Re: Pinewood Derby
Stan Pope (StanDCmr@AOL.COM)
Sat, 15 Feb 1997 21:01:15 -0500
I just got home from our District's annual PWD race... I saw a lot of
different skill levels evident on the cars. The most striking (to me) was on
a Tiger Cub's car... It looked like it was made by a Tiger Cub whose dad was
looking over his shoulder and giving ideas and showing him how to hold the
tools, etc... Which is exactly what it was.
I watched the dad and son make their car. I saw the boy prep his wheels, prep
his axles, cut the space for the weights into the car body, pound the weights
into shape, etc. I watched Dad guide the Tigers hands as he worked on the
first wheel and axle, then progressively less guidance on the remainder.
I also watched it win the First Place tropy in the tiger group against the 60
best from the other packs. Made me feel really good.
Dad in this case is a Scouter who has done my son's old pack some favors, so
I invited them to visit my workshop.
Same Dad / different son visited last year and were tickled to win a third
place trophy at the District races. Dad learned "my rules" last year... he
really fidgeted a lot last year when I wouldn't let him build the boy's car
for him... He was much easier to deal with this year!
I think that this is the most rewarding way to approach the PWD challenge.
Yes, I know that many dads can build better cars than most of the boys...
but that is not what the challenge is about. It's about boys learning the
skills from their Akela and doing their best to apply what they have learned.
I wish every boy had what Josh and "my" other boys had today... good results
that they earned with their efforts. Congratulations, boys!
Incidentally, the car that Josh built was based on the "Rail" as detailed in
my Web-published book "Learn to Build a Winner." at
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City