When I do the truck pull I like to
use 3 volunteers to make sure we have no chances for accidents.
Set-up - I use a truck that belongs to a staff
member, parent or myself. I set the truck up at a starting line with
one end of my tug of war rope attached to the rear hitch, or to
wherever you can attach.
I also have the truck on a slight grade downward, so
the truck cannot roll in the direction of the pullers unless they are
Finally, I have cones to mark boundaries to keep
waiting students from wandering into a danger area.
The Game - This station doubles with pop and chips, so teams will
participate one at a time. On their turn, teams will get hold of the
rope, but must be behind a safety mark on the rope that ensures the driver
of the truck can see ALL the students. On the signal, the class will
be timed on how long it takes them to pull the truck (not running, but in
neutral), from the starting line to the finish line, which is about a
distance of 40 feet.
I keep 1 volunteer behind the truck to make sure
students keep a safe distance from the truck and to make sure to let the
driver know if any students have fallen. I keep another volunteer to
make sure students who are waiting do not come near the truck or track.
And of course, my third volunteer is in the truck to steer, brake, and
return the truck to the start line after each pull.
Each class will get two attempts with the overall
fastest time being the winner.
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