IT'S not every day you get to call yourself a Riverina raft champion.
However, that's exactly what happened to a group of Leeton Scouts recently.
Leeton Scouts returned from Wagga recently as the Scouts Riverina Raft Race champions.
Testing their creativity and construction skills, the Leeton Scouts competed against Scouts from Wagga, Gundagai, Junee, West Wyalong, Young and Hay, in races both on and off the water.
On day one, the Scouts constructed rafts of their own design using only timber spars, ropes and tubes.
The eight rafts constructed were of very different design and of varying shapes and sizes.
While one raft suffered a tube puncture along the way, all were of sturdy enough construction to make it to the finish line five kilometres down the Murrumbidgee River.
The Leeton Scouts were strategically sitting in second place for the majority of the race, before out sprinting the leading raft to the finish to take line honours.
However, it wasn't all serious rafting, with the Scouts enjoying water fights and on-river antics along the way.
Day two of the competition included a number of land construction and race challenges, including a walking A-frame and chariot race.
When the points were tallied across the range of activities, Leeton emerged overall victors for the weekend.
Scouts provides boys and girls aged five to 25 in Leeton with fun and challenging opportunities to grow through adventure.
With around 70,000 members, Scouts Australia is one of the largest youth development organisations in Australia.
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