Volume 6 Issue 2
September 1999


Sponsoring this event will enable your families to see what we mean by Fun With A Purpose. A Bike Rodeo provides fun for your Cubs and families and also advancement opportunities while the boys are learning how to safely ride and take care of their bikes.

There are places that can be called that can help you with suggestions or information on having a Bike Rodeo as part of your pack program. As a stand alone event this will cover Wolf Achievement 9D and can support 9C. For Bears it would be Achievement 14. Webelos can join in the fun and also work on earning the Sportsman and Readyman Activity Badges. In researching resources for this topic besides powwow books I offer a few other resources.

Cub Leader How-To Bike

Cub Scout Leader Book, 12-5 &12-6

Wolf, Bear and Webelos Book

Sports & Academics Pamphlet on Bicycling.

Call your insurance company to check if they have information on Bike Safety and Rodeos. Check with your local police department to find if they have speakers or officers who patrol on bike that can help. If your city has bicycle clubs or even bicycle shops check with them or another community organization like the Kiwanis Club. Another place to find information could be from your pediatrician or Children's' Hospital. Call your State Department of Transportation. Finding the equipment to set up the Rodeo course can be handled a few ways. Orange cones for an obstacle event might be provided by your local sports organization or street department. If you are lining bike lanes again check with them for the lining equipment they use for games. This is an excellent time to introduce Bike Safety Helmets to all who participate, if they are not using them. Check with your local discount stores to see if you can get a reduction in cost of the helmets or perhaps some donated to those who don't have the money. Setting this up requires a lot of phone calls. Ask one of your parents to help with this responsibility.

Guidelines from Istrouma Council

Below you will find a diagram for a rodeo course

How To Grade Course
Istrouma Council

Braking Area

  • Stop without skidding?
  • Pedal continuously?
  • Stop before next cone?


  • Stay on course? (1 wheel touches line, wheel is over line, or wheel touches cone) Intersection

Look both ways?

  • Obey traffic light?
  • Signal for turn.
  • Obey stop sign?
  • Riding the spiral
  • Foot touches the ground before "X"?

Stop Sign and Traffic Light For Bike Safety
(Rally) Course

The course judge needs to be able to move the traffic signal to show either the red light or the green light. Therefore the light must be lightweight.

Suggestion: Make the base from a tall, empty box. Place the "traffic light" on a tomato stake or similar size stick. Insert it into the large box. It helps to wad up newspapers and stuff these into the box so that the stick will remain upright. Secure it with duct tape. The stop sign is merely made of red posterboard, attached to a stake, and placed in a bucket or similar container.

  • Safety Inspection--

    Help Cubs go over inspection form Equipment: Forms, pencils, tools, oil.

  • Safety Quiz

    Give quiz, review answers Equipment: Quizzes, pencils, supportive posters

  • Bike Rally Course

    Judge Cub's skill, direct/control course. Equipment: About 25 cones, barricade tape, colored adhesive, tape, score cards.

  • Races and Games

    Conduct Coasting Race & Snail Race within dens; Marble Relay as dens against dens. Equipment: Chalk, tape for start and finish lines, marbles, cans, score cards.

Suggestion: Conduct bike rally in "round robin" fashion. Have volunteer parents as captains of "stations", den leaders stay with their dens.

Have an area set for braking skills having flags set along side the area as markers.. Skills to include pedaling at a comfortable seed until the whistle blow. Then stop without skidding. Another would be for the instructor to blow whistle when rider is even with any flag. Rider should stop before the next flag.

Bicycle Games

Snail Race

The object of this race is to see which rider can travel slowest, and that's quite a feat in cycling! The last rider to cross the finish line is the winner. Coasting Race

The object of this race is to see which rider can coast the longest distance. Each rider pedals as hard as possible for a set distance (at least 15 feet or two strokes of pedals) to a starting line and then must stop pedaling. Mark the spot where a rider's foot touches the ground. The next rider tries to beat that mark. Mark (chalk) the spot with the initials of the Cub. If you need a run-off (over the end line) then repeat with only one stroke of the pedals.

Hitting the Target (Marble Relay)

This game requires skill, coordination, timing and marksmanship. Four to six coffee cans or 1/2 gallon milk cartons are set up about 15 feet apart in a straight line along a 100-foot course. Each rider is given a small object (marble, stone, bottle cap) for each of the cans. Riders follow each other down the course at average speed, dropping one object in each can. The winning team has the most hits. (Note: marbles bounce!)

Bike InspectionO.K.Needs AttentionExplanation
Tires .. .. ..
Tire Valves .. .. ..
Coaster Brake........
Front Brake........
Rear Brake........
Handle Bars........
Handle Grips or Tape........

Bike Rodeo Course

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