Boy Scouts learn life lessons building, racing boats

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Oliver Bowman, left, 9, of Cassville, and Jonathan Wood, right, 8, of Cassville, share some friendly competition as they race their boats during the Raingutter Regatta Boy Scout event Sunday at the American Legion. During the race, the boats are propelled by blowing on the sail through a drinking straw. The boat cannot be touched with the hands or straw. Julia Kilmer reporter@cassville-democrat.com

Oliver Bowman, left, 9, of Cassville, and Jonathan Wood, right, 8, of Cassville, share some friendly competition as they race their boats during the Raingutter Regatta Boy Scout event Sunday at the American Legion.

Jonathan Wood, left, 8, races Axton Harris, 8, both of Cassville, during some friendly competition in the annual Raingutter Regatta Boy Scouts event Sunday at the American Legion. The race is the sailboat equivalent of the pinewood derby. The scouts assembled, painted and designed their boats the week before with a parent. Julia Kilmer reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Dale Stockton, right, 6, of Cassville, stays calm as he races Oliver Bowman, 9, of Cassville, in the annual Raingutter Regatta Boy Scouts event Sunday at the American Legion. The boats are raced in a rain gutter that is 10-feet long and placed on a table or saw horse and filled to the top with water. Julia Kilmer reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Chris Frederickson, right, 9, of Cassville competes with Dale Stockton, 6, of Cassville, as he tries to make his boat go faster during the Raingutter Regatta Boy Scout event Sunday at the American Legion. The first boat to reach the end of the 10-foot gutter is the winner. The event teaches boys craft skills, rules of fair play, good sportsmanship and taking pride in doing their best. Julia Kilmer reporter@cassville-democrat.com
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