The Kon-Tiki Raft Competition
Each year, hundreds of Scouts
and Girl Guides converge on Sandvlei to take part in the annual Kon-Tiki
Adventure. The competition is organised by the Cape Western Area Sea
Scouts, under the auspices of the South African Scout
Association. Accompanying the teams are hundreds of
members who come along to enjoy the great atmosphere of the event and to
also assist the teams in the raft building.
The competition starts on Friday
afternoon at 1500. This is when the raft construction starts. Raft teams have to build a raft which is
capable of staying afloat for a minimum of 24 hours. The raft
has to provide covered, waterproof accommodation for a team of six
Scouts/Guides, as well as toilet facilities. The accommodation
has to have a demarcated cooking area. There are various
guidelines for the raft crew in the Team Information Booklet which can be
downloaded from the "Downloads" page.
The construction demands a high
quality of pioneering, because no nails or screws may be used on the
raft. The teams are limited to using pioneering spars and
The theme for Kon-Tiki changes each
year. The theme could be related to a particular country, an
event (such as the Olympic Games), a TV series (such as Survivor), a
particular event in the country, such as the African Renaissance theme of
2000. Details for the theme will always be released in the
Team Information Booklet, which is available from the Sea Scout Base or it
can be downloaded from this site.
The design of the raft is always
related to the annual theme of the competition. Teams use their
imagination and come up with the most
amazing ideas, such as an aircraft fuselage or a cowboy chuck wagon.
Teams who take the time to make sure their raft blends in with the theme are
rewarded by the 'theme' judging which takes place after the rafts have
This is a sample of a design for a large
raft Base and Drums which a team used in 2005 - click on the thumbnail to
download a copy.
Spare Time Activities
Spare Time Activities form an integral
part of the raft competition. Teams have to carry out various
skill testing activities on board. These are normally in
the form of testing pioneering and creative skills and the results are
judged on the Sunday morning. This aspect of the competition
counts towards the overall points for the raft competition and also earns a separate
floating trophy for the winning team.
Teams aboard the rafts have to make a
meal consisting of at least three courses. This is
normally a Saturday evening meal and a serving has to be presented for meal
judging. This aspect of the competition also earns a
unique floating trophy as well as the points counting towards the overall