Kub Kar Rally to bring children together for fun event
By: Allison Chorney
| Posted: Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 01:28 pm
Three Airdrie Adventure Scouts groups have been busy building wooden cars, buggies and trucks to race against other scout groups from as far north as Olds and as far east as Drumheller on March 22, at the fourth annual Mountain View area Kub Kar Rally in Acme.
“The kids love it,” said 5th Airdrie Adventure Scouts Leader Bill Ross. “We’re not overly competitive so there is not a lot of pressure from kids. It’s just a lot of fun.”
“I just find it fun because you get to design new things,” said Ross’s daughter Daria, who is also a member of 5th Airdrie Adventure Scouts. “You can basically make whatever you want.”
The Kub Kar Rally will see more than 100 youth from Airdrie and the surrounding communities come together at the Acme Community Hall to race the homemade cars that the kids have designed and worked on themselves.
Ross said the kids design the automobiles with leaders making the rough cut for them and leaving the rest up to the kids.
“They spend a huge amount of time polishing, sanding and shaping to get it the shape they want,” he said. “They get a real sense of ownership with these cars,”
He said by offering the kids little direction when they develop the idea for the cars, it allows youth to get creative and work with their hands as they sketch and re-sketch designs and then work with the wood.
Daria, 10, has participated in two past Kub Kar Rally events and said building the cars was the most fun. She said her chocolate-bar-themed car took her about a day to complete.
“I really like chocolate so I was thinking if I did a chocolate bar (car) it would really represent my personality,” she said of her design.
“This is that rare time we can tell them you can do whatever you want with this. They can get very creative,” Ross said.
Indeed, Daria said she did most of the work on her design herself and only had help with sawing and drilling.
Ross added the kids can come to leaders for examples of past designs and to get help formulating an idea, but most of it comes straight from the kids’ imagination.
At the Kub Kar Rally the different age ranges of kids will be racing against each other in a variety of homemade cars. The five- to seven-year-old Beavers will be racing in smaller wooden buggies, the eight- to 10-year-old Cubs will be in wooden cars, and the 11- to 14-year-old Scouts will be in 18-wheeler style wooden trucks.
“They’re not necessarily going for fast, they’re going for interest,” Ross said, adding in past years he’s seen some interesting designs including a Scout truck that folded out into a rock stage complete with speakers.
Leaders are getting in on the action too and are building their own cars to race in the open class.
Ross said he has been working on his car for a while now and is hoping the Formula-One-themed car will be ready for race day.
Allowing participants multiple races on the 20-30-foot-long racetracks emphasizes the fun of the day, said Ross, who added this is done so kids don’t have to sit out and watch the rest of the day if they don’t win their first race.
The event also includes a lunch concession put on by area Explorer Scouts, which includes members from ages 14 to 18. The money raised from the concession will help fund the youth’s excursion program.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. and races start at 10 a.m. The event will go until 4 p.m. For more information, search the group on Facebook.