Pinewood Derby heats up Scouts’ fun

Pack 92 Scouts look on as their Pinewood Derby cars race to the finish line on a new racetrack at the annual Cub Scout event held Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Montrose fire hall. STAFF PHOTO/STACI WILSON


Heat after heat, Pinewood Derby cars powered by gravity raced to see which scout’s design came out on top at the annual events held Saturday, Jan. 26, in both Montrose and Elk Lake.

Jonathon Lyden took the overall win in Boy Scouts Pack 92 of Montrose which held its competition at the United Fire Hall; while George Sobeck of Cub Scout Pack 97 earned the Grand Champion award at the event held at the Elk Lake School.

The Scouts from Pack 92 christened a new racetrack this year. The Montrose Area Lions Club donated $500 towards the purchase of the new track.

“This new track replaces a 40-plus year old track that has withstood that many years of racing,” said Diane Mooney, a scout mother. “A lot of the boys’ fathers raced their cars on that same track.”

Scout Master Dave Nice and Pack 92 members were presented with a check by the Montrose Area Lions Club to purchase a new Pinewood Derby track. The new track, used at this year’s Derby, replaces one that has been used for over 40 years.

A new timing system was also purchased and donated by Dave and Beth Nice for this year’s event in memory of their grandson, Leon Nice. Dave Nice serves as the Pack 92 Scout Master.

Jonathon Lyden receives an Overall Grand Champion medal from Pack 92 Scout Master Dave Nice for his Pinewood Derby win.

Twenty-nine boys competed in Pack 92’s Derby; the winners in each den went on to compete in a final’s race.

First place den winners included: Tiger den – Andrew Mahon; Wolf den – Cole Frystak; Bear den – Dylan Kamanski; Webelos 1 den – Jonathon Lyden; and Webelos 2 den – Jackson Considine.

Finals race results were: Overall Grand Champion and 1st place – Jonathon Lyden; 2nd place – Andrew Mahon; 3rd place – Jackson Considine; 4th place – Dylan Kamanski; 5th place – Cole Frystak.

At Elk Lake, Pack 97 members were awarded prizes for car design and appearance, as well as fastest racing times.

Cub Scout George Sobeck was the Grand Champion at the Pack 97 Pinewood Derby held Jan. 26 at the Elk Lake School.