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History of the Emlyn Trophy

The following notes are from the Hampshire County Scout Council Archives

County Emlyn 1983The Emlyn Woodcraft competition was first organised in 1925 by Dr. Charles W Emlyn (of Christchurch) He was a Chief Scout Commissioner, and Deputy Camp Chief Hampshire, writing many articles on Scouting and Woodcraft particularly during the 1930s. His enthusiasm for Scouting was demonstrated by the attention of his audience, and the widespread reading of his skilled writing. His death in July 1937 was a sad loss.

This particular Trophy (simply called “The Emlyn”) is probably the one best-known locally and has provided a special challenge to generations of Scouts.

The first ‘Hampshire County Woodcraft competition’ was held at Winchester on 19th September 1925. Later the competition was to be known as ‘Hampshire County Emlyn Competition. The ‘Emlyn Woodcraft Trophy’ was commissioned by Mrs. Emlyn.

The Minutes of the County Executive Meeting held at the Castle, Winchester on the 12th February 1926. ‘WOODCRAFT TROPHY’ It was decided that in future this Trophy should be known as ‘The Emlyn Trophy’. In 1946 The list of names was transferred from the former small shields to a walnut slab – on either ide of the Trophy – This was done by Romney Green of Christchurch and Mr. Gibbins of the Municipal College, Bournemouth

With the exception of the war years 1940 – 1944 the competition has been held every year since 1925


The following information was discovered on Pro-badge website.

Emlyn Presentation 1983The 4th Aldershot won the Emlyn in 1951 and 1983. One member of the winning patrol in 1951 was a Dave Fisher and in 1983 his son Andrew was the P/L of the winning patrol.

In 1991 the Special Project was separated from the main competition. This was because the competition could be won by just doing the Special Project. It was also decided to make the project an optional part of the weekend. The Scouts therefore have more freedom over the programme that they produce for the weekend. The Special Project is the main Woodcraft part of the competition nowadays. It is a Pioneering project, which is decided by the Patrol Leaders Council, held on the Saturday evening of the previous years competition.