Rain Gutter Regatta Badge
(Discover Science and Technology)
by Jennifer Foraker

(Optional requirements listed within a level are for that level or below only.  Any requirements at higher levels may always be used as an optional requirement.)

Penguin:  Do three requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1.*  Discuss rules and regulations for race.

_____ 2.*    Watch or participate in a rain gutter regatta race.

Otter: Do four requirements including the two starred.

_____*1. Do Penguin requirements 1 & 2.  Otters and above must participate in a race.

_____*2. With help from a parent or guardian, build a regatta boat from a kit including sanding, gluing and

Dolphin: Do five requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1.*  Do Otter requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.*  Identify parts of the model boat including hull, metal keel, mast, sail, etc.

Butterfly:  Do six requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1.*  Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.*  Assist in setting up equipment and score board items for the race.

Eagle:  Do seven requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1.*  Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.  Help organize a rain gutter regatta for your troop, a youth event, or science project.

Owl:  Do 9 requirements including the 2 starred:

_____ 1. *  Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2

_____ 2. *  Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone.   You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge.   If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.


Optional Requirements:

_____3. Research the significance of sanding the boat and different areas for variations of speed and

_____ 4. Discuss the importance of sportsmanship during a race.

_____ 5. Draw a sketch of how you want to decorate your boat and follow accordingly.

_____ 6.  Compare a regatta boat to an actual boat. Discuss what materials and layouts would be best used
for speed and accuracy during the race.

_____ 7. Research the different wind variations and best places to blow for speed and accuracy.

_____ 8. Help a younger child build their boat for a race.

_____ 9.  Help keep score and pass out awards at the end of the race.

_____ 10.  Create a booklet explaining how a rain gutter regatta works and share it with other youth

_____11.  Understand what   hyper-ventilation is; how to prevent it and the first aid treatment for   it.  (The sail-boats are powered by the owners' blowing them along the rain gutter.   If you don't blow properly, then you end up all dizzy.)