Pack 25 runs annual Pinewood Derby


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Neighbors | Submitted.Winners of Cub Scouts Pack 25’s Pinewood Derby included, David Kieslowsk, grand champion; .Austin Webb, first runner-up; Jaret Davis, second runner-up and Trevor Watson, third runner-up. Mason Donatelli received Best of Show and Linsey Plant was crowned family champion.

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Members of Cub Scouts Pack 25 watch as three cars race down their new state-of-the-art race track during the annual Pinewood Derby March 5.

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Neighbors | Submitted.Members of Cub Scouts Pack 25 participated in the pack’s annual Pinewood Derby March 5 at Canfield United Methodist Church.

By ABBY SLANKER

neighbors@vindy.com

Members of Cub Scouts Pack 25 were off to the races during their annual Pinewood Derby March 5 at Canfield United Methodist Church. Forty-eight scouts from the five dens, which make up the pack, raced their cars with family and friends cheering them on.

The five dens included the first-grade Tigers, the second-grade Wolves, the third-grade Bears, the fourth-grade Webelos 1 and the fifth-grade Webelos 2.

“This is a big event for the boys. They look forward to this every year and they take it seriously and work very hard on their cars,” Wood said.

Members of each den race against each other and the top three placers are awarded a ribbon to wear on their uniform for a year. Each scout receives a participation ribbon.

After all the dens’ races are complete, the top four from each den race for the title of grand champion. A siblings and parents race was also contested with 25 family members participating.

Grand champion was David Kieslowski, first runner-up was Austin Webb, second runner-up was Jaret Davis and third runner-up was Trevor Watson. All received trophies.

Mason Donatelli received the Best of Show award, which is voted on by the scouts for best looking car and family champion was Linsey Plant.

Thanks to the pack’s fundraising efforts, something new for this year’s race was the purchase of a state-of-the-art race track and racing software package, which was loaded on a laptop.

The three-lane, 35-foot track included a timer device which transferred the cars’ times back to the laptop and the software recorded the times and calculated the final placings.

Each car raced down the track three times, each time in a different lane, and the software calculated the final times with combination of the best two out of three races. The results were then projected on a screen for everyone to see. MultiMedia Farms of Canfield donated the use of the projector and screen.

Ed Wood, Pack 25 Pinewood Derby coordinator and assistant Webelos 1 den leader, spearheaded the track and software purchase.

“The pack really needed to upgrade their track and this state-of-the art track and software helps us declare a clear winner. If there is a malfunction with a car, the young man is given a chance to fix his car. It’s all about fairness and youth development,” Wood said.

Parent volunteers were involved in the derby, from setting up the cars to race down the track to running the cars back to the starting line to running the laptop.

The pack bought the Pinewood Derby car kits for the scouts and passed them out at the beginning of December. The scouts were to make the car with a help of a family member who could handle the more advanced tools needed to create the car.

The cars must meet specific requirements, such as they may weigh no more than 5 ounces, there must be no less than 1 æ inches between the wheels and the car may be no more that 2 æ inches wide. The scouts could get creative with the decoration of their cars.

The cars were then inspected the week before the race to make sure they fit the scale and gage. The cars were then impounded until race time. Members of Webelos 1 and 2 made the Pinewood Derby trophy stands, as part of activity pin. The wood was donated by Matt Baird from Baird Brothers in Canfield.

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