In a triumphant return to adventure, a group of intrepid Scouts has rekindled the spirit of exploration as they set sail on a floating raft in the scenic bay of Xemxija.
After a gruelling nine-hour construction marathon, these 15- to 18-year-olds from the Mosta Scout Group have resurrected their annual maritime tradition, signalling a joyful end to a COVID-19 induced hiatus that had lasted since 2019.
With a spirit of camaraderie and an unquenchable thirst for adventure, these young scouts embarked on a remarkable journey. Their nautical escapade, once a cherished ritual, had been suspended due to the pandemic’s disruptive force and unfavourable weather conditions the previous year. However, the Scouts demonstrated their unwavering dedication by tackling the challenge head-on.
Armed with ropes, wood, tanks, and marine plywood, the Scouts embarked on the arduous process of assembling their floating haven. The culmination of their efforts saw the raft set sail around 4pm.
With the guidance of their Scout leader, Sean Bartolo, the group not only constructed a raft but also embarked on a journey of resilience and camaraderie. Bartolo proudly shared that the Scouts enjoyed a serene slumber on their buoyant abode as it gently rocked on the tranquil bay.
The floating camp is no stranger to adversity and evolution. Starting as a single raft in 2014, the concept gradually evolved into a double raft in 2015, only to face the challenges posed by tempestuous weather. Yet, this year, the determined Scouts have triumphed over setbacks and unforeseen circumstances, ushering in a new era of maritime exploration for the Mosta Scout Group.
Throughout the year, these scouts hone their skills, mastering knots and lashes that prove invaluable during their four-day escapade. The Mosta Scout Group, known for their affinity for the extraordinary, has previously embarked on peculiar undertakings like an abseiling marathon off Malta’s tallest bridge in 2013. And who could forget their annual superhero-themed abseil down the walls of Mater Dei in December?