Grab your recycling bin and get creative! Build yourself a boat or raft with a SAIL. Need some guidance on building your boat? Check out some of these rules or the post from the last race (with lots of examples)

Scouts should build boats by creating a boat of their own. They may be decorated in any manner they choose! Get creative, but make sure it’s not too heavy!

  • The boat must be newly built for the current Cub Scouting year. As much as practical, the boat should be substantially built by the Scout with parental supervision.
  • NO motors allowed. Only wind sails will power the boats.
  • Additional parts (visual enhancements) such as Lego Man Drivers or Life Saver rings, decals, paint, stickers, and glue are permitted. Please make sure the decor follows the spirit of Scouting.
  • The finished boat length must be no longer than 8″ and no wider than 5″ (the race lane is 6″ wide)
  • The mast may not be higher than 7” from the deck.
  • The sail may not be in contact with any part of the boat except the mast.

Two scouts will race against each other at a time. Each boat must start with the back of the boat touching the end of the rain gutter; the scout should hold it there with one hand. When the starter says go, the kids will propel the boats by blowing on the sail with a drinking straw. THE SCOUT MAY NOT ADVANCE THE BOAT WITH HIS HAND or PHYSICAL STRAW AT ANY TIME. If one does so, he/she will be given a warning, and the race rerun if that child wins. If a boat gets broken or sinks during a race, the results stand.

GOOD LUCK, and happy boat building!

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