Another question I've been wanting to ask is how many pineheads here recommend this site to their competition?
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Awana Grand Prix and Pinewood Derby racing - Where a child, an adult and a small block of wood combine for a lot of fun and memories.
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As far as recommending this site... I've mentioned it to everyone in our pack, and to several folks at the district races. I don't think the knowledge base on this forum should be used as a secret weapon. Much of the info gained here was shared at workshops prior to our pack race, but I saw very little of it utilized. You can bring them to the water but you can't make them drink.
I was extremely frustrated at our district race for numerous reasons, some of which were detailed in another post. However, moments after my son was eliminated, some dads' approached me to see where we had obtained the design for the rail car (I'm sure they were happy not to race Logan's car). I told them of Stans' website, and also this forum. I don't know about WIRL, Awana, Shape N Race, or others, but in Scouting I firmly believe that sharing knowledge is part of the program.
Information is not a zero sum game... If I give you a dollar, and you give me a dollar, then we each still have one dollar. If I give you an idea, and you give me an idea, then we each have two ideas.
District derby Committee 3 years
I support Den Leaders statement share the information to all and be available to answer questions and give guidance at the workshops this has worked well at our pack level as more boys are involved and their experience is much greater. An example of this is a new single tiger cub mom and here son attended our pack workshop the previous year he took first in his rank for pack and third in rank at district. Talk about an excited young man he could not wait until this year's derby!
PS Math guy are you available we could certainly use a volunteer!
(I also do school night’s for the District) As a volunteer with a full plate I thought you might like the humor!
I've talked several other leaders into riding down to Marietta, GA, on March 27th, to observe the NW Georgia Area-Wide Grand Prix ( see www.awanagrandprix.com ). I'm hoping to pick up some more ideas for improving our event.
I check this site regularly.
Sorry for the late reply but I to have had more than my hands full...
I have helped run, chaired or co-chaired our Pack's pinewood derby race for the last four years. Through communications with the co-chair of our District's pwd race, I hope to be involved in that race as well next year with the possibility of a Council race.
I've yet to run into any negative that can offset the enjoyment that the boys have building and racing of pinewood derby cars.
Da Graphite Kid
I didn't find this site until the week before the our Derby, So I didn't recommend it to anyone this year. Next year it will be on our Derby announcement handout!
It might get too crowded here if everyone derby racer in the USA/Canada came here. IE message boards need to be smaller cozy to be effective. The admin's might have different thoughts, but here are mine.didn't find this site until the week before the our Derby, So I didn't recommend it to anyone this year. Next year it will be on our Derby announcement handout!
For the masses, I would recommend some of the other PWD building tips sites and some of the great commercial sites. (Max Velocity, etc). The extreme PINEHEADS will find this forum regardless. I think the tips given in our message boards are for "extreme" PWD families. The typical "novice" family might be overwhelmed and intimidated with some of the speed tips given on this board. Do the masses want to read about how to make Snakes "Flex-Wedge"? The masses have a goal to make a simple and quality car, and really don't have the "commitment" to learn how to try craft a district champion with their child.
I would share with your Derby Committee this site. Car Tips and Secrets are one thing, but the Race Organization part of this forum, is really invaluable to running a quality event.