Cub Scout Pack 865 at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Independence had its annual Pinewood Derby on Feb. 8. Cub Scouts of all ages raced 36 cars in one of the most popular events of the Scouting year.
The winning cars, in each division, in order from first to third were –
• Tiger division: Jaden Butler, Bradley Newton and William Moore;
• Wolf division: Cooper Smith, Coleman Bulluc and Thomas Bolling;
• Bear division: Drake Wolfgang, Zachary Knowles and Brian Bales;
• Webelos division: Elias Johnson, Hunter Hughes and Joseph Presnell.
Special awards were given for Most Creative car: Tiger division to Cash Bulluc; Wolf division to Henry Carr; Bear division to Andrew Moon; and Webelos division to Zeke Randall. Also selected for recognition was Vincent Easter as the Derby General Pick, Bradley Newton as the Cub Master Pick, and Gino Mygatt as the Best in Show.
Cub Master Ryan Johnson was pleased with the turnout and noted that most of the work done on the cars was done by the boys themselves. He attributed this to their Derby Workshop that helped the boys create their designs, and a seminar to teach the boys the principles of making a fast car.
The purpose of the Pine wood Derby is to have fun, but also to feel a sense of accomplishment, experience the excitement of competition, learn good sportsmanship, and develop a team relationship with their parent or adult helper. The first Pinewood derby was held in 1953 and now over a million boys annually race in the event.