By Kai Nathaniel, Member of Pack 586’s WereBear Den.
Candler Park’s local Cub Scout pack announced that not only are they opening their ranks to girls in 2018, but that they are also opening one of their premier events, the Pinewood Derby, to everyone in the community.
Cub Scouts have long built and painted little cars from pine blocks and then raced them down a track. Pack 586 decided that the fun shouldn’t just be limited to boys in elementary school and created a FundRacer to be held on the evening of Feb. 9, 2018, in the Fellowship Hall of the Neighborhood Church on McLendon Ave.
There will be three trophies handed out: The winner of the race that follow’s the Cub Scout rules; the winner of the race limited only by the laws of gravity; and the winner of the past-raced cars (dig around in parents’ attics and basements for these wonderful artifacts of childhood.)
Pack 586 has three-year-old metal four-lane track with a computerized timing system that was purchased with funds raised in popcorn sales. The previous track was donated to another pack in the city.
Last year’s winner of the Pack 586 derby, Jack Morris, raced a very simple yellow block. Jack said he paid more attention to the car’s center of gravity and weight than to the paint job. Jack’s car flew down the 40-foot track in just over three seconds.
Jack and Nathaniel Wellen, the Atlanta Area Council Phoenix District champion will also have their cars entered in the scout rules race.
Scouts from Pack 586 will be selling the derby kits for 20 dollars in the neighborhood starting in December. The derby kits contain a block of wood, four nails and four wheels. From those simple items a race car and dreams of glory are created. The scouts who sells the winning cars in the community races will also get a prize.
More information about the race can be found on Pack 586’s website: www.atlantacubscouts.com