Today was a great day at the Garrison Mill Speedway.  We had a packed field and a lot of races.  The races were fast and very close.  I was so proud of all the boys, siblings and parents for your creativity and your spirit.

Congratulations to all the medal and trophy winners, and remember – I am so proud of you all (and you should be also) for Doing Your Best with a great attitude!!!  You all deserve a BIG round of applause.

Today was a fun and happy day!




Where:  Garrison Mill Speedway

Time:  1:00 PM

We have a packed field and looking forward to seeing how all the cars run!!!

Official 2015 Pinewood Derby Weigh-in January 23-24

The official 2015 Pinewood Derby Weigh-in will be held at Lisa Wille’s residence at 11675 Highland Colony Dr.

The dates and times will be:

Friday – 5:00 – 9:00

Saturday – 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

The specific details for the pinewood derby cars can be found on the Pack 471 website ( More specifically, the finished cars must be at or under 5.0 ounces. All cars that are weighed in will be held by the race officials until race day, so ensure your car is 100% complete when you come to the weigh in. Cars not checked in January 23-24th will not be allowed to race on race day.

Hope to see you there!

Pinewood Derby – January 25th, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Racers! Start your engines!

This year’s Pinewood Derby competition will be held at Garrison Mill in the Cafeteria.

The race will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday January 25th, and doors open at 12 p.m. This year, we will start with the Webelos, then move through the ranks to the Tigers, and finally the adults and siblings competition at the end. After that we will take the fastest cars from each Den and compete for the overall winner of the Pack.

Prior to the race, we will have a weigh-in on Friday Night, January 23rd, from 5-8 p.m. and again on Saturday morning, January 24th, from 8-11 a.m. at Lisa Wille’s Residence at 11675 Highland Colony Dr. Each car being raced needs to be checked in during one of the weigh-ins.

Remember the following guidelines for your car:

Maximum Height : 4.5 inches – overall height is a tech item (requirement)
Maximum Length : 7 inches – overall length is a tech item (requirement)
Maximum Width : 2-3/4 inches – overall width is a tech item (requirement)
Maximum Weight : 5.0 ounces – as measured on the electronic scale (requirement)
Maximum Wheelbase : 4-7/16 inches – wheelbase is a tech item (requirement)
Minimum Car Bottom-to-Track Surface : 3/8 inch – this is a dimension that will allow the car to clear the track’s raised lane keeper
Minimum Width Between Wheels : 1-3/4 inches – this is a dimension measured between the wheels along the axle centerline, which will allow the car to clear the track’s raised lane keeper.

The most important piece is that the car, with wheels, paint, any glue, accessories and weights, must weigh 5.0 ounces or less. If your car weighs more at the weigh in, you will have the opportunity to try to adjust the weight. Once it is weighed and checked in, the judges will hold onto the cars until race day, when you will have one more opportunity to apply graphite to the wheels before the race.

For a complete guide on pinewood derby tips from Boys Life, follow the link here:

We hope to see you on race day!