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.
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.
I’ve written several posts about Pinewood Derby tips and activities. Here’s a list of them. Click on over and check them out!
How to Make Pinewood Derby Awards from Car Parts
Learn how to make awesomely cool DIY Pinewood Derby Awards from old car parts!
How to Make Fun Raisin Racers at Your Pinewood Derby
Raisin Racers are a fun activity and a snack!
3 Amazing Lessons from the Pinewood Derby
Find out the three big lessons our family learned from the Pinewood Dery
How to Make a Cool Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Pit Pass
Every Pinewood Derby is more exciting when you have pit passes!
17 Pinewood Derby Food Ideas Your Cub Scouts Will Love
Check out this list of fun food for your Pinewood Derby.
Pinewood Derby Award Ideas
Need some ideas for awards to celebrate the Scouts' participation in the Pinewood Derby? Find them here!
8+ Articles to Help You With Your Pinewood Derby
Check out these articles that will help you run the best Pinewood Derby ever!
How to Make Rice Krispie Treat Pinewood Derby Refreshments
Rice Krispie treats are perfect for your Pinewood Derby refreshments.
Cub Scout Neckerchief Slide Idea for Pinewood Derby
Super simple and inexpensive Pinewood Derby neckerchief slides
Down & Derby Movie Review
Every Cub Scout and their parents should watch this hilarious movie!
How to Make the Best Pinewood Derby Car Ever
Get the free guide to help you build the best Pinewood Derby car ever!
Pinewood Derby Resources
Get links to some of the best Pinewood Derby resources on the 'net.
19 Perfect Songs for Your Pinewood Derby Playlist
Make your Pinewood Derby even more exciting by playing music. Here's your playlist!
4 Healthy and Simple Pinewood Derby Snacks
These fun snacks are healthy too!
History of the Pinewood Derby
Find out how this Cub Scout event got started.
10 Helpful Pinewood Derby Books for Scouting Families
These 10 books will help your family prepare for the Pinewood Derby.
How to Make Pinewood Derby Treats
Check out these fun treats for your Pinewood Derby.
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.
Amazon has a great selection of Derby supplies. They have awesome decals, stickers, and accessories!
Yours in Scouting,
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