TB Raft Regatta

TB Raft Regatta
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5/16/2018 11:55 PM
Mossy Bank Park Rd
Bath, NY 14810, US
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May 18-20, 2018



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Unit Leaders:

The 2018 Raft Regatta and Admiral’s Cup is quickly approaching. This year’s theme is VIKINGS! We urge to bring out your inner Viking and dress up and decorate your dragon longships in the theme with excitement! We once again welcome everyone to this activity and invite all Districts of the Five Rivers Council to participate. Please read through the packet and notice this year’s changes.

  1. The Camporee will be at Mossy Bank Park – Bath, NY. 
  2. Register @ $15.00 each before May 5th and each registrant will get a patch AT check- in.
  3. Scoutmasters and Crew Advisors must remain in the river area after the Troop or Crew is in the water. It is required that he/she follow the unit down the river and provide Raft Regatta staff with an emergency cell phone number.
  4. Scouts are required to ride the bus to the race. Units arriving the day of the event must    register AT MOSSY BANK PARK between 7:30 – 9:00 AM.
  5. Troops camping in park must remove the sod surrounding campfire and set it aside before and replace afterward (or bring an elevated rim).
  6. Unit Leaders are accountable for the overall physical fitness (i.e. balance, agility, strength, swimming skills, etc.) of their Scouts. To ensure the safety of all who participate, please properly prepare youth for physical conditions.
  7. All participants who go in the water must be properly dressed, including footwear (all heavy boots, waiters, barn boots, etc. or loose footwear are prohibited) and all rafters must paddle on the raft down the river. No youth should just be “along for the ride.”
    1. All Scouts and Adults in the Regatta must be rated a ‘swimmer’ by summer camp standards. See BSA Swim Test under Raft Race River Rules.
    2. BSA SWIM TEST: “Jump feet first into water over your head in depth, swim 75 yards or 75 meters in a strong manner using one of the following strokes: sidestroke, breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl; then swim 25 yards or meters in an easy, resting backstroke. The 100 yards or 100 meters must be swum continuously and include at least one sharp turn. After completing the swim, rest by floating as motionless as possible.
  8. Scouts should bring their Scout Handbooks for use on some campground activities for 2019.
  9. The Dutch Oven Cooking contest (more details below) is an Adult event competition this year.
  10. Each participant MUST have completed, and submit, a medical form (BSA form parts A & B ONLY). Since this requires original parental signatures, prior planning is critical.
  11. Females are encouraged to participate, but may do so ONLY as registered members of a

Venturing Crew.

  1. Possible service project opportunities.
    1. May include: repainting trail markers and trail construction, policing the trails, etc. 
    2. Ask about this option at the registration desk
  2. Take In / Take Out: Leave No Trace!
  3. We will be collecting non-perishable food/household items for local food pantries.
  4. In the event of cold weather, alternative activities and competitions are planned: we will hold the event rain or shine!!
  5. If you have any questions concerning the Camporee or other Races, please feel free to contact me or your District Executive.


Smooth Rafting,


Viking skald James Cotton                                                        Viking jarl dan carpenter

James Cotton                                                                       Dan Carpenter

(585) 732-6197                                                                                  (607) 331-1193

allnaturalcotton@hotmail.com                                                          daniel.carpenter@scouting.org


Schedule of Events


Friday – May 18th

NOTE:  Bath and Avoca Central Schools have a Civil War Day event on May 18 at Mossy Bank Park.  They will not be done with their clean-up until around 4:30 PM. 


5:00 - 8:00 PM            Arrival, Check-In and Craft Registration

8:30 PM                       Regatta Safety Meeting: Unit Leader & Senior Patrol

(Leader or Crew President MUST attend to meet with fire department & water rescue team)

9:00 PM                       General meeting and Cracker Barrel –

Scoutmasters/Crew Advisors & Senior Patrol

Leaders/Crew Presidents

11:00 PM                     Taps - Quiet Time


Saturday – May 19th

6:00 AM                       Reveille

6:00 - 7:30 AM            Breakfast – With your Unit

7:30 - 9:00 AM            Nature Center: Presentation TBD

9:00 - 9:30 AM            Scouts board busses to Launch

10:20 AM                     Launch Canoes/Kayaks

10:30 AM                     Launch Rafts

3:00 - 5:00 PM            The Admiral’s Cardboard Boat Competition

5:00 - 7:00 PM            Dinner with your Unit and Dutch Oven Cooking.

