ABOUT 500 Scouts of Lautoka are braving wet weather conditions and putting outdoor skills to use under tarpaulin tents at Senner Park in the Sugar City.
The youngsters from 23 primary schools around Lautoka are attending their annual Scouts rally that ends tomorrow.
Lautoka Scouts assistant commander Khailash Pillay said the heavy downpour failed to deter the Scouts as they comfortably took cover inside their various makeshift tents.
He said the Scouts had been looking forward to the annual event.
"This Scouts rally is the climax and the biggest for our districts," said Mr Pillay.
"Awards will be given to the best Scouts in various categories of the competition.
"During the heavy rain yesterday, we told the Scouts to pack their bags and prepare to leave the site but they insisted on staying. This shows the comradeship they have developed in camp."
Mr Pillay said the rally helped young boys learn basic survival skills.
"The boys learnt to make use of available resources to cook their food and how to live a life without the comfort of their parents and other basic necessities such as stoves, kerosene and washing machines, among other amenities.
"There are more than 20 awards at stake to be given out to the students on Sunday."