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

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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.

St Patricks Day Parade Details 2017

23rd Limerick Scout Group
Caherdavin
Limerick
Re:- St. Patricks Day Parade.
Dear Parents
The arrangements for the St Patricks Day Parade are as follows.
Dress Code – Full uniform (please have neckerchief ironed)
Meet between 11am and 11-15amam at Entrance Sarsfield Army Barracks- Edward Street
Please make sure you leave your son with a Caherdavin Leader and not a leader from another group.
Collection Point after parade – King Johns Castle
Please follow the parade down to the King Johns castle when you see your son so that he can be collected promptly.
Yours in Scouting
Des McKeown
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Des Mc Keown 087 2077670
23rd Limerick Scout Group

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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Ventact South 2016

Ventact is a fun weekend for Ventures and Rovers held in Killcully Campsite in Cork. This is one of the highlights of the Venture Scout Calendar.
It’ll take place place on September 2nd – 4th.

Each participant gets to take part in two offsite activities on Saturday. These could include water skiing, archery, zipling, rock climbing and a trip to spike island.
Everyone gets a burger or hot dog on return to site. Later that night is the legendary Ventact Disco. The theme this year is Vikings and there are prizes for the best costumes. On Sunday there are inflatables and a water slide.

The Cost is €50 (excl. food & transport). We need to know names ASAP so please send a text to Barry on 085 7284899. I’ll be collecting money  on Wednesday 24th August at 8pm (If you can’t make this time but would still like to go, let us know ASAP).
Any questions can be directed to Barry (085 7284899)

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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Sections reopening

The following Sections return next week
BEAVERS Monday 8th September 7pm to 8-30pm
CUBS Tuesday 9th September 7pm to 8-30pm
SCOUTS & Ventures continue every Thursday 7-30pm to 9pm

Any one interested in joining up is welcome to call up to any of these nights
Beavers 6yrs to 9yrs
Cubs 9yrs to 12yrs
Scouts 12yrs to 15yrs
Ventures 15-17

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 Edinburgh.it 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

LADS YOU SHOULD BE SO SO PROUD OF YOURSELVES

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.

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Ben Nevis Summit (Via Donkey Trail)

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Ben Nevis Summit (via CMD Arete)