Ready, Set, Go! Scouts ready to race

Ready, Set, Go! Scouts ready to race
Brandy Sawyer and Seth Casey preview Boy Scouts of America Quapaw Council's Pinewood Derby. (Source: KAIT-TV)
Brandy Sawyer and Seth Casey preview Boy Scouts of America Quapaw Council's Pinewood Derby. (Source: KAIT-TV)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A time-honored scouting tradition involving the design, creation, and racing of cars made from a block of wood will continue March 4 beginning at 10 a.m. with the Tiger Scouts. Wolf Cubs will follow at 11 a.m. Bear Scouts race in the Pinewood Derby at noon. Webelos will begin at 1 p.m. Vintage class follows at 2 p.m. This all takes place at the Mall at Turtle Creek in Jonesboro.

"We love watching the boys come in, and they are so excited with their little cars," Brandy Sawyer, cub master in the Quapaw Area Council, said. "They are like oh, me and my Dad, we built this together, and it was so great!"

Sawyer was recently awarded the title of "Cub Master of the Year." "Their little faces... when they race them. So whether they win or lose, they have had so much fun," Sawyer said. "They totally forget that they have lost. They're just so excited." 

"In Boy Scouting, we always want the boys to be working and doing something," Seth Casey, Boy Scouts of America Crowley's Ridge district executive said. "We don’t want the parents to come in and build the car for them. We’ve got official rules, and it starts with a block of wood." 

"Our group alone starts [building them] in December, and we got from December to February working straight on the cars," Sawyer said.

Mall-goers can watch the races throughout the day.

"We're really spread out over most of the mall," Casey said. "We’re really lucky to be able to partner with The Mall at Turtle Creek. They are big supporters of scouting. They are offer discounts for all registered Scouters who come to the Pinewood Derby. You won’t be able to walk around the Mall on Saturday without meeting someone in uniform."

The Quapaw Area Council plans to have booths available in the mall to register children for scouting.

"A lot of people think you can only register in the fall," Casey said. "That’s not true. We always want boys to be involved and parents. We’re always looking for people. If you want to join Scouting, come out and see us."

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