Editor’s Update: Our race was Saturday morning and my son’s Mario Cart won two of the three heats he raced in. We headed out for swimming lessons and came home to a note from his den leader: Walsh’s car won 3rd place for showmanship for the Tigers. (I think that means it was the third cutest car!) We were shocked it actually rolled, much less won anything. I was very impressed with how professional the races were.They used a computer program to flash up photos of each kid with stats on his race. They even had a program that timed how fast the cars went. They put on a very good show and all the boys had a big time!
As it is our first year in Boy Scouts, it is also our first Pinewood Derby this weekend! I say that with more enthusiasm than my 6-year-old feels about it.
As I’ve mentioned multiple times before we are not handy people, and the Pinewood Derby does call for some level of handiness.
To be kind to the less handy in our den, our den leaders brought tools to the Scout hut so we could all work together on the project. I sent Michael to Girl Scouts with Rose and brought my handy Dad with me to help Walsh.
We wanted Walsh to actually cut the wood. He tried with a hand saw but didn’t have much fortitude. Dad and I took turns helping him carve out two simple pieces. He did a better job at sanding it and a decent job at painting it.
Things got ugly though when we decided to use Gorilla Glue to glue some things on the car. I didn’t know if puffed up. It’s not invisible glue.
Walsh knew exactly what kind of car he wanted to make – a Mario Cart – and he found a picture of it on the Internet.
You can look at Walsh’s car and clearly see that a 6-year-old did most of the work. A lot of the other cars look like the Dad got really into it. Is that bad? What are the rules on that?
I think he’ll be more excited about the car when we actually go to race. We’re checking in the car tonight. I have two problems though. I’ve still got to get the wheels in and I’ve got to figure out exactly how much it weighs. My scale at home isn’t sensitive enough to register under 5 ounces. I think I’m going to take the car to New Baby Products because they have a digital scale with ounces that people can weigh their baby on. I’m just going to weigh Walsh’s Mario Cart!
Tell us your best tips for designing a car and winning at the Pinewood Derby!
Whose car is it anyway? How much work can Dad legitimately do on it? Should the boys be expected to use woodworking tools or is that part Ok for Dad (or mom or grandpa) to help on?
Also, tell us your memories from the Pinewood Derby.