Annual Cub Scout Pinewood Derby

Pack 3285 Derby Racers.

Pack 3285 Derby Racers.

Bears Jimmy Helm, Mason Parker, Sean McLellan, Nate Triesenberg, Jake Carlson and Jacob Stauffer wait for the start of their race.

Bears Jimmy Helm, Mason Parker, Sean McLellan, Nate Triesenberg, Jake Carlson and Jacob Stauffer wait for the start of their race.

Racing fever was running high at the annual Cub Scout Pinewood Derby for Pack 3285 at Crestwood School. Twenty-nine Scouts passed their written driver’s test, eye exam and received their Pinewood Derby operator’s licenses on Saturday, March 7 with each looking to take top honors that day.

Mr. Rick VandeKerhoff served as emcee for the event. Each rank of Scouts had their own division race with trophies awarded for first, second and third place.

At the first-grade Tiger division, Jason Williams captured first followed by Johnathan Scofield and Richard Mortimore.  Trevor Durfee led the pack for the second- grade Wolves beating out Ryan Blackburn in second and third place Liam Fryc. In the third-grade round of racing, Bear Sean McLellan took top honors, followed by Nathan Triesenberg and Jimmy Helm.  The last competitive heat by the fourth-grade Webelos I had Aiden Fryc capturing first, Brayden
Durfee second and Ryan Harrell third. Overall speed winners for the Pack were Aidan Fryc, Trevor Durfee and Jason Williams.

In addition to the competitive racing, 10 cars were designed and raced in an open class by the recently promoted Webelos 2 and family members of the Scouts to keep the excitement rolling. Race day honors for speed in this division were awarded to Aaron Andrus, Jan Scofield and Lauren Williams.

Speed wasn’t the only factor in winning at the event. The Turtle Award for the slowest car was presented to Bear Jake Carlson. Scout Choice awards for design were awarded to Wolf Evan Coberly’s replica of the popular video game hero Sonic in the best paint job and most creative categories. The top Scout Choice award went to Tiger Richard Mortimore for his shark designed car.

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