Cub Scouts race in Derby

Cub Scouts from Rappahannock Pack 123 gathered Feb. 21 at the Washington Volunteer Fire Hall for their annual Pinewood Derby. Nearly 40 youngsters, ages 6 to 10, raced their homemade cars for fun and glory.

Derby winners, from left: Josh Sabol, first place; Andrew Sealock, second; Ethan Sabol, third; Dom DelGrosso, fourth.

First-, second-, and third-place winners were determined for each den, followed by a pack-wide runoff to find the four fastest cars in the county.

The top racers in each den received trophies and qualified to race at the district meet in Front Royal. Every participant received a blue ribbon and a shoulder patch for “doing his best” (the Cub Scout motto).

Den winners are as follows:

Tiger Cubs (first graders): 1st Ethan Sabol; 2nd Dom DelGrosso; 3rd Bryan Leidenheimer

Wolf Scouts (second graders): 1st Ben Giles; 2nd Julian Cordero; 3rd no entry

Bear Scouts (third graders): 1st Josh Sabol; 2nd Andrew Sealock; 3rd Anthony DelGrosso

Webelos I (fourth graders): 1st Landon Thede; 2nd Davin Kline; 3rd Bernie Cieplak

Webelos II (fifth graders): 1st Owen Smith; 2nd no entry; 3rd no entry

The Pinewood Derby is one of the most popular events in Cub Scouting. Every year more than a million boys and parents team up nationwide to design, create and race a Pinewood Derby car.

The Pinewood cars must be no more than 7 inches long by 2¾ inches wide by 3 inches tall. Total weight must be five ounces or less.

Powered only by gravity, the winning cars this year were separated from the rest of the field by only a few thousandths of a second. The boys worked hard on their racers.

Although the goal is to create the fastest car, the real purpose of the derby is to provide a forum where boys and their parents or guardians work together on a fun project. The aim is to develop character in our youngsters while strengthening the fabric of our families. Learning woodworking skills and good sportsmanship are extra benefits.

Special thanks go to the Washington Volunteer Fire & Rescue, Cub Master Dan Bailey and Trinity Episcopal Church for hosting, organizing and sponsoring the event. Congratulations to all participants of this year’s Pinewood Derby.

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