The Girl Scout Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas recently held their fourth annual Cardboard Boat Regatta.
Camp Taloha, located just outside of Pine Bluff, hosted the event this year. More than 200 Girl Scouts and family members turned out to participate in this competition that requires engineering skills and creativity.
Anna Beth White spoke enthusiastically about the event. “It’s a way to kick off our year, and it’s a great family event for our returning Girl Scouts.”
The scouts were given only two building materials - cardboard and duct tape. For an hour and a half, the girls had to work in groups of three or four to build a craft that could not only float, but also carry at least two passengers. During the last half hour of building, friends and family members were invited to join in to add the finishing touches, including decorations.
When all of the construction was complete, there were 35 entries ready to brave the waters of Lake Poco. Adorned with life jackets, each group was separated by age, lifeguards took their positions in the water and the countdown began. Boats entered the water four at a time.
The crowd cheered as some boats went the distance with the girls paddling vigorously. Others sank upon contact with the water, but the scouts didn’t give up. Once a boat could no longer hold its passengers, the passengers swam the circuit, dragging the boats behind them.
It didn’t matter whether the boats sank or floated, all of the participants hit the water with smiles on their faces. The trophies for winners were appropriately fashioned from the same materials as the boats, cardboard and duct tape.
White talked about the trophies explaining, “We have one for fastest sinker, best time, and best theme or decorations.”
Trophies aside, all of the event participants were successful in having a lot of fun while creating one-of-a-kind water crafts.