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Re: Opinions of the group

Post by davet » Fri May 05, 2017 9:16 am

To take the argument of limiting modifications to it's logical end one would have to conclude that the best way to deal with this would be to give each kid their own kit. Then, tell them they can have no help from anyone and cannot use any tools and they can only use what's in the kit. This way all would be on level ground. This is not the purpose of the derby.

Before we learned how to build faster cars my son learned a lot when he lost. The lessons aren't are in the trophy. It's in the time spent together with an adult, using tools, understanding concepts, making mistakes and fixing them, being a good sport in winning and losing, sharing knowledge with others, making lasting memories.

If a kid can't build a fast car, for whatever reason, don't blame the slow car or the rules or the faster racers if he doesn't learn any lessons from the event, blame the adults around him.



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Re: Opinions of the group

Post by Speedster » Fri May 05, 2017 10:45 am

Davet, your last line says a lot. Unfortunately, blaming someone, even if they deserve it, doesn't help the scout. I know we all do what we can and that's Reality.
Thank You all for your opinions. A special Thank You to those who do Workshops.
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Re: Opinions of the group

Post by davet » Fri May 05, 2017 10:49 am

Speedster, what I mean is whether the kid builds a fast car or a slow car, the boy won't learn much if an adult isn't there acting as a mentor.



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Re: Opinions of the group

Post by Speedster » Fri May 05, 2017 12:44 pm

davet, I know what you mean and I know the effort you and so many others put in helping these young scouts. I applaud you all. I wish we all could do more. Keep up the Great Work.



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Re: Opinions of the group

Post by Darin McGrew » Fri May 05, 2017 8:23 pm

Speedster wrote:A special Thank You to those who do Workshops.
You're welcome.

Honestly, we spend more effort running the workshops than we do running the derby itself. And I think that's the right balance. The point isn't to race wooden cars down an inclined track. The point is to promote adult-child interaction.



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