When it comes to competing in mini car derbies, local scouts are on the right track.

The Detroit Lakes Cub Scout Pack 605 held its annual Pinewood Derby at M State on March 6, continuing the pack's longstanding and beloved tradition, and the Detroit Lakes Girl Scouts followed that up with a brand new event of their own, the Pine Car Derby.

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Other than having slightly different names, the events were basically the same. Racers designed, cut and built their own wooden cars, which they then raced down a new, state-of-the-art track for their chance to win a Top 3 racing spot and a shot at regionals. They could also win Best In Show awards for the best-looking or most uniquely designed cars.

The cars all start out as simple blocks of pine wood, which come as part of a kit along with four nails and four plastic wheels. From there, the scouts have creative say over the shape and color of their cars, and they're allowed to make certain modifications to make the cars more aerodynamic. Every car goes through a pre-race inspection to ensure it's of proper weight, length, height, and that all four wheels touch the track.

The new track used in this year's races is capable of producing much higher speeds than the old track; it is the same design as the track used at the regional competition, so scouts no longer have to change their cars to run on different types of tracks.

Several Cub Scout volunteers helped the Girl Scouts with logistics and timing for their races, since this year's derby was their first. The girls requested a derby of their own after seeing how much fun the boys have at their races.

Amanda Erickson, coordinator for the Girl Scouts derby, wrote in an email to the Tribune that, "We had a fantastic event and the girls were so excited to have this opportunity. We really appreciate the Cub Scout leadership allowing us to participate. It was a great learning experience, and the girls enjoyed creating the cars with their family. What an awesome night!"

The top three local overall race winners will go on to compete in the regional championship, coming up at the Fargo Center for Scouting in April. Pack 605 has taken the regional trophy for the past three years in a row.

This year's local results are as follows:

Pack 605 Overall Winners

First: Carson Simison, 3.0130

Second: Lance Skalin, 3.1711

Third: Brayden Lindburg, 3.2020

Tiger Den

First: Lance Skalin, 3.1711

Second: Brayden Lindburg, 3.2020

Third: Jamie Sharp, 3.2574


First: Connor Malecka, 3.2654

Second: Tyler Longfield, 3.2794

Third: Hunter Malone, 3.2934


First: Mikkel Heinlein, 3.2369

Second: Jackson Porter, 3.2792

Third: Owen Jacobson, 3.3803


First: Carson Simison, 3.0130

Second: Aiden Sharp, 3.2273

Third: Bailey Riggs, 3.2580

Girl Scout Overall Winners

First: Lakyn Bellefeuille, 3.1747

Second: Brynn Erickson, 3.2074

Third: Emily Peterson, 3.2214


First: Brooklyn Kirkevold, 3.2538

Second: Kylie Kirkevold, 3.3439

Third: Alexa Bristlin, 3.3780


First: Tilly Stenjum, 3.2219

Second: Evi Loeffen, 3.2476

Third: Nora Hochgraber, 3.3695


First: Lakyn Bellefeuille, 3.1747

Second: Brynn Erickson, 3.2074

Third: Emily Peterson, 3.2214