Monday 22nd: 5th Annua​l Great Egg Race 201​3​ for Cubs and Scouts

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Monday 22nd: 5th Annua​l Great Egg Race 201​3​ for Cubs and Scouts

18 April 2013

The 5th Annual St Mary Magdalene Scout Group Great Easter Egg Race Challenge!!!

Parents who are of a certain age may remember a television programme called The Great Egg Race, presented by a rather eccentric bloke called Heinz Wolff. The purpose of the programme was for contestants to see how far they could transport an egg (unbroken) in a home-made vehicle made from junk and powered by only an elastic band.

For the last four years we have held our own version of the Great Egg Race with the Cubs and Scouts. Those who have taken part will remember that each year this was a superb evening with some really creative engineering and much friendly rivalry. Scrapheap Challenge met the Eggs Factor and the results are always truly awesome.

The challenge – to transport a chocolate creme egg as far as possible using the power of only a single rubber band


The Challenge will be held as follows:

Date:               Monday April 22nd 2013

Time:              7.00-8.30 i.e normal Cub/Scout time but slightly extended

Venue:           St Mary’s as usual

Entry fee:       There is no charge!! this year.


Because this is a somewhat complex challenge, over the last few years we have come to consider this to be what is called a “Dads and Lads” event where the Cubs/Scouts bring an adult and work as a team. Of course this does not have to be a Dad – it can be a Mum, Auntie, Granddad, older sibling, next-door-neighbour, Michael Schumacher…. whoever can be persuaded (and who should ideally have a degree in advanced Mechanical Engineering). The idea behind this is to involve family or friends in the fun things we do with Scouts.


Because we know that not all parents

a) will be able to come, and

b) know anything about engineering, we would suggest the following:

  • All adult/child pairs to offer a place to 1 or 2 children who cannot bring their own adult. Teams will therefore be made up of up to 4 individuals.
  • Cubs/Scouts who cannot bring a family member thus can “buddy up” to join in with an existing team.
  • Ideally experienced teams who are into their third or fourth year to partner with less experienced novices.
  • If possible the buddy (or “Guest Engineer”!) to be involved in the advance planning as well as on the night
  • there is already a sign-up sheet on the noticeboard. But teams are encouraged to pre-register by sending an email with the Teams Name and team members names, eg. Team Naem – “Sickly Egg Noggs”, Team Members – Tom, Dick and Harry Bloggs.
  • The Standard Rubber Band for this Year is a 150mm x 6mm band, the Cubs and some of the Scouts have received samples. You will be issued with another on the evening along side the “Payload” (Cadbury’s Creme Egg)



The rules of the St Mary Magdalene Scout Group Great Easter Egg Race Challenge (hereafter referred to as the SMMSG-GEERC) will be as follows. Please note that yet again as in previous years due to some very dubious (although highly successful) methodology being employed by previous years’ winning teams, the rules have AGAIN been amended slightly for 2013.


  1. The rubber band MUST be integrated into the vehicle and must travel with it across the start line (assuming the vehicle actually makes it across the start line…..) AND the finish line.
  2. Vehicles must run on the ground. (no Projectiles, no gliders, Definitely NO Rockets!)
  3. No “catapult” type arrangements using the rubber band for launching.
  4. The rubber band provided must be the ONLY source of power, No Batteries, No Sails.
  5. Participants are allowed to plan their vehicle / draw diagrams in advance and may bring any such plans with them on the night of the SMMSGGEERC.
  6. Vehicles should be constructed entirely from junk such as packaging, odds and ends, boxes, plastic, cardboard, anything else you can find lying around the house.
  7. There MUST NOT be any full or part Construction sets such as Lego, Meccano etc.
  8. There MUST NOT be and toy vehicles such as toy racing cars, trains or similar (these may NOT be used in whole or in part).
  9. Participants must bring with them all construction MATERIALS they will require, so start collecting NOW! There may be the possibility of trading spare items with other teams on the night but this should not be relied upon as a source of materials as other teams may well be too mean to swap.
  10. Although participants may plan their vehicle beforehand, NO ADVANCE CONSTRUCTION OF ANY TYPE may take place before the night.
  11. Participants should bring with them materials such as glue, sticky tape, scissors etc. Any Cub / Scout / parent who superglues him / herself to their vehicle and requires medical attention WILL BE DISCQUALIFIED.
  12. Rubber bands will be provided. Participants cannot provide their own super-long, extra stretchy, mega-powerful industrial-strength rubber bands to gain an unfair advantage.
  13. Eggs will be provided, although to avoid mess may well be hard-boiled. Or chocolate (THEY WILL BE CHOCOLATE).
  14. Build time for the SMMSGGEERC will be ONE HOUR with 15 mins racing time at the end.
  15. Under no circumstances will any live animal be allowed as part of the unit, specially trained Squirrels, Gerbils or Fleas are now BANNED on the advice of the the Group Health and Safety Gnome.


Prizes will be awarded for:-

  1. the furthest distance travelled (providing the egg is intact).
  2. Most Innovative Design.
  3. Best Looking Vehicle (Aesthetic – Pleasing).
  4. Most Bizarre, Dangerous, or Evil Looking.



First Prize for the furthest distance travelled will not be £1000.00,

Second Prize for the furthest distance travelled will not be £500.00

Third Prize for the furthest distance travelled will not be £250.00

As ever the prizes will not be along the lines of large amounts of cash.

but will probably be SWEET .


The judge (s) – (who gets this thankless job is still to be confirmed) decision will ALWAYS however unfair be final.

I hope you will enter into the spirit of the SMMSGGEERC and I look forward to seeing you all on April 22nd 2013.

If you have any queries please feel free to speak to email or ring me.

Good luck, get recruiting your team members, get collecting junk, and get planning!!


Yours in Scouting on the behalf of all the leadership team.