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The Derby is a part of the Scouting program that seems to draw more controversy than all other parts of the typical pack’s annual program put together. Even worse, if a particular pack has problems one year, those tend to snowball from year to year and draw out the less attractive elements of our character, to put it kindly. I have lost count of how many times I have heard or read some one say “I hate pinewood derby!”
There’s different things packs do to try and solve the recurring problems:
Unfair judging? Remove the judge.
Parental overinvolvement? Remove the parents.
Always stuck in the “slow lane?” Remove all chance.
It doesn’t have to be this way! It can be fun, challenging, and interesting. You can have a great time and the boys can have a great time!
This book is about using the Pinewood Derby as another part of the greater program and vision of scouting. It is a wonderful tool to teach sportsmanship and having respect for other people. It offers a fine way to help parents and cubs bond and work together to achieve a common goal and hopefully make it clear that every scout can come away from the pinewood derby a winner.
Every scout, parent, friend and supporter of the pack will leave the race excited about next year’s Pinewood Derby!