Well done to the El Smurfo Patrol (Mark, Eoin, Fursa, Daniel, Cillian, Dean and John) who represented Caherdavin at this years Limerick Scout County Shield in Copeswood College, Pallaskenry. The Shield is an annual competition that tests the scouts’ skills in campcraft, cooking, teamwork, navigation, first aid and much much more. The theme this year was the Gathering with each patrol picking a country. Our patrol picked Mexico.
The patrols arrived onsite on Saturday morning and began the campcraft section. As well as a store tent and sleeping tent, the scouts had to build a gate, table, alterfire, wash area and kitchen gadget out of timber poles. At 3pm the scouts had to down their tools as the campcraft was inspected. Over the next couple of hours they had a number of small tasks to complete such as making a kite, make a platted lanyard and demonstrate a four handed lift. That night a campfire was held where each patrol had to perform a 5 minute sketch.
On Sunday, the patrols left their campsites and headed off around the college for the Bases. There were 10 bases – (first aid, fire, pulleys, semaphore, teamwork, map making, compass work, knots, pioneering ). The first aid base was a car crash simulation. For the fire base the scouts had to light a fire without matches or a lighter and for the pulleys base the scouts had to set up a pulley system to pull a jeep up a hill (easier than it sounds). After the bases, the patrols returned to their site to prepare a test meal. Following the theme, our scouts cooked fajitas. This was followed by a trade fair where each patrol had to bring a product or service to barter amonst the other groups. Our patrol made a piñata. That night, the scouts had a disco in the main hall.
The next morning, the scouts had to break camp and made sure it was left as they found it. After a uniform inspection, the results were added up and the closing ceremony began. A standard system was used this year with each patrol getting on of four standards – Quadpod, Tripod, Bipod and Participation Our patrol recieved the Tripod Standard and came 12th overall.
Well done to the lads who had a great time over the weekend. Well done to the Stag Patrol from Meelick on coming first and good luck to all Limerick teams who now progress into the Phoenix Challenge (National competition) in Castlesaunderson, Co. Cavan in August.
Thanks to their leaders, ventures, rovers, parents and anyone else who helped them get ready for the weekend. Thanks especially to Peter and Pat who helped them with transporting gear. Thanks also to Dave Ryan (Ast. County Programme Coordinator for Scouts) and all his staff for a brilliant weekend.