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Croton’s Cub Scouts Hold Annual Pinewood Derby at Croton Auto Park

January 31, 2008

For the third year in a row, on Friday evening January 11th, 2008, Croton’s Cub Scout Pack 28 held their annual Pinewood Derby at Croton Auto P ark. Croton’s only auto dealer once again cleared out and decorated their showroom and generously underwrote many of the costs associated with the race to provide a venue for Pack 28’s finest Derby yet. The race was a big success and a truly fun night was had by all.


Hosting the Pinewood Derby is a natural extension of the community support that Croton Auto Park provides to many local organizations. It also didn’t hurt that they had an audience of close to 60 families, many of whom are already Croton Auto Park customers or others who may be in the market for new vehicles in the coming years. Before and during the races, participants enjoyed pizza & soda and got a chance to sit in several brand new Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles. Pack 28 sends out a HUGE Thank You to Mr. Giordano and his staff at Croton Auto Park for their time and generosity.


The Pinewood Derby is one of the signature events of Cub Scouting, where boys (with a little help from parents) design, build, paint and race gravity powered model cars made from a single block of wood. The purpose of this activity is for boys to build a team relationship with their parent or helper, experience a sense of accomplishment, learn about good sportsmanship and most importantly, to have fun. Every year, more than one million boys and parents participate in a Pinewood Derby, and here in Croton, 58 boys entered cars this year. There were many awards given out - based on the fastest racing times as well as other special craft categories.


The overall winners were:

1st place: Noah Campbell;
2nd place: Christopher Sheldon;
3rd place: Sean Smith;
4th place: Bradley D’Auria;
5th place: Jared Cohen;
6th place: Christopher Mullins;
7th place: Tommy Kaplan

Craftsmanship awards in this year’s Derby were awarded to:

Most Patriotic - Daniel Vlad;
Funniest - William Rickett;
Scariest - Jordan Barry;
Most Imaginative - Thomas Minett;
Best Woodcrafting - Nicholas Pisciotta;
Best Paint Job - Aiden Baker;
Most Realistic - Mathew Cestone;
Most Futuristic - Kevin Smith;
Best Cub Scout Themed Car - Michael Harris

This year, the Cub Pack also held an “Open Division” derby race, for parents and siblings to build and race Pinewood Derby cars. This year there were 27 cars entered in the Open Division. The first three finishers based on time were awarded trophies: Erin Reynolds (1st place), Madeline Sheldon’s Den 4 (2nd place) & Kaitlyn Jaensch (3rd place).

The event was a great success with many of the families declaring that this year’s Derby was the best ever as the Pack unveiled a brand new state of the art race track and continued to build its relationship with Croton Auto Park. Many scouts and families expressed hope that the partnership between Croton Auto Park and Pack 28 would continue in the future. The Pinewood Derby was staged with the very generous help of several employees from Croton Auto Park, led by Sales Manager Vinny DeLuca and owner Mr. Lou Giordano. Many volunteer parents and leaders were also involved in planning and set-up. The Pinewood Derby Co-Chairpersons for Pack 28 were Steve Smith and Jayne Whitman.

Pack 28 provides a wide range of programs for boys from first through fifth grades. Recent activities have included the annual Thunderbird Games in nearby Croton Point Park along with hundreds of other Scouts from the Westchester and Putnam area and an overnight trip to Cooperstown, NY including a visit to Howe Caverns and the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Upcoming events include a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser this weekend, a winter cabin camping trip, a bowl-a-thon, a ski trip, and the annual Blue & Gold awards dinner. For more information on Pack 28, visit their web site at or contact Cubmaster Steve Schecter at 271-3266.


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