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Raingutter Regatta

When:  This year's Raingutter Regatta will be held on December 6th, 2010, Monday, at 6:30pm.  Model Kits are provided directly by the Pack and will be handed out in November.

Pack Rules:  The only rules are that you can only use what you are given in the kits.  Cutting the block or sail into different parts is allowed (ie: catamaran style hulls are allowed).  You can add your own paint, glue and stickers as required for assembly and decoration.

The Raingutter Regatta is a Cub Scouting annual event that is the sailboat equivalent of the pinewood derby. The sailboat kit consists of a seven-inch long balsa wood hull, a 6-1/2 inch mast, plastic sail, plastic rudder, and metal keel. Within the basic design rules, Scouts are free to paint and decorate their sailboats as they choose. Modifications for speed include the placement of the keel and rudder and the size, shape and location of the sail.

The boats are raced in a standard rain gutter that is ten feet long, placed on a table, and filled to the top with water. The boats are propelled by blowing on the sail, either directly or through a drinking straw; the boat cannot be touched with hands or the straw. The first boat to reach the end of the gutter is the winner.


Pinewood Derby

The Pinewood Derby will be held this year on Sunday, February 13th, 2011 at 1pm.

Model Kits are provided directly by the Pack early January. We also hold an Annual Workshop and Camp-In in January with movie, popcorn, and all the tools and experts to help you build your car right.

Up To Date Winter 2009 Derby Rules Click Here

The Pinewood Derby is scouting's most well known racing event.  With the help of parents, build their own cars from wood, from kits containing a block of pine, plastic wheels and metal axles. Cars race down a wooden track with scoring kept by electronic timers to determine the fastest cars.  The winners even move on to a district wide race.


Space Derby

Stay tuned here for information on the Summer 2011 model plane race known as the Space Derby.  Model Kits are provided directly by the Pack.

The space derby kit consists of a balsa wood block, propeller assembly, rubber bands, plastic sheet (for fins), and a mounting bracket. The wood block comes out of the box with a drilled out center hole. The block is carved into the desired shape, sanded and painted. The mounting bracket and fins can be added either before or after painting. The rubber band is inserted through the center hole with one end on the propeller and the other held in a cross-piece at the rear.

The completed rockets are wound up with as many as 100 or more turns on the propeller and suspended on a string. Four string "lanes" are typically used. The rockets are held in place and "launched" when the mechanism releases the propeller and they are off to the finish line.




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