*All Units must sign up and turn in skit or song for campfire @HQ

6:30 - 7:00 PM            Judging for Dutch Oven Cooking Contest @ HQ

7:00 - 7:45 PM            Chapel – Scout’s Own, or personal services

7:45 - 9:00 PM            Campfire – Competition Results – Units Skit or song

9:00 PM                       Taps – Lights Out


Sunday – May 20th

7:00 - 8:00 AM            Breakfast – with your Unit

8:00 - 10:00 AM          Clean Up

10:30 AM                     Camporee Closes – break camp –units check out @HQ and camp sites inspected – head home





The Order of the Arrow

We are arranging for The Order of the Arrow to conduct Call outs at Raft Regatta. We encourage Units to conduct elections prior to the Regatta and should submit their intentions to participate in the Call Out at check-in. See the lodge website: http://tkaendod.fiverivers.org/, or contact Chris Theurich (607)368-4138 chris.theurich@scouting.org or John Miller (tkaendod@gmail.com) for help in conducting elections.   


      Raft Race River Rules



General Rules Applying to All Rafts


  1. Paddles or poles must be homemade.
    1. There is a 5-minute penalty for commercially made paddles. The paddles may be single or double ended.
    2. Division 3 Canoe and kayak Races are exempted from the rule. 
  2. There must be a minimum of two Scouts on the raft, but no more than three.
  3. All Scouts on the raft must have a paddle and participate in the motion of the raft.
  4. All Scouts on the raft should be of the same age group. If it is impossible to do this, then the raft must be entered in the oldest Scout’s age group.
  5. All Scouts on the craft must have a Type III Coast Guard approved life jacket or better – **inflatable lifejackets are strictly prohibited**.
  6. The winners will be determined by the shortest lapsed time.
  7. Any raft that has won a race in the past two years is prohibited from competing this year.
  8. In order to aid launching and pulling out, a raft must be constructed so that it has a 10 foot tie up rope on the bow and stern and at least two places on each side for hand grips.
  9. Any Scout who does not wear their life jacket properly at all times will be taken off the river and disqualified from the race.  The raft crew will not continue unless they have two remaining members on the raft. 
  10. All Adults and Scouts must be classified as ‘swimmers’ and verified as such by their Unit Leader. (Swimmer classification is achieved by completing the BSA Swimmer Test).
  11. All rafts, canoes, kayaks, paddles, etc. MUST have unit # displayed on it.
  12. Scouts - Three Trophies/Totems will be awarded in each competition consisting of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Trophies/Totems.
  13. Fiberglass Covered Rafts:  Fiberglass reinforced rafts will not be entered or raced. Scouts may ride such rafts down the river but they will not be entered in any of the competitions.



Division I – Tube Raft Race (two age groups)

All the general rules must be met as well as the following rules:

  1. One or more of the Scouts on the raft must have constructed the raft.
  2. Rafts may be constructed of any flotation material, or item, that will support the weight of two or more Scouts safely, (logs, milk bottles, pop cans, refrigerator doors, fuel bladders, etc.). 
  3. The Race Admiral or his representatives reserve the right to refuse any “raft” the right to participate if they feel will not “safely” finish the course.
  4. Paddles must be homemade.
  5. Rafts in this category May Not be constructed with fiberglass reinforcing materials.



Division II – Anything that Floats (two age groups)

(Scouts who cannot meet the qualifications for Division I or III will be entered here).

