Frequently Asked Questions about the Kon-Tiki Raft Competition

 

WHAT IS THE KON-TIKI ADVENTURE?

  • The Cape Western Area's Kon-Tiki Adventure is a raft building competition for Scouts and Guides.  

  • The competitors live on their raft for 24 hours and carry out certain tasks which form part of the overall competition.

  • Because the raft teams rely on the rest of their Troop or Company to support them during the weekend, the organisers have created the Kon-Tiki Fringe, specifically for the raft support teams, to keep them active during the weekend.

WHO MAY ENTER THE COMPETITION?

  • Scouts who have not yet turned 18 on the last day of the competition.

  • Raft team members must have their Swimming Badge.

  • Fringe team members in the kneeboard race must have their Swimming Badge.

  • Teams of 6 per raft.

  • Each raft team may enter a fringe team.

  • Fringe teams may only be entered if the Troop/Company have entered a raft.

  • First timers to Kon-Tiki may enter a fringe team to have a look at the competition.   Second time around you will need to enter a Raft.

CAN WE ENTER THE KON-TIKI FRINGE?

You may only enter the Kon-Tiki fringe if:

  • Your team has entered a raft

  • If this is your first time ever at Kon-Tiki and you want to see what it is about.

  • You may not enter a fringe team if you have been to Kon-Tiki before and you are not entering a raft team.

  • Kon-Tiki is a raft building competition and the fringe activities are only there to keep the raft support crews busy during the course of the weekend.   The fringe is also useful for teams who have never been to the event and want to have a look at what it is all about.

WHY IS THE FRINGE LIMITED TO RAFT SUPPORT CREWS AND KON-TIKI FIRST TIMERS?

  • Cape Western Area's Kon-Tiki competition is a raft building competition.  The fringe is only there to keep the raft support teams busy during the course of the weekend.

  • The organisation of the fringe takes more effort and manpower than the raft event once the rafts are on the water.   There is only sufficient time, while the rafts are on the water, to accommodate a certain number of fringe games.  

  • This is to try and limit the entries to ensure that the fringe activities finish on time, before the rafts arrive back on shore.

MAY NON-SCOUTS/NON-GUIDES ENTER THE COMPETITION OR BE ON ONE OF THE TEAMS?

  • No.  Unfortunately non-Scouts/Guides are not covered by any of the policies which govern the SA Scout and Guide Associations.

MAY WE CAMP AT KON-TIKI IF WE ARE NOT ENTERING THE COMPETITION?

  •  No.   Unfortunately the space at the Kon-Tiki event is limited, particularly with regards to camping and entrants have to be given first choice of getting camping sites.   A week after the closing date, you may phone the Sea Scout Base and if there are still sites available, these will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.   Camping sites are for the raft support crews and fringe entrants.

  • Visitors/non-competitors to Kon-Tiki, who wish to camp, may book camp sites at the Sandvlei Caravan Park which is a 20 minute walk from the event and a five minute drive by car. 

Our Group will never be able to enter Kon-Tiki because it is too expensive to get the equipment together to build a raft.  So what options do we have?

  • Combine with one or two other Groups within your District and enter a District team.   

  • Put out a general email to all and find out whether there are any Troops or Guide companies that want assistance with their raft building.  In return ask whether they can accommodate one of your Scouts on their raft team.

  • Find out from HQ whether there are any discontinued Groups that have Kon-Tiki raft building material available to borrow or for hire.

  • Approach your local companies for building material, poles, rope that they are throwing away or that they no longer use.

 

 

 

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