Re: Space Derby
Fri, 1 Aug 1997 10:06:53 +0100
At Cub Day Camp Space Camp last year we did both the 2 liter water rocket
and the Space Derby.
Each boy (126 of them) made a Space Derby rocket in Crafts on Wed. The
Craft team chose to remove all the little bitty goodies from each kit and
have the boys assemble the rest and paint them. Rather than deal with
backwards propellers and such on Fri., the staff completed the construction
We were told we could no longer get the balsa wood kits last year. We had
a terrible time with glue. The Crafts team searched everywhere (even a
hang-glider shop) for a glue that would hold plastic to styrofoam and not
kill the Cubs with toxic fumes. Friday's "Launch" Day proved we were not
On Friday the Space Derby was held. The Den Chiefs were in charge of
winding the rubber bands. It's crucial that each be wound the same. That
just won't happen if the Cubs wind their own.
Some suggested using double rubber bands. We had boxes of extra rubber
bands on hand just in case some broke, and some did. There's a glycerin
soak you can use that's less messy than the oil.
The Cubs enjoyed the cheering and the awards but the Space Derby proved out
to be a not very hands on event for Cubs.
2 liter water bottle rockets, on the other hand, are hands on and water on.
Most involved get wet to some degree. We did this launch in the Games
area. The rockets were pre-made so rather than each boy having his own,
each Den had a station and there were rockets already there. They are
fairly simple, cheap (if you're good at getting donations) and way fun.
This year we had an Oceans of Fun Day Camp and the boys did the Raingutter
Regatta. My first experience with it. I think the boys had more fun with
the Raingutter than the Space Derby. It doesn't sound as cool, but they
hold their own boat, provide power for their own boat, and they are right
beside it the entire time; win or come in second! The competition aspect
was kept to a minimum and the fun level was very high.
Robin Church Haeuser, Chair
Del Norte District Advancement Committee
Los Padres Council **** Atascadero, CA
Philmont 1997 (Philmont Phanatics)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City