Cub Scouts gather for Pinewood Derby


Ready, set, race. That’s what Cub Scout Pack 50 did on Saturday, Feb. 2, at their Pinewood Derby held at RJ Jones Nursery and Landscape Center, 7871 Ridge Mills Road.

As part of the annual Pinewood Derby, scouts designed race cars made out of a piece of wood, four wheels, four nails, and weights.

In building their cars, scouts learn about aerodynamics, design and weight.

After construction, scouts paint their cars and attach the wheels. Then the cars are weighed, with weight not exceeding five ounces.

Scouts may add weight to their car by adding washers with glue. Once the car has reached the five-ounce mark (or close to it), the cars are impounded until race day. On race day, graphite is added to each car by the pit crew.

Scouts arrive in excitement to see who will have the fastest car, and the top four cars and owners are awarded a trophy.

Every scout leaves with a certificate from the scoutmaster and a Pinewood Derby patch.

According to Pack 50 volunteers, this year the group “was lucky enough to have RJ Jones Nursery & Landscape Center and Butternut Farms Café host our Pinewood Derby.”

“RJ Jones was extremely accommodating by opening up in its off season for Cub Scout Pack 50 to come together.” The cafe opened for the day to serve the 39 scouts and 120 family members in attendance,” the Cub Scout pack announcement added.


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