Friday, March 05, 2010

{Pinewood Derby Time!}

Last Thursday was Carson's first Pinewood Derby!  It's kind of a rite of passage in becoming a true cub scout...right!!?  Ever since Trev pulled out one of his Pinewood Derby cars he found from back in his cub scout days, Carson has been so excited to have his own!  They worked every night this week to get the car just right. Instead of cutting out the car from the block of wood, they found a  BSA approved kit with a pre-cut car (i.e. = time saver).  But they had to drill and add all the weights, add and work over the axles and wheels, paint and perfect.   Who knew there were so many intricacies and strategies for a block of wood with wheels?  And it weighed in at exactly 5 ounces (the max weight limit!) It was a very fun and 'manly' arts and craft project. 

Here he is with his finished car. 

16 cars in the contest.

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Trev was sweating bullets...really hoping Carson would win at least one race.  But he did fantastic! He finished right in the middle of the pack...won 3 races, lost 3 races.  No tears or disappointment (by dad or son)...just excitement and fun. Carson's wheel even popped off at the end of the second to last race, but they had it fixed in no time and ready for the final run.  The other scouts were all good sports and there were some really fun cars and close races!  It was so sweet to see all the Dads with their sons working, weighing, and lubing (or whatever that heck that powder is!?!)...and just having fun together. Only 3 short years of the Pinewood Derby, but definitely something he is sure to remember! 

Just 7 more years until Ry can race his own car at the Pinewood Derby.  He sure loves his big brother!

Carson got the "Most Realistic" award.

Okay, Carson is taking over the blog. Yes, I do have two other children. But there is so much going on for Carson right now that can't go un-posted on the blog. Ry and Addy pics coming soon!


Dan and Anne 5:40 AM  

Way to go Carson (and Trev)! That looks like so much fun!

Karen 9:28 AM  

aren't pinewood derbies hilarious? i never realized how stressful they are, you just want your kid to win!!! i'm glad it's over for another year :o)
and btw, that powder is graphite--weird, huh?

Tyler 10:44 PM  

SO cool! Nice work carson!

Anonymous 5:53 AM  

The black powder is graphite, a dry lubricant commonly used on Pinewood Derby racers to reduce friction between the wheel, the axel and the body of the car.

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