It’s that time of year again: Time for the annual onslaught of local Cub Scout Pinewood Derbies in which the thrill of victory in the fast lane and the agony of defeat plays out on aluminum or wood race tracks.
Young boys and their fathers often engage in a unique bonding experience when Pinewood Derby time rolls around. The solid block of wood that comes in a Pinewood Derby kit is transformed into miniature speedsters, racers and trick cars often painted with flames and or decorated with tiny stickers mimicking that seen on NASCAR vehicles.
Bragging rights most certainly are on the line. But not just for the Cub Scouts. After the scouts nish their of cial races, the den leaders and Cubmasters often hold their own grudge matches. Siblings race each other as well. We’ve even heard of a Moms grudge match being held at few Cub Scout Pinewood Derbies locally.
From late January to early March, Cub Scout Packs across the nation – including those here in the Chugiak-Eagle River area – host the annual event that is akin to a rite of passage from the elementary-age boys clad in blue and gold.
Pack 293 held its Pinewood Derby on Jan. 28 at Community Covenant Church. Thirty members of the pack’s various dens participated. Several other local packs are slated to hold their own derbies at churches and schools in the next month. Winners advance to the district derby held in Anchorage.
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