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Cub Scouts take to the track in Pinewood Derby

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CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Pinewood Derby has long since been a tradition of the Cub Scouts. The Derby teaches sportsmanship, proper handling of tools, the science behind a fast car and the transformation of a block of wood into a racecar. But more importantly, it is about spending quality-time with role-models and loved ones. Whether it’s a parental figure, grandparent, Scout leader or volunteer, Scouting has always been about bonds formed with friends and family.  
Jan. 25 was the Cub Scout Pack 333 Annual Pinewood Derby. In attendance were Scout families, friends and supporters. The crowd cheered as 32 uniquely-built cars sped by, many at over 200mph.  
“This event, the Pinewood Derby, is a perfect example of our Cub Scout program,” Cubmaster Joshua Smith said. “Our scouts receive a block of wood and the freedom to be creative, what they create is completely up to them.”
This year the Pinewood Derby was sponsored by Elder Dodge of Cedar Creek Lake (top sponsor), Powell Motor Parts NAPA, Chicken Express and Hometown Cinemas. Our wonderful sponsors made it possible for Pack 333 to provide free food, awards, door-prizes and a memorable day of safe family fun for everyone in the Cub Scout family.
“We are humbled by the amount of support received for this event,” Smith said. “The FUMC, Elder Dodge, NAPA, Hometown Cinema and several others contributed in various ways to ensure this year’s derby was a fantastic experience for the scout families and for our community. When folks decide to give of themselves to their community, a true family is created (within) our town.”
Awards were given in categories including best race car, best classic car, most aerodynamic, and most realistic car. Powell Motor Parts presented the NAPA award for their favorite car. Kris Powell presented the Napa award to Bethany Hudson because her car looked like a winged-dragon. Gift baskets, donated by Hometown Cinemas, were presented and medals were draped around the necks of proud Scouts.
Cub Scouts proudly cheered for their cars as they sat on stage watching with wide eyes. Not every car can cross the line first, but the Scouts applauded their friends and anxiously awaited the next heat.  
 In addition to cars made by the children, the Outlaw division allows adults and siblings to enter the derby too. “I thought it would be fun to do,” said Wolf Scout Den Leader and proud Scout father Robert Johnson. “I liked that the Outlaw division had no weight restrictions so I had the opportunity to really deck it out. I will definitely compete again next year.” Johnson took 2nd place in the Outlaw division.  
While some enjoyed the races inside, others enjoyed exploring a real race car parked outside. The race car was on loan from Chris Hudson of Seven Points. The loud engine and caged seats set the mood for the Derby.  
Pack 333 hosted a “Build Day” Jan. 18 so families could design, cut and sand their blocks of wood. Scout leaders volunteered their time and tools so each child was able to make their vision race-worthy. The look on a child’s face as a block of wood is transformed into a race car through their own hard work is a lesson a Scout will take with them forever.  
“My brother was a Cub Scout in the early 80s and I remember he and my dad doing the Pinewood Derby every year,” said Webelos Den Leader and proud Scout mom Leslie Thomas. “It had such an impact (on me) seeing all the families together and the excitement on the Scouts’ faces. Forty years later and the memory is still fresh. It’s been wonderful to have my son participate in the same tradition.”