Five 1st Durbanville Scouts recently participated in the Cederberg Senior Scout Adventure which took place from 15 to 23 December 2022. They completed the Southern Peaks clockwise route, which earned them the “Xtreme Award” badge as it is the most challenging of the three itineraries even though Sneeuberg peak (the highest peak in the Cederberg) was removed from the itinerary due to a recent fire. The other two routes were the Central and Northern routes.
The 1st Durbanville patrol consisted of five scouts from 1st Durbanville, two scouts from the Cape Town 9th/16th troop and two scouts from the 1st Midrand troop in Gauteng. Dylan Cloete was the Patrol Ranger and is also the Troop Scouter of the Durbanville Kraaifontein Sea Scout troop. The scouts in the patrol were Hannah Murphy (Patrol Leader – 1st Durbanville), Matthew Stead (Assistant Patrol Leader – 1st Durbanville), Zoey le Roux (1st Durbanville), Daniel Wilbraham (1st Durbanville), Keagan Coetzee (1st Durbanville), Lena Wiroth (9th/16th Cape Town), Menrad Holm (9th/16th Cape Town), Fulufhelo Mulaudzi (1st Midrand) and Dean Roberts (1st Midrand).
The Senior Scout Adventure programme features the best aspects of advanced Scouting to provide participants with a real challenge and a whole lot of fun. Scouts from all over South Africa hiked from base to base where they participated in various activities such as water skiing, tubing, sailing, canoeing, board sailing, abseiling, rock climbing, paintball, underwater diving, mountaineering, 4×4 adventures, geocaching, pizza making, commando courses and Dutch oven cooking, to name but a few!
The scouts slept under the stars at night and hiked by day often under harsh conditions and once or twice they experienced heavy downpours of rain which soaked their hiking gear, Wilbraham added.
The busses transporting the scouts to the adventure headquarters in Keurbos, departed from Cape Town at 7am on 15 December and the excitement was tangible. Once the scouts arrived at the main camp, there was an opening ceremony after which they received their rations for the next few days and set off on the hike.
For the next nine days the scouts experienced many magical and sometimes severely challenging moments as they followed the Southern Peaks route through the Cederberg mountains. One of the highlights was reaching the Wolfberg Arch where the scouts took in the amazing view. After a cold night in a nearby cave, they hiked up to Wolfberg peak where, once again, the views were sublime.
Another highlight was hiking up to the Tafelberg trig beacons and crossing a small ravine using ropes to pull themselves across followed by an abseil down a rock face. All too soon they found themselves back at camp headquarters where they held a farewell feast. For many it was the first “real” food in nine days. The next morning everyone was assigned duties to help with the breaking up of the camp headquarters and before long the closing parade was held and goodbyes were said before everyone departed for home.