Girls beat boys in Tamaqua Pinewood Derby
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Shane O'Neill, 9, stares intensely while adjusting his car on the starting line.
There was a competitive atmosphere during the Tamaqua Boys Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girls Scouts Pinewood Derby held Saturday at the St John's United Church of Christ in Tamaqua.
The pinewood derby is a racing event for Cub Scouts in the Boy Scouts of America. Cub Scouts, with the help of parents, build their own cars from a 7" by 2 " block of wood, usually from kits containing a block of pine, plastic wheels and metal axles.
The derby, which started at 8 in the morning, lasted the entire day and consisted of more than 80 combined scouts.
This was the third year the Tamaqua Girl Scouts, who traditionally hold a Powder Puff Derby, competed with the boys. The girls won the derby in 2010, while the boys won it last year.
Placing top in the boy's derby were Derek DeAngelo, 7, who placed 3rd, Shane O'Neill, 9, who placed 2nd, and Nicholas Wall, 9, who placed 1st. Placing top in the girl's derby were Kaitlyn Soley, 7, who placed 3rd, Angelina Casella, 7, who placed 2nd, and Rachel Hinkle, 9, who placed 1st.
Those scouts then competed amongst each other in a combined derby. This year's derby was a close call, but the girls eventually took the lead in the end, with girls scouts Casella taking second place and Soley taking first place.
The scouts are always looking for new scouts to join their ranks. Tamaqua Cub Scouts, Boys Scouts, and Girls Scouts all meet weekly at the St John's UCC on Pine Street in Tamaqua. For more information about the Tamaqua Cub and Boy Scouts, call David Clemson, unit commissioner, at (570) 778-5939. For the Tamaqua Girls Scouts, call Nancy Paisley, service unit manager, at (570) 578-5176. Both Clemson and Paisley stressed their appreciation for all the dedicated young scouts, parents' participation and support during their annual combined pinewood derby, stating, "They are all winners."