Pinewood Derby Rules & Regulations

The goal of the Pinewood Derby is for scouts to have fun building a car while learning how to use basic tools under appropriate adult supervision.  Each scout should enter a car that they have constructed for this year’s race.  To ensure that race day is as fair as possible, all cars must obey the following rules:

  • The car may not weigh more than 5 ounces.
  • The car body must be 2.75 inches wide and 7 inches long.
  • Bottom clearance under the car must be 3/8 inch.
  • BSA brand wheels and axles must be used.  Only dry powder lubrication may be used.
  • The wheels and axles must be mounted in the standard pre-cut grooves, which are 4 and 3/8 inches apart.

Note that any BSA branded car kit already has the proper dimensions and wheels, so it is easy to follow the rules if you simply use the kit in the obvious way.  If you use a non-BSA branded kit, then be sure to check each of the measurements above, and buy a set of standard BSA wheels to use with the car.

All cars must be presented to the weigh-in judge for weighing before racing begins.  If a car does not meet the rules, the scout may modify the car and try again at any point before his den begins racing.  If a car breaks during a race (e.g. a wheel falls off) the owner will be given five minutes to repair the car, and the race attempted again.  Scouts will have the opportunity to race their cars three times, using different and randomized lanes of the track.

The decisions of the judges are final, and all scouts and parents are reminded that the judges are friendly volunteers whose goal is fun and fairness to all.

Upcoming Opportunities

Come to witness a sign of hope – the Bethlehem Peace Light!

Each year in late November, a child from Austria lights a lantern from the continuously burning candle in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the site of Jesus birth.  This flame is then flown across the world and its light spreads to the corners of the world.

The Peace Light will be blessed and installed at Saint Pius X on Tuesday, December 21 following the 6pm mass. All are welcome to join at this mass, which usually takes about 30 minutes. If you wish to join for the Peace Light Ceremony but not the mass, please congregate in the Parish Life Center near the Baptistry between 6:15-6:20pm. If you are a Scout, please wear your Class A uniform. The light will be passed using taper candles to all in attendance. Should you have a lantern or other safe way to transport a flame, you’re welcome to take the flame home with you. The Ceremony will be brief, but meaningful. St. Pius X will then maintain the flame on display throughout the season.
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Still want to join??

Scouts are welcome to join anytime of year.  There is no prerequisite to joining and they can jump right in!  Just ask our secretary, Mrs. Allen, for a registration packet and she will get you signed up.  Feel free to bring finished applications to the next pack meeting or event.


Upcoming Pack Events:

  • Pack Bike Hike – Sunday, September 12
  • Pack Meeting (Prepare for Camping theme) – Monday, September 27 6:30 pm 6A61C5A8-8E2C-46C7-9538-8C8238D416CD_1_105_c

Pinewood Derby 2021!

We had a great turnout for our outdoor Pinewood Derby.  Each den raced their cars against each other and then the winners raced for that coveted Pack winner trophy!  Congrats to all our Scouts who made cars and raced them.  Thanks to all the families for coming out and making this a fun event.

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2020 Calendar of Pack Activities

We have an exciting year planned for this year! Scouting is dependent on the outdoors, being active, and having fun.  All of our activities this year are designed to be socially-distanced, with the requirement of masks if Scouts are within 12 feet of each other.  We follow the guidelines of the Saint Pius X parish leadership, and will change our activities should the situation warrant it.  We are looking forward to making the most of our time together in the safest way possible.

Link to Calendar: Pack 10 Calendar 2020

Also, you can subscribe to our pack 10 Google Calendar to get the most up-to-date events.


First event: September 12th 10AM at Pinhook Park in South Bend.

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New to Pack 10?

downloadInterested in learning more about Scouting with Pack 10?   Please fill out the following form to get on our email list to learn about our pack, the activities we have planned for this year, and more.

Ready to sign up? Here are the forms you will need to fill out and bring to a meeting to turn in.

Adult Application – must be filled out by at least one adult in Lion & Tiger families

Youth Application – must be filled out for new Scouts

Medical Form: 680-001_AB – must be filled out for new Scouts

We can’t wait to meet your Scout and their family!

School Year 2020 – 2021

Pack 10 is chartered by the Saint Pius X Church community; therefore we follow their guidelines for meeting expectations.  Moving forward, Pack 10 is committed to continuing the scouting program in whatever format is outlined by the parish leadership.  The pack leadership is committed to maintaining a program that values safety, community, and fun.  Stay tuned for more details around the opening of the pack for the 2020-2021 school year!

Summer for Pack 10

Typically, the pack takes a break during the summer.  The LaSalle Council often offers summer camp options for Scouts of all ages.  Due to Covid, the Council offered a “Camp in a Box” option, and many of our Scouts participated in this at-home program.  It included many woodworking, first aid, crafts, and age-appropriate activities.

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