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Y in Central Maryland campers beat the heat during annual cardboard boat regatta

In Pasadena Thursday, a group of Y of Central Maryland campers participated in the organization’s annual Cardboard Boat Regatta, where they did their best to beat their competition and the heat. (WBFF)

PASADENA, Md. (WBFF) -- As temperatures continue to climb, keeping kids safe at summer camp is becoming more crucial. In Pasadena Thursday, a group of Y of Central Maryland campers participated in the organization’s annual Cardboard Boat Regatta, where they did their best to beat their competition and the heat.

On Thursday, under the late morning sun, more than 100 Y of Central Maryland campers participated in the 8th annual Cardboard Boat Regatta. Each team was given five sheets of cardboard, one box cutter, two rolls of duct tape, two pool noodles and one pair of scissors to create their boats.

Shortly after 1:30pm, campers’ designs were put to the test as they raced on a nearby lake. It was an opportunity for them to show their skills and take a refreshing and much needed dip.

Boat Regatta awards include: Fastest boat; Most creative boat; Teamwork; and the Titanic award, given to the person who makes the fastest-sinking boat.

Creating a boat out of cardboard in one-and-a-half hours is no easy task.

“I think it’s more of a design, like it’s kinda slimmer, so it will go faster,” said Robert, a camper.

Factor in scorching temperatures and the situation gets even stickier.

“They tell us to drink plenty of water, have a couple water bottles,” said fellow camper Camryn Brown.

“The shade's nice so we're not sweating on the boats,” Robert added.

The group there came prepared with plenty of ice and water to hydrate.

“We have lots of ice and ice water,” said Lana Smith, vice president of youth and family experience for the organization.

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