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Race Time Lion – Lion

Elective Adventure

The most popular events in Cub Scouting are found in this Adventure, the Pinewood Derby and the Rain gutter Regatta.  Lions and adult partners work together to build and race either a car or a boat.

Requirements

With your Lion adult partner, assemble and decorate either a Pinewood Derby® car or a Raingutter Regatta™ boat.
Pinewood Derby Car Build Day Lion
LocationIndoor
Energy 3
Supply List5
Prep Time4

Den or pack provides a build day for Cub Scouts.

Ask parents in the den or pack if anyone has a workshop with woodworking tools.  Determine how many Cub Scouts and parents could fit in the space and develop a time schedule, if needed, to keep the workshop from being overcrowded.

OR

Ask parents in the pack if anyone has some of the tools below and would be willing to bring them to a location to conduct a build day.  This would allow several cars to be worked on at once.

OR

Check with your local Scout Shop.  Some Scout Shops will conduct Pinewood Derby build days. 

Only adults may use power tools in Cub Scouting.  Adults who are using power tools must wear appropriate safety gear including eye protection and ear protection. 

Cutting out the basic shape of a Pinewood Derby car is easily done with a band saw or a scroll saw.

  • Safety goggles, for anyone working with or near power tools
  • Ear protection, for anyone working with or near power tools
  • Band saw, only adults may use
  • Scroll saw, only adults may use
  • Dremel, only adults may use
  • 120 grit sandpaper, enough to share
  • 220 grit sandpaper, enough to share
  • 400 grit sandpaper, enough to share
  • Small hammers, enough to share
  • Pinewood Derby Car Kit, one for each Cub Scout and a couple of spare kits (Scout Shop SKU: 17006)
  • Pinewood Derby flat weights, one for each Cub Scout (Scout Shop SKU: 7602)
  • Small Phillips head screwdrivers, enough to share
  • Small flathead screwdrivers, enough to share
  • Paint, high gloss acrylic, various colors
  • Small paint brushes, one for each Cub Scout
  • Jar of water to wash off paint brushes
  • Pinewood Derby Car Adjustment Tool (Scout Shop SKU: 16990)
  • Small digital scale
  • Wood glue
  • Cub Scouts will need their Lion handbook, page 55
  • Pencils, enough to share
  • Scissors. enough to share
  • 6ft. folding tables
  • Folding chairs
  • First Aid Kit

A build day is longer than a typical meeting.  Cutting out cars, painting them, allowing them to dry, and assembling them will take hours based on the number of power tools available and the number of Cub Scouts in the den or pack.

Before the meeting:

  1. Visit the Pinewood Derby website and share with members of the den to get familiar with the race and ideas for designs.
  2. Confirm meeting location.
  3. Confirm that equipment is in good working order.
  4. Three days before the meeting remind Cub Scouts, parents, and legal guardians of the meeting date, time, and location of the build day.
  5. Prepare the meeting location to give everyone enough room to work on their cars.

During the meeting:

  1. Draw a design for your car. Use page 55 of the Lion handbook to make a template for the design of your car.
  2. Cut out your car from the block of wood. Cub Scouts may use a handsaw, or an adult may use a power tool to cut out the car.
  3. Sand the car. Sanding will remove any sharp corners and will allow paint or any other decoration to be added to the car stick better.
  4. Paint and decorate your car. Pinewood Derby cars are made of soft wood.  When painted, it may take a couple of layers or coats of paint. Paint the car once.  When the paint is dry, use sandpaper to lightly sand it. Clean off any dust from sanding and paint it again. This can be repeated until you get the desired look is achieved.
  5. Assemble your car. Using the nails that came with the kit, attach the wheels that came in the kit to the car in the pre-cut areas on the bottom of the car.
  6. Check the weight. Do this step last as everything else will either add or subtract weight from the car. The car should weigh exactly 5 ounces. If it weighs less, additional weight may be added.

Tip: Make sure the axles are square, at a 90-degree angle. This will keep the car straight when going down the track. If the axles are not square, the car may want to turn and rub up against the track causing it to slow down. Test the car by simply pushing it across the floor to see if it goes straight.

Raingutter Regatta™ Build Day Lion
LocationIndoor
Energy 3
Supply List2
Prep Time4

Den or pack provides a build day for Cub Scouts.

  • 400 grit sandpaper, enough to share
  • Raingutter Regatta™ Racing Trimaran Kit, one for each Cub Scout and a couple of spare kits (Scout Shop SKU: 612513)
  • Small Phillips head screwdrivers, enough to share
  • Small flathead screwdrivers, enough to share
  • High gloss acrylic paint, various colors
  • Small paint brushes, one for each Cub Scout
  • Jar of water to wash off paint brushes
  • Various stickers to decorate the sales
  • Wood glue
  • 6 ft. folding tables
  • Folding chairs

A build day is longer than a typical meeting.  Painting the boats, allowing them to dry, and assembling them will take hours based on the dry time of the paint.

