Pinewood Derby

May 11, 2017

LDS Church-Katy Stake Center
1603 Norwalk Dr, Katy, 77450

6:30 - 8:30 pm

The pinewood derby is one of the most popular and successful family activities in Cub Scouting. Pinewood derby cars are small wooden models that Cub Scouts make with help from their families. Then they race the cars in competition. The cars are powered by gravity and run down a track. Every Scout can design and build their own "car to enter in the race. Win or lose, Scouts will take pride in having done their best. Scouts learn craft skills, the rules of fair play, and good sportsmanship—things they will remember for life.


Any registered Tiger, Cub Scout, or Webelos Scouts can participate in the district pinewood derby, regardless of placement in their pack’s derby. Scouts can race cars built during this program year. There is an open division for family members.

Online registration is $6.50. Online payment can be made with credit card, electronic check or PayPal.  Council refund policy.

Onsite registration at check-in is $11.50 (check payable to SHAC). There is no registration onsite registration on race day.



Cars need to be check-in on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm. 

Races run from 6:30 - 8:30 pm on Thursday, May 12, 2017.

What to Bring

  • Pinewood derby car to check-in on Wednesday and optional toolbox
  • Field or activity (any Scout t-shirt) Scout uniform for registered Scouts
  • Optional: chair, water, snacks


Medals for rank placement and trophies for overall placement will be presented


Notice!  Please be advised that promotional videotaping/photography may be in progress at any time at an event. Your entrance constitutes your agreement that the district has the right to reproduce your likeness in videography/photography for promotion (e.g., publications, internet, newspaper).


Click here for the official rules.

Scouting Safely

Safety is Your Responsibility posterThe BSA's Commitment to Safety is ongoing and we want you to know that the safety of our youth, volunteers, staff, and employees cannot be compromised. The Boy Scouts of America puts the utmost importance on the safe and healthy environments for its youth membership. The Sam Houston Area Council takes great strides to ensure the safety of its youth as well as the adult volunteer leadership that interacts with them. 

BSA Guide to Safe Scouting policies must be followed. All participants must follow Youth Protection Guidelines at all Scouting events. Highlights include:

  • Two-deep leadership on all outings required.  
  • One-on-one contact between adults and youth members is prohibited. 
  • The buddy system should be used at all times. 
  • Discipline must be constructive.

Health and safety must be integrated into everything we do, to the point that no injuries are acceptable beyond those that are readily treatable by Scout-rendered first aid. As an aid in the continuing effort to protect participants in a Scout activity, the BSA National Health and Safety Committee and the Council Services Division of the BSA National Council have developed the "Sweet Sixteen" of BSA safety procedures for physical activity. These 16 points, which embody good judgment and common sense, are applicable to all activities.

Youth Protection Guidelines     Guide to Safe Scouting     ​Sweet Sixteen     ​Enterprise Risk Management


For questions, contact the Pinewood Derby chair or district activities chair.