Scootathon FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Scootathon?

The Scootathon is a yearly event where parents, teachers, staff, students, and friends scoot laps in Prospect Park to raise funds for the school. It promotes environmentally friendly modes of transportation, community building, and is a whole lot of fun!

Check out these videos from Scootathons Past:

What is the May Fair?

The May Fair is an annual festival that celebrates the Spring. The May Queen will lead us in making flower crowns, singing songs, and dancing around the Maypole. The May Fair is celebrated in Waldorf schools throughout the world.

BWS Maypole Dance

Where is the Scootathon & May Fair?

The Nethermead area of Prospect Park. A map is here.


Enter from 16th Street and Prospect Park Southwest. Follow the walking path towards West Drive. Cross West Drive, walk straight, then turn right to follow Center Drive North. The Nethermead will be on your right. Look for our banner and white tent!

What’s the Schedule?

May Fair & Scootathon General Schedule
Friendly reminder: Parents/Guardians are responsible for their own children at all times.

This is a general schedule; details will be updated as they become available.

9:30 Event Start Time for Parents
Parents/Community arrive; flower crown making, picnic blanket spreading

10:00-11:30 Maypole Dances
10:00 King Winter & Lady Spring will kick off the dances; every class will have a dance, and all are encouraged to join in the community dance.

11:30 Scootathon Mini-Loop Kick-Off!

11:45 Pre-Scootathon Stretching Session with Maestro Colon

12:00 Scootathon Big Loop Kick-Off!
Mini-Loop will start at 12:15

12:15-2:30 Mayfair Activities
English Dancers, Face Painting, Games & Music

2:15 Raffle Drawing!

2:30 Scootathon Officially Ends
End Time for Both Main Loop & Mini-Loop

Who is responsible for children?

Parents are responsible for their children at all times.

What’s up with the wristbands?

A wristband will be sent home with children from Nursery to Grade 4 to keep them safe. Be sure to write your child’s name and your cell phone number on the wristband. All children riders are required to wea

Who can be a rider?

Any adult can ride the main loop and get sponsors. Students from Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth grade classes will also participate.

Younger children can ride the mini-loop for fun (and you can include their scooting in your fundraising efforts).

How do I sign up to be a rider?

Follow these 3 easy steps:

  1. Visit our Rider Registration Page.
  2. Login or make an account
  3. Click the “JOIN THE TEAM” button

All riders must wear helmets.

Can I ride with a group?

Yes! You can team up with people under a single profile.

I don’t own a scooter, what can I do?

You can borrow a scooter from the school, or purchase a fabulous Xooter Scooter at a special discounted price.

Can I ride something besides a scooter?

The Scootathon began as a way to promote kick scooters as an environmentally friendly mode of transportation for city dwellers, so we encourage the use of scooters for this event. However, if scooting is not possible, rollerblades, skateboards, bicycles and even walking/running can be used to participate.

Do I have to ride to contribute?

No. You can help in the following ways:

What is the route?

Sponsored riders have a 3 mile loop as seen below in red.

Younger children can scoot around smaller loop within Nethermead, as seen below in blue.

A larger version of the Scootathon map is here.

How many laps?

Six – if you want to get a gold medal (even one lap is great).

Do I have to ride continuously?

No. We encourage you to take a break whenever needed. Or you can ride as a member of a team.

Why do we have to raise funds?

Tuition does not cover the cost of educating a child at The Brooklyn Waldorf School. Fundraisers like the Scootathon and the Annual Fund help close this gap.

How is this different than the Annual Fund?

The Annual Fund is a direct appeal to families, faculty, Board members, and alumni to give to the school. The Scootathon is an opportunity for our community members to ask their extended networks for donations.