Rickard Shield & Golden Boot Night Navigation Competition

The 2022 Rickard Shield Event will be held on 19th March.

Avon Scouts Rickard Shield is back! This year to best manage the Covid risk we will be running a ‘lite’ version of this fantastic event
and applications are now open…

What is remaining the same?

  • Night Navigation Exercise, less than 12 miles from the centre of Bristol
  • Explorer Scouts & Senior Section Guides (13 1/2 – 18 years)
  • ‘Golden Boot’ competition for Scout Network & Ranger Guides (18 – 25)
  • Teams of 4-6 people
  • No preparation required!
  • At least 2 members must be competent with map and compass
  • Refreshments will be provided at the end

What is changing for RS Lite?

  • 1700 hrs til midnight with no camping over
  • Presentation of trophies and certificates will be virtual and where suitable at group level
    Team applications
  • Online applications are now open and accessible here: Application Form Link
  • Cost per team is £15
  • Applications need to be submitted by 5th March latest

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Mark Rickard – 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 hillwalking and 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.