Tiger is almost 11 and will graduate from Cub Scouts in March. This past Tuesday was his final Pinewood Derby as a cub scout. Over the last three years, he has had three very unique cars that didn’t go very fast. That first year was so hard on him to come in dead last… the following year he had lower expectations and he took more pride in building the car and creating a really cool car even if it wouldn’t win. Each year he got a little better speed- and he earned it. Each year, he has done the bulk of the work on the car with B only supervising and doing the cuts.
This year, he decided to create a runway with a model space shuttle taking off. He may have come in near the bottom in speed, but he got first place in design with Best Design. He was pretty thrilled to be awarded for his design.
In the end, Tiger learned that the real fun came not from winning the race but from building his car with his dad and designing something that was fun to him. Over the last 3 years, he learned sportsmanship, compassion, and how to just have a good time. I sure wish a few of the dads that were there this year could learn those skills!