The North Star Museum of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting has received 40-foot state-of-the-art Pinewood Derby racetrack with timer, a gift from the Masons of Minnesota.
Pinewood Derby is a racing event for Cub Scouts in the Boy Scouts of America. The Scouts, with help from their parents, build wooden cars, usually from kits containing a block of pine, plastic wheels and metal axles.
Pinewood Derby and Scouting have a history going back to 1953, when Cub Scout Master Don Murphy founded the event as a father-son activity for young boys.
Pinewood Derby now includes Girl Scouts, who run “Powderpuff” races.
Masons Grand Master David Olson, who is also a member of the Forest Lake Masons, is a long-time Scouting volunteer.
Claudia Nicholson, North Star executive director, said, “Pinewood Derby has been a significant part of the Cub Scout experience. Having this new track will be a big draw for Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, and their families to come to the museum and experience all the wonderful things we have to offer.”
The North Star Museum is asking for donations of Pinewood Derby cars to be used on the track. The cars can be any condition, any age.
The museum is located at 2640 7th Ave E. in St. Paul. Visit their website, www.nssm.org, for upcoming announcements on race events and open track times.