Cub Scouts, Start Your Engines!

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This year was another exciting year of the most highly anticipated sporting event of all time, the Pinewood Derby. Over 100 scouts between Cub Scout Pack 266 and local Girl Scout Troops piled into the VFW on Sheldon Street for the race of a lifetime. Pack 266 hosts the annual event, a Cub Scout tradition started in 1953, and runs a race for all the local Girl Scouts to participate in. It’s hard to tell who is having more fun, the scouts or the adults (who clearly aren’t reliving their childhood joy).

Photo by Norm Noel
Scouts watch with bated breath as their cars take to the track at the annual Pinewood Derby.

Scouts, with the help of their guardians, carve and model their pine block, apply weights and wheels, polish axles, paint and miraculously become experts in physics who can explain kinetic vs potential energy. Mia Cunniff of Girl Scout Troop 10997 set the track record this year with a blazing 2.89 second average run down the track. Members of Pack 266 who placed will now go on to compete against the best of the best from 40 other local packs at the Charter Oak District Derby. If your racer is interested in participating in one of the biggest sporting events of the year, check out Cub Scouts, or contact us at

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