Upton Shield this year took place in a beautiful nature reserve in Somerset West called Helderberg. 1st Claremont had entered five teams. We had done lots of training beforehand, so all the teams were well prepared. 1st Claremont’s results were very impressive. Out of the 63 teams that had entered the competition, two of our teams came in the top ten and all of our other teams did very well.
On the day of the competition the hiking conditions were very good. The total distance of the hike was about 6 kilometres, with 24 bases along the way. The bases ranged from identifying bird species to Kim’s game. Some of the bases my team did well in were the first-aid base, the aquatic biodiversity base and the bird identification base. Some of the bases we struggled with were the map reading base, the emergencies base and the code we were given at the beginning of the competition. My team included Nina,our patrol leader, Rozanna, Taybah and
myself. I think we worked very well together. I think Upton Shield this year was a good learning experience which everyone thoroughly enjoyed!