Pack 196, Get Your Derby On!

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FIRST

Get a car kit! All the boys receive their kits at the annual Christmas party (usually from Santa!). If your son is in Pack 196 and has not received his car kit, please let one of the leaders know ASAP

SECOND

Download the current instructions / rules for the car construction and the racing. Pack 196 tries to utilize the latest rules and guidelines provided by the Washington Crossing Council

THIRD

Get to building! You and your son should be doing this together using age appropriate common sense for how much they should contribute to the effort. Tigers can pick designs, sand, paint while Arrow of Light scouts should be doing the entire car

FOURTH

Get the car to the weigh-in! Pack 196 typically separates the Pinewood Derby into two nights; a weigh-in (usually on a Thursday) then the race night (usually on a Friday). Get your son stoked – this is going to be fun!

Keep Reading for more Info…

THE CARS. It’s all about the Fun!

Quick Car Stats

LENGTH – 7 in.
WIDTH – 2-3/4 in.
HEIGHT – 4 in.
CLEARANCE – 3/8 in.

Info about our Setup

RULES. Those Pesky Rules!

  • What’s the¬†allowed car weight?

  • How tall can the car be?

  • Can I put a bunch of weights on the bottom?

  • What about…?

CAR BUILDING. Get Some Pointers.

We all need a little help now and again…even if you are a master Pinewood Derby car maker! If you’ve never participated in a Pinewood Derby car build before, no need to reinvent the wheel. Check out some of these resources for more info about how to build your car.

A basic, straightforward tutorial.

credit antosoof1

Getting a little more advanced.

credit SL Creations

How about using some SCIENCE?

credit Mark Rober

THE RACE. Got to weigh-in first!

After you’ve learned about our setup, read the rules, built your car, it’s finally time to race, right?!? WRONG. First we need to get the cars weighed and checked in. This is a process that takes a bit of time, so we typically do this the night before the race. Bring your car in, some extra weights, a drill, and anything else you can think of for last minute issues. If you miss weight or have another issue, you’ll need to make some quick modifications.