The Pinewood Derby is one of the best events of the Scout year for the boys and their families. By now, every scout should have received his Pinewood Derby Car kit and a yellow flyer explaining the Derby details. If you do not have one, please contact your den leader. Every den leader has kits and flyers.
Pinewood Derby Workshop: Next Saturday, January 14, 1-3 PM
LOCATION: Home Depot, Perring Plaza Shopping Center, 1971 East Joppa Road, Parkville (the Home Depot in the Burlington Coat Factory shopping center).
WHAT IS THERE? A band-saw, hand sanders, a jig-saw and tables to work at. Home Depot supplies the space and will have an associate there to assist with cutting, but the idea is that the boys are hands on. This is for our Pack only and is led by Pack volunteers, not Home Depot. Home Depot is kind enough to provide the space. Ask at the desk when you arrive for the Pinewood Derby Workshop and you will be directed to our location in the store.
WHO SHOULD COME? If you don’t have tools at home to cut out your car, come to the workshop. Or if you are curious about others’ designs, come! Sketch your design on the block of wood before you come (or do it there). Cut out your car at the workshop and finish sanding (then painting) at home.
IMPORTANT: Our Pack supplies the tools. Does anyone have a band saw or jig saw to lend to the event? If so, please contact Sarah Achenbach at sarahachenbach @ comcast.net, den leader for Arrow of Lights.
This is NOT a drop-off event (Scout safety around power tools is paramount and parents need to be monitoring their son’s activity). There is NO SNOW DATE for the workshop.
Derby Weigh-in: Friday, February 10, 6:00 – 8:30 PM: REQUIRED FOR EVERY RACER
LOCATION: Idlewylde Social Hall, 6301 Sherwood Road, Baltimore
EVERY car (Scout or sibling) competing must weigh-in on Friday. Once weighed in and registered, all cars remain at the site overnight. No adjustments can be made after the Weigh-In.
Every car must meet the following restrictions:
• Width shall not exceed 2-3/4 inches.
• Length shall not exceed 7 inches.
• Weight shall not exceed 5 ounces. (Cars are weighed at the weigh-in.)
• Axles, wheels, and body shall be from the materials provided in the Pinewood Derby kit.
• Wheel bearings, washers, and bushings are prohibited.
• No lubricating oil may be used. Axles may be lubricated with powdered graphite or silicone.
• The car shall not ride on any kind of spring.
• The car must be free-wheeling, with no starting devices.
• No loose materials of any kind are allowed in the car.
• HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Purchase a strip of lead weights (with adhesive) at Michaels, the Scout Store or online. These help to make the car heavier. There are other weight systems as well. Do a web search for how to use weights with the car. There’s A LOT of info. out there!
IF YOU ARE NEW TO THE DERBY, there are lots of places to look for design inspiration: Search “Pinewood Derby car designs” or “fastest Pinewood Derby car design” on Google, YouTube, Pinterest, etc. Boys’ Life is also a great source of ideas. See the Voters’ Choice categories below for inspiration as well.
WHAT IF YOUR CAR IS OVER/UNDER AT WEIGH-IN?
If your car is less than 5.0 ounces at Weigh-In, you MAY add weight and get re-weighed during the Weigh-In. You do not have to add weight. We will have tools, glue guns, extra lead strips, etc. for your use at the Weigh-in.
If your car is more than 5.0 ounces at Weigh-In, you MUST reduce the weight and get re-weighed during the Weigh-In.
At the January Pack Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 19th, we will have a postal scale available to weigh your car so Scouts can check their progress, if desired.
PINEWOOD DERBY, Saturday, February 11, 9 AM – 12 PM, hosted by the Arrow of Lights
LOCATION: Idlewylde Social Hall
All racing will occur on Saturday. Families welcome! There will be a concession stand with coffee, juice, baked goods, fruit, all-beef hot dogs, etc. Proceeds will benefit Pack 352. Cash only (bring change and small bills).
There will be other games, a photo booth and a few activities for when boys are not racing their car, but the main activity is racing. Parents of younger children (toddlers, preschoolers) should plan ahead. It is a well-organized morning, but it does take some time for the racing to be complete.
Scouts should wear Class “A” uniform.
Bring your camera!
All participating Scouts will receive a commemorative 2017 Pinewood Derby Patch for their uniform. All speed and Voters’ Choice awards will be given out at the end of the Derby.
WHAT ARE THE SPEED PRIZES? Each Scout car will race against other cars by den with prizes awarded for speed. Each den will have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place speed winners. The winner of each den will race against each other to determine the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners for the Pack.
NEW THIS YEAR! SIBLING RACE! You’ve asked and we’ve listened! Sisters and brothers of Pack 352 may race cars they create! Cars should adhere to same guidelines above and be presented at the weigh-in. The Pack will not provide kits for siblings; kits may be purchased online, at the Scout Store or at Michaels. There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners for Siblings, which will be given at the end of the Derby. Sibling cars will not be part of the “Voter’s Choice” voting.
WHAT IS VOTERS’ CHOICE? In addition to the speed prizes, there is a “Voter’s Choice” program with several categories. Anyone attending the Derby may vote in the “Voter’s Choice.” Voter’s Choice Awards are for Cub Scouts only and are:
• Fastest-Looking Car
• Most Realistic-Looking
• Best Movie/TV Theme
• Best Video Game Theme
• Best Sports Theme
• Best Food Theme
• Best Scouting Theme
• Most Creative
• Most Patriotic
• Best Paint Job
• Best Use of Driver (LEGO Minifigure, etc., which must be glued to car)
• Wildest Design
Thanks to Idlewylde Social Hall, Home Depot and to the Arrow of Lights for helping to make the 2017 Pinewood Derby a memorable event.
If you have questions about the event, contact Sarah Achenbach. Can’t wait to see all the creativity in Pack 352!