Latest Newsletter (Issue 22)



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Rayner 2011

Sputnik - 06 March 2011

Every year, the Rayner hiking competition is held for teams of 4 Scouts aged 14.5 to 17 in the Western Cape. It is arguably one of the most challenging Scout hiking competitions world wide, started in 1954, involving a weekend hike from base to base.  Bases involve activities such as applying first aid, building pioneering projects with ropes and staves, purifying water, cooking and observation. The location of the hike is only revealed on the day of the competition.

This year, the 1st Pinelands team came 3rd in the competition, which took place from the bottom of Chapman's Peak, along Noordhoek beach and to Simon's Town.  This is a major achievement, considering that this is the first time since 2007 that 1st Pinelands has entered a full team.  The team consisted of mainly younger Scouts and first-timers competing against teams of 17-year-olds who have competed 4 times already.  We is very proud of our team, and are hoping to round up our record of winning the trophy 19 times since 1954 to 20 times next year!