Due to the lack of local coverage of this year's New Berlin Soap Box Derby, I'm compelled to use this space to salute the young men of Boy Scout Troop 41 for their 25th year of serving as volunteers and co-drivers for the Special Kids' division. The dedication of this group of Scouts is nothing short of impressive as they collectively strive to ensure the kids thorougly enjoy the day. One parent put it in a letter to the Troop like this--so many of these children experience mulitiple uphill climbs throughout their lives that the irony of these downhill thrills can only result in sheer joy. (Full disclosure: I'm proud to tell you that my son is among the group of volunteers from Troop 41.)
Enjoy these photos, and be proud that all of these young men represent our community.
Above is one of the Special division cars, equipped with two brakes and two steering wheels. The Troop 41 Scout Drivers assist the drivers as needed with a special eye on the safety of everyone involved.
The Troop 41 Leadership and Scouts, joined by State Senator Lazich.
Mayor Jack Chiovatero was on hand to start the racing.
A Racer in the starting gate, accompanied by a Scout.
In addition to assisting in the cars, Troop 41 Scouts assist in all phases of the race, helping the drivers into the cars and the cars into the starting gates.
These three are just out of the gates.
A beautiful view on a beautuiful day. A great race indeed.