Cub Scout Pack 125 held its annual Pinewood Derby on Saturday, Feb. 9 at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Wellington.
Nearly 50 scouts competed with cars made of small wooden blocks. The designed, painted and themed cars are built to race on a six-lane track with electronic sensors that accurately record race times. J.D. Ross, a first-year Tiger Cub Scout, had the fastest car and was awarded Pack 125 Grand Champion. Ross and the other three scouts from each ranking will compete Saturday, March 16 at the Trade Winds District Pinewood Derby.
The scouts invited several special guests to participate in the Akela (adult leaders) portion of the derby.
On hand were Wellington Mayor Bob Margolis, who entered a roadster, and Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office District 8 Commander Capt. Jay Hart, who entered a PBSO cruiser.
Representing Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue were Capt. Charlie Shinn, Mitchell Longley and Phil Moynihan, who entered a fire truck. Binks Forest Elementary School Principal Michella Levy had one of her students, Bear Scout Shawn O’Sullivan, build a car on her behalf.
St. Peter’s United Methodist Church Pastor Rev. Rainer Richter also competed. In all, 20 adults and scout siblings participated in the Akela class.
Cub Scout Pack 125 meets the third Thursday of each month in the Fellowship Hall of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church of Wellington.
ABOVE: (Right, front row, L-R) Andrew Taylor, Bear Den Leader Anthony Gallo, Cubmaster Steve Walton, Assistant Cubmaster John Lacy, Tiger Den Leader Jason Smith, Pack 125 Committee Chair Brad Stockwell and Pinewood Derby Chair Gary Gouveia; (back row) PBSO Capt. Jay Hart, Binks Forest Elementary School Principal Michella Levy, Pack 125 Chartered Organization representative Peter Yackulics, Wellington Mayor Bob Margolis, PBCFR Capt. Charlie Shinn, Mitchell Longley and Phil Moynihan.