All the general rules must be met as well as the following rules:


  1. “Rafts” must be constructed, “found”, or assembled by one or more of the Scouts on the raft.
  2. Rafts may be constructed of any flotation material, or item, that will support the weight of two or more Scouts safely, (logs, milk bottles, pop cans, refrigerator doors, fuel bladders, etc.).
  3. The Race Admiral or his representatives reserve the right to refuse any “raft” the right to participate if they feel will not “safely” finish the course.
  4. Paddles must be homemade. 
  5. Rafts in this category May Not be constructed with fiberglass reinforcing materials.


Division III – Canoes/Kayaks (This is a 5 mile race this year!)

*ONLY available for Scouts that are 14 years or older (High Adventure Regulation)

* If you plan to use a kayak or canoe, we MUST know by May 5th. In order to extend the course length, we must have adequate numbers.


General Rules 2 through 6 apply to this division with the addition of the following:


  1. All Adults and Scouts are to be qualified as swimmers within the past year by completing the BSA Swim Test. Scoutmasters will be responsible for verifying the requirement.
  2. Non-swimmers may NOT go into the canoes or kayaks, even as passengers.
  3. There will be only two paddlers in a canoe.
  4. Only canoes with two Scouts in them can qualify for the competition.  Scout/adult combinations may participate but not compete.
  5. Canoes/Kayaks that stop or withdraw from the race must get word to the official at the end of the course that they have withdrawn. Failure to do so will be considered a serious violations of Camporee safety rules, and groups doing so may be asked to leave.
  6. Scoutmasters are responsible for picking up the canoes/kayaks and the Scouts at the end of the course.
  7. This course will begin at the same starting point as all other divisions, but it will extend to Babcock Hollow Bridge, where it will end.
    1. it is important to note that during miles 3 to 5 of this race, emergency services will not be monitoring, so units and followers are responsible for Scouts in the water during these miles.
    2. All Scouts will be checked at the 3 mile mark to confirm ability to continue.
  8. We reserve the right to pull out any Scout at any time that we deem unable to continue.


Scouts in the canoeing division MUST have Canoeing Merit Badge

– Verified by Unit Leader.

Any Scout Kayaking MUST have Kayaking Merit Badge

– Verified by Unit Leader.

At Event Check-In/Registration


At Check-In you will need to:

  • Complete the Regatta Unit Registration Form (Available Only at Regatta Check-In). This form is in triplicate and will save time as multiple copies are needed and it must reflect who is actually present.
  • Complete Raft Registration/Launch Form (One per Craft)
  • Medical Forms & Health Releases must be presented at check-in (One per Participant)
  • Identify your Campsite with your Unit Flag.
  • Register for the Admiral’s Cup Cardboard Boat Competition.
  • Settle any remaining registration balances due.
  • Register your song/skit/cheer for the Saturday Campfire.
  • Submit your Order of the Arrow Election results for the Saturday Call Out Ceremony.
  • Register for Dutch Oven Cooking contest.
  • Drop off Non-Perishable food items for local food pantry.


Dutch Oven Cooking Contest


  • Registering: Adults entering the contest will fill out an entry form Friday night and turn it in at the Cracker Barrel.
  • Category: Main Dish, Dessert, and Miscellaneous Competitions
  • Rules:
    • Dishes must be prepared by the participants in that category b. Dishes should be prepared as part of Saturday Dinner.
    • Judging: Judging of all dishes will be done by Raft Regatta Staff.
    • Three prizes will be awarded in each competition consisting of 1st Prize – 2nd Prize – 3rd Prize.




Viking Raiders Equipment Swap and Sale


Most Scouts and Leaders have some equipment and uniforms that they have upgraded or out grown.  The older equipment is just collecting dust.  Some of this stuff is perfect for someone who is just starting out in Scouting or camping and would like to save a little money by picking up some used equipment.


Bring some spending money and any of your Scouting or Camping equipment that you would like to trade or sell.  We will schedule swap and sale times at the Raft Regatta.




