Hi Pack 100,
 Your scouts should have received their Pinewood Derby car kits at their den meetings this week (or already got them). Here is what we have planned! This is rather lengthy, but please read all to ensure everyone is in the loop.

Our pack car cutting night is scheduled for Wednesday, March 2nd from 5:30pm - 7:00pm at the SUMC. They can arrive anytime in this period to have assistance with getting their cars cut. This is optional if you have the tools at home, but is a fun event where kids can swap ideas.NOTE: We need parents with saws! If you have any sort of jig, band, scroll saw that you could bring out please let me know.

To prepare for this event, the scouts should have a clear idea of how they would like to design their cars. Attached is a design template that they can use to help sketch ideas. Once they have a design, they will draw on their block of wood their design and hand it off to an adult to cut. They then have the next 3 weeks to sand, paint, install wheels and weight at home. If you have any questions about how this works please feel free to email directly.

This year, in addition to trophies for the top racers, we will have the kids vote on their favorite car in the following categories: Patriotic, Humorous/Funny, Egg-sta-lent, Scout Spirit, and Creative.

We promote having the scouts design and do as much work as their abilities allow. For parents and siblings wishing to make their own cars, we will have an Open Class race the day of thederby where anyone can participate!  You can purchase extra car kits for $5 from your den leader (or pick one up at any scout store).  Note, that Open Class cars can weigh up to 7oz, but all other rules apply.

Car registration and check-in will happen on Friday March 25th 5pm to 7pm.  Your car will be impounded at check-in pending the actual race on SaturdayThis ensures we can start right at11am on race day. If you are unable to make Friday night checkin, for one hour prior to the race10am-11am we will allow late check-in. You will want to make sure your car is as close to 5oz as possible prior to coming. We will have some tools and extra weights around to do fine tuning.

Our Derby race is Saturday, March 26th at 11am to 3pm at the SUMC. Details on race times for each rank will come out in the next couple weeks. We will bring in pizza and snacks for purchase for our hungry racers and family.

If you use the pre-cut slots and the supplied axles and wheels, the main thing you have to be aware of is:
  1. Car cannot be heavier than 5oz.
  2. We must be able to see each end of the axle nails (don't cover with weights).
  3. The front of the car can not be notched in.  The track has pins that hold the car at the starting line that sit in the front middle.  The car body and wheels must be entirely behind these pins when resting.
If your scouts design requires moving the axles slots or you are looking to do something out of the ordinary, please review all the official car specs to make sure your car can race. See the attached full official rules for all details on building your cars