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Beatty Cub Scouts host Pinewood Derby

The Community Center in Beatty host to the Beatty Cub Scout Pinewood Derby on May 2.

Between Cub Scouts and adults, 37 cars were entered in the event.

The event also featured a potluck dinner and presentation of merit badges to several scouts.

Across the country, the Pinewood Derby is a program of the Boy Scouts of America.

“That first derby was held May 15, 1953,” the Boys Scouts website states in tracing the event history. “By 1955, the Pinewood Derby was part of the official Cub Scouting program and, while always optional, has become a key part of many Cub Scout packs’ annual programs.

“Variations of the Pinewood Derby have been developed over the years, including the rain-gutter regatta and the space derby, both of which demonstrate the worth (and the fun) of the Pinewood Derby in a slightly different form,” the history recap adds.

Photos by Richard Stephens/Special to the Pahrump Valley Times

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