Cub Scouts all over the country have once again, in a yearly effort, taken to the wood shop to gain woodworking experience and to produce their best, fanciest looking and fastest Pinewood Derby race car.
No exception to that yearly ritual, Cub Scout Pack 151 of Axtell, Neb., held their 2013 Pinewood Derby at the Axtell Community Building on January 6. The race featured all kinds of race cars, pickups and hot rods carved and painted by the scouts. It was held on a track that has been in the community since the 1960s when I was a cub scout and was built by my dad, Robert Roberts.
The double elimination race made sure every car saw its fair share of competition. Each car got to race on both sides of the track to make sure the event was run “above board.”
Before the cars hit the track, each scout was afforded a public speaking experience by talking about his car and introducing who came to the event with him.
I’m not exactly sure what year the Pinewood Derby was introduced into scouting, but the scouting program itself celebrated 100 years in 2010.
As Scout Masters, Leisha and Joe Roberts organized the event for the community. They’ve worked with the group for several years, along with a few dedicated volunteers who help on a regular basis.
This year’s top three contestants include Ethan Morgan in third place, David Smolik — second place, and Jacob Wehrer — first place. ❖