Cub Scouts in Pack 170 of Marianna enjoyed an evening of fellowship, food, and fun at their annual Raingutter Regatta held at the Westfork Ranch this year. The event began with a social time, as scouts and their families enjoyed visiting and having snacks and refreshments together.
Special awards were presented by Assistant Cub Master Steve Hutton and Bear Scout leader Mary Ann Hutton. Bear Scout Calen Sims was given a framed collection of pictures and newspaper clippings from his completion of three different triathlons this summer. He had to swim 125 yards, bicycle three miles, and run one mile in each of his races. Bear Scout Hunter Hutton was presented with two certified, specially framed United States flags that have both personal and collector’s value. The first flag is a 48-star flag purchased in 1949, and given to Hunter from his grandmother, Wanda Hutton. This flag is in perfect condition, since it was never flown. The second flag was flown over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on July 4, 2008, in honor of Hunter G. Hutton. It was flown on July 4, because that is historically when new stars were added to the flag representing new states.
Bear Scout Nicholas Walker then spoke to the scouts about his trip to Kansas and the destruction he saw there following a tornado. He shared pictures and informed scouts of a service project that he is starting to help those individuals in Kansas. For the next month, he asked Pack 170 scouts to collect aluminum cans to be recycled, with the proceeds to be sent to Boy Scouts in Kansas.
The races then got underway, with scouts racing boats they designed and constructed themselves. The boats were raced down two raingutters, with the scouts using straws to blow their boats to the finish line. Every scout was awarded a regatta medal patch for their uniform, and a ribbon. Winners of the races were: Grand Champion, Austin Westbrook; First Place, Calen Sims; Second Place, Ash Lanier; and Third Place, Austin Livingston. Best of Show was awarded to Michael Howard for his unique pirate boat.
To learn more about scouting, please e-mail Mary Ann Hutton at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 209-2818.