Pack 329 Parents,From the desk of our Cub Master:
As not everyone in the Pack has picked up a car kit, not everyone has gotten an updated copy of the rules. Below is a full copy. Please read them as new rules have been added from last year.
Cub Scout Pack 329
Pinewood Derby Rules
It is the responsibility of all entrants to read and understand these rules.
Building a Pinewood Derby entry is a joint Cub Scout-adult project. Parents should feel free to HELP with the cars, but to keep in mind that they are each Scout’s project.
These rules incorporate the Matinecock District rules. In some cases our rules are more stringent. According to Suffolk County Council, as a Pack we ARE allowed to modify or add rules as we see fit providing the rules are not LESS STRICT than the District rules. This ensures that the winning Pack cars that go on to District are automatically in compliance.
These rules have been developed to make it fairer for ALL Scouts to compete. They are a result of Scouts not entering in previous years because they felt they didn’t have a chance. Pack 329 Leadership would like 100% participation. Every Scout should enter a car that they physically worked on and have pride in. Everyone should feel they have an equal opportunity to be competitive.
The Pack 329 Pinewood Derby Committee has done extensive research on pre-assembled cars. We know every single local and web retailer selling competitive race ready vehicles including having images of their designs. The Pinewood Derby Committee reserves the right to refuse or disqualify cars they suspect of being professionally built by said retailers.
All cars entered must be newly built after November 1, of the current Scouting year using the materials in the Official Pinewood Derby Racing Car Kit (part# 17006).
All kits have been examined for the correct amount of parts.
All wood bodies have been stamped with an ink stamp denoting the applicable year and Pack 329. Should an entrant choose to purchase an official Pre-Cut kit, the kit must be submitted PRIOR to opening it so that the body may be stamped.
The BOTTOMS of all cars MUST REMAIN UNPAINTED AND THE OFFICIAL STAMP KEPT VISIBLE, otherwise the cars will be disqualified.
If the entrant wishes to purchase additional
wheels or axles
they may do so providing they are the Official Wheel/Axle Kit
#17554, #17555, # 17556, #17557).
All cars will be weighed in and inspected on
dates before the race. The maximum weight is five (5) ounces. Any
car over this
weight will not be accepted. (5 ounces is equal to 141.7 Grams on
The Scout’s name must be permanently displayed on the bottom of the car (Sharpie).
• Wheel treads may not be rounded, tapered, grooved, shaped or positioned at any angle. Wheel treads must run flat against the track surface.
• Wheel bearings, washers or bushings are also
The front outside wheel sidewalls & face must remain intact.
must have the “BSA” “Pinewood Derby” logos showing and completely
intact on the
sidewall. The picture of the wheel above is what the judges will
expect to see
on the cars (in any of 5 BSA official colors black, red, orange,
blue). Wheel or hub
covers are also
Examples of modifications that ARE allowed
• Sanding the imperfections out of the track
surface of the
wheels. Be careful not to reduce the wheel diameter or round the
The tread must remain flat.
*** Note: Every attempt should be made to attend the first Pack 329 weigh in on January 25th because if there is an issue with your car, you will have 24 hours to remedy the situation. Do not wait until last minute because no cars will be accepted after January 26th, whether or not you came to the weigh in.
Weigh-ins will be conducted at Burr the evenings of January 25th and 26th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.***
These Rules are FINAL. Any deviation will result in immediate disqualification.
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