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Cub Scouts manage to hold their annual model car race, the Pinewood Derby, despite pandemic restrictions

DAVID F. ASHTON - Hoping to get the races timing system working, Pack 64 Committee Chair Jess Menzia was readying to send these racers down the Pinewood Derby track. Alas, it didnt work, but the races were successfully timed using smart phones.  The event may not have been quite as it has been in the past, but the Boy Scouts of America's "Moreland Cub Scout Pack 64" did hold their annual "Pinewood Derby" race.

But, instead of it's being in February in the Community Room of the Moreland Presbyterian Church – a room which is still closed to all community events until September – this year it was held in June, and took place in the Westmoreland church's parking lot at S.E. 19th and Bybee Boulevard.

These first-grade through fifth-grade Cub Scouts each receive a kit of parts, including a block of pine wood, wheels, axles, and other items, with which to create and customize their own gravity-accelerated model cars, that race down an inclined track.

"Although the race track's timing mechanism did not work, we timed the model cars with smart phones; so this year we were able to race everyone from the Tigers to the Webelos," explained Pack 64 Committee Chair Jess Menzia afterwards.

"I think the most outstanding thing about this year's 'Pinewood Derby' was the kids' resiliency," Menzia observed. "They've had a year of 'virtual' Den and Pack meetings, and many traditional scouting events have been cancelled."

Indeed, both the scouts and their families looked excited to be a part of an actual in-person Scouting event for the first time since February of 2020. 

The winners in this year's races, by Cub Scout ranking:

· Tiger Den  Nicholas Ferguson

· Wolf Den  Benjamin Kovar

· Bear Den  Atticus Menzia

· Webelos 1 Den  David Zajac

· Webelos 2 Den  Carter Ferguson

Anyone thinking about having a youngster join Cub Scout Pack 64 is invited to visit their website for more information  www.pack64pdx.com


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