DC Soap Box Derby
Strengthen families * Foster positive self-esteem, teamwork, and community in children * Keep the tradition of soap box derby alive.
The Greater Washington Soap Box Derby has been building character in children and bringing families together since 1938.
Soap Box Derby racing promotes families working together, teaching youngsters some of the basic skills of workmanship, sportsmanship, the spirit of competition, and the perseverance to continue a project to completion. Soap box derby is one of the few genuinely family-oriented activities still available for today’s youth.
In soap box derby, the activity is all hands-on. Kids build their own cars and parents play a huge role in coaching and supporting their children. Using standardized wheels with precision ball bearings, these modern gravity-powered racers start in a ramp on top of a hill and while descending the hill attain speeds of up to 25 miles per hour.
But, much more than the thrill of speeding down the hill, soap box derby provides children with the opportunity to be mentors, role models, and active members of a diverse, nationwide network of children and their families.
There is no greater reward than to see a child, whether they win or lose, jump from his or her car to shake a hand or give a hug to a competitor. Everyone is a winner when you race derby cars.
However, in these trying economic times, it is becoming increasingly difficult to guarantee that same winning feeling for future children. On the pages to follow is a list of items we need and ways for you to help us keep the tradition of soap box derby alive in the Nation’s capital.