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North/West Fargo Girl Scouts hold Powder Puff Derby

The annual North/West Fargo Girl Scouts Service Unit Powder Puff Derby was held in April. Submitted photo

The North/West Fargo Girl Scouts Service Unit held their annual Powder Puff Derby on Friday, April with approximately 60 Scouts competing against each other for top speed honors as well as craftsmanship awards. The Powder Puff Derby had participants from all age levels of the organization from Daisy, which is for kindergarten and first-graders, through Cadets, which is for sixth, seventh and eighth grades.

Derby racing requires participants to learn the crafts necessary to make the individual cars. Derby rules must be followed in the car making, the racing process and most importantly, sportsmanship. The model cars are made of wood in specified dimensions, created, carved, assembled, and decorated by Girl Scouts under the guidance of their parents or other helpers.  Scouts use many different theories and design plans to make the best looking or fastest racing car.

The pinewood derby is a long-standing tradition in Cub Scouting. Girl Scouts have become involved in the derby and have adopted the same rules for their race event as the boys. Many of the girls have brothers who race in the Boy Scouts' pinewood derby and wanted their own race. All of the participants received a badge for their vests and sashes as well as participation ribbons for their hard work. The top three winners in each division were awarded trophies, as well as Grand Champion and Runner-Up trophies for overall speed.  Special trophies were awarded for Best in Show, Funniest and Most Glam car design, voted by the Scouts themselves.

The purpose of the Powder Puff Derby is to help Scouts build a team relationship with their parent or helper, experience the sense of accomplishment, learn new skills, enjoy the excitement of competition, learn good sportsmanship, and to have fun. The Girl Scouting movement began in the United States in March 1912 when Juliet Gordon Low started the first troop in Savannah, Ga., and is celebrating their 100th anniversary this year. Although the first troop only had 18 members, the Girl Scout movement has since grown to include over 4 million girls in the U.S. alone.

Results of the 2012 Powder Puff Pinewood Derby are: Daisies: first place, Sami Johnson, seconde place, Grace Bosch, and third place, Danielle Vetter; Brownies: first place, Rebekah Bordeaux, second place, Jaelynn Gaulke, and third place, Bella LeTexier; Juniors/Cadets: first place, Ashley Johnson, second place, Ashley Aarseth, and third place, Amber Kalvoda; Overall Speed Grand Champion: Sami Johnson; Overall Speed Runner Up: Ashley Johnson; Best in Show: Julia Ross; Funniest: Kyleigh Schatz; and Most Glam: Alexis Grear.