Maywood Scouts Hold Annual Pinewood Derby

Monday, April 1, 2019 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Featured image: Members of Maywood Scouts Pack/Troop 78 race their handcrafted cars during the annual Pinewood Derby on March 29. | Courtesy Jill Wagner

Members of the Maywood Scouts Pack/Troop 78 held their annual Pinewood Derby on March 29 at 1401 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood. This year, they got an assist from Cub Scouts in nearby Forest Park, who lent them the track on which the scouts raced their handcrafted cars.

“We do this every year,” said Shekila Paxton, the committee chair for Pack/Troop 78, which has been the only scouting organization in Maywood for nearly a decade. The troop was founded by Don Emery eight years ago and Paxton was among the first parents to sign up. Her son is now a Boy Scout.

The annual Pinewood Derby event teaches sportsmanship and allows kids to utilize a range of skills, said Shekila Paxton, the committee chair for the Troop 78. | Jill Wagner

“The Pinewood Derby is a tradition with scouts and has been for many years,” Paxton said. “You have a block of wood that’s carved out for them and they design it, decorate it and race it. They’re putting their skills to work and displaying proper sportsmanship, as well.”

Jill Wagner, a leader with Forest Park Cub Scout Pack 109, said that she met Emery on a scouts camping trip a few years ago.

Troop 78 den leaders Joe Douglass, top left, and Robert Reed, center, help facilitate the annual Pinewood Derby, which received the enthusiastic support of the troop’s young members. | Jill Wagner

“His Maywood Boy Scout Troop 78 served as the mature scouts that taught our Forest Park Cub Scout Pack 109 how to camp and cook,” Wagner said. “They were great and we made some great memories. I always felt a debt of gratitude toward them, so when Pack 78 reached out last year for a track, we were happy to come out with ours.”

Wagner called Paxton “a force of goodness and order,” adding that “there were some very well crafted cars.” For more info on Maywood’s Pack/Troop 78, call Paxton at (773) 870-1911. VFP

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