Friday, February 1, 2019

Bike Rodeo ~ Great Salt Lake - Cub Scout Themes - PowWow Books - Pack Meeting Plans

This information for holding a Bike Rodeo was in the 2006 Utah Great Salt Lake Council PowWow book.  This is a great idea, and many of the things that were used back then can still be used today.

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Description: A fun-filled day when boys bring their bikes to pack meeting. It can include a safety inspection and licensing (if your city requires it and will come and help you do it). The boys then compete in several different areas.
Rules: (These are just suggestions: your pack can come up with its own rules)
  • Open to all Cub Scouts (If they don't have a bike, maybe they could bring a scooter.)
  • This is an official event so wear your uniform!
  • Everyone (including adults) who is on a bike must wear an approved bike helmet
  • Every bike is welcome, even if it still has training wheels
  • Have Fun and Do Your Best! This is a chance to earn achievements and have fun. The challenge is
    for the boys to do their best, not to prove they are better than others
    Challenges: (Again, these are suggestions)
  1. Mounting & Dismounting: The purpose is to demonstrate starting and stopping while maintaining
    control of the bike. The boy puts his front tire at the end of the land at a dead stop. Rider mounts the
    bike, steers it to the other end without losing balance or swerving out of the lines, and dismounts.
  2. Circling & Changing Direction: The purpose is to test balance and steering control. The rider starts to
    the right and maneuvers through the circles in a figure 8.
  3. Diminishing Clearance: The rider starts at the end of two lines that are about 18” apart and continues
    to ride through the lines as they get closer together, ending at 4” apart. The object is not to cross any
    of the lines.
  4. Weaving & Maneuvering: The rider needs to ride through cones that are spaced about 8’ apart. They
    should weave through the cones and should not hit any of them.
  5. Stopping Ability: The rider starts on a 60’ track and rides the first 50’ then stops within the last 10’
    without putting a foot on the ground.
  6. Short Radius Turning: The boy rides through a course that is 3’ wide that goes straight for 20’ and the
    turns 180 degrees to another 20’ straight section that turns sharply again into another 20’ straight section (like an “S” curve on the highway). The boy needs to go through the course without going over the lines or putting his foot down to balance.
  7. Turtle Crawl (Slow Speed Control): The boy rides through a 3’ wide course that is 60’ long, going as slowly as he can, requiring that he travels for at least 30 seconds. The boy should not cross the lines or put his foot down.
  8. Tight Turns: The boy rides through a course that has four U-shapes bays of diminishing size. (12’ x 10’, 12’ x 8’, 12’ x 6’, 12’ x 4’). He starts at the top of each bay and rides down and around making the turn. If he is successful, he proceeds to the next smaller bay.

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