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2019 Pack 378 Pinewood Derby Information and Rules

Boogity, boogity! It’s Pinewood Derby season. 

What is the Pinewood Derby, you ask? It’s Cub Scout tradition where scouts create a car from a BSA approved block of wood (with age-appropriate adult assistance) to race against other scouts.

Please read ALL the rules carefully before designing or building your car.  Click here for the 2019 Rules.

Important dates (see additional details further below):

  • Workshop – Saturday, January 5th 9 am-3 pm at Trinity United Methodist
  • Workshop – Saturday, January 12th from 9 am-12 pm at New World United Methodist Church (NWUMC)
  • Workshop – Saturday, January 12th from 9 am-12 pm at Longhorn Council Office in Hurst
  • Check-in – Thursday, January 17th from 5:30-7:30 pm at NWUMC
  • Races – Friday, January 18th with doors opening at 5:30 pm and races beginning at 6 pm at NWUMC
  • Clean-up – Saturday, January 19th from 9 am until complete at NWUMC


Supplies (buy as soon as possible and bring to workshops if attending or build at home):

  • Families will need to purchase a BSA approved pinewood derby kit for each racer.
  • There are a number of different styles of kits from a basic block to a pre-cut kit with decals and paint included. All are acceptable as long as the packaging contains the BSA seal of approval.
  • These can be purchased at any BSA Scout Shop or most hobby stores (e.g. Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, etc.).
  • Most cars will require additional weights that are not included in the standard kit. You can use household items like coins or fishing weights as long as it complies with the other rules for dimensions and how they are affixed to the car. Otherwise, many different types of weights designed specifically for pinewood derby cars can also be purchased at the same locations listed above.
  • Some car kits come with wheels and axels, but some will need to be purchased separately.
  • Cars should be decorated. You will need to supply your own materials for paint, etc.



  • Workshops are an excellent opportunity to utilize resources like specialized tools that you may not otherwise have available as well as seasoned pinewood derby craftsman.
  • Workshops are come and go. You may arrive when convenient and stay as long as you need (within the timeframe given).
  • You may attend as many as you like. You don’t have to pick just one. It is also not required that you attend any if you don’t need any help.
  • You must bring your own pinewood materials to the workshop. This includes a BSA approved block of wood (not just any kind of wood) as well as BSA wheels and axles.
  • It is helpful if you have a concept in mind, but there will be templates and design books on hand if you need help with that too.
  • Whether you attend a workshop or construct on your own, all cars must adhered to all of the 2019 Official Pinewood Derby Rules. Please read them carefully.



  • ALL cars must be checked in on Thursday in order to participate in the races as well as be judged for design awards. You may not check-in on race day. NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • We ask that each scout bring a $5 raffle prize to check-in. These will be distributed on race day and everyone will go home with a prize.
  • At check-in, cars will be sorted by rank and assigned a number. Scouts will also need to name their car.
  • Cars must pass inspection to be turned-in. See also 2019 Official Pinewood Derby Rules for inspection criteria and other rules.
  • Cars that don’t pass inspection will have an opportunity to make adjustments. There will even be a “pit crew” on hand to assist with things like wheel alignment, graphite, and weight.
  • Once cars are inspected and checked-in, no modifications may be made and access to these cars will not be available.
  • This is also a come and go event. You may arrive any time within the 5:30-7:30 pm window to check-in your car. We do encourage everyone to arrive earlier than later though, because we do develop a line at check-in and cars often don’t pass inspection the first time, in which case you will need time to make adjustments.


Race Day:

  • Doors open at 5:30 pm and races start promptly at 6 pm.
  • This is a popular event and is often crowded, loud, and can be long. Young children may appreciate ear protection and/or activities to keep them busy.
  • Free pizza, drinks, and cookies are provided, however, we will be accepting donations to offset the cost.
  • The Lions will be the first heat and will be followed by subsequent ranks through Arrow of Light.
  • Siblings may also race, but will be in the “Open” division following the Arrow of Light.
  • The last race of the night is the finals, which will include the top two races from each rank (not including Open division).
  • The 1st place through 3rd place winners from each division as well as the finals will be recognized.
  • We will also award design winners in several categories (Best Design, Fastest Looking, Most Original, Funniest Car, Best Scout Theme, Cubmaster’s Choice).
  • We will have raffle prizes throughout the night until everyone has received a prize. If you need to leave early and your scout has not yet received a prize, you may grab one when you leave.



  • Many hands make light work. We could use as many volunteers as possible to clean-up after the race. The more people we have the quicker it will go.
  • Please see also the signup genius at



Fall 2018 Family Campout

Attention Parents! It’s almost here.  It’s almost time for the 2018 Fall Family Campout.  We will be camping at Clements Scout Ranch from Saturday, October 27 to Sunday, October 28.  Clements Scout Ranch is part of the Circle Ten Council and located near Athens, which is less than two hours SE of North Arlington.  Here is what you need to do in order to attend:

  • Complete a registration form – Camping Registration form Fall 2018 Family Campout
  • Complete a BSA Medical Form for each member of the family attending the campout (Form A and both Form B’s).  You may refer to a previous form on file with the Pack if it is less than one year old. – BSA Medical Forms
  • Turn in forms and money on or before Thursday, October 18th at midnight

Other Resources:

  • New Pack 378 families can attend camping 101 On Wednesday, October 3rd from 7-8 pm for detailed information about what to bring and what to expect on a 378 Family Campout
  • Map of Clements Scout Ranch
  • Contact Info for Clements Scout Ranch – 11217 FM 2970, Athens, TX 75751, (903) 675-3781
  • Pack 378 Camping Planning Guide
  • Suggested Camping List
  • Lunch and dinner on Saturday are provided as well as breakfast on Sunday
  • Activities will include a campfire ceremony with skits and songs, BB guns, archery, and other den specific activities
  • Families may choose to go Friday, but may NOT check-in before the Cubmaster or other designated leader.  Those arriving early will also be responsible for their own meals not listed above.

Note: You can now find the Camping Registration Form and other camping resources on the Resources section of the website. 

Earning Your Bobcat Badge

To earn the Bobcat rank the new Cub Scout does the following:

  1. Learn and say the SCOUT OATH, with help if needed:

    “On my honor, I will do my best
    To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law;
    To help other people at all times;
    To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. “

  2. Learn and say the Scout Law, with help if needed.

    “A Scout is:
    Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful
    Friendly, Courteous, Kind
    Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty
    Brave, Clean, and Reverent.”

  3.  Show the CUB SCOUT SIGN. Tell what it means.Make the sign with your right hand and with your arm held straight up. The two fingers stand for the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. They look like a wolf’s ears ready to listen to Akela. Give the Cub Scout Sign when you say the Scout Oath or Scout Law.

    cub scout sign

  4. Show the CUB SCOUT HANDSHAKE. Tell what it means. cub scout handshakeUsing your right hand, place your first two fingers along the inside of the other scout’s wrist. This means that you help each other remember and obey the Scout Oath and Law.
  5. Say the CUB SCOUT MOTTO. Tell what it means.

    “Do Your Best”

  6. Give the CUB SCOUT SALUTE. Tell what it means.Point your first two fingers of your right hand out straight and close together. Touch the tips of the fingers to your cap or if not wearing a cap then to your eyebrow. A salute is a way to show respect. When you salute a leader (either adult or other scout), you show him or her that you respect their position. When you salute the flag, you show that you are proud of your country.
    cub scout salute
  7. With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the booklet,
    How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse.

The above items are the basic information that all Cub Scouts learn when they enter into the Cub Scouting program.

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