Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Exeter Cub Scouts Head to District Pinewood Derby

Clint Oldehoeft, left, and Braden Capek, worked on the Geography Belt Loop during the Prairie Winds District Pinewood Derby on Saturday
Clint Oldehoeft, in the camo shirt, gets ready to put his car on the race track.

Cub Scouts who placed at the District Pinewood Derby in Milford are pictured in the front row from the left Sam Copley, Pack 290, third place stock show, Jarod Harris, Pack 175, second place stock show, Joey Bartu, Pack 218, first place stock show, Davis Luebbe, Pack 290, third place modified show, Jacob Potratz, Pack 256, second place modified show, Cade Houk, Pack 290 first place modified show, Jake Nichols, pack 175 Best of Show.  Top row from pictured from the left are Dylan Hiser, Pack 256, third place Stock race, Nick Glenn, Pack 175, second place Stock race, Nick Andrews, Pack 175 first place Stock race, Shane Fessler, Pack 175, third place Modified race, Luke Robinson, Pack 173, second place Modified race and Jake Witter, Pack 268 first place Modified race.

For the second year in a row the Milford Cub Scout Pack 290 hosted over 100 Cub Scouts and their families for the annual Prairie Winds District Pinewood Derby.
Cub Scouts who have been successful at their pack pinewood derby can participate in the district event.  There are four categories the Scouts can choose from Stock Race and Stock Show, Modified Race and Modified Show.
This year the District added an Open Class race for anyone who has a pinewood derby car but is no longer a Cub Scout and also for siblings.
Five Exeter scouts chose to go to the District event.  Clint Oldehoeft entered the stock race, Braden Capek showed his car in the modified show, Peytan Brandt entered the modified race, Ben Bartu showed in the modified show and Joey Bartu showed in the stock show.
The racing started immediately with many of the scouts running their cars in multiple heats.  Scouts who chose to show their car registered and then were interviewed by three judges from the Cornhusker Council. During the interview the scouts were asked questions about the design, styling and knowledge of tools used to make the car. The majority of points are awarded for knowledge and participation in the construction of the car.
During the event, Pack 218 of Exeter, hosted a belt loop clinic for the scouts who were waiting their turn to race or show their cars. Scouts had the opportunity to earn beltloops in Geography, Nutrition, Map and Compass, and Communication.
The race results were announced first with Nick Andrews of Geneva Pack 175 coming in first in Stock race, Jake Witter of David City Pack 268 took first in the Modified race division with Joey Bartu of Exeter Pack 218 winning the Car Stock show division for the second year in a row and Cade Houk of Milford Pack 290 winning the Modified Show division.  Best of Show was chosen by a vote of the crowd and the judges and was awarded to Jake Nichols of Geneva Pack 175.

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