Museum of the Albemarle to Host Scouts for Pinewood Derby

Elizabeth City, NC Feb. 20, 2013 – The Museum of the Albemarle will be the site of the 2013 Albemarle Pinewood Derby on Saturday, March 9, 2013.  Cub Scouts will begin registering and weighing in cars at 9 a.m., with a strict closing time of 11 a.m.  Races will begin at Noon and last until approximately 2 p.m.  Get caught up in the excitement of the Pinewood Derby by stopping by the Museum.

Pinewood Derby

The Pinewood Derby is a Cub Scouts annual event. It is the most popular event for many Scouts and is probably the best known Scouting event among non-Scouts.

The Cub Scout is given a block of wood made of pine with two notches for wheels, four plastic wheels, and four nails. The finished car must use all nine pieces, and cannot exceed five ounces in weight, 7 inches in length, and 2 3/4 inches wide. Other than the basic design rules, the Cub Scout is able to carve and decorate the car as he chooses. Many Cub Scouts also add weights to the final design to bring the car to the maximum allowable weight. Cars typically vary from unfinished blocks to whimsical objects, to accurate replicas of actual cars.

The idea behind the Pinewood Derby is for an adult partner to spend time helping the child design, carve, paint, add weights, and tune the final car.

For more information call (252) 335-1453.

The Museum of the Albemarle is a unit of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. For more information on North Carolina arts, history and culture, visit Cultural Resources online.