Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Pinewood Derby Girl Scouts!

New Jersey's GM-News reports that Manalapan-Englishtown Girl Scouts held their second annual Pinewood Derby on February 5 at Neff Chapel at Old Tennent Presbyterian Church, Manalapan. Each Girl Scout created her own race car out of a block of wood. According to Phyllis Fitzgerald, who is the leader for Girl Scouts Cadette Troop 532 and the Colonial Region’s volunteer support chairwoman and organizer of the Girl Scout derby, the Pinewood Derby is traditionally an event in which boys who are Cub Scouts take part in on an annual basis.
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Fitzgerald and her husband, Scott, who is the cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 180, Manalapan, had noticed how much the female siblings of the Cub Scouts, including their own daughters, enjoyed the Pinewood Derby and they decided to work on opening the event to the Girl Scouts last year. This year 79 girls between the ages of 5 and 13 participated in the Girls Scouts’ Pinewood Derby event. Cub Scout Pack 180, which held its Pinewood Derby the prior week, was the girls’ host, providing the racing track, den leaders and Cub Scouts to run the races. Each girl’s car raced down the track a minimum of four times, with the winners of each heat advancing on to the finals. Trophies were awarded for the top five finishers in five Girl Scout age levels.
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Awesome! Do you know any Pinewood racing Girl Scouts?