Pinewood Derby

Level: 1


  1. Name the four basic components of a Pinewood Derby car.
  2. Cars must meet the basic following requirements:
    1. Must be made during the current calendar year or Pathfinder club year
    2. Width of car shall not exceed 2 3/4″ (70 mm)
    3. Length of car shall not exceed 7″. (178 mm)
    4. Weight of car shall not exceed 5 oz. (142 grams)
    5. Width between wheels shall be 1-3/4″ (44 mm)
    6. Height from bottom of car to bottom of tires shall be 3/8″ (10 mm)
    7. Use only axles, wheels, and wood provided in the kit you purchase
    8. Wheel bearings, washers, and bushings are prohibited
  3. Know how to use safely the following while building your project:
    1. Saw
    2. Wood rasp
    3. Course sandpaper
    4. Fine sandpaper
    5. Wood plane
    6. Hammer
    7. Shaping stick
  4. Know the basic steps in designing a car:
    1. Design
    2. Transfer of design
    3. Building the car
    4. Axles and wheels
    5. Adding weight
    6. Lubrication
  5. Design and build to completion a Pinewood Derby car from a basic kit using the instructions in the kit, or if no instructions, follow the directions in #2.
  6. Participate in a sponsored Pinewood Derby event using the car you built in #5.
  7. Define and practice good sportsmanship as it relates to your Christian walk.

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