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Winning: Is That What it’s All About?
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Remind Me, Who is This For Again?
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Cub Scouts, You’re in the Army Now

Winning: Is That What it’s All About?

Pinewood Derby Fever recently took command of our household.  As our boys’ searched the internet for design ideas, assisted Dad with the shaping and drilling of the wood and gleefully sprayed paint on their carefully cut creations, it was hard not to get caught up in their enthusiasm.  The best part was learning to fix mistakes, like the misplaced drill hole that was transformed into a brad-covered “gas cap.”  Parents and their boys, spending time together, building something by hand. Isn’t that the point? It should be.  But Pinewood Derby is a confusing combination of handshake agreement and paperwork.  It’s…

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Remind Me, Who is This For Again?

Take a look at Pinterest, she said.  There are some really cool ideas, she said. Boy, were there ever. I “pinned” five.  I liked even more.  That unsettling combo of excitement and stress started to bubble up from my stomach toward my chest and pulsed into my head, which began humming with white noise.  Then, in a rare moment of clarity, a voice said: Stop.  This is ridiculous. Who is this actually for??? It was time to plan the annual Cub Scout Pinewood Derby.  My boys’ den leader, whom I greatly admire, approached me and asked if I would help…

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Cub Scouts, You’re in the Army Now

Of all the animals, the boy is the wildest ~ Plato Cub scout den mothers, I (cub scout) salute you.  To take on the responsibility of guiding elementary school-age boys through Tiger, Wolf and Bear Scouts (names surely inspired by Plato himself**) amidst the chaos that ensues at meetings, you are a rare and patient breed indeed. Now I paraphrased Plato.  He actually said the boy is “most unmanageable.” That may be taking it a tad too far, given how things went down at our Cub Scout Camp this past week. Present the unmanageable to a Boy Scout leader and you get…

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