The Nolachuckey District, Sequoyah Council, Boy Scouts of America, held its 2018 District Pinewood Derby on Feb. 24 at Doak Elementary School in Tusculum.
The Nolachuckey District encompasses Greene, Hancock and Hawkins counties.
Twenty-five Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts who had placed in their packs’ Pinewood Derbies competed in the district Pinewood Derby.
The winners of this year’s district derby were: First Place — Jarrett Knight, son of Nicholas and Erica Knight, Pack 991, sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Greeneville Branch; Second Place — Caleb Mullins, son of Daniel and Heather Mullins, Pack 94, sponsored by Trinity United Methodist Church; and Third Place — Hayden Painter, son of Jeremiah and Beverly Painter, Pack 93, sponsored by Afton United Methodist Church.
A banner at the event proclaimed the track “Alan Corley Speedway” in recognition of Corley’s sponsorship of the event for many years.
Other participating Scouts, by unit, were: Pack 93 — Jaron Cobble and Emerson Dupree; Pack 94 — Brayden Seaton and Aiden Yokley; Pack 96, sponsored by St. James Lutheran Church — Kenneth Jaynes, Lucas Bennett and Brennan Huff; Pack 98, sponsored by Korner Market — Xavier Toth, Kyler Seals and Scott Wisecarver; and Pack 99, sponsored by Mosheim Fire Department — Zachary Barrington, Hayden Bentley and Colton McGee.
Also, Pack 100, sponsored by Crossroads Assembly of God, Rogersville — Mason Brewer, Kaleb Hogue and Linkon Bell; Pack 198, sponsored by the Baileyton Ruritan Club — Nathan Berben, Jameson Oram and Zach Walker; and Pack 393, sponsored by Jubilee Center, Sneedville — Riley Johnson and Tyler Livesay.
“All the Cub Scouts and their families had a great afternoon of fun,” Scouting spokesman Neil Smith said in a news release.
A Pinewood Derby is a racing event where Cub Scouts, with the help of their parents, build their own cars from wood kits containing a block of pine, plastic wheels and metal axles. The cars race down a track powered by gravity.
Cub Scout packs across the United States have been holding Pinewood Derbies for over 60 years, Smith said.
Cub Scouting is for youth in the first through fifth grades, or 7 to 10 years of age, with boys in the fourth and fifth grades participating as Webelos Scouts.
Smith said Cub Scouting is a family and home-centered program. As they get older, the Scouts participate in more advanced activities that begin to prepare them to become Boy Scouts.
Cub Scouts are organized into “packs” that are chartered to and sponsored by religious and service organizations.
For more information about Scouting in our community or to find a unit, visit www.nolachuckeydistrict.org or contact District Executive Wesley Miller at 423-914-1510.