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Registration night for Scouts

September 23, 2017

A Registration Night will take place for the new Scout section on 7.30pm, Thursday, 28th September 2017.  Please see full details below:

 

Age: Scouts (must be at least age 12 / in 6th class by 1st Sept.)

Venue: Corhownagh hall (beside St. Bridgid’s Church, Corhownagh, Ballisodare)

Registration form: Print off and bring a completed Activities Consent Form 2017-2018 with you on the night

 

Parents of all current members must re-register their child for the coming year by completing the attached Activities Consent Form 2017-2018 and paying the €50 registration fee.

Depending on venue availability, we hope to start Scout meetings in the next few weeks (updates will be posted on this page).

If demand is greater than the number of places available:

Demand is often greater than the number of places that we have available.  If this is the case, we will take new applications on the night and then use the following to prioritise:

  1. Children of those who volunteer to help operate the group.

(E.g. As leaders / on a committee, etc.  The group operates on a totally voluntary basis, so people need to consider getting involved.)

  1. Children who have siblings already in the group.
  2. Children living in the Ballisodare area.
  3. Length of time on waiting list.

We also try to ensure to have a good balance between the number of boys and girls.

Getting involved as an adult volunteer:

If you would like to help out as an adult volunteer in one of our sections, please see full information on the commitment involved, as well as the relevant application form and Garda vetting form on this page.

Cost:

  • Annual registration fee of €50 (€45 of which goes directly to Scouting Ireland nationally)
  • Uniform (costs €76.50 – order directly from The Scout Shop here – need Scout trousers, belt, shirt, lanyard)
  • Weekly subs of €2
  • Occasional activity costs for hikes, camps, etc.

However, we would not like money to be a barrier to Scouting, so please talk privately to one of the leaders if you would like to discuss alternative arrangements.

 

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Helping out as a leader

September 12, 2017

 

Beavers and Cubs cannot start back this year until after Halloween as unfortunately, we do do not have enough trained leaders for all of the sections.  We would ask all parents / guardians to consider helping out – please don’t leave it to others.

If you are willing and able to help, please contact the Beavers / Cubs section leaders and we can send on the relevant forms to you.  There is a process then in relation to Garda vetting and IMG_2985meeting with potential leaders to see if being a leader is for them.

WHAT IS THE COMMITMENT INVOLVED?

The normal Scouting year runs more or less in line with the school year. During this time, we normally have one activity per week, including:

Weekly Beavers / Cubs meetings:

Either on a Tuesday or a Thursday evening.

Hikes:

About once a month, we have a hike instead of a weekly meeting, usually on a Sunday morning.

Overnights:

In recent years, we have held two overnights per year –

one indoor (around November, for one night) and one camping (in June, for two nights).

Training:

All leaders must be trained in basic Scouting skills and child protection guidelines.

This involves initial local meetings with existing Group leaders and one overnight residential.  (The next residential weekend takes place from Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd October.)  All training costs are covered by the group.

Planning meetings:

About once per term, we have a meeting (about 1 ½ hours) to plan activities for the next term.

What if I can’t make it to a weekly Beavers / Cubs activity?

It is recognised of course that other commitments can intervene, such as work, family, etc.  As such, we try to ensure that we have enough leaders in total in each group so that we are covered when someone cannot attend for various reasons.  We would ask though that you text the section leader in advance when you know that you will not be available for an activity.

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Cubs – Lough Keel Cub Camp – Aug 2017

August 26, 2017

We had a great weekend in lough Keel – Camp ground to ourselves, wonderful bunch of kids, great singers , dancers ,  joke and story tellers. We spent the whole day saturday up at lough Gara doing loads including

  • Archery
  • BB guns
  • Falconry
  • Horse Riding
  • Animal Grooming
  • Obstacle Course

Many tanks to Adrien and Jimmy for a lovely day

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Cub Camp – Lough Keel – Aug 2017

August 14, 2017

The Church Group is camping at  Lough Keel on their annual 2-night camp from 18th-20th Aug

Please read letter attached and fill in the consent form

The form and fee needs to be handed in on arrival to the camp at 7pm on Friday 18th Aug

Please inform the leader team of any medical issues as you will need to fill in the medications form

Cub Camp Letter

Activities Consent Form

Managing_Medications_Form

If you have any concerns regarding the camp please do not hesitate to speak to any of the leaders

 

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Water Safety – What to do if you fall into water

June 28, 2017
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Cubs :Water Safety Poster

June 21, 2017

Guys Remember to do your Water Safety posters on one of the following for Thursday night

1 Never swim alone!

2. Don’t swim after eating!

3 Don’t swim if you are hot ortired!

4 Don’t swim in strange places!

5 Don’t swim out to drifting objects

6 Come ashore if you feel cold

7 Don’t swim away from the shore

8 Always swim parallel to the shore!

9 Obey the lifeguard!

10 Do not use air mattresses!

11 Read the signs!

12 Don’t bully others

13 Learn to use your equipment before taking to the water!

 

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Annual Camp 2017 – Lough Keel

June 13, 2017

Cubs and beavers set up camp in Lough Keel last weekend 

Despite challenging weather fun was had by all! 

Highlights included – zipit for cubs , smores, staying dry!, campfire , Katelyns 13th birthday cake , jumping in the swamp!