Several Beavers, Cubs, and Boy Scouts put weeks of hard work and dedication to the test on Saturday at the Essex Area Scouting Kub Kar Rally and Scout Drags. The event took place at the Harrow Agricultural Building.
Scouts from across Essex County raced their self-made Kub Kars down the big track in the morning while the Scouts, Venturer Scouts, Rover Scouts, and Leaders raced their vehicles in the afternoon.
The Essex Area Gilwellians hosted the event. Club member Rod Quinney said the event has been hosted in Harrow for around 20 years. Before that, the racing took place in different local municipalities. He said the Kub Kar racing is a district event that allows the youth to show off their skills and talents.
The best 20 Kub Kars at the event will move on to compete at the invitational race event to be held in Chatham in the near future.
This was the first year the local event offered Beaver Buggy Races. The Beavers enjoyed their introduction to the racing event with their self-made vehicles. They raced non-competitively.
In the morning portion of the event, the 3rd Essex Scouts earned some recognition as its members earned a third place in originality and a second place in design. With a speedy, down-track vehicle, one of the club members will also move on to compete at the upcoming regional event in Chatham.
The Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts with the 3rd Essex Scouts used their meetings during the month of January to design their vehicles for the show. The club members were excited to put their wheels to the track on Saturday to see just how fast their vehicles could travel.
Leaders with the 3rd Essex Scouts said creating and racing their Kub Kars is a highlight of the year for many of the local youth members. Not only do they enjoy creating their vehicles, they get to do so with peers, leaders, parents, or grandparents.
Third Essex Scouts meet at Essex United Church on Wednesday evenings. It currently has 15 Beavers, 16 Cubs, and seven Scouts enrolled. The members enjoy camping, in addition to attending their weekly meetings. Getting involved, Leader Heather Allison said, helps the youth to develop leadership skills and further allows them to learn the value of sharing and doing their best.