It was a morning full of test drives Saturday at Elm Chevrolet in Elmira for local scouts.
But they weren’t testing out the cars in the dealership’s lot.
Instead, the cub scouts of Pack 101 were testing their Pinewood Derby cars in the dealership’s showroom.
For around two hours on Saturday morning, the scouts competed against one another using their cars’ looks, creativity, and speed. But, like many other activities in the ‘scouts, it wasn’t just about having fun, it was also about learning.
“They have a blast, they have a lot of fun with it. They enjoy getting to see their cars race, and the surprising thing is, we never get a lot of hurt feelings about my ‘car didn’t win,’ because they have so much fun that doesn’t really matter at the end of the day. They learn a little bit about physics little bit about automotive design and and aerodynamics and things like that so yes this is all about education in everything we do,” said Mark Cyr, the cubmaster for Pack 101.
The Pinewood Derby first started in California in 1953. Since then, it’s become a national event for millions of scouts of all levels and ages.