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Raingutter Regatta Info

posted Nov 13, 2018, 4:02 AM by Andreas Maier

1. The rain gutter regatta boat kits were handed out during den meetings after the October pack meeting. Please let your den leader know if you don't have one yet. We also have a few boats for sail to siblings for $6 each. If interested, please pay by check (this makes financial tracking much simpler).

2. Boat Specifications: 
Quick version: Build the boat in the standard way, shape the hulls a little, paint the boat and hulls so they are more water sealed, and glue the sail to the mast.
     a. Boats must be made from the official BSA Raingutter Regatta Trimaran Boat Kit. All parts (2 outriggers, polymer hull, mast, sail and 4 screws) provided in the kit must be used in the boat construction. (NO substitutions are allowed!)
     b. Outriggers/Hull: The Outriggers must be no longer than 7" or shorter than 6 ½". The finished boat must be 3-1/4" wide, which is the dimension of the molded hull.
·   c. You can shape the outriggers to make them more cut through he water more easily.
     d. One outrigger may not be placed ahead of the other. The mast may not be higher than 7” from the deck, nor shorter than 6” from the deck.
     e. Basically, the Trimaran Boat should look like a Trimaran Boat displayed on the box. The boat requires no keel or rudder and none may be added.
     f. Sail: Must use the sail provided in the kit. It may be trimmed, but cannot be enlarged or added to, but may be decorated. The sail may only be attached to the mast by glue (this is HIGHLY recommended), no mechanical fasteners will be allowed. The sail may not be in contact with any part of the boat except the mast. The sail also cannot be glued or attached to itself. 
     g. The mast hole is molded into the top of the plastic hull and is the only placement allowed for the mast. No deviations will be allowed and no modifications to the hole are allowed. The mast MUST BE perpendicular (90 degrees) to the hull, angling the mast in any direction is not allowed.
     h. Decorations may not be placed in such a manner as to change the boat dimensions as listed above. It is HIGHLY recommended that the boat be painted or at the very least seal the outriggers to prevent them from retaining water. Make sure to paint the boat at least a day before the race so it has time to thoroughly dry. 
     i. Once the race begins, the boat may not be altered, including applying any materials to the bottom of the boat.

3. Race Rules
    a. Scouts can test out their boats in the rain gutters starting at 6:30. It is recommended to practice  2-3 times max so the hulls don't become water logged.
    b. Each den races in a double elimination format. If there is interest, the top 3 finishers in each den go on to the pack-wide competition. After the official races, the raingutters at the back of the room will be kept open to allow the scouts to race their friends and siblings while the pack championship races are going on up front.
    c. The scouts propel the boats by blowing. Scouts should not touch the boat with their hand, hat, or head at any time. Our Pack does not use straws for blowing.
    d. If the boat tips over or gets stuck on the side, an adult will quickly right and align it.

November Announcements

posted Oct 30, 2018, 6:13 AM by Andrew Maier

Fall Bike Ride
* When: Nov. 4 at 1 pm (raindate Nov. 11)
* What to bring: water bottle, small first aid kit, clothing appropriate for the weather, a bike helmet, and a bike in good working order; uniforms are not needed.
* We'll begin at Carderock, ride to Swain's Lock, then turn around and head back.
          * Information on Carderock can be found here:
          * Information on Swain's Lock can be found here:
* The route is about 6.4 miles each way. Use your judgement on whether your child is ready for this trip. Age is less of a factor than ability to ride for several miles. A good gauge is if your child is able to ride for 3-4 miles, they will likely be able to complete this trip with a fuller effort. We will ride only as fast as the slowest rider and will take breaks as needed.

Scouting for Food Distribution
When: Nov. 3 at 9 am
* Webelos and AOLs will meet at Beall Elem.
* Tigers, Wolves, and Bears will meet at the New Mark clubhouse 
* Scouts should be in full uniform (shirt, neckerchief, slide, and hat
* There are no bags this year. Instead, there are sticky notes similar to a Post-It note that we will stick to front doors. 
* The pack will provide donuts and hot chocolate at the starting point for both neighborhoods. 

Scouting for Food Pick Up
When: Nov. 10 at 9 am
* Webs and AOLs will meet at Beall Elem.
* Tigers, wolves, and Bears will meet at the New Mark clubhouse
* Scouts should be in full uniform (shirt, neckerchief, slide, and hat
* We will need parents to drive the food collected back to the meeting site so we can coordinate delivery of collected goods back to RUMC
* The pack will provide donuts and hot chocolate at the starting point for both neighborhoods. 

