Scouts hold pinewood derby

BURGETTSTOWN – It was a great day for racing Jan. 28 at the Burgettstown Cub Scout Pack 1350 Pinewood Derby, held at the Burgettstown Kids Center.

The overall winners were Aidan Schoch, first place; Caleb Johnson, second place; and Isaiah Mudrick, third place.

In the Webelos II den races, Josh Smith won first place; Jimmy Oddi, second; and Robbie Minger, third. In the Webelos I den race, Aidan Schoch won first place. In the Bear den race, Caleb Johnson won first place. In the Wolf den races, Gavin Lucas won first place; John Gallucci, second; and Joe Gallucci, third. In the Tiger den races, Isaiah Mudrick won first; Mike Pleska, second; Lucas Chilton, third; and Dominic Miller, fourth.

The first and second place finishers in each scouting level qualified for inclusion in the Mingo Trails District Derby Feb. 16 at the Washington Crown Mall as part of the 2013 Scout Mall Show, which also will include a Scout Mania Competition; Scouting for Food; photography contest; and First Aid competition.. Tigers will race at 10:30 a.m.; Wolf Cubs at noon; Bears at 1:30 p.m.; Webleos I at 3 p.m.; Webleos II at 4:30 p.m. and the final overall race will be held at 6 p.m.

Assisting in organizing and running the event were Burgettstown Troop 1351 Boy Scouts Samuel Johnson and Jim Gallucci. Some Webleo II Scouts were looking forward to next year’s race, after they will have bridged to Boy Scouting.

“This is our last year (participating in the Pinewood Derby), but next year, we’ll be helping run the races,” said Cub Scout Josh Smith.

Building their own derby cars to Boy Scouts of America specifications gave the scouts knowledge of basic hand tools and basic wood-working knowledge, following rules and bonding time with their fathers, according to Scout Master Rick Oddi.

In addition to encouraging the scouts to follow rule, the event teaches good sportsmanship and builds self-esteem by allowing them to participate in a competition, said Pack Leader Mary Oddi.

“They all cheer for each other,” said Mary Oddi. “It helps teach them sportsmanship and to support one another.”

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