2023 Pinewood Derby and Bear Carnival

Yesterday was an absolutely amazing day at our Pinewood Derby event! It was an action-packed day filled with excitement, competition, and plenty of fun for everyone involved.

Mr. Mike going over the rules before the races begin!

The day started early with the setup of the race track, and soon enough, the participants started arriving with their carefully crafted Pinewood Derby cars. As the cars were weighed and inspected, the excitement in the air was palpable. Everyone was eager to see who would come out on top in the race.

Before the races began, Rebecca Sassouni, Great Neck Board of Education President, and Rory Lancman, President of the Great Neck Board of Trustees, judged all of the cars for the best paintjob and the best design. As you can see in the pictures below, there were so many creative designs. It was clear that the scouts put a lot of time and effort into their cars, and Rebecca and Rory had a hard time picking the winners!

As the races began, the energy in the room was electric. The sound of cheering and laughter filled the air as each car zoomed down the track, with everyone rooting for their favorite car. The races were fast-paced, and each heat was more exciting than the last.

One of the best parts of the event was seeing the sportsmanship displayed by the participants. Even when a car didn’t win, the participants were gracious and supportive of each other. It was clear that they understood that the Pinewood Derby was about more than just winning; it was about having fun and building lasting friendships.

The day was not just about the races, as the bears hosted the annual Bear Carnival to keep everyone entertained. They set up multiple booths for different games. We had raffles and snacks. There were water, paper planes, and plastic balls in the air. But, most importantly, laughter!

The event was a huge success, and we’re already looking forward to next year’s Pinewood Derby! Good job, scouts!