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February 27, 2014

Local Cub Scouts preparing for Pinewood Derby

Ada — For Cub Scouts in Ada and across the country, it is Pinewood Derby season. And nowhere are Cub Scouts more excited to be building cars with their folks than in Ada. Local Cub Scouts have let their imaginations soar as they opened up that box containing their Pinewood Derby kit. Just a simple block of wood with some grooves in the bottom that will soon hold the four nails on which they will carefully place the four wheels that came in that box. Add some paint and the included decals and, “Look out, world. We are ready for the race!”

How could the folks at that first Pinewood Derby held back on May 15, 1953, by Cub Scout Pack 280C of Manhattan Beach, Calif., ever have dreamed what they were starting?Who would have thought that 60 years later — and, according to the Boy Scouts of America’s supply division, more than 100 million cars later — the derby would be an American tradition, with over 1 million participants a year? 

Each local Cub Scout pack will have their own Pinewood Derby sometime before the Harry Miller District Pinewood Derby on Saturday, March 1, at 1 p.m. Saturday. This year’s district Pinewood Derby will be held in the McBride Gym in the Bill Cole University Center on the campus of East Central University. 

The Scouts in each age division who finish first through fourth in their pack’s derby will go on to race at the district Pinewood Derby. The top three finishers in each division there will go on to race at the council Pinewood Derby. At the district Pinewood Derby, the fastest three cars in each age group will hold a special tournament to see who wins the first Steve “Mr. Pinewood Derby” Taylor trophy for having the fastest car in the district. 

Steve Taylor passed away last fall, but local Scouters wanted to keep his memory alive by naming a trophy after him. Steve helped out in a lot of ways over the years his sons, Sam and Jake, have been Cub Scouts. But, according to local Scouters, what he loved more than anything else and will always be known for was helping with Pinewood Derbies.

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