2005 Minsi Trails Cardboard Boat Regatta

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2005 Minsi Trails Cardboard Boat Regatta

Postby OldGreyBear » Mon Aug 22, 2005 12:55 pm

This past week end Minsi Trails Council held its second Cardboard Boat Regatta. This was a Venturing Event and 6 Crews particpated. One out of Council Crew attended and won going away. They are from Lancaster PA

We used the boat dock at summer camp. The boats were to have a theme and the 4 person crew had to drop their boat in the water, take off, go around two buoys, about 50 yards an head back to the dock. We timed from leaving the dock to touching it. If the boat fell apart, the biggest piece left had to make it back to the dock. The boats had to be made from Corrugated cardboard and glue and paint. No artificial (foam) flotation was allowed. The winning boat looked like an alligator and the crew was dressed like Steve Irwin (the crocodile hunter). The best theme winner was a roman barge with its crew dressed in togas with an olive branch crown. The winning time was 1:20 minutes and the longest one was 2:50. IN the afternoon the crews used cardboard to make a 2 man boat for a shorter race, interestingly enough, some crews boats lasted longer than their big boats. In the evening all the boats were taken to a campfire and burned. First because they are all wrecked, and second to show they all followed the rules (trust but verify)

AS we had a pirate theme after the boat burning, we watched Pirates of the Caribbean and went to sleep. Well, some of us did, as it was a Venturing Outing, some youth were up for quite awhile, ostensibly planning next years entry.

We had places in:

Fastest Boat 4 crew members
Fastest Boat 2 crew members
Best theme
Titan tic Class, best sinking with style

Dinner was fish stick and chicken planks and dirty rice. If you are interested, google Cardboard Boat Regatta and take a week to read it through. It teaches teamwork, innovation, problem solving and just having fun. After the races the waterfront was open for a while while as all the attending BSA lifeguards took turn keeping watch

All in all it’s a good time
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Postby Chief J » Tue Aug 23, 2005 9:33 am

Sounds like a great time was had by all

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