Pinewood Derby

Pinewood Derby


At a meeting in the fall the Pack provides a single, official Pinewood Derby car kit to each Cub Scout as part of their membership. Boys work on their cars over the following weeks and the holiday break, and the Pack 502 Pinewood Derby races are held in mid-to-late January. This is our formal race event where fair competition is stressed as much as the fun. Submitted cars must meet the official size and weight standards, and race times are digitally recorded for accuracy. There are always very close races, and the fastest cars are determined by fractions of a second. Trophies are awarded for design and speed, with separate categories for different age groups and topics such as “Most Scout-like,” “Most Patriotic” and “Fastest Looking.”

This year’s Pinewood Derby will be February 29, 2020. More information on this event will be posted soon.

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