HV Marsh Award

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The HV Marsh Award for Scout Journalism is a National Award for the best Group magazine. Annual submissions must reach the SA Headquarters by no later than the 30 October.


How to enter[edit]


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The history of the HV Marsh Award[edit]

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HV Marsh was a well-to-do Building Merchant in Pietermaritzburg and was a much respected Scouter. He was the first South African to go to Gilwell in London to take a Wood Badge Course (at his own expense), and to return to impart his knowledge to Scouters in South Africa. HV Marsh was the owner of Lexden (named after a little village near Colchester, Essex, where he was born) which he later donated to the Scout Movement for training purposes.

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The Award was created by Vic Clapham who was a professional PR man as well as being an Assistant Rover Scout Leader. In the early sixties Vic produced VELD LORE, initiated the Scout Press Club and in order to motivate Editors and to encourage communication, he decided to create a National Competition for magazine editors.

Vic had a tremendous-respect for H V Marsh as a communications expert, and, as always, not wanting to push his own name to the fore, decided to name the award "The H V Marsh Award for Scout Journalism".

The trophy is made from a Kudu horn. Read how BP came to own a Kudu horn and how it became part of early Scouting tradition.


HV Marsh Award Winners[edit]

Year Publication Winner
2017 Pine Branch 1st Pinelands
2016 Bergvliet Delta 2nd Bergvliet
2015 Bergvliet Delta 2nd Bergvliet
2014 Sweet Valley Echo 1st Bergvliet
2013 Sweet Valley Echo 1st Bergvliet
2012 Bergvliet Delta 2nd Bergvliet
2011 Sweet Valley Echo 1st Bergvliet
2010 Sweet Valley Echo 1st Bergvliet
2009 Sweet Valley Echo 1st Bergvliet
2008 Sweet Valley Echo 1st Bergvliet
2007 Sweet Valley Echo 1st Bergvliet
2006 Sweet Valley Echo 1st Bergvliet
2005 Algoa Anchor News Port Elizabeth
2004 Algoa Anchor News Port Elizabeth
2003 Squadron News 1st Cowies Hill
2002 Squadron News 1st Cowies Hill
2002 Algoa Anchor News Port Elizabeth
2001 Sweet Valley Echo 1st Bergvliet
2000 The Stave 1st Durbanville
1998 Edenvale Explorer 1st Edenvale
1997 Sweet Valley Echo 1st Bergvliet
1996 Edenvale Explorer 1st Edenvale
1995 Lyttbitt 23rd Lyttleton
1994 Lyttbitt 23rd Lyttleton
1991 Houtscout 2nd Hout Bay
1987 The Porthole 2nd Plumstead
1986 Second Thoughts 2nd Somerset West
1985 Second Thoughts 2nd Somerset West
1983 Glen Echo 1st Camps Bay
1981 Scoutz-d-lite 11th Pietermaritzburg
1980 Glen Echo 1st Camps Bay
1979 Glen Echo 1st Camps Bay
1978 Helderberg Herald 1st Somerset West
1977 Ahoy 35th Pretoria Sea Scouts
1977 Tartan Tattler 6th St Andrews Pretoria
1975 Pine Branch 1st Pinelands
1974 Pine Branch 1st Pinelands
1973 Camp Fire Chatter 3rd Windhoek
1972 Tartan Tattler 6th St Andrews Pretoria
1971 Low Rumble 29th Durban
1970 Low Rumble 29th Durban
1969 The Lighthouse Humewood Sea Scouts
1968 The Lighthouse Humewood Sea Scouts
1967 Jet Blast 11th Durban
1966 Wynstead Spark 1st Wynberg & Plumstead
1965 Jet Blast 11th Durban
1964 The Lighthouse Humewood Sea Scouts
1963 Jet Blast 11th Durban