Cardboard Boat Challenge

Keep Your Team Above Water!

This is a popular learning program where participants divide into teams and build a real boat constructed from cardboard and packing tape. The boat is built and then evaluated in a number of areas including design, marketing, team cohesiveness, and finally, functionality.

This is a very popular event – and one where the take-away lessons will benefit your business for a long time into the future.

Skills Gained:

Team Building

Resource Management

Managing Team Transitions

Marketing & Presentation Skills

Key Elements:

Active and Energetic

Competitive and Collaborative

Design Centric

Event Details:

Program is 90 minutes to 4 hours

Accomodates 20-400 attendees

Indoor/Outdoor with access to pool

Features of the Program

Team Building
Creative Competition
Leadership Skills


Additional Program Information

During the course of the event, teams will have to deal with several curve balls that are not uncommon in the real world including, new standards, staff changes, limited resources, budgets, etc. This program is a business simulation, so real elements of actual business will be built in.

At the end of the building process, teams will put together a group presentation that will highlight their accomplishments and ‘sell’ their boat to the client.

Each team will then put at least one member of their team into the boat to compete on the water in a navigational challenge.

The FullTilt Cardboard Boat Races can be done in even smaller hotel pools. The most important thing is testing their ability to float, count on getting some classic pictures of your people testing the waters!








Additional team building programs

Cardboard TRAIN-ing Express

When presented with the task of building a full sized, animated train complete with locomotive, caboose and cars that is capable of transporting every person on your team, groups rise to the occasion.

Human Dog Sled Challenge

Teams are tasked with assembling a functional dog sled and a set of harnesses that will be able to carry several team members along a designated race course.  This challenge promotes effective teamwork and marketing.

Eagle Glider Challenge

Each person will have a chance to shine while they complete an ongoing selection of challenges as their team’s glider is built. Groups need not be industrial design engineers or rocket scientists to do well with this challenge.

See Previous Cardboard Boat Challenges


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