NLD Pinewood Derby

NLD Pinewood Derby
Registration Begins
9/2/2015 2:00 PM
Last Day To Register
3/28/2016 4:00 PM
9 Sparhawk Street
Amesbury, MA, US
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Northern Light District

 2016 Pinewood derby

Race Classifications and schedule


Saturday, April 2, 2016


Tiger Cubs (2 per Pack)

Check-in begins at 9:00 AM

Race begins at 10:00 AM


Wolves and Bears (4 per Pack)

Check-in begins at 10:00 AM

Race begins at 11:30 AM



Webelos Scouts (4 per Pack)

Check-in begins at 11:30 AM

Race begins at 1:00 PM

Northern Light District

 2016 Pinewood derby

April 2, 2016

  • Plenty of free parking
  • Registration and racing as follows:
  • NO latecomers will be allowed to race.
  • Top two (2) Tiger cubs, top four (4) Cub Scouts, and top four (4) Webelos from each pack – no alternates.
  • Trophies or medals for the top finishers in each level of racing will be awarded as appropriate.
  • There will be patches for all participants.
  • The Pinewood Café will be selling refreshments.
  • The cost is $8.00 per racer.

Have a fun race and good luck to all!



** Registration must be received

by march 25, 2016 **

ON-Line registration is preferred

Youth Registration:  Maximum of two (2) Tiger Cubs, four (4) Cub Scouts, and four (4) Webelos per pack.  Packs may make substitutions before race day, but cannot exceed these numbers.  If your pack’s race has not been run before the registration date, you can enter “Joe Cub Scout”, but please call in the names as soon as possible to the Haverhill Service Center (978-372-0591).



Dear Cub Scouts, leaders, and parents,

Congratulations on having won a place at the Northern Light District Pinewood Derby.  You have done well to make it this far and to represent your pack and we will be very pleased to see you on race day.  In order to make your experience as pleasant and fun as possible for all involved (approximately 240 Scouts and their families), we ask you to observe the following rules.


1.Where possible, only the Cub Scout and one adult should wait in the registration and weigh-in lines.  Other family members can visit the Pinewood Café or Scout Shop, or take their seats and await race time.  This will, of course, reduce the amount of people waiting in line helping to avoid problems.  Also, the Cub Scouts tend to be much smaller than their accompanying adults and will feel less crushed if there are fewer people in line. 

2.We will provide some seating in the area close to the Pinewood café.  Please confine your food to that area to avoid spills around the track. 

3.Please do not go beyond any barriers to get closer to the track.  They are there to ensure the best view for everyone, and to enable staff to work safely and quickly around the track.

4.This is a large facility, so please ask your children to keep you in sight, especially younger siblings.  Instruct all children not to leave the building.  We will detain any children that we see trying to leave the building, but with such a large facility and so many people, there is no guarantee that someone will not slip through “the net”, and we cannot accept responsibility for your children wandering off.  Any child that we know to be lost will be taken to the racing area to await collection by a parent.  If you become separated form your child, check the racing area.  Similarly, if you see a child that appears lost, please tell a race official and they will see that the child is taken to the Trading Post.

5.Any boy that has won a place at the district Derby has a great car and has done very well.  Remember that this is a race of champions and only one car can have the fastest time.

6.Should you feel the need to question a judge’s decision, please do so quietly off to one side in order to not disrupt the race.


Please make sure that all Cub Scouts in attendance are wearing their best Class A uniform.  We will try to get pictures of the winners entered into the local newspapers.  In years past, publications have decided not to print any picture where one or more Scouts were not in uniform.  Adult leaders should also wear their Class A uniforms, setting a good example for the Scouts.


Anyone needing assistance should ask either any staff member with a race official, or anyone wearing silver epaulets.  We have tried to think of things that will ensure that you will have a wonderful time.  We hope that you do!


Thank You and Good Luck!





Northern Light District Pinewood Derby rules


The Pinewood Derby is open to all Cub scouts.  The entrant is to have the satisfaction of building his own car from the materials furnished in the kit.  Guidance and minimal assistance should be given.  The Pinewood Derby is a Cub Scout fun event and parents and adults must honor the Scouting Spirit and be a good example for the Cubs.


