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The Pinewood Derby is Coming!

posted Dec 18, 2015, 11:09 AM by Trent Leonard

Weigh-In: Friday, January 29th, 5:30pm to 7pm
Pinewood Derby: Saturday, January 30th, 9am to approximately 11:30 (plan to arrive around 8:45)

Cars can be crafted from only what's in the box, but additional supplies (including weights are available at the Occoneechee Council Scout Store,, Lowes, Home Depot, and Michaels.

Pack 39 has additional sets for $5 for siblings, former scouts, and parents who would like to enter the Legacy Race.

Help your scout have fun, and have fun helping him.  

Full Rules:

Some rule highlights: 

Parents are asked to REFRAIN from DIRECT WORK on building the cars. Parental
participation as teachers, supervisors and coaches is strongly encouraged, but this
event should have the desired benefit as a learning activity for the SCOUT. Most of the labor must be his own.

The use of power tools, especially cutting tools such as table saws, band saws,
etc., is discouraged. These are extremely dangerous in the hands of Cub Scouts,
and only encourage more parent participation than is necessary. The use of hand
tools such as hand saws, coping saws, sanding blocks, planes, etc. is a part of
advancement activities for all ranks, and should be encouraged for Derby

14.The overall length of the car shall not exceed 7 inches (17.8 cm). 
15.The overall width of the car shall not exceed 2 3/4 inches (7.0 cm). 
16.The overall height of the car shall not exceed 5 inches (12.7 cm).
17.The weight of the car shall not exceed 5 ounces (141.7 grams). The recommended method of weighing cars is with a digital postal scale set to measure in grams (less than or equal to 141 grams – 3 significant digits of precision), rather than set to ounces (less than or equal to 5.0 ounces – 2 significant digits of precision). 
18.Cars must have a minimum of 3/8-inch (1.0 cm) clearance from the bottom of the car to the track. 
19.No loose materials or sliding pieces are permitted on or in the car.
21.The car may not ride on any type of springs. 
22.The car must be freewheeling with no starting devices or propulsion devices, e.g. springs, fans, bottle rockets, balloons or CO2 cartridges. Movable weights are prohibited, as is the use of a liquid weight such as water or mercury. 
23.The distance between the front and rear wheels cannot be altered. The axle cutouts provided in the blocks MUST be used. These may be re-drilled, but NEW HOLES are prohibited.