BOONVILLE — The pinewood derby is typically a Boy Scout event, but a group of area Girl Scouts didn’t let that stand in the way of their desire to do it.
The local Boy Scouts were happy to assist by sharing their track for the event on Saturday at Boonville Elementary School. For the past several weeks the girls have been hard at work on the project.
“These girls have taken a 2×2 block of pine and carved out cars with their dads and designed them,” explained Valerie King, a troop leader and membership manager for region seven in the Peaks to Piedmont council.
Though there is a small number of Girl Scouts, only 56 in the entire county, King said they are an active group. A number of Girl Scouts from the county attended the first Daddy Daughter Pinewood Derby and a total of 19 girls participated in the race.
Girl Scouts from kindergarten through a sophomore in high school made cars for the race. The excitement was palpable as girls checked in and readied their cars for the race.
Alyssa Freeman, Lilly Wagoner, Jacey Walters and Gretta King of Troop 2381 said they were thrilled to be competing in the derby.
“I wanted to earn my engineering badge,” Freeman said of why she wanted to participate.
King said in addition to spending quality time with their dads on the project, the girls were learning many new skills.
“With this they’re learning wood working, but they are also applying engineering and technology because they’re taking a small block of wood and turning it into a car that has to be fast enough to win,” she said.
Getting the weight of the car just right was one of the more complicated aspects of the project said Sophie Lanier from the Courtney troop.
Wagoner said that cutting out the shape of the car was another challenging part. She said her favorite part was putting the wheels together.
Designing and painting the cars was a favorite part of the project for many of the girls and a variety of different designs were on display.
Covering her purple car in glitter was Walters’ favorite part.
“I liked picking the theme,” said Emily Tyree, whose car featured a design based on the popular book and movie series “The Hunger Games.”
The cars were raced, four at a time, multiple times in order to get the average speed of each vehicle and determine a winner.
In the speed category, Emily Tyree came in first place with second place going to Taylor Huskey and Sophie Lanier coming in third place. In the design category, Lilly Wagoner came in first place followed by Jenna Shore in second place and Sydney Lester in third.
Participating in the derby were Gretta King, Bella Walters, Jacey Walters, Tara Mayes, Lydia Mayes, Emily Tyree, Alyssa Freeman, Ally Eaton, Sophie Lanier, Taylor Huskey, Sydney Lester, Lilly Wagoner, Taylor St Onge, Haley LeWallen, Cheyanne Roberts, Makayla Jacobs, Lilly Fix, Jenna Shore and Riles Jackson.
King said that special thanks goes to Troop 02381 in Boonville and Troop 41246 in Courtney for organizing the event. She also thanked Annette Johnson, principal of Boonville Elementary, for use of the gym and for serving as a judge in the design category along with Karen Chandler from the Girls Scout Peaks to Piedmont council.
“An extra special thanks to Justin Walters for all his help in getting us organized and leading the way in our first annual Pinewood Derby,” King said.
Anyone interested in Girl Scouts in Yadkin County may contact King for more information at email address [email protected] or by phone at 336-466-0705.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.