Derby Racers Get Ready!


Greetings Pack Families,

It’s that time of year to start planning for turkey, stuffing, and pinewood derby cars.  Our annual derby will be held on Sunday, January 24th at 1:30 pm in the SAM Hall.  Even though this sounds like a long ways off, it is never too early to start designing the winning race car.  Your kit can be obtained from your den leader over the next few weeks (or contact Mr. Remley if you would like to pick one up this weekend).  Race day is a fun event for the entire family. 

Remember that all adults and siblings are also encouraged to participate.  Last year’s “adult” race winner is 12 years old now, and looking to defend his title.

For those Scouts and families new to the event, we will have a short information session to help you get started next month.  Details will be sent out separately.  Please click on the image below to get a copy of the official rules, and be sure to read them thoroughly as a few items have changed.  A few rules to pay especially close attention to:  

  1. The wheels and axles must be obtained from the B.S.A. pinewood derby kit.  All 4 wheels must roll on the ground, and there are specific rules on how the wheels can be sanded.
  2. Weight and dimension limits are strictly enforced. 5.0 oz is the absolute maximum weight.  You will want to get as close to this as possible.
  3. A “stand” is purely optional, but if you create one, it must be within the specified dimensions if it is to be used.

There are plenty of ideas for designs in our photo albums, as well as on-line.  The best design, of course, is the one your Scout comes up with on his own.

There are openings this year on the official derby pit crew.  We need help with setup, decorating, race operations, food service, and check-in.  All of these roles do not take much time, and are highly sought after for the prestige they bring to any professional resume. Please contact Remon Girgis to sign up.