Pinewood Derby

The primary purpose of the Pinewood Derby (PWD) is for the Cub Scout to participate in the construction of a racecar. This is intended to be a family activity that strengthens the Cub Scout’s mental, cognitive, and hands-on skills. Two secondary purposes of the derby are: (1) having fun and (2) providing some healthy competition.

Visit the BSA’s Pinewood Derby page.


Pack 8’s Pinewood Derby has three leagues: Scout, Outlaw, and Legacy. The rules for each of these leagues are outlined in the documents linked below. The Scout League is open only to Scouts while the Outlaw League is open to all adults, scouts, and siblings. All entrants in these leagues may compete for Fastest Car and/or Best Looking. The Legacy League is open to all adults, scouts, and siblings who wish to race a car that has participated in a previous Pinewood Derby. Entrants in the Legacy compete only for Fastest Car.

Pinewood Derby Results

Dirty Derby Lock-In

In 2018 and 2019, the Dirty Derby lock-in took place the night before our Pack’s Pinewood Derby. The purpose of the Dirty Derby was for Scouts to make their own derby car with no help! (Aside from operating power tools…) The $15 entrance fee covered dinner and breakfast for the Scout and a partner, plus one car kit. Tools and materials were on hand and then we raced the freshly finished cars!