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photo of seniors and cub scout working on pine derby in woodshop

Lessons Passed Through Generations

Since 1953, millions of Cub Scouts in the United States have competed in Pinewood Derby racing events as a rite of passage.

Donald Murphy, the father of Pinewood Derby according to the Boy Scouts of America, might have only imagined the lasting impact he created.

But residents of Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community in Silver Spring, MD, and Cub Scouts from Pack #275 of the Christ Congregation Church certainly do.

The groups gathered together on Saturday afternoon, March 22 at the woodshop located at Riderwood.  The Cub Scouts were preparing for the first leg of the Pinewood Derby that was held on March 29. 

Seven residents provided a tour of the woodshop to the Cub Scouts along with personalized instruction on tools such as sanders and saws. 

photo of seniors and cub scout working on pine derby in woodshop

Residents of Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community, team up with Cub Scouts from Pack #275 of the Christ Congregation Church in Silver Spring to prepare for the Pinewood Derby.
Photo | Alan Mayers

Armed with the knowledge, the Cub Scouts got busy, crafting their cars under the watchful eyes of parents, scout leaders and the resident instructors.

Joseph Easley, a resident of Riderwood with his wife Margaret, coordinated the session with Stephen Willson, Parent Volunteer Coordinator of Cub Scout Pack #275, the third year the groups have partnered.

“I am always so impressed with the ingenuity and enthusiasm of the Cub Scouts,” stated Mr. Easley.  “Considering that they receive a wood block, four wheels and four nails to achieve their objective, the Cub Scouts do a remarkable job.”

The intergenerational event evokes memories for retired computer specialist with IBM and the federal government.

“I learned woodworking and mechanical skills from my uncle when I was nine,” recalled Mr. Easley.  “Being able to pass along our knowledge to these children is a blessing, and we appreciate the opportunity.”

Residents of Riderwood attended the Pinewood Derby held at Christ Congregation Church on March 29.

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Jeff Getek

About Jeff Getek

Jeff Getek is the public affairs manager for Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community in Silver Spring. He authors the blog The Journey On on MyMCMedia.

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