Buena Vista University will host its fourth “Beavers’ Annual Great Boat Float Challenge” on Tuesday, April 24 at Scout Park. This contest allows students, faculty and staff the chance put their homemade cardboard boats to the test as they attempt to paddle their way to victory.
The cardboard boat races coincide with Buenafication Day—BVU’s annual day of service and fun. “The cardboard boat race is a great way to end our day of service, and it’s a great way for everyone to interact outside of the classroom,” says Capt. Jared Gledhill, assistant professor of military science and officer in charge of the ROTC program at BVU. “It’s enjoyable to see what type of crazy contraptions each of the teams comes up with each year.”
The event will begin with registration at 5:30 p.m., and races starting at 6 p.m. Boats are eligible for awards celebrating creativity, speed, and the most dramatic sinking. This year, there are two additional awards: the “People’s Choice Award” will allow spectators to vote on their favorite boat at the event; and the “Viewer’s Choice Award” will give people the opportunity to vote on their favorite boat by viewing pictures posted on BVU’s Facebook page April 25-April 27.
“Everyone involved has fun with the cardboard boat races,” adds Gledhill. “There’s an energy that radiates to all of the spectators and participants.”
The challenge facing race competitors is to build and successfully race a boat made primarily from corrugated cardboard and duct tape around a designated course. The use of quick-dry caulk, carpenter’s wood glue, and a one-part paint or sealant are among the products allowed to aid structural integrity.
To encourage collaboration, boats that have at least one BVU student and one faculty or staff member on the crew will be given a 20-second bonus.
For more information about the Beavers’ Annual Great Boat Float Challenge and to see photos and results of previous year’s races, visit www.bvu.edu/boat.