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Inside Out

Issue 21 October 2011

Including All the latest news from Scouting around the Country....


The Monthly National Newsletter of Scouting Ireland

Chief Scout, Michael John Shinnick at the Phoenix 2011

Connaught MPC 2011

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SI Tweets and Website of the month SI Facebook Launched Anne Kelly steps down Beaver News Chief Scouts Diary Clontarf on RTE Connaught MPC 2011 Crean Challenge Weekend Cubs Corner Comms Team make Belgian magazine Blast from Past Hill Walking Conference Camp North East

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Venture Scouts Sea Scouts Douglas 60th ISGF Presidential candidate enrolled New Recruitment Flyer RTE to feature Lough Keel Recharge Weekend National Events Rover Scouts National News Local News Winner of Survey

Communications Commissioner Corner Well that month has flown by. We are now well into the start of another Scout Year. September has been another busy month for Scouting Ireland. We have features inside with the Recharge event, the Crean challenge training, and the Liffey Decent just some of the events featured. There is also loads of news from around the country on the various events that have been taking place. This month also features interactions we have had with RTE with shoots taken place in Lough Keel and with the Clontarf Scouts in Larch Hill. The Communications team are pleased to announce the Launch of our official Scouting Ireland Page, More details can be found inside this issue. We are running a competition on our Facebook page so why not check it out and Like us to take part. We need your help to increase the readership of this magazine so we are asking you to forward this on to all the members in your group and maybe even print out a few copies to display on your Den notice board. We would like if as many youth members as possible could have the opportunity to view this Magazine. So hope you enjoy this month’s issue and remember the deadline for next months submissions is 31st Oct. So please forward your pictures and articles to See you next Month Jimmy Cunningham Communications Commissioner

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Group leader Commissioners Conference Beaver Scout News Cub Scout News Sea Scouting Local news from around the country

And so much more!

Here at Inside Out we welcome all types of content from all sections and activities. The deadline for submission of material is the last day of every month. It can be sent to . Ideally text will be in a Word document and photos in .jpg format. Please try to give as much information as possible and don’t forget that you can also submit news directly to! Looking forward to seeing your news! Steven

This month’s Scouting Ireland tweets

Scouting Ireland Facebook Page Now Launched

Website of the Month The communications team are delighted to announce the launch of Scouting Irelands official facebook page. Already this page has received phenomenal hits with over 25,000 impressions in the first 2 weeks. The page is a way of addressing the need to communicate directly with our youth membership. The page also links news stories from other scouting Ireland team pages. Currently we are Running a competition for a Scout shop voucher and all you need to do to be in with a chance to win is to log into the facebook page and like us. If you have any thoughts on the page or any comments then you can contact us at This month’s website of the month is the 3rd Monaghan Carrickmacross Website. This group have an excellent website with great use of Video and Images. Also a lot of the articles are written by the Youth Members


You can check us out and leave a comment at the link below!/ScoutingIreland


Anne Kelly Steps Down from NMC At last week’s NMC meeting Under 26 member of the NMC Anne Kelly from Raheny Scout Group stepped down from her position. Anne finished University in the Summer and has decided to travel and explore the world for the next year or so. Anne is travelling to the far east first and then on to Australia. In her time on the NMC Anne has be vocal on matters pertaining to youth involvement and has been a great ambassador for Scouting. Speaking to the Communications team at the weekend Anne stated that it was spending a summer working in Kanderstag that has given her the travel bug. Actually she hopes to meet up and spend some time with Scouts she met in Kanderstag as she travels through Asia and Australia. During the meeting the Chief Scout made a presentation to Anne to mark her time on the committee and he wish her well on her travels. Anne wants to let people know that she will still be contactable on her Email address and she will be updating her Facebook page as she makes her way around the world. So on behalf of Scouting Ireland we wish Anne happy trails and hopefully it won’t be long until she is back in Raheny telling all the scouts out there the stories of her travels.


Beaver News When visiting groups the question often arises about how best to introduce the characters that are in the handbook. The beaver team have developed a number of stories that can be read aloud to the beaver scouts at a large log chew or to get the beaver scouts to read out in their lodges. At various stages you can interrupt and ask questions or explain something if it is not clear. The first story sets the scene and explains a little about the symbolic framework of the tribe. It is a simple story but interweaved are important elements of the beaver programme. ◊ This story introduces the idea behind the memory bag. ◊ Beaver scouts help to plan their progamme. ◊ Beaver scouts is about helping each other using our own unique talents. Each of the character’s characteristics shines through in this short story. ( Beaver scouts will identify with the different characters.) ◊ The Elders are seen as a guide, to keep things safe, it is the fox lodge that decide the journey. ◊ Beaver scouts are friendly and kind. ◊ Beaver scouts love adventure and FUN ! If you enjoyed this story we will be publishing further stories in the coming months based around each of the characters, if you have any queries or comments please email me at , I would be very interested to hear the beaver scouts thoughts about the story. Yours in Scouting, Stephen Halpin

The Fox Lodge begin their journey…. After a long hard Journey a new tribe finally arrived at a beautiful blue lake. This is where the tribe elders had planned to build a new Crannóg. Many families arrived to help with the building of the Crannóg. Soon, all the elders were busy building, even the older children were helping. However, every time any of the younger children tried to help they were told to “go over there“, or “move out of the way“, or to “stay out from under everybodies feet”. Everything was too heavy, or too large, or too difficult for them to manage. Building a New Crannóg was a tough job even for the elders. Eventually they all found themselves wandering about with nothing to do. There were six of them with the most bored looking faces you ever did see. This was no fun at all ! !

“First we‘ll need a name, ” Said Fionn. “Oh yes! We’ve got to have a name” said Moon starting to get excited too. “It’ll have to be a special name, so that people will know who we are and what we do”said Fionn. How about Strong Oak-trees” suggested Zena. “But I‘m not that tall” said Spike sadly. “ I don’t know either” said Moon “I’m not half as strong as you are”. “Hmmm” said Casper thinking. “We do live in the middle of a lake, like the eager Beavers that Sean Acki told us about in one of his funny stories. Remember?”. “You‘re right” said Zena “ and, they built huge Dams making their Lodge homes. We all try our best to work really hard too like they do”. “Oh yes” said Fionn “ and they help others, because their Dams make big ponds and lakes that other animals love too”. “We could be called The Beaver Lodge” suggested Casper. “Hold on a minute, What about Foxes?” exclaimed Star, “If we want people to know what we’re like I vote for Fox Den. Foxes live in Ireland, are very clever and adventurous, and they look after each other” She said.

Moon noticed that the other children his age were looking sad and bored, so he told his friend Fionn. Fionn smiled and decided to get all of them together. “Even when you’ve nothing to do” said Fionn, “it’s always more fun to do it with friends”. With that Fionn ran around and gathered the children together. “No one would let me help and I have to keep out of everyone‘s way” grumbled Spike. “What can we do now?” he asked miserably. “We could make our own tribe” said Fionn. “What a Fun Idea” said Zena. Spike began to smile with delight. Star got out some paper “Well then, we’ll need to make a plan” she said. Spike began to dance excitedly. . . . .


This time everyone said “Hmmm” and they thought,….and they thought,….. and they thought. Which one would they choose? “Hmmmmmm…!” Spike came up with a solution and in a quiet little voice he said “why can’t we be called the Fox Lodge?” Everyone looked at him in amazement. “Fantastic”, “Brilliant”, “What a great idea”, “The Perfect Name” “Now we can be Beavers AND foxes” they cheered and Jumped about excitedly.

“Do you think there’s any other children living near here?” asked Moon. “I do hope so” said Fionn. “and if we meet any on our adventure they could join our game too”. Oh! That would be really nice” said Moon. Spike had another idea “Maybe we could tell them about Beavers and they could pick an animal they like for their lodge, and then we’ll ALL be special Beavers”. With that they began to plan. Oh! what fun they had getting everything ready so they would be prepared for their first Adventure. Fionn brought some rope, Zena brought a hammer, Star borrowed a knife, Moon brought some cloth, and Casper collected some small pots and plates. “Is that enough? asked Spike. “Well, we should be prepared, we don’t know what to expect”said Fionn, and they all went back for more helpful items. Spike got some snacks and a few bottles of water. Casper got a compass and a small mirror, Star brought some tinder, Moon brought plasters and bandages, Fionn put a torch in, and Zena carried all of their spare clothes. Don’t you think we have enough now? asked Moon. “Maybe we should just get a few more bits, . . .just to be prepared”said Zena with a smile.


They all had one more little look around and they were happy that The Fox Lodge were prepared for just about anything with their kit. When they had everything packed up neatly, they set off. “Wait wait wait” shouted Spike as he began running back to his hut. “I forgot something really important” they heard him say as he disappeared around a corner. After a minute he came running back with an EMPTY draw-string bag! “What’s that for? asked Zena. “In case we find some treasures along the way” answered Spike “and I just wanted to . . .” “Be PREPARED” all the children shouted together. Spike laughed and said our memories are our biggest treasure. Just then a village elder approached and asked “ where are you going lads ?” , they all answered “ On an adventure” , the Elder said “ I would love to go on an adventure too and I will be there to help you if you need it”. So this was it, they set off on their very first Adventure in this new land!

Chief Scout’s Diary

spoke and Kiernan ran a quiz between acts slick and as professional as one could get. I must find out who wrote Kiernan’s jokes they were good.

Chief Scout and the World Jamboree

A night To remember. Well done and a big thank you to all who help make it happen

Irish House

Media Team

Dave, James, Susan and their junior reporters helped to convey the Spirit that is good about Scouting Ireland and is membership. They were excellent in the way they promoted Irish Scouting. A first for Jamboree at World level and memories retained for life.

We may have created a stick to beat ourselves with, the success of this may be due to those who worked and performed in the house. Ten countries were allowed to set up a house to offer and sell food with their countries culture to promote in the background . We where one of the chosen countries who were given the honour of having a house. What a menu we provided. Full Irish Breakfast Irish Coffee Irish Stew Smoked Salmon on brown bread Scones plain , current , and brown Brown Bread home made in the House. The decor was traditionally Irish with the Entrance as if you were entering an Irish Cottage. All made in Ireland and shipped by container including the Kitchen to Sweden. Irish Band “Standing Room Only” was aptly named as that was the only room we had in this marquee of 10 mtrs .x 30 mtrs. With 30 tables 10 to a table 400 in the Irish House every night. Our very own talented youth took to the stage also. Nonalcoholic drinks served all through the Jamboree with no issues and an atmosphere to surpass any good Irish Pub. To the Staff a Big Thanks.

Irish Night Invitation

Contingents invited others to their formal nights and we put on a show on our night. We had a great response from all over the world. We had scouts from Hong Kong, UK, USA, Czech Rep, Canada, India, Brazil, Japan, and all the Nordic Countries to name a few . Greeted at the door of the Cottage by John Lawlor, Ann Foley and I and ushered to places by Pauline Lucas. We set the scene for a Hooly of all Hoolies . M.C. Kiernan Gildea and the Irish House Staff served some display of Irish Food . The talented youth of Ireland and of our Irish Contingent entertained with set dancing, song, west Galway dancing which blew us all away. John and I


Road Safety Initiative

Having the Irish Ambassador to Sweden His Excellency Donal Hamill drive a 12 hour round trip from Stockholm say’s it all. We chatted in the Irish House and he also took time to see how we were projecting Ireland in a positive way to the 156 Countries attending. The Joining Hands Ceremony with the Greek Scout Association and the two united Nation officials attending the event. The event on the UN website we punched above our weight again.

