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Raft building

Traditional rafting is an activity which involves the construction of a floating device using poles, barrels and ropes. The raft can then be floated on the water with a group aboard moving themselves using paddles or oars.

This activity promotes team work and cooperation as well as testing out the group's knowledge of knots and their concepts of building items from scratch.

Who is it suitable for?
All sections

Badge Links
All sections Time on the Water Staged Activity Badge
Cubs Our Adventure Challenge Award, Water Activities Activity Badge
Scouts Adventure Challenge Award

How to run/provide raft building

There are 3 ways of running Raft building in Scouting. These are:

  1. Scout-led activity - running raft building yourself or using someone else in Scouting

  2. Externally-led activity - running raft building using an external provider

  3. Activity for adult groups - running raft building for a group entirely of adults

Useful links

The National Governing Body for raft building is:

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