Pine Wood Derby Car Specifications and Rules
The car must have been made this current scouting year (after August 1, 2023).
Parents and Cub Scouts should work together on the car.
Car must be made from an official kit from BSA Scout Shop
Width must not exceed 2 3⁄4”.
Length must not exceed 7”.
Height must not exceed 6”.
Width between wheels must be 1 3⁄4”.
Bottom clearance between the car and the track must be at least 3/8”.
Weight must not exceed 5.0 ounces.
No loose materials or sliding weights allowed.
NOTE: Scales will vary, so be prepared to make adjustments at check-in!
Wheels and Axles
Wheels and axles must be original from an official BSA kit.
Wheels and axles may not be modified in any way, except to remove manufacturing imperfections and polish.
No wheel bearings, washers or bushings allowed
Car must be freewheeling, with no starting devices, and no springs allowed.
Wheel/axel lubrication is permitted, but must not be deemed excessive (must pass the cleanliness portion of the inspection).
Creative detailing is encouraged and allowed, using additional materials, such as wood, metal or plastic, as long as the car fits dimensions and other specifications and rules.
Car must pass the inspection committee. If you don’t follow the rules, your car may be disqualified!
Scouts will judge their peers for the winners in the following categories:
Most Cartoony Car
Most Natural (season, plant, mineral)
Most Animal-like Car
Most Realistic Car
Here's a couple design templates to use as well!