The annual Scouts Kon-Tiki competition, which takes place at Sea Scouts Base in Sandvlei, is set to begin this Friday. Forty teams of approximately 650 children, which include participants who range between 10 and 18 years, will compete to build the most durable and “liveable” raft. The theme for the 2016 event is ‘Star Wars’. Participants will, therefore, be required to wear attire indicative of the theme and paint their raft in designs that depict the theme.
The competition is an annual premier scouting event, which is based on Thor Heyerdhal’s Kon-Tiki expedition of 1947. The Cape Kon-Tiki adventure, which began at Sandvlei in 1978, connects all members of the scouting fraternity within the Western Cape.
Chairperson of 1st Wetton Troop, Shaheed Joggee, explained that participants painstakingly worked for two months in preparation for the event.
Senior scouters are tested on their ability to build a “sea-worthy” floating raft, which consists of a living quarters and a toilet area. The raft is constructed of drums, polls and ropes – “no mechanical attachments.”
“The event requires pure skill in terms of scouting. Scouts will, therefore, be judged on how the raft can float and how participants are able to live on the raft,” Joggee noted.
The stages of construction are each inspected for safety requirements, after which the rafts will be launched on Saturday at 14:30, in view of an expected 1000 spectators.
The construction will necessitate the use of two teams; the fringe team, which is on land, and the raft team, which will live on the raft for 24 hours once it is launched.
Once the rafts have officially been launched, the teams will be judged in their ability to complete various tasks, including; cooking, rowing, and the delivery of food.
The fringe teams will be judged in volleyball, soccer and various scouting competitions.
“This is a very exciting event, and we welcome the public to come and support all the teams, and braai,” Joggee concluded.
VOC (Thakira Desai)