Pre-RACE Checklist

1. Create an Account on HomeScouting.org

  • To access the pre-race mission and content on the virtual race courses during Cyber Sled Race, make sure you create an account on HomeScouting.org.

    • To create an account, click on “Log In / Create Account” in the top right-hand corner. Then click “Sign Up” to create an account.

 

2. Complete the pre-race mission

  • Log in to HomeScouting.org & click on pre-race missions under Cyber Sled Race. 

  • There is a different pre-race mission for Cyber Sled Race Mine for Gold and Survive the Cold.

 

3. Learn about the virtual race course

  • This guidebook provides an overview on what to expect in the virtual race course and how you’ll access digital content on homescouting.org.

 

4. Gather supplies

  • This guidebook provides details based on your program level or rank in Cub Scouts the materials you’ll need to complete activities. Most of the materials are household items, but to complete some activities you might need to purchase additional supplies.

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MATERIALS NEEDED

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MINE FOR GOLD

To fully complete the advancement connected to Cyber Sled Race, you will need to gather the following materials prior to the event. NOTE: There might be additional materials needed for other activities for Cyber Sled Race, but they are additional and not needed to complete the rank-specific advancements.

FOR ALL SCOUTS (KIDS AGES 5-20)

  • Pencils / Pens

  • Paper

  • Glue

  • Tape

  • Markers

 

CUB SCOUTS (kids in elementary school)

for all cub scouts

Cub Scout Six Essentials

  • First Aid Kit

  • Water Bottle

  • Flashlight

  • Trail Food

  • Sun Protection

  • Whistle

LION RANK (kids in kindergarten)

Gizmos & Gadgets

  • Different-sized balls, cylinders, pipes

    • solid/hollow, cylinders/spheres, large/small to roll down an incline​

  • 1 drinking straw

  • 3 or more dominos

  • 1 ping pong ball

  • 1 Genius Kit* (see below for more details)

TIGER RANK (kids in 1st grade)

My Tiger Jungle

  • Ruler

  • Piece of string – 4-ft or longer

  • Magnifying glass or binoculars

  • Plant, shrub, or tree to plant

  • Materials to build a birdhouse:

    • Empty milk or juice carton (see photos below for examples)​

    • Glue

    • Masking or duct tape

    • Scissors

    • Paint

    • String or wire

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BEAR RANK (kids in 3rd grade)

Make It Move

  • Craft Sticks (i.e. large popsicle sticks) – at least 20-30 sticks

  • Materials for pulley:

    • Pully Idea #1

      • Rolling pin with handles​

      • String

      • Heavy book

    • Pulley Idea #2

      • 2 large spools​

      • 2 pencils or dowels that fit in the spool hole

      • 30 feet of string or strong yard

      • An index card

      • A clothespin or binder clip

  • Paint Stirrer

  • Spool

  • Rubber band

  • Materials for Rube-Goldberg machine:​

    • This will mostly be random household items, but below are ideas to help you.​

      • Dominoes, fans, PVC pipe, magnets, duct tape, marbles, cups or bowls, miniature toy cars, paper towel tubes, string

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WOLF RANK (kids in 2nd grade)

Adventures in Coins

  • A coin (a quarter, dime, nickel, or penny)

  • 2 paper cups

  • String

  • 10-gallon paint stick

  • Tape

  • Binder clip

  • Heavy book

Different size wood pieces

Styrofoam peanuts

Garbage bag ties

Nails

Toilet paper rolls

2 liter bottles

Cotton balls

Nuts

Washers

Bolts

String / rope / yarn

Canning lids

Egg cartons

Paper cups

Small cans (e.g. tuna)

Popsicle sticks

Paper plates

Small individual cereal boxes

Tacks

Beans’

Macaroni 

Fishing line

Colored paper

Feather

Pinecones

Paper Clips

Six-pack pop can holders

Juice can lids

Rubber bands

Plastic spoons

*GIZMOS & GADGETS: Genius Kit Ideas (pick 10-20 items for your kit)

WEBELOS & ARROW OF LIGHT RANK

(kids in 4th & 5th grade)

Cast Iron Chef - Webelos Required

  • Materials to prepare a balanced meal. If possible, use 1 of the following methods:

  • Dutch oven, camp stove, box oven, solar oven, open campfire, or charcoal grill.