     Overall Prize Awards for Troops


Prizes will be awarded to the top three Troops who participate in the Thunderbird District Raft Regatta Camporee.  The Scoring will be based on the following criteria:

                                                                              POINTS               BONUS

Campsite inspection                                                ______/10.0      

Camp fire skits                                                        ______/10          _______

Troop participation in:

  • Raft/Canoe/Kayak Race                                   ______/10           _______
  • Conservation Project                                       ______/10         
  • Cardboard Regatta                                          ______/10           _______
  • Scouts Own Service                                        ______/10
  • Campfire Skits/Songs/Cheers                          ______/10           _______
  • Non-perishable food donation                          ______1pt/item (20 points Max.)
  • Completed Surveys.                                        ______/5

Number of Scouts from Troop registered

and participating in the Raft Regatta                 ______ 1 point/Scout

Percentage of Scouts from Troop registered

on Troop Charter and participating in

the Raft Regatta                                             ______/20.0

Leader Participation in Dutch Oven Cook-off                 ______/10          _______

Troop Leaders/Adults Helping in Raft Regatta               ______5 points/Leader (15 pts. Max.)


Bonus Points: 

Racing Divisions, Cardboard Regatta, and Dutch Oven Cook-off place finishers-

  • 1st Place – 5 points
  • 2nd Place 3 points
  • 3rd place 1 point

Racing Divisions, Cardboard Regatta

  • 1point for each Scout dressed in Viking Theme
  • 2 points for each raft/canoe/kayak decorated in Viking theme.

Skits/Cheers/Songs Minimum of 1 per patrol - 2 points for additional patrol/troop skits.


Prizes will be awarded at the before the closing of the District Campfire.



2018 Thunderbird District Raft Regatta

Campsite Inspection Scoring Work Sheet

(Commissioner Use Only)

Troop Number ________

Both the Scout and Adult areas should be considered when grading. Give a score of 1-5.


Section A Layout


Layout: Is there a definitive pre-planned set up? Does the campsite have an organized format? Remember some sites will be odd shaped due to space available. Do not deduct points if layout is forced to change to meet the site requirements.


Axe Yard: Is there an axe yard with an axe provided? Is it properly roped off with ample distance from the center of the yard to the rope? Give full credit if no axe yard is required (Troop is using cooking stoves, wood supply is pre-cut and legally transported, etc.).


Duty Roster Posted: Is there a duty roster posted and is it legible for each patrol?


Menu Posted: Is there a menu posted and is it legible for each patrol?


U.S. Flag: Is the American Flag Displayed Properly?


Unit Flag: Is the Unit Flag Display Properly?


Gateway: Is there a gateway or pioneering project that shows entrance to Troop campsite?


/35 Total Layout


Section B. Safety


Adult on Duty: Is there a responsible Adult on Duty (2-deep if Scouts are present)? If yes score 5 points.


Safety Ribbons: Are there safety ribbons attached to each tent rope, any perimeter rope and the axe yard perimeter?


First Aid Kit: Is there a First Aid Kit Visible and Accessible in Camp? If the First Aid Kit is missing score -5.


Fire Equipment: Are there water buckets located near the campfire ring or visible fire extinguisher, and a shovel centrally located in the campsite? [If no campfire ring give full credit]


Rules: Are all fire sources at least 10 feet away from any tent? Is there a 10 foot area cleared around the cooking area?. Is all food stored in patrol boxes or a secure supply area?


25/ Total Safety


Section C. Cleanliness


Scouts in Camp: If there are no Scouts in the Camp except for the SPL during the Competitive events give an additional 5 points. (The SPL is not required to be in camp.)


Personal Equipment: Is gear inside of the tents organized or in a jumble? You may not open a tent that is closed. If all tents closed score 5 points.


Tents: Are all tents set up correctly and organized by patrol?


Clean Campsite: No trash around all of the equipment, materials and tools stowed properly.


Theme Items: Score 5 points if there are theme items present. (VIKING THEME)


/25 Total Cleanliness


Additional items for consideration of points








Total Additional Items

 Total Point Score


Different examples of types of Raf can be found in the Raft Regatta Packet 

$15.00 per Adult
$15.00 per Scout


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