For the first time in many years and possibly in 107 years we entered two teams into Gordon Shield. It was substantially more demanding and expensive to enter two teams, both in equipment and organisation but we felt the effort was more than worth it. As is the norm, the competition was held at Hawequas with chief judge being the Deputy Regional Commissioner, Charles Prince.The theme was Great Explorers and the competition was rated by experienced scouts as substantially more demanding than prior years. There were 37 teams in contention in this 100th Gordon Shield. After a 4 week training program focusing on teamwork and leadership both our teams arrived safely and were soon in the thick of the competition which followed the usual format.
The competition was very smoothly run and was a busy one from a judging point of view with less time than usual to socialise with other judges but very enjoyable. The weather was by and large some of the best in the last few years with unseasonably warm temperatures. There was some wind in the night and a few spots of rain but nothing to dampen the spirits of the scouts. In terms of final results one of our teams came a superb 3rd overall (the first time in 21 years we have achieved such a
high score) eclipsing our recent best of 4th two years ago.
The gap from 1st to 3rd was 42 points which is a substantial gap. The other team came an excellent 11th, a mere 1 point behind 10th and 2 points from 9th. In fact less than 10 points separated 11th from 6th position. These results far exceeded our expectations and the patrols can justly be very proud of their results.