This weekend our beavers made history by becoming the first beavers in our Scout Group to go camping. 11 beavers along with 4 scouters took part in Camp Rock, the National Beaver Camp held in Pallaskenry. The event was attended by 400 beavers coming from all over the country.
The leaders came out friday night to put up the tents and returned again early on saturday morning. At 10am the 11 eager campers arrived and got settled into their tents. The event started with the opening ceremony followed by the bases which included cooking pop corn on a stove, baking scones in a cardboard box, lighting fires by flint, a fire safety demo by the Fire Service, human Xs and Os, gardening in a tub, human fuseball and some other games.
After dinner we had the evening events which included a bouncing castle, a magician, giant jenga and a demonstration from Limerick Animal Welfare. That was followed by the campfire before heading back to the campsite for toasted marshmallows before bed. Next morning the beavers (who were up well before 6am) helped take down the tent. Paddy the magician had made a balloon sword for all the beavers. After the Scouts’ Own, we packed up the gear and held a log chew (a small review with the beavers) before handing out the badges. At midday the parents came for the now very tired beavers.
The beavers really enjoyed themselves this weekend and can’t wait for their next trip. Special thanks to Mike O’Halloran, Frank McDonagh, Steven O’Sullivan and Foirse Cavanagh.