Neckerchiefs / Contingent Badges

The Irish Neckerchief was the hottest property since the slice pan. Trading for full USA Uniform to Hoodies from Finland and could the Irish Scouts trade. Some troops had training in the camp as part of their pre camp readiness. It paid off. I could name all who attended and worked for the success of the Irish attendance at Jamboree in Sweden but suffice to say that one and all did their best I was there I saw it first hand . A Portuguese Scouter said to me on the last day how could we have 3,000 attend a WSJ . Funny what a small country with 780 attending can project a spirit as though we were 4 times our size. It’s a mark of Scouting Ireland.

Chief Scout Visits The Phoenix Challenge At the Phoenix National Patrol Challenge this weekend and the spirits are high with both Scouts and Scouters. I walked the site last evening with Morgan O’Sullivan there were some very impressive campsites and campcraft was of a very high standard. Skills and Patrol projects were all completed with some great fun at some of the bases been had by Patrols. I sat down with two Scouters who were on security duty at the gate last night and enjoyed the chat and the banter as people came and went, it’s as it should be. There is a great sense of what Scouting is about and I heard some interesting tales! I visited one sub camp and went into one of the Patrols site to find two stronger patrols in campcraft helping that patrol improve their site. And this in a ‘Competition! It’s all that is good about Scouting one of those Patrols are most likely contenders for a National trophy this weekend here in Paliskenry. There seems to be a good step forward in campcraft but as always there is room to improve. We tossed about some interesting ideas on this from outside the Box over the weekend. Great turn out for the Scouts Own at 9am after breakfast Fr. Dave welcomed one and all with Venture Scouts and Scouts involved in the Ceremony. Back to the Campsite to start dismantling the sites. Just as this starts a shower falls one of only two throughout this sunny weekend in Limerick.


The Trade fair starts with all the Patrols swapping like crazy. In the main square and busses trucks and land-rovers with trailers lined up to be loaded with camping gear and equipment for the long haul home for some. The results should be announced before 3pm. Sites are nearly all cleared all 53 Patrols will assemble soon to hear the results. subcamps gather in the main hall Patrol by Patrol. A draw takes place for a bike that was raffled at the tuck shop. An excited scout wins. Stephen Synnott the Programme Commissioner Events and Conor Mc’Keown Programme Commissioner Scouts on stage presenting the results and reflecting on a great few days.

Clontarf Beavers on RTE

Connaught MPC 2011 Friday

Beaver Scouts from Clontarf Scout Group appeared recently on the RTE Jr TV channel where they shared with everyone the skills of how to cook outdoors. The menu was very scout like with Sausages and beans as the headline act. The programme was shot in Larch hill on one of our only good days in the summer. Well done to the Beavers from Clontarf on a job well done If you want to view the Programme Click on the link below

We met up at the den ay 3:00pm, and a stop at Tesco Lisduggan and 2 missing consent forms later we eventually got on the road in Doctor Paddy’s bus of banter! The journey took us 6 ½ hours including stops (we only got lost twice). We arrived at the car park at 10:20pm and checked ourselves in. Then we set ourselves up for the 2km walk we had to complete to get to the base camp. After the hike, we set about looking for a flat, dry piece of land to pitch our tent, no easy task in a bog in Co. Mayo. Eventually, after a good half hour, we found a decent place. Liam and Adam got up our 3 man Vango, while I helped Paddy with his 2 man tadpole. By 01:00am we were all asleep.


We woke up at 07:00am to the delicious breakfast of – Pot Noodle (of course) and dry Weetabix. After a hurried breakfast, Liam rushed down to the PL’s meeting and came back with the news that we would be setting off on our big hike at 09:00am and to bring our bivvy bag and sleeping bag in case of an emergency. After preparing our bags and armed with all sorts of weapons including chocolate and bog roll, we went down to check out and commence the hike. The 1.8km uphill hike to the first


checkpoint was arguably the hardest section of the hike. After we reached the first checkpoint, a gale force wind came on, and we found shelter behind some big rocks. When the wind died down we began moving at a reasonably fast pace and after the fifth checkpoint, I took over from Adam as the navigator. Some time later, we encountered a checkpoint on our way to a different one altogether and they asked us did we want to go back to base camp because the weather was so bad, we decided that that’s what we’d do and so we set off along the edge of the mountain ridge almost getting blown off multiple times. Eventually we came to the point to go down in to the valley. When we got down, we crossed a river to get back to base camp. As soon as we got back, we boiled up some water for a feast of Pot Noodle and Cup-A-Soups . We then lay down in the tent and relaxed for a few hours before going to sleep at 8:30pm (Yes, we were wrecked!).


We woke up at 02:30am this morning to find the 4 walls of the tent closing in on us from all angles. I went outside to stamp in the tent pegs, to make sure the wind didn’t blow the tent away with us in it. We then drifted off to an uneasy sleep. When the alarm went of at 7am, we decided to stay in bed until called. That happened at 09:00am when we went down to the Scouts Own to say some prayers and receive our badges.


Crean Challenge Weekend The first ever Crean Challenge training weekend went ahead last weekend as planned with huge thanks to Mags O’Riordan, Dave Shalloo and Eoin Campbell. Keiran, Diarmuid and the lads in Killaloe NWAC were extremely helpful and contributed greatly to the success of the event. Dave Batt and his Hillskills team came up trumps with material they provided for the map skills workshop. In addition the one on one assessments completed in Killaloe with the scouts proved to be a success. The objective of The Crean Challenge Expedition is to challenge scouts beyond their own expectations, both mentally and physically. It is safe to say this was achieved this weekend. In summary all the participants arrived in Castleconnel on Friday evening where we did ice breakers, route cards for Saturdays hike and a map skills assessment. In addition we briefly discussed the required log book format for the expedition and the scouts also drafted a code of conduct. Armed with their route card and a deadline to arrive in Killaloe NWAC by 13.00 the participants embarked on a 13km hike from O’Briens Bridge in two patrols. They battled through miserable weather keeping an eye out for their two ‘food dumps’ (Survival and Lunch supplies). Each patrol was required to pick ten of the seventeen survival items when their first ‘food dump’ was found, this proved to be a good team work exercise sparking debate amongst the newly acquainted individuals. The second ‘food dump’ was found closer to Killaloe and contained lunch.

On arrival in Killaloe NWAC the scouts were greeted by four members of the Hillskills team and undertook a compass game (test) and a one on one skills assessment from which training actions were discussed and developed. The next phase of the programme was our journey to Young Island for a backwoods survival experience. All fifteen scouts were transported northwards by car to Mountshannon where they were meet by Killaloe staff who ferried them to Holy Island on the power boats (this was quite the experience). Once on Holy Island they were required to paddle to Young Island before dark (30 minutes). Following our landing on Young Island the patrols were tasked with locating their food dumps for the night, building a bivy, and lighting a fire suitable for backwoods cooking in what can only be described as harsh conditions. The wind and the rain meant that organisation and team work were key, with some of the scouts showing real leadership and planning abilities. Sunday morning was cold and it was not raining for the first time all weekend. The scouts were driven by boat back to Killaloe where Diarmuid completed some rowing training with them. As the participants were completing a hike and paddling as part of the training weekend, Diarmuid suggested we include a rowing session on Sunday morning as this would allow the scouts to complete the Brian Boru Challenge. As anticipated all the scouts were delighted to leave with a badge The latter part of Sunday morning involved reviewing the weekend, revisiting the code of conduct and completing an exercise designed to create awareness of the SPICES. Following the exercise the Scouts were tasked with developing their own personal challenges to be completed as part of the expedition. They will return to the December training weekend with an outline plan for their personal challenges and will have completed some of there identified training which will be recorded in their logbooks.


The mentors Mags, Dave and Eoin also took part in the review providing feedback to the scouts and vice versa. Some scouts need to improve upon their planning and preparation skills before the next training weekend. Some need to practice route cards and compass work, while other scouts identified the area of backwoods skills as an area they needed to work on. The general consensus amongst the scouts was that they had done more in one day than they would typically do in a weekend. Most importantly the majority of the scouts got an incite into what is involved in an expedition and were exposed to a multitude of skills. Their interpersonal skills, their motivation, organisation skills, and their endurance/focus were all tested throughout the weekend. Undoubtedly the training weekend was a huge learning experience for the participants and I hope it inspired them to raise their own expectations of themselves for the second training weekend. We are looking forward to what the second training weekend throws at us. I will be touch again following the second training weekend in December. Conor McKeon Programme Commissioner (Scouts)

Cub Corner


Hedgerow Haven Welcome to the “Hedgerow Haven” edition of Cubs Corner in inSIde out! We have lots of programme ideas for you to try out including Halloween games and stories, craft ideas, bark rubbing and the recipe for Chocolate Apples mmmmm! Don’t forget that the Cub Scouting Days take place on the 22nd and 23rd of October Are you ready to take up the challenge and “Escape from Zombie Island”?? We will also be launching the Green Card Programme at the Group Leaders and Commissioners Conference on the 22nd October so watch out for details in the next edition of inSIde out. Check us out on Facebook : SI Cub Scouts Programme Team You can post your programme ideas here … and let us know what you enjoy doing in Cub Scouts! In the meanwhile we hope that you enjoy some of the programme ideas

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Cut a square of cloth (enough to cover a lollipop.) This will act as the head. Cut a piece of Yarn (enough to act as the tie around the neck of the scarecrow.) Lay the fabric centered over the lollipop. Pull the edges down around the lollipop and tie it in place using the yarn. You now have a scarecrow face you can decorate. You can glue on yarn or straw for the hair and also add googly eyes. Use the marker to draw a mouth (maybe stitch lines). Finally, cut a fat triangle out of felt and glue the edges together to make a cone hat and glue it on top of the scarecrow’s head.

Bird Feeder (This bird feeder uses recycled goods) What is needed? 1. Plastic drink bottles 2. String 3. Scissors 4. Bird seeds (Beware of nut allergies!)

Instructions: Annette & the Cub Scout Programme Team

Autumn Craft Ideas Mini Scarecrow (Full sized scarecrows would be difficult to complete in a reasonable amount of time) What is needed? 1. Lollipop 2. Small square of cloth 3. Yarn 4. Glue 5. Felt 6. Felt tip marker 7. Googly eyes

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Cut a hole in the side of the bottle (about 1/3 of the way down the bottle) Make small slices in the bottom of the bottle to allow drainage of water. Make a hole in the lid of the bottle, and thread through the piece of string. Make small holes in the bottle opposite each other, underneath the larger hole. Push a chopstick (or something similar) through the holes. This acts as a perch for the birds Fill with a selection of bird seeds. Hang on a tree branch.



Conkers What is a conker?

