From Walt Weimar:
A fun St. Patrick's Day of youth craftsmanship and competitive spirit was marked by Mary Lin Elementary's annual Pack 586 Cub Scout Pinewood Derby, held on Saturday March 17th at Epworth United Methodist Church's Fellowship Hall.
After carefully weighing and measuring each car per official Cub Scout derby specifications, all 32 scouts and their parents cheered their favorite entries, while adult volunteers and den leaders helped ensure each participant experienced the thrill of racing their handmade wooden cars, which run over a state-of-the-art aluminum track four abreast toward electronic sensors that score each trial.
As in previous years, results were closely observed during each race. The first contestants to crown a winner were the Tiger Cub (1st grade) den, whose finalists were Aidan McCarthy (1st place), William Sanders (2nd place), and Wesley Urda (3rd place), with superb additional competition by Dean Barry.
During Wolf Cub (2nd grade) competition, Sam Coan emerged as winner, with Cal Owenby in 2nd place, and Mark McClain in 3rd place. Also competing enthusiastically with their cars were James King, Lawson Crutcher, Peter Thrasher and Carter Twomey.
A vigorous Bear Cub (3rd grade) contest resulted in Josh Johnson taking the prize, while Russell Kirkland finished 2nd, followed by Sam Castano in 3rd place. Also racing well were cars prepared by Wolfgang Byrne, Zane McKinney, Will McEntee, Benton Shevlin and George Lefkowicz.
On the "senior circuit", the younger Webelos I (4th grade) den winner was Charlie Robinson, while 2nd place was awarded to Jay Skach, and 3rd place to Neil Barry. Cars by Theo Weimar and Jesse Garcia also represented their den well.
Finally, the much-anticipated Webelos II (5th grade) den's race was won by Chip Miller, with Harry Rowe taking 2nd place, and Jack Dwyer garnering a 3rd place finish. Excellent cars entered by Xander Menor, Henry Lefkowicz, Robert Brunet, Ben Samuels and Jack Persons ensured a close race to the finish.
The highlight of this year's pack event was again the much-anticipated final heat between each den's top winner. Although all of the cars were exceptionally fast, surprising many observers was newcomer Sam Coan of the Wolf Cubs as the overall Pack winner, with 2nd place awarded to Chip Miller of Webelos II, and 3rd place won by Josh Johnson of Bear Cubs. The always-popular "Coolest Car" competition was also a close affair, with the most enthusiastic cheers for winner Henry Lefkowicz of Webelos II den, followed by Sam Castano's Bear Cub entry in 2nd place, and Lawson Crutcher's Wolf Cub car design taking 3rd place.
Mary Lin's Pack 586 Cub Scouts have been led for several years by Cubmaster Gus Persons, with assistance from current den leaders Ainsley Platt (Wolf), James Johnson (Bear) and Walt Weimar (Webelos I), and support from East Atlanta District's Hassan Rafig (whose wife Mary has served as Tiger Cub leader), as well as Mary Lin Elementary principal Dr. Brian Mitchell, and Atlanta Area Council's District Executive Brandon Dobbins.
A traditional year-end Blue and Gold Banquet will be held by the entire pack on Saturday, May 19th at Epworth, recognizing the Webelos II scouts who will "cross over" to Boy Scouts, along with rank advancement and other achievements of over 50 boys who participated in this year's Cub Scout program at Mary Lin Elementary.
For more information on Cub Scouting at Mary Lin Elementary and surrounding neighborhoods, or to learn the many ways in which adult volunteers can provide support for this important youth mentoring program, please contact den leaders James Johnson at 404-525-4835, Walt Weimar at 678-361-4792, Ainsley Platt at 404-687-8987, or by calling the Atlanta Area Council at 770-989-8820.
Photo credit: James & Kelly Crutcher. See all photos here.