Scouting, Volume 82, Number 2, March-April 1994 Page: 47
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Pack 207's inventive
resulted from the
imagination of Scouter
Niels Krop. While any
pack can tailor a simi-
lar event to suit its
own personality, Pack
I 207 recommends in-
I eluding these key
I • a bull-horn to save
| the announcer's voice.
I • stopwatches to time
I • traffic cones to mark
I the courses (Pack 207
I got theirs from a
I leader who is a police
i • peanuts (for a pick-
i up race).
i • ribbons (every Pack
207 Cub Scout who
participated received a
Pack 207 decorated
its playground race
course with pinewood
derby banners and
signs made by the
boys. Other decorating
posters from auto
stores that advertise
tires, oil, and other
automotive parts and
first year learned some carpentry.
Dens that inherited an assembled
cart the second year learned how to
strip and refinish wood, then re-paint
and decorate with their own design.
Pushcart racing also offers an op-
portunity for the boys to discover and
appreciate each other's strengths. At
first, everyone wanted a chance to be
the driver. But the older and more
mature Scouts soon realized that vic-
tory often required the most skilled
boy in that key position. Said one
Webelos Scout after competing in the
Giant Slalom: "We had David drive
because he's the best. The rest of us
wanted to push."
Open competition was the rule in
all events, with Wolf, Bear, and Webe-
los-age Scouts all competing against
each other. Naturally, older boys
stood a better chance of winning the
speed events, but younger Scouts
held their own in events like Pushcart
Decoration and Peanut Pick-up. And
the committee may add even more
events where all competitors are on
an equal basis regardless of age.
In fact, in 1993 Bruce Simpson, den
leader and head organizer of the sec-
ond annual race, added a sixth event
to Niels Rrop's original five: the Small
Slalom. It helped to balance out some
lag time created by the uneven dura-
tion of other events. He also added a
service area "pit stop," equipped with
essentials such as hammer, nails, and
battery-operated drill. And next time,
Simpson said, the pit may also contain
Organizers discovered that parents
wanted to ride in the carts almost as
much as the Cub Scouts did. As a re-
sult, they're considering an event that
would allow den leaders or a family
member to participate.
One thing is sure: Racing fever has
caught on in Pack 207. The 1994 event
promises a few new twists, and racing
excitement greater than ever. ■
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