Race track ties all Scouts to­gether

Imperial Valley Press - - FRONT PAGE - BY VIN­CENT OSUNA Staff Writer

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.

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Third place over­all win­ner Brooke Garneau (right) and her friend view all the cus­tom cars that raced Satur­day in Im­pe­rial. VIN­CENT

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