Rain Gutter Regatta

The Tiger scouts got to participate in the Rain Gutter Regatta a few weeks ago.

We spare no expense on fancy signs in cub scouts.

Each of the boys got a boat kit to paint and assemble. Matthew chose his favorite colors – purple, green, and gold.

Herding cats. It’s what we do in Tiger scouts.

On the day of the race, Matthew asked me if he was going to have to climb all the way up the ladder to get to the rain gutter. Six is still a very literal age, apparently.

The race consisted of each boy blowing through a regulation straw onto the sail of his boat to propel it down the rain gutter, which was NOT connected to the side of a house.

We had a double elimination system set up, so you could lose one race and still race again.

Matthew’s cheering team of Grandpa and David.

The regatta was a little trickier than the pinewood derby. At least, it resulted in a lot more frustration and grief on the part of the participants.

Getting the straw into position.

But I was really proud of Matthew. Actually, really really proud of him. He cheered on his fellow competitors. Even though other kids left to go play, Matthew stayed and cheered on each racer.


His boat did really well, but when he lost the first time, he congratulated the winner and went right back to cheering on the other scouts.

He had a whole system going for continuous blowing through the straw.

He didn’t win. In the last race, his sail starting twisting with each blow, but he didn’t get frustrated. He fixed the sail and kept on going. And even though the other scout was done, Matthew kept at it until his boat was at the end of the rain gutter.

I was so proud of him.

Getting his 2nd place ribbon.

Matthew was pretty excited to get a ribbon. His pride lasted almost 5 whole minutes until he started thinking about something else. Like which flashlight he would bring camping.

I love that kid.



May 31, 2012. Matthew, special occasions.

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