NEWTON, NJ – 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.

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.

Boys in grades K – 5 and their families are invited to attend any of these “Join Cub Scouting” events, to learn more about the Pinewood derby and what adventures await them in Cub Scouting. Families can stop in anytime between 6:30 pm and 8:00 pm to meet local Scouts and Scout leaders.

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Tuesday, January 3 at the First Presbyterian Church on Main Street in Sparta

Wednesday, January 4 in the Cafeteria of the Merriam Avenue School in Newton

Thursday, January 5 in the Cafeteria of Wallkill Regional High School in Hamburg


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About Patriots’ Path Council

The Patriots’ Path Council, Boy Scouts of America (Council #358), is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preparing young people to make ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of good character, citizenship and personal fitness. Each year, the council serves more than 16,000 youth members and 5,000 leaders in the counties of Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Union and parts of Middlesex, New Jersey. Some 400 local organizations have a Cub Scout pack, Boy Scout troop, Venturing crew, Varsity team or Explorer post as a part of their service to youth.