We had the Pinewood Derby this weekend. My 1st year Webelo, T and my Tiger cub S, were in it. It is usually a good time, but our cars are never very fast. We try to let our boys do as much of the work as possible. My husband cuts out the cars, but he lets them sand and paint with spray paint. They enjoy doing this, but they aren’t very detail oriented. They are happy to draw out the design, sand for a couple of minutes and use the can of spray paint. That’s about it!
Each year there are a couple of cars that seem to be awfully good for being done by a child. This year, 10 out of about 30 were obviously not done by a child. It is unfortunate. My kids don’t even want to do it next year because they just can’t compete wth these awesome cars.
My husband said it was a competition of the fathers, not the kids. The rules weren”t enforced. They are supposed to use the parts in the box and there were obviously rules broken. The only rule that they enforced was the weight.
It is a shame. It could be a lot of fun. It seems the more our Pack becomes established, the less fun parts of it become. Maybe it is because I am getting older, maybe it is because it is our 4th and 5th boy doing it. I don’t know, maybe I am just getting tired.