Re: Pinewood Derby
Steve Wiseman (ScoutSage1@AOL.COM)
Wed, 17 Jun 1998 12:14:28 EDT
I for one believe the Pinewood Derby has become a "Win at all costs"
event. This last year we had a car which had been machined to the desired
shape after it was designed on a CAD system. I don't know of any youth who
has the ability to perform such functions until they are at least 16 yet this
wolf pulled it off.
When I was a kid and lost the PWD the first time I tried I was upset and
my dad simply told me that was life. He went on to explain that I would just
have to try harder next year and that not everyone can win everything.
I have not heard one dad say this to his son in the last four years of
running the district championship. I have heard dads explain that the track
was no good; the other boys had more help with their cars; I even overheard
one dad trying to explain that it happened because of an air-conditioning
event which had kicked on during his final race. What parents can't seem to
bear any longer is their kids being upset, and we all know if junior is not
first he will be upset.
I personally hate the electronic timers and having to video tape the
finish. I wish life could get back to the simpler days of two or three judges
watching the end and making a call. And if the heat was to close for them to
call then race it again and again until it can be called or one of the cars
breaks whichever comes first.
I believe we are not now teaching the boys any lessons other than "the
boy with the most outside help wins the game". I think this is called
cheating, or am I wrong?
Sorry for the vent, but this is a subject which I feel strongly about
after running and judging PWD events and coaching T-Ball. Both of which I do
not wish to do again because of parents. I would do these things forever if
it weren't always for the 10% of the parents which can sometimes be complete
self-centered cowards when dealing with their children.
Wagon Wheel District, NE
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City