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October 27, 2011

Lightweight rafts - Kon Tiki Chairman's Challenge 2011

The annual Kon Tiki Chairman's Challenge was held all across Gauteng province recently. The top ten teams from Kon Tiki in March were challenged to participate. Rather than the normal race down the Vaal river, the challenge this year consisted of building a raft and completing a mobility challenge at four different lakes across the province, starting in the East at Arrowe Park, then on to the old quarry at Eastleigh Sea Scouts, then Emmarentia Dam and ending at in the West at Gilwell in Florida.

The rafts were all lightweight and designed to be quick to assemble, because this would have to be done four times. Points were also given for  advertising Scouting on the vehicles used to transport the rafts between the four lakes. Two groups, 1st Kengray BK and 1st Kempton Park,  built rafts with light plumbing pipe outriggers, pictured above. Most other troops built very light 6 barrel rafts as shown above left. The competition was won by First River Trail Scouts.

More photographs are available on the Kon Tiki Facebook page.

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