Cub Scouts go to the races
By Melanie Savage
Hebron - posted Mon., Feb. 7, 2011
The annual Pinewood Derby on Feb. 5 brought all of Hebron’s Cub Scouts to the RHAM cafeteria for a day of competition and camaraderie. Pack leaders said there were a total of 70 Scouts competing for trophies for speed and design. Hebron’s track is fairly sophisticated, with a laser sensor at the finish line computing times to within a fraction of a second. Scouts compete against each other by age, with Tiger Scouts (age 6) competing against Tigers, all the way up to Webelos II (fifth grade). Trophies are awarded for first, second and third place for speed, and Scouts’ Choice and Leaders’ Choice for design.
Scouts are given a kit, and must stay within certain parameters. “They have to be under five ounces, seven inches or less in length, and under five inches in height,” said Fred Richard, co-leader of the Tigers den, along with Jason Pueschel. “There are other requirements, but those are the major ones.” Within those parameters, Scouts managed to produce an amazing array of designs. There were tanks and toilets, tow trucks and conventional race cars. Shaun, who won the trophy for Leaders’ Choice in the Webelos II category, came up with a skateboard with the word “Webelos” on the deck.
The first place winner for speed in the Webelos II category was John Gerke. For his last year of participation in the Pinewood Derby, Gerke enlisted the assistance of family friend Ed Bogue. “Mr. Bogue helped us a lot,” he said. John’s dad Christopher provided advice as well. “We did a lot more to this than he has in the past,” said dad. Extra measures, such as sanding the axles and experimenting with weights, seem to have paid off. “This is the first time I ever won a trophy,” said John.
Hebron Pack 28 is currently accepting registrations for boys in Grades 1 - 5 who are interested in becoming Scouts. According to the Pack’s website, interested parties should contact contact Karen Desjardins at 228-2111 for an application. For more information go to scoutspack28hebron.org.