A conker is the seed of the horse chestnut tree this is different to the sweet chestnut tree where we get edible chestnuts from. It is a hard brown nut which is found in a prickly casing. The green outer casing of the seed will turn brown and crack open revealing the conkers inside. They fall from the tree when they are ripe during the autumn months. Each seed pod can house many conkers. Conkers is also the name given to a game played between two people at a time.

How to prepare your conker for playing

The best conkers to play with are uncracked, firm and symmetrical. Make a hole through the middle of your chosen conker. Thread a strong piece of string about 25cm long, through the hole and tie a knot at one end, so that it doesn’t pull through.

How to play conkers?

Each player has a conker hanging on its string. Players take turns at hitting their opponent’s conker. If you are the one whose conker is to be hit first, let it hang down from the string which is wrapped round your hand. The conker is held at the height your opponent chooses and is held perfectly still. • • • • •


Your opponent, the striker, wraps their conker string round their hand just like yours. They then takes their conker in the other hand and draw it back for the strike. Releasing the conker they swing it down by the string held in the other hand and tries to hit their opponents conker (yours) with it. If a player misses hitting his/her opponents conker they are allowed up to two further goes. If the strings tangle, the first player to call “strings” gets an extra shot. If a player hits his/her opponents conker in such a way that it completes a whole circle after being hit - known as ‘round the world’ – the player gets another go.

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If a player drops their conker, or it is knocked out of their hand the other player can shout ‘stamps’ and jump on it; but should its owner first cry ‘no stamps’ then the conker, hopefully, remains intact. The game goes on in turns until one or other of the two conkers is completely destroyed.

How to choose a good conker

Ever wondered why some conkers float in water but most sink? When placed in water, all the conkers that have damage inside them will, due to their lack of density, float to the surface. For Cub Scouts who wish for ‘killer’ Conkers you simply throw away the floaters and concentrate on the much harder ones at the bottom of the bucket.

Hints on how to make your conkers harder You could try one of the following, although it is considered cheating: • Soak your conker in vinegar. • Bake your conker in the oven (or put it in the hot press) • Use an old conker from previous years.

Interesting facts about Conkers • • • • • •

Horse chestnut trees were first introduced to Ireland in the late 16th century from Eastern Europe. Horse chestnut conkers, unlike many other kinds of chestnut seed, are unfit for human consumption. Conkers are edible by deer, cattle and horses. The first recorded game of conkers was on the Isle of Wight in 1848 and was modelled on a 15th century game played with hazelnuts, also known as cobnuts. The origin of the name ‘conker’ is unclear, but one popular explanation is that it stems from the French word cogner, meaning to “hit” or “biff”. Extracts from horse chestnuts have been used to treat malaria, varicose veins, diarrhoea, frostbite and ringworm, as well as being a component of sunscreen products.

Bonkers For Conkers

Late September/October is the best time to collect conkers. Conkers are the fruit of a horse chestnut tree and are therefore quite abundant when in season. They can be found in most parks around Ireland.

How to play:

Location Ideas Reasons for picking a location: • • • • •

Plenty of conkers! Plenty of space. Nature Trails. Woodland areas. Sports fields or another possible form of entertainment.

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Tie a knot a one end.

Firstly, it’s a two player game. Players take turns at trying to hit each other’s conkers. If you are the one whose conker is to be hit first, let it hang down from the string which is wrapped round your hand. The conker is held at the height your opponent chooses and is held completely still. Your opponent, the striker, wraps his conker string round his hand. He then takes his conker in the other hand and draws it back for the strike. Releasing the conker you swing it down by the string held in the other hand and tries to hit the opponents conker with it. The game goes on in turns until one of the conkers is completely destroyed.

“Conker Critters”

The original game. (Instructions on the next page) Split into groups and see who can find the biggest and the smallest.

Conker Craft Ideas • • •

Conker necklaces. (Pierce a hole through the centre and thread through a piece of wool and tie) “Conker Critters” (Photo and directions on the next page) Making the actual conker on the string for the game.

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Every book or internet site that I have seen recommend that you leave these types chestnuts to be eaten by animals. It’s a different type of chestnuts that are safe to eat.

Conkers (Game)

How to prepare your conker for playing: • Firstly use an uncracked, hard conker that is as close to a ball shape as possible. • Make a hole through the centre of the conker. • Thread a strong piece of string through the hole (about 25cm long)


What’s needed? Felt tip marker, Glue, Googly eyes, Scissors

Bobbing for Apples Truly a classic Halloween game, this game dates at least as far back as ancient Rome, when it was believed to be performed during the Roman harvest festival that honored the Goddess Pamona. All you need for this fun filled Halloween game is a large plastic basin or bucket, water and apples. Make sure that the basin is CLEAN before you use it!! First, you will want to remove all of the stems from the apples and wash them thoroughly. Next, fill the tub with apples (one for each player) inches of the top with water. It’s also a good idea to have some towels available for players to dry their faces off with. (or you could go play “find the Yeti” straight afterwards – complete with wet face! (Find the Yeti ……. Hide some grapes or sweets in a mound of flour ………. See who ends up looking like a Yeti!!!! ) The players now take turns trying to retrieve an apple with only their mouth by placing their heads in the tub. This is actually more difficult than it might seem, since the apples bob around as you try to bite into them.

Hanging Apples Version

Another version of this game is to hang apples with string by there stems from the ceiling or if outdoors, from tree limbs at head level. Just like in the water version above, the object is to retrieve an apple using only your mouth. Just make sure to attach them securely or they will be pulled down as the players try to bite them. The same applies in this version for the apples, with smaller one’s being easier for players to bite into. This is great for an outdoor Halloween party as you can hang several apples from tree limbs for multiple players to try to bite.

Story Telling The Story of poor Hal O’Ween You pass around paper cups while telling the story below. Do it in the dark or in a semi dark room and tell them they can’t look in the cups. The cups are filled with “gross body parts” (food) you have to guess what it really is.


What You Need: • Paper cups. • Frozen sprouts or peas • Peeled stewed tomatoes, • Boiled Egg • Piece sausage, • Wool or thick thread • Ketchup • Latex glove, • Gelatin, • Dried apricot or prune • Cold spaghetti, • Pickle, • Papers and pencils. What To Do: Ahead of time, prepare the cups that are described below. Have everyone sit in a circle, then shut out the lights and start the story. You have to have the room dark so that people cannot see what’s inside of the cups. You can pass out paper and pencil a the beginning of the game and let them write down their guesses between each cup or you can have each player guess out loud between each cup. At the very end of the game, you can tell them what is in each cup, but wait until the end!! If you have a quite a few cubs in your pack – have a few “bodies” in cups so that no one is left out! Here’s The Story: tell this tale as you pass around each cup. “Once in this town there lived a man named Hal O’Ween. T’was years ago, on this very night, that he was murdered out of spite. They say these are his remains. Here is his brain, which now feels no pain. (a peeled squishy tomato) Here are his eyes, still frozen with surprise. (two frozen sprouts or peas)

Here is his heart. Be careful lest it start! (a boiled egg) Now we have his hair, which once was so fair! (a handful wool or thick thread) Feel these drops of his blood. All the rest turned to mud. (a little ketchup thinned with warm water) One hand all alone, just rotting flesh and bone. (a damp plastic glove filled with red gelatin or ice) Now touch his ear. He nevermore will hear! (a dried apricot) This is his nose. It will never smell a rose. (a pickle, a hot dog) These worms are all that’s left to feel. For them Hal O’Ween was a lovely meal! (wet spaghetti) After the lights back on and everyone has finished writing down their guesses, collect the papers. As you check their guesses, you can show everyone what was really in the cups. Give a nice prize to the person with the most correct answers.

How to Tell Ghost Stories

Whether it’s on Halloween night or simply sitting around the campfire, telling ghost stories is an age-old tradition. The idea of course is to tell a story that frightens the listeners in a fun, frightening and entertaining way. Typically these short stories center around some sort of supernatural occurrence or creature such as a haunted house, ghosts, vampires, monsters, crazed killers and the like. To be good at telling ghost stories you need to keep several things in mind. Whether you tell a known ghost story or adapting one to your needs or creating a


completely original story, it should be believable and able to hold the interest of its listeners. Tell important aspects of the story in enough detail so that they can visualize the events taking place, but not so much as to slow down the flow of the story. Ghost stories are usually told as a though they were an historical event or sometimes as something that is currently taking place. Provide a basic setting that includes the time period of the event, the location where it happened, and fabricated historical facts. Do a little research and find stories that are fairly short and believable. If the story centers around a place it should contain vivid details so that listeners can visualize it in their minds and possibly relate to a place they’ve been to or know about. Stories that revolve around a person or group of people should have characters that are believable. Make the characters real by giving some information about them. Don’t do this all at once, but over the course of the story. Adapt the stories as needed, but most importantly, learn the story by heart. If you sound like you yourself believe the story to be true, everyone else will. If you sound like you are making it up as you go along, no one will believe you. If a story is to long or doesn’t get to a scary fairly soon, your listeners will get restless and then bored. Remember, a scary story doesn’t have to be gruesome to frighten people. While many of these stories are bloody and horrific, others are simply creepy and shocking. If one or more people become very scared, tone down the story. Keep the stories more on the light hearted side and not too scary. A fun game, particularly at a Halloween party where there is a group of people, is for each person to take two or three minutes to make up part of a ghost story, and then the next person has the same amount of time to add on to it, and so on. Below is an anatomy of a very short ghost story with tips and suggestions about telling a ghost story. The text in black is the actual story and the text in red are suggestions and explanations of the elements.

“A Message from the Grave” I remember, back in the eighties, there was this elderly lady name Mrs. Bradley, who lived on O’Connell Street, that’s the street on the other side of the Liffey cemetery. By saying when it took place, you set a time to the tale. Find out the name of the street next over from your local cemetery and use it. Add the cemetery name in as well. This will add known locations to the story. Well, her husband, John I think his name was, had passed away the week before, but on his death-bed, he had told her that he needed to tell her something very important, something that she really needed to know. It was 8:30pm and visiting hours were ending, so she told him he should just rest, and she went home without finding out what he wanted to tell her. This will tie-in in to the story later. That night, there was terrible storm, lots of thunder and lightning. Worst storm we’d had in years! John passed away that night and Mrs. Bradley never did get to hear what he wanted to tell her. Most people get a little spooked during a storm, this adds an element of scariness to the story. Three days later, there was a funeral for John, half the town went. Everyone liked that old guy! Mrs. Bradley kept thinking about how bad she felt that he never got to tell her what he had wanted to. There was another bad storm that night, the kind that knocks out electricity and phones, really bad! At 9:33pm that night her phone rang. She answered the phone but she could only hear moaning on the other end. Even though no words were spoken, she said that it had sounded just like her husband. This lasted for a few minutes, then the line went dead. She said she got at least four calls like that during the night. The next day, she tried to call her neighbor, Mrs. Jones, you’ve heard of her, if she would drive her to the cemetery so she could place flowers on her husbands grave but the phone lines were still out.. So she walked next door and asked her. Adding in another person with a known name to the people listening to the story gives credence to what they discover. As they approached, they saw several utility men working near the grave. Mrs. Bradley asked what they were doing, they told her that during the storm, a telephone line had fallen down and was laying across this grave. She looked at the headstone they pointed to and saw that it was her dead husbands grave! Adding in another person gives credence to what they discover. Were the phone calls she had received the night before made from beyond the grave by her dead husband, trying to tell her what he wanted to before he died?


