Survival of the fittest

2019-08-20 06:00
The opening parade of the Scout Gordon Shield competition kicked off the contest to an exciting start.

The opening parade of the Scout Gordon Shield competition kicked off the contest to an exciting start.

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This year’s Scout Gordon Shield competition was nothing to scoff at, with 44 teams competing in a series of gruelling challenges – in the rain – to prove they have what it takes to survive.

Advancing on their rank year-on-year, 1st Fish Hoek Girls Guides placed 10th out of 44 teams at the Hawequas Scout Ranch in Wellington during the weekend ending on Sunday 11 August. This was the third year that they had competed, having placed in the top 20 last year and in the top 30 the year before.

Expressing her pride for the girls she leads, adult guide Yvette Stephen says, the team did great work throughout the weekend. The team took on several tasks, including lighting a fire, which took place in the rain as a result of unpredictable weather; preparing a two-course meal; tying spaghetti knots; and many more.

1st Fish Hoek Girl Guides Team 13 arrive at the campsite

Patrol leader Tyla Gill (17) recaps the weekend: “We got together and did some training, then headed out to the competition. The first day was sunny and nice, and on the second day, it began to rain. We had to complete all our competition activities and light fires in the rain.

The Girl Guides offers young patrol leaders a multi-faceted platform to achieve more as a group than she would be able to alone. This teaches her to value the scouts she calls a team. 

“I am part of Girl Guides because the skills you learn are important in life. It teaches you leadership and skills that you can’t learn at school,” she says.

Both Stephen and Tyla, along with the rest of the team, are elated at the results of the competition, emphasising they are one of only two female teams who competed.

Assistant patrol leader Kate Wannenburgh (14) has been part of the Guides for six years and loves the opportunities it affords her, with the camp being just up her alley.

Tyla Gill completes her task of pellet gun target shooting to earn points for her team.

“I enjoy the leadership opportunities I get; being patrol leader or patrol seconder.

“I enjoy having to work and solve problems when on patrol at camps, without adults to help us all the time,” she says. 

“I also love being out in nature on hikes and camps and I love having fun with a bunch of great friends. At Guides, we care for the environment and that is very important.”

  • For more information on Girl Guides, contact the district commissioner Miranda Lewis on 082 661 0199, Carol Wannenburgh on 083 242 6717 or Yvette Stephen on 073 279 5108 or email 


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