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Pack 3322’s September Pack meeting will be held on Friday, November 17th from 6:45pm to 8:00pm at Ellsworth Hill Elementary.

Scouts will participate in the annual Raingutter Regatta, a model boat race. The Pack will also prepare food baskets for a Thanksgiving donation.


Pack Meeting – Raingutter Regatta and Food Basket Assembly; November 17, 2017, Ellsworth Hill; 6:45 gather; 7:00 start
On November 17, 2017, we will have our monthly Pack meeting at Ellsworth Hill gym/cafeteria.  This month’s theme is the Raingutter Regatta.  During the Pack meeting, we will also assemble food baskets for those less fortunate.  We ask each family to donate a non-perishable food item, as designated below.  As usual, the Pack will begin its gathering activities at 6:45, and the Pack meeting will begin promptly at 7:00.  Scouts should wear Class As with their red vests, if you bought one.
Upon arrival (and before our 7:00 start), each Scout should:
  • turn in his popcorn money (checks must be made out to “Pack 3322”);
  • if your son(s) did not sell enough popcorn to cover his dues, you should turn in your dues (checks must be made out to “Pack 3322”);
  • place his suggested food donation (see below) in the designated collection area;
  • place his family’s suggested $5 donation in the designated box (see below);
  • place his suggested 40 oz. can of yams in the designated area (see below);
  • enter the monthly guessing game (siblings have their own category and are also encouraged to submit a guess); and
  • register his preassembled boat with the Pack (bring it to the meeting ready to race) and then place it in his den’s “marina.”

Assisting with the meeting’s activities are Lou Verhas, who has again volunteered to serve as our Pack’s  “Raingutter Regatta Admiral,” and Dianne Ketler and Debbie Campana, who have volunteered to oversee the assembling of the Pack’s foodbBaskets.  Thank you!  As great as these volunteers are, we will still need several other volunteers to help with the racing and the food-basket assembly.  Please let me know if you can help.

The Raingutter Regatta

In preparation for the Regatta, each Scout should construct and decorate a boat using the Raingutter Regatta kit distributed at October’s Pack Meeting.  (If you haven’t yet received your kit, please see your den leader at your son’s upcoming den meeting; he should have it.)  During the meeting, each Scout will race his boat by blowing air through a straw into the boat’s sail.  The racing will be 1 v 1, in a tournament style, until a Pack Champion can be crowned.
The Raingutter Regatta Rules:
  • Each entry must be made from the BSA kit.  A BSA kit was provided to each Scout at last month’s Pack meeting.  If you did not pick one up, please see your den leader.  If, for whatever reason, you need to make a replacement, the new boat must be made from a BSA kit.  Additional kits are available online, from the Council Scout Shop in Akron, or from Kamper City in Peninsula.
  • You can add whatever you want to the boat, EXCEPT
    • You may not alter the sail’s dimensions
      • This means you may not cut, tape, or fold the sail
        • This clarification has been added this year
    • You may not add an outside propulsion device
    • You may not place sharp items or have sharp edges on the boats (the raceway is inflatable).
  • The pontoon’s length may not be extended.  At a minimum, it must 6.5 inches long; at a maximum it may not exceed 7 inches.
  • The boat’s mast must be 6.5 inches from the deck.
  • The boat must include the entrant’s name (either written or painted) or otherwise be distinguishable from other entries.
  • While racing, the racer may not advance his boat with his hand, nose, hat, lips, tongue, or the straw; a hand may only be used to turn a capsized boat upright or to turn a boat that has become stuck on the gutter.
  • Because of time limitations, siblings will not be able to race boats.
  • Food Baskets / Donations
When not racing, dens will assemble food baskets for those less fortunate.  We ask that each Scout, depending on his den, bring a specific item(s) for inclusion with the food baskets(see below).  We plan to make 13 baskets.  Each family’s participation is important to assure that each basket is filled.
In addition to the food item, we will also have a collection box available for each family to make a voluntary monetary donation.  The collected money will be used to buy a grocery-store gift card for inclusion in each basket.  We hope to have enough donations to support the purchase of a ham or turkey by each recipient family, which would complement the non-perishable food donations.  Any monetary donation is completely voluntary and anonymous.  The suggested family donation is $5.
Finally, our chartered organization, Christ Church Episcopal, has a canned yam drive every year.  We would like to assist CCE in collecting canned yams for distribution to those less fortunate.  Therefore, in addition to the den-specific item below, we ask each Scout to donate at least one 40 oz. can of yams (Participating Wolves would bring two 40 oz. cans per Scout for food baskets, and an additional 40 oz. can per Scout for CCE’s yam drive).
  • Lions – 1 can of corn and 1 can of green beans
  • Tigers – 1 large box of mashed potato flakes
  • Wolves – 2 large (40 oz.) cans/jars of yams
  • Bears – 2 cans of cranberry sauce
  • Webelos 1 – 1 large bag of stuffing (e.g., Pepperidge Farm Herbed Cubes)
  • Webelos 2 – 1 large bag of stuffing (e.g., Pepperidge Farm Herbed Cubes)
Any food that doesn’t make it into a food basket will be donated to a local food bank.