A morning of aquatic action is promised on Saturday 29th June in Birmingham Scout County in Sutton Park. Sutton Coldfield Scouts will be racing across Powells Pool on purpose-built rafts as part of the annual Sutton Coldfield Scout Raft Race. "Scouts love getting wet!" explained Adam Hodson, Assistant District Commissioner for Scouts in Sutton Coldfield East.
"This is a great team-building activity. They will have an amazing morning with friends on the water". The Scouts will build their own raft and then battle it out on the water to see who will be the fastest, tackling different challenges during the morning. The annual Sutton Coldfield Scout Raft Race is popular as it brings together Scouters and the community with spectators watching as the morning unfolds.
Prior to the Raft Race itself is a timed construction stage for each team who must demonstrate making the rafts out of barrels, poles and rope using traditional Scouting skills. "There can be no pre-construction", explained Adam Hodson "with sawn carpentry joints. No rubber bands, screws or nails will be accepted as part of the construction. The true spirit of the competition is teamwork and survival skills in the style of our Chief Scout, TV adventurer and survivalist Bear Grylls".
Each team consists of 4 - 6 Scouts who must build a raft and race it across the water. The event will be supervised by a safety team of powered rescue boats and kayaks. "Any Scout will be removed from the water if showing signs of fatigue, cold or if the safety team deem that their craft is no longer viable" said Adam Hodson, Assistant District Commissioner.
On Saturday 29th June the aquatic action begins again on Powells Pool for the 2019 annual Sutton Coldfield Scout Raft Race.
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