Cub Scouts compete at Pinewood Derby

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Cub Scout Alexander Meadows, 7, of Pack 37, lines up his car prior to a race in the Tar River District Pinewood Derby on Saturday at Everett Gymnasium at N.C. Wesleyan College. Meadows was the grand champion of the annual event.


Staff Writer

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Cub Scouts from all across the Tar River District participated Saturday in the 2018 Pinewood Derby held at the Everett Gymnasium on the campus of N.C. Wesleyan College.

In the final race, the four age-group winners competed against each other to determine the overall winner. Alexander Meadows, 7, came out victorious and claimed the Tar River 2018 Pinewood Derby grand champion trophy.

Meadows, who is in Boy Scout Pack 37 in Sandy Cross, also carried home a trophy for winning in the wolves division, in which he competed against fellow second-graders.

“It felt good to come out on top, and it was fun,” said Meadows, who named his car “Greased Lightning.”

Stephanie Meadows, Alexander’s mother, said her son came up with the the lightning bolt pattern painted on his car. Thomas Meadows, Alexander’s father, said he and his son worked on and off about two-and-half months putting the car together.

“He was so excited to be involved in the race,” Stephanie Meadows said.

Scout Master Avery Moore of Troop 11, who was running the Pinewood Derby for the fourth straight year, said the race consists of a dozen of packs in the Tar River District, which includes Nash and Edgecombe counties. Moore said there were 20 Scouts to participate this year, which was more than the 15 in 2017.

Before racing in the Pinewood Derby, Moore said, the Scouts had races in their respective packs. Moore loved the fact that the Scouts got to learned how to make something using their hands. The materials used by the Scouts were approved by the Eastern Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

“They already figured out how to make these cars work, ” he said. “They all are given a block of wood, four nails and four wheels and are told to turn it into a car. They get with their parents or whomever they live with and whittle them down with saws, pocket knives or whatever they need to do to turn their little block of wood into whatever their vision of making their car the fastest down the track.”

Starting this fall girls will be have the opportunity to participate in the Cub Scout program, Moore said. The Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors announced last October the organization would allow girls into some Scouting programs.

As for the older girls, the organization said it hopes to have a program in 2019 that will enable them to earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

“There were a lot sisters that were here watching their brothers compete, and hopefully, next year they will be able to participate,” Moore said.