Rickard Shield & Golden Boot Night Navigation Competition

We are very sad to say that 2018 RICKARD SHIELD IS CANCELLED.

This is a decision that we have not taken lightly; we have been tracking the weather hour on hour for the last week but, as things stand, the Met Office forecast is an 80% chance of heavy snow during the early hours of Sunday morning with continuous snow fall through Saturday evening, and Sunday morning. The temperature is forecast to stay below freezing throughout which, with windchill, will feel like -9. This has been reinforced with a bespoke forecast from the Met office for our event.We know you would have been ok whilst walking and camping but we need to be sure that you could get there and back and that we could get to you in an emergency.

I know you will all be disappointed (especially those that signed up late following the cancellation of the WSJ camp!) but all of my team agreed that, in the circumstance, it was the right thing to do. This is the first Rickard we have had to cancel in 15 years and my team are heartbroken but we will be back next year!

Thank you to all of you for signing up this year. Thanks also to everyone from my team who have put in so much effort over the last 6 months planning and preparing. The compensation is that you’ll be safe this weekend.

Very best wishes to you all.
Gary & The Rickard Shield Team




Applications are now open for this year’s Rickard Shield & Golden Boot night navigation competition!  RS 2018

Please encourage your Explorer Scout unit, Network unit or Senior Section Guide unit to enter as many teams as possible.

This year bookings must be made online using this form.  Bookings need to be accompanied by payment (electronic transfer) to Avon Scouts (see booking form for details).

We look forward to receiving your applications and seeing you in March!

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Mark Richard – 1963 – 2003 What is the Rickard Shield?

The Rickard Shield is an annual competition created as a memorial to Mark Rickard.

Mark was a life long scout from Backwell, who died from a brain tumour at the age of 40 in May 2003. Mark started his scouting with the 1st Backwell and loved hill walking nd climbing. He became a popular member of the Yeolands Venture Scout Unit in Wraxall.

Mark loved working with the ‘Ten Tors’ age group (Explorer age) and it seems a fitting tribute to him to have a competition in his name for those young people in Avon. He also loved the Mendip Hills so this was the natural venue for our very first competition back in 2004. The key elements of a true scout, Mark was trustworthy, loyal, friendly, considerate and had a great sense of humour. More than anything else he was a great friend to his fellow scouts and to his work colleagues, many of whom work on the Rickard Shield Competition to keep his memory alive and to inspire a new generation of scouts.