Down and derby

Fulton-based Cub, Boy Scouts compete in pinewood derby

A young Cub Scout reacts as he and his fellow scouts watch pinewood derby cars speed past the finish line on Saturday inside the Fulton State Hospital’s Main Canteen. Tiger Cubs, Wolves, Bears, Webelos and Webelos 2 of Cub Scout Pack 50 raced in the morning and the older age group raced in the afternoon. All participants received a ribbon and trophies were awarded to first, second and third place winners.

A young Cub Scout reacts as he and his fellow scouts watch pinewood derby cars speed past the finish line on Saturday inside the Fulton State Hospital’s Main Canteen. Tiger Cubs, Wolves, Bears, Webelos and Webelos 2 of Cub Scout Pack 50 raced in the morning and the older age group raced in the afternoon. All participants received a ribbon and trophies were awarded to first, second and third place winners. Photo by Brittany Ruess.

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Christal Jacobs hugs her son, Evan Harper, 7, after he won the “Best Overall” award for the entire Boy Scout Pack 50. Harper said it felt “good” to win the award and the trophies he went home with yesterday — one for first place in Tiger Cubs and best overall — are the first trophies he’s ever won.

Members of Cub Scout Pack 50 intently watched as their cars whiz down the track at the pack’s pinewood derby race yesterday.

Trophies were awarded to the first, second and third place winners in each den. The overall winner for the entire pack was Evan Harper, 7, whose black and red car was the speediest of all the cars among Tiger Cubs, Wolves, Bears, Webelos and Webelos 2.

Harper said he felt “good” and proud to be the owner of the top car. He was the first place winner in his den, Tiger Cubs, and received a trophy for that honor and best overall. The two trophies are his first ever and he plans on placing them in important spots in both his mother’s and father’s homes.

Eight-year-old twin brothers Bryce and Beau Edwards went home with first and second place trophies, respectively, from the race in the Wolves den.

“I feel awesome to be second place,” Beau Edwards said.

“If you were in first place think about how awesome you would feel,” Bryce Edwards said to his brother.

Beau Edwards later grabbed a cola and had what he called a “soda-bration” to celebrate his second place win.

“He’s so jealous right now. He’s so jealous,” Bryce Edwards said. “I don’t want to rub it in his face though.”

Ted Schrout, 7, and his father, Mike Schrout of Fulton created a Batman-themed pinewood derby car.

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Tiger Cub Ted Schrout, 7, hugs his father, Mike Schrout, after winning “Best in Show” for his Batman-themed pinewood derby car. This was the first time both father and son participated in a pinewood derby race. Ted Schrout’s car took fifth place among the Tiger Cubs, and even before winning “Best in Show,” he said he felt “overwhelmingly good” about the race.

Although the car took fifth place in the Tiger Cub den, Ted Schrout’s version of the Batmobile — complete with guns and the bat symbol — impressed the judges and won “Best in Show” for its design.

“I didn’t think I would get a trophy at first but I was surprised I got the best looking car,” Ted Schrout said.

For Mike Schrout, creating a pinewood derby car was a first time experience for him and his son. Because he grew up in a very rural area, Mike Schrout said he never had the opportunity to participate in Boy Scouts.

“This is a lot of fun…It’s a good bonding experience,” Mike Schrout said.

Now that the seven-year-old has some experience, Ted Schrout shared some advice for the next group of Tiger Cubs: to work hard and do their best.

“They should believe they can do anything,” he said.

For more photos and results, pick up the Jan. 19 edition of the Fulton Sun.

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