Friday, January 28, 2022

Pinewood Derby 2022!

Hello Pack 722,

Attached you will find the Pinewood Derby Rules.  Please review the rules carefully.  If you have any questions, please first go to your den leader.  If additional information is needed, please let us know.  

At weigh in, if your scout's car does not meet one of the requirements, we will ask you to fix it prior to being allowed to finalize check in on Friday night.  These rules are important so that everyone is on an equal playing field.  In addition, should you win for your rank level, you will then be able to move on to Districts and potentially Nationals.

Pinewood Derby Car Cutting Shops
While we canceled our originally planned workshop, there are opportunities to get assistance with car cutting for those that would like to receive some assistance and/or do not have the tools.

Sunday, January 30th - Eric Savage's (Pack 712 Parent) Garage - 25 Tobey Lane from 10-2.   This is for both 712 and 722 scouts.
The Scout Shop in Woburn is able to cut cars (initial rough cuts) and are running hours most days from now through March 1st. Saturdays, 10AM-3PM and Mon-Fri, 10AM-5PM.

Ideally, your scout should have a design in mind already.  The car will not be finished at these shops but you will get a head start on it with the initial (and larger) cuts.

If you did not receive your pinewood kit at the Pack Meeting, check with your Den Leader so we can get it to you.  For anyone interested in racing in the family race, we do have a few extra kits available for sale or you can purchase one at the Scout Shop.

Weigh In
The Derby Weigh-In will be in the evening on Friday, March 4th.  Time information will follow but please note - no cars will be allowed to be checked in on Saturday, March 5th (Derby Day).  All cars will be kept overnight at the church.  If you personally cannot attend the weigh in, please give your car to someone who can check it in for you.  No Uniforms are required for weigh in.

No car can weigh more than 5 ounces. The Pack uses one scale to record the Official weight. All cars are checked in using that one scale to keep things even.  We will have a few tools and graphite to make minor adjustments to your cars if necessary.  

Derby Day
Our Annual Derby will be held at the Church on Saturday, March 5th.  We have not yet determined whether or not we will be able to hold the derby in-person.  If we decide we will not be doing the derby in-person, we will hold a virtual derby and live-stream the racing action from the church, just as we did last year.  If we do proceed with the Derby in-person, it is a Class A uniform event.  Either way, we will set a schedule by rank for scouts and families to either show-up at the church OR tune-in virtually to the live-stream.

Looking forward to a great race season - Vrooom!

Your Pack Committee