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Old 03-01-2009, 12:14 PM   #29
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Hey mrmossy-very cool!
My Son, took 2nd in his Pack and will be going to regional in April.

We have a Friends/Family division also so others can get in their laps too...

I was a Scout for Many years and am excited that My Son chose to get involved. Looking back on my life, Scouting was without a doubt one of the best opportunities I ever had. We had a ball! Great leaders, great adventures. This gives me a chance to be a Scout (leader) again too! Took the Boys skiing yesterday for "Snow Sports" belt loop!

Good luck with the racing!

Cheers-Scouting Rocks!

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Old 03-01-2009, 12:59 PM   #30
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I guess things have changed since I was a kid, or have they?

I loved reading through this today, pictures were great. I am a little perplexed ... when I was a kid the pinewood was a father-son thing. We just had our pinewood derby last weekend, my first one since I was a kid (I'm 49 now), and the first ever for my 9 year old and my 7 year old. They joined Scouts about 6-8 weeks ago.

What I remembered from my childhood was hands-on from both dad and son. Seems today there is purest strain among folks who feel that Dad's not allowed to touch? I had surgery on my shoulder a few weeks ago, and went through great pain and trouble to help my boys build their cars, was this a bad thing? They did the designs, I did the rough cut (as did every other dad), I did most of the power tool work, they did the painting, and we did the decals together. I just can't imagine a 7 year old using those power tools, maybe I'm just old fashioned?

Anyway, I do not have good pictures at this moment, mostly video, and just pics from the video camera. Here they are. The "Phantom" won 5th place and will go to next level of competition, the Phoenix (red car on the launch rack, sorry for bad pic) placed 8th.

We watched a HILARIOUS movie as we got ready for this, called "Down and Derby" that goes right to the heart of this parent / child thing ... Down & Derby - Official Site the slogan is "The biggest race of your (Dad's) life!" Very cute.
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Old 03-01-2009, 01:16 PM   #31
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Scout Leadership training taught that the Boys should do as much of the work as is practical. Of course this would vary by age/individual ability. My 8 yr old Son did NOT use the power miter saw. He did drill holes, sand, glue, paint, etc...
Talking to some of the Parents of older Boys (Webelos) the Boys did pretty much the entire car...

It is supposed to be fun, teach some skills, and promote sportsman ship. As with many activities, some Parents lose site of this. I coach Soccer/Baseball and am a Scout Leader. I do NOT keep score, I give everyone equal playing time, and make every effort to build self esteem and confidence. I also make a lot of effort to get the kids outside in the woods and just let them be Boys. I sometimes have a special award for the smallest, slowest, least able kid...he probably needs a boost more than the kid that "won". I do much of this at great expense (time and money) because other families may not be as blessed as ours, they may be single Parent homes, or who knows what else, but I have a blast doing it, the Boys all seem to have fun. If I have to buy pizza and ice cream once in a while, then so be it. I think I enjoy it as much (or more) as they do.

Anyway, keep it fun, keep it real. Don't worry about winning-HAVE FUN!

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Old 03-01-2009, 01:30 PM   #32
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Sound like you are a great dad and contribuotr to the community Bill!

We have seen the full spectrum on the kids sports routines ... here in Alvin my boys did a number of years in the little league, we finally just decided to take a year off due to frustration with some of the league leaders. The league kept the same groups of kids together, so same relative stats each year, they should mix it up. We had a number of bad coaches showing CLEAR favoritism to their kids (does having dad as a coach automatically mean first base position and 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in the line up? Deos here!) and last time around we had a coach that for the first half of the season played one our kids for ONE inning per game --every game but alternating between the the two boys -- because he got mad at us, until we complained to the league. This even went on when they were doing very well, hitting well, even scoring winning points in some cases. It was often clear that for them, the game was political power trips and winning -- not fun for the kids. For those kids who were not very good, how could they ever become good if some self-centered ego trip coach kept them on the bench every game? So yes, I see your point! But all that said, I confess .. I am BIG on score keeping :-)
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Yes, score keeping will become part of the game soon. To date, I have been working with younger Children. I always put the Kids first, and keeping score is not encouraged with the younger ones.
Some times Parents have other opinions, I simply tell them "we volunteer our time. If you would like to help, please step up". There is professional development involved, security clearance, etc. Most Folks won't take the time...and that usually quiets them down for the rest of the season. I guess I have been lucky, my Parents for the most part, are pretty supportive and don't complain. But I have heard horror stories.

My three rules;
  1. Safety first
  2. Equal time for all
  3. Have Fun
As they get a little older, there will be score keeping, try outs, etc...now is is when we build the foundation of good sportsmanship, fair play, etc. Hopefuly, when they do start "competing" they will understand it is not about winning, but about making an honest effort.
In all areas of life.

I think this is why Scouting appeals to some kids; it is not competitive, it is more about the "Group" and achievements...not "winning".

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My three rules;
  1. Safety first
  2. Equal time for all
  3. Have Fun
As they get a little older, there will be score keeping, try outs, etc...now is is when we build the foundation of good sportsmanship, fair play, etc. Hopefuly, when they do start "competing" they will understand it is not about winning, but about making an honest effort.
In all areas of life.

I think this is why Scouting appeals to some kids; it is not competitive, it is more about the "Group" and achievements...not "winning".

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Yeah, too bad I can't take the AS to Scout camps!
The tent gets old after a couple of nights...
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These are pics of all the cars we have built minus one. I believe my youngest son's first car is at our barn. I will be making a display shelf to hold all of our previous, present and future cars in the next two or three weeks. Here they are:

The truck was my first parent car, it was supposed to be a rally race truck.
The car with the fan I built for a no rules parent race, it blew the rest of the field away with a scale speed of 250 mph.
The group shot is all our cars that we have built.
The two together are my son's cars from last year (the gator skinned one aptly named Gator Racer was Lukes'. It was very fast during test and tune but he broke it the night before the race playing with it, it was to delicate. We had to build a new car the night before the race, needless to say it did not win), (the silver, red and blue one was Vann's sibling race car it took first in the sibling race and also best paint. It was named Blade Cutter.).
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I've been meaning to show you what I did with the Jersey. Here it is:
Years of Pinewood Derby cars & a Favre signed Packers jersey, sounds like the contents of a "Man Room" to me!

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Yeah, too bad I can't take the AS to Scout camps!
The tent gets old after a couple of nights...
The tent is why a 48 year old Airstream sounded so good to me!..and it is!
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Answers that question!

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Yeah, too bad I can't take the AS to Scout camps!
The tent gets old after a couple of nights...
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Ok, that answers that question! The scout camp out was cancelled, but I was wondering if I could take the Argosy! didn't think so, now I know!
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I've taken the Argosy on Pack camping trips when bad weather was predicted but only my wife and little girl stay in it (it is also parked at an RV site away from our group site). Some of the other mom's are welcome as well if the weather gets nasty. Mine will sleep six adults and my little Carrie girl.
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Years of Pinewood Derby cars & a Favre signed Packers jersey, sounds like the contents of a "Man Room" to me!

Yep. I believe I'm going to turn our barn apartment into the man hangout. At least until I get an addition to the house built (which has been put on hold for obvious reasons).
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