Re: Bike Rodeo
Charles Batteau (B3ZAATN@CPSLSOPS.BELL-ATL.COM)
Thu, 7 Aug 1997 06:00:34 -0400
Our troop held its first ever bike rodeo at a local elementary school
a couple of months ago. Considering the short fuse that we ran with, I
would call it a qualified success. Here are some recommendations ...
- Plan well ahead (at least two months -- three to four is better)
- Pick a location WITHIN the neighborhood, so that kids won't have
to cross a busy street to get to the rodeo. School yards are
great on Saturday.
- Get the information into school calendars, local newspapers, etc.
- Make flyers and distribute them to the houses in the area.
- Get some local small businesses (the ones that are NOT courted
by your council) to donate small amounts ($80 or so) of money for
the rodeo; use this to purchase a variety of bike helmets which
you GIVE to each participant.
- See if you can get someone from a local bike shop to come and
do a quick PM on each childs' bike. If you can't, one of the
troops adults can do this.
- Borrow some traffic cones from a local paving company and set up
a "moto-cross" course. If you have enough adults, you can also
set up a "biking instruction/test" course
- Get a master copy of a "safe biking" certificate; we got ours
from the Travellers Protection Co. Give one to each child that
- FINALLY, get the name and address of EVERY participant -- these
are potential BOY, CUB, GIRL and BROWNIE Scout recruits!
Chuck Batteau -- SM, Troop 751, Glen Allen VA USA
I used to be an Eagle ...
maybe they meant an hour a DAY! :-)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City