In 1985, Eagle Candidate, Tom Sisson came up with the idea to devise a new
class of racing for the New Berlin, WI Soapbox Derby, a Class S. Because this
class was for youth aged 6 to 21 who were disAbled he also had to come up
with a Soapbox Derby car built for two. Each participant would have a Scout
from Troop 41 be the driver in competition.
Well, on Saturday, September 9th, 2000 at Valley View Park, Jeremy Hart was the one
who rode in the victory car waving to his parents Bill and Christine. Jeremy
had co-driver Scout Robert Hendrickson in the preliminary heats and
Tenderfoot Scout Jason Heun as co-driver in the final heat. Scouts from Troop 41
have been involved in this event since Tom Sisson's first race 16 years ago.
And it is still running... in September 2004
the New Berlin Soapbox Derby was run for the 20th year in a row!
View the 20th
Anniversary race in PowerPoint.
the parents, family, friends and other Scouters were the Potawatomi
Council Scout Executive Mark Jansen and District Executive Bob
There were 28 participants
in class "S" and we know that there will be another new face
next year. First Class Scout Andrew Telford came to the race for the first time to watch and see what was going on. He was so excited that he can't
wait until next year to compete.
Troop 41 gets involved in their community. Not only do they
get involved in the Derby, they have held Valley View Park clean-up days and
they assist in the Electric and Gas Company's Professional Rodeo.
Scouting magazine, September, 1995 issue
contains an article about the race and has additional background on this
Eagle Project. You can view
this article in pdf format or download it to review later.
To explain a little more of what the race is all about and to let you
become a sideline participant, we have photos that
were provided for you to view.
We want to thank Patti Shallow, Tom Sisson, and John
Teske for providing the photographs. We also want to say to Tom Sisson,