Story and photos by Cpl. Raymond Benitez-Santana/Special to the Fort Leavenworth Lamp
Cub Scouts in Pack One raced their cars in the annual Pinewood Derby Jan. 29 at the Frontier Conference Center. The Scouts’ fastest cars placed first, second and third places in age divisions, and Best in Show awards for car design were given based on effort, ingenuity and imagination. A total of 111 Scouts participated in the event.
“The Pinewood Derby, it’s kind of the main event of the Cub Scouting year where you get to build a car,” Cubmaster Jerry Drew said. “It’s the iconic thing to do for Cub Scouting, so the kids and their parents build their car, they race them, and get a trophy, hopefully.”
Scouts watched from behind racing cones as four of their cars were raced against each other to see which one would have the fastest time. A software program was used to tally the times of the cars as they raced on four lanes. Each heat lasted a few seconds as the cars propelled down a large ramp and sensors determined the speed and finishing place of each car.
Cars were outfitted for both speed and style. Scouts designed their cars using a variety of concepts for inspiration, including “The Flash,” “Ghostbusters,” “Minecraft,” and “Mario Cart,” and the most creative car, as voted on by a panel of judges, was awarded a trophy for Best in Show.
The most creative cars earn best-in-show status.
“There’s a panel of judges that vote on the cars they think are coolest, most unique and different from the others,” said Carol Gersema, chartering organization representative. “The Scouts’ creativity is out of this world! Each Scout is given a block of wood, and when they bring them in to race, no two are alike. It’s just amazing.”
Drew said the event is a lot of fun for the Scouts and that they learn something, too.
“I like seeing everybody coming together and having fun,” he said. “It’s a lot of fun for the kids, and I think they learn something about sportsmanship, they learn something about craftsmanship, using some basic tools, cheering for your friends and getting to be part of a community.”
- Samuel Connor, 154.34 mph
- Nate Curran, 154.26 mph
- Conor Ross, 154.18 mph
- Benjamin Rochford, 148.66 mph
- Caleb McEntee, 148.02 mph
- Hannah Birtles, 147.97 mph
- Arya Beaudry, 153.38 mph
- Sean Lee, 152.69 mph
- Maxton Farese, 152.17 mph
- Samuel Connor, 153.99 mph
- Conor Ross, 153.22 mph
- Bo Blom, 150.99 mph
- Michael Meriss, 150.67 mph
- Liam Wolff, 149.11 mph
- Carter Sheets, 147.83 mph
- Holden Sevigny, 154.13 mph
- Nate Curran, 153.67 mph
- Henry Goodridge, 153.16 mph
Arrow of Light
- Aiden Dillenback, 156.33 mph
- Kale Hollingsworth, 155.19 mph
- TJ Kallo, 154.31
Outlaw Race (siblings/parents/den leaders)
- Amelia Gaynor, 154.25 mph
- John Kallo, 153.88 mph
- JT Ordonio, 148.34 mph