Girl Scout Derby

IMG_8764The event registration cost is $4 per Girl Scout, no charge for family racers.  Registration for the 2021 Girl Scout Derby will open on December 1, 2020 (for Troop 1806 and invited troops), and will close on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.  We set the close of registration prior to check-in so that all participant names can be entered into the racing computer before check-in.  Registration fees are payable to Troop 1806.  Registration is open to Troop 1806 Girl Scouts, their associated family racers, and to girls and family racers in local Girl Scout troops who have been invited by Troop 1806 to participate.  A family racer is defined as a non-Girl Scout family member associated with a Girl Scout who is registered for the Derby.  So this could be a parent, sibling, uncle, aunt, etc. of a registered Girl Scout racer.  The Girl Scout Derby is NOT an Area GS event, it is instead an invitation-only event of Troop 1806.

Derby car kits:  As noted below (Making the car), derby cars can be made from anything, as long as they meet the specifications.  Girls or family racers who want to use the official BSA kit for their cars can obtain them from the Boy Scout Shop in Raleigh, from, or, at a cost of $4 per kit, from my office (3805 University Drive, Suite E) during regular business hours (call ahead to reserve!).  The cost of the car kits, and the materials used to make them, is over and above the $4 event registration cost.  There are also a number of local and online vendors who sell derby car kits.

COVID-19 Restrictions:  Due to uncertainties associated with COVID-19, it is currently expected that the Derby itself will only be attended and run by designated adults, but will be live-streamed.  Girls will still build their own cars, and will still register them in person (probably by a SignUp Genius system.  The designated adults will race the girls’ cars in categories like before.  Since this is so different from what we usually do, details are still being worked out, and will be posted here as we have them. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

2021 Derby Registration Opens

Saturday December 5, 2020
Porch of Westminster Scout Cabin
9 AM to Noon (via sign-up)

First Optional Derby Car Build Workday, hosted (free) by Cub Scout Pack 451

Saturday, March 13, 2021
Porch of Westminster Scout Cabin
9 AM to Noon (via sign-up)

Second Optional Derby Car Build Workday, hosted (free) by Cub Scout Pack 451

Friday, March 26, 2021
Covered Patio of Westminster Fellowship Hall
6 PM to 8 PM

Optional Secure Check-In and fix weight, final touch-up.  This is a good chance to avoid the Saturday AM rush to check-in and fix the car (if needed).

Saturday, Marcy 27, 2021
Westminster Fellowship Hall
Check In opens 8 AM
Judging starts at 9 AM
Races (Live Streaming) start at 9:30 AM

Girl Scout Derby

What is a Girl Scout Derby?:  Girl Scout Troop 1806 holds an annual Girl Scout Derby every January using a track and equipment provided by our friends in Cub Scout Pack 451.  Girl Scouts and their family racers will have their own separate race in the morning, followed by the Cub Scouts and their family racers having their race in the afternoon.

Who can participate:  The Girl Scout Derby is not a Council, area or service unit event.  Instead, it is an invitational activity of Troop 1806.

Cost, Pre-Registration and Check-In:  See above

IMG_8739Trophies and Patches:  The race is just for registered Girl Scouts, Daisy through Cadettes.  The girls will race within their program level:  Daisies will compete in a Daisy division, Brownies in a Brownie division, Juniors in a Junior division and Cadettes in a Cadette division.  Provided we have the participation numbers, within each division, there will be trophies for first, second and third place in each of three categories:  Fastest, Most Beautiful, Most Creative.  So there will be nine available trophies for each program level.  There will also be a fun patch for EVERY GIRL who participates.

daisy badgebrownie badgeDaisy and Brownie Badges:  Daisy Girl Scouts and Brownie Girl Scouts may be able to earn derby-related GSUSA badges by participating in the Girl Scout Derby.  The Daisy Badge is called Model Car Design Challenge.  The Brownie Badge is called Race Car Design Challenge 

The requirements for the badges can be found at the GSUSA Badge Explorer.

Family Racing:  There will be a family race, which is open to anyone associated with a registered Girl Scout who is racing - parents, siblings, leaders, etc.  Family racers do not pay a registration fee, and do not receive a trophy or patch.  They just race for fun, but winners for speed will be recognized.

Judging/Choice of Trophy:  The Fastest judging is done by a sophisticated computer program, using electronic sensors and based on the fastest speed of a car in four different heats.  Judging for Most Beautiful and Most Creative is done by a special panel of judges prior to the start of the judging for Fastest.  If a girl places in her division for Fastest, and also for one of the other categories, she will be given a choice of which trophy to accept - she doesn’t get two trophies.

IMG_8733Making the car:  The race car does not have to be made out of an official kit, although the use of the official kits is recommended.  The girls are encouraged to be creative, and to use whatever materials and designs they wish, either in place of the official kit, or supplementing the official kit.  All cars have to meet the same size and weight requirements that the Cub Scouts do (see next), but how they get there is up to them.

Specifications and Rules.  As noted above, we want the girls and their families participating in the Girl Scout Derby to be creative and not feel bound by strict rules.  That being said, since it is a race with prizes, we do have some rules to keep competition even:

  • All cars must be able to roll freely on the track. Even cars competing for Most Beautiful or Most Creative must be able to get down the track and clear the finish line gate.
  • Length:  The total length of the car shall not exceed 7 Inches.
  • Width:  The overall width of cars (outside of wheel to outside of wheel. including axles and any protrusions on each side of the car) shall not exceed 3 inches.
  • The minimum ground clearance for the car, and the distance between the wheels, must be sufficiently high and wide to allow the car wheels to run on either side of the raised track runner.  This usually means a distance of about 1.5 inches between the wheels and a height of 3/8 inch.
  • The weight of the car shall not exceed 5 ounces or 141.7 grams.
  • There is no maximum height, but the cars must be able to get under the finish gate.  This is about 10-12 inches.
  • NO LOOSE MATERIALS of any kind are permitted inside or on the car - nothing that would fall onto the track.
  • NO LIQUIDS of any kind are permitted - nothing that would leak onto the track.
  • The car must be freewheeling and have no propulsion system other than gravity.  There are to be NO starting devices, rockets, springs, rubber bands, propellers, etc.
  • Only dry lubricants, such as graphite, may be used. 
  • Cars shall not ride on any type of springs.