Raingutter Regatta
* When: Monday Nov. 19 at 7 pm
* Free dress from the neck up - feel free to wear pirate eye patches, bandanas or pirate hats, or whatever other nautical-themed items you choose!
* More specific info on rules for the Regatta will be included in a separate email.
* If you have not received a boat kit from your den leader yet, please contact them ASAP. The boats are not difficult to make, but they do take a bit of time (an hour or two is plenty, plus time for paint to dry)

October Pack Meeting

posted Oct 15, 2018, 12:59 PM by Andreas Maier

* Monday 10/15 at 7 pm
* Wesley Hall
* Please try to arrive by 6:50 so we can get started on time
* Engineering night - parents are invited to help as needed for the Tiger and Wolf dens, but the Bears, Webs, and AOLs should work without adult assistance. Siblings are welcome to join in - we will work on 2 different engineering challenges in groups of 3.

Slide Recall

posted Oct 15, 2018, 12:58 PM by Andreas Maier

* If your son received a slide in May, please bring it to the pack meeting this week. We will collect them all and return new ones to you ASAP.
* The slides have been recalled due to possible lead contamination; we want to keep all our scouts safe and healthy, so if you can't be at the meeting, send your slide with a friend or contact a leader to arrange for someone to get it from you.

Raingutter Regatta Kits

posted Oct 15, 2018, 12:58 PM by Andreas Maier

* Next month's pack meeting is the Raingutter Regatta!
* Kits will be distributed to DEN LEADERS at the pack meeting on Mon. 10/15, and they will hand them out at den meetings the following week.
* We have a few extras in case there are siblings who'd like to race as well. These kits are available at a cost of $6 each (they are $5.99+tax at the scout store).
* The kits need to be sanded, put together, and painted/decorated before the day of the Raingutter Regatta. It is a fairly quick project; the most important part is remembering to glue or rubber cement the mast and sail together to prevent the sail from spinning around on the mast when the racer blows into it.
* At this pack meeting, scouts may opt to wear pirate garb from the neck up. eye patches, bandanas, pirate hats, etc. are all fun ideas for this event; remember that regular cub scout uniform shirts and neckerchiefs are expected as usual.

Pack 928 A-Z Guide

posted Sep 13, 2018, 2:47 PM by Andreas Maier   [ updated Sep 13, 2018, 2:51 PM ]

Join Scouting Night Info

posted Sep 11, 2018, 4:50 PM by Andreas Maier

Cub Scout Pack 928 is having its Join Scouting Night on Thursday September 13th from 6:30 to 7:30 at Rockville United Methodist Church, located at 112 W Montgomery Ave in Rockville MD. At this meeting you will see a slide show, learn how the pack runs, and have the opportunity to ask questions. Please bring your sons and daughters so they can see the slide show and participate in supervised scout activities. Some of our pack activities include the Pinewood Derby, the Raingutter Regatta, hiking, camping, service projects, junior engineering, Rockville's Memorial Day Parade, summer camps, and much more. Our Cub Scout Pack serves boys from first to fifth grade, and we are interested in adding a girls' den under the new guidelines from National. At this time we are primarily recruiting girls in grades 1 thru 5, as well as boys in 1st and 4th grade, as the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade boys' groups are full. Girls will have their own den, separate from the boys, but they'll have the opportunity to participate in activities alongside the boys throughout the year in addition to den-only activities. Currently, our pack primarily has children from Beall and Rustin Elementaries, as well as CES, but children of any gender from any school are welcome. Please email the Pack 928 Cubmaster, Evelyn Langdon at if you have any questions.

Fall Campout - New Location!

posted Sep 3, 2018, 10:46 AM by Andreas Maier

Saturday Sept. 22 - Sunday Sept. 23 at Cunningham Falls State Park
14039 Catoctin Hollow Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788
Day camping is also an option for those who do not wish to spend the night - we'll play games, have dinner, and enjoy a campfire program (including s'mores!)

September Pack Meeting

posted Sep 3, 2018, 10:42 AM by Andreas Maier

Monday Sept. 17 at 7:00-8:30 pm in Wesley Hall
All returning and new pack members are invited to attend. On the agenda:
    * Awards from summer camps, as well as rank patches and neckerchiefs not distributed in May
    * Parents will get to register their scouts
    * Pack 928 leaders and boy scouts from Troop 447 lead activities for the kids

Pack 928 Join Scouting Night

posted Aug 27, 2018, 2:20 PM by Andreas Maier   [ updated Sep 3, 2018, 10:42 AM ]

Thursday, September 13

Rockville United Methodist Church

Wesley Hall

112 W Montgomery Ave, Rockville, MD 20850 

6:30pm - 7:30pm

Invite 1st grade boys who may be interested!

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