Cub Scout Pushmobile

February 24, 2018

Gateway Community Church
760 Clear Lake City Blvd., Webster, Texas  77598

A pushmobile is a boy powered go-cart. Cub Scout dens make their own pushmobile. Six boys work together as a team to push their pushmobile through the course to the finish line at this annual district event.

Registration

Cub Scout on a pushmobile

Registration is typically done by the den leader. Dens will race as teams. Individuals or groups of less than six boys will be combined with other dens to form a team. Online registration is highly encouraged. Substitutions are allowed. Refund Policy. Patches are only guaranteed for onsite and early registration. Please read all rules as they will be strictly enforced. 

Registration opens in October            Rules

Register Cost Deadline Details
Registration    $6.50 for first Scout,
$5 for additional Scouts
Before 2/22/17 .
Late Registration $11.50 for first Scout
$10 for additional Scouts
Begins 2/23/17  
Onsite Registration   $15.00 per Scout   Checks only, payable to SHAC. No patch.

 

Schedule

8:00 - 8:30 AM Check-in and car inspection
8:50 One adult from each team and parents of any individual Scouts who need a team should meet at the start line
9:00 Races begin

Check-in

Please designate one adult to register/check-in at the registration table for the entire den, and one adult to take the car through inspection. The rest of the team should meet in the pit area for each rank. One adult from pre-registered teams must still check-in to pick up patches.

What to Bring

  • Scouts are encouraged to wear their field (Scout) uniform or activity (any Scout t-shirt) uniform
  • Closed toed tennis shoes appropriate for running (no Crocs or Vibram Fivefinger sneakers)
  • Hat
  • Appropriate clothing for any weather (e.g., rain gear, jacket)
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Pushmobile (one per den)
  • BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for any Scouting event) for every person attending (kept by the unit leader)
  • Optional: snacks, 5-gallon bucket for Scouts to sit on, camera, chairs for adults

Photographs    

Notice!  Please be advised that promotional videotaping/photography may be in progress at any time at an event. Your entrance constitutes your agreement that the district has the right to reproduce your likeness in videography/photography for promotion (e.g., publications, internet, newspaper).

Event Rules

Please read all the rules carefully and ensure that all racers are fully informed of the rules.

Race Course:

Each course will consist of two (2) lanes marked in three (3) segments. The width of each lane will be one or two parking spaces wide depending on the available space at the college. Each segment is approximately 20-30 yards in length. 
Two (2) Scouts will be stationed at the start of each segment - one Scout will be the driver and the other will be the pusher for that one (1) segment. At the halfway point, the car will be turned around by the Scouts and the boys will reverse their roles as driver and pusher. Winners of each race will be announced and the winners will continue until there is a final winner for each rank using the double elimination system.

Race Day Rules:

  • If the team has Scouts from multiple ranks, the highest-ranking Scout will determine rank for the team.
  • Each car will be checked for length, width, front end and steering compliance specifications as outlined above.
  • Cars shall remain in the pit unless instructed to move to the race line by a race official.
  • The six (6) boys who start a heat must finish it - no substitutions are allowed during a single race.
  • All six boys must be pusher AND rider with the riders becoming the pushers on each segment of the return trip after the car is turned at the end of the course.
  • Every team must have its own car (cars cannot be shared among teams).
  • Teams should designate an adult to assist with the staging.One adult is allowed at the start line, one at each of the hand off points and one at the turnaround (end of the track).The adult at the starting line is solely responsible for telling the judge that the team is ready.The other adults (hand off and turnaround points) can instruct the racers but may not physically help.The team will be disqualified if an adult touches the car or boys during the race.
  • There will be no spectators at the start/finish line or along side of the track. This is for the safety of the team and the spectator.  Adults may not run in the lanes, sidelines, or touch the cars.
  • Both axels of the car must completely cross the end line before the car is turned around. 
  • Cars must stop with wheels within five feet of the exchange lines.  The judges will disqualify teams who exchange too far away from the line.
  • Cars should not cross over the sidelines.Minor crossovers on the sidelines will not be subject to disqualification.However, judges will use their discretion to determine disqualification of teams who are steering out of control or in an unsafe manner.
  • Races will be run double elimination.
  • If a team misses its race, the race will not be rerun.
  • Keep in mind that it is possible for a car to lose its first two races and be eliminated at that point.In order to avoid having a disappointed Cub, if a team has more than 6 boys, the rotation needs to be set up so that ALL boys get to participate by the second race.
  • Any disputes about what lane a car is to run in will be resolved with a coin toss.

