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Kerry Scout County Newsletter

SERVING SERVING THE THE FOLLOWING FOLLOWING SCOUT SCOUT GROUPS GROUPS

1ST KERRY TRALEE - 2ND KERRY TRALEE - 3RD KERRY BENNERVILLE 5TH KERRY TARBERT - 6TH KERRY KILLARNEY - 8TH KERRY FOSSA 8TH KERRY FENIT - 9TH KERRY KILMOYLEY - 12TH KERRY KIELDUFF

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IF YOU HAVE AN EVENT COMING UP THAT YOU WANT TO LET OUR COUNTY KNOW ABOUT THEN DROP ME A TEXT, EMAIL OR SEND A NOTE BY SNAIL MAIL AND I’LL INCLUDE IT IN THIS SECTION. (CONTACT INFO ON LAST PAGE - DEADLINE LAST WEEK OF EACH MONTH) THIS IS OPEN TO ALL GROUPS AND ALL PROGRAMME SECTIONS INCLUDING ALL COUNTY CPC’s / TRAINING OFFICER / PROVINCIAL STAFF AND THE OUTSIDE INTREST THAT THIS NEWSLETTER CURRENTLY HAS. DROP ME A SHORT NOTE WITH TIME / DATE / VENUE / WHAT IT IS ABOUT AND WHAT AGE GROUP IT IS AIMED AT AND I’LL DO THE REST. ALL EVENTS LITTLE OR LARGE ARE WELCOME TO THIS SPOT IN OUR NEWSLETTER

SCOUTING IRELAND HAVE SET THE MEMBERSHIP FEE AHEAD OF SCHEDULE THIS YEAR. THE FEE FOR ADULT & YOUTH MEMBERS IN 2008 IS €38. AT THIS STAGE THE NMC HOPE TO MAINTAIN THE FEE AT THIS RATE FOR 2009 BUT THEY WILL BE MONITORING THE COST OF PROVIDING MORE PROFFESIONAL STAFF AT GROUP AND COUNTY LEVEL. THE FEES ARE DUE TO BE SUBMITTED TO HQ FROM JANUARY 1ST 2008.

ID CARDS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE COUNTY PRO. FORWARD A PASSPORT PHOTO WITH YOUR NAME, GROUP & SECTION AND I GET THE ID CARD SENT BACK TO YOU AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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Four Members of Scouting Ireland received a prestigious World Scouting award... Congratulations to :

Martin Burbridge – Chief Scout, Scouting Ireland . Peter Dixon - Honorary Vice-President – Scouting Ireland. Brian Meyer – Chairman , Heritage Group, Scouting Ireland. Collie Kavanagh – Youth Programme Development Officer, Scouting Ireland. Who have recently joined the ranks of the BP Fellowship during the 21st World Jamboree in the UK.

Course title

Date

Course with

Map & Compass

Saturday 13th October 2007

Skills with Ted Heaslip

Knots

Saturday 27th October 2007

Skills with Jim Fox

Camp craft

Saturday 27th October 2007

Skills with Angela Stack

Venues for the above skills are undecided until numbers are secured from groups. Courses are for all leaders and bookings can be made through the County Training Coordinator. Fundamentals & Essential courses for new leaders are also available within the county if eight leaders book into the course, due to these courses requiring outside trainers a minimum of eight leaders are required for the course to work so Group Leaders please let me know who from your group can do this training a.s.a.p. Also following a decision made by the Provincial Commissioner, Group Leaders that have not done the Group Leaders course in the past three years need to redo the Group Leaders course, dates are to be set shortly. This course is open to all Group Chairpersons, Secretaries, Treasurers and County Officers as well as Group Leaders. Should you or your group wish to see other skills courses taking place or if you have a skill you wish to pass onto fellow scouters than please let me know. All answers re training to Marian Hurley by October 5th. Forms for booking fundamentals/essentials & Group Leader training are available on request, payment is required with booking form & the Southern Province will not refund your money should you pull out of a course after payment is made .

Yours in Scouting,

Marian Hurley

County Training Coordinator

mkms@esatclear.ie / 0872065040

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Well despite the All Ireland being on this particular Sunday, eleven members of kerry scout county including scouts and scouters headed off too the Southern Provincial Youth & Adult conferences in the rochestown park hotel in Cork. The conference was well attended, particularly on the youth side throughout the province and credit is due to the provincial team for organising it, as the youth conference was the first of it’s kind in Scouting Irelands short history. Our new Provinc ial Commis sioner Patrick Roche was in attendance, as was Michael John Shinnik (Chief Commissioner for adult resources ) , Jonnie Brennan (R.A.P.), Neil Collins (P.S.O.), the Chief Scout Martin Burbridge, Southern Province Youth Reps and many more including Margaret & Jim Goulding of the Outdoor Adventure Store. Workshops were held in the afternoon including training, jamboree 2008, programme (R.A.P), child protection, campsites and communication in the province and Jonnie Brennan informed us that Scouting Ireland training is well on its way to being FETAC accredited. And for anyone looking to contact the new Provincial Commissioner he can be emailed at pakieroche@eircom.net and their has been a new addition to the Provincial Team, our own Marian Hurley is now the provincial Secretary for the Southern Province. hip-hip-horray!!!

