Derby a success
Dear Editor:On March 7 the Aspen/Snowmass Cub Scouts, Pack 200, held a Pinewood Derby at the Aspen Elks Lodge, the first in many years.The Cub Scouts were all given a car kit a month prior to the event and they, guided by a helping adult or two, designed, sawed, sanded, painted, weighted and assembled the axles and wheels to create their very own special car. At the derby, they were judged and each awarded certificates for achieving various aspects of creativity, painting, design and speed. Two cars ran head to head in double elimination heats on a 30-foot wooden track. The boys, ages 7 to 9, many getting to use real tools for their first time, built their own cars, but more importantly confidence and pride in their accomplishments.And what fun they had in getting to see their cars race! Now, they can’t wait to do this again next year!Events such as this don’t happen without a lot of help. On behalf of the Cub Scouts, Pack 200, we would like to thank Kurt Adam for showing us the ropes in building Pinewood Derby cars, for setting up the track for trial runs, moving it and then setting up the track again on race day, as well as officiating and judging the big event with assistance from his son Carl; the Community Banks of Colorado, for sacrificing their break room for the kids to hold practice runs in and assisting every Cub family that came in; the Aspen Elks Club, for your continued sponsorship and use of your facilities; Kimberly Grandy for organizing and creating all of the scout awards and certificates; David Murray for driving all the way up to officiate and judge; and all the dedicated parents and adults that helped the Scouts build their cars.The parents and kids of Cub Scout Pack 200 gratefully acknowledge and thank you all for investing your time, resources and efforts in our community and the young men of tomorrow!Lisa and Alan BushCubmasters
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