Augusta Pack 684’s Gabriel Booker, a Wolf Cub Scout, took first place in the Best in Show category for his Pokemon car. He explained his car to Julie McKenney after receiving his trophy. Submitted photo

VASSALBORO — The annual Scouting district Pinewood Derby races were held April 6 at the Vassalboro Community School, where Cubs raced blocks of wood they carved and decorated into race cars down a long metal track.

Ira Michaud is not only the principal at the Vassalboro Community School, he is also an Eagle Scout and the Cubmaster of Damariscotta Pack 213. Submitted photo

Cub Scouts race small, driverless wooden cars down a sloped track. The cars are powered only by gravity. With an adult’s help, each car is built by a Cub Scout using a kit that includes a wooden block, plastic wheels and metal axles. Trophies or medals are often awarded for the fastest car and the best designs. Winners at the pack level move on to the district level. Kennebec Valley District covers Somerset, Franklin, Lincoln, Knox and Kennebec counties, according to a news release from Chuck Mahaleris, district chairman for the Kennebec Valley District of Scouting.

Lynette and Dallin Fortie of Oakland are members of Pack 454. Submitted photo

Ira Michaud, the principal of the Vassalboro Community School which hosted the race, is also cubmaster of Damariscotta Pack 213.

“These are all Scouts who from within their local Pack placed really well with racing their cars at their Pack’s race and have moved up to the district level,” said Michaud. “The Cubs worked with an adult in their life to create the cars that they are really proud of and raced today.”

Silas McLeod is a Wolf in Winthrop Pack 604. He was the top winner in Pack 604 among his Tiger Cub group last year and top winner among the Wolves in his pack this year as well. Submitted photo

“Me and my dad made a tank. It took us a long time to make it,” Kamden Conant said. Conant is a Lion Cub Scout in Pack 585 in Farmington.

“The hardest part was painting the car,” said Timothy Bourdelais of Gardiner, who made an American-flag theme car with his mom. He said it took three days to make the car out of the block of wood he was given. He is an Arrow of Light rank Cub Scout in Pack 672.

Avrilynn St. Amand lives in Pittston and is a member of Gardiner Cub Scout Pack 672. She competed at the Kennebec Valley District Pinewood Derby and took first place in the Wolf Rank. Submitted photo



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