Kontiki this year was held at Arrowe Park in Benoni from 12 - 14 May. We hadn't been before. It is a raft building competition organised by the Scouts and we were invited by the 2nd Randburg Rangers to be part of their supporters camp. The overall theme was "Lego" and our team's theme was ..............
It traditionally rains at Kontiki but we were prepared. We had raincoats. However, there is rain and rain. We barely were able to get the tents up but there was no dry place to sit.
Only three Waverley Guides attended but there was good support from the Hillcrest District's two Guide Companies.
It rained and rained and rained.
Finally, on Saturday morning, when all the land competitions had been cancelled, we asked the Guides to vote whether to abandon camp or stay. Fairly overwhelming vote for abandon camp so we did.
Not all teams were so faint-hearted, however and some teams did finish a raft and launch it.
Last time our Region had a swimming gala for Thinking Day, only one Guide attended so I was thrilled when four Guides arrived on Saturday. That's 50% of the Company! (Still not as good as the Brownie attendance however)
The theme was Disney around the World.
It was an overcast day and quite cool so three of the girls chose not to swim and one wasn't feeling well so I didn't insist. That left us with one who had a wonderful time in the water.
Later the whole gala moved to land starting with a magic carpet ride where one guide was carried by the otheres.
Then, from China, carrying buckets of water without spilling.
Next was trying to carry a stone or coin with your toes and depositing it in a container.
Finally, From the Lion King (Africa) Pumba and Timone had to catch bugs for lunch, which turned out to be jelly worms tied on a string which one ate without hands.
Overall I think the girls enjoyed themselves and contributed to what Thinking Day is all about.