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Deadline for turning in Pinewood Derby Cars

March 2

This year’s pinewood derby will be different than normal but we are still having one!  If you have not received your derby car kit, please arrange a time to pick-up from the Elam’s home along with your pack t-shirt (all scouts get one).
Please pre-register all scout, sibling, and adult cars by Tuesday, February 23rd on our website here:  http://pack802md.com/event/deadline-for-pre-registration-of-all-derby-cars-scouts-siblings-and-adults
You must turn in your finished derby car(s) by Tuesday, March 2nd in order to be eligible to race!  This includes all scout cars, sibling cars, and adult cars.  We will have the traditional scout pinewood derby race, a sibling race, and an outlaw race for adults.  We will be taking photos of each scout’s car and Pack voting for the voting awards will likely be done virtually using those photos.  Therefore, we need the few days prior to the race as prep time.
The racing is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 6th at Steppingstone Museum.
As in prior years, there are two parts to the racing – Den Competition and Individual Competition.
Scout cars will race to earn points for their den as well as to race individually for best time. There will be a final race with the top 10 fastest cars after the den racing is complete.  Slight differences in the track can make one lane perform better or worse than another so the group of cars will rotate lanes for each run to make sure no car has a lane advantage.
There will also be voting in various categories for additional awards such as Best in Show, Best Theme, and Most Creative, Most Patriotic, Most Unique Use of Materials, Best Paint Design, and Best Wood Carving.
Pack 802’s Pinewood Derby Rules:
1.  Build a car using the parts in the BSA “Official Cub Scout Grand Prix Pinewood Derby Kit” handed out by the Pack.  Buying a pre-made car from the internet is not acceptable.  You may use additional accessories and car components sold at the scout store and local retailers as long as they are labeled with the BSA logo.  You must build a new car each year.
2.  Car weight cannot exceed 5 ounces.  There is no advantage for being less than 5oz so everyone should aim for that by adding weights to car.  Weights can be purchased from various stores including The Scout Store, Michaels, Jo-Anns, etc.  Washers and other household items can also be glued to car as weights rather than buying actual store sold weights.
3.  Minimum bottom clearance (bottom of car to ground) is 3/8″ (including weights) to ensure clearance of the lane guides.
4.  Gravity is the only propulsion source (no motors or CO2).
5.  Powdered graphite is the only wheel lubrication allowed – cannot use liquid sources.
6.  The front center of the car must be able to rest against the 1/4″ starting pin at the top of the track. The car nose should be at least a 1/4″ wide at the center and not come to a sharp point.
**Within the scope of these rules, scouts are permitted to use science and their imaginations to make their cars the best they can. Techniques including sanding axles, sanding wheels, bending axles, extending the wheelbase, running on 3 wheels, etc are all permitted. 
Note that the Sibling and Outlaw races do not follow any rules (any weight and design are allowed and you do not need to use the official pinewood derby kit).  Feel free to participate yourself as a parent and/or have siblings participate in this part of the competition.  We do give out awards in these races 🙂
Please see the following link for a great science based video with tips for building a fast derby car:

We will not be hosting formal Pack-wide pinewood derby workshops this year due to Covid restrictions.  If you need assistance building or assembling your car, please reach out to me as soon as possible so that we can schedule times to help you well in advance of the event.


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