Cub Scouts compete in Pinewood Derby

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
The Top 10 Scouts finishers by speed are (from left): Back row: Eden Slocum, 10th, Will Jenkins, fifth, Erik Hobbs-third, Bryce Moravec-second, Kyle Hayes-first Front row: Kalib Hayes-seventh, Daniel Tomlinson-ninth, Bailey Meredith-eighth, Alex Voak-sixth and Brandon Smith, fourth

On Saturday March 7, Penn Yan’s Pack 44 Cub Scouts had their annual Pinewood Derby race in the standing room only Penn Yan Elementary Gymnasium. Sixty-nine Cub Scouts ran a total of 138 races.

The race was held on the nostalgic 1973 (36th anniversary) wooden track. This high energy event was MC’d by Rich Moravec and Don Rossi. Décor was provided by Watkins Glen International who donated banners to decorate the Penn Yan Elementary Gym for a race feel.

The race featured computerized scoring, screen projected race stats, and a live video feed with slow motion instant replay for all to get an optimal view of the race. Funds for this equipment were donated by area businesses.

The top two winners from each Rank (10 Scouts from Penn Yan in all) are advancing to a District Pinewood Derby being held April 25 at the Marcus Whitman High School.

The District stretches from Sodus to Ovid and from Newark over to Rushville and down to Dundee. A possible 210 Scouts from the district will participate. Cars were inspected to meet size and weight specifications.

Cars were designed and built primarily by the Scouts with a parent or guardian’s guidance.

The cars can be no longer than 7 in., no more than 5 oz, and have to be made from an official kit.

“Pack 44 would like to thank the custodial staff at the Penn Yan Elementary School for their help and all the local businesses and volunteers that support and help Pack 44 Cub Scouts mold these young boys into responsible, moral adults. Without volunteers, Scouting would not exist for Penn Yan’s youth,” says Mark Hobbs, one of the leaders

Cub Scouting is designed to have boys doing things. Activities are used to achieve the aims of Scouting.

Citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness. Many of the activities happen right in the den and pack.

The most important are the weekly den meetings and the monthly pack meetings.

Apart from the fun and excitement of Cub Scout activities, the Cub Scout Promise, the Law of the Pack, and the Cub Scout sign, handshake, motto, and salute... all teach good citizenship and contribute to a boys sense of belonging.

Any boys from the grades of first to fifth grade can join Cub Scouts and are welcome to join anytime of the year.

To join Penn Yan’s Pack 44 contact Mark Hobbs at 315-536-5015.

Banners and other items borrowed from Watkins Glen International helped transform the Penn Yan Elementary gymnasium into a racing facility for the annual Pinewood Derby race on March 7.