For the pre-opener of our Cub Scout Space Derby, we lined up the rockets and had papers by each of the rockets. Everyone went down the table, and wrote something on each paper that said what name they thought the rocket should be named.
Here is a link to print up the paper to have them name the cub scout Space Derby rockets, and here is a link to print up a Space Derby certificate you can give out.
See the lines for the Space Derby going across the room with the planets hanging from them?
Here is how the rockets attach to the Space Derby line. We used the chalk board to keep track of the race results.
After each race, they measured to see how far the rockets went. Sometimes they had "races" to see how close you could come to a certain planet, so they would have to decide how many times to wind the rubber band.
For the awards, we wrote some of the fun names the kids made up around the outside of the boys awards. It turned out to be a fun night!
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