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A letter was recently circulated about a joint Scouter & commissioner, well it’s on next month. 9.30

BOOK IN

10.45

REFLECTION

10.00

OPENING CEREMONY

10.15

KEYNOTE SPEECH

10.30

NEW PROGRAMME

11.30

COFFEE BREAK

12.00

1 HOUR WORKSHOPS AGE RANGES TRAINING COMMISSIONERS EVALUATION

1.00

LUNCH

2.00

1 HOUR WORKSHOPS COMMISSIONERS SQS JAMBOREE 2008 NAME CHANGES PERSONAL JOURNEY PATROL SYSTEM RESOURCES

4.00

OPEN FORUM

5.00

CLOSING CEREMONY

5.30

TOUR OF CROKE PARK

7.00

RECEPTION ADDRESS BY AN TAOISEACH MR BERTIE AHERN TD

CENTENARY BALL

8.00

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Sandwiches and refreshments can be purchased from outlets at the venue There is no fee for the conference Participants will receive a folder, pen, paper and Name tag on registration Full uniform should be worn Participants may attend a workshop of their choice

For anyone considering attending the Centenary Ball in Croke Park this November, bad news, it’s sold out. No more booking can be taken for the event. 28/09/2007

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Jamboree 2008 will be a for approx 10,000 people which will consist of sites for Irish and International Scouts. Punchestown National Event Centre, Naas, Co. Kildare. Arrival on site on 2nd August 2008 to departure off site on 10th August 2008. Staff will arrive a bit earlier and leave a bit later!! What is it? 9 day Scout Camp, 4 day Cub Camp, Venture Sub Camp, Beaver (Slumber Night) Day, 6 Provincial Managed Sub Camps. Scouts will camp under canvas in open fields and set up site alongside Scouts from many lands and cultures. An adventurous and fun filled packed programme to suit all age ranges. The Camp will run a series of programmes both on and off site utilizing a wide range of our Scouting Programmes. What is the cost? The cost to attend the Jamboree is €350 per Scout/Venture Scout. Cub camp is €140 per Cub Scout with a special Leader and Staff discount available. How do I sign up? Online registration now open for groups. Come as Staff – sign up online or contact National Office for hard copy applications. Online booking for Jamboree 2008 – NOW OPEN!! www.jamboree2008.ie

From April to September 2008 Scouting Ireland are holding a major exhibit of Scouting through the past 100 years in the National Museum, Collins barracks, Dublin. It will be a summer exhibit and will be well publicised in Irish media. Earlier this year Collie Kavanagh wrote to Groups asking for a Neckerchief and your Groups history to be sent to him at HQ. The response has been weak and S/I have asked once again for groups to submit their info to him. The aim of the exhibit is that each and every group in the country will be represented by their neckerchief in the exhibit. Scouting Ireland are looking at present for: One clean Group neckerchief  A brief history of your Group  A location map of your Den  A list of meeting times  A contact name including position in group and contact information Closer to the exhibit Scouting Ireland will be looking for: One Group Flag and…………. they will also be looking for a loan of equipment closer to the exhibit i.e. Old rucksacks, milk billies, billycans or dixies, old trek carts, compasses, first aid gear, patrol boxes, scout staves etc. If you have any questions or queries about the exhibit you can email Collie at ckavanagh@scouts.ie.

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THANK YOU To Ted Heaslip who has stepped down as CPC for Cub Scouts. The work and commitment is appreciated.

Awards Too Angela Stack on receiving the bronze meritorious award & Chief Scout Commendation and too Maura o’ Donnell on receiving the silver meritorious award at the recent County Management Committee Meeting. Also too Con Dennehy who was presented with a thank you badge for his coverage of scouting in the Kerry’s Eye and too Bill Kirby who was presented with a community award for his support over the years.

