Scouting (Boy, Cub, Girl)/soap box derby

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Hello Tom,

We are preparing for a soap box derby- first in 4o years in our town.  It will combine girl scouts, brownies, boy scouts and cubs. About 40 kids total! Each den is responsible for part of the race (ie track prep, food station, parade).  The teenaged boys will be doing most of the grunt work and building, but its the Tiger cubs who are quickly collecting money! Have you any experience or procedures for dividing work and paying the bills? We are hoping to achieve three goals...fun for kids, awareness of scouting and fundraising.  Only 12 parents are regularly showing up to help figre this out.
Thank you,
Valerie

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It seems that you have things under control.  I probably can not give you any advise as it depends on the specifics of the people who are organizing the event.  Here are the suggestions that I would make.

1. Don't set your goals to high, this should be a distance run not a dash.  This year's event should be the building block for the next years event.  Your goals should be that the kids have fun, you get some scouting exposure and that you break even.

2. When you have the event, make sure that the newspapers and TV in your area cover it.  This will get help you get scouting exposure for the current units to pick up members and build excitement for next year's event to both current members and non-members.

3. At the event make sure that you have well designed signs for BeAScout.Scouting.org.  this will help non-scouts find a unit.

4. It seems to me that 12 people are about the right number of people to organize the event.  If you get too many more, it will break down from in-fighting.

5. You will want to assign people by their skills not by their position in scouting.

6. You don't say how many units you have but you might want to make this a council wide activity.  This in itself will help the event grow faster.  If you are worried about the success you might want to make it a District event which will be easier to manage for the first year or two.

7. Make sure that you have the full rules in print which will cut down any arguments that might make an otherwise successful event turn into a disaster


Good luck and have fun.

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Just about anything to do with scouting. I have been honored to recieve both the District Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver. I have been associated with Cub Scouting for about 16 years. I served 8 years as Cubmaster and 8 years as Committee Chairman. I was Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner for 1 year and Cub Scout Pack Commissioner for 2 years. I have served 15 years with Boy Scouting. Three years as Assistant Scoutmaster and then formed my own troop as Scoutmaster 12 years ago. I am also working as an adult advisor for the Order of the Arrow, which is the elite campers of Boy Scouts. I have ran several major events for both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, including a Pinewood Derby, a Spring Camporee, a Fall Camporee, and 2 Klondike Derbys. In the 12 years since forming our troop I have had 22 Eagle Scouts.

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