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Girl Scouts Pinewood Derby

Gabrielle Ahitow, Staff Writer

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The Community Church of the Pelhams- Boy Scouts have had all the fun 64 years, now it’s the Girl Scouts turn. On February 4th, the Pelham Girl Scouts  hosted their very first Pinewood Derby. The pinewood derby is a racing event for Cub Scouts in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) or Girl Scouts of America [GSA].

The Scouts, with the help of parents, build their own cars from wood, usually from kits containing a block of pine, plastic wheels, and metal axles. Then they race their cars with other troops from the area. The Girls Scouts brooded the Boys Scouts track.

Toni-Lynn Catalanotto is a troop leader of Troop 1655 who ran and started the Pelham Girl Scout Pinewood Derby. Her daughter Alyssa-Lynn  is a girl scout in Troop 1655 who talked about doing a Pinewood Derby after going to her older brother’s cub scout derbies for years.

“This year was the first derby and it was a success; we hope to do this again next year,”said Toni-Lynn. The first place winner was Alyssa-Lynn Catalanotto. She said, “Well my car is special to me because I was able to build it with my Dad by my side. Although I was not able to watch the race because I was running the food stand I put together for the parents and girls that day, my car came in first”.

Sadie Ashlock who is a Juliette Girl Scout  won second place. She raced as a Provo, which is when you’re not part of a specific troop. The 3rd place winner was this  reporter of Troop 1654.

Food and refreshments were served and there was a raffle to help support the Pelham troops. “We where able to succeed in putting the Girl Scout Derby Race together with the help of Mr. William Hopkins from Boy Scouts of Pelham.  We thank him for his help, guidance and support!  Along with all the parents for helping out. But most of all we look forward to next years of Derby Race for Pelham Girl Scouts. We loved seeing the vision of each and every car that the girls made,” said Toni-Lynn. If you’re a Girl Scout you should come with your built car next derby race or come and watch.

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