Snowy Mountains



Pre-RACE Checklist

In December, the Cyber Sled Race will begin with thousands of families across the nation gathering to complete challenges, learn about the Iditarod, and meet Matthew Failor! Before you begin the race, below is a list of items to make sure you’re ready for the start line.


1. Create an Account on

  • To access the pre-race challenge and content on the virtual race course during Cyber Sled Race, make sure you create an account on

  • 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 challenge

  • Log in to & click on pre-race challenge under Cyber Sled Race.

  • Meet Matthew Failor, Eagle Scout & Iditarod Racer and his dogs!

  • Follow the instructions to build a sled at home

  • Submit your entry for points for the overall challenge


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 released each day through


4. Gather supplies

  • This guidebook provides details based on your program level or rank in Cub Scouts on 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. 

The Race Map

The virtual race map will be the hub for Cyber Sled Race with different areas just like an actual sled race! Content will be available anytime after it's published for those looking for a flexible schedule. 


Start at Anchorage! Here you will find the all of the tracking tools, worksheets,
and your guide to navigate the Race Course for Cyber Sled Race.


Knots and lashings are formed today the same ways they have been done for

a long time. Build structures out of sticks and rope at Pioneer Point.


At Rohn, you’ll find an abundance of STEM experiments that are both fun
and educational.


Learn all about basic first aid, pocket knife safety, and cold weather survival at the Survival Shack.


Prepare your lunch the same way you would along the Iditarod Trail!


Watch an exclusive webinar with Iditarod Racer and Eagle Scout, Matthew Failor at Webinar Waypoint.


Orient through the artic circle using a compass and waypoints. Prepare for an outdoor hike in the cold weather.


Find final reporting and instructions on how to win prizes, including a PlayStation 5 at the Final Frontier!


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.


  • 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


(kids in 4th & 5th grade)

First Responder

  • First Aid Kit


  • 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


(kids in middle in high school)


Scout Essentials

  • Pocket Knife*

  • First Aid Kit*

  • Extra Clothing

  • Rain Gear

  • Water Bottle*

  • Flashlight*

  • Trail Food

  • Matches & Fire Starters*

  • Sun Protection

  • Compass


  • 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.


All items with a * are available in the HomeScouting store

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