GRETNA - Wolf Scout Caden Annis spent some time in the hot seat on Saturday, and in this case that wasn’t a bad thing.
At the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby, the hot seat was reserved for the Scout whose car currently had the fastest time.
Competing in his second derby, Caden enjoyed the spot for quite some time and ended up finishing second overall.
When asked what he thought made his car so fast, he simply shrugged.
“I don’t know,” he said.
While the scouts enjoy race day, it’s the time spent designing and building the cars that counts as the best part. for most of them.
“My dad and I built it,” Caden said as he proudly pointed to his red, white and blue car. “It’s a USA car.”
Scouts start with a Pinewood Derby car kit, which contains a block of wood, four wheels and axles. From there, the scouts design, cut, sand and paint the cars within certain guidelines.
Pack 363 holds a clinic several weeks before the derby to provide scouts access to tools and design help, said Bob Austin, Pack 363 committee chair. After that, the scouts work on their own.
The resulting cars ranged from simple wedges painted a bright color and decorated with decals to intricate drag-racing designs with a glossy shine.
More than 40 scouts from packs representing three area schools took part in Saturday’s event, which included a soup and chili dinner after the races. In addition to trophies for the top racers, special design awards were also given.
“Everyone builds their own,” Austin said. “It’s great to see the hard work the boys put into it.”