Skaneateles Cub Scouts will gather on Saturday, Feb. 5 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Skaneateles for the annual Pinewood Derby, one of the most popular scout events of the Cub Scout calendar.
This year's Derby will be held at the First Presbyterian Church after many years at the Skaneateles Community Center. The church came through and hosted the event after the community center was booked for a swim meet. First Presbyterian Church has a long association with scouting in Skaneateles, as the sponsors of Troop 61 and Pack 161. However, this is the first time in recent memory that they have opened their Dobson Fellowship Hall to this event.
"We are very grateful to the church for allowing us to use this space for our annual Pinewood Derby," Cubmaster Tom Seeley said. "The boys look forward to this event all year long and to have such a convenient location for their friends and family to watch and cheer them on is just fabulous. I hope more boys are excited by this race and want to join Cub Scouts next year to get in on the fun."
Since its origin, the Scouting program has been a fun and educational experience concerned with values. In 1910, the first activities for Scouts were designed to build character, physical fitness, practical skills, and service. These elements were part of the original Cub Scout program and continue to be part of Cub Scouting today. For more information about joining Cub Scout Pack 161 in Skaneateles, contact Cubmaster Tom Seeley at 263-0052 or Ali Rhoad at 729-4806.
The first Pinewood Derby was held by Pack 280C of Manhattan Beach, California, in 1953. Boy Scouts of America was established in 1910 and the local Skaneateles Cub Scout Pack 161 has roots stretching back almost 50 years - to 1959. Today, Pack 161 consists of 70 very active cubs and is part of the Onondaga District of the Hiawatha Seaway Council that originated in 1942. For more
information, visit the Boy Scouts of America website at scouting.org, the Hiawatha Seaway Council website at www.cnyscouts.org.