Boy Scouts of America will be Well Represented at The Glen During 2010 Season

Highlights include Introduction of New Merit Badge and "Troop 1"

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The Boy Scouts of America will be involved in numerous activities during the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen on Saturday, June 5 and the Hevlua Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen on Sunday, August 8.

The Boy Scouts of America are celebrating their 100th Anniversary in 2010 and they will be doing it in style at Watkins Glen International starting with the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen on Saturday, June 5 and ending with the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen on Sunday, August 8.  The activities will range from color guard duties including a visit by The Boy Scouts of American Troop 1 from nearby Unadilla, NY, a pinewood derby, and earning a brand new merit badge.  Pre-race ceremonies for the 29th Running of the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen will start at approximately 1:50 PM.               

Over 100 Boy Scouts are in attendance this weekend and will have an early start to their Saturday morning.  They will kick things off at the WGI Operations Building, also known as the GT Center, and attempt to earn their Merit Badge in Automotive Maintenance.  The scouts will earn the badge by sitting through a lesson that will last a total of four hours and then answer a number of questions which range anywhere from demonstrating how to check the engine oil to explaining the entire brake system and how it operates.  While the merit badge will provide a great sense of accomplishment, the highlight of Saturday’s activities will undoubtedly be presenting our nation’s colors during the singing of the U.S. National Anthem just minutes before the green flag falls on the 29th Running of the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.  The Sahlen’s Six Hours and Continental Tire 150 will not be the only competition taking place on Saturday because the Race of Champions Pinewood Derby will start at 6PM. Since 1953 scouts have modified and fine tuned home made race cars carved out of pinewood to adhere to weight and height restrictions in the Pinewood Derby rulebook.  The Pinewood Derby brings scouts of all ages together for a shot at having their car end up in victory lane. As nice as it is for a scout to become champion of the Pinewood Derby, many displays of good sportsmanship and teamwork can be seen throughout the event as well.

The Boy Scouts will once again hold center stage during the pre-race ceremonies for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen on Sunday, August 8.  The Boy Scouts of Troop 1 from Unadilla, NY will serve as the color guard leading up to the 25th Running of the NASCAR Cup Series race at The Glen.  Troop 1 is the oldest continuously chartered group in the nation having been the very first to be founded in the United States 100 years ago.  The Boy Scouts from Unadilla will not only present the colors but will do so wearing uniforms that look the same as the ones worn by the original troops members in 1910.  Troop 1 has produced over 2,000 Boy Scouts and 52 Eagle scouts.    

Tickets for the entire 2010 season at Watkins Glen International are on sale now!  The season kicks-off with the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen weekend, June 5-6, featuring the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, Continental Tire Series, and Ford Racing Mustang Challenge.  Weekend tickets are only $35 and general admission for kids 15 and under is FREE when accompanied by an adult.  For tickets and information, please contact the WGI ticket office at 866-461-RACE or log on to the official Watkins Glen website at www.TheGlen.com. Tickets, gift certificates and track merchandise can be all purchased at The Shop located at 2 North Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen, Open Monday-Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-4, Closed Sunday; 607-535-2338.

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