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1st Durbanville Excels at Rayner Hiking Competition

1st Durbanville’s scouts took second place at the annual Rayner Trophy senior scout hiking competition which was held in the Hottentots Holland mountains on 4 and 5 March.

1st Durbanville entered two teams and Team A came second out of a total of 32 teams. The team members were Keagan Coetzee (Patrol Leader), Daniel Wilbraham (Assistant Patrol Leader), Hannah Murphy and Oscar Berteler. Our Team B came eighth. First place was taken by 1st Muizenberg and 2nd Fishhoek came third.

The Rayner Trophy was held in the Hottentots Holland mountains and started at Nuweberg Forest Station. The scouts hiked to Landdroskop Hut where they spent the night. The following day they walked down the Sphinx Trail back to Nuweberg.

Bad weather was an issue, but the scouts were well prepared to counter the rain and were in high spirits throughout the competition.

The Chief Judge of the competition was Sean Wilbraham, an Assistant Troop Scouter at 1st Durbanville. Back in the day when he was a scout, he participated in Rayner competitions where his team won twice.

The competition takes the form of a weekend of hiking from one base to another, with an overnight camp on the trail. It is aimed at senior scouts in the Western Cape. This annual competition has been held every year since 1954 and was named in honour of Carl Rayner, who was one of SA Scouting’s 1908 founder members.

The competition usually starts at about noon on a Saturday and ends late afternoon on the Sunday. The start and end locations are only disclosed on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. The Chief Judge is not disclosed until the start of the competition to make it more interesting.

The scouts hike from base to base where they complete various tasks such as orienting a map, taking charge of various first aid scenes, advanced knotting and pioneering, solving codes and ciphers and other exciting activities that allow the scouts to demonstrate their leadership and problem solving abilities.

They are also required to complete various spare time activities (STAs) such as drawing a panoramic sketch of an area, completing a quiz about scouting or current affairs, carving something out of a bar of sunlight soap, et cetera. The scouts are required to cook dinner and breakfast both of which are judged for points.

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