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home : news : north central illinois   May 26, 2016

2/24/2014 4:31:00 AM
Cub Scouts race in district derby


NewsTribune photo/Amy FlanerySecond-grader Logan Curtis (left) of the Mendota Cub Scouts and first-grader Collin Olszewski of Ottawa watch their wooden car cross the finish line during the championship round of the Cub Scouts district pinewood derby on Saturday.
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NewsTribune photo/Amy Flanery
Second-grader Logan Curtis (left) of the Mendota Cub Scouts and first-grader Collin Olszewski of Ottawa watch their wooden car cross the finish line during the championship round of the Cub Scouts district pinewood derby on Saturday.

NewsTribune photo/Amy FlaneryMary Olszewski cheers on the Cub Scouts with applause while waiting with her grandson, Collin, for the grand championship round.
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Mary Olszewski cheers on the Cub Scouts with applause while waiting with her grandson, Collin, for the grand championship round. "I'm going to get that trophy," Collin said, pointing at the championship prize. He did end up taking home another trophy as runner-up of the district-level pinewood derby.

Amy Flanery
Lifestyle Editor



First- through fifth-grade boys from La Salle, Bureau and Putnam counties competed in the Cub Scouts’ district-level pinewood derby on Saturday in the garden center of the Peru WalMart.

Each of the boys — with the help of their families — prepared a car from a kit they were given that included a block of wood, four tires and four nails.

It isn’t easy to come out on top, according to district training chairman Laurence Johnson of rural Princeton, who said the cars do not consistently race at the same speed. So a boy could advance in one race only to come up slower than before in the next round.

Each pack hosts their own pinewood derby, Johnson said, but those results don’t carry over to the district competition.

“They come here and start from scratch,” he said.

After a winner from each grade level was determined, the top cars were pitted against each other.

“Normally we wouldn’t do this race, because the boys already know that they won,” Johnson told the spectators. “But it’s you parents that want to know who’s really the best,” he added with a hint of a smile.

The three boys with the fastest cars took home two trophies: one for their grade-level and one from the grand championship round.

 

Amy Flanery can be reached at (815) 220-6975 or ntonline@newstrib.com.












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