Griffendens patrol from 1st Bowdens has won the decades-old Fraser Shield for 2017. It was another very closely-fought competition against troops from across the Harborough District, camping at Overstone Scout Campsite near Northampton over the weekend.
Now in its 105th year, the Shield is awarded annually to the team of scouts who stacks up the most points for their camping skills, including pitching and striking tents, cooking all meals, keeping their site clean, tidy and hygienic and most important team work.
The weather was fine and dry throughout the camp making perfect conditions for the teams to show off their skills.
The presentation of the impressive Fraser Shield to Griffenden was made by Mr Richard Brooks, as President of Harborough District Scouts. The winning team also received The Turner Treasure, a new prize box full of outdoor gadgets and equipment for the scouts to use over the year ahead. Mark Turner, a former District Chairman, was a keen supporter of the Fraser Shield.
Clodagh Jackson, patrol leader of the Harry Potter Gryffindor inspired Bowden patrol said “Griffenden’s winning means the world to me and my team. A big part of our success, I think, was how well we all came together and used our different strengths to make a super team. I watched and supported the younger scouts develop their scouting skills, and I am unbelievably proud of them. Winning the Fraser Shield and receiving the Patrol Treasure box in memory of Mark Turner was an honour and the pinnacle of my time as a scout.”
During the weekend, the 10 teams also competed in wide game for Adam’s Challenge. Cracking codes to follow a series of clues led the teams to collect all the items to make a cup of tea for the judges. It was the A Team from 3rd Market Harborough Scouts who received the Adam’s Challenge Shield for the highest team score.
In presenting the Shield, Dave Mugridge explained that the challenge is in memory of his son Adam, a Foxton scout who was killed in a cycling accident just before he was set to lead his Patrol at Fraser Shield in 2006.
Debbie Billington, lead scout volunteer for Harborough District explained, “Although the Fraser Shield Camping Competition is the longest running scout patrol camping competition in the world, it is just as relevant today in teaching vital life skills including responsibility and team work as it was 105 years ago. It’s all part of our scouting adventure.”
Position Score Patrol
1st 1028 1st Bowdens Griffenden
2nd 1024 1st Bowdens McBowdens
3rd 1003 3rd Market Harborough The A Team
4th 986 1st Bowdens The Beefeaters
5th 965 1st Foxton Wolves
6th 935 1st Market Harborough Mudsliders
7th 932 1st Foxton Cobra
8th 914 1st Great Glen Eagles
9th 738 1st Fleckney The Groundhogs
10th 669 1st Fleckney Bulls
Adam’s Challenge Scores:
Position Score Patrol
1st 95 3rd Market Harborough The A Team (11)
2nd 65 1st Bowdens The Beefeaters (1)
3rd 60 1st Bowdens McBowdens (12)
4th 55 1st Foxton (4)
5th 45 1st Great Glen Eagles (10)
6th 35 1st Market Harborough (9)
7th= 25 1st Fleckney (2)
7th= 25 1st Foxton (8)
7th= 25 1st Bowdens Griffenden (3)
10th 15 1st Fleckney (7)