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An 'eggs-ellent' activity: Can Perham Cub Scouts' eggs survive a helicopter fall?

A helicopter dropped the packed and protected eggs of Perham-area Cub Scouts high above Arvig Park on Saturday, Sept. 17.

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A Cub Scout smiles as he unwraps his egg, realizing that it survived the fall without a crack.
Elizabeth Vierkant / Perham Focus
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PERHAM — Typically, egg drops — an activity where kids pack up an egg to survive a fall — occur from the top of a ladder or a building, but not the Perham-area Cub Scouts' egg drop. On Saturday, Sept. 17, scouts and their families gathered in Arvig Park to watch in awe as a giant yellow helicopter arrived for the sole purpose of dropping their eggs on the grass below.

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The helicopter flies above Arvig Park, ready to drop the Cub Scouts' eggs from high above.
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The Cub Scouts stand in front of the helicopter with their eggs behind a sign that reads, "My egg survived the crash."
Elizabeth Vierkant / Perham Focus

Each Cub Scout arrived at the park Saturday morning with their eggs packed tightly in secure and cushioned packages. The containers — which could be no larger than a seven-inch cube — held one large raw chicken egg which could be cushioned by anything the mind could imagine, as long as it wasn't fused to the egg. No liquids or glass were allowed, and the container had to be free fall.

Each scout came with their eggs packed as securely as they could, using their physics knowledge to help their egg survive the fall. Each egg package was gathered up into bags by adults, and once they were all piled together, the eggs' trek to the helicopter began.

Once everyone was safely at the edge of the park, the helicopter's rotor blades spun faster and faster, and it took off high above the ground as Cub Scouts and their families watched in awe.

"Our eggs are all the way up there!" One scout exclaimed.

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A Cub Scout inspects the box his egg is packed in after its fall, searching for any leaks to know whether or not it broke.
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A young girl waves and says goodbye to the helicopter as it flies away from Arvig Park.
Elizabeth Vierkant / Perham Focus

As everyone craned their necks to watch the helicopter above their heads, the egg containers began flying out the door to the grass far below. Once the helicopter safely landed again, scouts ran as fast as they could to their containers in the field, swooping them up in their hands and inspecting them for any leaks or hints to see whether or not they survived.

Kids ran back to the table at the front of their field, ripping into their packages with the help of adults in anticipation. Large smiles at crack-less eggs and disappointed sighs at cracked ones followed.

Surviving the crash, however, wasn't the only goal of the drop. There were also three signs, or "houses," on the grass. The three scouts whose eggs landed closest to each "house" earned a Dairy Queen gift card.

"The idea was to see how aerodynamic one could package an egg and get it close to the signs," volunteer Gordy Przybylski explained.

The three winners were scouts Elsie Faber, Calvin Flink and Gabriel Gillespie.

For more information on Cub Scout involvement, contact Gordy Przybylski at 317-946-7007.

Elizabeth (she/her), 23, graduated with a degree in Journalism and Communications from the University of Wisconsin–Stout in 2020. Elizabeth has always had a passion for telling stories about people and specializes in community features, which she uses for her Perham-centered content.
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