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Purpose of Pinewood Derby

Updated: Sep 19, 2023

The primary purpose of Pinewood Derby® is for the Scout/Youth and parent (hereafter referred to as Race Team) to spend TIME together! A fast car takes considerably more TIME to build than a slow one. Likewise, a beautiful or cool car takes much more TIME than a plain or ugly one. Therefore, a fast or beautiful car represents a success story of Pinewood Derby’s® primary mission!

Child and parent together form the Race Team


The Youth is not supposed to build the car.

The parent/adult partner is not supposed to build the car.

They’re supposed to build it TOGETHER!


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