Pinewood Derby

Hey Pack 33 Family, 

Hey Pack 33, 

Thank you for participating in Pack 33 & District Pinewood Derby Races this year! EVERYONE did a great job that participated! We placed third overall in the district, Congrats! 

Ways to watch the pinewood derby right now or later when you get the chance:
1) Facebook: 
Pack Race (Saturday) (starts at 1 hr 11 min into the video & ends at 2:18)
District Race (Sunday): (starts at 1 hour & 36 minutes into the video & Tigers Start at 1hr 53 minutes into the video)

2)  Pack Website on the front or the Pinewood Derby page 

Race Winners: 
Tigers: Edison Payne 
Wolves: Declan Laubach
Bears: Julien Chun-Hoon
Webelos: Devon Lonergan
AoLs: Max Laubach
Fastest Design: “Let the Wookie Win” 
Sibling: Eleanor Hoffman
Den Chiefs: Avi Eisenberg

Pack 33 came in 3rd in the District, congrats to all! 

Thank you to the leaders who helped make this happen: Luke Peterson, John Irons, and Chip Somodevilla & Brad deGregorio 

I will share some pictures when I get the chance in the 33 Facebook Group (& on the pack website). 

Until Next Year's Races...

Here is the information from White Oak District who will be running our Pack Race on Saturday. This information is available on the Pack Website here 

Pack 33 races from 12:20-2:30pm on Saturday 4/24. (We do not have a specific den race time, but we make up nearly half the cars racing for the pack, so will take up a good chunk of the 2 hour 10 minute window.) Winners will be invited to the district race on Sunday.

Pack only Races will race Saturday and then on Sunday morning.

The District Race will be Sunday starting at 11:45am.

See the attached Race Day Schedule - VERSION 3.

Here is the webinar info for the pinewood derby.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Apr 24, 2021 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
     Every day, until Apr 25, 2021, 2 occurrence(s)
     Apr 24, 2021 09:00 AM
     Apr 25, 2021 09:00 AM
     Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.
Topic: White Oak District Pinewood Derby Race
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Or One tap mobile :
    US: +13017158592,,96619150914#  or +13126266799,,96619150914#
Or Telephone:
    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
        US: +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 929 205 6099  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 669 900 6833
Webinar ID: 966 1915 0914
    International numbers available:

Here is the Facebook info for the pinewood derby.

In addition to the Zoom Webinar, you can find the Pinewood Derby live-stream on the White Oak District Facebook page, under live videos:
Here is the link to the White Oak District page:


Please contact Stephen Donnelly for all webinar and Facebook questions:

Brad weighed, lubricated, packed up, and registered 42 Pinewood Derby cars this weekend. The creativity on display from our Scouts is truly impressive! Now it's time to select our Best Design finalists. This year voting for Best Design for each Den will be open to all adults, but please don't vote for your own Scout's car. The survey will close midnight on Tuesday, April 20th, so vote today!

It's that time of year again, where a block of wood magically becomes an awesome derby car! Of course, due to the pandemic, we are going to do the Pinewood Derby a little different. This year the White Oak District will run our derby races for us this April, but the Scouts will still need to design and build their own derby cars. Den Chiefs, (Avi, Kyle & James) -- you guys get to make a car if you wish. Please sign up for your slots as well. 

This year's virtual Pinewood Derby is coming up in a few weeks! The Scouts have had their cars cut and are hopefully hard at work sanding, painting, and decorating. Completed cars can be turned in to the Pinewood Derby box at Brad De Gregorio's porch (518 Philadelphia Ave.) inside a resealable plastic bag . Please include the Scout's name and return address with the car so that he can return the car when the derby is over. In order to document, weigh, and deliver the finished cars to the people running the races for us, please drop off completed cars by April 16th. You can ask Brad any questions about the derby and turning in cars at and (202) 384-5260.

 You can pick up a derby car kit at 518 Philadelphia Avenue in Takoma Park, in a waterproof box on the front porch. Please sign out a kit with your Scout's name and contact information using the included sign-out sheet. Kits will be available for Scouts only from today until February 26th, and after that, any remainders will be available for siblings to build. If you can't make it to the pickup location, please contact Brad De Gregorio at or (202) 384-5260 to make other arrangements. 


Get ready to start your engines!!

Maintaining the great annual scouting tradition, the 2021 Pinewood Derby Race is on. It’s looking like it’ll be a Zoom-based event in late April, for which we will collect cars in late March or early April. While we are still gathering the race details, scouts should be getting ready for it! Scouts are invited to pick up their car kits from the waterproof box on Brad De Gregorio’s front porch: 518 Philadelphia Ave in Takoma Park. 

Should scouts require help building their cars, Pack 33 will be hosting an outdoor, limited-service socially-distanced pinewood derby workshop on Saturday March 13 from 10:00 AM to 3:00PM. We need your help ensuring this workshop will be a smooth and safe experience, productive for the kids, and held in accordance with all applicable laws. 

Scouts are invited to reserve a 5-minute time slot using this SignUpGenius link, and to come prepared with a car design for the adults to help shape. Google can be very helpful with design. Households with multiple cars should reserve a slot for each car separately. A small crew of adult volunteers will run 2-3 saw and drill stations in the courtyard. 

The stations will be spaced appropriately and everyone will be required to wear their masks. Montgomery County law currently restricts outdoor gatherings to a 25-person maximum, so please arrive on time for your reservation and avoid queuing up in an unsafe or illegal way. We will make every possible effort to move through the line quickly. To avoid contact with others, scouts will be asked to stay near their cars while the sawing/drilling is performed. The playground equipment itself will be off-limits during the event.

We recall last year’s Pinewood Derby fondly, as the last in-person all-Pack event we were able to hold before pandemic restrictions went into effect. We hope your scouts are as excited as we are to race again this year. Even under these atypical circumstances, our tradition continues: Designers of the speediest and sharpest-looking cars will earn their due glory and their names shall be written into Takoma Park history for future generations to marvel.

That Sign-Up Genius link, one more time, is

Adults who would like to volunteer, please reach out to the event coordinator: luke.peterson at gmail dot com

Cubmaster Pack 33,
Apr 22, 2021, 1:54 PM