Trophies and cars lined a table at Sunday's Pack 166 Pinewood Derby at the Centennial Mall. Trophies went to the top three in each category, which consisted of Tiger Cubs, Wolves, Webelos, open division children and open division adults. There also were awards for most creative and people's choice. Bradley Moss was the winner of both. Twenty-nine cars competed in the second annual event.

Photo by Jerry Raehal

Trophies and cars lined a table at Sunday's Pack 166 Pinewood Derby at the Centennial Mall. Trophies went to the top three in each category, which consisted of Tiger Cubs, Wolves, Webelos, open division children and open division adults. There also were awards for most creative and people's choice. Bradley Moss was the winner of both. Twenty-nine cars competed in the second annual event.

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Cub Scout Pack No. 166 keeps Pinewood Derby tradition alive

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Trophies and cars lined a table at Sunday's Pack 166 Pinewood Derby at the Centennial Mall. Trophies went to the top three in each category, which consisted of Tiger Cubs, Wolves, Webelos, open division children and open division adults. There also were awards for most creative and people's choice. Bradley Moss was the winner of both. Twenty-nine cars competed in the second annual event.

2008 Pack No. 166 Pinewood Derby winners:

Tiger Cub Division

1st - Jesse Earle

2nd - Trenton Hillewaert

3rd - Wyatt Heim

Wolf Cub Division

1st - Kelton Villard

2nd - Grant Wade

3rd - Frankie Masterson

Webelos Division

1st - Riley O'Leary

2nd - Jordan Kainz

Open Division - Youth

1st - Charlie Earle

2nd - Stevie Masterson

3rd - Cheyenne Harmon

Open Divsion - Adult

1st - Shelly Pinnt

2nd - Foster Beckett

3rd - Dave Dempster

Overall Pack 166 Winner

1st - Kelton Villard

2nd - Jesse Earle

3rd - Riley O'Leary

Most Creative Design - judged award

Bradley Moss

People's Choice - voted award

Bradley Moss

— Speed racers ranging from youths to adults kept a tradition steeped in 55 years of history alive and well Sunday in Craig during the second annual Cub Scout Pack No. 166 Pinewood Derby at the Centennial Mall.

Nearly 30 cars - composed of a wooden block, four wheels and four nails - were entered into the races. Three adults joined the young contestants, ages six to 10 years old.

The cars, Cub Scout leader and Pinewood Derby organizer Randy Looper said, aren't much to begin with. But, it's surprising what the finished product looks like with a little imagination and work.

"You start with a block of wood : and it becomes a car," Looper said. "It's the kids drawing it, carving it and painting it. They start with nothing and end with something really cool."

The Pinewood Derby originated in 1953 in Manhattan Beach, Calif., and after popularity spread, the Cub Scouts adopted the event for all packs within a year. It was billed as a "wholesome, constructive activity that would foster a closer father-son relationship and promote craftsmanship and good sportsmanship through competition."

Looper said parental involvement with a child is an added benefit of the Pinewood Derby.

"I see that happening, but I wouldn't (limit) it to fathers and sons," he said. "It's a parent-son thing. Today I had five fathers (involved) and the rest were all mothers.

"I think it's a great benefit because it does get parents involved. And it's fun. It's just a kick to build those things."

Sunday's event marked the second consecutive year of the Pinewood Derby for Pack No. 166.

Looper said the newly found tradition will remain a staple for the Cub Scouts in Craig.

"It's something the Cub Scouts have been doing for a long time" nationally, he said. "The pack now has its own track, and it's something we're going to do year after year."

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