Rickard Shield & Golden Boot Night Navigation Competition

The 2020 Rickard Shield Event will be held on 14th/15th March.

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

Please download the information letter here

Please download a poster flyer for the event here

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 https://forms.gle/ZVzTiZoggsjsbe3X9 .  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 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 hill walking 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.