I'm not very fond of the Pinewood Derby. I think it is more of a 'Dad' event. That said, this year, Sam's den worked on their cars together. I loved that. Sam and I sanded his car and watched his friends design, cut and sand their cars. This was the beginning of my change of heart.
Oscar and I arrived late to the Derby due to some preparations for the Stuffy Birthday Party (more on that tomorrow). The mood was immediately different than the previous year. There seemed to be less people and more cheering. The boys were paying just as much attention as their parents. Yes, you could tell which cars were done mostly by Dad, but it didn't seem so blatant this year. The Dad's weren't louder than the scouts.
It was refreshing.
Even more refreshing, the results.
Sam's car was winning. He came in first in several heats.
Sam's Car is the purple one, second from left
The difference from last year to this year...the wheels.
Tom showed Sam how he was going to sand down the nubs on the nails that act as the axles. The nubs are small, but nonetheless, obvious. Sam did all his designing, sanding, and painting. The wheels are the key.
I was very proud of Sam. He showed great sportsmanship.
Gratefully accepted his trophy, didn't gloat or jump around. All the boys were very gracious, all of them surprised at the outcome.
Then he patiently waited in line to pick up his car and his 'participants' trophy (all scouts get one).
And then, in true sportsmanship, he gave his little brother the 'participants' trophy.