Please recognize that the staff of the District Pinewood Derby is all volunteers and should be treated with courtesy as they have given up their time for your son and many others.  Please also recognize that every effort is made to run a fair and equitable event and we are glad to accept volunteers to assist in the future.


Car Specifications


1.Build                     No loose materials

· The car must have been built in the 2014 – 15 Scouting year and must be the same car raced by the Scout in his Pack Pinewood Derby.  No alteration of the car is allowed between the entry of the car into the Pack Pinewood derby and its entry into the District Pinewood derby except for the addition of dry lubricant into the wheels for the District Pinewood Derby event.

2.Width                    Overall width of the car, including wheels, should not exceed 2 and

three-quarter (2.75) inches.

3.Length                   Overall length of the car shall not exceed seven (7) inches.  No part of

the car may extend past the starting line, regardless of length.

4.Wheel Base           The distance from the front to rear axles shall not be altered from the kit

furnished for any reason.

5.Weight                  Weight shall not exceed 5.00 ounces.  Registration will be on a pass/fail

basis system.

· The car may be hollowed out and built up to the maximum weight by the addition of wood, wood filler (e. g. Elmer’s Carpenters’ Wood filler or any substantially similar product) or metal only, provided it is securely built into the body.

· Because the scale used at the district competition may register different than the scale used at the pack competition, you should be prepared to change the weight of your car at the competition.  The scale used at the competition shall be the official scale.  Efforts will be made to calibrate the official scale to ensure accurate weight registration.

· No loose materials are permitted in or on the car.  Therefore, any removable weights must be securely attached.

6.Wheels                  Washers, bushings, or any other type of bearing are prohibited.  Wheel

treatment (hub and tread smoothing and polishing) may not result in substantial removal of mass or in reducing the tread width from the original kit wheels.  Wheel tread surface tread must be cylindrical.  The letters/words “BSA Pinewood Derby” must remain intact on the exterior of the wheel and the letters/words “Official BSA” must remain intact on the interior of the wheel.  The foregoing must be clearly visible to the inspector.  Some of the original tread marks must be intact, i. e. apparent to the inspector.

· Wheels may not be altered in any manner except for truing the wheel by removal of the burrs remaining from the injection molding process.  The entire surface of the wheel must be capable of contact with the track as the wheel rolls.  Any other alteration, including but not limited to shaping the tread to reduce track contact is disqualifying.

·All four wheels must make contact with the track surface.


7.Axles                     Only the axles (nails) provided with the kit are permitted.  Full axles or

other substitutes are prohibited, and axle points must be visible.  There can be no changes made to the axle slots – the car must use the axle slots already made in the kit.  The axles must be inserted into the pre-cut axle slots.


8.Springing               The car shall not ride on any type of springs.


9.Details                   Details such as steering wheel, driver, decals, painting, and interior

details are permissible as long as they do not exceed the maximum length, width, and weight specifications.


10.Attachments          The car must be free wheeling with no starting devices.


11.Inspection             Each car must pass inspection by the official inspection committee

before it may compete.  The inspectors have the right to disqualify cars not meeting the above specifications.


Suggestions and Hints


  • Maintain at least a 3/8” space between the bottom of the car and the bottom of the wheels to prevent drag on the guide strip.
  • Lubricate the axles where the wheel rotates – just below the axle head.  Use dry lubricant  only, such as graphite.  Do not use regular or silicone spray since it might soften the plastic.
  • Be sure everything is attached to the securely.  Other than wheels, items that come loose will not be re-attached during a race.


Racing Rules


1.Each Heat will be announced

2.The Starter will make sure that cars are on the track properly and then will start the race.

3.The Tiger Cubs will race first followed by the Cub Scout and Webelos races.

4.The finalist and placing will be determined by the cumulative time from all races.

5.Awards will be announced after all of the heats are completed.  The trophy winners will then report to the stage.

6.The decisions of the race officials are final.

7.The track will be cleaned off after the Tiger Cub, Cub Scout, and Webelos races have finished.  It will be cleaned with dry cloths per the manufacturer’s instruction manual.

$8.00 per Participant

The Spirit of Adventure Council, Boy Scout of America