Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Cubinapolis
Tue, 16 Feb 1999 22:01:06 PST
I had to open my big mouth again! In my recent list of possible
summertime events for Cub Packs, I offered to forward info on this event
to anyone who requested and the requests have been pouring in so--Let's
As you can imagine, it must have something to do with cars, so--
1. Find a cardboard box for each boy that is large enough to fit around
his middle--he will be inside the box. The box should be no more than
12" to 15" tall. Fold top and bottom flaps inside, stand in the box and
pull it up to where the boy can put his arms over the outside of the box
and hold it up with his hands on the bottom edge. Optionally, you can
rig some sort of suspenders so the boy has his hands free and can "wear"
2. Use your resources and imagination and decorate the box to look like
a race car. Use solo cups for headlights, paper plates for wheels, tuna
cans for tail lights, tape for chrome, whatever your imagination can
come up with. Put on bumpers, windows, etc. Make it safe in case the
boy falls down while wearing the car.
3. Choose a large grassy area (school yard, park, etc.) for the race.
Set up a race track, complete with pit areas on opposite sides of the
track. Whatever your markers are, be sure they are safe.
4. Race your cars two at a time. Each race will consist of 7 laps
around the track and three "pit stops". The pit crew is made up of
members of the boy's family. It goes like this:
Run one lap - pit stop - Wash windshield (Family washes the boy's
face with "wet one", wash cloth, etc.)
Run two laps - stop - refuel (family provides small cup of juice,
lemonade, etc. with straw--boy drinks all)
Run two laps - stop - change tires (family puts large socks over
boy's shoes and sends him off again - in lieu of socks, paper hospital
booties work great.)
Run two laps to finish line.
5. Pit crew should have signs telling how many laps have been completed
and when to stop.
6. Do it just for fun, or time the boys and award funny prizes for
winners. Also give prizes for car designs (most unique, funniest,
etc.), best pit crew, anything you can think of to make the boys feel
good about their efforts.
After the race, have watermelon for everyone and have a watermelon seed
Most importantly--have FUN!
. . .and a good ole' Bobwhite, too. . .
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