Last weekend it was the turn for the Lee Valley to hold their annual camping weekend for all age group in the country.
With close on a turnout of 300 of youth members and leaders, the site looked extremely well and the atmosphere was great. There was a different programme for all the different age groups from Beaver Scouts, to Cub Scouts, Scouts and Venture Scouts.
One of the nice things to see was the older age groups helping the younger not just in their own groups but also helping their neighbours. The Cub Scouts, Scouts and Venture scouts were all camping for the weekend but the Beaver scouts just joined in the fun for the Saturday.
Whilst the weather tended to be a little inclement weather didn't deter our youth members and leaders from having a great time at the County Camp. It could indeed be said that lots of soggy fun was had!
It was indeed a very busy weekend with the Scouts busy on bases on Saturday and Venture Scouts building bridges. In the evening time, they had line dancing and of course a campfire. The large numbers the atmosphere was fantastic and the participation and behaviour was excellent.
There was also time out for the Scout Section and Venture Scout section where they both held their own forums and elected County representatives to represent the County at Provincial level.
In the Venture scout sections those elected were Daisy Garde and Paul McGoldrick, Ben Cahill, Alex Carey, Andrew O’Mahoney and Ross O’Donovan To represent the scout sections those elected were Michael Ross, Owen Mamo Cooney, Theo Hardwicke, Shane Usher, Leiah Amann and Evan O’Connell.
The Ballinora Group put a message on their facebook page which read “Well done and Thank You to the Lee Valley Scout County team for all of their planning and hard work and to all of the leaders for taking our sections on the weekend and staff at the Kilcully campsite who were very helpful." That message would certainly have been the general opinion of all.
Farran Woods is the venue for the annual squelch for all scout and guide groups. The event is being held on next Saturday starting at 11am and finishing at 3pm.
The event is organised by the joint committee for Scouting and Guiding in Cork and normally attracts around over 400 participants. The committee advises that groups are best to arrive by 10.30am with the last base finishing at 2.30pm to facilitate a 3pm departure.
There will be plenty of mud, fun and water, so all are advised to bring a towel and a change of clothes. Extra staff would be most welcome and if you can assist you are asked to contact through email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The annual general meeting of Kilcully campsite takes place this evening at the campsite at 7.30pm. It is open to all leaders with five having voting right from each in the five subdivisions of Cork County.
The outgoing chairman John Maher who has been in the position for the past three years is stepping down in favour of new blood.
He has given tremendous service in so many ways and his enthusiasm and drive has been infectious on many working around him. He will of course continue as group leader with the 3rd Cork (St. Patrick’s) and indeed free up more time with his political hat on as a local representative for the Labour party.
The campsite is looking very well and coming on by leaps and bounds. The painting of the main house by Seán Dineen is recent weeks really sets the tone of ongoing work. The newly opened indoor accommodation wing which sleeps 36 was used for the first time last weekend by attendees of the Welcome to Scouting Course for new leaders.
All groups are reminded that the amendments to the Rules of Scouting Ireland are coming into force in the coming months and groups need to be fully aware of the changes that will particularly effect the make up of Group councils as they stand. It must be said that some groups are almost fully compliant already.
These amendments are being made to accommodate the registration of the Scout Group as a Charity or a Charitable Organisation with the regulator (the Charity Commission - in Northern Ireland or the Charities Regulatory Authority – in the Republic). In summary, both Regulators required a constitution for the Scout Group and the registration of the Charity Trustees of the Scout Group.
The changes to the Rules of Scouting Ireland made by the National Council were the minimum changes necessary for the time being. The Constitution of Scouting Ireland (Article 28) makes it clear that the Scout Group Council is the body which administers the Scout Group. The National Management Committee was advised that the members of the Scout Group Council are the Charity Trustees of the Scout Group.