2014 MCA Egg Scramble to Use Hunger Games Format

Egg ScrambleThe MCA has been putting on its annual ‘egg scramble’ for several years now, which continues to grow as Stapleton grows. “It is really a great event that we look forward to every year,” said MCA President Liza Kampstra. “It is so fun watching all of the kids run out there and grab the eggs. Just a really cute event.”

The issue with the event, however, seems to be the dramatically increasing numbers. “We simply have so many kids out there now,” says Kampstra. “Of course, we want every kid to get a couple of eggs, but we simply can’t guarantee that will happen, even if we put out 10,000 eggs. Some kids are simply going to get a lot, and others won’t get any.” Some parents don’t think that is a bad thing. “Stapleton is an uber-competitive environment,” says Stapleton mom Tracy Gates. “I don’t think having kids learn at a young age that they are all not going to get something is that bad. Life has winners and losers. What’s wrong with kids learning that at two or three?”

So this year, the egg scramble committee decided to put a new twist on the event. “With the continued popularity of the Hunger Games films, we thought we could do something cool with tying that in,” said Kampstra. “Obviously, we won’t have the kids fight to the death, but there will be some pushing, and potential for some Nerf arrow and sword injuries, but we expect these will all be minor, and worth it for the entertainment value.” Kids will be divided up into teams based on what part of Stapleton they live in. “The different territories of Stapleton made it easy to figure out teams,” said Kampstra. Kids will then be divided into age groups, 1-2, 3-4, and 5-7. Parents and kids will decide who they want to go “fight” the other kids in the age group, and the kids from each of the eight Stapleton boroughs will push, shove, dual, and shoot until only one kid is left not crying. Whichever neighborhood that kid is from, all of the kids from that hood get to run out and grab eggs while kids from the other neighborhoods watch. The process will be repeated for each age group.

“Unfortunately, there are only three age groups for eight boroughs,” said Kampstra. “So, not even close to all the kids will get an egg. “In fact, it is quite possible that one team will get to go out every time, but that is just how it goes.” Kampstra says that they will evaluate how this year goes, and then make necessary changes for next year. “We are hoping that the community has fun with this format,” said Kampstra. “We know we are going to lose some families with this new style, but honestly, we needed to weed out some of the kids anyway.”

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