Pack 104 Virtual Pinewood Derby

Not even a global pandemic can hold back our annual Pinewood Derby!

This year’s event will be a little different, as it will be livestreamed over Zoom, but it’ll still include everything* you love most about the PWD & more!

For those who aren’t able to join the event live, it will be recorded and made accessible online, but please be sure Scouts get their votes in before 5:30 pm on March 5.

Calendar: Pack 104
Event: Pack 104 Virtual Pinewood Derby
Where: Zoom
When: Mar 5, 2021 5pm-7:30pm (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)

Check your emails for zoom login info, and for the voting form!!

*pizza not included

Pinewood Derby Entries (FOR VOTING)

Pinewood Derby Cars by Friends and Family (NOT FOR VOTING!!)

Pinewood Derby 2019 – What, When & Where

It’s that time of year again!  Car kits were distributed at the last two Pack meetings; if you haven’t received yours yet, please talk to your Den leader.  The official rules can be found here : Official Rules.


Workshops provide an opportunity to use our Pack-owned power tools (parents-only), get a sneak-peek at what the competition is up to and receive pointers and tips from other Scouts and parents. All Scouts are welcome to attend any or all of the scheduled workshops.

Workshops are planned for the following dates:

Monday, February 18 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Monday, February 25 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Monday, March 4 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm

All workshops will be held in the Craft Shack at Camp Herms.  Attendance is optional and there’s no need to RSVP – just drop in!


Weigh-in and registration will be held at the Camp Herms Craft Shack on Wednesday, March 6 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.


The 2019 Pinewood Derby will be held at 6:30 pm on Friday, March 8 in the Camp Herms Lodge.

Burning rubber & shredded wood – The PWD is back!!!!!

Listen up Motorheards!  Its time to test your skill and nerve in the annual PineWood Derby. Many enter, and some are lucky enough to not leave in an ambulance. Race for pink slips. Race for Glory, but always race by the rules.

And they are summarized here:





  • Only one car may be registered per Scout.
  • Building of the car must have begun during the current Scouting year.
  • The car must be registered, pass inspection and impounded before the registration deadline to be eligible to compete. No further modification or lubrication of the car is allowed after impounding.

Car specifications

  • Width: 2.75″ or less (including the wheels)
  • Length: 7.00″ or less
  • Height: 4.00″ or less (including all trim items)
  • Under car clearance: 0.375” (3/8”) or more
  • Inside wheel-to-wheel clearance: 1.75” or more
  • Axle-to-axle spacing: 4.40″ +/– 0.125″
  • Car weight: 5.00 ounces or less

Building of cars

  • ALL work (including improvements to wheels, axles, and car body) must be done by the Scout and the parent (Akela). The intent is to have the Scout HAVE FUN and build as much of the car as reasonably and safely as possible. The use of pre-shaped car bodies, machined wheels or axles acquired from the Internet or other sources is NOT allowed.


  • Axles, wheels and body MUST be from the materials provided in the official BSA Pinewood Derby Car Kit or official BSA replacement components.  Revell, Pinecar, or any other aftermarket parts   that are not of the exact type included in the original kit are NOT allowed.
  • Additional trim items are allowed as long as total weight and size don’t exceed the maximums.
  • No loose materials (weights, characters or trim) are permitted. Weights must not move.

Wheels and axles

  • Axle nails must be securely mounted into the wood of the car body such that at least three wheels will sit flat, with full tread contact, when set on a flat surface. Axle treatment is allowed (i.e. deburring/ polishing).
  • Wheel treatment (hub and tread smoothing and polishing) may not result in substantial removal of mass or in substantial reduction of the wheel width or diameter from the original kit wheels.
  • Wheel hub caps, washers, inserts, sleeves, bushings, and bearings are NOT permitted.
  • The car may not ride on springs or other suspension.

Gravity powered

  • The car must be powered ONLY by gravity.


  • Only dry lubricants are allowed. Lubricants may not foul the track.

If you are a real rule nerd, download this dock!

Pinewood Derby Official Rules

and remember kids, rules are for squares!!

Pinewood Derby workshops

Hello Scouts and parents:

To prepare for the PWD, Pack 104 will be holding workshops at the craft shack at Camp Hermes. They will be held on the dates listed below from 6:00pm to 8:00pm We will be providing tools for the scouts to work on the cars that they have designed. Scouts will require a parent or guardian to be present as we will be working with some power tools


Febuary 13 workshop

Febuary 15 workshop

Febuary 27 workshop

March 01   tune-up and weigh-in

PWD workshops and weigh-in

The Pinewood Derby Race will take place on Friday, March 18, 2016.

The following are the pinewood derby workshops leading up to the weigh-ins and race.

Tuesday- 2/23 from 7:00 to 8:30pm
Tuesday – 3/1 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Thursday – 3/10 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm
The location of the workshops is Jeff Go’s house: 1784 Manor Circle, El Cerrito.
The workshops will include the use of a band saw, belt sander, and drill press as well as checking length, width, and weight of cars to make sure they are within the legal specifications as outlined by the official PWD rules (attached).  There will be no paining sessions included with these workshops.
If your Cub Scout or Webelos would like to attend one or more of the workshops please send an RSVP to Jeff Go at

Weigh-in and registration will be held at the same address on the following dates:

Monday – 03/13 from 7:00 to 8:00pm
Thursday- 03/17 from 7:00 to 8:00pm

Please be aware that once a car is weighed and turned in it is placed into “quarantine” and can no longer be worked on, modified, or handled by the Scout.  They will not be able to even touch their cars until after the conclusion of the races.

If your Scout did not pick up their PWD kit at the Blue & Gold dinner please reach out to John Bowen,, to arrange a time to pick up the kit.