Cub Scout Pinewood Derbies Teach Duluth Kids Sportsmanship

By KBJR News 1

March 20, 2011 Updated Mar 20, 2011 at 10:50 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)

"Three, two, one, go!" yelled cub scouts.

Reader's Digest Magazine calls this a celebrated rite of spring.
This is a Cub Scout pinewood derby and all a boy needs to take part is a block of wood, four wheels, a little gravity and a lot of ingenuity.
Joe Mattila put a lot of work into his car.

"I took the block of wood and painted it red and I cut part off and glued it to the top." said Joe.

The pinewood derby was invented by a California cub master in 1953 as a safer alternative to racing soap box derby cars in the street.
At this derby in Duluth, the only danger came from the occasional head butt from a fired up sister.

"Three, two, one, go!" counted the cubmaster.

The derby is designed to teach young people craftsmanship and sportsmanship.
The competition can be fierce.
George Carney tied with arch rival Ryan Carlson last year.

"Last year, Ryan got the same score as me. It was first place, first place, first place and I got the same thing." said George.

This year, when the wood chips stopped flying and the smell of hot graphite faded away, Adam Klowoski's hot rod had taken second place.
That left George the sole holder of:

"First place!"

For every scout and sibling who took home a trophy, there were several others who didn't win.
Grant Carl took his loss in stride and was just happy to play the game.
To this group's cub master, that's the most important thing.
In Duluth, Dave Anderson, the Northland's News Center.

Scouts living in the Eastern District of the Voyageurs Area Scout Council have one more chance to race their pinewood cars.
There's a big match coming up April ninth in the Superior Middle School gym.