Pack 345 Pinewood Derby 2013

Sportsmanship - The Big Win!

The father of the Pinewood Derby®, Donald Murphy, described his vision for the event to Scouting magazine in 1999: “I wanted to devise a wholesome, constructive activity that would foster a closer father-son relationship and promote craftsmanship and good sportsmanship through competition.” As Cub Scouts learn the skill of good sportsmanship, they are better able to recognize and appreciate the new skills they've acquired, to show respect to all those involved, and to experience the fun and excitement of competition.

The rules for the Pack 345 Derby are available at the bottom of this page. Please review them. A maximum height is not listed in the rules, however, the car must not exceed 5.5 inches in height. That is the height of our track finishing gate that the car must go under. The Pack 345 rules are the same rules that are used by the 3-Fires District races.

Pinewood car kits have been distributed to Den Leaders. You must use the kit provided by the Pack.

Pinewood Tech Night

Date: Tuesday, April 23
Time: 7-8pm
Location: Hawkins Elementary School multi-purpose room

At tech night, the scouts will have a chance to test their cars on the pinewood track, weigh their cars on the official scale, and make sure their car fits the template.

Pinewood Derby

Date: Sunday, April 28
Time: 1-3:30pm
Location: Hawkins Elementary School Gymnasium

Pinewood Schedule (tentative)
12:00 pm -- Setup
1:00 pm -- Check in/Tech inspection begins -- Scouts will be called by Den. Scouts not going through inspection will be assembling Gleaners Birthday bags.
1:40 pm -- Opening Ceremonies: Flag ceremony and National Anthem
1:45 pm -- Green Flag main event
2:45 pm -- Sibling races
3:00 pm -- Trophy presentation
3:15 pm -- Closing flag ceremony

Tech Inspection
Tech inspection will include photographing the scout and their car, followed by an official inspection to confirm that all the rules have been followed. Each car will be weighed and must weigh 5 ounces or less. Each car will also be placed in a template box to ensure it meets height and width requirements.

If a car does not pass inspection, the scout will be directed to the garage area (separate table) where parents can help them with their car. Once the issues have been corrected, they can return to inspection.

Cars that cannot be made compliant will be allowed to run, but will not be eligible for a trophy. They will however be eligible for the Best in Show award as voted on by the scouts.

Once the car passes inspection, it will be assigned a number. This number along with the car name and scout name will be logged into the race software. Please have your scout come up with a name for their car prior to inspection.

Each scout will be given a drivers badge (with their car number). Once the car goes through inspection, the scout is not allowed to handle the car and no adjustments can be made to the car. It is impounded until the races start.

Tip: if you attach weight to the bottom of your car, be sure to recess it or it most likely will not pass inspection because it will drag on the track.

Each car will race twice in each lane. The track has 6 lanes = 12 races per car. The race area will have 6 chairs for scouts whose cars are racing. The staging area will have 6 chairs for scouts “on deck” for next race. The racing software sets the race lineups, keeps track of all finishes and determines the winners. 

Sibling/Parent Race
After the scout race, we will run a series of open class races. The only rule for this race is that the car must weigh 5 ounces or less and must meet the height and width requirements. This open class race is open to all scout parents and siblings who would like to enter. No trophies are awarded in this race.

Trophies will be awarded to the top 3 finishers from each Den as well as the top 3 finishers overall. If a scout wins an overall trophy, they are not eligible for a Den trophy. There will also be a trophy for the best car design as voted on by the scouts.

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