Chocolate apples You will need per Six: • • •

6 apples 500g chocolate 6 lollipop sticks

In general you will need: Hundreds and thousands Greaseproof paper Microwave • Place chocolate in a microwave proof bowl • Put bowl of chocolate in microwave for 3 mins (950w microwave) or until the chocolate has melted • Put lollipop sticks in through the core of the apples • Dip the apples in chocolate (holding by the lollipop stick) • Then dip in hundreds and thousands • Put on greaseproof paper to set Options: • You could use white chocolate instead of milk chocolate • Replace the hundreds & thousands with m&m’s

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Hill Walking Conference 2011 The Hill Walking Adventure Skills Team would like to invite all interested Scouts and Scouters to Scouting Ireland first Hill Walking Conference Weekend to be held in Larch Hill on Saturday and Sunday the 19th and 20th of November. The weekend is divided into two distinct elements. The first part on the Saturday is the conference element which is aimed at consolidating the programme / activities to date and launching the next phase of the development, this element will be open to all who wish to attend as the main aim of the conference is the promotion of the Hill Walking Skills. Saturday Night and Sunday are the skills development workshops which will be targeted at specific skills development within the expert panel and those wishing to join it. We will also run navigation assessments for those with complete logbooks. The programme for the conference will include • A review of the roll out to date in terms of the successes and the challenges / feedback from that process. This will be followed by opening up to the floor for discussion • How the National Hill walking Activities (Sionnach, MPC, and PEAK & SNS) and the Hill Walking Adventure Skills Teams interact and support each others work. Together with feedback on our link up with Mountaineering Ireland (MI) and the Mountain Leader Training Board (BOS) and how MI is supporting the roll out of the skills awards. • Further Training opportunities between MI / SI (Mountain Skills / Mountain Leader) • Further Adventure Opportunities o Winter Meet February 2012 (Stage 9 Training but open to all) o Alpine Meet July 2012 (Stages 8 and 9 Training but open to all) o Mountaineering Expedition 2013 o Women with Altitude (Promoting more female participation) • Presentation – International Expeditions are for everyone • Presentation of the New Hill Walking Skills Training Packs o Introduction of Logbook o Stage 1 to 5 Training & Assessment aimed at Groups o Stage 6 Training & Assessment aimed at Counties o Stage 7 Training & Assessment aimed at Counties & Provinces • Presentation of Training and Assessment Plans for the Stage 8 & 9 • Issuing of Certificate books and assessment instructions to the expert panel • Any other good ideas that other people have


The Skills Development Workshops will be structured specifically around the candidates who apply to take part and as such we will not publish a specific plan as yet, however the following is the concept that is under development (We will close the list on these workshops on the 4th November to ensure we have both the appropriate programme and the correct instructor / student ratios) Workshop 1 - Mountain Leader Refresher, Night Navigation on the Saturday Night and Rope work / Steep Ground on the Sunday, this will be open to anybody who has completed Official Mountain Leader One and will be lead by official BOS ML Trainers. Workshop 2 – Night Navigation – Leave No Trace – Steep Ground Work. Open to all who wish to partake. Workshop 3 – Assessments - Night navigation – Leave no Trace – review of logbook Open to all but logbook must be submitted by 7th November. The logbook is available to download on Hillwalking%20Logbook.pdf. The cost for the weekend is payable in advance by 4th November as we have to confirm catering and instructor cover. Cheques should be make payable to Scouting Ireland Hill walking and sent to the team care of National Office. €20 Conference only – to include refreshments / lunch and a DVD of all material presented to take away €50 Conference and Workshop/Assessment If you are interested in taking part please contact the team at

Hi Everyone You many have heard that the North East Province plans to run a camp next year. This is the case. Camp North East will run from Thursday 4th – Sunday 7th May 2012. It will be for Scouts, Ventures and Rovers and will be held in Portlick campsite. The camp is in the early stages of planning and a number of roles and positions have still to be filled. We are currently looking for volunteers to work as staff for the camp. Some roles will require more time commitment than others but anyone that is willing to give up any of their time will be put to use. The camp will cater for roughly 750-850 youth members. With 7 counties in the province it is important each are represented at the camp. Therefore we will strive to make sure that each county has a limit to how many youth members can attend, it is important that if you want your troop to go that you get your name down early. The cost of the camp is €40 for youth members and €20 for leaders and staff. The cost covers camping, activities and a camp badge. Closing date for applications is 31st January 2012 but with limited places we advise you book before that. Booking is by email to Please put “Camp North East Booking” in the subject box. Booking forms are attached. Information on the camp will be posted regularly on Camp Chief is Willie O’Connor. If you have any further questions about the camp contact Willie directly or email Regards Camp North East Team


cooking gear, food etc in them) off the bus and we were handed an envelope before the bus drove off. This was a very daunting moment as we realised now the challenge had begun.

The Venture Scout Challenge The Venture Scout Challenge consists of teams of two ventures walking 100km in 5 days, completing a set of challenges along the way and mapping your own route to a final destination. On the challenge you are responsible for your own food and accommodation while keeping to a set budget and also keeping a detailed log, budget, menu, etc. The two lucky Venture Scouts from Carrickmacross that have taken on with this challenge, that took place from the 12th to the 19th of August, were Seamus Hayes and Mark Kearney. Below is an extract from a report they did for the local paper the Northern Standard. Our Venture Challenge began when all the teams met up in Renmore Scout Den in Galway at about 9pm on Thursday the 12th of August. We spent some time getting to know the other 20 teams of ventures that had arrived. We were given our Venture Challenge neckerchiefs, jackets and polo shirts. We then had a short meeting with the leaders to sort out our ‘Personal Challenges’. Once that was sorted Pat, the organiser, came out and gave us all an encouraging speech. He told us that our bus was leaving at 7:45 the next morning and that we should head to bed now to get a good night’s sleep. He told us this at 11:00, but of course we didn’t get to bed until 1:00am. We woke the next morning at 7:00, packed up and got onto the bus (no breakfast ... starving). When everyone was on the bus, each team number was called and they were told to get their bags and get off the bus! This made us all nervous – where were we going to be abandoned?? The bus then left Renmore and it stopped roughly every 10 minutes and another team would be thrown off the bus at each stop. Some teams were left off in the middle of nowhere while others were left in towns. We were the 12th team called but luckily we were left in a small village. We got our heavy rucksacks (yes, we had tents, sleeping bags, thermarest’s, clothes,


We decided to sit down at a nearby picnic table to plan our route. In the envelope there were two folders, a map, a mobile phone, our budget money (€50) and our personal challenges. In one folder there was a notebook for us to do our log (day’s events, menu, and budget) in and in the other folder there were projects for us to complete. We had three projects to do; one on rating the tidiest and untidiest towns, one was a survey investigating how alive the Irish language is today, and the last project was to visit an interesting cultural location and document its history and influence on the surrounding area. We found out that our final destination was to be Lahinch Army Camp. We planned our route (walking about 20km per day) and finally began our long treacherous journey. By the end of day one the blisters had set in. We started the day by sorting the most important thing – food! After we walked and walked and walked. It rained all day long until of course we finished pitching our tent – then the sun came out! The first time we asked someone if we could camp in their garden was nerve wrecking. Thankfully this went well and after a day or two we weren’t too bothered at asking. In fact, people were very friendly and we were even on occasion treated to a fry up and tea and biscuits. We worked hard at the challenges and the days flew by. At times we were cold and tired, and it was hard work (staying up till 3am finishing the log at times). At other times we met up with other teams and we would have a chat with them and then head on. We met some interesting people along the way, one day a girl stopped in her car and told us how she had done the Explorer Belt (a similar international challenge) and asked us about what we were doing. We arrived back at base camp just in the nick of time – unlike another team that arrived a day early and were reminded that they had to camp 10km AWAY from the base camp on the last night – so they had to turn round and walk 10km away!!!! Throughout the challenge we kept in contact with the base camp and they would check up on us from time to time (this consisted of them throwing sweets at us as they drove past!)

We had two days reprieve at base camp, and true to scouting form we had a great time. We first had to go through a debriefing and various interviews before the awards ceremony. We both did Carrick proud in that we got all three awards – a Certificate, a badge, and a woggle. We then celebrated our hard work and effort by going surfing and airsofting and in general having a laugh with the other teams. We would recommend this challenge as we really enjoyed it, we made new friends and learned a lot, however it was difficult and it required determination and dedication to the tasks. We can’t wait for the reunion!! Written by Mark Kearney and Seamas Hayes

Sea Scouts Long Distance Skiff Race 2011 This event took place on Saturday 17 September. Unfortunately the weather looked as though it might be as bad as earlier in the month, when the Sea Scout Rowing Regatta was postponed 3 times, and finally cancelled. The forecast was for Westerly force 6 winds, usually called a “small boat gale”. Usually the race starts in Dun Laoghaire, and the under 17 crews row right across the open water of Dublin Bay to the Poolbeg Lighthouse. This year it was considered unwise with such a forecast, even accompanied by escort vessels with outboard motors. However, phone calls between the various Troops established that conditions in the port and the river were sheltered and satisfactory, and two boats from 5th Port (Wednesday and Valkyries Troops) had already been rowed across from Dollymount the previous day. So Malahide and Dun Laoghaire arranged larger powered craft to tow their boats to Ringsend. Since there would be no race leg across the bay, a new course for the under 17 crews was rapidly planned – from the Poolbeg YC Marina up the Liffey to the Custom House, and back down past the Yacht Club again to Costello’s Slip near the lighthouse. This was actually a bit longer than the usual leg across the Bay! The under 15 crews rowed back up-channel to the Poolbeg Yacht Club Marina, where the under 14 crews embarked and rowed further up-river, turning into the River Dodder, rowing up-stream under Ringsend Bridge, to the finish line at the 4th Port Sea Scouts new Den. So, the event went ahead, with no change to the courses for under 15 or under 14 crews. It was most successful, and well worth the extraordinary “last minute” re-arrangements and rush!


9th Port & 5th Port u.17 Crews passing Ringsend Power Station.

35th Scout Liffey Canoe Race

4th Port Sea Scouts, who had originally “invented” this event many years ago, hosted the teams, parents and friends for refreshments and lunch in their magnificent new den on the Dodder Bank. The prizes were presented by Eoghan Lavelle, member of the Sea Scout and Water Activities Team.

