KwaZulu-Natal Scouting News

Pioneering met the water this past weekend for the KZN Scouts

26 February 2012

This year's 19th running of the Midmar Scout Raft Race attracted a record entry of over 50 scout-constructed rafts from 16 scout groups around KwaZulu Natal who competed against each other in various catagories. Close on 800 scouts, cubs and parents packed into the Orient Park campsite at Midmar Dam to take part in this year's event, which has been hailed by the organisers, 1st New Germany Scout Group, as one of the best yet. "The support and enthusaism from the scouts and cubs was outstanding, which was clearly reflected in one of the highest numbers of enteries into this scout raft race in many years", said event organiser, Kevin McQueen.

"We take part in the raft race because it shows our scouts the benefits of core skills we teach throughout the year, including knots, lashings and the importance of developing an understanding about team work at a young age" commented 1st Hillcrest Troop Scouter, Denzil Barnard

The raft race is an annual event which is normally held in the last weekend of February.

"It would be fantastic to have troops from out of province compete in this raft race. It's a great fun filled event that really embraces the true spirit of scouting, and then of course there is the legendary KZN scouting hospitality that would make any visiting Group to our province one that they'll always remember", commented Garth Klopenborg, the Provincial Commsioner KZN.

On Saturday evening a massive campfire was held which was well supported by all the groups who camped over most taking part in skits and leading campfire songs.

BP Sunday was held on the banks of Midmar dam against the magnificent back drop of the surounding hills of the KwaZulu Natal Midlands. What a sight with well over 300 scouts and cubs all in uniform. After the Boys Own a presentation ceremony was held to hand over a number of scouting awards which included leaping wolf and Springbok badge certificates.

A fantastic weekend of fun, adventure and fellowship in the true spirit of scouting.

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