#childsafety | McGinn Pack 277 Cub Scouts Hold Annual Pinewood Derby Race

The McGinn Pack 277 Cub Scouts of Scotch Plains held their annual Pinewood Derby event at the McGinn Elementary School Jan. 18. 

Over 60 hand-built cars competed at each Den level for the fastest cars. Parents work with their child to build these cars out of a block of pinewood. They carve out their unique designs, sand it down, add some weights to meet the 5-ounce limit, polish the axles and paint their car with their creative imaginations.

While the fun and excitement of building a racing a car has always been the main objective of the event, another objective achieved is the bonding and collaboration of the parent and the child to work together on a fun project while learning valuable STEM, physics, and craftsman skills.

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We teach them the proper use of tools and safety along with it. And every year, at our Pinewood Derby Building Clinic, we enable the entire Scout pack to do their best and allow an even playing field by teaching all the tips and tricks to creating a high-performance car. No car gets left behind.

In addition to competing for the fastest car, we also present awards for the “Coolest Looking” and “Wackiest Looking” cars. It’s amazing to see how much imagination pours out of our children’s minds onto the wooden canvas. This year was no exception and the big winner here was a limo and parachute derived from the Fortnight game.

The Pinewood Derby has been a time-honored tradition since its inception into Cub Scouts 67 years ago. And as always, we are very inclusive to allow everyone to participate, not just the scouts. So, we also host sibling and parent competitions as the entire family gets to join in on the action. For the siblings, it’s always fun to see their creations come alive on the track and watch their family and friends cheer them on as they speed to the finish line.

For the parents, we began their own category few years ago to unleash their inner youth and nostalgia while having a friendly competition among fellow parents. This year, one of our parents raced his own car that he built and still has from his own Scouting days 35+ years ago.  I expect that in another 30 years, his son’s car will be back for a reprise race at his future grandson or granddaughter’s Pinewood Derby Event.

Click here for a history of the Pinewood Derby.

For more information on your son or daughter joining our pack, you can email us here: mcginnpack277@gmail.com or visit our site at http://pack277.com/

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