Home Depot Helps Scout Moms Build Pinewood Derby Cars

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Seven inches of pine wood can literally become a hot dog race car. (Posted by sue.crosson, Chicago Tribune Community Contributor)

ST. CHARLES, IL (Jan. 7, 2015) From 7-9 p.m., this Fri., Jan. 9, it’s Mom & Me night at Home Depot in Glendale Heights, 295 E. Army Trail Road. “We wanted to help single moms and moms whose partners are unavailable to prepare a pinewood derby car for their Scout,” said Gina Wood, Coordinator of Children’s Workshops for Glendale Heights Home Depot.

“So we’re partnering with the local Boy Scout Council,” said Wood. “Our employees will use our tools to cut a seven inch block of pine into a winning race car. The workshop is free to Scout parents.”

A Boy Scout tradition, the cutting, sanding, and painting of the block of pinewood occurs in January. Most Scout units race the cars in Feb. and March. Read more

(By Sue Crosson, Chicago Tribune. The Boy Scouts of America Communications Department was not involved in the creation of this content.)


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