Build your own boat from limited materials and race each other in the pool or sea in this frantic activity.
- To improve communication, delegation and work flow within the team
- To improve trust, planning and leadership skills
- To get to know one another in a fun and exciting setting
- To work on cooperation and understanding yourself, your colleagues and your team
- To consider ways in which these skills can be translated into a work environment
Teams build their cardboard box boats from cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, foam, tape and other materials provided, for in the sea stronger materials such as wood and PVC is also provided to withstand the force of the waves. Making Teams facilitators instruct and guide the teams in building the boats following a given design or the team’s own. After the boat building, teams move to the water for the race.
The location for the event is usually at the client’s hotel pool or nearby beach at walking distance of the hotel.
After the boat building and before the race each boat will be judged and scored based on criteria such as strength, capacity and identity. Teams can earn further points through a series of races in which different team members will be ‘the Captain’. The team with the most points is the winner and will be awarded during the debrief.
Insurance and instructor supervision are important safety factors with any event, and in the event of an emergency, transport and medical backup will be standing by.
The event briefing and debrief takes place at the activity location. The group is separated into teams and introduced to their facilitators, then the lead facilitator gives an introduction of the event including (safety) instructions and objectives for the activity.
During the debrief, the facilitator discusses the event challenges and asks each team questions to assess their performance before announcing the winning team (if applicable).
Briefing and debrief usually take around 15 minutes each but can be extended for more in-depth analysis of team performance.
The half day program takes up to 4 hours and the full day program up to 8 hours.
09.00 am – Event brief by lead facilitator
09.15 am – Teams receive materials
09.30 am – Teams design and build their boat
10.45 am – Break
11.00 am – Teams finish building their boat
11.30 am – Teams demonstrate their design
11.45 am – Teams race their boat in a competition
12.45 pm – Event de-brief, awarding ceremony and group photo
01.00 pm – End of the program
People per Team
Below are three options for Cardboard Box Boat Racing with different inclusions and rates all tailored to best match your budget and requirements. The Bronze option is a fixed program with few inclusions but the Silver and Gold packages include extra benefits and allow selection of some or all challenges. On the pricing page we offer further optional extras. The full day activity will have up to double the number of challenges.
All options include
One Western lead event facilitator
One bottle of water per person, first aid kits, rain coats
Basic boat materials
One facilitator per 40 pax
Advanced boat materials
One facilitator per 20 pax
+Prizes for winning team (local handicraft or medals)
+Free photos taken by facilitator
Superior boat materials
One facilitator per 20 pax
+Trophy for winning team
+Team flags to keep
+Colored headbands to use