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Hasbrouck Heights Cub Scouts Continue Pinewood Derby Tradition

Members of Hasbrouck Heights Cub Scout Pack 17 and Assistant Cubmaster Henry Hahn (in the back) at the annual Pinewood Derby on Saturday morning. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Parents and Scouts check-in their cars. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
A Cub Scout waits to weigh-in his car. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Cars were weighed and measured before the race. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
The Cub Scouts led the parents in The Pledge of Allegiance, Cub Scout Pledge, and Cub Scout Oath. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
All the cars before the race. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Three entries in the Sibling Division. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
A look at the electronic track. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
A close up at the Finish Line. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Scouts wait for the Derby to begin. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
The first heat is ready to go. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
The second heat is ready to go. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Derby cars head down the track. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- The repeated countdowns of 3, 2, 1...GO! filled the Community Room at Hasbrouck Heights Borough Hall as Hasbrouck Heights Cub Scout Pack 17 held its annual Pinewood Derby race on Saturday morning.

Over two dozen cars were entered to race down the electronically-timed track. There was even a Siblings Division. Cub Scouts and leaders crafted the cars at a workshop in early February. Before the race, cars were registered, weighed, and measured to confirm they met weight and length standards.

The following Scouts had the fastest car in their rank:

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Tiger: Joseph Zorat

Wolves: Shane Asplund 

Bears Mercurius Mickail 

Webelos I: Andrew Victori

Webelos II: Louis Perdomo 

They will go on to represent the Pack in the District Derby on Saturday, April 7, at the Secaucus Recreation Center.

The Pinewood Derby is the premier Cub Scout event.  Millions of Cub Scouts have been building and racing Pinewood Derby cars since 1953. According to the Boy Scouts of America website, the goals of the Pinewood Derby is Sportsmanship and good citizenship, personal achievement, and family understanding.

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