Last Thursday night at 6:30 pm sharp, boys and their parents, grandparents and other vip guests gathered to witness an important right of passage in a young scout’s life…participation in the Pinewood Derby competition. Scouts work for many years to learn various hands-on and life skills all centered around the motto, “Be Prepared” but the main event of the year is all about cheering on a little wooden car designed by a boy and his dad (in our case). The two worked late in to the night for a week to design their perfect car.
Pinewood Derby racing is serious business.
Seriously, SERIOUS business.
Lanes had to be perfectly leveled. The clock was calibrated to measure finish line times down to one-hundreth of a second. The track was wiped down several times with a microfiber towel. I honestly thought it was a little overkill but the boys ate it up which was good enough for me.
First stop, weigh in. 5 oz or under…you’re good. Anything over that is thumbs down.
Once the car has been accepted as a contender it enters in the “pit” which was roped off. No one but the head honcho is allowed to touch it from that point on. I’m guessing so there’s no sabotaging of someone elses car? Hey, if they have to go to that extreme I’m sure it’s happened.’
Then the races began for 32 very excited and hopeful little boys.
The anticipation was nail-biting.
You thought he looked excited? You should have seen each and every one of the dad’s reactions when their sons raced.
Several races later this boy scout walked about with a 2nd place finish.
And he slept with his medal.