Friday, January 14, 2005

Getting ready for our Pinewood Derby

Last night we tested our Pinewood Derby track. We do it every year to make sure we have all of the screws, the wires for the timer are all there, stuff like that.

So a couple of the Den Leaders come by and we open the box for the track-and the wires to the starting gate have been cut and there's a label on the serial cable (in MY writing) that says "Replace this Cord". Every year, it's something. 2 years ago, we broke the starting gate, last year we broke some of the other wires; it's always something.

So a couple of promises to go get new wires and one soldering gun later, we have everything set up. 3 lanes out of the 4 work right away. We haven't had a 4-lane race in a couple of years, so it wasn't that big of a deal. But the other 2 guys wanted to try and get it working, I just wanted to get it over with. So much for my great Cubmaster leadership.

After 10-15 minutes, they got all 4 lanes working and they labeled everything so we could put it back together next week at the real race. We broke it all back down and it is quietly sleeping in my garage.

The point: I have a real bad habit of trying to do as much as I can myself. If those Den Leaders wouldn't have come over, I would have just left it at 3 working lanes. We would still have our Pinewood Derby and it would still be fine, but I would know the Pack Leadership didn't do it's best and that would make it harder for us to ask the boys to do their best. If the parents and the Scouts know the leadership is giving as much as we can to the Pack, they will give as much as they can.


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