On one of the hottest weekends of the summer, Sea Scouts and Venturers arrived at the Venturing Cardboard Boat Race excited and ready to race. The race is an annual event in which Ships and Crews build boats made of cardboard and other materials. The boats must be able to hold two scouts and navigate a small course near the shore of Lake Mead.
We made our boats with cardboard and decked them out with Christmas duct tape. Thanks to donations of materials from our community, building our vessel cost our ship nothing. The other Crews used cardboard and duck tape, as well as wood and large cylinders.
The boats lined up against the shore and scouts were racing into the water on “go,” hoping to take home the first prize. Out of five vessels, Heatwave won both first and third place. My fellow scouts went back into the lake on a “rescue” mission to save one of the crews sinking boats. Afterwards, the crews participated in canoe and kayak races, with the adults competing in paddleboard races.
The event was a fun and successful event. We definitely redeemed ourselves for our loss the year before. In the end, it didn’t matter who won; it was about scouts using their creativity to have fun and learn. My ship is definitely looking forward to next year’s race.