By Sandy Edie

Excitement was high Tuesday night March 21, as Cub Scout Pack 3130 prepared to run this year’s Pinewood Derby.

Cub scouts complete some rank requirements as they learn about design and the proper use of woodworking tools to build their car. They receive a standard derby car kit to start with and after 3 weeks of designing, cutting, sanding, painting, and testing, 18 area cub scouts brought their cars in for the competition. The evening started with weigh-in.

Derby cars must weigh 5 ounces or less to compete and meet size and height requirements to fit on the track. Cars are also labeled with the competition date, as they can only race one year.

Competition was hot. Families gathered to cheer on their favorites as they raced two at a time down the track in elimination heats. Every car was raced on each side of the track so all had several runs before the field was narrowed to two remaining competitors. The race was tight, but in the end Cole Guertin’s derby car overtook Lydia Feldhusen’s and won the overall competition.

The top three winners have the opportunity to advance to the district race which will be held in Soo Saint Marie in May.

Trophies were awarded to the top finisher of each rank as well as the top three overall. Awards went to:


1st: Cole Guertin,
2nd: Lydia Feldhusen
3rd: Thaddeus Cox.
Top Lion: Liam Repking
Top Tiger: Thaddeus Cox
Top Wolf: Cassondra White
Top Bear: Lydia Feldhusen
Top Webelos: Cole Guertin.

By a vote of those in attendance, Best of Show was awarded to Cole Guertin.

Several cars were also entered in the open class competition by family and friends where Brock Feldhusen took home top honors.

Our cub scouts have several more events planned in the coming weeks. Two scouts have almost earned their Arrow of Light, the highest honor a cub scout can earn on their path to becoming a Scout. They are expected to have their Cross-Over Ceremony in April and join the Scouts BSA troop. The end of year awards celebration is planned for May and summer camp will be in July.