Pinewood Derby winners announced

2016 event draws crowd

Scoutreach held its 2016 Pinewood Derby on April 28 at St. Luke United Methodist Church. The racing event drew a crowd of more than 100 family members and friends to cheer the boys on.  

The Pinewood Derby is a scouting tradition. Started in 1953, in Manhattan Beach, Calif., the derby was created for scouts too young to participate in the Soapbox Derby, where scouts race inside gravity-powered cars they've built. In a similar fashion, scouts from Pack 542 (Washington Street), Pack 543 (Thornwell) and Pack 544 (West Hartsville) spent a month building the small, wooden race cars in preparation for the big day. With help from parents or scoutleaders, the scouts build the cars from wood, usually pine, plastic wheels and metal axles. 

The den leaders upped the excitement by setting up competition among the schools. Washington Street gathered the most awards winning both first and second places. After the competition, everyone enjoyed a catered dinner.

Recipients included:

  • First place, Ollie Rufus, grade 2, Washington Street, Pack 542
  • Second place, Cameron Grantham, grade 2, Washington Street, Pack 542
  • Third place, Aiyon Royal, grade 5, West Hartsville, Pack 544