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2022 Pinewood Derby!

It is that time of year again for the Pinewood Derby.

We’ve already passed out car kits. If you are new or didn’t receive one, please reach out to Bobbie or Jere. You MUST start with the official kit. Each Scout gets a car kit with dues. Siblings and adults who wish to enter a car may purchase them from the Scout Shop or use the Paypal button on our Payment Links page and we will get one to you.

Speaking of official, the Official Shakori District Pinewood Derby Rules are available. I also highly recommend printing one or more of these car design templates from Boy’s Life to help your Scout, sibling, or adult design their car on paper before starting to cut.

Our Pinewood Derby will be Sat Feb 26 and the winning cars from our pack derby will advance to the inaugural Eno River District Derby the 2nd Saturday in March.

Locations, times, and in-person options will be coming soon as we know more. Both the pack and district derbies will be streamed live for all.

In order to give everyone a chance to vote on the design categories, we ask that everyone submit a well-lit photo of their car against a solid white background a week before the race (Feb 18) so we can get ballots assembled and collect votes. Specific details will come as we get closer.

If this is your first time or you would like some consulting from experienced builders, or you just need someone to help make some initial cuts or help get your wheels polished and aligned (the trickiest part), please reach out. We have several families with experience and tools who would be more than happy to help.

Also note, if you only wish to compete for design, not speed, there will be slightly relaxed weigh-in requirements around wheel alignment, etc. as called out in the District rules.

Most importantly, this is about having fun and cheering every car down the track! I can’t wait to see all the amazing cars we’ll have this year and find out who the big winners will be.

District-qualifying categories:

  • Lion Speed – Fastest Lion car
  • Speed – Fastest car
  • Scouts’ Choice – Scouts vote for their favorite car.
  • Superheroes
  • Scout themed – Anything that represents Scouting: Blue & Gold, camping, hiking, campfires, etc.
  • Most beautiful / best craftsmanship
  • Most original / unique

In all, we will send up to 13 cars to the District Derby!

Additional Pack categories

  • Parents’ Choice
  • Siblings
  • Adults

-Jere

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