Around 50 Cub Scouts and their parents gathered at McBride Elementary School Saturday to participate in Pack 177’s first Pinewood Derby Race.
Juan Juarez, Cubmaster of Pack 177, said the race was a time to teach the kids team-building skills.
“It’s not always important to win but to enjoy the game,” he said.
Juarez said the race taught the Scouts how to work with tools and woodcrafts. The Cubs have had since Christmas to work on their cars.
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Samantha Rosas, parent of a Tiger Cub Scout, said she wanted her son to join scouting activities so he could learn other values outside of school and home.
“This is also something where he can bond with other boys his age outside of school,” she said. Juarez said putting the event together was a learning experience for both him and the parents. Less than a year old, Juarez said the pack was experiencing growing pains but was definitely learning.
“We’re going to take what we learn today and apply it to next year’s Pinewood Derby,” he said.
Like the volunteers, who were also parents of the scouts, Juarez said he was new to his position as Cubmaster and putting together the Pinewood Derby Race wouldn’t have been possible without team effort.
Sebastian Juarez, a Bear Cub Scout, won first place overall. Sebastian said it took him about three days to build his car with the help of his father.
The elder Juarez said he was proud of his son for winning. And Sebastian said the best part about the Pinewood Derby was racing against his friends.
“I was very proud of when I was building everything,” Sebastian said. “I (did) very hard work on (the car).”