Race Results 1st 9th Port Malahide (Wednesday) 2nd 5th Port Dollymount (Wednesday) 3rd 5th Port Dollymount (Valkyries) 4th 8ú Calafort Dun Laoghaire (Manannan) 5th 8ú Calafort Dun Laoghaire (Fodhla)

Dick Vekins, legendary SSL of 5th Port (Dollymount) Sea Scouts, started the Sea Scout Liffey Race In 1978 as an informal event. This grew in popularity among the Sea Scout Troops, and became established as an annual event. As interest in canoeing slowly spread to other Groups in Scouting, some of our “land” friends asked to participate, and the name was changed to the “Scout Liffey Race”. The event is now very well established, remains the responsibility of 5th Port, and is recognized and encouraged by the ICU. It is also recognized by the ESB – a very important point, because ESB controls the water flow from Poulaphuca reservoir into the Liffey, and if possible will arrange with a recognized body to release water to provide good canoeing conditions in the river. The 2011 Scout Liffey Canoe Race was held on Saturday 1st October, organized by Daniel Kennedy, SSL of 5th Port Sea Scouts. The event started as usual from Lucan, with the finishing line at the Garda Rowing Club, Islandbridge. There were 79 competitors, divided into 12 different categories - age, male/female, canoe type (plastic or fiberglass). The race started above Lucan Weir and finished, by kind permission, at the Garda Rowing club in Islandbridge The event was staffed by over 30 safety/rescue/admin personnel from Scouting and Canoe Clubs, covering all areas of safety at weirs, rapids and bridges, cars and drivers at preset locations for emergency access, “sweepers” following the competitors on the river, and judges and recorders at the end.

5th Port u.14 crew in River Dodder, on final leg to Finish Line


There was concern in the week beforehand that there might not be enough water on the river for the race to have its usual exciting run. This was due to the very dry weather during the past 6 months, causing major shortage of water supplies for Dublin County. However, 48 hours of constant rain from Friday to Sunday morning plus the release of 1.5 megawatts of water from the ESB dam in Lexlip, left no doubt that the race would be full of thrills and spills! Ten Scout Troops were represented this year, 12th Roscommon (Ballyboro), 32nd Limerick (St. Paul’s), 1st Meath (Navan), 5th Wicklow (Bray), 3rd Port (Dalkey), 5th

Port (Dollymount - Wednesday and Valkyries Troops), 9th Port (Malahide – Néala, Wednesday and Friday Troops) The over-all trophy for best female team was presented to 14th Port Donabate and the trophy for best over-all male team went to 32nd Limerick. All in all it was a great day. We hope to have more Scout Groups entering next year for the 36th Scout Liffey Descent

“God be with the Old Days!” A Scouter and 3 Scouts visit the Meteorology Department at Dublin Airport. “Having made arrangements in advance with the Meteorology Department at Dublin Airport, we arrived at the airport terminal at 3.15 pm, leaned our bikes against the wall, and walked into the terminal building and up the stairs to the Meteorological Office on the floor just below the Control Tower. One of the staff showed us around and explained the making of weather maps and the theory of depressions, anticyclones, warm and cold fronts, and their movements, and showed us the instruments used to measure the various weather factors. We were taken down to the observation patch on the airfield outside and saw the instruments to measure temperature, rainfall and sunshine.“ “We asked if it would be possible to go up to the Control Tower. We were taken straight up, and one of the Air Traffic Controllers explained the systems to us, and the differences between area control and field control. We saw 2 planes land and 1 take-off and heard the instructions given to the pilots by control. We thanked the Meteorology and Control Tower Staff and left at 5.30 after a very interesting visit.”

Sea Scout Regatta and Hurricane “Katia” The weather during September was dominated by the “fall-out” from Hurricane “Katia”. This hurricane caused severe damage in the Caribbean and along the U.S. and Canadian eastern seaboard, heading on towards Greenland. It also influenced aspects of our weather patterns, causing a series of strong winds and gales on our side of the Atlantic during September and into October. Mr. Wood-Latimer, Chairman of the Port of Dublin Sea Scout Association, presented a Cup for rowing competition between the Sea Scout Troops. In 1914, the first race for the Wood-Latimer Cup was held. Some other rowing and swimming events were included in the programme, This was the start of the Dublin Sea Scout Regatta, which is probably the longest running regular Scout event in the world, now usually held on the last Saturday in August or the first in September. This year it was planned for 27th August. As it turned out, the wind was not gale force, but the direction was blowing directly onto the outside of the East Pier, Dun Laoghaire, and was strong enough to make the start and finish lines unusable. The event was postponed for a week. The following week it was postponed again, this time because of a real gale. A similar situation occurred for the next couple of weeks. Malahide Sea Scouts volunteered to organize the Regatta on a Sunday on the Broadmeadow, which would normally be much more sheltered than the open Dublin Bay. This kind offer was accepted, and the weather seemed to be quietening down. But on the day, another full westerly gale occurred, blowing right down the Broadmeadow, and the event was reluctantly cancelled again.

Do you notice anything strange? No security passes, no red tape, no formalities, no hassle.

Unfortunately it was now getting late in the season, and other important events and competitions already had their places on the calendar. With great reluctance, it was decided, to cancel the event for this year, but to try to run the skiff races, especially the Wood-Latimer, separately at a convenient time.

This is an extract from the Log Book of 5th Port Sea Scouts, Dollymount, but it is in 1953! What a simpler and more trusting world it was 58 years ago! What a complicated and suspicious world it is now! “God be with the old days!”

Since 1914, the Sea Scout Regatta has been cancelled on only 3 other occasions – in 1922 and 1923 due to “the disturbed state of the country”, and in 1952 because of organisational problems.


However, note that there were only 2 landings and one take-off during the control tower visit!

Scouting Ireland Liffey Descent 2011 The annual Scout Liffey Descent took place on Sunday 2nd October. The event was organised by Daniel Kennedy and his crew from Dollymont Sea Scouts. The race this year was rescheduled from early September to October 2nd due to low levels of water in the Liffey. The E.S.B. normally release 2cm of water to allow for an exciting race. However due water levels hitting a 35 year low in the reservoirs a release was not possible. Lady luck came to the rescue bringing heavy rains to Dublin and Wicklow areas and flooding the River Liffey for the weekend. The race starts above Lucan weir and takes in 6 weirs; Lucan, Anna Liffey, Wren’s Nest, Palmerstown, Broken Weir and Chapelizod Weir. The high volume of water made for a very exciting event with the rescue crews working hard to keep everyone safe. Rescuers at Wren’s Nest and Palmerstown Weirs got a good workout. 79 Scouts raced from the following groups: »» 14th Port Donabate »» 12th Roscommon »» 32nd Limerick »» 3rd Port Dalkey »» 9th Port Neala »» Valkyries »» 5th Port Wednesday »» 9th Malahide Wednesday »» 9th Port Malahide Friday »» 1st Meath Navan »» 5th Wicklow The overall Female trophy was won by 14th Port Donabate. The overall Male trophy was won by 32nd Limerick St Pauls Group. Bray.


Results of participating Scouts as per the Liffey Descent Web page as are follows; Senior Racing Kayaks Double K2 No.518Dollymont Sea Scouts - Tim Morrissey and Jim Morrissey finished 7th. Masters Racing Kayak Doubles K2 No.551 Donabate Sea Scouts - Paddy Gowen and Brian Nolanfinished 8th. Senior Men’s General Purpose No.302. Malahide Sea Scouts - Alan Barrett finished 3rd. No.414. Scouts - Carl O’ Grady finished 26th (no group listed) Masters Men’s General Purpose No.103. Malahide Sea Scouts - Ivan Barrett finished 9th No.142. Lorcan Keyes - 32nd Limerick Scout Group finished 31th Women junior General Purpose No.901. Malahide Sea Scouts - Rachel Barrett finished 4th Touring Kayak Double No.636. Malahide Sea Scouts - S Mc Kernan and R Mc Kernan finished 11th. No.723. Dunboyne Scouts - K Mc Donnell and D Mc Donnell finished 35th. Touring Canadian Doubles No.616. 5th Port Sea Scouts - C Buckley and P O Dwyer finished 30th. No.617. 5th Port Sea Scouts - E Ball and E Egan finished 35th. Touring Canadian Triples No.801. Combined team from 32nd Limerick Scouts and 1st/10th Leixlip Neil Slevin, Colm Slevin Limerick and Kieran Slevin Leixlip finished 3rd No.803. 32nd Limerick Venture Scouts - Cathal Mc Hugh,Jessica Lyddy and Denis Doyle. finished 12th.

Paddlefest 2011

Paddlefest was held over the weekend of 24/25th September 2011 in Hidden Valley, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow. This is an annual event which enables juniors (10-18yrs) to experience the fun of all of the disciplines found within the sport of kayaking. There was a large contingent of Scouts and Scouters kayaking and camping out at the event. Participating troops at the event were: • River Valley Swords • 9th Port Malahide • Dunboyne Group • 3rd Port Dalkey • 32nd Limerick St Pauls Group • Participating Kayak clubs were from Dublin, Tullamore, Kildare, Newbridge, Nenagh, Wicklow, Kilkenny, Kilcullen and Moy. Catering was done by Tom Claffey, Porterstown. There were 1,012 people on site, with 4OO approx people on the water at any one time. Staff for the event consisted of 115 Coaches and Instructors. Aims for the event included: •


Introduce juniors to different kayaking disciplines. • Improve paddling skills. • Increase participation levels in competitive disciplines.

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Introduce juniors to national Coaches. Develop a medium for future growth of junior Members in clubs and Scout groups. Enjoyment and Fun

Coaches/Instructors managed juniors on the water - parents/ guardians/supervisors/Scouters took over once off the water. Lar Burke, junior officer in WWKC was responsible for the overall organising/logistics of the event. Paul Donnelly was responsible for all coaching, training and on-water activities. A Head Coach was appointed for each discipline and there was a number of Assistant Coaches to help ensure each discipline ran smoothly. Over one hundred Irish Canoe Union Instructors and trainee Instructors volunteered their time over the weekend. It was great to see a large number of Scouters who are ICU instructors and Trainee instructors helping out. Grateful thanks to the following; Wild Water Kayak club Irish Canoe Union National Polo Committee Slalom Committee White Water Committee Marathon Committee Sprint Committee

Douglas Scouts Celebrate 60 Years There was a very nice and representative crowd gathered at St. Columbas Hall, Douglas to mark the 60 years of unbroken service of Douglas Scouting. The group leader Conor Crowley took a nostalgic look back to 1951. He said “It was the year that Cork Athletic won the League of Ireland, Eamonn deValera became Taoiseach in June, Uachtarán na h’Eireann President Mary McAleese was also born in June and the Abbey Theatre was burnt to the ground in July. “It was a year as you can see had memorable events, but for Douglas none was more important when in November 1951, Rev. William Dinneen, who was then chaplain at Coláiste Mhuire and an assistant curate in the parish, attended a meeting of the Cork Diocesan Council. “That was 25 years after C.B.S.I. started in Ireland. “Fr. Dinneen was accompanied by Brendan Larkin (Snr) and they requested the establishment of a troop in Douglas. “Walter McGrath, who had been elected Diocesan Commissioner the same night, was appointed the first Scoutmaster of the troop, acting in that capacity until the following summer when Bill Murphy succeeded him”. Scouting in Douglas has thrived ever since and has gone from strength to strength. Today there are over 100 youth members which include a Beaver Colony who has a waiting list for new members in place until 2015. There are two Cub Packs, two scout troops, a Venture and a Rover group. All that coupled with a group of over twenty dedicated and committed leaders.


