Upton Shield

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The Upton Shield is a Regional Scout competition for junior Scouts, aged 11 - 14.5. It is in the format of a day hike, which can be held anywhere within reasonable driving distance of Cape Town. Scouts compete by completing a number of bases and Spare Time Activities (STA's).

The history of the Upton Shield

In the early days of Scouting in South Africa there were separate Divisions for Black, White, Coloured and Indian Scouting. The Upton Shield has its roots in the then Coloured Division, but unfortunately most of the records of the old Coloured Division have been lost when their Headquarters in Caledon Street Cape Town burnt down.

With the passing of time there is now virtually no one left who remembers the history of the old Coloured Division and their competitions. However we are most grateful to Winston Adams, who was their past Divisional Secretary in the late 1960's for the information he has passed on to the Heritage Team.

The history of the Upton Shield goes back to 1950 when it was donated by Mr Upton who was the District Commissioner for what was then called the Northern Suburbs - Bellville – Goodwood - etc. It was an annual proficiency competition 'For All Round Efficiency' for Coloured Scouts to compete against each other matching their skills in camping and scoutcraft and was won for the first time in 1950 by the 1st Salt River Troop.

In the 1970's the separate Divisions combined to form one Movement. To preserve the heritage and legacy of both the Upton Shield and the Gordon's Shield, which were of a similar nature, it was agreed that; The Upton would now be a hiking Competition for younger Scouts (not yet 15 years old or eligible for the Rayner Trophy Competition) and the Gordon's Shield would be or continue being a camping skill proficiency Competition for Patrols.

Today the Upton Shield is the premier annual event on the Scouting calendar for Scouts under 15 years of age and some of the exciting venues have been, Cape Town city bowl, Silvermine Nature Reserve, slopes of Devil's Peak and along the coast from Kalk Bay to the Sea Scout Base, to mention a few.

Upton Shield Winners

Year Winners Photo
2023 1st Claremont
2022 1st Claremont
2021 1st Claremont
2020 1st Claremont
2019 2nd Bergvliet
2018 2nd Hout Bay
2017 2nd Somerset West
2016 2nd Somerset West
2015 1st Durbanville
2014 1st Durbanville/Kraaifontein
2013 1st Rosebank
2012 2nd Fish Hoek
2011 1st Pinelands
2010 1st Blaauberg
2009 2nd Fish Hoek
2008 1st Bothasig
2007 2nd Fish Hoek
2006 2nd Fish Hoek
2005 1st Tableview
2004 2nd Fish Hoek
2003 2nd Bergvliet
2002 2nd Rondebosch
2001 1st Durbanville
2000 3rd Pinelands
1999 3rd Pinelands
1998 2nd Bergvliet
1997 1st Pinelands
1996 Unknown
1995 1st Pinelands
1994 1st Claremont
1993 3rd Pinelands
1992 3rd Pinelands
1991 Unknown
1990 2nd Kenridge
1989 2nd Rondebosch
1988 2nd Kenridge
1987 Unknown
1986 Unknown
1985 2nd Rondebosch
1984 1st Camps Bay
1983 1st Pinelands
1982 1st Pinelands
1981 1st Durbanville & 7th Gasp
1980 1st Somerset West
1979 Unknown
1978 1st Matroosfontein
1977 Unknown
1976 1st Wynberg
1975 1st Bellville South
1974 1st Bellville South
1973 1st Plumstead
1972 1st Silvertown
1971 1st Facreton
1970 2nd Elsies River
1969 1st Bridgetown
1968 1st Silvertown
1967 1st Heathfield
1966 1st Heathfield
1965 1st Plumstead
1964 1st Athlone
1963 Unknown
1962 1st Wynberg
1961 Unknown
1960 3rd Matroosfontein
1959 Northernsuburbs
1958 3rd Matroosfontein
1957 1st Wynberg
1956 1st Wynberg
1955 1st Wynberg
1954 1st Wynberg
1953 1st Wynberg
1952 1st Wynberg
1951 1st Matroosfontein
1950 1st Saltriver

See also