LEADER IDEAS III
Rain Gutter Regatta
I saw a great RR (Raingutter Regatta) at my nephew's
pack last summer while visiting. The kids made their boats out of
recycled materials. Plastic soda bottles with some sand for ballast
could be the hull, a pencil for mast, tin pie plate (mini-ones) for
the sail...the winner was a plastic transmission fluid bottle (flat
rather than cylindrical) ballasted with plaster of Paris, capped and
with a mast/sail combo as above. It was really fast! Didn't even
need a rudder. The creativity was inspiring, and the cost was
nothing. Only parameters for the boats was that they had to fit in
the gutter. (draft of no more than 1.5 inches).
A second idea (not as good) was from my day camp
(pirate theme). We had the boys cut a hull from styrofoam meat trays
(donated to us from the local grocer), a straw for mast, sail cut
from typing paper, rudder from card stock (file folders),. You ended
up with a flat hulled boat (raft?) that could make it to the finish
line, but the sails did not put up with more than 1 or 2 dunkings.
But the kids had a great time and could take the boats home. Good 40
Lorie McGraw email@example.com
Webelos Leader and more in Columbia, SC
District, Indian Waters
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