 

Note: there will be plenty of time to plan your meal, shop (if needed), and cook it while the race course is open.

Earth Rocks!

  • Geologist’s Equipment

    • Safety glasses

    • Hammer

    • A chisel (half an inch to 1 inch wide)

    • Clear plastic food storage bags;

    • A small notebook and pencil

    • Heavy gloves for rough work

    • A small day pack for carrying equipment and rocks

  • Magnifying glass

  • Mineral test kit:

    • Penny​

    • Small piece of glass

    • Piece of unglazed tile

    • File or pocketknife

    • Small bottle of vinegar

    • Eyedropper

    • Minerals

 

SCOUTS BSA MERIT BADGES & VENTURING EXPLORATIONS
(kids in middle in high school)

FOR ALL SCOUTS BSA YOUTH & VENTURERS

Scout Essentials

  • Pocket Knife*

  • First Aid Kit*

  • Extra Clothing

  • Rain Gear

  • Water Bottle*

  • Flashlight*

  • Trail Food

  • Matches & Fire Starters*

  • Sun Protection

  • Compass

MINING IN SOCIETY MERIT BADGE

  • A map of your state or region showing major cities, highways, rivers, and railroads.

    • You’ll use this map to mark the locations of five mining enterprises. Find out what resource is processed at each location, and identify the mine as a surface or underground operation.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP MERIT BADGE

  • You may determine you need items for your business plan, but there will be plenty of time to gather these supplies.

All items with a * are available in the HomeScouting store

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SURVIVE THE COLD

To fully complete the advancement connected to Cyber Sled Race, you will need to gather the following materials prior to the event. NOTE: There might be additional materials needed for other activities for Cyber Sled Race, but they are additional and not needed to complete the rank-specific advancements.

FOR ALL SCOUTS (KIDS AGES 5-20)

  • Pencils / Pens

  • Paper

  • Glue

  • Tape

CUB SCOUTS (kids in elementary school)

for all cub scouts

Cub Scout Six Essentials

  • First Aid Kit*

  • Water Bottle*

  • Flashlight*

  • Trail Food

  • Sun Protection

  • Whistle*

LION RANK (kids in kindergarten)

Mountain Lion

  • Cub Scout Six Essentials

TIGER RANK (kids in 1st grade)

Tigers in the Wild

  • Cub Scout Six Essentials

WOLF RANK (kids in 2nd grade)

Finding Your Way

  • Map of your city/town that includes your house on it

  • Compass

BEAR RANK (kids in 3rd grade)

Bear Claws

  • Pocket Knife

  • Bar of Soap

  • 1 or 2 orangewood sticks (used for manicures) or pencil / toothpick

 

Critter Care

  • Poster Board

WEBELOS & ARROW OF LIGHT RANK

(kids in 4th & 5th grade)

First Responder

  • First Aid Kit

Castaway

  • Materials to cook two recipes that do not require pots/pans. See below for sample recipes:

    • Breakfast in a Bag

      • Bacon

      • Egg(s)

      • 1 brown paper lunch bag

      • 1 stick to hold over a fire

    • Campfire Cake in an Orange

      • At least 1 orange

      • Cake Mix (plus required ingredients)

      • Aluminum foul

    • Mud Burgers

      • Potato

      • Ground beef

      • Chopped onion

      • Aluminum Foil

    • Salt & Pepper

  • Materials to light a fire without using matches OR tree limbs/branches to build a shelter

    • Fire Building:

      • Tinder, Kindling, Fuel

      • Magnifying Glass, Flint & Steel*, or a Fire by Friction kit

    • Shelter Building:

