Discovery Weekend (Scouts)

This weekend the Scouts headed off to Dundrum Scout Centre in Tippery for the “Discovery Weekend”. Friday night was spent playing wide games in the forest. Saturday morning saw the patrols collect fire wood while Conor and Eoin cooked breakfast. This was followed by a session on camping skills. After lunch, the Scouts worked on their pioneering- building towers for a game of man hunt later that evening.

We then had a campfire and scouts own. Barry invested Daniel into the Troop and then presented the Discovery Award badges, the first stage of the Crean Awards (the new scout award scheme) and Patrol Leader and Assistant Patrol Leader Badges. After the campfire the group split in two. The Ventures lead the younger scouts on a hike along the forest track while Barry went with the 3 older scouts on a cross country night navigation excercise through the forest as training for the Crean Challenge.

The next morning everyone got up and clean the house before getting to try out the impressive zip line on the site.

Thanks to all the Scouts for their work this weekend and thanks to the ventures (Andy and Ashley) and leaders (Baz, Mike and Neil) for running the weekend. Thanks also to Charlie Sullivan, the warden of the site. Photos available here.

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Discovery Weekend (Scouts)

Venue: Dundrum Scout Centre, Tipperary
Date: 25th-27th November 2011

Gear List:
• Neckerchief
• Old Clothes & Shoes
• Uniform
• Sleeping Bag
• Ground Mat
• Rain Gear
• Torch (preferably headtorch)
• Hat & gloves
• Packed lunch for Friday night

For more on what to wear/bring please consult the “Preparing for Adventure” chapter of the Scouting Trail

Programme
Over the weekend we’ll be covering the final parts of the Discovery Award as well as elements of the Pioneering and Camping Adventure Skills badges. On Sunday we will be having the investiture of the new scouts into the troop.

Transport
Scouts to arrange their own transport to and from the event. We’re asking all Scouts to be at the centre for 8pm on Friday. Collection is at 2pm on Sunday. Directions can be found here

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Broadford Cub Sleepover

Our cubs enjoyed a great weekend at Broadford Guide Center this weekend.On Friday we had 9 cubs out there as we only took the sixers and assistants out to Broadford .the reason for this is that these boys were being trained in their sixes and assistant sixer duties.

On Saturday the rest of the Cub Pack arrived.We now had 18 cubs.The boys took part in tent pitching,Biiving and compass work on Saturday  afternoon. A big thanks to the 3 Venturers Glen,Frank and Andy who looked after these bases.

Saturday evening we took the boys to Doon lake.This was followed by dinner and we finished the night by going on a night hike.

On Sunday after cleaning up the cottage the boys left for home after a busy but most enjoyable weekend.

Well done to all the Leaders who looked after the boys during the weekend

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Caherdavin Scouts take on Extreme Fundraising Challenge

Last Bank Holiday weekend a group of 16 Scouts, Venture Scouts and Scouters took on an ambitious fundraising challenge that saw them sleep in a cave and then sleep on Ireland’s highest mountain on consecutive nights.

On the night October 28th the High & Low Challenge began as 15 members of Scouting Ireland abseiled down into a large pothole just a few miles outside of Lisdoonvarna. At the bottom of the pothole lay the entrance to Poll na gColm, Ireland’s longest cave system.

The group entered Gunman’s Cave, where they slept for the night. The cave was dark, damp and cramped but it didn’t stop the scouts having fun. The group stayed there until 8am the next morning when they emerged from the cave and climbed back up the rock face to the main road during a downpour. After a quick meal of sausages, rashers, bread and tea, the group headed back to their Scout Hall in Limerick.

However that wasn’t enough for these Scouts. After a quick stop in Limerick they were on the road again, this time heading to Killarney. The second challenge was to climb Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest mountain. The route chosen to go up the mountain was quite challenging especially for the first timers in the group, and included some hiking in the dark but several hours later the group made it to our campsite for the night, an impressive 750 metres high. To make it even more interesting, we decided to go without tents for the night and instead relied only on our sleeping bags and orange plastic “survival bags” to keep us dry and warm.

In the morning, the weather was less than ideal, so the decision was made to split the group – one group would go for the summit, while the other would return to the valley below by the climbing route taken the night before. Both groups met at the ford in Hag’s Glen later that morning, and tired and weary, walked out to the car park at Lisleibane, for the drive home.

Thanks to all the Scouts who participated in the event, their leaders  Mark, Neil, Barry, Aaron and David, the support team of Ger, Ger and Mike and the home base team of Laura and Catherine. And a special thanks to all our friends, family and local businesses who sponsored us.

This fundraising activity was to raise funds to send three of the Caherdavin Scouts on the inaugural Tom Crean Challenge Expedition which will take place in Iceland next February. The three Scouts – Conor Hempenstall, Michael Quigley and Andrew O’Neill – were amongst only 15 scouts from across Ireland selected to take part in this once in a life time trip that will see them try hiking in difficult conditions, ice climbing, cross country skiing, building ice caves (igloos), sledging and much more.

A table quiz will be held by the Scout Group on November 17th in Na Piarsaigh GAA Club, Caherdavin Lawn (just off the Ennis Road, opposite the Greenhills) at 8pm, as part of the fundraising efforts to facilitate opportunities like the Crean Challenge for the youth members.

County Orienteering Day (Scouts)

When : November 13th 2011

Time : 10:00hr – 16:00hr

Start/Finish : Curraghchase Caravan Park (Directions)

Cost : €4.00 per Scout

Dress : Neckerchief must be worm by all Scouts

There will be two age categories for this years Orienteering competition.

  • 13 and under
  • 15 and under (individual)

The 15 and under age group will be run on an individual basis. While the13 and under age can run the course in groups of 2.

The cut off time for completion of the course is 2.30pm, by which time all Scouts must return to the check in area irrespective of how many checkpoints they have left to punch on their cards.

Each Scout should bring:

  • a poly pocket to hold his/her map and punch card
  • a red and blue biro.
  • packed lunch
  • Outdoor Gear (eg boots, rain-gear, gaiters, hats/scarf/gloves etc.)

Where possible Scouts are requested to bring along their mobile phones (fully charged!!! and in a secure pocket or day-bag). Scouts telephone numbers will be recorded on their control punch cards and only be used should an individual Scout happen to go astray or fail to return to the CSC by the 2.30pm cut off time.

Scouts to arrange their own transport to and from the event. A one way system will be place on the way and parents/scouters are asked to cooperate with the stewards on the day.

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Pirates of the Caribbean Day @ Delta Adventure City

The County will be hosting a Pirates of the Caribbean Day in Delta Adventure City, Delta Retail Park, Ballysimon Road on Sunday 27th November from 10am to 12.30pm. All Beavers to wear fancy dress (pirate theme). Cost is €10 to be paid by Monday 21st November.

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Scout Shop Road Show

The Outdoor Adventure Store/ Scout Shop  will be coming to Limerick.

Date : Sunday 20th  November
Venue: St. Pauls Scout Hall 
Time: 11pm to 3pm

This is an opportunity for all parents to buy the uniform. If you have any questions please talk to the Section Leaders.

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Annual General Meeting 2011

The Annual General Meeting of the 23rd Limerick Scout Group will take place this Thursday 10th November at 8pm in the Scout Hall. All sections (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Ventures and Rovers) and the officers will give their annual reports. One parent per child is asked to attend this meeting. Its a great opportunity to meet the scouters and to find out what each section has been up to in the past year.