Scouts, get ready to build your engines! For the ninth year in a row, local hardware store Old Town Ace Hardware, located at 809 S. Washington Street in Alexandria, Virginia, is hosting a series of pinewood derby workshops for local Cub Scouts. During select weekends in January, the store will provide wood cuts, sandpaper, and work stations for scouts to prep their derby cars.
An estimated 300 scouts are expected to participate in the store’s three scheduled workshops, during which scouts can cut their derby cars with the help of the store’s skilled woodcutter and store associate Richard Lenegan. The store asks that participating Scouts trace their car designs on their woodblocks prior to arriving at the workshops. Once cut, scouts can sand their cars and peruse the store’s selection of official BSA pinewood derby merchandise, including decals, graphite, weights, paints, sandpaper, and derby kits.
Store owners Gina Schaefer & Marc Friedman ask participants to donate $1 per woodcut to benefit our local chapter of Boy Scouts of America and Children’s National, our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Complimentary popcorn will be served during the event.
The workshops are scheduled from 3:00-6:00pm on January 7, January 14, and January 21, respectively.
For additional information on the event, please contact store manager Aileng Miller by email or contact the store directly during regular business hours (M-S 8-8, Sun. 10-6) at (703) 566-7040.