Pinewood Derby teaches area kids how to turn a block of wood into a race car

The annual Seven Rivers Pinewood Derby was Saturday morning at Valley View Mall in La Crosse.

About 50 Cub Scouts from nine area counties competed to see who’s woodworking skills created the fastest car.

Adult partners helped kids from kindergarten to 5 th grade use their creativity to make a speedster from a standardized kit, including the block of wood that becomes the body of the car.

Joe Carlson, the executive director of the Gateway Area Council of The Boys Scouts of America, said the event the builds a bond between the kids and family members or other special adults in their lives.

“Kids have a chance to learn some new skills: learn about tools, learn about woodworking. But most importantly, they have a chance to have a new experience with their adult, make lifelong memories as they build that pinewood derby car,” said Carlson.

If you know a kid who is interested in Cub Scouts, the Gateway Area Council is hosting a joining event on May 4 at their headquarters off of Highway 16 on Quarry Rd.

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