Pinewood Derby

The Pinewood Derby is one of the most popular events in Cub Scouting. Every year more than 2 million boys and parents team up to carve, decorate, weigh, adjust, fret over, and finally race a Pinewood Derby car. The first Pinewood Derby was held in 1953 by Cub Scout Pack 280 of Manhattan Beach, California, and since then over 100 million Pinewood Derby model car kits have been sold. The purpose of the Pinewood Derby is to help the Cub Scout build a team relationship with their parent or helper, experience the sense of accomplishment and the excitement of competition, learn good sportsmanship, and to have fun.


Open to all Cub Scouts, Tiger Scouts, parents and leaders.

A Scout’s primary goal in Pinewood Derby should be to:

  • Work together with a parent on a joint project
  • Acquire a healthy attitude about competition and sportsmanship
  • Become more proficient at woodworking
  • Survive the experience with all ten fingers

Registration and Inspection

All cars must pass inspection to qualify for the race. Each car must pass inspection by the race officials before it will be allowed to compete. The officials have the right to disqualify those cars that do not meet specifications. Cars not passing inspection for minor infractions, i.e., weight, wheel width, loose body trim, will have an opportunity for re-inspection 10 minutes before close of registration.

Officials decisions are final. The car will be impounded when registered until the races are complete. After being impounded, repairs will be limited to replacement of axles/wheels that are broken/lost during the race. Any other piece of the car that is broken/lost during the race can not be replaced.

Pinewood Derby Schedule 2015

Give Out Pinewood Derby Cars
Wednesday, January 28

Pack Time Trials
Wednesday, February 25

Pack Pinewood Derby
Saturday, March 7
Check-In 10 am - 10:45 am
Race Begins 11 am

District Cub Scout Race
 (Hosted by Pack 306) 
Saturday, April 18, 2015
NC Transportation Museum
411 South Salisbury Street
Spencer, North Carolina 28159

Open to all Tigers, Wolves, Bears and 1st year Webelos
Registration: 11:00 am-12:30 pm
Race start time: 1:00 pm

Cost: $5 per entry

Hot Dog Lunch and concessions will be available for purchase

Each Scout will receive a Pinewood Derby Patch
Awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall
Awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for each den
Recognition for cars with the “Most Scout Spirit” and “Most Creative”

Register the day of the event or preregister at:

Rowan County District Pinewood Derby Rules apply

See bottom of page for Rules

For more information contact Stephanie Mesimer or 704-239-0062

Saturday, May 16th, 2015
Check-In: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Race Time:10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Bass Pro Shops @ Concord Mills
8181 Concord Mills Boulevard, Concord,, NC 28027
The race will be held indoors.

District Winners – Free
Additional Racers $3.00 each
Deadline : May 8, 2015

This event is open to ALL Cub Scouts.

It is NOT required that you win your District Derby.

District Winners will participate for FREE.
You must race the car you raced at District Level.

Additional car entries will have a $3.00 entry fee

For more Info Contact Lynn Johnson

Pack 333,
May 1, 2013, 9:49 AM
Pack 333,
May 1, 2013, 9:50 AM