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Pinewood Derby 2012 – Bigger, Better, Faster!

Ladies & Gentlemen…start your engines!!  The pinewood derby car kits have been distributed; if you have not received your car please contact CubMaster Robert.


Date: Friday January 27th, 2012

Time: Doors open @ 6:00pm ( 1st Time Trials are estimated to start @ 6:15pm – We may change this to have a specific dens report in at this time)

Location: Queen of Angels Church Basement, 2330 W Sunnyside Avenue Chicago, IL 60625




The spirit of the Cub Scout Race is to allow the boys to “do their best” and create , design & build their own car as much as possible with full adult supervision, but limited adult “hands on” as much as possible.

The following PDF link contains the new rules, so please be familiar with them. 3894 Pinewood Derby 2012 Rules.pdf

There is a place for Adults to be totally hands on with their own Pinewood Derby Car!! A local Adult Pinewood derby event will be held soon, this will allow you to test your son’s car prior to the race, you should go check it out! Or if you are a procrastinator you can still go to this event and learn tips on how cars are constructed.  Go here to find out more info




The rules are same as 2011, only difference is ” Previous Years Cars AND components ( such as nails) are prohibited from Racing; only 2012 Models allowed.” 

This year we will have half  design awards from previous year to speed up the process. The 12 “design” awards that the boys can target their concept and design ideas around to try and win this award. We have structured the Awards around the 12 Monthly Core Values of Cub Scouting.


Design Awards Monthly Core Value
Best Design Responsibility
Best Detail Perseverance
Best Paint Job Positive Attitude
Best Scout Theme Respect
Best Workmanship Cooperation
Cubmaster’s Pick Compassion
Most Aerodynamic Health & Fitness
Most Innovative Resourcefullness
Most Patriotic Citizenship
Most Realistic Honesty
Most Unique Courage
Best in Show / Judge’s Favorite Faith



Time Trials between each Den will occur first. We need to allow for all boys cars to run on each track for fairness. The top speed finishers in the Dens will then face-off for Top 3 Den Winners.  This will occur until ALL Dens have concluded their winners.  During the Races, Judges will determine the design award winners. There will be a period when those Boys who did not move towards Pack Championship Heats to pick up their car and play on “Shakey Jake” Test / Play Track.

The Top 2 Den Winners from Each Den will be entered in the Pack Championship Heats, where the same system of top speed finishers narrows down. Top 3 Pack Winners will be determined, as well as Top 3 Den and Pack Design Winners. Note** One award per boy per Pinewood Derby ( no chance of one boy winning more than one design award). We are working on a Pinewood Derby Judging Committee that falls outside the Parents, to make things fair for all. The overall winner brings home a Pizza Party for their Den.



The Adult Derby will no longer be held on same night. However , If  you are interested in entering an Adult 2012 Derby we can recommend a nearby event being held on Jan 21st that allows you to race your own car. Check their site out at following link


Check back on this link for more information should we need assistance at Pack PW Derby.




We will be inviting guest to this event, including the upcoming Kindergarten Classes (boys & their families) to share in the fun. In the past we have used this event to recruit new scouts into the pack. If you want to bring a new Scout in to see this event as a Spectator only, please have them register at following link below.

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