Needing to gear up for pinewood.

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Registered: 05-28-2000
Needing to gear up for pinewood.
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Tue, 01-08-2013 - 9:47am

We have the dad running the software for the track and setting up.  We have the grandma who is doing the food.  I have a mom to drop the cars on the track.  DH is the MC.  I have a dad to weigh in the cars.  I'll collect the paperwork & be there to answer q's.  That's the bulk of what we need for that day & then other parents will step in to help as needed.   

It dawned on me last night that I need to get the trophies ordered.  ugh.  It snuck right up on me.  I've been so busy dealing with recharter that I didn;t think about the derby being earlier this year than it has been in the past.

 

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iVillage Member
Registered: 04-26-2002
Fri, 01-11-2013 - 9:18am

Our derby is ALWAYS early in the year.  Our mall show (where we have the district pinewood derby championships) is Feb. 2nd this year.  So, we handed out cars at our Christmas party in December (1 kid didn't show up).  I e-mailed and have talked to them... his car is still sitting at my house (Jan. 11).  We only have 5 kids this year, so our pack derby will be very different than in the past... it's usually been a several hour long deal with the Boy Scout troop asked to do weigh in's and weight checks and stuff and several different people doing various tasks.  But with only 1 wolf, 1 webelos, and 3 bears- the race itself will be VERY quick.  We really don't even know what to do for prizes/awards.  Only 1st and 2nd take their cars to the mall show.  So, do we order 3 first prizes, 1 second, and 1 third?  Or do we just hand out ribbons this year?  We will be getting special patches since it's the 60th anniversary of the Pinewood Derby this year.  Also, since we only have so few, we are allowing siblings to make cars and I expect 2 sisters, 1 younger brother, and 2 Boy Scouts (who will bring their 1 pound knotwood derby cars).

We finished recharter fine and got our leader hats that were incentives for getting stuff turned in correctly and on time.  Not hard when there's no new kids and only 5 kids and 6 adults on the whole charter- but hard when it's the first time you are doing the recharter and you have nobody to help you who did it before.

Now we are getting hounded about when we are going to have our Friends of Scouting talk and our Camp Promotions talk.  I told them it would be more or less worthless for them to schedule something just for our pack since 3 of the 5 families have kids in the Boy Scout troop... we could just try to get the other 2 families to show up when they do it for the troop and get both pack and troop done at same time.  Even if they don't show, but were invited, that still counts because at least someone from the pack would be present when they do the presentations.

Blue and Gold is now a dilemma for us.  With only 5 families and knowing that everyone doesn't always show up... do we want to try to do a meal, or should we just go to a restaurant and order pizza?  Do we just want to have a dessert at one of our meetings?  It's hard to decide on something with so few kids... at least when you have a larger number of people, it doesn't matter when you plan something because at least some people will show up!

Same goes for pack meetings- we were asked last night when what our den meetings and pack meetings were. I said we will have den meetings same day/time as boy scouts meet... but they meet every week pretty much and we will only meet 1st and 3rd.  Then she asked when our pack meetings would be and I told her we dont have any scheduled and would probably just hand out awards at end of den meetings as needed from time to time... there's nothing to hand out now anyway and we typically haven't had regular pack meetings in Jan/Feb anyway due to pinewood derby and blue and gold.

According to my Bear, we had the best den meeting ever last week... first he had to stay after school for my Girl Scouts meeting (I brought canned spaghetti to microwave for his dinner), then he went straight to basketball practice and went straight from there to cub scouts.  The cubmaster's wife planned the meeting around bear requirments since we have mostly bears.  only 3 kids showed up.  They first made the outmeal cookies in a jar and talked nutrition and food handling safety.  Then they sat around our fake campfire and talked about tall tales while eating a banana and some crackers.  Then they got to try to lasso a horse (aka...chair) with a real lasso like in the one tall tale.  Then we tried some of those 2 man tests of strength to finish.  I'm not real sure I know why this one was the "best ever" den meeting according to my son, but it was!  I thought the adult to kid ratio was a little funky though... 1 wolf, 2 bears, 2 sisters for kids to 3 moms, 1 dad, and 1 grandma... just a little crowded, so I backed away and let them get their fingers messy with the cookies in the jar, the telling of the tall tales, and the feats of strength stuff... I found the vacuum, wiped the tables, and supervised handwashing!  It was very nice for a change!

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-26-2002
Fri, 01-11-2013 - 9:18am

Sorry for the above novel length post!  haha