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Holley Scouts open Pinewood Derby to community

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 February 2015 at 12:00 am

File photo by Tom Rivers – Pack 62 in Holley gathered at the Fancher-Hulberton-Murray Firehall last March for the annual Pinewood Derby. Adults, girls and non-Scouts are welcome to participate in this year’s derby on March 7.

HULBERTON – Leaders of the Cub Scout program in Holley are opening up a beloved tradition, the Pinewood Derby, to non-Scouts, girls and adults.

The annual Pinewood Derby will be on Saturday, March 7, at the Fancher-Hulberton-Murray Firehall at 3353 Hulberton Rd. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and there is a $5 fee for non-Scouts.

The Scouting Pack opened the event to non-Scouts for the first time a year ago and had about 15 non-Scouts participate, who were mostly siblings of Scouts. Pack leaders are making a bigger effort to spread the word and invite the community to race in this year’s Pinewood Derby.

“It’s more fun for the boys to race if there are more cars in the race,” said Erika Thorn, committee chairwoman for Cub Scout Pack 62.

She hopes others in the community will see how enjoyable Scouting is, and how it is great bonding for families and friends.

“We want to show the fun part of Scouting,” Thorn said.

Adults are also welcome to build their own cars and compete in the event.

“Some of our Cub Scout dads really enjoy the competition,” Thorn said.

Scouts in Clarendon also will be participating in the Derby with the Holley Scouting program.

Pinewood Derby Car kits can be purchased at Iroquois Trail Council in Batavia and many hardware and home improvement stores. All cars must pass inspection to qualify for the race, and all cars need to follow the Derby rules (click here).

For more information, contact Thorn at (585) 406-0977 or by email at ekemp07@msn.com.