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Free Printable Pinewood Derby Certificates

The Pinewood Derby is a much-anticipated favorite Cub Scout event! To help celebrate the Scouts and all their hard work on their cars, give them one of these free printable Pinewood Derby certificates! Lots of designs to choose from.

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The Pinewood Derby is a fun Cub Scout tradition. Every year, Cub Scouts around the country spend a lot of time planning and building their Pinewood Derby cars.

Some scouts are super creative and create cars from scratch which they paint themselves. Others decorate their cars with stickers or decals that show off their interests or favorite hobbies.

I'm always amazed at the creativity of our Cub Scouts. They can come up with some of the most incredible designs.

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It's a tornado! My son created a tornado Pinewood Derby car.

Many packs make their Derby a fun family event by having activities, music, snacks, and even a photo booth.

Cub Scouts whose cars come in first, second, or third for speed or design usually are awarded a trophy which can be store-bought or hand-made like these incredible car parts awards that one of my neighbors made.

For the Scouts who don't place, think about giving them a certificate to recognize their participation in the Derby.

There are so many neat ways to recognize the Scouts' cars. In fact, here are 98 Pinewood Derby award ideas–everything from the coolest paint job to most futuristic.

Where to Find Pinewood Derby Certificates

Purchase Them Online

You can find lots of Pinewood Derby certificates to purchase on Etsy. Some of these are adorable–like this one that has both a boy Cub Scout and a girl Cub Scout on them.

Many of these certificates are fillable PDFs so that you can add your own text before you print them out.

Create Your Own

If you're creative, you can make your own certificates using a simple design program like Canva. I use it a lot for graphics here on the blog.

Download a Free Pinewood Derby Certificate

The third option is to download a free Pinewood Derby certificate that you find online. Searching for them can be time-consuming, so we searched for you and found 9 free certificates. Check them out in the list below.

I have a special treat for you. I had 3 sets of Pinewood Derby certificates created to share with you! Just enter your email address in the box below to download them.

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I love the way they turned out! Each set has first, second, and third place, a certificate of participation, and one with a blank where you can write in your own award name.

How to Print the Pinewood Derby Certificates

These certificates can be printed out on your home printer. I would use either cardstock or a heavier weight paper.

Another option is to send them to Staples or another office supply store and have them printed there. When I'm printing out pages that have a lot of color on them, I found that it's cheaper to have them done there than to pay for a new color ink cartridge.

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How to Pick the Winners

We usually decided which awards we were going to give before the night of the Derby. Then when everyone arrived, our den leaders, Cubmaster, and Committee Chair would vote on the car for each award.

After all the votes were tallied, we wrote the winners' names on the certificates. That worked fairly well, but it was a bit time-consuming. If you decide to use this process, just know that you'll need some extra time.

Another way to pick winners is to print out the list of awards in this post and have one or two people select an award for each car. The names of the winners can be handwritten on one of the certificates.

When to Present the Awards

Because it'll take some time to write out the awards, I recommend that you present them at the end of the Derby so that you'll have enough time to complete them.

Pinewood Derby Certificates

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free printable pinewood derby certificates

Courtney Grundusky

Saturday 26th of March 2022

These are great! Thank you!

Chelsea G.

Monday 21st of March 2022

Would you please send me the free printable Pinewood Derby certificates. Thank you so much for making these available to other scouters with less graphic design skills.

Kimberly Chromicz

Saturday 26th of March 2022

Hi Chelsea, I emailed you the Pinewood derby certificate printable. Enjoy!


Sunday 13th of March 2022

Thanks for doing this, send them when you can.

Kimberly Chromicz

Friday 18th of March 2022

Hi Chuck, I've emailed you the printable. Enjoy!


Friday 11th of February 2022

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Kimberly Chromicz

Friday 18th of February 2022

Hi Debbie - Were you able to receive the printable or would you like us to email it to you? Thanks!

Laura Rasmussen

Thursday 27th of January 2022

Would love a copy of your free printable Pinewood Derby certificates. We have trophies for speed and show, but want to give each scout a personalized certificate for tueir entries.


Kimberly Chromicz

Friday 28th of January 2022

Hi Laura,

I've emailed you the printable. Enjoy! - Cub Scout Ideas