2015 Pack 77 Pinewood Derby!
Types of Derbies
The main types of derbies are the pinewood derby, raingutter regatta, space derby, and Cubmobile derby.
The pinewood derby is one of the most popular and successful family activities in Cub Scouting. Pinewood derby cars are small wooden models that Cub Scouts make with help from their families. Then they race the cars in competition. The cars are powered by gravity and run down a track. Most packs have a pinewood derby every year. It can be run indoors or outdoors. Every boy can design and build his own “grand prix” car to enter in the race.
In the raingutter regatta, boats race down a narrow channel. There are two versions. The wind-powered version uses sailboat designs, and the boats are blown down the channel. The propeller-powered version uses motorboats driven by propeller.
Kits and supplies for the pinewood derby, raingutter regatta, and space derby are available from the national Supply Division. See their Web site at www.scoutstuff.org .
Competition and Prizes
Each family that competes in a Cub Scout derby follows a set of simple, easy rules. The winners get prizes, and every boy is recognized for taking part. Always remember that in Cub Scouting, it’s more important to “Do Your Best” than to come in first. The big thing about a derby isn’t the competition or the prizes. It’s the fun you and your family will have.
You can find more about derbies in the Cub Scout Grand Prix Pinewood Derby Guidebook No. 33721.