District Cub Mobile Race
Barry C Runnels (Barry_C_Runnels@MMACMAIL.JCCBI.GOV)
Mon, 12 May 1997 12:54:26 CST
We just had a very successful District Cub Mobile Race. I wanted to pass on
some observations for anyone planning or thinking of planning Cub Mobile
The plans (I think from the Cub Wolf book) are simple and worked very well
except for a few small changes that I think will help the safety of the
The track shouldn't allow the cub mobiles to travel faster than an adults
fast walk. We have ramps that adjust to start cars at this speed.
Move the blocks on the front axial of the cub mobiles to 1/2 inch or less
from the center. This will help prevent Scouts from making sharp turns into
the other car or spectators.
Remove the rope and have the Scout hold the brake handle. Cub Mobiles are
designed to steer with the feet, not the rope. When the Scouts try to steer
with the rope, they loose control and won't grab the brake with the rope in
Remove the seat belt. Some Scouts try to jump off before the cub mobile
stopped and they ended up pulling the car on top of themselves. The cars
should not travel fast enough to require a seat belt hold them on the car
in a sudden stop.
The boys and parents had a great time and the District is already planning
next years race. We had two tracks. One was for competition and the other
non competition for siblings and Scouts who didn't build cars. Our biggest
complaint was we stopped to early.
The event was easy to plan and required only a few adults to run it. We had
only one very experienced adult supervise the non competitive track with
the help of a Webelos Den. It was great FUN, FUN, FUN.
I was touched watching one leader worked with a handicapped Scout ride the
Cub Mobile all they way past the finish line. I love this Scouting Stuff.
"Mighty" Pack 339
When God measures man, He puts the tape measure around the heart, not the
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City