Bungee running is an activity we borrowed from the UK. Our Cubs had a lot of
fun with it. Pulling the Cubs and letting them go gave a much faster ride
than just having the Cubs try and run out. Cubs have never been so clean at camp!
The UK fact sheet is very informative.
Comments from a UK Scouter (Ewan Scott):
- You need:-
- Anchor rope, this you set up as a belay, as for climbing, but with the
belay points some distance apart ( specification I think is given in
the factsheet). To this belay you add a length of dynamic rope, ie
climbing rope, as a buffer, this is attached by caribiners to the
belay and to the bubgee cord. This is about 11-12mm shock cord, with
eyes mechanically crimped in either end. The length of the cord is up
to the user, but may again be specified as a maximum in the factsheet.
- The bungee cord is attached to an old climbing harness at the rear by
a crab. It is possible to use only the belt loop.
- Helmets are not required by the factsheet, as I recall, but are
- The poly sheet should be at least eight feet wide, wider if possible,
and should lie along the full run of the shock cord from before it
tensiones to full stretch.
- For the run to work safely it really is best to soap it up and keep it
soaped and wet.
- I have seen dry bungee runs where Scouts have pulled the rope to the
max and then stepped back, or , for a laugh, jumped, the result is
that they appear to fold in two and flay back through the air at an
amazing speed landing on their coxix, or being thrown back and
receiving potential whiplash injuries or worse.
- The soaping means that they tennd to lean forwards and land on their
hands long before the max stretch is reached - minimising kinetic
energy and all that, or theuy slip back onto their bums and slide
backwards with a big smile on their face.
- It is important that the rearward slide is on the sheeting, because if
still travelling rearward at speed when they hit the grass, the sudden
increase in friction can throw the victim backwards to banh heads and
necks on the ground.
- The area between the belays should be clear of rocks, tree stumps
etc., and the crabs linking the belay, the dynamic rope and the bungee
should, in a perfect situation, be covered but inspected regularly.
And from another UK Scouter (Ed):
- We've run this activity for our Scouts. We found the most popular
method was to use a soaped up plastic sheet and various ground sheets as
"the run", using a climbing harness and doubled up 10mm bungee cord.
Then have two leaders pull the participating scout as far as they could,
give it a "3, 2, 1!" and let go. Result: the Scout is catapulted back
to much glee, the leaders lose balance on the slippery sheeting, fall
over and get soaked, again much to the Scout's glee.
- We tried doing a run as far as you can thing, but they soon realised
they got a lot more fun from being pulled out further than they'd be
able to get themselves.
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