Queens Cub Scouts get behind the wheel in derby
by Andrew Pavia
May 01, 2013 | 1119 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Scouts in Queens are used to building small wooden cars and racing them unmanned in the Pinewood Derby. But in the P.S. 144 schoolyard in Forest Hills, they finally got a chance to get behind the steering wheel.

“We’ve been trying to do this for two years,” said Joseph Bradley, a district committee member. “Racing in a Cub Scout derby is great fun.”

There were 53 cub scouts who attended the derby, and each pack was given the opportunity to design their own racing vehicle.

In the Bears category, Adam Marzak came in first, Andrew Boselli took second and Jack Fisher came in third place. First place among the Tigers went to Declan McCracken, second to Dilan McCraken and third to Steven Camacho.

Among the Webelos, Brendan Boylan came out on top, followed by Aidan Acosta and Michael Agate. Clyde Sheridan led the Wolf division with Jack Carlis coming in second and Noah Gharib in third.

“Win or lose, they take pride in having done their best,” Bradley said. “When scouts race in a Cub Scout derby, they learn a craft skill, the rules of fair play and good sportsmanship.”

Fred Pagan, Cub Master of Pack 349 from Our Lady of Mercy Church in Forest Hills, worked to secure a venue for the race and build the ramp. Normally a derby such as this would use a steep hill, however many organizations with a suitable site were weary of having injured children on their property.

Despite it taking over two years for the scouts to find a venue that would host the derby, Pagan is optimistic the event will continue.

“They’re already talking about next year,” he said.

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