Map & Compass Resources

We recently held a training session for our leaders on how to use a Map & Compass. Here are some useful links on this topic:
Hill walking Scheme Overview
Maps – Reading Grid References
Maps – Scale & Grids
Maps – Relief (ie Contours)
Using a compass (video)
Pacing
Hillwalking Logbook Template
Leave No Trace

 

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Rock Climbing 12th October

The Scouts and Ventures will be going Rock Climbing on Thursday 12th October. The venue is the SUAS Climbing Centre in the Burlington Business Park in Clonlara. SUAS was set up by a former member of our group so we’re delighted to be visiting on the opening week. We’ll be meeting at 7.30pm and should be finished around 9pm. There’s a viewing area if parents want to wait.

Scouts are asked to wear comfortable clothing on the evening. If you haven’t paid yet, please bring along the €13.50 on the night.

Directions

  • Head towards Limerick City via St Munchin’s Church and cross over Thomond Bridge
  • Take the second exit off the roundabout onto Island Road
  • Turn left at St Mary’s Church onto Athlunkard Street
  • At the roundabout take the first exit onto Corbally Road. Follow Corbally road for
  • Turn right at Mughal’s Topaz Service Station
  • Follow this road from 2km until you see the Old Burlington factory on your right (look for red & green barriers)
  • The SUAS Climbing Centre is in near the back of the estate (in between Kidstown and SplatTown)

Google Maps link

If you have any questions – please contact Barry on 085-7284899

Kayaking + County Shield visit

Please see the following updates on the upcoming scout activities. If you have any questions on the below, please contact Barry – baz@caherdavinscouts.ie or 085 7284899

Kayaking

We’re looking forward to a great “splash and dash” session with Get West Outdoor Adventure Company on Thursday evening. Looks like we’ll have the ideal conditions on the evening.

We’ll be meeting at the Limerick Boat Club on Sarsfield Bridge at 7pm. We aim to be finished by 8.45pm. Please bring swimming gear, old shoes and a towel. Wetsuits and buyancy aids will be provided.

Please fill out this consent form and and bring it with you on the night (along with any outstanding money)

Click here for a map to the boat club


County Shield Visit

We will be making a visit out to the Limerick Scout County Shield this Saturday at the Castleconnell Scout Campsite. The Shield is an annual Scoutcraft competition that tests the Scouts on their tent pitching, pioneering, cooking and other skills. We’re inviting all Scouts as well as the Cubs who will be moving up to Scouts in September to join us. Parents are also welcome to attend. This is a great opportunity to see what the event is like as we are aiming to enter a patrol of scouts next year.

To get to the Castleconnell Scout Campsite, follow the main road to Birdhill and turn left at Daly’s Cross. The campsite is roughly 2km down this road on the left. Barry will meet you in the Car Park at 7.30pm and we aim to be finished by 8.30pm. Can you let us know if you will be attending by texting Barry (085 728 4899) by 2pm Saturday.

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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Hillwalking logbooks

For any scout wishing to reach stage 4 in hillwalking needs to start putting together their logbook of hikes completed. If you wish to get your badge on the annual camp, these logbooks need to be in by June 19th so we can order badges:

Full logbook
https://my.scouts.ie/uploads/files/Hillwalking%20Logbook.pdf

Condensed logbook
https://caherdavinscouts.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/hillwalking-logbook.pdf

The scouts have done 5 hikes in the last year so any 3 will do

Keep the logs simple – dates, number in group, venue, leader. If you need any additional information please contact Barry