It’s Pinewood Derby season!

This year’s favorite Cub Scout event will look different because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve shared how to host a virtual or socially distant event here.

To help you make sure everyone can prepare for your pack or den’s big day, Champ Camp workshops will be online. These workshops demonstrate how to build and decorate cars and how to have a successful event.

Tune into the Scout Shop’s Facebook page on Dec. 16 at 4:30 p.m. EST for the first Champ Camp workshop. This live event will cover how to host a virtual Pinewood Derby. Anthony Berger, the national director of the Cub Scout program, will share how to create an event that is both safe and super-fun. Leaders and parents, this one’s for you to help you feel supported in creating something fun for everyone.

Then, on Jan. 11 at 4:30 p.m. EST, tune into another live Facebook workshop entitled “Wheels, Weights and Shapes.” Gina Circelli from Boys’ Life magazine and her dad will give a breakdown of a few easy-to-use weights and how to best make use of them, along with a basic tutorial on how to cut your wooden car into some of the most common car shapes. There will also be an unboxing of some great products. Parents, your Cub Scouts will want to watch this event to get ideas.

The last live workshop will feature Aaron Derr and Gina Circelli, both from Boys’ Life, who will be talking about how to decorate your Cub Scout’s car with decals and how to install sound and light kits. The workshop, entitled “Decorate with Decals and Effects,” will be Jan. 12 at 4:30 p.m. EST, and will include some unboxing fun and then a walk-through of the installation steps. It’s way easier than you might think! To wrap it up, Mallori Winters of the BSA’s Supply Group will talk about how to run a “Black Light Race” to better to show off those light kits and glow-in-the-dark accessories. Again, parents, this event is for you to watch with your Cub Scouts.

Be sure to tune into these live events and have your questions answered. Share pictures of your Cub Scout’s creation by using the #PinewoodDerby hashtag on social media, sharing through Scouting magazine’s Show and Tell form or sending an email to [email protected].

For more on Pinewood Derby events, see the links below:

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