On Saturday, January 25, 2020, nearly 45 Girl Scouts gathered in Germantown Hills to participate in what has been one of the Cub Scouts’ longest running traditions.

 The annual Pinewood Derby Race, held typically by Cub Scouts nationwide, is one of the most anticipated events of the scouting year. Scouts explore lessons in science, technology, engineering and math as they work to craft cars from blocks of wood before racing them in a time-honored scouting tradition.

 However, this year’s event offered something a little different. Local Girl Scouts, in collaboration with Germantown Hills Cub Scouts, were able to hold a Pinewood Derby Race of their own. With a track and equipment loaned to them by the Cub Scouts, girls spent Saturday weighing, measuring and racing cars they designed on their own.

 “It is so gratifying to see the Cub Scouts partnering with the Girl Scouts to provide a high quality Pinewood Derby for our girls. Cub Scout leaders, Eric Bruder and Tim Miller have an incredible heart for service that really makes a difference for the kids. When I was a Girl Scout many years ago, we did not have a Pinewood Derby. That was for my brothers, not for me. Experiences like this help the girls gain confidence to learn that they can do anything they put their minds to, and that nothing is out of their reach,” said Sonya Bundy, co-leader of Girl Scout Brownie troop 4717.