Double Elimination:

First Heat All cars should line up in two lines in their ranks pit area in any order. After each race, winners go to the back of the line on the right side, and the losers go to the left side.
Second Heat At this point, each car will have either (1) win or (1) loss. Two winners from first heat race (right side line) race against each other followed by two losers from first heat (left side line) until all cars have raced through this second time. Cars with (2) wins to the back of the right line.  Cars with (1) win/ (1) loss go to the back of the left line. Cars with (2) losses are eliminated.
Third Heat Alternate cars in the right line with (2) wins racing against each other followed by cars in left line with (1)win/(1) loss until all cars have raced through this third heat.
Subsequent Heats Cars will have a number of wins (depending on how many races they have run) and either no losses or one loss. Adults need to help the starter by pairing up with another team at the end of the line with the same win/loss ratio. Teams that have run fewer total races should race first to ensure they are running the same number of races as everyone else in their rank. Do not stand back to try to keep from running fewer races.  Your team will have to run an extra race to be on the same playing field as everyone else. A Scout is trustworthy.

Car Specifications:

  • The pushmobile is to be made by Cub Scouts, parents, and leaders.
  • If a car does not meet requirements, it will not be permitted to race. No exceptions. If you choose to use an old car, please make sure that it is made to the current specifications. Consideration will NOT be given for “but it passed last year.”
  • Length (axle to axle): 60" maximum, 42" minimum
  • Axle width (outside tire to outside tire): 48" max, 24" minimum
  • Front axle must be secured to frame with nuts and bolts so not to work loose. A steering block must be installed on the frame (1/8" inch is highly suggested) on the front axle to limit steering (for safety purposes, so racer does not run over anyone)
  • Steering will be done with both hands and feet using a rope fastened to the front axle and feet resting on the front axle. No other steering method will be permitted.
  • Wheels: wheel/tire combination shall not exceed 16" outside diameter
  • Wheels must be secured with cotter pins, double nuts, or lock nuts.
  • Construction: cars need to be made of wood, assembled with screws or nuts and bolts. No nails will be permitted on any part of the car and no cars made of pipe of any kind.
  • Brakes are NOT allowed.
  • Seat: must have a sturdy seat with a backrest (seat belts not required or recommended).
  • Push bar: must be installed at back of the pushmobile high enough for the boys to push comfortably and far enough back so boys will not trip over rear axle while pushing. If the push bar is made of pipe or tubing then the ends must have safety covers.
  • Check the internet or the Cub Scout “How to” Book for ideas. 

Scouting Safely

Safety is Your Responsibility posterThe BSA's Commitment to Safety is ongoing and we want you to know that the safety of our youth, volunteers, staff, and employees cannot be compromised. The Boy Scouts of America puts the utmost importance on the safe and healthy environments for its youth membership. The Sam Houston Area Council takes great strides to ensure the safety of its youth as well as the adult volunteer leadership that interacts with them. 

BSA Guide to Safe Scouting policies must be followed. All participants must follow Youth Protection Guidelines at all Scouting events. Highlights include:

  • Two-deep leadership on all outings required.  
  • One-on-one contact between adults and youth members is prohibited. 
  • The buddy system should be used at all times. 
  • Discipline must be constructive.

Health and safety must be integrated into everything we do, to the point that no injuries are acceptable beyond those that are readily treatable by Scout-rendered first aid. As an aid in the continuing effort to protect participants in a Scout activity, the BSA National Health and Safety Committee and the Council Services Division of the BSA National Council have developed the "Sweet Sixteen" of BSA safety procedures for physical activity. These 16 points, which embody good judgment and common sense, are applicable to all activities.

Learn More about Enterprise Risk Management

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Contacts

For questions, contact Molly Benitez or Raul Benitez.

Directions

760 Clear Lake City Blvd., Webster, Texas  77598

 

Contacts

For questions, contact the Pushmobile chair or district activities chair.