Canfield Cub Scout Pack 25, sponsored by the Canfield United Methodist Church, hit the race track Feb. 19 for their annual Pinewood Derby. Seventy-eight Scouts, siblings and parents all entered the races with creative designs. The event began with the ceremonial raising of the flag and the distribution of the recent achievement badges.
When the racing began, the fastest times were clocked at more than 200 scale miles per hour. Scouts raced their cars three times, once on each lane of the aluminum track. The two best times were averaged to provide placement. The track, which was purchased last year with Scout funds, is a feat of engineering itself. The high-tech track features sensors to chart the speed to the thousandth of a second and many races come in so close only the computer can tell. A software program tracks the progress and tallies the results quickly.
The Pinewood Derby began in Manhattan Beach, Calif., in 1953. Don Murphy, creator and Cub Master for Pack 280C described his reason to create the event as, "I wanted to devise a wholesome, constructive activity that would foster a closer father-son relationship and promote craftsmanship and good sportsmanship through competition." The history of the Pinewood Derby can be found at www.pinewoodpro.comalong with a book about Murphy and the derby's history.
JT Palmer receives trophy from Ed Wood.
Each den ran their Pinewood Derby races, then the top three winners faced off for the grand championship. The winners were: first place, Dylan Hartman; second place, Stephen Pacheco; third place, Tanner Tsvetkoff; and fourth place, Jared Russell. For the siblings, Haley Tura took first place. All Scouts voted for the Best of Show design, which was taken by JT Palmer.
For information about Canfield Cub Scout Pack 25, contact Scout Master Troy Homrighausen at 330-533-1237.