The last weekend of March marked the 39th annual Kon-Tiki event which took place at the Sea Scout Base in Zandvlei. This is the biggest scouting competition in the Western Cape and this year saw just under 1 000 young people taking part. The aim of the competition is for each raft crew (made up of six scouts or girl guides) to build a raft using pioneering method such as rope, wood, barrels only, no nails, and so on that the team will be able to stay on for over 24 hours. Every year sees a new theme and this year’s theme was: Local is Lekker.
While on the raft, the crew are given tasks to do, among them cooking a meal for the judges and making 3D models of the landscape. Each task in the event is strictly evaluated by the judges. There are also fringe teams who compete in land competitions, such as tug-of-war, knee boarding races and volleyball, among others.