Scouts troops up the creek

April 05, 2017

Row: The Baulkamaugh team take the lead, with Cobram not far behind on the blue raft.

Floating along: The Cobram team on thier unique tyre tube design.

Construction: The Cobram team building thier raft.

Four Scout troops from around the district recently gathered to battle it out for the annual Duckweed Derby raft race on the Broken Creek in Numurkah.

On Sunday, March 19, troops from Baulkamaugh, Cobram, Kialla, North Shepparton and Mooroopna put their raft-building skills and paddling prowess to the test to see who could build and race the best raft using only a set amount of equipment, including plastic barrels, timber poles and rope.

The Scouts had to tie their timber raft frames together using traditional square lashings and secure the plastic barrels to the frame.

Heats were held to see which teams would race in the final, which saw North Shepparton, Mooroopna, Kialla and Cobram line up for a shot at the trophy.

The gruelling 100m circuit did not look like much of a challenge from a spectator’s viewpoint, but imagine trying to propel and race a large brick-like object through the water and you will have an idea of the effort required from these young kids.

It was a close affair, but in the end it was the team from Kialla which took line honours after powering away in the last few metres to snatch victory from North Shepparton.

Two members of the Kialla team, naming themselves The Narwals, achieved a back-to-back victory after being part of last year’s winning team, which consisted of Scouts from three separate troops.

—Damien Hipwell

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