(From L-R) Back: Ashton Small, Lachie Gibbs. Front: Jasper Jones, Joel Fitzpatrick, Ezra Fitzpatrick. The racetracks set up at the Junee High School

1st Murrumbateman Cub Scouts returned victorious after winning the golden shield at the annual Cub Scout regional ‘Kub Kar’ Rally. Yass Cub Scouts also attended with a strong showing of the second fastest overall group.

This year the Rally was held at Junee High School, where Murrumbateman and Yass Cubs competed with other Cubs from NSW Scouting groups across the Riverina region.

The event began at 10 AM with a 2 PM finish and included 20 races with breaks for morning tea and a sausage sizzle lunch to finish. “The Cub Scouts enjoyed winning, but they also said they enjoyed meeting other Cubs from around the region, talking and having fun.” said Scout Leader Tracy Mellifont, who attended the event with the Cubs.

During the weeks leading up to the event, the Murrumbateman Cubs were working hard on designing their own ‘Kub Kars’. Cubs were given an identical piece of wood to saw, sand, paint, and decorate in order to be the fastest and best-looking competitor.

Cubs learnt the science of what would make their cars fastest and considered friction in their designs by sanding axles to spin faster.

Once Cubs were satisfied with their designs, they handed the cars in to Scout Leaders to be filled with melting sinker lead weights and have wheels attached by pushing nails into the grooves.

Murrumbateman Cub Scouts bring home Gold Shield, race tracks

The Murrumbateman Cubs were the fastest group overall, with Lachie Gibbs winning the Fastest Car of the Day award and Ezra Fitzpatrick winning the Best Abstract Decoration Award. Murrumbateman Cubs Ashton Small, Joel Fitzpatrick, and Jasper Jones also helped the group take home the Shield.

This is the 6th time Murrumbateman has brought home the shield. Murrumbateman also won in 2008, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019 and now 2022.  The ‘Kub Kar’ Rally did not take place in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID.

Murrumbateman and Yass Cubs raced against groups from Albury, Wyalong, Leeton, Cootamundra, Junee, Kooringal, Wagga Wagga, Tumut, and Gundagai.

93 Cubs and 25 adult Scout leaders attended the Rally. All of the Cubs should be proud of their efforts in making and racing their ‘Kub Kars’ this year.

Southerly Jones