12 Days of Xmas Christmas Draw Collection

12 DAYS OF XMAS DRAW COLLECTION
To all Parents,Leaders and committee members
On Friday and Saturday November 25 & 26 we will be selling tickets for the 12 Days of Xmas Draw in Dunnes Stores Jetland.
This a great fund raiser and it does not take much effort to help us make great money.
We are looking for your help to give us some of your time just to sit at a table and help sell these tickets on any of those 2 days.
We will be doing 10am to 9pm Friday and 10am to 6pm Saturday
If a parent of each boy involved in the group could give us 1 or 2 hours it would make our job easier.
If you can help us out please private message us here on this page with your name time and contact number
Thanks for your help
Caherdavin Scout Group
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Mark Quinn’s Everest Talk

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Last week, the Scouts and Ventures were visited by Mark Quinn, the youngest Irishman to summit Mt Everest. Mark talked about how he went from complete beginner to conquering the highest mountain in the world in 741 days.

After his presentation, Mark took to the time to answer questions and show off some of the gear he used. You could hardly hear a pin drop during the talk and the scouts asked some very interesting questions.

One of Mark’s slides showed the difference in height between various mountains. At the top was Mt Everest at 8848m and at the bottom was Ben Nevis (1344m) which the scouts recently climbed. This really put the enormity of Everest into perspective for the scouts.

Thanks to Mark for taking the time to talk to our scouts. Who knows, he might have inspired some of the scouts to consider an attempt on Everest in future.

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Safely home

All good things must come to an end a this was without doubt one great camp enjoyed by all.A full report will be posted in the next day or so but one must congratulate all on the camp on getting to the top of Ben Nevis, the highest point in the British Isles. This was some achievement for the lads.

It must be said that these lads did themselves and their families so proud over the 10 days.Their behaviour was outstanding. Finally a word of thanks from all on camp to Mark Hempenstall in putting together this wonderful camp.

Some photos can be found here. More will be uploaded after everyone has had a chance to catch up on some much needed sleep.

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Ben Nevis Summit (Via Donkey Trail)

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Ben Nevis Summit (via CMD Arete)

Scotland Update

Our Scouts and Ventures are having a great time in Scotland. Tomorrow they tackle Ben Nevis (1344m), the highest mountain in the British Isles

Thank you for supporting our fundrasing day

A big thank you to everyone who helped make our fundraising day yesterday a massive success. We held a scrap metal collection, cake sale, hot dog stand, clothes collection and a dog wash. While we’re still waiting on the exact total, we’re very happy with the day. The money raised will go along way in supporting our upcoming expedition to Scotland.

Well done to Mark Hempenstall who coordinated this event. Special thanks to all our Scouts, Ventures, Scouters, parents and friends who helped us both on the day and in the weeks leading up to the fundraiser. We’d like to thank the following people for all their help: Pat Guilfoyle, Hillary Guilfoyle, Laura Hempenstall, Maire O’Sullivan, Tom Caffery, Liam Bourke, Ger Cavanagh, Ger Quigley, Dianne Quigley, Claire Walsh, Mary Geary, Neil Ryan, Ashley Lally, Ethan Lally, Mike O’Halloran, Barry Kennedy, Joe Laffen, John Giltenan

Sponsors:

We could not have done it without our generous sponsors:

Raffle Winners

Well done to the following raffle winners:

  • Android Tablet: Nuala Kelly
  • Hotel Break: Claire Gleeson
  • Petmania Voucher: Ita Wilson
  • JC’s Barbers Voucher: Oran Bourke
  • MC’s Butcher’s Voucher: Joe O’Halloran & Michael McInnery
  • Signed Munster Jersey: Elaine Barrett

 

40th Year Celebration Dance Details

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Dear Parents

Caherdavin Scout Group is 40 years old this year and to celebrate this occasion we are holding a Dance at Na Piarsaigh Clubhouse on Saturday 9th November.  There will be a Band followed by a Disco and finger food will be served.  We invite all past and present Scouters, parents and anyone who had anything to do with the Group to come along and celebrate with us.

Tickets will shortly go on sale for this event at a cost of €10 each and can be purchased at any section meeting or by contacting any committee member/leader or our Group Leader.

Please help us to make this night a night to remember for the Group.

Yours in Scouting

Des McKeown

Section Leader

Group Leader    Des McKeown                   087 2077670        dmck@utvinternet.com

Group Sec           Catherine Clancy              087 2075410        catherineclancy@utvinternet.com

 

 

Andy’s Roverway Experience

We asked two of our Venture Scouts to record their experiences at Roverway. Here’s Andy’s report

I first heard about Roverway at Ventect last year. I thought it would be cool to see scouting at an international level. It would be my first international camp. My friends and I began fundraising for the trip in September. To be honest when the time came to head for the airport I wasn’t really excited because I thought it was going to be like every other camp I had been on. How wrong was I!

We left the grey, wet skies of Ireland for the sunny Helsinki on the 19th. We had the opening ceremony in the Olympic stadium which was fitting as London’s Olympics were going to kick off in a few days. The opening ceremony was amazing! There were scouts from all over the world. It was funny to hear different countries sing a song you know, just in a different language. After the ceremony we headed out on our paths. A path is a four day activity you take part in with your tribe (a tribe is made up of 6 patrols). In our tribe there were two Spanish patrols, one Swiss, one Portuguese, one Dutch and us (the Irish).

Our path was to experience Finnish life with the Forest Visitors. We got a bus to a forest about an hour outside Helsinki. Our leaders were really nice and always smiling. There was Pinja, Iris and Pippuri. We pitched our tents and began playing games to get to know everyone’s names. The four days we spent in the forest was so much fun. We usually got up at seven to raise the flag and then had breakfast. After breakfast we did activities like capture the flag in the woods or build a MOSS BEAR. After lunch we normally headed to the lake which was a short walk from our camp to cool off and clean ourselves. Dinner was always a hit and miss. There was salmon two nights which I didn’t eat and then we had reindeer which was delicious. It tasted like burger meat (and not like chicken which everyone was probably expecting!). My highlight of the path was on the last night when we were invested into the Forest Visitor group. We all got neckerchiefs which I am very privileged to have as Forest Visitors aren’t allowed to swap their neckers so you have to be a member to get one.

We headed for EVO the 24th. When we got there I was slightly awe stroke. It was like a little city in the woods. There was the main street which had all the cafés, shops and contingent tents. Off the main street were the sub camps and valleys. Valleys were activities you did each day and you had two valleys a day. There was Rover Momentum, Creative Corner, Forest Fun, Aqua Arena and Live Your Life. My favourite parts of EVO were the festivals at night. It was like a mini Oxygen. Everyone was packed into a field and there were people crowd surfing and going crazy. One night we had to write a message and put it in a balloon as part of Loverway. We the music started we had to throw the balloon up in the air and keep them up. It made some great photographs seeing literally thousands of balloons in the air. When the music stopped you had to pop a balloon and read the message. My message read “hey, I just met you and this is crazy, but I love you!” .

Leaving EVO was hard. We had made so many great friends and had gone through the whole Roverway journey together. We all promised to go to the next Roverway in  France and If we are lucky we might all be in the same tribe again! I think every scout, venture and rover should go to an international camp if they get the chance. It gives you a whole new perspective on scouting when you talk to scouts from around the globe. I think I am a better scout because of Roverway and can’t wait till France!

By Andy O’Carroll