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)
Hillwalking Logbook Template
Leave No Trace



12 Days of Xmas Christmas 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

Cubs Keeper Hill Hike 13/3/16 Details

To the Parents,
On this Sunday 13th March we have our Annual Hike up Keeper Hill. Keeper Hill is near Newport Co Tipperary and is approx. 30 mins from here.This is an event that we like to have as many as possible attend as it is a great challenge to all the boys to complete it.It will take us 5 to 6 hrs approx. to complete it.This hike is 17.5 km long and while its difficult in parts it is one that the boys will be able to complete. It is all forest path the whole way to the top. The last section to the top is a little uneven under foot
We would hope that as many as possible attend this. Parents are more than welcome to come with us on this hike as the more help we have on this the better.
The following are the details
1. Meet Scout hall 9-30am sharp (Transport is required)
2. Hiking Gear required as follows (Hiking Boots or shoes, Rain Jacket, Waterproof pants, No Jeans, Hiking socks, Warm clothes,Hoodie,hat,Gloves,Scarf,Change of clothes for end of hike)
3. No Fizzy Drinks
4. Sandwiches, Chocolate, Bananas, Fruit, Water or any drink as long as it’s not fizzy, some lads like to carry flasks of tea/coffee/soup to have at the top. Please make sure they have plenty of food and drinks.
5. A good and proper hiking bag. One that supports the back and has plenty of side pockets and hip support. Make sure it fits properly as one that is too big makes it very uncomfortable for the boys trying to carry it that distance.
6. Allowing for a 6 hour hike starting no later than 11am we should be down the mountain no later than 5pm at worst.
7. For those picking up your kids at the scout hall afterwards we will sent out a text as we are leaving the car park at Keeper Hill allow us 25 to 30 mins to get back to Scout Hall
If you require any other details please contact after 2pm any day
Looking forward to seeing you and you kid on Sunday
The Leaders
PS: This note will be up on Facebook page
Click the link below for directions from scout hall to car park

Ballyhass Cub & Scout Summer Camp 2015

Our cubs and Scouts are back after a wonderful Annual Summer camp at ballyhass lake Activity Centre Mallow Co Cork.
The boys arrived by coach to ballyhass on friday June 26th.That evening was spent just exploring the Centre.The cubs went for a walk around the lake while the scouts stayed at the campsite.
On Saturday morning the boys took part in Zip line and Leap of tFaith The cubs did the Zipline across 160 meters of Zipline over the ballyhass Lake 60 meters above ground.The scouts did the leap of faith.This is where the boys had to climb up over 100 meters stand on a platform and leap off it to catch a trapez bar.The second activity saw both groups change positions.
After lunch the cubs started with team building while the Scouts went Canoeing.The team building was an activity where everyone had to complete a task together to complete the challange>The scouts had great fun canoeing across Ballyhass Lake.Again botj Groups swapped positions for the 4th actvitity
That completed day one and so the boys returned to the Campsite for dinner.On Saturday evening after dinner the boys had time for themselves before we had our campsite whcih was run by Ashley and Andrew>During the campfire the Cub of the Year was presented to Tom Guinane while group leader Des Mckeown presented Cub leader Mike o halloran with his Woodbeeds and Certificate to say that he has completed all 6 stages of the Leaders Training and challanges
On Sunday after Breakfast the Boys had to more activities.The being Gladitor and Rock Climbing.The cubs did Gladitor first which was the challange of getting up a 75 meter obstecle coarse while the Scouts got to challange themselves on the outdoor climbing cliff.Again both groups swapped positions.Once both the cubs and scouts had completed both these challanges in the morning inwas time to leave for home.
It was a group of very tired cubs and scouts that arrived back to the scout hall at 4-30pm Sunday after a very active but most enjoyable and challanging weekend.
On behalf of the parents I would like to take this oppertunity to thank all the Leaders who gave up their time to help to give the boys a verry good and enjoyable weekend at this camp.
I would also like to thank the Cubs and Scouts for their wonderful beahaviour throughout the weekend.Yod did yourself and your family proud.Most importantly for the group you represnted Caherdavin Scout Group very well throughout the weekend.
Well down Boys
Heres to 2016



Annual Membership
The first half fees of €80 is overdue.If you still have to pay this please bring it to next Tuesdays Cub Meeting October 28th.
If you have 2 or more children in the group the cost is €70 each per term
All cheques to be made out to Scouting Ireland 23rd Limerick Group

Our next activity is a weekend away in Dundrum Scout Centre Tipperary
The dates for this event are Friday November 21st to Sunday November 23rd
The cost of the event is €25and a €10 deposit must be paid no later than 28th October.
The balance must be paid by Tuesday November 11th

A meeting for parents will take place next Tuesday October 28th at 8pm in the Scout Hall during our cub meeting.It is important that all boys are represented as we need to talk to you about our annual cub camp next year before we go ahead and book the venue.
Please make every effort to attend

County Skills Day for Cubs

Dear Parents

The following are the details for this Sunday October 12th County Skills Day in Curraghchase Scout Centre.

