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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Pinewood Derby

This year, Zachary started Cub Scouts. He’s really been enjoying it and I like that he is a part of something! Last week, he had his Pinewood Derby event. I remember the Pinewood Derby from when my brother was a Cub Scout, but I don’t remember him having to alter his car. In fact, the boys get a block of wood that needs to be cut and turned into a car of the correct weight and ability to go fast. Zachary’s didn’t go fast enough! Apparently I should have checked pinterest before the event!

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Of course, I wouldn’t want to actually make Zachary’s car for him, and he did a good job painting his car on his own.

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According to what I just read, the weights should be in the back, not spread throughout!

Zachary had a good time at the Pinewood Derby even though his car came in 4th in 3 of his races and 3rd in the other!

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One of our little friends was sick the day of the race, but his car came in first in all of his races! (He is a year older than Zachary so they weren’t racing against each other). I had a good time texting his mom the results after each round. We are planning to have his dad help us build a better car next year!

9 comments:

Janine Huldie said...

Looked like fun and hope his dad can help you build an even better car next year. Ow, too :)

Holly Higgins said...

I can't wait until E is old enough to do this!

Desiree @ Macke Monologues said...

Way to go Zachary! His car may not have come in first place, but it's great to see he tried!
It is so refreshing to see that Zachary did the work on his car by himself. There are some neighbors of ours who are in Boy Scouts, and the dads all do the work for events such as these, and not the kids. That doesn't seem to teach the kids anything, except that mom/dad/guardian will do the work.

tamarsb said...

How fun! You would so think the weight needs to be in the front...hm I thought I had paid enough attention in physics class!


His car looks so cute - good for him!!

Dara said...

hope so too!

Dara said...

it will come before you know it!

Dara said...

thank you! I definitely think there were other kids whose dads did the work, and while Dave helped with attaching weights and the wheels and such, Zachary did the painting and decided how he wanted the car to look!

Dara said...

I'm proud of him! :)

Dara said...

it was fun, and Ben will be old enough before you know it!