Racing in a Cub Scout derby is great fun. You’ll get to design your racing vehicle, work with a parent to build it, and see it perform on race day. Win or lose, you’ll take pride in having done your best. When you race in a Cub Scout derby, you learn craft skills, the rules of fair play, and good sportsmanship—things you will remember all your life.
The pack participates in several derbies throughout the year.
- Space Derby – Another popular family-son project is the space derby. It’s like the pinewood derby except the models are miniature rockets. The rockets “fly” along a heavy line that hangs in the air. They’re driven by propellers powered by rubber bands.
- Pinewood Derby – 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. Most packs have a pinewood derby every year. It can be run indoors or outdoors. Every boy can design and build his own “grand prix” car to enter in the race.
- Rainboat Regatta – In the raingutter regatta, boats race down a narrow channel. The boat uses sailboat designs, and are blown down the channel.
- Klondike Derby – Held on the District level at Treasure Valley Scout Reservation during the winter
- Chuck Wagon Derby – Held on the Council level at Treasure Valley Scout Reservation in May