Pinewood Derby Pack Event
February 22, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm UTC+0
Join us for our annual Pinewood Derby Competition on Sat. Feb 22nd from 9:30am-2pm. This event will be held at Hall’s Cross Roads Elementary School in the gymnasium (racing) and cafeteria (refreshments, crafts). Scouts will race to earn points for their den as well as to race individually for best time. 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.
The Pack will provide coffee and bagels and we will need volunteers to bring snacks, desserts, drinks of your choice. In the past, folk have been creative and made snacks and desserts with a pinewood derby theme which is fun but not required. Examples are apple slices as a car body and grapes pinned on with toothpicks. If you google “pinewood derby snacks” you’ll see many fun ideas. A sign-up sheet for snacks will be added closer to the event date..
You must turn your scout’s car in by Tues. Feb 18th and it will be held until race day. If your den is not meeting on that Tuesday, you can still bring the car that day or arrange to drop it off another time. This eliminates the need for car check-in on race day to save time!
Note that we will also have a Family Car racing category with no rules (any weight and design are allowed – do not have to use official pinewood derby kit) so feel free to have siblings participate in this part of the competition! You can bring your family car on race day but please pre-register below (sign up will be added closer to event date)
There are two parts to the racing – Den Competition and Individual Competition.
The format for the race is pretty simple and uses the average time from preliminary races to seed each of the cars in each den for group racing. 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. The cars with the slowest average times from each den will be placed in a race group, followed by the cars from each Den with the next slowest time, leading to the cars with the fastest times in each den. This way all of the cars are racing against similar speed cars from other dens. The goal for the group races on Saturday is finish in the top of your group to help your Den. Points are awarded to the Dens based on how each car in the group finishes with 1 point to the fastest car through 5 to the slowest. At the end of the Den competition, the group with the lowest score wins. This format helps to encourage concepts of teamwork and gives everyone a greater opportunity to win some of their heats than if the cars were mixed together randomly.
After the Den competition is complete on Saturday, the top 10 fastest cars in the Pack will race again to determine the top 3 cars in the pack. This racing will be similar to the Den races with the exception that the performance from the preliminary races has no bearing on the final races. The average run times from Saturday morning will be used to determine which cars make the final race.