It was great to see so many fellow scouting friends present at the function including former leaders, Gerard Clarke, Fred Allcock, Fergus Collins, Adrian O’Herlihy and Billy Desmond. Also present was John Macken who was chairman for many years and absent friends mentioned were Comdt. John Slye and Fred Knott. Many smaller groups enjoyed swapping stories of scouting years gone by and memorable times had at summer camps and weekends away. The first summer camp of the 6th Cork was in Kells in 1953. Over the years they have camped in Clare, Donegal, Galway, Kilkenny, Louth, Roscommon, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow. There was always a good mix with camps abroad which included Belgium, England, France, Isle of Man, Jersey, Luxembourg, Italy, Scotland, Switzerland and Wales. Conor Crowley finished off by saying “I would like to thank our leaders in Douglas, the vast majority who are here in the room tonight. “As a group leader it is very comforting to know that the people who really run the group, the section leaders, are as dedicated and sincere as you are and I thank you all for your on-going support and sanity. “Finally I would like to thank the committee, staff and members of St. Columbas Hall sports and social club including bar manager Eoin Twomey, a former scout of the group” The County Commissioner for Cork South County Tony Nation also spoke and said that the Douglas group were always open to embrace change. He said they were the first group in Cork to pilot the new ONE programme and used the words of Baden Powell when he said “Look wide and then look wider”.

International Scout & 26th September Guide Fellowship Italy, to 2nd October 2011

Aims of the International Scout & Guide Fellowship (ISGF) Increase Membership, role of Adult Scouting & Guiding, recruit younger adults, use of face-book, twitter and website, use teamwork, have a 3 year action plan, promote “ why belong to the ISGF “, partnerships with WOSM and WAGGS, be a major support to Scouting and Guiding.

- 26th World Conference Introduction Both David Barry and myself attended the 26th World Conference at the request of the Chief Commissioner – AR Mr. John Brennan. David Barry attended in his capacity as the Chairperson (PL) of the Cork Fellowship Patrol who are partners with the Irish Girl Guides in the planning and running of the International Scout & Guide Fellowship (ISGF) Western European Gathering in Cork City from 25th September to 29th September 2012. Sean Farrell as the Scouting Ireland Fellowship Network Co-Ordinator to observe and review the operation and structure of the International Scout & Guide Fellowship (ISGF) and its role and impact relating to the development and expansion of the Scouting Ireland Fellowship Network.

Conference Structure 600 people attended the World Conference with 200 voting delegates, 250 observers and 150 guests, visitors and staff. The ISGF exists in 61 Countries, divide into 5 Regions and have 75, 000 Members.

Observations Roll call of delegates prior to voting taking place, minutes silence for deceased members, presentations by members seeking election, resolutions committee to resolve situations arising during the conference, appointment of tellers, clear explanation of procedures taking place at the conference, communication techniques used such as pigeon holes, contributions and technical information. All of these areas could be looked at in relation to Scouting Ireland Conferences and National Council.


Types of projects undertaken Provision of medical supplies, support to families, assist at disasters, training support to Scout and Guide Leaders and participate in the “Peace Initiative”.

Concerns Affilication with National Organisations, various agendas of national federations, culture and expectations of the ISGF and the understanding of the purpose for existence of the ISGF.

Comment Through-out the conference the attention paid to the spiritual aspect of Scouting and to the adherence of the Scout and Guide Promise & Law was excellent in its practice and adherence.

Brief to Scouting Ireland Fellowship Network Co-Ordinator from the Chief Commissioner- AR To agree the constituents of the Scouting Ireland Fellowship Network and establish a Structure. The following have been put in place, a Policy Document, Management Procedure, Constituents of the Fellowship Network, a Structure, Guidelines , Development Procedures, Insignia and Communication Method. All of these have been approved, documented and published.

Brief to Scouting Ireland Fellowship Network Co-Ordinator from the Chief Commissioner- AR for Progressing towards an Irish Federation of Scouting & Guiding A structure previously existed between the Irish Girl Guides (IGG) and the former Scout Association of Ireland (SAI) under the name of Federation of Girl Guides and Scouts (FIGGS) but had become inactive over the past number of years. Various meetings took place with representations from the Irish Girl Guides, Trefoil Guilds (IGG), Catholic Girl Guides (CGI) and Scouting Ireland (SI) to reconstitute the Federation of Guides and Scouts (FIGS). This is well under way and it is envisaged that during 2011/2012 a new policy and structure will be agreed, approved and published. A comment here would be that this could be a first step towards the establishment of co-operation between Scouting & Guiding in Ireland.

Brief to Scouting Ireland Fellowship Network Co-Ordinator from the Chief Commissioner- AR for involvement with the International Scout & Guide Fellowship (ISGF). To attend 26th World Conference of the International Fellowship of Scouts & Guides (ISGF) at Villa Olmo, Como, Italy, 26th September to 2nd October 2011, to observe and review its operations. Proposed Action Plan 1. 2. 3.


Prepare new Policy for agreement by the three associations. Devise management and structure procedures Determine level of involvement with the International Scout & Guide Fellowship.

Venture Scouts Enrol Presidential Candidate Venture Scouts from the 3rd Monaghan Scouts Group Carrickmacross took time out from their Venture Scout activity in Dublin last week to enrol Presidential Candidate Mary Davis into the Group. The Crafty Venture Scouts took the opportunity of having their picture taken with her after placing the group neckerchief around her neck. The Venture scouts were on an activity on Grafton Street at the time. Well done to the Venture Scouts for seizing the moment. One of the Venture Scouts commented after the event “ now that has boosted her ratings no end�.

New Recruitment/PR Leaflets for Adults in Scouting The Communication team have completed the design for a new recruitment leaflet for use in the attraction of Adults into Scouting Ireland. The leaflets have now been distributed to all the provincial offices and are available from your Provincial Support Officer or Group Support Facilitator free of charge. The leaflets can be used for the recruitment of Leaders into both new groups and existing groups. The Leaflets should be used in conjunction with a recruitment event. We would hope that these leaflets would aid the groups in promoting Scouting to adults in your Community. To view the leaflet on line you can click here recruitment/pr_leaflets_for_adults_in_ scouting.-326.html


RTE to feature Lough Keel Campsite Yesterday afternoon Paddy Hennelly from the Communications team took part in the making of a segment of a documentary to be featured in the National Lottery Programme on RTE television within the next few weeks. The shoot took place in Lough Keel Campsite and featured the Local Group from Boyle in Roscommon who laid on Scouting Activities which included Zip Line, Camping, Etc. Big thank you to local group leader Trevor Conroy and members of the group for putting on a fantastic display in front of the Cameras. The documentary is being made for the National Lottery to showcase Scouting Ireland as an ongoing beneficiary of National Lottery Funding. Filming took place with the Boyle Scouts in a number of secret locations on Tuesday afternoon. The outdoor cooking and camping skills of Boyle Scouts, and the excellent Campsite and facilities available at Lough Keel will all feature in front of the cameras. We also strongly promoted the many great activities available in Lough Key and in the Boyle area for visiting Scouts.

Adult Scouters from across Ireland decended in Larch Hill, Dublin for the annual recharge weekend especially for adult Scouts. The weekend was a great way to start of the new Scout Year with Leaders from across Ireland taking part in fun challenges and socialising with other Scouters. On Saturday evening at 5pm is there was a reception hosted by John Brennan, Chief Commissioner of Adult Resources for all holders of the Order of CĂşChulainn,the Order of the Silver Elk and the Order of the Silver Wolfhound followed by a BBQ.


Recharge Weekend


I am writing to inform you of a number of upcoming National Events on the calendar. The next couple of months are busy as sections return nationwide. October is particularly busy with events for every section!

Upcoming National Events

Outlined below are all that is scheduled for the next two months. More details can be found in the National Events calendar at

Please consult the calendar for bookings & details

October: Booking Code



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11 - NE 247 11 - NE 248 11 - NE 249 11 - NE 250 11 - NE 254 11 - NE 255 11 - NE 256

01/10 - 02/10/2011 07/10 - 09/10/2011 08/10/2011 09/10/2011 07/10 - 09/10/2011 22/10/2011 23/10/2011

Tri-Zone (Lough Dan to Larch Hill) Sionnach - Burren National Beaver Scouting Day - North National Beaver Scouting Day - South Sionnach - Comeraghs National Cub Scouting Day - West National Cub Scouting Day - East

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This is just a snippet of the National Events run on behalf of Scouting Ireland each year. For further updates, keep an eye on the calendar:

National Cub Scouting Day - West Ballina, Co Mayo 22nd October 2011 11 - NE 255 / €50 per Six

MPC Connaught Sheefrie Hills 16th - 18th September 2011

Sionnach: The Burren Lough Dan to Larch Hill 7th - 9th October 2011 11 - NE 248 / €40 per team of four


National Cub Scouting Day - East 23rd October 2011 Larch Hill, Dublin 16 11 - NE 256 / €50 per Six

Tri-Zone Lough Dan to Larch Hill 1st - 2nd October 2011 11 - NE 247 / €30 per team of two

STEPHEN SYNNOTT Programme Commissioner (National Events)


MPC Ulster Mournes 14th - 16th October 2011

Sionnach: Wicklow 23rd - 24th September 2011 11 - NE 246 / €40 per team of four

I look forward to seeing many of you on a National Event soon.

Contact National Office on Wednesday Nights: Youth Programme Night, between 19:00 - 21:30 (01) 495 6300

National Beaver Scouting Day - North Crawfordsburn Scout Centre, Co Down 8th October 2011 11 - NE 249 €8 / £7 per Beaver Scout

Sionnach: Comeraghs 21st - 23rd October 2011 11 - NE 254 / €40 per team of four National Beaver Scouting Day - South Cuskinny Court, Cobh, Co Cork 9th October 2011 11 - NE 249 / €8 or £7 per Beaver Scout

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Rover Scout competes in The Extreme Kayaking World Championship - Adidas Sickline Games 2011 The fifth adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Championship took place at the legendary “Wellerbrücke” river section in Austria’s Oetztal Valley from 29th September to 2nd October. The best white-water kayakers on the globe gathered in Tirol’s longest alpine valley to snatch the much sought-after 2011 world champion belt. Many of the competitors involved are professional and Olympic slalom paddlers. The Wellerbrücke rapids are one of the most difficult white water sections in the world – referred to as the Eiger North Wall of kayaking. The adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Championship takes place on a 200m course. Competitors have to master a gradient of 10%. The river grade is between class V (extremely difficult) and class VI (only runnable). Checkout the following exciting web site for video footage - www.adidas-sickline. com Rover Scout, Neil Slevin from 32nd Limerick Scout Group travelled with a group of eight Irish Kayakers to take on the challenge with the goal of qualifying for the event. Neil and two fellow Irish kayakers qualified and progressed to the second round but narrowly missed the cut for the last 48 paddlers. This was a great achievement as Neil was one of the youngest paddlers competing at nineteen year olds competing at this level. Neil is the youngest paddler in Ireland to have achieved level 5 proficiency. This equates to level 9 under the new adventure skills badge scheme. Well done and congratulations to Neil and all the Irish paddlers involved.