      • Tree limbs/branches that have already fallen

      • Leaves

      • Tarp

All items with a * are available in the HomeScouting store

SCOUTS BSA MERIT BADGES & VENTURING EXPLORATIONS
(kids in middle in high school)

FOR ALL SCOUTS BSA YOUTH & VENTURERS

Scout Essentials

  • Pocket Knife*

  • First Aid Kit*

  • Extra Clothing

  • Rain Gear

  • Water Bottle*

  • Flashlight*

  • Trail Food

  • Matches & Fire Starters*

  • Sun Protection

  • Compass

PIONEERING MERIT BADGE

  • Various lengths and types of rope

  • At least 5 feet of cord to whip a rope

  • 40-foot length of 1/4 or 3/8-inch rope to throw and coil

  • Materials to Make a Rope Maker or Rope Spinner. See Below. 

Making A Rope Spinner

You will need to use a coping saw to make your rope spinner. To make a cutout in a

piece of wood, first bore a hole, 1⁄4 inch or larger, just inside the shape you want to

cut out. Remove the blade of the coping saw, slip the blade through the bored hole,

and replace the blade in the saw frame. With the blade thus “inside” the wood,

saw along the cutting line. Use the coping saw only under direct supervision of a

knowledgeable adult.

Using binder twine instead of cactus fibers, Scouts today can make rope the same way. To make a rope spinner, start with a 12-inch piece of 2-by-4-inch construction lumber. The sides of the spinner are tapered to produce a shape with more weight at the bottom to aid in spinning. The knob at the top is shaped to hold twine and strands in place.

  1. Draw the outline of the spinner on the face of the wood, then cut it out using a coping saw.

  2. Drill a 7⁄16-inch-diameter hole, positioning it 2 inches from the top of the spinner. The hole will be fitted with the handle.

  3. For a spinner handle, use a wooden dowel 3⁄8 inch in diameter and about 10 inches long. Make a stop block for the handle from a piece of wood about 3⁄4 inch square. Drill a 3⁄8-inch-diameter hole through the center of the block, and glue the dowel end into the hole.

  4. Assemble the rope spinner by slipping the handle into the hole in the spinner.

Making a Ropemaker

Farmers a hundred years ago used binder twine with their hay balers. With a

little ingenuity, those farmers devised handcranked machines to twist the twine

into rope. The pieces for the ropemaker are cut from two pieces of 3⁄4-inch-

thick plywood about 4 inches wide, one about 20 inches long and another

about 15 inches long.

 

  1. Cut piece A, the handle, to shape. (Do not drill the holes yet.)

  2. Cut pieces B and C. Glue and screw them together to form the base.

  3. Cut piece D, the separator paddle, to the same shape as the handle. (Do not cut out the notches yet.)

  4. Mark holes in the handle. First draw a 31⁄2-inch-diameter circle (13⁄4-inch radius) on the handle. The center of this circle should be 2 inches from the end of the handle. The edge of the circle will be 1⁄4 inch from each of three edges of the handle. Then, using a protractor, mark the positions of the three holes for the turning hooks. Mark the holes on the circle at 60-degree intervals—the 3 o’clock, 7 o’clock, and 11 o’clock positions.

  5. Drill the holes. Clamp the handle and the base unit together, as shown. Using a 1⁄8-inch bit, drill the three holes through both pieces of wood.

  6. Make the hooks. Cut three pieces of coat-hanger wire about 8 inches long. Use pliers to make two bends in each wire to form an L-shaped end. Each bend should be about 11⁄2 inches in length.

  7. Insert the three wires through the holes in the upright piece of the base, then bend the straight end of each wire into a hook.

  8. Notch the separator paddle. The separator paddle will be used to keep the strands separated as they are being twisted into rope. To position the notches, place the handle (A) directly on top of the paddle (D). Push a nail through the holes in the handle and press down on the nail to mark the positions on the paddle. Remove the nail. Sketch the shape of notches that will touch the nail marks on the paddle. Using a coping saw, cut out the notches.

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All items with a * are available in the HomeScouting store