Cottage Grove, Education

Pinewood Derby puts Scouts on fastrack


The Pinewood Derby is a Scout tradition dating back to 1953. Partnered with a parent or adult mentor, Cub Scouts work together, strengthening bonds and building confidence – and their own custom race cars!
They begin by choosing a car design, then carve it out and detail it with paint, decals and other accessories, and perfect strategies to compete in their Pack’s own Pinewood Derby. It’s a wonderful learning experience centered on teamwork, ingenuity and sportsmanship – all for the thrill of the race and a lifetime of great memories to share with fellow racers young and old.
Creswell Cub Scouts participated in the event on March 10 at the Creswell Community Center. Weigh-in and registration started at 10 a.m. and racing started promptly at 11 a.m.
There is always a thrill in the air at Pinewood Derby. The boys have worked hard and are excited to see their creations flying down the track. Racers are called to the stage. Cars are places on the starting line. The handle goes down and the cars woosh down the track as boys and families cheer. The place board lights up, signifying the winners. Overall winners were: Matthew Bernard, first place; Tyler Clemmons, second place; Truman Derminer, third place; and Favorite Car went to Josiah Lidstrom.
Congratulations all around for a well-run race. A total of 13 Scouts will be moving on the the District races in April. Let the excitement continue!



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