Dozens of Cub Scouts and family members from Pack's 361 and 280 packed the hall at the United Methodist Church of Macedonia March 11 for their annual pinewood derby, a gravity-and-friction contest pitting 5-ounce model cars against each other on a 36-foot track.

"You might want to call it our showcase event," said Bear Den leader Pete Siggia.

About 50 Scouts and some of their siblings took part in the race, with Pack 261 Cubmaster William Pizzi handing cars one-by-one to Pack 280 Cubmaster Mark Henderson, who carefully positioned each four-car heat at the top of the steep track.

The hall filled with the sound of the cars swooshing down the track, and with cheers.

Siggia said the scouts are in first- to fifth-grade in school and range in age from 7 to 12, when they transition to becoming Boy Scouts.

While Boy Scout Troops are led by the Scouts themselves, with adults serving as advisors, "Cub Scouting is all about the family," Siggia said.

And, as a family activity, "You see plenty of cars that are built by girls," he added.

The average family pays about $15 per car through fundraisers, though the cars are supplied by their respective packs, he said.

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