  1. Cubs must make their own way to Curraghchase Scout centre
  2. Cubs must be there 10-30am
  3. Neckerchief must be worn if you have one
  4. Packed lunch is required
  5. Proper wet gear required
  6. No Wellies
  7. Old shoes/Trainers or Hiking shoes are best
  8. Cubs must be picked up again 2-45pm.

If you have any other questions regarding this event please call me any day after 2pm on the number below.


  • Go out the dock road going through the villages of Mungret,Clarina and Kildimo
  • Pass out the main entrance for Curraghchase Forest Park staying on N69
  • Shortly after going through Kilcornan turn left at the signpost for Adare/Rathkeale (Killeen Guest House is on your right hand side as you turn left. There may be a sign with Limerick Scout County here at this turning.
  • Continue on this road until the main road veers to the right and you see a narrow road going straight on.You may be directed at this stage to go onto this narrow road.
  • If so follow narrow road as far as it goes and turn right at end
  • Curraghchase Scout Centre is 500meters approx. on your left.
  • You will more than likely be directed to where you drop off the boys



Michael O Halloran


Scotland Camp 2014

Well what can one say about this camp.It had a bit of everything and was without doubt one of the most enjoyable and successful camps ever run by the Group.

The trip to Scotland had begun months ago with many fundraising events and meeting leading up to the departure date.

The time had  finally arrived for us to depart

 Thursday August 14th .

And so here is the story of 10 Scouts,5 Ventures and 10 Adults and their trip to Scotland

Leg one of the journey took us to Dundalk where we stayed over night at a local scout hall.

Friday August 15th

Leg two of our journey was from Dundalk to Larne to the P & O Ferry to Cairnryan.The journey across the sea took 2 hours

The final leg of our journey from Cairnryan to Glencoe Scotland took roughly 4 hours.We stopped on route for food.It was 10pm when we finally arrived at the Red Squirrel campsite Glencoe which was to be our home for the next 8 days.Everyone now chipped in to get the sleeping tents up for that night.Once this was done it was time for bed as everyone was just shattered

Saturday August 16th

Our first full day in Scotland and i think most of us were blown away with the scenery when we got up that morning.After breakfast it was time to get the campsite in order.the tents were put it their proper positions and the lads assigned their tents.With this done it was off to Fort William to do a bit of shopping.most of the lads purchased gear for our upcoming Ben Nevis Climb.We were due to go to the Highland games from here but as there was a Shinty match on in Fort William we decided to go to this.This was most interesting and enjoyable.It was back to camp from here for dinner and some free time before lights out

Sunday August 17th

Today after breakfast we got our first chance to see some of the most spectacular scenery you could ever see when we went on the Glen Etvive Drive.It is hard to describe this drive as it can only be described as stunning.It was a the end of this road where some of the Harry potter film scenes were made,also on this road scenes from Skyfall were filmed.It had been hoped that the scouts would hike up a mountain here but due to the bad weather conditions it was felt it would not be safe for them to do this.The ventures and some Scouters did Climb  that day the Beinn NanAighenan Climb.

The rest of the group then went to the Kings Head Hotel to see the deer.Although wild these deer seemed almost tame as you could get fairly close to them and get some great pictures

It was back to the campsite for free time and dinner.Our Climbers arrived back after a hard days climbing at 10pm.The excitement was great that night with the thought of Ben Nevis the next day.

The boys at this time presented Mark and Laura with a dinner gift as a thank you for the time and effort they had put into organising this event

Monday August 18th

Probably the biggest let down of the trip for the lads as due to a mechanical problem for one of the leaders cars the climb of Ben Nevis had to be cancelled.Great credit is due to all the young lads for the way the took this disappointment.The boys spent the morning amusing themselves around the campsite.

In the afternoon the group went on a hike around the local area taking in Signal rock.

