Pack 409 - Peachtree City, GA Character Counts

Pinewood Derby Rules

Eligibilty - A Scout must participate at the minimum in order to race and qualify for awards; no exceptions. The definition of minimum participation is the following:

  • A scout must be present at some point during the PWD. Being present may/could mean weighing in the car, or being at the race at a point in time during the PWD.
  • The scout doesn’t have to be present when his rank is racing, but it is highly recommended so he can see his car run down the track.
  • The leadership of Pack 409 recognizes other activities also requires the scout's commitment. We believe that participation in the PWD is a key part of the overall scouting experience and look forward to seeing each scout enjoy the race and fellowship of other scouts.


  • Plan on arriving at least 30 min. early to weigh in, alter your car as needed and register.
  • Cars will be impounded following registration and scouts will not be allowed to handle them at any time during the race. Parental support in this matter is essential.

Car Construction - Official rules for car construction are included in the kits with the following exceptions and amplifications:

  • Weight: Race cars, including decorations and weights, must weigh five (5) ounces or less. The scales at the District Race will be the final determinant.
  • Wheels and Axles: The only wheels permitted are those provided by the Boy Scouts of America. The wheels must be freewheeling on the axle nails provided. The axle nails must be firmly affixed to the wood of the car body, and into the original slots provided. i.e.: no extended wheel base. It must be obvious to the judges that the wheels and axles are official BSA.
  • Size: Seven (7) inches long, two and three quarter inches (2 ¾) wide, and three (3) inches tall are the maximum dimensions permitted. An underside clearance of at least three eighths inch (3/8) and an inside wheel to wheel clearance of at least one and three quarters inch (1 ¾) is recommended for free running on the track. The front of the car must be at least three eighths inch (3/8) wide at center to ensure adequate contact with the starting pin.
  • Weights and Attachments: Weight may be added to the car and will be considered part of the car for all measurements. Weight is considered to be any material on the car that was not provided in the car kit. All weight must be securely fastened to the car with permanent glue, nails, or screws. Tape and tack spray are not acceptable. Weights must be passive. Movable, magnetic, electric, sticky, or any other variations of weights are not permitted.
  • Wheels: Wheel treatment, hub and tread smoothing/polishing, must not remove substantial mass or reduce the tread width. The words "Official B.S.A. Made in the U.S.A." on the wheels must remain intact and clearly visible to the inspector. Some of the original tread marks on the wheel face must be intact. Hubcaps, washers, inserts, sleeves, bearings, and similar devices are not permitted on the wheels or axles.
  • Lubrication: Powdered graphite is the only approved lubrication. All lubrication must be applied before a car is registered to race.

Determining the Winner:

  • We will use electronic timers interfaced with computer software to determine the final overall standings.
  • It is important to remember that a car that places 1st during its lane rotations may not necessarily finish 1st if another car posts faster times later in the race.
  • Technical issues occasionally require the race committee to adjust how winners are determined.
  • The Derby Master will have the final authority on all issues concerning the derby.


  • We will present awards immediately following each rank's race.
  • Awards will be given out for 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place and Best Design.
  • Best Design will be judged by 3 volunteers.

District Race:

  • 1st and 2nd place and Best Design within each rank will be invited to represent Pack 409 at the Fayette District Race.
  • Date, Time and Location-TBD


  • Breakfast items may be available for purchase from the Girl Scouts on Race Day.

Outlaw Derby/Dad's Race:

  • On the evening before the Pinewood Derby, we will hold the annual Pack 409 Dad’s/Outlaw Pinewood Derby.
  • Official rules concerning car construction will apply.
  • Winner gets bragging rights.


  • On the evening before the Pinewood Derby, scouts will have track time to road test their cars before race day.
  • We will also have the official race scales setup for you to ensure that your car meets the weight requirement (5.00 oz).
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