Programme Commissioner Rover Scouts Steps Down On behalf of Scouting Ireland I would like to thank Rob Gardner for all his work as Programme Commissioner (Rover Scouts). Rob has decided to step down from the position due to commitments in other areas of his life. Rob and his Programme Team have been instrumental in implementing and supporting (to mention but a few): • • •

The Scouting Partnership Fund (through the Scouting Ireland Tent Pitching Service at Oxygen), RAW (Rover Action Week) - Cheeverstown in 2010 and The resource “Rover Scouts – Create the dynamic” assisting in the set- up of new Rover Scout Crews (set to be launched at the Group Leaders & County Commissioners Conference 2011)

I would like to thank Rob for his time and commitment over the past 17 months, and I wish him well in the future. Yours in Scouting

Ian Davy Chief Commissioner (Youth Programme)

Vacancy For Programme Commissioner (Rover Scout) A vacancy exists for the position of Programme Commissioner (Rover Scouts) to be filled at the next National Management Committee meeting on 26th November 2011. Nominations to the National Secretary are receivable by a Group Council or a County Management Committee or by any member of the National Management Committee I enclose a nomination form and nominee’s acceptance form for your attention. Please note that in order for the nomination to be valid, it must be accompanied by a signed nominees’ acceptance form. Electronic copies are available HERE. The closing date for receipt of nominations is 5pm on Friday 11th November 2011. Nomination forms can be emailed to, faxed to 01-4956301 or posted to National Office. Please bring this to the attention of your Group Council / County Management Committee.


National News NMC Meeting 24th September World Scout Jamboree

An interim report on the Scouting Irelands involvement in the World Jamboree was given by John Lawlor and Vinny Heaney. Scouting Ireland was one of the biggest contingents per capita to attend the Jamboree with over 800 members of Scouting Ireland attending the Jamboree. Along with the 15 troops we also had members involved in the overall planning of the event, We had 150 on the International Services Team and then Scouting Ireland members were joint lead on one of the main programme Areas Quest. So one could say with justification that Scouting Ireland was Punching above its weight for a small country. Big word of thanks must go to the 15 troop leaders who were excellent, along with Paudy O’Brien who done a mighty job organising the IST. What came to light very quickly before and during the Jamboree is that Scouting Ireland has a wonderful Stock of Scouts and his augers well for the future. Our IST was not found wanting some doing 2 jobs to help out. The Age profile of this team was 18- 75 year old all playing their part and proudly representing Scouting Ireland. One of the rules for this camp was that no alcohol was allowed on the site and our members revelled in this and one could say that they got “drunk on the atmosphere” The Irish House was only one of eleven houses that were allowed into the main square that alone was a major tribute to Scouting Ireland. But what a success it turned out to be. From early morning till closing time at night the house was jamming with Scouts and Scouters from all over the world taking part. It was the place to be seen on the Jamboree. Another element to the Contingent was the Irish Programme


which presented the best in Irish Culture to the jamboree and was a big hit daily. The Spiritual team led by Eamonn Conway also played a major role with the team. The spirit in Action booklet they designed played a part daily with the various thoughts for the day etc. This resource will now hopefully will be included as part of the ongoing spiritual supports available to our members. The Finance area under its treasurer Pat Murphy also did sterling work in controlling a budget of approx 1.2million euro.


The big highlight of the camp was the experience the youth members had. One Scout was heard saying that you could take a world tour in one day and never leave the field. The flash Mob where over 500 Irish Scouts descended on the main square at an appointed time and on hearing the prearranged Irish music over the speakers all started to Dance. This then in turn had scouts from all nations join in and what a sight to see all cultures for that 3 minutes joining in with the Irish Dance. (see link to flash mob) Lots of scouts said that their highlight was the Camp in Camp where each troop spend a few days off site camping with a local Swedish Scout Group. A lot of lifelong friends were made here. The Quest Programme built and organised by Irish Scouters turned out to be the Programme base everyone was talking about. It was a real Scouting Challenge and ran with precision. Well done to Christy Mc’Cann and his team The Road safety Campaign another Initiative by the Irish Contingent. One of the major highlights for the Irish Contingent was the attendance on the 2nd last night in the Irish House of the King of Sweden. He choose the Irish house above all the other houses to visit. What an Honour. The Chief Scout on behalf of the NMC thanked John and Vinny for their report and stated that it was a Job really well done.

Next World Jamboree

The NMC decided that the next Jamboree Contingent Leader should be appointed in January 2012 for the Jamboree in Japan to give him or her plenty of time to get Organised.

Presentation To Anne Kelly

The Chief Scout on behalf of the NMC made a small presentation to Anne Kelly who was stepping down from her position on the NMC. Anne was stepping down because she was going travelling for 12 months. The Chief thanked Anne for the contributions she made to the committee in her term and wish her well on her travels. She received a standing ovation from the NMC (See link to story)

Financial reports

The National Treasurer give an overview of the Accounts for the previous year fielding Questions from the members of the NMC. He then went on to present the Budget for 2012 and after various discussions this was Approved.

Incentive For Group Leader Training

The National Treasurer proposed a grant to each County of €80 for every group in the County along with an additional €80 for use by Group leaders to help towards the cost of completing their training. This grant is to be used by Group leaders in the current year

Consolidation of the Logo and Emblem

The Communications Commissioner presented options on the Consolidation of the Scouting Ireland Logo and Emblem in the interests of compiling a Brand manual for use by the membership. This will include the provision of downloadable files available on the Website.

• Howard Kilroy – Former Governor of the Bank of Ireland • Steve Peck – Operations Director of Scout Association UK • Martin McCoy – HR and Change Management Consultant The aim of this process is to; 1) Develop a recruitment process for a CEO 2) Develop a Management Structure for Scouting Ireland 3) Recommend Constitutional and Rule changes where appropriate to support the Management Structure of Scouting Ireland. As part of this process the Change Management Team are seeking to recruit a panel of experienced people from within and outside Scouting to develop a long term – high level strategy for Scouting Ireland to present to NMC . Interested people that have any following skill sets should apply to the National Secretary outlining your skill competencies and qualifications. Skills required: • Legal • Commercial/Finance o Finance & Accounting o Merchandising o Social networking o IT • Strategist / Planner • Human Resources • PR/Media • Spiritual direction • Youth Management • Fund Raising/ Government knowledge (See link Leaders%20Mailing/2011/September/Change%20Management%20Team%202809-2011.pdf)

The proposal 2 was adopted and the Communications Commissioner said he would now with his team produce the Brand Manual over the next few weeks.

Change Management Process

The Chief Scout gave an update on the Change Management Process. He stated that the following team was in place. The Team is; • The Chief Scout – Michael John Shinnick • The National Secretary – Michael Devins


Messengers of peace

As part of the Messengers of peace initiative 2 Rover Scouts are to attend the Messengers of Peace Camp in Saudi Arabia funded by the Initiative.

Camp Carnival

Local News

Annual report


The provincial Camp in the Northern Province Camp Carnival was approved

The production of the Annual report for this year was agreed. The Rational, dates for drafting and submitting reports were agreed and as per the document agreed at last year. The Subcommittee to put together the report was appointed and was same as last year and to be chaired by the Communications Commissioner Jimmy Cunningham.

Stepping Back of the Training Commissioner The CCAR reported that the training Commissioner Fiona Mc Cann was stepping back. A vote of thanks was noted by the NMC for all the effort she had put into her role.

Castle Saunderson Update

Castle Saunderson An update report was given by the Chief Scout on Castle Saunderson. He reported that negotiations were nearing completion with the Bond holders in relation to having the contract restarted

Scouting Ireland Appointments

Two positions for the posts of Camp chief Lough Dan and for Mount Mellary are to be advertised soon.


The makeup of some of the members for the organising team for JamOige were proposed and agreed by the meeting. A few outstanding Positions were still vacant and will be approved at the November Meeting.

Jamboree 2013

In relation to Jamboree 2013 the site was approved as been Stradbally. An event licence was to be applied for. There will be a maximum of 600 patrols allowed on the camp with a maximum of 4800 plus staff.


There was a great atmosphere and a very good attendance for the annual awards ceremony for the 37th Cork at the Togher Scout Centre last Thursday evening. Guest of honour for the occasion was Brian Lougheed who has just stepped down as scout leader of the 109th Cork (Ballinora) after 21 years. The group chairman John Dennehy welcomed the parents of all the Beavers, Macaoimh, Scouts and Venture Scouts along with special invited guests, John and Mary Skally, June Ward (ONE programme mentor), Frank Mullane, Treasurer, Jim Goulding (St. Finbarr’s Doyle Road) and Don Trotter (2nd Cork St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral). John Dennehy spoke in glowing terms of the contribution to scouting by Brian Lougheed over the past 21 years. He was always to the fore in scouting and put down a very firm marker for the 109th Cork. He was passionate and committed in everything he undertook and the community in Ballinora have much to be thankful for he said. Brian Lougheed in responding spoke of his association with Togher, going back in particular to the National Camp at Ballyfin in 1993 where a great friendship was struck between Ballinora and Togher. He went on to say “I have great memories going back over the years in particular the trip to the USA for the millennium camp with 196 travelling from Cork. “The previous year I went on a on a planning trip with Dave Barry and still laugh when I think of him sitting on the pavement in New York, singing Oh Danny Boy with a cap on the ground in front of him. ‘The millennium camp in 2000 at Camp John H. Ware in Pennsylvania where I was camp chief was one of the most memorable events for me”.

He went on to speak about the benefits of scouting. The individual development through the different sections. The team spirit, the friendships made on the road to adulthood and career prospects. The skills like First Aid and Leadership once learned stay for a lifetime. There is also a great fun aspect to scouting he said. The outdoor life in particular summer camps. “I have been to places over the past 21 years that I would never have got to. ‘I’ve been to camps in Belgium, Holland, Germany, France, England, Switzerland, Hungary and Scotland just to mention a few” He finished by welcoming all the new Beaver scouts and wished them a long and happy stay in scouting. The first of the awards was form the Beaver Scout of the Year and this was presented to James Kelleher by Brian Lougheed, guest of honour for the evening and Brendan Murphy, Leader. The second award was for the Jason Desmond Memorial Cup for the Macaomh of the Year and this was presented to Aaron Gilmore by Brian Lougheed and Pat Spillane, Leader. There was also an award for the young Macaoimh of the year and Pat Spillane this award to Kyle O’Donovan Next on the agenda was the Scout Troop who had a number of badges, stripes and awards to present before the scout of year. The following plaques were presented. Spirit of Scouting - Troy Garvin; Scout of the Camp – Jack Murphy; Best Uniform – Deane Hodge. There was a three way tie for best attendance over the year with Colm Dwane, Eamonn Dwane and Jack Budden, each of whom missed just one meeting. Then came the announcement


for the Vincent Skally Memorial Award for the Scout of the Year and this went to Craig Doyle-Gubbins. The trophy was presented by John and Mary Skally along with Pat Bradley Scout Master. A new trophy has been made for the Venture Scout Group and the first winner of the Venture Scout of the Year Award went to Eoghan O’Donoghue from Greenwood Estate. The trophy was presented by Brian Lougheed along with Myles Murray, Venture Leader. The evening finished with a presentation to Brian Lougheed marking his 21 years service and his friendship with the 37th Cork. Tea’s coffees and refreshments were enjoyed by all.

