January 2017

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It’s been a l-o-n-g week, so tonight we took a break and visited a great neighborhood restaurant…the Julington Creek Fish Camp. Where we enjoyed a nice quiet seafood dinner and the sunset on the marina.

Sunset on Julington Creek

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Well, today was the BIG day! Pack 280’s Pinewood Derby! The boys were pretty excited to put their cars to the test…

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…especially ultra-competitive Adam, who is all business. Alex, on the other hand is just chillin’

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Our Den 1 Tigers had seven cars competing today…

Pinewood Derby

Each group of boys, Tigers, Wolfs, Bears, and Webelos, raced against each other in several three-car “heats” to ensure fair competition. The individual scores are then totaled to determine the winner in each group. Each of the Tigers raced in three heats.

Adam raced against his Den-mates…

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then Alex…

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…and in one race, Adam and Alex ran against each other…

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So, how did it end? Alex took 3rd Place and gets to advance to the District Pinewood Derby in March!

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Alex also took 1st Place in “Design”…

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While Adam took 2nd Place in “Design”…

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The boys had a great time and were very proud of the work they did on their cars and seeing their efforts brought to fruition at “The Derby”…

Pinewood Derby

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…and although Adam was a little bummed he didn’t place, he learned a great lesson in sportsmanship, as did many of the scouts. In the end, that’s really what it’s all about.

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This past weekend the boys and I worked on their pinewood derby cars getting ready for the big race this coming Saturday. After a little cutting and sanding, the car bodies were ready for paint (then some more sanding, then some more paint)…

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Now to add some accessories…

Painted Cars

Finally, we’re ready for the wheels and some decals…

Finished Cars

And tonight, we took ’em to the Pack Meeting to weigh and measure to see if we got it right!

The Boys Cars

We did!

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Today the Den 1 Tigers went on a hike to complete the requirements for their Tiger advancement. Each of the scouts had their hiking “essentials” in their backpack as we took off together through the forest, stopping at the edge of the St John’s River for a rest and a quick snack before moving on again.

A fun day!

Tigers in the Wild

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