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Boogity Boogity Boogity, as Darrell Waltrip would say! Today was the Cub Scout North Florida Council District Pinewood Derby Race! If you’ll remember, Alex was among the scouts that placed in the Pack 280 Race, so he moved on to the district competition with another 24 Tiger Scouts. So, after we checked-in, Alex sat down and put his game face on…

Game Face

Each car ran in 3 ‘heats’, so it had the opportunity to travel down each lane, then the finish times were averaged to determine the overall winner. Trophies were awarded for the top 3 finishers. Alex was a little disappointed he didn’t win a trophy this time around and I tried to explain that it meant something just to be racing today. After all, there were many Tiger Scouts in the district that didn’t even advance to this race (his brother included), but alas, there’s just something about that trophy. Anyway, we all had a great time watching the races and cheering on the scouts.

Here’s one of Alex’s races (his car is the one on the left)…

Alex’s car was competitive, taking 2nd in this race by a hair…

Finish

So, with the Pinewood Derby over for this year, we’ll place the “Little Green Dragon Machine” on the shelf to remember the fun we had.

Dragon Car

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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…

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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”…

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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…

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

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We did!

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