Cub Scouts Pack 175 hit the tracks Feb. 23, at the annual Pinewood Derby. Formerly at the Factoryville Fire Company’s firehouse since the mid 1970s, the Derby was held at the Fellowship Hall of the Dalton United Methodist Church for a second year. This year, 23 children and 12 adults, including the ranks of tigers, webelos 1, webelos 2, bears and wolves of Pack 175, participated in the Pinewood Derby.
“It’s a lot of fun,” said Cubmaster Brian Kanuik. “It gets the community together. It brings families together.”
The cub scouts sparked their creativity with their racecars. They made the cars colorful with creative designs including Batman and Perry the Platypus from Disney’s Phineas and Ferb.
On Feb. 22, scouts brought their cars, which they built and designed, to Lackawanna Trail High School for a weigh-in. They weighed their cars to qualify. Car can not exceed a maximum weight of 5 ounces.
Before the Pinewood Derby, the racecars were measured by fitting them inside a little, wooden block.
Webelo scout leader Eric Garver mentioned that it gives the scouts the opportunity to do things on their own. He said when they are tiger scouts (the youngest), they most likely make the cars with their parents.
“I think it’s something that the kids look forward to,” said Garver. “It is their first experience in building.”
Bear scout Danny Demora said, “I think building the cars is the funnest part.”
After the tiger scouts opening ceremony, the race began. Scouts sat under the tables on each side of the slope as they watched cars roll after Kanuik launched them three at a time. Scott Semon, den leader of the tigers, announced awards.
“It’s a great challenge for the kids,” said Bob Brown, one of the Akaelas, or a father of a scout. “They can compete with their cars.”
Eric Garver and Akaela Buddy Vanluvandee recorded the results on an LCD projector. Nine cars had a runoff and five out of those were the winners.
“I think it’s the greatest experience for the cub scouts,” said bear scout Keith Dixon. “Sometimes, you feel like you wan to win so bad, but some people have faster cars.”
The winners of the Pinewood Derby were: 1st place, Nathan Wescott; 2nd place, Danny Demora; 3rd place, Brayden Clarke; 4th place, Evan Garver and 5th place, Ty Stroble.
The winners of the slowest car races were: 1st place, Bradley Warner and 2nd place, Victor Kanuik.
The winners of the adult races (non-scouts) were: 1st place, Auburn Lions; 2nd place, Teagan Vokes and 3rd place, Brea Sanko.
Scouts earned trophies for car design. The most patriotic was awarded to Austin Sanko, whose car was designed with American flags. The most unusual was given to Brayden Clarke, whose racecar was designed as a stick of dynamite. Rowan Romera had the most futuristic car. The best -looking car trophy was given to Victor Kanuik. Eric Vanluvandee’s received the most scout-like trophy. And Jonathon Cook got to take home the most racecar-like trophy.
All received a ribbon for participation.
Although there are many trophies cubmaster Kanuik said to his scouts,
“Your car is the best trophy.”