Mahopac Cub Scouts are Off to the Races with Pinewood Derby

Runner Ryan Capellini, 11, helps Chris Holihan set up the cars. Credits: Tabitha Pearson Marshall
Mikey Quesenberry, 9, gets a high five from his dad, Michael, and his friend, Keiran McCormack, for running a great race. Credits: Tabitha Pearson Marshall
Lion Scout (a kindergartener) Timmy Kenneth with his mom, Joan Credits: Tabitha Pearson Marshall
Daniel Azzinaro, 7, and his dad, Vinny, who is an assistant Wolf leader. Credits: Tabitha Pearson Marshall
Cubmaster Meaghan Capellini, far right, gets help with the countdown. Credits: Tabitha Pearson Marshall
There were all kinds of designs for the cars including, apparently, lizards. Credits: Tabitha Pearson Marshall
Senior racers Andrew Horne, Ryan Cote, Kevin Dwyer Jr., Brendan Mahoney and Dominic Olszewski, all 10 years old. Kevin Dwyer’s grandfather, Ed Dwyer, started the Boy Scouts in Mahopac in 1938. Credits: Tabitha Pearson Marshall
And they’re off! Credits: Tabitha Pearson Marshall
Pinewood Derby cars are powered by gravity. Here’s a view of the entire course as the crowd cheers. Credits: Tabitha Pearson Marshall
The cars are neck-and-neck in this one! Credits: Tabitha Pearson Marshall
The Scouts came up with all kinds of clever designs for their Pinewood Derby cars. Credits: Tabitha Pearson Marshall

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Mahopac Cub Scout Pack 271 held its annual Pinewood Derby event, Saturday, Jan. 21, at Austin Road Elementary School as Scouts in grades K through 5, along with their parents, packed the room and cheered for their favorite Pinewood racecar. Pinewood Derby racecars are made primarily out of wood and are constructed from kits that participating Scouts receive each year. They must weigh less than 5 ounces.

“You get the wood block, axles and the wheels,” said Meaghan Capellini, cubmaster for Pack 271. “They can make it look like whatever they want. We had everything from minions to candy bars. And there were a lot of flames.”

The winners will receive their trophies at the Scouts’ upcoming Blue and Gold Dinner. And there will be a new award handed out this year.

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“We are going to give an award for the most unique car,” Capellini said. “It might not necessarily be the fastest one.”

She said that the Scouts weren’t informed who the winners were the night of the race in order to make it more about families getting together and having a good time. They’ll have to wait for the Blue and Gold dinner to learn who gets the trophies.

“We wanted it to be more about sportsmanship and fun and less about how fast you went,” she said.

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