David Grima (dgrima@COURIERPUB.COM)
Fri, 12 Dec 1997 14:41:11 -0400
Here is one for you about Pinewood Derbies. Somebody in an unrelated
posting talked about how too many regulations can spoil the boys'
enjoyment. We found this was the case with PWD, and then I found something
in Scouting magazine from some unit in Vermont that made all the difference
in the world.
A lot of work goes into a PWD car, and and for a lot of boys it is all for
the sake of two trips down the old wooden track and then they are out.
So we allow the boys to race for about an hour, and each boy carries a race
certificate. On this certificate is a record of how many times he comes in
first, second or third. At the end of the hour we take the boys who have
the greatest number of first place wins, and do an official double
elimination race with them, to find out who are the pack winners to satisfy
District final rules.
By the time it is over the boys have raced their wheels off, and even the
losers have had a lot of mileage out of their cars. Because the boys are
constantly racing, it means nobody is wandering around in between heats,
and just about everything you can think of goes so much better. The parents
really appreciated how their boys get to race so much, winners or not.
Keep it simple, and make it fun. This method does away with the agony of
keeping records of heats and eliminations, and turns everybody's energy
into having fun. It really works, and it will take a Supreme Court order
before we are compelled to go back to the old way. KISMIF is the rule of
rules in this case.
(PS Thanks to all for infor on Cub Wood Badge)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City