We were all very excited. He and his dad spent several weeks getting the car ready.
Daddy came up with the design (or more accurately, found a design he liked on the internet and downloaded it) and did the sawing but Peter helped with the painting, adding the weights and measuring the car.
I think Dan probably had more fun than Peter and I'm assuming that's because when Dan built his Pinewood Derby car as a little boy, his father probably had more fun than he did. I think it's a tradition all across the country - the Boy Scout doesn't really get to make his own Pinewood Derby car until he has a son.
The Tiger Cubs had 14 members participating and each Cub got to race in 4 timed heats. Then the computer scoring system determined who had the fastest times in all of the heats and determined the standings.
Peter won 3 out of 4 of his heats and placed 4th overall. Unfortunately 4th place didn't get a medal or a trophy...only a ribbon...which everyone got for participating. He was disappointed but didn't cry like he did at the Rain Gutter Regatta.
Even though he didn't cry, there was a lot of sulking and muttering and ground kicking. So I asked him if he had fun racing the car. He said yes.
I asked him if he enjoyed building the car with Daddy. He said yes.
I told him I was proud of him for congratulating Colton (his BFF who did win a medal) without me having to tell him to do so. He said he was glad he did that too.
Then I told him he was a winner anyway.
"But I don't feel like a winner Mommy," was his response.
But you are kiddo. You are.