Go, speed racer, go!
A long standing Cub Scout tradition, the Pinewood Derby, returns to Detroit Lakes tonight (Monday, March 4) — and for the second year in a row, the local Girl Scouts will be following that event up with their own Pine Car Derby on Tuesday, March 5.
Both events will be held on the campus of M State Detroit Lakes.
Race time for Cub Scouts Pack 605 will be at 6 p.m., according to local Pinewood Derby coordinator Todd Simison.
"The Pinewood Derby is one of the largest events that the Scout kids look forward to each year," Simison said, adding that it is a scouting tradition that extends all the way back to 1953, when the first derby was organized by Cub Scout Pack Master Don Murphy in Manhattan Beach, Calif.
"The Pinewood Derby is a really great thing for the Scouts," Simison continued, adding that the process of crafting a miniature car out of a block of pine wood, a set of plastic wheels and four nails — the standard building kit for a derby car — teaches them valuable skills, as they try out various techniques for making their car go as fast, and look as good, as possible.
"They have to cut the car (out of the block of wood), shape the car, paint the car and then there's certain modifications they can do to make it more aerodynamic, like smoothing out the wheels to make them roll better, and making sure the car is as close to 5 ounces as possible... that's very important," he said.
After the derby is concluded, awards are given to the top three fastest cars in each of the participating Cub Scout dens, or age categories, along with an overall award to the top three cars of the entire pack, who advance to the regional competition in Fargo.
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