Scout Troops navigate Intaka Island
The annual district orienteering competition for Scout troops in surrounding suburbs was held by the 1st Bothasig Rovers on Intaka Island earlier this month.
In all, 13 teams participated with the event taking place in the dark to add an extra challenge.
Damon Hope, an Intaka Ranger and a member of the 1st Bothasig Rovers, said the scout groups each had to find a number of control points, hidden around the Intaka reserve.
“To do so they had to use their map work skills to plot compass bearings and real life distances onto a map of the area and then find these points in real life. Add to that the extra pressure of racing against each other and the clock and we were all set for a fun night!”
Damon said they were lucky to see a Grysbok, Lesser Flamingo’s, Red-faced Mouse birds, White-breasted Cormorants, and many other birds while placing the markers earlier in the day.
“And the Scouts certainly all enjoyed similar encounters while on their way around the beautiful island later in the evening.”
Damon said at the end of the night, the top five teams were the Bothasig Hawks in first place, followed by the Table View Leopards in second place while the Bothasig Puffadders were placed third. The Monte Vista Lions and Cobras took fourth and fifth.
He thanked Intaka Island and its staff who provided the venue and made the event possible as well as the Rovers and adult volunteers “who kept things fun and safe”.
“Finally, big thanks to all the kids to made the event one to remember.”