Hamilton School Girl Scout Juniors and Brownie Troop 4018 held its first powder puff derby on Feb. 23, akin to a Pinewood Derby their boy scout bretheren have long participated in.
The Glen Rock girls were invited to use the track by Glen Rock Boy Scout Troop 15 once their derby had ended. The boys stayed and helped volunteer with keeping track of score.
Parent Kelly Verkem explained how it got started. According to her, a brownie member had an older sibling who made a soapbox car every year. She wanted to as well but was not allowed to participate in the boy scout events.
"She finally decided should would just make a car and ask the scouts if she could run her car too. Her mom metioned this to a few other mom's and they got together and decided it would be fun to host similar event for their girls," Verkem said. "After a little research they found out about the GSA-Powder Puff derby and ran with it! Thirteen girls particiapted this year and we hope to have even more next year!"
"Next year we hope to have all of the Hamilton Scouts participate", said Kate Gill, leader for Brownie troop 4018 in a news release.
"It was fun for their 5th grade girls to do something different this year," said Julie Weber, GSA Juniors troop leader. "It's their last year and it was fun to try something new."