Welcome to the Pinewood Derby!

The Pinewood Derby is an opportunity for scouts to develop and practice many skills including engineering & physics, artistic expression, project planning, construction, teamwork, and sportsmanship.  And, of course, it is also a lot of fun!

The Pack 548 Pinewood Derby is one of the biggest events of the year for our pack.  Scouts and their families come together for a day of racing, food, and fun.

Pinewood Derby car kits are normally handed out int December to registered scouts.  Scouts and their parents/guardians work on their cars till the race in late February or early March.

Often times a member or friend of the Pack will open up garage space for scouts to come design, build, and finish their cars.

Just prior to the race, Scouts submit their cars for inspection and acceptance.

The race is conducted a couple days later.

Important Dates for the 2024 Derby:

December 2023: Car kits handed out

January 23 thru February 22:  The Garage is Open for design, construction, and decoration.  A signup will be emailed to the Pack for Scouts to sign up to come work on their cars.
Friday, February 23, 2024, 5pm - 8pm:  Weigh-in - Scouts bring their completed cars to the conference room at Willowfork Fire Station #2 (26950 Cinco Ranch Blvd), to be weighed and measured and accepted to race.  Once cars are accepted, no further modifications are allowed and the cars will be left at the fire station until Race Day
Sunday, February 25, 2024, 12pm - 3pm:  Race Day - Food, Fun, and Racing!  Each car will get to race at least three times.  Trophies and awards will be presented to race winners and for a variety of design categories.

Volunteers Needed!

Adult volunteers will be needed on both Weigh-in and, especially, Race Day.  Check your email for the sign-up links to help out.  We need help setting up, conducting the race, cooking & serving food, and cleaning up!

Official Rules

Car Specifications

Ground Rules and Competition

Inspection and Registration

Trophies & Awards

Trophies for Race Rankings:

1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place within each Rank (Lions, Tigers, Wolves, Bears, Webelos, Cubby Buddies)

1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Overall

Cars will also be judged and eligible for the following design awards: