A few weeks ago my younger sons Cub Scout Pack had their Pinewood Derby. For those not in the know, the Pinewood Derby is a racing event that the majority of Scouts participate in. They are given (or purchase) a wooden car kit that consists of a wooden block, axles, and wheels. Older boys may cut their cars out with some assistance while younger cubs are usually guided. Once cut, cars are sanded and painted, wheels are attached, and then they are weighted.
The Derby is an all day event, starting in the morning with the younger ranks. At least, that's how our Pack does it. Dens race against each other on a special track in several heats. At the end of the day there is an open category for anyone that might want to race their own car (parents, den leaders, siblings, ect).
The top two winners from each den move on to Districts, but there are three overall winners for each den, plus a winner for most original car. In the case that one of the top winners can not attend districts, the third place moves up. There is also a first, second, and third place for the open category.
It's a fun day, though long, and the kids always have a blast! This year, my youngest daughter decided she wanted to enter into the open category and made "Cheese on Wheels" with the help of her Grandpa. My Bear Cub also made a car that he dubbed "The Rapid Rider". Both did an excellent job with Sugar Booger (my cub) coming in third overall for the Bears and Princess (youngest daughter) coming in first for the open category. She was over the moon!