Clarke writes – “‘Kon-Tiki’ a huge scouting event in South Africa inspired by Thor Heyerdhal’s 1947 adventure aboard a reed raft demonstrating that ancient people could have sailed from South America to Polynesia. Troops build rafts that must stay afloat for 24 hours using their pioneering skills (ropes, poles and oil drums; no nails or screws) and take part in various competitions. The rafts must have waterproof accommodations for six, a cooking area for the preparation of at least one three course meal and proper toilet facilities. Teams are judged on a variety of standards and skill tests throughout the weekend. There are fringe events for raft support teams. This looks like great fun. The site featues building plans and pictures of some impressive rafts. – Link.
The Kon-Tiki adventure