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GR Girl Scouts Construct Cars at Powderpuff Derby

Thirteen brownies and juniors built their own racers and competed this past Saturday.

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." 

Lisa Ertle February 26, 2013 at 02:25 AM
Congratulations GR Troop 4018 for engineering your own cars. It always looks like such fun. However, GSA it's time to lose the "powder puff." It's 2013!!! Some of those girls might become engineers!
Glen rock February 27, 2013 at 01:32 PM
Thanks Lisa, I agree we were a little turned off by the name but I understand why the GSA wanted to distinguish it from the BSA event. We just went with it and it was great fun! I know we'll have more participation next year!
Glen rock February 27, 2013 at 01:34 PM
I just wanted to clarify the track belongs to Hamilton Cub Scout Pack 9. BSA Troop 15 were also guests this year at the very well run Pack 9 Pinewood Derby. Thank you Pack 9 for letting us invade your space! Look out next year!
Elizabeth Cox February 27, 2013 at 02:07 PM
YEA GIRLS! you all did a great job!

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