Pint Wood Derby raises money to send scouts to camp

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Every spring, Cub Scouts take a block of wood and carve it into a race car. This year, Grand Island adults did the same thing but over beers at the Pint Wood Derby.

Winning first place in the derby is what everyone wants. Especially after taking the time to carve the cars just right. Locals raced to help low income kids go to Boy Scout summer camp.

“So it's our day camp so we just get them outdoors doing outdoor activities like fishing, doing all sorts of fun activities,” Boy Scouts District Executive Gentry Neilson.

The Pinewood Derby has been a tradition for the Boy Scouts since the 50's. Kinkaiders Brewing hosted the race and added a modern twist of including pints of beers for those old enough.

Many people participating use to have kids in scouts and had a sense of nostalgia while making their own cars.

“My son and now my daughter is in scouting so I helped them build quite a few cars so just a fun thing to come down for us to build one has been a lot of years since I built one for myself,” Danny Graves said.

The scoutmaster said sending kids to camp is a crucial part of their life lessons they teach in scouts and they said they are an important part of the Grand Island community.

“They really build leadership. You know the kids through cub scouts and as they go on to boy scouts, especially when they get into boy scouts leadership is a big thing,” Graves said. “Community service is a big part do the kids are really involved within the community.”