PineWood Derby


The pinewood derby is a racing event for unpowered, unmanned miniature cars. Pinewood derbies are often run by Pack of the Cub Scouts program.

Scouts build their own cars from wood (kits provided by the Pack at Cut Night),  from kits containing a block of pine wood, plastic wheels, and metal axles.

Email if you have any questions.

Cut Night (cut out cars)

For Pack 735, the Pack provides the car kits for all scouts. Every year in mid to late January, we hold a cut night in the St. Athanasius basement to shape the cars. We also provide templates for design, sanding paper and eye protection. (see Pack Calendar for Date)

Impound Night (turn in cars)

Friday, 6-7PM at St Athanasius PAC. All Scouts must turn in their completed car for weigh in and race preparations at Impound Night. All cars must be 5ounces or less, no exceptions. If your car is over 5.0 ounces you will need to remove weight to get the car under 5.0 ounces. (see Pack Calendar for Date)

Race Day! (race the cars)

The Pinewood Derby race will be on Saturday, 10:00 AM start time to roughly 3PM at Joshua Eaton Elementary 365 Summer Ave, Reading, MA 01867, USA.  Scouts should be in Class A uniforms, tucked in and looking sharp. (see Pack Calendar for Date)

Below is the planned schedule of the day. Please note that we will stick to the planned schedule as much as possible but some heats may take longer than the planned 30 minutes.

We are also planning fun activities for the Scouts in between races, but need help.  .

Planned Schedule:

  • 10 AM Arrive-
  • 10:10AM Opening and Rules.
  • 10:20 AM Races start
  • 12:00 PM Pizza Lunch! – For food allergy specifications or other dietary needs, please email
  • 2:00 PM Championships plus Ice Cream!
  • 2:30 PM Awards and Closing

Race Order:

  1. Webelos 2/Arrows of Light Den
  2. Webelos 1  Nelson Den
  3. Webelos 1 Audley Den
  4. Bear Den
  5. Wolves Den
  6. Tiger Den
  7. Lions  
  8. Siblings & Family

Below are the official Flintlock District Rules for 2019

PineWood Rules

More info and rules HERE at ScoutLife online

For questions, email