Twizzler was cutting it close last week when he built his pinewood derby car the night before the annual race. He was stressed. He was a little worried that his car was going to be too plain.
This is proof that fancy shapes and colorful paint jobs do not make the fastest pinewood derby car. In fact, sometimes simple is the best way to go. He carved and sanded his block of wood, put the standard wheels on, and then taped three batteries to the top with electrical tape.
After his first race, we could tell that the design worked. His car was stable and it was fast.
After the first round was over, Twizzler was in the lead and the other boys in the Pack were all rooting him on. It was a wonderful thing to watch. I’ve never seen such a supportive group of boys. I’m sure there were a few boys who were upset about being knocked out of the race early on. But they didn’t show it with each other.
There was shaking hands, cheering on, and all around fantastic sportsmanship.
As proud as I was of Twizzler and as thrilled as I was that he was able to experience winning at least once in his life (what a wonderful feeling!), I was equally proud of and thrilled about the other boys in the Cub Scout program.
When we got home, the first thing Twizzler did was ask for a sharpie. He took the sharpie and wrote the name of the person who had helped him build the car, giving him most of the credit for not only his first-place win, but also his “Cubmaster’s Pick” certificate.
It was a happy, happy evening, and one that Twizzler will remember as a highlight of his years in Cub Scouts, I’m sure.
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