Month: December 2018


Social Program of the Month
23rd Annual Boxfort Competition

School: Truman State University Region: MACURH
Person in charge: Logan O Nominator: Sammy Garrett

Target Population: 25 Time Needed to Organize: 3 months
Number of People in Attendance: 31 Date(s) of Program: Tuesday, December 11th
Number of People Needed to Organize: 10 Cost of Program: $115
On-Campus Population: 2600 Chapter Size: 26

Origin of Program:

At Truman State University, the 23rd Annual Boxfort Competition has become a favorite program of the fall semester. The program was created to promote wellness and provide a safe alternative to regular activities of the evening. The event is held on Reading Day Eve, which is a night many student attend parties off campus and consume alcohol. As Truman is a dry campus, the Residence Hall Association (RHA) wanted to provide a safe and fun alternative for students to enjoy. Additionally, the program takes place during finals week, so this event serves as a place to destress and take a break from studying. Students are able to take a break and reminisce about their childhood days of carelessly building forts out of cardboard. The Boxfort Competition provides a safe space for students to have fun, build community, and enjoy creating something with close friends.

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Please give a short description of the program:

Prior to the event, flyers were displayed across campus advertising the event and displaying a QR Code in order to sign up for the event. This allowed students to create a team of 2-8 members and strategize before arriving to the event venue. Leading up to the night of the event, RHA executive board members collected countless cardboard boxes to be used during the event. The Competition was set to take place on Tuesday, December 11th at 6:00 pm. Teams began arriving around this time and tensions were high. All in all, there were 5 teams ready to compete with members numbers ranging from 3 to 6. Prior to the start of the competition, the rules were read aloud and any questions were answered. All of the boxes were gathered in the middle of the floor of the gymnasium, and teams were told to stand at their designated build location. Students were told they could grab one box at a time and take it back to their team. At approximately 6:30 pm, the whistle was sounded and teams ran furiously to and from and the center to grab as many boxes as possible. Building was soon taking place. Each team was given a total of one hour to build their fort consisting of walls, a roof, a door, and at least one window. They were also given one roll of duct tape and one pair of scissors. The teams were notified when there was 30, 15, and 5 minutes remaining. Music was played throughout the event and RHA executive board members walked throughout the room to encourage the teams. At the end of one hour, teams were told to drop any building supplies. Judges walked around and gave each fort a score of 1-10 in several categories from structural stability to coziness. Some of the judges even tested out the forts by laying down inside. The results of the cardboard forts were impressive to say the least- one even included a fireplace with a stocking hanging for each member. After the judges had totalled their responses, the winners were announced. A monetary prize was given to the winning team and to the most represented Hall Council. The winning team was also given a handcrafted cardboard trophy to commemorate the event. Following the event, many students helped executive board members tear down the forts recycle the boxes.

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Goals of the program:

The 23rd Annual Boxfort Competition is something RHA holds each year with a few goals in mind. The timing of the event is one of the major factors that is taken into account. This event is held each year on Reading Day Eve, which is the day before Wednesday of finals week when there are no classes or exams. Since there are no exams, students often utilize Tuesday evening to celebrate and go out to parties. The Boxfort Competition provides a safe space for student to have fun without potentially endangering themselves or someone else.

Being during Finals week, another goal of the program is to provide a space for student to take a break from the stressful week and relax with their friends. Most students can remember a time when they were a child and did not have finals to worry about. Many can also remember a time of creating forts in the living room or backyard. This commonality among students and fun environment allowed students to get to know one another while engaging in a fun and safe activity.

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Positive and lasting effects of the program:

The 23rd Annual Boxfort Competition provided several lasting effects at Truman State University. One of which is building community and making connections. Many of the teams at the event were able to form close bonds with one another and create relationships to build on. Many residents who had not met prior to the event were able to engage with one another in a safe and fun environment. As this event is held on Reading Day Eve, the event also showed residents how easy it can be to have fun without going to parties. Residents in attendance may consider this in the future and help create a positive chain reaction of outreach to other students. Being held each December, it also provides an opportunity for residents to come back and compete the next year. Finally, being one of the only programs to occur during Finals Week, the Boxfort Competition allowed residents to engage with one another and destress. This alternative program during finals week created a safe space for residents to further engage with the on campus community.

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Short evaluation of the program:

Overall, the 23rd Annual Boxfort Competition was very successful! As this is an annual event, there is a very solid template to follow based on prior years examples. The largest undertaking of the event was collecting boxes, which was done since last December. This made the process almost painless. Residents in attendance had very positive feedback and even mentioned coming back next year! Traditionally, the event is held in the Kirk Memorial Building. This did make transportation of the boxes rather difficult as they had to be carried up an elevator using large bins. Additionally, the location was not central to all of campus nor was it in a residence hall, which would have made preparation easier. Other than this complication, the running of the event went very smoothly and residents were able to thoroughly enjoy it. The planners of the event were also able to relax during the event and act as resources to answer questions from any of the competitors.

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How could this program be adapted to other campuses?

The 23rd Annual Boxfort Competition could easily be adapted to other campuses. With adaptations and creativity, any team of student leaders could host this event annually or even just once for fun. The most important steps to take in preparing for this event are securing a space large enough and gathering boxes. Since it is an annual event at Truman, we have a space secured each year. However, looking far enough in advance, any campus could find a space to host this program. It is important to plan ahead and reserve the space you need. As far as box collection, we have a very simple recycling system at Truman in which we can collect boxes throughout the year. We also work with our food services provider, Sodexo, to gather boxes they do not need from the dining halls. With communication and planning, any campus could utilize a similar system to collect boxes. For the planning and execution of the event, it is important to delegate tasks and get teams to sign up. This may be in the form of advertisements of by word of mouth. Overall, adapting this program should be very doable!

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Date of entry into database: 2019-01-05 02:07:42

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