Ready, set, go! The little wooden cars race across the aluminum track with eager eyes upon them. Cheering erupts among the audience as they pass the finish line. Smiles are seen all over.
This situation occurs for every race during the annual Pinewood Derby competition put on by Pack 828. The Cub Scouts, who are part of the Boy Scouts of America, have been doing Pinewood Derby races since the 1950s. A month or so before the race, each scout is given a block of pinewood, four plastic wheels and four nails. The finished car must use all nine pieces, must not exceed a certain weight/length and must fit on the track. This year, the pack has more than 40 racers, which is nearly three-fourths of the group.