Re: Pinewood Derby
lollman karen j (lollma@ACC.WUACC.EDU)
Fri, 1 Jul 1994 12:55:44 -0500
On Fri, 1 Jul 1994, C. Findley wrote:
> I don't know how everyone else feels, Doug, but when I was a kid I resented
> those stupid "prizes" that they came up with so the adults could pretend
> everyone "won" something. If it isn't a real winning, let it be. The kids
> know the difference anyway.
I agree with the "stupid prizes". At our last pinewood, everybody got a
ribbon (big deal)...the winners (races and design) got trophy's.
However, some folks were concerned that the winners, getting both trophy
and ribbon, were being treated "special". I dug deep in my brain and
came up with "winner cookies". I cut sugar cookies with a 3 inch flower
shaped cookie cutter. Then I but "BLNY" on each cookie with decorative
icing and attached "fruit by the foot" (fruit leather) strips from the
bottom of each cookie. BTY--BLNY stands for "Better Luck Next Year".
At presentation time, one den at a time came to the front of the room,
the boys were given their ribbons and cars, and either a trophy or
cookie. The kids with the trophies were envious of the cookie eaters,
and the cookie recipients had something at least "short-term" that was
special. If anybody did have hurt feelings, it didn't show. The kids
loved the cookies, and left-over, undecorated cookies could be purchased
at the snack bar.
I don't necessarily think the kids learned anything from this, but it did
diffuse the winner/loser attitude quickly.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City