IKORCC has a rich history and practice of community involvement, especially with the Boy Scouts of America. Both the Rossford and Richfield training centers took to the shop to guide local troops in their builds of Pinewood Derby cars. Volunteers helped Scouts by making a cut on their blocks of wood that will ultimately be a race car for their Pinewood Derby. Our members used their expertise in carpentry along with Boy Scout volunteers who assisted the young scouts in completing this task.
The Pinewood Derby is an annual wooden car racing competition conducted by the Boy Scouts of America and takes to the National stage. This tradition has celebrated over 65 years of success with very detailed specifications for participation. The first derby was held at Manhattan Beach, California in 1953, a competition developed by the local Scout Master.
Every year since, Boy Scouts all across America spend hours learning about the competition’s history, designing their pinewood derby cars, testing those cars and racing down a ramp of 42 feet. The competition is about more than just the speed of a particular car. There are several categories in which the boys can gain recognition like: most realistic and most futuristic. The accomplishment of designing a car and seeing it come to fruition is a triumph in its own.
“I feel that Scouting introduces important elements of life in a simple fashion that appeals to the mind of a young person. And it is nostalgic for us as carpenters when we get to share this experience with the scouts and their families. It goes far beyond volunteerism, but giving back to the community is ultimately a part of what we do. So this annual event is becoming quite the favorite among our volunteers. There is nothing like seeing the smiles and hearing the ambitions of the scouts. It was truly rewarding!” – Kevin Fuller, IKORCC Business Representative
Click here to learn more about the Pinewood Derby or to plan a derby event.