A derby of their own: Local Girl Scouts build cars for inaugural Powder Puff raceWritten by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
By Torrie Jadlocki, Toledo Free Press Staff Writer
For the first time, Toledo Girl Scouts can compete in a similar event to the Boy Scouts’ Pinewood Derby.
The Girl Scouts of Western Ohio hosted its inaugural Powder Puff Derby car workshop March 22 at the Greenwood Shelter House. About 57 girls attended.
The girl-led event was proposed by Scott Grundy and Suzanne Speier.
“I was helping to get the Girl Scout organization side of the event,” Speier said. “This involved a lot of leader meetings to hash out the details.”
“This was primarily the girls’ work,” she added. “They chose the day for the clinic, the race day, everything.”
The emphasis on girl leadership is one of the main focuses of the Girl Scouts as an organization.
Five girls helped with the event, all cadet and senior scouts. Each of the girls was very excited to help with the event.
“I didn’t expect this many girls to show up,” said cadet aide Lauren Speier. “I’ve always thought the Girls Scouts were more ‘girly-girly’, and wouldn’t be into this.”
On the other hand, Lexus Isabell, another cadet aide, said expected more girls to come.
“I’ve been to events with 100 or more, so I thought there’d be more,” she said.
“This is the first year of the event, and the turnout is still impressive,” Speier said.
Troop leaders said the event was as exciting for them as it was for the girls participating. Heather Devries, co-leader of troop 10409, said this was a fun idea for the girls.
“My daughter was really excited about this,” Devries said. “She’s watched her brother, who’s a Cub Scout, do the Pinewood Derby every year. So it was really exciting for her to do this.”
“So many of the girls wanted to do this,” she said. “Some have brothers in Boy Scouts that they’ve seen do the Pinewood Derby, and that sparked their interest.”
The Powder Puff design clinic was set up so the girls were able to draw out the design for their car, then have it sawed and drilled into the necessary shape.
The cars are made from the official Cub Scout Pinewood Derby kits. The rules for the race are also similar to the official Pinewood Derby rules. The races will take place starting at 10 a.m. April 5 with prizes being awarded for first and second places as well as best design.
“Hopefully, if this year goes well, this will become an annual thing,” Speier said. “For it being the first year, we’ve had a great turnout so far.”
“I’m really hoping this becomes an annual event,” Devries said. “My daughter would like that.”