Indianapolis is the racing capital of the world, and area Scouts helped spread this legacy by collecting and shipping more than 1,000 Pinewood Derby Cars to send to Scouts in Iraq this summer.
The effort was led by First Lt. Greg Hembree of the Indiana National Guard’s 76th Brigade. Hembree, an adult leader from Cub Scout Pack 236 in Mt. Comfort now stationed in Iraq, helped organize the first ever Pinewood Derby within Iraq’s Green Zone Council. Hembree wanted to bring this tradition to the program, which is now blossoming as a strong youth organization for young men and women after suffering for years under Saddam Hussein’s regime.
After seeing the opportunity to organize a Pinewood Derby, Lt. Hembree reached out to not only Pack 236 but to Scouts across central Indiana and asked for a donation of 1,000 Pinewood Derby cars, along with other much needed Scouting supplies. Local Scouts answered the challenge, collecting
the 1,000 cars in only a few weeks.