Thursday, January 12, 2023

Pinewood Derby 2023

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

There are multiple opportunities to receive assistance with getting your scout's car started with rough cuts, sanding, and general shaping.  This year, the Pack is once again offering a workshop thanks to the generosity of our former Cubmaster Mark Pothier for scouts to access his home shop at 38 Wiley Street.  Mr. Pothier's shop is in the basement, accessed by the bulkhead at the rear of his house.  Here is the schedule -

Saturday, January 21st - 9AM-1PM
9 - 9:30 - Lions & Tigers
9:45 - 10:15 - Wolves
10:30 - 11:00 - Bears
11:15-11:45 - Webelos
12:00 - 1:00 - Arrow of Lights

In addition to the workshop scheduled for January 21st, there are multiple parents within the Pack that have kindly offered their shops, with some notice, for scouts to stop by and work on their cars.  If you cannot make it to the workshop on the 21st or your scout gets a later start on their car and you need some assistance, please reach out to your den leader and they can get you in touch with someone who can assist you.

The Scout Shop in Woburn is also 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.  A reminder as well that we do have a family race for everyone interested in working on a car of their own and racing.  We do have a few extra kits available for sale at our cost ($7) or you can purchase one at the Scout Shop.

Weigh In
The Derby Weigh-In will be in the evening on Friday, March 3rd at the Wakefield-Lynnfield UMC.  Time-slot information will follow but please note - no cars will be allowed to be checked in on Saturday, March 4th (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.  If you have multiple scouts in the Pack, you can check them all in during a single time-slot, which will be by den/rank.

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 Wakefield-Lynnfield UMC on Saturday, March 4th.  We plan to live-stream the racing action from the church, just as we did last year.  This is a Class A uniform event.  Schedules for both the check-in on Friday, March 3rd and for Derby Day itself on Saturday, March 4th will be forthcoming.

Start Your Engines! - Vrooom! Vrooom!

Your Pack Committee