The result is a rectangular canoe fit for holding four scouts. However, Oldenkamp said they’re not going to take any chances — they’ll only have two scouts in the boat at a time.
“Me and the boys are having a great time with it,” he said. “It’s been one of those projects where we’re gathering every night in my garage and having a good time.”
While the boys are still in the process of coming up with a name for their boat, they chose shocking pink with fluorescent green stripes as the paint job, Oldenkamp continued.
“Their thought was if it sinks, they’ll be able to find it,” he said with a laugh.
Like Kreul, the scouts’ strategy Saturday will be to make it the 50 yards there and back as fast as they can.
“Our strategy is to win our heat, make it to finals and not drown,” Oldenkamp said.
The first race for this free event begins at 11:30 a.m. on the Tippecanoe River at Bluewater Beach Park on Bluewater Drive, Monticello. Refreshments will be available as well.
If you go: WHAT: Rotary Club of Monticello Cardboard Boat Regatta WHEN: 11:30 a.m. Saturday WHERE: Bluewater Beach Park, Bluewater Drive, Monticello