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WESTERN CAPE SCOUTING
SCOUT HERITAGE CENTRE

Hawkeye Trophy

Rover history and Hawkeye Trophy

 

Rovers were established in 1918 in England and in 1919 one of the first Rover Crews in England, held a work party on the newly acquired Gilwell Park development, staying overnight in pouring rain in the ‘Pigsty’ shed as they called it, and which still bears that name today.

In the same year 1919, the idea of Rover Scouting was discussed in South African, but being under the control of Imperial Headquarter in London, Crews only really started up when the final rules to Rovering reached this country, and then only on the decision of the individual Scoutmasters.

Rovers in South Africa got off to a rather slow start and it was only in 1927 that the official constitution for Rover Scouts was published, and a Rover register and Rover Membership Cards were initiated.

The 1930 records reveal that these were the golden years of Rovering with a membership of two hundred in the Western Cape and that the Rovers competed for an annual Rover Efficiency Shield. During the war years it was reported that 81 Rovers were on Active Service and that no further Rover Shield Competitions took place. The original Trophy somehow disappeared without trace during this time and Rover Competitions never quite took off again.

It was only years later in 1948 that the Rover Crews once again gathered in Green Point to compete for a new trophy introduced, being won by 3rd Green and Sea Point or 3rd GASP in the end.

This new competition and Trophy derived its name from the then Divisional Commissioner Dr Frederick H Dommisse or ‘Hawkeye’ as he was called in Scouting.

Thus the Rover Hawkeye Competition has since become the main Rover Competition for Western Cape Rover Crews each year. The format of the competition has come a long way since it’s inception in 1948 and changes from year to year, according to the ideas of the organisers (these are normally the current winners of the previous year). These formats can be anything from base hikes, car rallies, service projects, basic Scouting, a quiz, a cook-out at a set venue or a whole combination of events.

On a rather sad note is that prior to the 1963 Hawkeye competition, burglars totally destroyed the original trophy, but a replica was ready for the 1963 competition and is still being used today.

 

Info from various sources

Written up by Andre Foot

Previous winners of the Hawkeye Trophy

 

YEAR

CREW

2015
1st Bothasig & Kanonkop District
2014
Impeesa District

Sandvlei Sea Eagles

Sandvlei Sea Eagles

2011

Tableview

1st Claremont

2009

1st Bothasig

2008

1st Bothasig

2007

(Not held)

2006

Sandvlei Sea Eagles

2005

1st Claremont

2004

Scottsville

2003

Two Oceans

2002

Scottsville

2001

Sandrift

2000

Two Oceans

1999

St Mary Magdalene

1998

1st Sandrift

1997

1st Steenberg

1996

(Not held)

1995

1st Mary Magdalene

1994

1st Sandrift

1993

1st Factreton & 1st Sandrift

1992

1st Factreton

1991

Monte Vista

1990

Trafalgar

1989

Monte Vista

1988

Monte Vista

1987

Monte Vista

1986

Monte Vista

1985

Monte Vista

1984

Monte Vista

1983

Monte Vista

1982

CW 12

1981

(Not held)

1980

Rondebosch District

1979

12th Green and Sea Point

1978

CW 12

1977

CW 12

1976

CW 12

1975

1st Claremont

1974

CW 20

1973

CW 20

1972

Cape Town

1971

Rondebosch District

1970

Rondebosch District

1969

Rondebosch District

1968

Rondebosch District

1967

2nd Green and Sea Point

1966

2nd Green and Sea Point

1965

2nd Green and Sea Point

1964

7th Green and Sea Point

1963

1st Claremont

1962

UCT Residence

1961

2nd-6th Green and Sea Point

1960

3rd Green and Sea Point

1959

10th Green and Sea Point

1958

1st Claremont

1957

7th Green and Sea Point

1956

7th Green and Sea Point

1955

3rd Wynberg

1954

2nd Green and Sea Point

1953

1st Claremont

1952

2nd Green and Sea Point

1951

7th Green and Sea Point

1950

7th Green and Sea Point

1949

2nd & 3rd Green and Sea Point

1948

3rd Green and Sea Point