Seven painted wooden derby cars were placed in their lanes behind the starting line.

“Racers, are you ready?”

“Yeah!” Seven excited Tiger Cub Scouts shouted.

“Count it out boys! 3 … 2 … 1!”


Seven cars “raced” down the slanted metal track down to the finish line, monitored by a timer clock and three Cub Scout leaders.

The Tigers, the youngest group, gathered at the finish line to see where their Pinewood Derby cars placed.

This was the procedure for six more heats in the Tiger Cub Scouts group. The group, part of Kuna Cub Scout Pack 106, was participating in the annual Pinewood Derby race, held Saturday, Jan. 20, at Silver Trail Elementary School.

Pizza and den awards complemented the evening.

The Wolves, Bears, Webelos and Arrow Lights also raced.

Depending on how many scouts were in each group, eight cars would race in eight heats, then the winners of those heats would race to determine overall first, second and third fastest cars.

The scouts are given an official Pinewood Derby kit of a block of wood, weighing about 3 ounces, four nails, which serve as axels, and four wheels, said Cub Scout 106 Pack leader Jason Tully.

Cub Scouts draw a model of what they want their car to look like, then either the scout leaders or parents help shape the car. The scout leaders had a workshop during the second week of January, Tully said, where they used scroll saws to shape the cars. Some parents and scouts use coping hand saws or sandpaper.

Once cut, the scouts can then paint their cars. Tully said the ideal Pinewood Derby car weight is as close to 5 ounces, without going over, as the scout can get. Weights, such as fishing weights, can be added to make the car heavier and go faster.

To conclude the evening, gold, silver and bronze trophies were awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners, and participation awards were given.

“The event went really well,” Tully said. “Everybody had a good time.”

Alx Stevens is the reporter for Kuna Melba News. Contact her at 208-922-3008 or


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