KAYSVILLE — Panty hose, peanut butter and popcorn were plentiful Thursday night as families and friends of 250 Cub Scouts from the Trapper Trails and Greater Salt Lake Councils gathered in Kaysville to participate in the egg drop competition hosted by Kaysville West Stake Pack 592 and Kaysville City Fire Department.
Each Cub Scout paid a 50-cent fee to register and received a kit and set of rules to create a device that could keep a raw egg intact when dropped about 90 feet off the ladder of the Kaysville City Fire Department truck.
The egg drop began with a flag ceremony and a quartet rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.” As Scouts flooded the parking lot of the Kaysville West Stake Center, shouts of “whoa” filled the air as egg boxes hit the pavement and startles of surprise erupted when Kaysville firefighters sounded the fire truck horn.
Despite the heat, a large crowd watched as fire fighters hauled bag after bag filled with the Cub Scouts’ engineered boxes up the new Kaysville City Fire Department truck and dropped each box from the sky.
Cub Scouts used everything from cooked macaroni to panty hose and peanut butter to packing material to pack their eggs in 6-inch square boxes provided by the hosting pack. The eggs were not allowed to be wrapped in tape, coated in glue or other materials that would prevent judges from checking for cracked eggs.
Josh Eggett, a 9-year-old Cub Scout, covered his box in brightly colored balloons. Eggett attributed his balloon idea to watching a NASA video of the Mars rover landing at a planetarium. His egg was one of many that survived the long fall.
Suzanne Black, who helped supervise the distribution of the prizes, said she was surprised that the majority of the eggs did not crack.
Judges from each of the 11 Cub Scout packs that participated inspected the dropped devices with rubber gloves as parents and scouts huddled around the judging tables. By the end of the night, each Cub Scout received a prize if they followed the rules whether or not their egg broke.
After all eggs were dropped, Kaysville City fire fighters hauled out the fire hoses to clean up. It appeared to be a mini repeat of the Kaysville City 4th of July Parade as many kids got soaked.
“The hope of America is in the Cub Scouts program,” said Patrice Olsen, Cub committee chair for hosting pack 592, as she explained the motivation behind hosting such a “messy” event. “It is really important for Cubs to have activities like this so they can form good friendships at a young age and have good leaders. It is so incredible what the Cub Scout program does.”