Under bright sunny skies, with the aroma of hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill, boys and girls from South Plainfield and other municipalities spent hours repeating a 9-obstacle course to beat their best time at Veteran’s Park on Saturday, August 24th. The obstacle course included: (1) floating stairs, (2) zipping between agility poles with a bounce ball, (3) quick stepping through ladder rungs or rings, (4) balance beam, (5) choice of scaling an 8-foot platform or navigating through three sets of horizontal ropes, (6) jumping hurdles, (7) flipping or rolling tires, (8) army crawl under ropes, and (9) ending with either a 4-foot or 8-foot A-style mountain. Some parents and Scout leaders also participated in the course alongside the youth, and on their own!
Fifty-five participants, from ages 2-16, participated in the event. Each one was assigned a number so that completion times could be recorded; competition was simply against one’s own best. The majority of participants ran the course multiple times for the sheer excitement of adrenaline and self-motivation! One could hear them shouting their times to others as they vied for faster times. While the obstacles were being conquered, other children were having a good time playing with extra-large Jenga and Connect Four games, or by using the playground.
Julian Cabanas, a third grade Bear Scout in Pack 224, said “My goal today was to make the world record on the obstacle course … I liked playing with all the kids, too, that was really fun for me.” Jacob Dennis, also a third grade Bear Scout in Pack 224, was excited to report that, “I beat my best. At first it was 1:57, and then [I was able to] cut it down to 1:21.” A Pack 224 Webelo, Nate Rapelye, enjoyed running the course, but had the most enjoyment assisting with calling in times using a stopwatch and walkie talkie. Mason Morris, who will be a kindergarten Lion in Pack 224, said he was brave to go on some large obstacles because he had his dad, Lion Den leader Terry Morris, by his side. Behind the scenes, Emma Raphel (girl den in Pack 224), was helping by the grill to keep bellies satisfied and thirst quenched!
Chris Piro, Cubmaster for Pack 224, says that the event could only be as successful as it was due to the amount of support provided by both adults and youth in the planning, executing, and wrap-up of the day. “The smiles on the faces of everyone there really is what this is all about. This was an opportunity to demonstrate some of what we value as a Pack – good sportsmanship, helping each other out, getting involved in the community. A great day overall.”
Pack 224 would like to extend its sincere thanks to: South Plainfield Boy Scout Troops 124, 207, and 309 for providing volunteers to assist with the course; Mavis Discount Tire in South Plainfield who donated four tires for use in the course; RFK Construction for create the two “mountains” and the massive platform; and to the South Plainfield Fire Department for allowing youth at the event to take a break and explore the fire truck. Above all, thank you to all of the families in Pack 224 that assisted by donating food, time, labor, and support for this event. We could never have done it without you!
For more information on the Boy and Girl Cub Scout Pack 224 at J.E. Riley School, please contact Cubmaster Chris Piro at 908-405-8599