BEAVERS B IG BEAVER Equipment: a large blanket How to play: Huddling together, the children form into lodges. A leader places a blanket over them making one big Beaver! This giant beaver tries to move in different directions (forward, sideways, backwards). When they are able to do this, put up some obstacles for the giant beaver to climb over, under, and through! —————————————— CUBS BUMP

Jamboree 2008 the deadline for signing up to attend the Jamboree in 2008 is fast approaching. If you wish to attend please sign up online ASAP. At the last estimate their was 6,500 on board the jamboree bandwagon already and due to a limit of 10,000 the applications are closing shortly. Remember it is open to all age groups and families affiliated with your group are welcome too.

SCOUTS / VENTURERS KNOT RUN This game will help Scouts remember their knots great after the summer break. Equipment: All you need is one piece of rope. How to Play: Form your troop into a large circle. Scouts stand facing inward, with hands behind backs. IT walks around outside the circle carrying a piece of rope. Suddenly IT puts the rope into a Scout's hands, calls the name of a knot, and runs around the circle. The Scout who was given the rope must tie the knot correctly before IT gets back to her place. Failure means the Scout becomes the new IT. If successful, IT must try again. —————————————————

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Equipment: two basketballs, a basketball net How to play: All players form a line about 2 metres in front of the basket. Be sure to draw or mark a line at this point. The first two people in line should be holding a basketball. The object of the game is to make a basket before the person behind you does. The first person in line begins by throwing the ball at the hoop, and immediately the second person can also throw their ball. The players keep catching their own ball and attempting shots at the basket, until they get their ball in. Once they have scored they throw their ball to the next person in line, and run to the back of the line. The player who receives the ball should immediately start shooting to try and "bump" out the person in front of them who is already shooting! The trick is that if the person standing behind you in line manages to score before you, you are out and should sit along the sidelines. This gets confusing, as balls are being passed quickly, and shooters are changing, so make sure players keep track of who is in front and behind them. The game is also called bump because while layers are shooting, one player can use their ball to push or bump the ball of another out of the court ! Encourage Scouts to cheer each other on. The last person standing, wins!

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Clothes don’t make you warm, their job in the outdoors is to stop your body loosing heat, this is where the layering system comes in. The concept is simple and effective now that the winter is 1. close. There are 3 parts to the layering system. 2.

1.

The base layer

2.

The insulating layer

3.

The shell layer

3.

THE THREE LAYERS MADE SIMPLE THE BASE LAYER

This layer should be good at removing moisture form your skin, (also known as wicking) and good at distributing it evenly to the surface. This layer is normally branded as ‘performance’ wear. THE INSLUATING LAYER

Normally consisting of a light fleece or half zip fleece shirt. This retains heat by trapping warm air. In very cold weather several layers of this type of clothing will keep you warm. THE SHELL LAYER

Although lightwe ight, windproof and water pro of thi s layer sti ll all ows moisture to escape through microscopic holes in the fabric. Moisture escapes but rain can’t get in.

FOOTWEAR

The three types of hiking boots day hiker boots: they are cut at the ankle, which is good for clear dry trails Light backpackers which have good ankle & arch support including a waterproof liner they offer more support Backpacker boots which are normally made of leather are higher cut & waterproof, all boots should have solid soles that you could twist easily in your hands.

NEVER EVER set off with a set of new boots on your feet, be it hi tech boots, shoes, sandals, setting off with new footwear is an open invitation to the horror of blisters. Before you get your boots, get your feet measured & wear the socks you’ll be walking in. Walk around the shop in them & if possible up stairs with them. A good tip when buying your boots is if your toes hit the front they are too small, if you feel your foot lifting at the back the odd are you will get blisters. Remember feet swell as the hike goes on so allow for this. There are thousands of brands worldwide to chose from so take advise from your local outdoor store when buying the boots for you outing. OTHER EXTRAS FOR HIK ING & OUTDOOR TRIPS HATS: the human head looses heat in the out of doors as it is the first to get hot / wet & cold. In cold weather the best is a warm woolly hat, in sun the best is a fisherman's hat as it has a rim all around. If all else fails your neckerchief can make a good cap in most weathers. GLOVES: most of the time you do not need gloves but for the times when you do a good pair of polyester gloves that have been treated to make them waterproof are best. They block out water and keep you warm.

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Now available on the county web page is my A4 full colour version of the Beaver Scout Pawprint Trail. If you have trouble downloading it (i.e. if you have no broadband connection) let me know or sign up to www.ScoutTalk.ie and let me a message.

NEWSLETTER CONTACT DETAILS ANGELA STACK COUNTY PRO BALLYMACQUINN ARDFERT CO.KERRY 087 7820506 angelastackpro@gmail.com 28/09/2007

Due to the great feed back on the scout talk forum they have issued badges. These are not official badges for uniform but can be a nice a addition to your camp blanket, sleeping bag or rucksack. Badges cost â‚Ź2 (excludes P&P) and are available to buy online or by post.

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