First Craighall Park Scouts Group celebrates 70 years

Martin Louw, Andrew Rimmer and Samuel Rimmer get their potjie ready for the judges.


The First Craighall Park Scout Group celebrated their 70th anniversary with a potjie cook-off on 9 September at their Scout hall.

The cook-off is one of the several events that the Scouts are planning on hosting to celebrate the anniversary. All funds raised from the cook-off will go towards a new fence at the Scout hall.

Angela Clark, one of the parents who participated in the cook-off, told the Rosebank Killarney Gazette that they were hoping to extend the fence at the hall so that the children will have more room for activities.

Kelly Button, Angela Clark, Anthony Davies, Jade Button, Debbie Davies and Olivia Button celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Craighall Scouts with a potjie cook-off.

Clark added that currently most of the free space was taken up by parking and the new fence would cost about R70 000. She highlighted the importance of the Scouts as it provided children with an opportunity to learn to be self-reliant.

The entry for the potjie cook-off R500 and was open to everyone, regardless of the size of their team.

Kevin Rens of the Scout group said all contestants were required to bring their own equipment and do all preparations on site. Teams had four-and-a-half hours to cook their potjie after which each team’s food was judged by the panel of judges.

The Scouts of the First Craighall Park Scout Group celebrate their 70th anniversary with a cook-off.

Clark joked that the judges were keen to accept bribes in the form of cash donations to the Scouts.

“The French Team emerged victorious in the cook-off with a chocolate cake for dessert that wooed the judges,” said Clark. “The team won accommodation for eight people for a week in Wakkerstroom in Mpumalanga.”

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Laura Pisanello

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