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Scouts Hold Annual Pinewood Derby
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 • Posted March 1, 2011

Pack 497 held their annual Pinewood Derby competition Wednesday, February 23, at the United Methodist Church. After an hour of intense racing against all of the other Cub Scouts, the top winners were declared and the three top winners will go on to the next competition Derby, which will be district level. Winners from the district will compete in the race for the entire council.

Best of luck to our Pack winners, Joshua, Skylar and Zack.

To compete in this Derby, each Cub Scout, with the help of parents, build their own cars from a kit containing a block of pine, plastic wheels, and nails for metal axles. They have to be built to specifications, but the decorating of the cars is left entirely to the imagination of each Cub. They can be whittled with a knife, band saw, or a Dremel tool. They must not weigh more than 5 ounces and have to fit the track. Cars varied from whimsical objects, such as Pokemon character Giratina (Morgan Lockwood), to accurate replicas of actual cars (Jacob Boubel).

The first Derby was held in 1953 and was put together by Don Murphy for his son, who was too young to participate in the then popular Soap Box Derby. Today it is one of the main events of most Cub Scout Packs.

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