Youth Forum for Yeats Scout County

On Sunday, 25th March, Yeats Scouts County (i.e. Scout Groups in Sligo and South Donegal) are holding a Youth Forum for all Scouts in the county.

This is an opportunity for Scouts to have a say in how Scouts are run and what activities they would like to see taking place in the county.  It is also a chance to meet Scouts from other Groups and to make new friends.

We would ask as many Scouts as possible from our Group to take part.

The Youth Forum takes place as follows:image-1

     Date: Sunday, 25th March

     Time: 10am – 1.30pm

     Venue: Clayton Hotel, Clarion Road, Sligo

Please text Martin Feeney (number texted to parents) to let us know if your child will be going to the Youth Forum.

Registration night for Scouts

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.

 

Helping out as a leader

 

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.

Dawn Hike – Scouts and Cubs

Boot-PrintThanks and well done to the scout group for organizing a great dawn hike to union rock this morning.
Scouts and Both Cubs Groups took part , Hiking up to Union Rock Early this morning.

Beautiful morning hiking through the mist and getting a great view over Ballisodare Bay. What a way to start your Sunday.

Teas coffee and Treats were magicked up by Robert ( Thanks Robert ) on return

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