Re: Raingutter Regatta
Janet-Claire Deschanel (janet-claire@ROCKETMAIL.COM)
Mon, 10 Nov 1997 06:46:57 -0800
Hi! Janet-Claire here!
Michael Powers had a question regarding Raingutter
Regattas. Our den has hosted two for our Pack over
the past few years, and they both turned out fairly
well. One of our families has a big Fisher-Price
sandbox (the one with two folding lids), which we
filled with water and called our "marina." When the
boys weren't competing at the raingutters, they were
over at the "marina" playing boats with each other.
In fact, they enjoyed that aspect of the event
perhaps even more than the competition! (No boredom
or slack times at all!)
We used plastic raingutters which were available at a
very reasonable price from the local hardware store.
We originally just supported them on two sawhorses,
but soon learned first to place the raingutters on 2x4s
to keep them from sagging in the middle.
One of our families also volunteered to make some
extra boats, just in case someone showed up without
one. I've seem some simple styrofoam boat kits in a
local crafts store, which I've thought of trying next
time; so far, all of the boats have been from the
wooden kits from the scout store.
The first regatta was the most fun! We had some
retired naval officers in the neighborhood who served
as our "honorary regatta chairmen"; one of the
families had some nautical pennants with which we
decorated the front yard; the regatta attracted the
attention of the entire neighborhood, including a
visitor from Australia who told us about the
"raingutter regattas" he'd had in his own scouting
I hope everyone's experiences can be as positive as
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