Westfield’s own Boy Scout Troop 72 lived up to the Boy Scout Slogan: “Do A Good Turn Daily” by saving the Watchung Mountain District Pinewood Derby Race this year.  This year it was under threat of cancellation after area schools that used to host it started charging custodial fees for events like this. That was when Troop 72 and the Westfield Presbyterian Church stepped in to “do the scouting thing” and host the 2011 District Pinewood Derby.
 
The Pinewood Derby is a tradition that goes back as far as 1953. Cub Scouts aged 6 to 10 work with their parents to shape and decorate an original racing car from a block of wood, 4 nails and 4 plastic wheels. Then they race the cars against each other on race day. “Every year I’m astonished by the creativity of the designs!” said one area Cubmaster. The Watchung Mountain District Pinewood Derby draws in contestants from Cub Scout Packs of Berkeley Heights, Fanwood, Garwood, Gillette, Long Hill Township, Meyersville, Millington, Mountainside, Murray Hill, New Providence, North Plainfield, Scotch Plains, Stirling, Summit, Warren, Watchung and Westfield.

Cub Scouts is a values-based program that has been thrilling boys aged 6-10 for over 80 years. Parents and Cub Scout leaders deliver a program of fun activities and “go-see-its” which gradually teaches boys a whole host of life skills like communication, self-reliance, tool skills, first aid, nutrition, citizenship, community service and working cooperatively. With the motto “Do Your Best!” Cub Scouts emphasizes character development in a unique, positive program.
 
Parents and kids who are interested in becoming Scouts are invited to come and watch the spectacle, and Scout leaders will be on-hand to answer any questions about the Scouting program. The District Pinewood Derby will be held on Saturday March 12 at the Westfield Presbyterian Church, 140 Mountain Ave, Westfield, from 8:00 AM to 2:30PM.  For more information email Lucia Perpina at avonlucia@yahoo.com. To find contact details for your local Cub Scout Pack or Boy Scout Troop visit www.beascout.org