That evening one of the highlights of the camp took place when we held a campfire.This was one of the best campfires we every had and a huge thank you to Ashley and Andrew for making this such a great event.We finished the evening with a most enjoyable game od charades.

Tuesday August 19th

Today after breakfast we departed for a day trip to Edinburgh.Edinburgh is a beautiful city and the lads got the chance to see Edinburgh Castle from a distance.Edinburgh was really busy while we were there due to major festivals taking place their.The lads had their picture taken with a lot of the on street entertainers.We also went on the big wheel in was in Edinburgh that we met up with a group of scout from Hanover Germany and most of the lads swapped the neckerchiefs with their Germany friends.Everyone was really tired when we got back to the campsite that evening

Wednesday August 20th

With the exception of the Ben Nevis climb I think this was the most memorable day of the journey for the lads in particular the morning when we visited the Ice factor in  Kinlochleven.This is an indoor Ice Wall and a great mornings fun was had by all.Climbing the ice wall was a challenge for us all but one must mention one of our scouts Jordan O Sullivan who managed to scale the hardest climb there and also Venture Andrew O Neill who scaled every wall they had.Everyone who attempted the climbs should be so proud of themselves whether you got to the top of a climb or not its all about making the effort.Well done to all.

From here we went to the Glenfinnan Viaduct to see the steam train cross this

The rest of the day was spent in Fort William Shopping

That evening we all went to the Clachaig Inn for dinner.This was really enjoyed by all.We celebrated 3 birthdays during the dinner Happy birthday to Ger,Joey and Fursa.

Thursday August 21st

After breakfast we departed for a day trip to Loch Ness.Again the scenery on our way to Loch ness was stunning.Also the lads had their first real view of Ben Nevis on our way and it was awesome

We visited the Loch ness visitors center and did the tour. We also visited Inverness which was an extra trip and had a great dinner here.

Back a t the campsite once again the excitement for the climb of Ben Nevis the following Day was clear to be seen.With a good weather forecast it looked good for the climb.

Friday August 22nd

And so finally the highlight of the trip had arrived the climb of Ben Nevis.We had to groups.the older lads doing the more difficult hike up the Arate Route while the rest of the group went  up the Tourist trail.Could we all get to the top.We started the climb at 11am.The first section of this climb was hard but we all got over this it was then onto the zigzags and again all made it up this section.The higher we got the more incredible the views became.And so the final charge to the summit.At 4-15pm the main group reached the summit while the older lads on the harder climb reached the summit at 5pm approx.One cannot but be so proud of all these young lads on getting to the top of the highest peak in Britain they should be so proud of this achievement.We did leave our own calling card at the top of the mountain A PINEAPPLE.

It was a long hard slog back down the mountain and I think everyone was glad to get back to the cars at 9-30pm after a long 10 hrs climb.Congratulations to all on completing the climb.

Unfortunately it was here that Leader of the trip Marks car decide to pack up on him and so began another adventure for him and Ashley(an extra week in Scotland)

Saturday August 23rd

All good things must come to an end and today was the day we left Scotland.After packing away all the gear we departed Glencoe at 10-30am.Unfortunately we had to depart without Mark and Ashley.The drama for us going home was far from over as we missed the ferry.It was decided at this stage that it would be too late when we got to Larne to try and drive back to Limerick safely so a quick call was made to Dundalk Scouts and we decided to stay there over night.

Sunday August 24th

We departed Dundalk at 11am on Sunday on the final leg of our journey stopping once on the way down at Junction 14.We arrived back at the Scout hall in convoy Scottish flag flying at 4pm.All that was left now was to hang the tents in the hall and pack away the gear.

We got a great welcome back from the lads parents.

On behalf of all the lads,Scouters and the boys parents a massive thank you to Mark in organising such a great trip for us all despite all the problems he had leading up to the trip.Mark thank you very much for a great trip and to Laura in helping Mark put this trip together.

To the leaders who gave up their time to look after the lads thank you and a massive thank you to the Leaders who had the hard job of driving everyone around for the 10 days thank you for taking on this great duty.

Finally on behalf of all the Leaders a huge thank you yo all the lads for the great behaviour over the 10 days.You were a credit to yourselves,your parents and you represented Caherdavin and the Country so well


The memories and the stories will last forever of this trip

Heres to the next one looking forward to this very soon again








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.

ben nevis 1

Ben Nevis Summit (Via Donkey Trail)

ben nevis 2

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