Scouts race in annual Pinewood Derby

REED CITY — Cub Scout pack 174 held its annual Pinewood Derby, one of its popular events, on Jan. 25.

Scouts carve their derby cars from blocks of wood, add axels and wheels and, of course, their custom designs. There are very specific rules by which to abide, including a total weight that is no heavier than 5 ounces. Not one of the 55 cars entered looked alike, showing the wide range of creativity among racers. Cars were decorated with stickers, paint, bumpers and little drivers. It wasn’t unusual to see a skunk, a horse, a boat or a bathtub racing alongside the other cars and trucks.

Members of each den raced against each other, resulting in five sets of first, second and third place winners, with the fastest individual time of 3.744 belonging to Dyllan Truman. There was also a race for siblings and adults, with Elizabeth Calabrese winning average time of 3.7551. The "no rules adult race" was won by Amber White and her average time of 3.667. In true Scouts honor, there was nothing short of good sportsmanship among the scouts and families who were all cheering for each other throughout the races, though it didn’t stop families from having a little friendly competition at the end of the day for household bragging rights.