Cub Scouts race block cars in annual Pinewood Derby

NEIGHBORS

January 25, 1995|By LARRY STURGILL

Last week was busy for Cub Scout Pack 615, which held its annual Pinewood Derby and participated in the annual Klondike Derby.

Members of Pack 615 brought their racing cars, handmade from pine block car kits, to Running Brook Elementary School last Wednesday for the annual Pinewood Derby.

Scouts and family members gathered around the 30-foot-long, gently sloping racetrack to watch the races and cheer for the 20 colorfully decorated cars entered in the double-elimination derby.

After nearly 1 1/2 hours of racing, three finalists remained: Matt Butler, Bear Den champion, in car No. 3; Chris Fournier, Wolf Den champion, in car No. 5; and Tommy Farley, Webelos Den champion, in car No. 15.

The races among the three fastest cars were close and exciting. But when the dust cleared, the first-place plaque belonged to Chris and his pine racer. Tommy was second, and Matt placed third.

Awards also were presented to the second- and third-place winners from each den.

Bear Den: second place -- Adam Fisch; third place -- Ryan Farley.

Wolf Den: second place -- Chris Dotson; third place -- Kevin Tomlinson.

Webelos Den: second place -- Ben Schwartz; third place -- Spencer Lean.

Awards also were given for best appearance and most original design.

For best-looking car, first place went to Chris Fournier and second place to Adam Fisch. Third place was a three-way tie involving Spencer Learn and brothers Tommy and Ryan Farley.

And, for most original design, first place also went to Chris Fournier, second place to Adam Fisch and third place to Matt Rockwell.

An exciting week of competition was not yet over for the members of Pack 615.

Memories of the Pinewood Derby still were fresh, when pack members traveled to Schooley Mill Park, off Hall Shop Road in Highland, to participate in a different kind of derby.

The Klondike Derby, sponsored by the National Pike District of the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, is a test of skills, knowledge and endurance, based upon some of the experiences of the miners heading to the Yukon Territory of Canada during the famous Klondike Gold Rush of 1898.

For Pack 615 and the other area Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts attending the Klondike Derby, the cold, windy weather, with a spattering of snow flurries, only served to enhance the realism of the event.

Members of Pack 615 trekked through the wooded trails of the park, stopping at 12 stations, each requiring such skills as animal tracking, searching for gold nuggets and running an obstacle course. Some stations had games requiring luck or individual skills, but, for the most part, successful teamwork was required.

And, while on the subject of awards, Pack 615 Webelo Spencer Lean recently was awarded Aquanaut, Family Member and Scholar pins.

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Being selected as a member of the Howard County Gifted and Talented High School Orchestra is an honor reserved for only the most talented high school musicians.

Members from Atholton High School are John Chung and Deepak Ramapriyan, violin; Tim Kilgore, trumpet; and Jared Salisbury, tuba.

Members from Wilde Lake at River Hill are Raj Adlakha, Elaine Cheong, Jason Eichmiller, Lara Haase, Angie Hsieh, Erin Ou and Vishnu Ranganathan, violin; Dan Bender, Ehson Mosleh and Bill Davis, cello; Kathy Dalton, clarinet; Charlie Downs, bass; Bo Kim, flute; and Matt McDaniel, trombone.

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The Wilde Lake Interfaith Center is seeking a part-time receptionist. Experience as a receptionist and maturity in dealing with the public are requirements for this position.

Those interested may call Ian Paris, Interfaith Center building manager, at 730-7920.

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