Sunday, April 10, 2016

Pinewood Derby 2016

Our pack had their pinewood derby this week.  I really liked how the pack here ran the pinewood derby.  About a month before the races they gave out the cars and had tools there at the church for parents and boys to work on the cars.  They had templates for cutting out cars and ideas for the boys to choose from.  I felt that it involved the boys more and it gave some of the boys and parents a better chance to be successful.

Dallin decided to turn his block of wood into a truck.  He helped Neil cut it out and sand it off.  They painted it blue.  They added a battery in the bed of the truck to give it enough weight.  It still didn't weigh quite enough so they hot glued a bolt on the back to get it just enough weight.  Neil ran the truck down the track one time just to make sure it would make it down.  It was a little wobbly and Neil was a little worried it wouldn't do very well.  Just before the races started Dallin brought his car to Neil and said that the bolt had fallen off.  Neil hurried and went out to the repair center and decided to attach the bolt in front of the battery with electrical tape.  When it came time for Dallin's truck to race it did really well.  In fact, he won the first six races he was in.  Dallin ended up taking third overall.  One of the cars that Dallin had beaten in earlier races beat him.  We have never done super well with building fast pinewood derby cars so it was fun to see Dallin excited to do so well.  Neil has always tried to let the boys be involved with building their cars.  We have had some cool looking cars, but they haven't always been fast.

The cub scout pack also did their Blue and Gold Banquet with the Pinewood Derby.  The boys decorated cakes for dessert.  Dallin had fun decorating his cake.  He didn't win any awards, but it was still a fun experience.

When we got home Dallin came and found me and asked if I thought that the Holy Ghost inspired Neil to change where the weight was on his truck.  I was so pleased that he thought of the Holy Ghost and gave credit to the Lord for his car doing well.  I told him that the Lord does care about the little things in our lives and would help us even in little things.

Here are some pictures of the night and Dallin's car:

Dallin with his car and his cake 

MaryAnne hanging out with Ora and Emma 

Lydia coloring while waiting for dinner

Dallin watching his truck race

Dallin with his truck and his third place trophy

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