This post was written by Gary Holewinski
We had our district Pinewood Derby a few weeks ago. Overall it went very well. Two conversations really stick with me.
1. I was talking with a committee member from a troop in our district. They have been working towards getting their troop to be more boy led (and it's working). He said the only time they have issues is when the adults get too involved. Things like not being able to provide 2 adults for events planned well in advance, discouraging the Scouts from anything different, etc. the Scouts seem to do just fine.
2. My son (16) was sick (spent the day in bed) and could be at the derby. When I got home he asked how the derby went. I told him the numbers were down a little from previous years. He asked: "Did the boys have fun?" I told him they did. He said it's all about the kids.
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Chatter From Pinewood Derby@Fernando
My boys (6th and 8th grade)love scouts, and they are very hivleay into sports. During Lacrosse season, they hardly go.(Unless it rains) During the winter they go every week and try to earn some badges Both say they are going to try and make Eagle, we'll see. We are hoping next year during 9th grade the older one will make more meetings as sports will be more in the afternoon. My kids have learned auto mechanics, first aid, they've shot shot guns and bow and arrows, camped in a tent without adults, met astronauts, made their own food, learned fire and axe safety, swam a mile, come home from a weekend camping trip smelly and dirty, and loving every minute. I'd say it was worth all the struggles getting them there, and it was way, way more fun than cub scouts.
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