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98 of the Most Awesome Pinewood Derby Award Ideas

Check out this list of 98 fun Pinewood Derby award ideas! You'll find ideas to recognize cars that are unique, but may not be the fastest.

award ideas for pinewood derby

The Pinewood Derby is one of most highly anticipated events of your Cub Scout year, so we want to make it fun for all of our Cub Scouts!

We can serve Pinewood Derby-themed food like these rice krispies treats, these race cars made out of snack cakes, or even healthy snacks made with fruit or celery!

Play some cool tunes from this Pinewood Derby music playlist. Have the Scouts (and their younger siblings) make Raisin Racers.

Another way to jazz up is by handing out awards for categories other than winning the race. In fact, one of my readers, Jace, asked for some Pinewood Derby award ideas, so I put together this list for you. It's been shared over 1500 times on social media!

Looking for DIY Pinewood Derby awards? You have to check out these that were made from old car parts!

first place pinewood derby award

Pinewood Derby Award Ideas

Want a printable copy of the list? Just enter your email address in the box at the bottom of the page.

These suggestions were compiled from a forum discussion on the Scouter Network.  There may be duplicates in the list.

If you are looking for printable Pinewood Derby certificates, check out this list of free ones!

  • Fastest-Looking Car
  • Wildest Looking Car
  • Best Car with a Driver (like a Lego guy)
  • Best Animal Car
  • Best Snack Car (one year a boy did a watermelon car)
  • Best Use of Stickers or Decals
  • Most Patriotic
  • Looks Most Like an Animal
  • Most Colorful
  • Best Paint Job
  • Spirit of BSA Award (used BSA logos, etc.)
  • Good Sport Award (car crashed, etc.)
  • Looks Most Like a Real Car
  • Most Cub Scouting
  • Most Original
  • Fan's Choice
  • Cubmaster's Choice
  • Den Chief's Choice
  • Scouter's Choice
  • Most Realistic
  • Funniest
  • Wildest Design
  • Special Guest's choice (teacher, principal, mayor, etc.)
  • Blue Streak (cars that have some blue streaks on them)
  • The Patriots (Patriotic theme)
  • Firebirds (Firebird decals)
  • Silver Lining
  • Best Movie Theme (Batman, Sponge Bob, etc)
  • Spoiler Galore
  • Racer X (cars that look like a racing car)
  • Slim Jim's
  • Wedgies
  • 4x4s
  • Trucker's Special
  • Boy Oh Boy! (Boy's Built)
  • Beginner's Luck
  • Speed Demons
  • Retro
  • Most Realistic Car
  • Best Use of Legos
  • Best Use of Figurines
  • Best Use of Colors
  • Cartoon Specials
  • Baloo's Favorite (chosen by Cubmaster)
  • Akela's Favorite (chosen by Assistant Cubmaster)
  • Pit Crew Favorite
  • Best Fixer-Upper
  • Judge's Favorite
  • Best Non-car (things like pencils and spaceships)
pinewood derby certificate from etsy

I love this Pinewood Derby certificate because it has both a boy Cub Scout and a girl Cub Scout! Just purchase it on Etsy, and you can make as many copies as you like. You can type in all the information or print it as is and hand write it.

  • Best Accessories
  • Best Antique Design
  • Best Detail
  • Best Flames
  • Best Funny Car
  • Best Public Safety Car
  • Best Scout Theme
  • Best Shape
  • Best Use of Imagination
  • Best Workmanship
  • Bluest Car
  • Brightest Car
  • Coolest Car
  • Coolest Design
  • Coolest Paint Job
  • Finest Craftsmanship
  • Flattest Car
  • Funniest Car
  • Greenest Car
  • Judge's Favorite
  • Most Aero-Dynamic Car
  • Most Artistic Car
  • Most Classic-Looking Car
  • Most Colorful Paint Job
  • Most Creative Car
  • Most Creative Use of Materials
  • Most Decals Car
  • Most Futuristic Car
  • Most Humorous Car
  • Most Original Car
  • Most Original Design
  • Most Realistic-Looking Car
  • Most Realistic Paint Job
  • Most Unusual Car
  • Narrowest Car
  • Orangest Car
  • Raciest-Looking Car
  • Racemaster's Favorite
  • Reddest car
  • Scariest-Looking Car
  • Shiniest Car
  • Sleekest Car
  • Smoothest Finish
  • Sportiest Car
  • Sportiest Looking Car
  • Strangest Shape
  • Tallest Car
  • Thinnest Car
  • Yellowiest Car

What are some of the Pinewood Derby awards you present?

Yours in Scouting,

P.S. Need the Pinewood Derby rules? Check out this post.


Saturday 17th of February 2024

I like the certificate, but the link says it is no longer available. Is there a new link?

Kimberly Chromicz

Friday 23rd of February 2024

Hi there,

I've emailed you the printable, enjoy!

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Thursday 7th of March 2019

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Monday 11th of January 2016

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Athena C.

Monday 17th of February 2014

Thanks for the fun ideas! We added a "Best Brakes" medal for the slowest car this year and it went over very well with the first-timers.

Steve R.

Wednesday 27th of December 2023

Ours is the "Golden Turtle" award. :) It's actually become something of a challenge in itself, kids trying to see if they can have the slowest time while still crossing the finish line. It's just as entertaining as the faster cars - will they make it all the way?!

Old Time Cub Scouter

Saturday 7th of November 2020

@Athena C., In all my years in Scouting, it has been my observation that every Cub Scout shows up on race day with high expectations believing that their PWD vehicle is going to win. Therefore, I think that it is best to give out awards with a positive theme that builds up the Cub’s esteem and acknowledges their efforts. Ask yourself this: Do “awards” such as these reflect the values in the Scout Law? (Courteous? Kind?) Some people may fail to see the humor in “awards” like these after working hard to create their PWD vehicles. Personally, I find it in very poor taste to ridicule anyone who has done their best, especially when it involves a child.

Mellanie Goldsmith

Thursday 9th of January 2020

We have the "Best Fuel Efficiency" or "Most Fuel Efficient" category for the last place car!


Tuesday 18th of February 2014

"Best Brakes" is an awesome award!!! Love it!

Thanks for reading!