1st and 20th Mayo Scouts enjoyed a fantastic time at Jamborette in Holland 1st and 22nd Mayo Scouts took a trip to Holland to the Jamborette (sub named the Friendly Jamboree) This was held just outside Amsterdam in a place called Haarlem. They had a fantastic camp and were made very welcome by all staff and participants. A lot of new friendships were made. 1st Mayo(Castlebar) were in the Roman Sub camp while 22nd (Snugboro) were Chinese. This led to a very entertaining invasion of Rome by the Chinese by way of a water fight. Snugborough we have very long memories!! There were trips into the local town and to Amsterdam. Very challenging with all the cycle lanes that has right of way. The catch phrase for the camp was “get out of the Cycle lane!!!!” There was sailing on the reservoir and a trip on a canal barge. The highlight was a visit to the 5 flag theme park. On camp the activities included scuba diving, roller-blading, zip wires, climbing wall, beach games, wide games and some great pioneering challenges. The Mokkie was a great success in the evenings with some entertaining themed nights. We almost won the car challenge getting 32 cubs/scouts and ventures into a car but were beaten on the last day;-( The 10 days was rounded off with a great closing ceremony and a fantastic firework display. A great camp that will be remembered for all the right reasons for a long long time!


The Normandy Landing in Gort! Scouts from Normandy in France had a lucky encounter while completing a tough challenge in Gort, County Galway on Saturday 9th July 2011.

A patrol of eight French scouts were “dropped” into Gort in County Galway with the challenge of finding somewhere to bivvy out for two nights. At the same time the 17th Galway – Gort Scout Group were involved in promoting scouting locally at a community family fun day in the town. Just imagine what went through the minds of the eight scouts from Normandy when they spotted an Icelandic and a lightweight 3-man tent pitched on one side of a park with two half-barrels wafting their aromas in the unexpected heat of the afternoon. Geraldine Nolan made a bee line for the visitors and the patrol was immediately made welcome, fed and watered. The Gort Cubs and Scouts then showed their unexpected guests around the locally created attractions in the park and took them shopping for supplies to a local supermarket. There was even time for an Ireland v France plank walking race (Ireland won!) The whole community became intrigued with this chance encounter and by the end of the afternoon, after the M.C. for the day played the French national anthem over the P.A. the lads from Normandy were setting up the 17th Galway Gort scout tents in the large front garden of a nearby house thanks entirely to the generosity of the Gort community. The two groups exchanged contact details and promised to keep in touch and the possibility of exchange visits was of course discussed. This is a perfect example of the ethos of scouting internationally being played out in the West of Ireland after an incredible sequence of events brought these two groups of like-minded young people together.

1st and 3rd Leitrim Summer Camp 2011

This year as 1st and 3rd Leitrim Scout groups teamed up for their summer camp out at Lough Keel Scout Campsite. We put an exciting program together, here is a diary of our camp: Thursday 28th July Landed on the camp site at 6.00pm, set up and chilled out for the evening, met up with scouts from Germany and Dublin. Friday 29th July We headed to Allen Centre in Drumshanbo for a morning of kayaking and jumping and swimming in the lake, brilliant fun, we had a barbeque for lunch and then spent the afternoon with boat trips and doughnuts, we had an evening campfire at Lough Key with visiting scouts and chilled out. Saturday 30th July We had a half day at Zip It, Lough Key climbing up into the trees and zipping along wires, we had a picnic lunch and then headed to the Lough Key cruise boat where we were taken out on a trip round the lake then we all enjoyed an exciting ride on a speed boat trip. We spent the evening with a bit of backwoods cooking and chilled out. Sunday 31st July Full day at Lough Gara Riding Stables where all enjoyed Horse Riding, Rifle Shooting, Archery, a Boat Trip, an Obstacle Course and having Hawks land on our gloved hands, amazing, including picnic. In the evening we broke camp at Lough Key and headed to the Allen Centre once again where we had dinner and then loaded up Canadian canoes and paddled out to Holly Island for an overnight stay and backwoods camp, we had a Scouts Own and then an night of singing and laughing round the campfire. Monday 1st August This morning the weather was glorious and after a review with the scouts of their camp we spent our morning on the Island collecting things to make Indian style head dresses and war paint, it was great fun and a fantastic catwalk of head dresses completed the challenge. We had lunch, packed up and headed


home. A brilliant summer camp all round. Own and then an night of singing and laughing round the campfire. Monday 1st August This morning the weather was glorious and after a review with the scouts of their camp we spent our morning on the Island collecting things to make Indian style head dresses and war paint, it was great fun and a fantastic catwalk of head dresses completed the challenge. We had lunch, packed up and headed home. A brilliant summer camp all round.

3rd Clare Cratloe at National Beaver Camp in Pallaskenry

12 very excited Beavers and 4 Leaders from the 3rd Clare Cratloe Beaver Scouts joined Camp Rock National Beaver Camp in Pallaskenry Co Limerick on Saturday 18 June. As it was our Groups first ever camping adventure we decided to join camp for a day trip rather than overnight stay. We had a great time planning our trip and brought two tents, our cooking equipment and lots of food with us as if we were camping. We were singing in the rain, a roo tee cha, putting our tents up. Half of the group had to sit on the tents while the others put up the poles or they might have blown all the way back to Clare! Soon after, clouds clearing, camp rock neckerchiefs in place and musical instruments in hand, we made our way to the opening ceremony which launched an action-packed, fun filled and very memorable day. We were delighted to make lots of new friends and met a group from Cork on a day trip also. During the day we played lots of games, including new ones which we will play again in our Beaver meetings, and bounced on the bouncy castle. We studied nature, used a magnifying glass to search for bugs, and planted peas and radishes to bring home. We watched a demonstration by the fire brigade & got to sit in the fire engine. We also learned survival skills, and each Beaver got to try their hand at lighting a fire, cooking (& eating) scones and popcorn, and making a campfire treat. Finally we met Limerick Animal Welfare for a very interesting talk. We squeezed every last minute out of the day and staying to sing the new songs we’d learned around the campfire topped off a great day scouting.

Clare Scout Water Day

Dulux “Lets Colour” Winners

Clare Cub Track & Trail

Silín Troop Irish Contingent World Jamboree 2011

On Sunday June 25th the annual County Water Day for Clare Scouts was held at the National Water Center in Killaloe. Activities on offer included Kayaking, Sailing, Slippery Slope, Life Size table football and the centers new Climbing Wall. This is a fun event to round up the county year and all enjoyed meeting with their fellow scouts who they have befriended throughout the year. Well done and thanks to Diarmuid, Kieran and all the staff at the center for running the day so well and smoothly and thanks to all the scouts and their scouters in Clare for such a great scouting year.

On Saturday June 25th some 51 cubs from around County Clare descended on Ruan to pit their wits against the track and trail course laid out in the forest area surrounding the campsite. Despite some very unseasonal rain the cubs had a great day with some skills bases in communications, compass work, art & crafts making dream catchers and backwood cooking to keep all occupied while waiting to tackle the course. The course proved a good challenge for the teams with congratulations to all who took part. “The Frogs” from Sixmilebridge were the eventual winners followed closely into second and third place by “Team Actimel” from Ennis and “Flawless” again from Sixmilebridge. Well done to Pat and Fergie for laying out the course and again Ruan proved an excellent venue for hosting such large county events.


The 5th/22nd Killaloe Scout Group became proud winners of the Dulux “Let’s Colour” competition run during the summer. The object of the competition is to brighten a locality by nominating a community building and transforming it with colour. The Killaloe Group nominated their sad looking Scout Hall and were delighted to win 200 litres of exterior paint worth in excess of 800 Euro. The volunteer group of parents and helpers will shortly partake in a team effort in working their magic on the old Scout Hall. The Cubs and Beavers pictured, can’t wait to begin the project and have been practicing in advance.

On Wednesday 27th August 2011, 36 young people from the west of Ireland woke early to make their way to Dublin airport. The plan for the next 16 days was fun, adrenaline, friendships, challenges and a once in a lifetime experience. In total there will be 800 scouts and adults travelling to the Jamboree with a total of 38,000 from all across the world in attendance, making this Jamboree the worlds largest scouting event ever. It takes place in a different country every 4 years, and this years host is the town of Kristianstad in Sweden. The 800 Irish are divided up into 15 troops each with 36 scouts and 4 adults. Each of these 15 troops are named after an native Irish tree. The name for the Western Contingent is Silín, meaning Cherry Tree. These 36 scouts in Silín Troop was made up of teenagers between 14 and 18 from Roscommon (Boyle – 8 scouts), Longford (Longford Town – 1 scout), Mayo (Ballina – 3 scouts & Ballinrobe – 10 scouts), Clare (Ennis – 1 scout) and Galway (Kinvara – 8 scouts, Renmore – 2 scouts, Killalin – 2 scouts & Oranmore – 1 scout). There was now a great sense of camaraderie in the troop and this is due in no small amount to the fact that the troop was formed more than 18 months ago in preparation for the Jamboree. Between fundraising events, preparation events and getting-to-know you sessions there was seldom a quiet month in the run up to the Jamboree. The Irish contingent also displayed their many talents in the Irish house, a restaurant in the main square of the Jamboree open for all to attend, get something to eat, relax and meet new people. Here Irish dancing, singing, plays and poems were recited from

the stage in order to keep all in the house entertained. It proved to be the busiest spot in Kristianstad for the entire two weeks. Coupled with the Irish house, was a flash-mob of 600 people who hosted the largest ceile dance that Sweden had ever seen. One thing is for sure, everyone knew about Irish scouts when they left the Jamboree for all corners of the world. For the Silín Troop there was never a quiet moment in the sub-camp. With different nationalities around for dinner we were the host with the most it appeared by welcoming scouts from Guatemala, United States of America, Wales, England, Portugal, Germany, Belgium and of course Sweden! To top it all off the Chief Scout Michael John Shinnick and the Contingent Leader John Lawlor wore a path to the Silín site looking for tea and Foxford fruit cake from time to time! As for activities, the scouts got to experience the different areas of the Jamboree site: Dream, GDV (Global Development Village), Quest, Hike in Camp, People and Earth – in each of these areas the scouts learned more about that particular topic and played games with others scouts from across the world. However the largest gathering of the trip was the closing ceremony at the end of the Jamboree. With music all night long and a spectacular fireworks display, it will remain in memories for a very long time. Now, unfortunately, the Jamboree is over, but the scouts have long standing memories of a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Friends from far and near were made and bonds were put in place between different countries for years to come. What you can be certain off is that for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan, the Western Province will be sure to have 10 troops travelling and not just one!

Silin Troop, WSJ 2011


Silin Troop Leaders

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Winner of Survey Competition

Liam O’Rourke picured with Margaret Goulding recieving his prize, a voucher in the Outdoor Adventure Store in Cork City


Inside Out Issue 21  

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