
2.       Length shall not exceed 7 inches.
3.       Weight shall not exceed 5 ounces.
4.       Axles, wheels, and body shall be from the materials provided in the kit. Additional wheels can be purchased separately.
5.       Wheel bearings, washers, and bushings are prohibited.
6.       No lubricating oil may be used. Axles may be lubricated with powdered graphite or silicone.
7.       The car shall not ride on any kind of spring.
8.       The car must be free-wheeling with no starting devices.
9.       No loose materials of any kind are allowed in the car.

Here are the rules in more detail: Pack 1776 Pinewood Derby Official Rules

Covid Safety Information

Please read and adhere to the pack's COVID statement.

The safety of all participants is our priority. While the pack is instituting additional precautions for this event and mandating the wearing of approved face-coverings, they do not remove the potential for exposure to COVID‐19 or any other illness while at Cub Scout events or anywhere else.  We encourage all that are eligible to be vaccinated to do so before this event.

In an effort to reduce the number of persons inside the MPR at one time and to promote social distancing, we will invite racers and their families to participate in the race in specific blocks of time – according to when their den/rank will race (as set forth in the above order, under “agenda”).  We will be able to provide these time estimates after the cars have been impounded on January 22nd

·         Those scouts who completed racing are asked to leave the MPR after their heats. 
·         Those racers who advance to the finals or have older siblings may stay until those races have been completed.  
·         We are also changing the orientation of our track set up to allow for viewing on both sides in an effort to promote social distancing.  

We are fine-tuning our plans and will circulate them close to the race. Please contact us if you have any questions or suggestions in the meantime.

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