What Is A Cardboard Regatta?

October 6, 2014 at 9:25 am

Ever wondered a carboard boat would float?

As part of the new Leadership, Exploration And Development (LEAD) initiative on campus, some students are going to test their skills at building a seaworthy craft and participating in a cardboard regatta at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14 in the Wellness Center pool.

LEAD is a series of workshops designed to educate students about the value of leadership and its practical applications in the world. All students are invited to participate in this leadership exercise which emphasizes teamwork through creative problem-solving to build a boat from cardboard and successfully sail it across the pool without sinking.

The rules are simple: there are 10 teams with five players each. Each team has the option to use duct tape and cardboard provided by the office of student life or purchase supplemental materials themselves. Students are given one weekend to the build their boats.

Kara Ferguson, assistant director of student life, explained the purpose of the leadership exercise and how students can benefit from participation.

“The ultimate goal that we want to get out of this is to let students come together as a team to develop group dynamics. When you are a leader, you need to be able to work with a team, problem solve, and troubleshoot,” Ferguson said. “That is what this event is going to challenge those teams to do.”

Alexander Dukes, president of  the USC Upstate Student Government Association, was one of the first students to participate in a regatta at Leadership Advance three years ago. Since then, she said that the experience has had profound impact on her.

“This had a great impact on me because as we were making the boat, it allowed you to see others thinking processes,” Duke said. “This was time that allowed me to take a step back and not always feel that I needed to take the lead.”

To participate, students must pre-register no later than 3 p.m. Monday, October 6. All materials for the boat must be picked by 1 p.m. Friday, October 10.

For more information on this event, call the office of student life 864-503-5112 or e-mail studlife@uscupstate.edu.

 — written by Chris Johnson, intern, University Communications