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PACK 964 pinewood derby

         Sunday, January 26th, 2020

    Race Time: 5:30 pm

                 "Be Fast... or Look Good Trying!" 

Pack 964 Rocket Launch




Pack 964 Rocket Launch


Pinewood Derby event consists of fun and exciting race of cars you and your son have worked on together. The parade/display of craft & creativity is fun and exciting to see. It can get competitive, but most importantly, this event is about having fun. Your scout can be as creative as his and your ability will allow . Even if your scout decides to race a wedge on wheels, it's all fair and fun.

There are awards given to the most creative, the fastest, the best paint or colorful, etc, depending on the choices by the PALs leading this event. 

Weigh-ins are usually part of the check-in, but to shorten the event time this year, we'll do Final Weigh-in (IN POUND cars) at the January 24th Final Inspection& Weigh-In. Here we'll weight and impound your car to await Race Day or the actual Pinewood Derby Event. If you followed the rules, weigh-in should be a breeze. 

Games, raffles, activities entertain the scouts while they wait to race or race again for finals. We need parents to help in this effort.

Pit Crew Cafe (Concession Stand) offers a variety of food/snacks for sale and fundraiser for the Pack.  Scouts like to invite family and/or friends to come join you and have a snack on race day! 

Please consider signing up TODAY to volunteer.  Many crews are needed to help this event succeed.  Be on the lookout for emails regarding this event.

Pinewood Derby on Sunday, January 26th at the VFW Post 1503 on Minnieville Road @ 5:30 pm


If you attend the Dec. 19th DECEMBER Pack Meeting your scout will receive his Pinewood Derby Kit. If you miss this meeting, please contact your Den Leader ASAP to make arrangements to obtain your kit. We try to give everyone ample time to begin working with their scout in crafting their car.


INSIGHT TO NEW FAMILIES:  If you're new to Scouting, this is a very exciting and fun event for scouts, as they will build their own pinewood car and race against fellow scouts. It's a fun family event. There are endless ideas online on how to help your scout craft his car. There are some general rules and guidelines to follow, but in the meantime, take the time to review with him his favorite idea and begin working together towards that goal.  Local shops like Lowes, Ace Hardware an Hobby Lobby carry PWD kit and individual pieces, in case you lose or break anything that comes in your scout's kit.  Siblings/additional kits may be purchased for $5 ea and prepare a car to race in our Siblings Race our OUTLAW RACE for adult leaders & interested adults/parents who wish to participate in the race for fun.   

December 21 - mid-January - PWD Build Days at Camp Snyder, 1p-4:30p. Registration and fee required. Follow link for dates & time availability.

January 4 - Troop 1369 Invites you to their Annual PWD Build 9am - 12 pm. Location: Jozsa Wood Works, 14891 Persistence Drive, Woodbridge, 22193.

Bring your PWD kit, design idea & weights and experts will help you design your winning car. RSVP to: Ms. Wendy Weldon, 571-384-0860 or email:

Upcoming: Pinewood Derby Days at Camp Snyder 8am - 2pm.  Follow link to register for a slot. Cost is $5 per scout. 


January 9th*– Pack 964 Pinewood Clinic (This is our main car cutting event).  This meeting in January traditionally focuses on helping families help their scout gear up for our upcoming Pinewood Derby. If you don't have the tools or insight to prepare for race day, please bring your car kit and idea/design; and our craft experts with tools (pending sufficient Parent Volunteers sign up) will help cut or prepare your car for final inspection. Sanding and finishing tools will also be available for parents and scouts to use. However, if your family has finalized car, please consider to volunteer to help other scouts and families reach that 'completion'phase. We need everyone's assistance in this effort. We thank you in advance if you're able to help in any way.

January 11 - NoVA Scout Shop Champ Camp 10 am to 1 pm. Scout Shop address: 5232 Port Royal, Springfield, VA. Cost: Free. Arrive early to line up.

Northern Virginia Scout Shop offers a day filled with learning and helpful tips and tricks! They will help your child make a cool design, get all their weights, and get their car all suited up for the big race!  They are teaming up with Woodcraft (shop next door to scout shop) again! They will cut your car for free once you stop in at the shop to get your ticket to turn into them over at woodcraft. They will be cutting cars from 10AM to 1PM on Saturday the 11th of January.

* the design must be a basic design & already traced on the wood block.  This will help get everyone’s car cut during the time frame given.

January 23rd*– PACK 964 Pinewood Final Inspection / Weigh-In

At our January 24 den meeting we will focus on inspecting and collecting finished (Ready to Race) cars & impound them.  This will ease the traffic and time at Check-In on RACE DAY. Please bring your car in a shoe box, cushioned with shredded newspaper (or the like) that will easily and safely store until race day. We appreciate your cooperation in this effort.

*Dates are subject to change. Please check your inbox regularly.

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