PWD How to Build


Pinewood Derby is a simple race powered by gravity. Each scout builds their own wooden car from the official BSA kit and can enter it to race other scouts down our track. Awards are given for speed and design, see the full list.

The purpose of this event is for the scout (not the parent) to build and race a wooden car. The scout should do as much of the work as is appropriate for his age. It is expected that a Tiger Cub will have quite a bit of help, but a Webelos II should be doing almost all of the work themselves. Buying pre-made parts is NOT the goal of this event! Each scout is expected to build a new car each year.


Each scout will receive an official BSA kit from your Den Leader. Additional car kits and accessories are available at the Scout Shop or


Before you start building, please read our Race Rules and all the Awards for speed and design.



Here are some great sources of inspiration:

Tools & Help

Not every family has a garage full of woodworking tools so we encourage our pack to work together and share their expertise. Each Den Leader can coordinate time for your group to work on their cars together so those that need help can get it.

Check The Scout Shop for workshops

Additional building events may be coordinated by your Den Leaders.


Here are a few photos from 2017. Have your own? Share them with us :)