BRIDGEPORT — Scouts from all over the state will be converging on the Meadowbrook Mall Saturday, to participate in the annual Pinewood Derby.
This race is sponsored by Bridgeport Cub Scout Pack 39, according to Allen Smith, assistant Cub Scout master and assistant race director.
All levels of Scouts will be racing for trophies, including Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos, he said.
During the Pinewood Derby the Scouts race their cars on a straight track which is 40 feet long, according to Smith.
“The boys make their own cars using a kit provided by the Boy Scouts,” he said. “The kit consists of a block of wood, axles and wheels,” Smith said.
“Aerodynamics plays a part in the car’s success on the track,” he said. “But it is also a question of the amount of friction, the placement of the axles and wheels on the car. And if the cars aren’t balanced, they want to weave back and forth on the track.”
Last year, 180 Scouts participated in the Derby. Early registration was at 75, which would indicate that the participation would be about the same this year, according to Smith.
At the same time the Pinewood Derby is being held, there will be a Scout-a-Rama.
“The Boy Scouts will be putting up displays showing why the Cub Scouts should remain in scouting,” Smith said. “They will build a rope bridge which the Cub Scouts can walk across. They will make a model camp, and the Order of the Arrow will present some Native American dances.
“The primary purpose of hosting the State Championship Pinewood Derby is to showcase scouting as a family activity,” Smith said. “The Derby is designed to be a fun-filled family activity.”
See Sunday's edition for more details.