Before the meeting:

  1. Confirm meeting location.
  2. Three days before the meeting remind Cub Scouts, parents, and legal guardians of the meeting date, time, and location of the build day.
  3. Prepare the meeting location to give everyone enough room to work on their boats.

During the meeting:

  1. Sand the wooden hulls. It is easier to sand the wooden hulls before the boat is assembled.
  2. Attach the plastic cabin to the two wooden hulls using the screws provided.
  3. Paint and decorate your boat. If painting, use a primer first; this will help the paint stick to the plastic parts of the boat. The sail may be decorated also.
  4. Assemble the sail and mast. Use a small bit of glue in the hole where the mast will go, then place the mast into the hole. Allow the glue to dry before attaching the sail.

Tip: Add wax to the bottom of the boat, the hull, to make it extra smooth. The smoother the hull, the faster the boat can go.

Learn the rules of the race for the vehicle chosen in Requirement 1.
Arrow of Light Scouts Explain the Rules
LocationIndoor
Energy 1
Supply List2
Prep Time5

Invite Arrow of Light Scouts to come and explain the rules of the race.

  • List of official and pack rules for the Pinewood Derby or Raingutter Regatta

Before the meeting:

  1. Contact the den Leader for the Arrow of Light patrol and coordinate a time for them to speak to the Lion den about the rules of the Pinewood Derby or Raingutter Regatta based on which race you will be running.
  2. The day before the meeting confirm the date, time, and location of the meeting with the Arrow of Light scouts and den leader.

During the meeting:

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and adult partners and introduce the Arrow of Light Scouts.  Divide up the Arrow of Light scouts with the Cub Scouts and adult partners to review the rules of the pinewood derby or raingutter regatta.
Before the race, discuss with your Lion adult partner how you will demonstrate good sportsmanship during the race.
Good Sportsmanship for the Race
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List1
Prep Time1

Cub Scouts will act out through roll playing how to be a good sport during the race.

  • No supplies needed

Before the meeting:

  1. Review the following situations that Cub Scout will act out to demonstrate good sportsmanship.
    • During a race of two cars, one car broke on the way down the track.
      • One Cub Scout is the owner of the car that broke on the track and didn’t cross the finish line.
      • One Cub Scout is the owner of the car that finished.
    • During the Raingutter Regatta a Cub Scout tripped and ended up losing the race.
      • One Cub Scout is the one who tripped,
      • One Cub Scout is the one who won the race.
    • Before a race a Cub Scout sees another Cub Scout add more weight to their car after it was checked in.
      • One Cub Scout is the one who was adding weight.
      • One Cub Scout is the one who saw the other adding weight.
    • In a Raingutter Regatta race one Cub Scout won and the other lost.
      • One Cub Scout is the one who won.
      • One Cub Scout is the one who lost.

During the meeting:

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and adult partners and explain to them that during the race we want to show good sportsmanship.  Ask Cub Scouts what do they think that means?
  2. Ask the Cub Scouts what part of the Scout Law we should follow to demonstrate good sportsmanship.
  3. Have a Cub Scout and adult partner act out one of the situations.  Mix up situations and Cub Scouts with adult partners so everyone has a chance to participate and demonstrate good sportsmanship.
    • During a race of two cars, one car broke on the way down the track.
      • One Cub Scout is the owner of the car that broke on the track and didn’t cross the finish line.
      • One Cub Scout is the owner of the car that finished.
    • During the Raingutter Regatta a Cub Scout tripped and ended up losing the race.
      • One Cub Scout is the one who tripped,
      • One Cub Scout is the one who won the race.
    • Before a race a Cub Scout sees another Cub Scout add more weight to their car after it was checked in.
      • One Cub Scout is the one who was adding weight.
      • One Cub Scout is the one who saw the other adding weight.
    • In a Raingutter Regatta race one Cub Scout won and the other lost.
      • One Cub Scout is the one who won.
      • One Cub Scout is the one who lost.
With your Lion adult partner, participate in a Pinewood Derby or a Raingutter Regatta.
Pinewood Derby Race
LocationIndoor
Energy 5
Supply List5
Prep Time5

Conduct a Pinewood Derby car race

This supply list is not all-inclusive.  Your Cub Scout pack may include additional items such as food, drinks, special guests, special races, or a “pit stop” that has tools for Cub Scouts to make any last-minute repairs if their car breaks.

