Cubs prepare for derby

VIENNA – Cub Scouts from throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley will gather Feb. 2 to pit their racing skills against each other in the 41st annual Davis Anderson Memorial Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Allohak Council Championships at the Grand Central Mall in Vienna.

The derby will begin at 10 a.m. with nearly 600 boys racing homemade cars on five tracks throughout the mall throughout the day, with the council finals at 5 p.m. at Center Court.

The registration deadline for Cub Scouts interested in participating in the derby is 5 p.m. Jan. 23, with more information available at

At noon at Center Court, the Mayors and area Dignitaries/Celebrities Race will be held. Registration is at 11:45 a.m.

The Vienna Police Department will be at the mall to give out “speeding tickets” to some of the racers, said derby chairperson Kathy Anderson Wise.

Pinewood Derby racing requires participants to learn the crafts necessary to make the individuals cars, the PWD rules that must be followed in the car making, the racing process and, most importantly, sportsmanship. This has to do with how the Scout acts and behaves while participating in the derby.

This event is not just about winning, but also how to be a good winner and loser and more importantly, about having fun, said Wise. The purpose of the Pinewood Derby is to help the Cub Scout build a team relationship with their parent or helper, experience the sense of accomplishment, learn new skills, the excitement of competition, learn win/lose good sportsmanship and to have fun.

The model cars are made of wood to specified dimensions, created, carved, assembled and decorated by Cub Scouts under the guidance of the parents or helpers. All Scouts are required to build a new car each year. On race day, the cars will be weighed, measured and inspected to confirm the race rules have been followed.

“The idea for the race is to give the boys an opportunity to experience good friendly competition and track good sportsmanship. Boys will come away with a sense of satisfaction that ‘I may not have won, but I had a good time participating,'” said Wise.

While the first local Pinewood Derby was held in 1972, the Pinewood Derby has been an annual event at the Grand Central Mall since 1974. Wise credits the mall, its merchants and other businesses throughout the area for their cooperation and support as several hundred Scouts and their family members spend the day at the facilities.

The Pinewood Derby kicks off Scout Anniversary Week as Scouts from the area and across the state celebrate the Boy Scouts of America’s 103rd anniversary. Scouting continues to be a strong force in instilling values in the youth of America as one of the nation’s largest youth organizations with a membership of more than 4 million youth.

The Allohak Council serves 17 counties in West Virginia and Ohio. For more information, go online to