Quinn Trophy

Scouts In ArmourOn 18 October 2015, the Table Bay Rovers, with staffing assistance from 1st Bothasig Rovers, Kanonkop Rovers and the recently formed 1st Pinelands Rovers, successfully hosted the annual Scout and parent ‘fun competition’, formally known as Quinn Trophy. The theme we had picked this year was ‘Medieval Adventures’ and we had a bunch of awesome activities planned for the 16 teams that were entered – thats almost 300 kids and their parents hosted at the Sandvlei Sea Scout Base.

We had a large number of fun activities planned for the kids and folks, loosely organized into 3 categories – Spare-time-activities (STAs), mini-challenges and tournaments as well as a cross-country race. The STAs formed the bulk of our themed activities. These are activities that the teams have to complete on their own time, between events, and are a great way for the parents and children to interact. Examples include building full suits of armour and foam swords to use in combat, solving complex codes and creating truly intricate mini-castles out of Marie Biscuits. The mini-challenges 11are small activities that individual Scouts could take part in in a non-competitive way – such as ‘how long can you juggle’ and ‘how much water can you transfer with a sheet of paper.’ These served as the filler between the main events. The main tournaments consisted of the traditional Quinn Trophy tug-o-war matches and volleyball games as well as new additions slip-and-slid wrestling, parent piggy-back jousting (using historically correct rules) and tug-o-war for parents only.

All in all it was a fun event for the Scouts and the hyper-competitive parents. The Rovers who staffed were worked hard, but all agreed the day was worth it for the smiles we put on the kids faces. Well done to 3rd Pinelands Scout Troop who took home both the Quinn Trophy and Cape Times Cross Country Shield at the end of the day.

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