Pinewood racers gather at Grand Central Mall for annual derby

Photo by Jeffrey Saulton First place finishers among the Cub Scouts were, front, Abbigale Sillaman of Pack 430, Lion division; and back row, from left, Wolf, Ben Rodehaver of Pack 19; Tiger, Levi Anderson of Pack 19; and Bear, Cannon Huck, of Pack 231.

VIENNA — For the 46th consecutive year more than 120 area Cub Scouts, and some siblings not involved in Scouting, gathered at the Grand Central Mall for the annual Davis Anderson Memorial Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Allohak Council Championships.

Saturday’s event was a historic one, marking the first girls entered as racers as members of Cub Packs. Also one of the girls made history by winning her division among Cub Scouts.

Larry Hostottle, Cub Master of Pack 19, said the format of racing two racers at a time was scrapped for four at a time.

“In this format the winner is determined by overall time and consistency,” he said. “It’s all for fun.”

For 2018 he said they had 120 to 125 Scouts come out for the event. He said the threat of flooding did not deter many Scouts from coming out for the annual race.

Photo by Jeffrey Saulton Overall winners at the 46th annual Davis Anderson Memorial Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Allohak Council Championships at Grand Central Mall were, from left, Cannon Huck, Pack 231, first; Ben Rodehaver, Pack 19, second; David Washburn, Pack 19, third; and Cole Moore, Pack 222, fourth.

Two girls who are members of Cub Pack 430 in Arnoldsburg were the first area girls allowed to join a Cub Pack under new rules from Boy Scouts of America. Emily and Abbigale Sillaman joined the pack where their dad, Dan Sillaman, is pack master.

Sillaman said his daughters do not have an opportunity to be part of a Girl Scouts group, since the nearest one to them is 30 miles away.

“They would see their brothers doing fun things and going camping and I’d have to leave them home,” he said. “We had nothing for the girls, so when the council allowed us to be part of a pilot program we decided to do it.

“Honestly, I didn’t think my daughters would join.”

Sillaman said they sent flyers to the school announcing girls could be members and they were eager to join.

Photo by Jeffrey Saulton Emily Sillaman, of Cub Scout Pack 430 from Arnoldsburg, was one of two girls to match their racers against other Cub Scouts during the 46th annual Davis Anderson Memorial Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Allohak Council Championships at Grand Central Mall on Saturday.

While there are some who are against the move, Sillaman said, noted the organization’s Explorers program is co-ed.

“And, it works,” he said. “With the way society is moving, it seems like a logical move toward girls in Scouting.”

Sillaman said the girls have been accepted by their peers and the parents. Sillaman said meetings are separated, but they come together for Pack meetings.

Pack 430 is one of four packs in the Allohak Council to allow girls and it will be nationwide in August.

His daughter Abbigale Sillaman won the Lion division.

Photo by Jeffrey Saulton Winners in the Webelos I were, from left, Cole Moore, Pack 222, first; Henry Cain, Pack 117, second; Grant Morris, Pack 13, third; and Joshua Benjamin Lund, Pack 17, fourth.

Sillaman said his daughters are pioneers for others.

This year’s overall winner was Cannon Huck, who also won the Bear division. He was racing for the third time. He said he won for the second year in a row. When asked why he got involved in the pinewood derby he had a quick answer,

“It’s a lot of fun,” he said.

Huck, a third-grader at Putnam Elementary School, said he is looking forward to coming back for another win in 2019.

His dad, Keith Huck, said he raced the pinewood cars when he was his son’s age and had fun.

Photo by Jeffrey Saulton Preston Binegar, center, of Cub Pack 224, gets his racer ready while supervised by Butch Hawkins, left, Scout Master of Troop 203, and John Baker, right, of Explorers Pack 618.

“It’s something we get to do as a family,” he said.

Photo by Jeffrey Saulton Winners in the Webelos II were, from left, David Washburn, Pack 19, first; Anthony Tennant, Pack 19, second; Nathan Stemple, Pack 3, third; and Cameron Dutton, Pack 12, fourth.