Cub Scouts Katherine and Teagan explore Lassen County.

Business Class Pinewood Derby competition, and more about Troop 159

Local Cub Scout Troop 159 presents its inaugural Business Class Pinewood Derby competition March 23, at the Elks Lodge.

Cub Scouts Katherine, Jules, Raelynn, Cooper and Teagan at the 2023 Pinewood Derby. Photos submitted

For a $100 sponsorship, businesses will be given the opportunity to compete against other local businesses in the area in either the stock car division or the outlaw division. The Cub Scouts have Pinewood Derby kits for the competitors.

The stock car division is exactly what it sounds like — build your pinewood derby car as the Cub Scouts would.

Local scouts — The Burm kids.

The outlaw division experience gives you the opportunity to build it as you please so long as it fits in the track.

Proceeds from the event help sponsor Cub Scouts with camps, gear, uniforms, advancements and future activities.

Cub Scouts on a trip last year.

About Pack 159
Ruth Borm is the den leader to this pack and has three kids in scouting. Her eldest is a Boy Scout while Katherine and Teagan are in the Cub Scouts.

She has been den leader for three years (while her husband is in charge of Boy Scouts — the older kids). Raelynn has been a Cub Scout for about two years. Cooper has been a scout for about four years. Jules has been a scout for two years. Victoria Latham’s son JJ started this year, as did Maddox. Despite being a tiny group, we always have fun when we get together for meetings and activities.

Every week we meet, and the kids get the chance to learn about various topics. For instance, this week’s topic was dinosaurs. However, as the time gets closer, we will focus on building our pinewood derby cars. It is a Cub Scout tradition and usually happens between February and March. The winner will go to the district to compete against other local packs in the district.

This year, we were given the idea that we should hold a business class division to raise funds for our pack. It was done years before any of us were in this local scouting group, and we decided to revive it and hopefully make it an annual tradition. Fundraising is important because it promotes entrepreneurship with the kids and helps to offset the cost of activities, outings, uniforms, gear and advancements. This summer, the kids are hoping to go on a camping trip to the coast and redwoods in Northern California so they can further explore the great outdoors. With support from local businesses, our scouts will be able to make this happen. The scouts (and their families) would greatly appreciate any support they can get!

For more information, call Victoria at (909) 837-9840.