Race track ties all Scouts together
It would be dangerous for children under thirteen years old to race with cars.
That is, unless the cars they were racing with were made of wood and only eight inches long.
Only safe fun was to be had Saturday afternoon as approximately 110 Boy and Girl Scouts gathered around a race track to compete against each other during the inaugural Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Races.
Taking place at Edgar Park, scouts set their customized wooden cars on top of a 10-yard-long aluminum track and saw which one could cross the finish line first.
For the girls it was the Girl Scouts Imperial Valley Service Unit’s inaugural Derby with Dad and cadette Alexa Campos took just two days to create her car, which amazed the cadette as it ended up placing first overall in the girls’ competition.
“I was surprised, I didn’t think I was going to win,” Campos squealed with delight.
Placing in second overall was Brownie Girl Scout Brooke Brinnon followed by Daisy Girl Scout Brooke Garneau.
Garneau also won first in her Daisy age group, followed by Isabelle Campos and Leina Flores. Placing first in the Brownie group was Brinnon, followed by her fellow scouts Audrina Obeso in second place and Safera Ayala in third place.
For the Girl Scout Junior group, Emily Perez took the crown as Isabella Esparza and Alana Ramirez placed second and third place respectively.
Campos also won first place for her cadette age group, with Gabriella Esparza placing second Natalie Lopez placing third.
Honorable mentions include Mariella Robles, who won Most Unusual Car, Leina Flores, who won Best Paint Job and Safera Ayala, who won Most Artistic.
Placing first overall in the boys’ division was Webelos Scout John Tackel, who advanced to the Scout Fair on April
8 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego to compete against hundreds of other scouts on the track.
Bear Scout William Krug took first and Tiger Scout Aidan Galvan placed second and third overall in the division.
Campos’ favorite part of the competition was finally experiencing what it was like to race, as before the inaugural event only Boy Scouts competed on the aluminum track.
“It’s not just a boy thing. Girls can also turn wrenches, girls can like cars too. Overall, it’s a great experience for everyone,” commented Pack 4086 of Imperial Cub Master Robert Amparano, who was glad the race event this year was able to bring both Girl and Boy Scouts together.
Xavier Campos from Pack 4020 of Brawley pushes a lever to begin a race during the inaugural Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Races at Eager Park on Saturday in Imperial.
Third place overall winner Brooke Garneau (right) and her friend view all the custom cars that raced Saturday in Imperial. VINCENT