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Cub Scout Pinewood Derby

Cub Scout Pinewood Derby

I'll never forget my first Pinewood Derby. My older son was a Tiger. Although I had heard about it, I had never witnessed a Derby before.  I walked into the meeting room and was shocked at all the activity going on around me.

On one side of the room, boys were lined up for weigh-in. The Derby volunteers took their cars, numbered them and put them on display for others to see, but not touch.

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Check out all these Pinewood Derby supplies!

About every third boy took his car back from the volunteer and walked to the other side of the room where boys and parents were gathered to make last minute modifications.

Some were adding weights to the bottom, some were trying to remove weights and some simply drilled out holes to make the car lighter.

Fingers were stained black with the graphite that can be used on the axles.

I just couldn't believe the amount of energy flying through the room as the boys worked quickly to make repairs!

And that was just the beginning of the night! This is a much-anticipated event in Cub Scouts. Many of the Pinewood Derby races are scheduled for the first quarter of the year, so Cubs across the country are sawing, sanding and painting their cars starting in December.

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I've written several posts about Pinewood Derby tips and activities. Here's a list of them. Click on over and check them out!

Pinewood Derby Articles

The Pinewood Derby is one of the most anticipated Cub Scout events. Find lots of resources and information to help you have the best one yet!

The official Pinewood Derby website is a great resource. You'll find a nice how-to guide for building your car, sample rules, tips on how to run a Derby and fun facts about the history of the Pinewood Derby. I've also compiled some resources for you too.

Boys' Life magazine has a fun Pinewood Derby page which includes speed secrets, tips on painting your car and pictures of cool Derby cars.

Amazon has a great selection of Derby supplies. They have awesome decals, stickers, and accessories!

If you've never seen the movie Down and Derby, you're in for a treat! It is hilarious! You can read my review of this family-friendly movie.

Yours in Scouting,

P.S.  Get more Pinewood Derby tips and tricks here! And if you haven't already, sign up below to get my How to Build the Best Pinewood Derby Car Ever guide.

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