Build-A-Box Shelter Design Guidelines

If you had to sleep out under the stars, not on a fun camping trip, but just to get through another night, what would your shelter look like?
Design and build a shelter that exhibits the following criteria:

• Educational theme “Homeless Awareness”
• Creativity
• Comfort & Livability

Keep in mind that in addition to promoting awareness of homelessness, your shelter should be as comfortable as possible for you to spend the night in. Bring a tarp to put under or over your shelter in case of rain.


Box Shelter Rules

SIZE: To ensure there’s enough room on the field for all campers, shelters must be kept to 150 sq. ft. or less. Shelters must be constructed only with the acceptable materials listed below. Unacceptable materials are also listed below and shelters constructed of unacceptable materials will not be allowed in the stadium.

Cardboard, paper, tape, string or rope, crayons, chalk, water-based markers. Battery-powered lighting & sleeping bags are permitted. (Cardboard will be available at the stadium if you prefer to build your shelter after you arrive.)

Box cutters, 
Wood, paint, permanent markers, small or large staples/staple guns, glue, Styrofoam, buckets. Camping stoves and lanterns are not permitted. 


ENTRY FORM: All Box Shelter Entry Forms must be received by 7 p.m. on April 29, in order to be eligible for the contest. You will receive a number to attach to your shelter. Bring the finished design to the stadium. Judging will take place starting at 8 p.m., with the winners announced around 10 p.m. 


It is recommended that your shelter at least be designed prior to the event. On the day of event you can bring your shelter to the stadium in parts to be assembled on site or you can use cardboard that is provided on site to build your design. You will need to bring all your own approved assembly materials. 

Assembly hours are 3-7 pm. A team of volunteers will greet you upon arrival to assist you with unloading your materials onto golf carts to load into the stadium.


Judging will take place after 7pm by a group of pre-selected community volunteers.  Awards will be presented in the following categories:
Best in Show – This award will go to the one shelter design that best represents all the criteria of education/theme, creativity, comfort & livability
Best Overall Design – These awards (1st, 2nd & 3rd) will go to the shelter designs that best represent two or more of the criteria.
Best Education/Theme – These awards (1st, 2nd & 3rd) will go the shelter designs that best promote homelessness awareness and issues, available resources, and a call to action.