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THE CREATIVE GAMER - What happens when you mix a Cub Scout Pine Wood Derby and Chess? (Warning, graphic pictures inside)

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First off I'm going to say - sorry to disappoint, no blood or gore or King chess pieces embedded into someone's eyeball.

BUT if you stick with me for a short while, you'll see what I mean about graphic.

So, my son is in Cub Scouts. Every year they have a Pine Wood Derby where they get a block of wood, carve it into some sort of vehicle, nail some plastic wheels to it, then fling it down a track racing against other cars to see who is fastest and gets to go home with a trophy.

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The Track

And, its really nice because our Pack has a 'sibling' category and an 'adult' (aka full grown kid) race for bragging rights so everyone gets to be involved if they want!

In addition to being able to get pins for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in their Dens, they also can win a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place trophy overall for the Pack. There is also a series of categories that all participants and spectators get to vote on including 'Most Creative', 'Most Detail', 'Best Woodworking', and 'Best in Show' among others. The great thing is that the vote counting committee makes sure everyone wins a certificate (although Best in Show gets a special trophy)

In the past we have done traditional cars. And everyone else seemed to be doing crazy stuff like a Nintendo DS (complete with hinge and screen), a piano, a fishing boat, the Star Ship Enterprise, and even a tank with 8 wheels!

So, this year we decided to think a little more 'outside the box'. Well, my son's was probably the most 'outside the box'. His goal was actually to be the most creative so he wanted to do a sea serpent - this is the result:
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Side View

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Another View About to Race!

For my daughter, hers was more 'inside the box' - well, inside the cat box as you can see (warning, this is graphic!):
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View showing the cat face (that's a pic of her kitten, Skeeter)

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A better 'poop' shot Kitty Box about to race!

She likes to tell how those are real cat poops in the box. Oh, they are! Real styrofoam packing peanuts painted cat poop color

Finally, mine was more somewhere between 'inside' and 'outside' the box - 'inside' the game box taking it 'outside' for a spin:
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The Chess Racer!

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Another view About to race....

Well, it turns out that everyone voted my daughters as 'Funniest' car and my son ended up winning 2nd place in his Den as well as 'Best in Show' from the voting (sorry, don't have a pic yet of the trophy).

And what about mine? It finished dead last among the adults shake. And I learned an important lesson - Chess and Pine Wood Derby Racing don't mix (warning another graphic pic!):
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AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Noooooooooooooooo! Not a decimated chess game! The horror!

As it's that time of year, I'd love to hear about other people's experiences with Cub Scouting and how Pine Wood Derby racing goes for your Pack!

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