  • Pinewood Derby car, one per Cub Scout
  • Pinewood Derby track
  • Pinewood Derby Rules
  • PA system
  • Display board for heat or division results: manual or digital
  • System to keep track of which cars belong to which Cub Scout
  • Scale to weigh cars
  • Pinewood derby car adjustment tool to measure car dimensions
  • System to keep track of race results
  • Chairs
  • Tables to place cars on when not racing
  • Two pieces of rope that is five feet longer than your Pinewood Derby track

These directions are not all-inclusive. Some packs make their Pinewood Derby race a stand-alone event with food and entertainment. Additional directions may be constructed by your pack based on how your pack conducts the race.

Before the meeting :

  1. Meet with your pack leadership to discuss the date, time, and location of your Pinewood Derby.
  2. Confirm location.
  3. Have Cub Scouts complete requirement 1.
  4. Make or purchase awards and recognition.
  5. Secure a pinewood derby track.  Packs either build one, purchase one, or borrow one from another Pack.
  6. Promote the date, time, and location of the race.
  7. Conduct a weigh-in of pinewood derby cars.
  8. Communicate rules of race to Cub Scouts and parents or legal guardian.
  9. Communicate how race heats or divisions will be conducted to Cub Scouts and parents or legal guardian.
  10. Determine a method to display each heat winner during the race.
  11. Set up the Pinewood Derby track.
  12. Place rope 2ft. from the track running parallel to the length of the track on both sides, this is to designate a space between the track and the audience so no one gets too close to the track.
  13. Set up displays for tracking the heats and/or divisions.
  14. Set up tables to place cars on when they are not racing.

During the meeting:

  1. Cub Scouts check in to the event.
  2. Review the rules with attendees.
  3. Review heats and divisions.
  4. Race the Pinewood Derby cars.
  5. Give out awards and recognition.

Build a Pinewood Derby track plan

Scouting magazine: 20 tips for planning and hosting the best Pinewood Derby

Raingutter Regatta
LocationOutdoor
Energy 5
Supply List5
Prep Time5

Conduct a Raingutter Regatta.

This supply list is not an all-inclusive list.  Your Cub Scout pack may include additional items such as food, drinks, special guests, special races, or may make this part of a larger pack event. 

  • Raingutter Regatta boats, one per Cub Scout.
  • Regatta raceway (this can be purchased or built using rain gutters)
  • Raingutter Regatta rules (see number 3)
  • PA system
  • Display board for heat or division results: manual or digital
  • System to keep track of race results
  • Access to water to fill the track
  • Chairs
  • Tables to place boats when not racing

These directions are not all-inclusive.  Some packs make their Raingutter Regatta a stand-alone event with food and entertainment.  Additional directions should be constructed by your pack based on how your pack conducts the regatta.

Before the meeting :

  1. Meet with your pack leadership to discuss the date, time, and location of your Raingutter Regatta
  2. Confirm location
  3. Have Cub Scouts complete requirement 1
  4. Find a space to conduct the Raingutter Regatta
  5. Make or purchase awards and recognition
  6. Secure a raingutter raceway.   Packs either build one, purchase one, or borrow one from another pack.
  7. Long table or support for raingutter raceway.
  8. Promote the date, time, and location of the regatta.
  9. Communicate the rules of regatta to Cub Scouts and parents or legal guardian.
  10. Communicate how regatta heats or divisions will be conducted to Cub Scouts and parents or legal guardian.
  11. Determine method to display each heat winner during the regatta.
  12. Set up the raceway and fill it with water.
  13. Set up table for boats when not racing.
  14. Set up chairs for the  audience.
  15. Set up a display for tracking the heats and/or divisions race results.

During the meeting:

  1. Cub Scouts check in to the event.
  2. Review the rules with attendees.
  3. Review heats and divisions.
  4. Race the boats.
  5. Give out awards and recognition.

Scout Shop blog “5 Simple Tips to Help Cub Scouts Get Ready for the Raingutter Regatta

Scout Shop Raingutter Regatta Inflatable Raceway

Build a Raingutter Regatta track plan

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Safety Moment

Prior to any activity, use the BSA SAFE Checklist to ensure the safety of all those involved.

All participants in official BSA Scouting activities should become familiar with the Guide to Safe Scoutingand applicable program literature or manuals.

Be aware of state or local government regulations that supersede BSA practices, policies, and guidelines.

To assist in the safe delivery of the program you may find specific safety items that are related to requirements for the Adventure.

Before starting this Adventure complete the following:

  • Review Age Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities before starting a project.
  • Cub Scouts are allowed to use common craft tools, such as paintbrushes, scissors, hammers, and screw drivers.
  • Know the proper  use of the tools that will be used for the project, by any youth or adult.

During the Adventure

  • Give time for proper training on the use of the tools that will be used to complete the project to all youth and adults.
  • Provide continuous, qualified adult supervision and discipline during the project.

Following all manufacturer’s literature and age and skill restrictions shall supersede the recommendations in the publication. If there is a conflict, leaders shall follow the most restrictive guidelines.

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