The Wagon Wheel District’s Pinewood Derby resulted in laughter, camaraderie and creativity for Boy Scouts.
Hosted in the John B. Muller Administrative Services building at Bellevue University on April 6, the derby featured six divisions — Tigers, Lions, Bears, Wolves, Webelos and Arrow of Light — and 197 cars racing to first place.
The nearly 200 cars was the most racing in the district’s event, said Daniel Kilby, senior district executive for Wagon Wheel district.
The cost for racers was $10, and Scouts earned a patch for the event. The money goes back to providing materials for the cars and supporting the Boy Scouts down the road.
The Pinewood Derby has existed since the beginning of Boy Scouts, and the Wagon Wheel District has had its races at BU for six years.
“Bellevue University has been an outstanding partner for the district for many, many years and they have a really good venue for these kinds of events,” he said.
Cole Barrall, a Scout for three years who took first place at the event, said he was excited to win the competition.
“First, I was nervous and the second feeling is like, ‘Oh, my gosh, I won out of hundreds of people,’” he said. “I feel so good about myself.”
Matt Barrall, Cole’s father, said it took about two weeks to build Cole’s car, which they did with their pack.
Matt said he enjoys the event because of the kids’ creativity coming to life.
“I think it’s a great way for the kids to see how something they build can have such a great outcome,” he said.
Kilby said the Pinewood Derby is important to really exemplify what being a Scout is.
“It’s a good way for youth to express their character and personality through cars,” he said.
“I like how it’s a good project for youth and adults to work on together with either their parents or grandparents. It’s a great activity to just bring the generations together.”