Re: What is a Space Derby?
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@VM1.UCC.OKSTATE.EDU)
Fri, 2 Feb 1996 08:38:19 CST
On Thu, 1 Feb 1996 12:53:07 -0500 Donna Digiovanni said:
>Does anyone out there have any experience holding a "Space Derby" for
>their Cub Scout Packs? We have recently heard of this event, and are
We held them several years ago when I was in Minnesota and they were great.
Used the local mall as a site and got lots of support from the merchants.
One thing we learned early on was to use ALL three rubberbands. The pack
provided the glycerin mix to keep them pliable. We had some hand drills to
use as winders. We made it a bit like Cape Canaveral with a big prep area and
a railway (taped off walkway) to the launch pad. I had some old Apollo patches
that we gave to the winners along with a plastic model to build. A local
buffet let every kid with a rocket eat for free after the race (parents paid)
and it turned into sort of a "successful launch" banquet.
I understand there are problems with the new kits. Ours were the old balsa
ones and worked great.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City