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Morning Sun
  • Pinewood Derby, more at Scout show

  • Scouts from all over the region gathered at Pittsburg’s Meadowbrook Mall Saturday for the Mo-Kan District Scout Show, the highlight of which was the pinewood derby races.



    The event served to promote scouting and to raise awareness of the difference the program can make in boys who are involved.

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  • Scouts from all over the region gathered at Pittsburg’s Meadowbrook Mall Saturday for the Mo-Kan District Scout Show, the highlight of which was the pinewood derby races.
    The event served to promote scouting and to raise awareness of the difference the program can make in boys who are involved.
    Wes Shoemaker, the Scoutmaster for Troop 66 in Galena, said a major study shows the importance of the program.
    “Baylor University actually did a study on why Boy Scouts make better Americans,” he said. “Scouting has great values.”
    Jared Alexander, who is the district executive at Boy Scouts of America, Ozarks Trail Council, said the study led to the theme for the day.
    “Our theme this year is ‘Captains of America,’” Alexander said. “These guys are leading the way.”
    The study showed that scouting has a major impact in preparing leaders, and that many of those in the most powerful positions in the nation can trace their development back to their time as Boy Scouts.
    With this in mind, the day’s events featured booths and displays from 14 units across the district, which were set up around the mall’s commons area and all kept with the theme while displaying different angles of the program.
    “Everybody has a booth or activity with them,” Alexander said.
    The booths offered information and games, including coloring, crafts, making pet rocks, tying knots and opportunities to learn about famous alumni of the program.
    Scouts also shared about their troops’ projects with passers-by.
    Joey Dale, a scout from Troop 66, said his troop frequently helps with retiring worn flags and helping to distribute new flags, as well as conducting community breakfasts and other service projects.
    At the center of it all were the pinewood derby trials, which ran from mid-morning through the afternoon hours.
    Scouts lined up by age to watch cars of all shapes, colors and designs, including police cars, Batmobiles, boats, race cars and more, take their turns on the track.
    “They get a block of balsa wood and get to shape them down however they want,” Alexander said.
    He said the cars are gravity-driven and can carry weights, but must not be more than five ounces.
    The cars are timed to the thousandth of a second and are raced in heats. Winners are named in each age group for the fastest car, the “economy car” which is the slowest in the group, and the judges’ choice award for the car the judges like best.
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