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Pack Picnic & Raingutter Regatta

We are excited to be hosting our annual Pack 731 Raingutter Regatta and Pack Picnic on Sunday, August 26th, 1:00PM to 3:00PM at the Bell Branch Park Pavilion (near the baseball fields). This family friendly event is open to all Pack 731 Scouting families and new families that would like to introduce their son(s) and daughter(s) to Scouting. New families interested in joining Cub Scouts get to meet our pack, participate in our fun afternoon, ask questions and hopefully join! We will have some fun games to play as well as our traditional Raingutter Regatta (see below for details). Pack leadership could use some help setting up too, so please come as early as 12:30PM to assist.

Please RSVP so that we can have an accurate headcount for purchasing food using our SignUpGenius site:
(Do not RSVP through ScoutBook)

The pack will be serving hamburgers and hotdogs as our main course. We request that families bring shareable side dishes (please bring your own serving utensils too). Please indicate what you will be bringing when you RSVP on the SignUpGenius. We have assigned shareable selections based on rank (see below):

  • Wolf – hot or cold side dishes (e.g. mac & cheese, baked beans, potato salad, mac salad, green salad, etc.)
  • Bears – veggie platter, fruit (e.g. watermelon, cut fruit, fruit salad), chips (potato, pretzel, etc.)
  • Webelos 1 – desserts (e.g. brownies, cookies, etc.)
  • Web AOL – lemonade and ice water

Each den needs to bring at least 2 gallons of clean tap water, to help fill the raingutters for the races. Den leaders, please coordinate this with your respective den to ensure we have an adequate supply.

Also, we need several 6′ or longer folding tables — please sign-up if you have one you can bring. Scouts should wear their Class B Pack t-shirt. Each family should also bring:

  • Chairs (as seating is often limited)
  • Non-alcoholic beverages of your liking (if you prefer something other than water and lemonade)
  • and remember to apply sunblock


The Raingutter Regatta is a racing event that is the sailboat equivalent of the pinewood derby. Within the basic design rules, Scouts are free to paint and decorate their catamaran as they choose. 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. Heats will be grouped by ranks, then final elimination rounds with the overall winners from each heat. We suggest that each scout family bring to the event, their own tools (e.g. screwdriver, file, sandpaper, hacksaw, etc.) and paint/markers. The Pack will provide a kit for each Scout and any school-age boy or girl interested in joining our pack. There will a separate track for non-school age children to participate. This event counts toward the August requirement for the National Summertime Award pin.