The scouts and Cub Scouts from the 71st Cork (Mayfield) were out in style last weekend with the Cub Scouts spending an activity weekend at Kilcully campsite.
They were the first youth age group to stay in the newly refurbished indoor accommodation at the campsite.
That, along with the Games Hall which has also been refurbished with a host of new indoor games equipment, meant there was no shortage of things to do.
The Cub Scouts learned the basics of orienteering and did very well in pairs going around the site course and finding the orienteering markers. It is always great to hear the thrill and excitement of the age group of the eight to 11 when they find the next marker.
Meanwhile, the scouts of the 71st Cork went to Garretstown for the weekend and had many beach type activities. Perhaps most important for many of the young scouts was their investiture ceremony on the beach, something that they will always remember. Holding the flag, reciting the promise and being presented with the neckerchief.
All these activities would never be possible if it was not for the leaders who continually give of their time and are so much appreciated.
The leaders on this occasion for the Cub Scouts in Kilcully were; Olga Long, Sinead Brennan, David O Connor, Tim O’ Sullivan, Jess O’Connor and Lorcan Owens.
The Leaders attending in Garrettstown with the scouts were; Derek Long, Colm Hornibrook, Paul Ramsell, Cathal Murphy, Emma Long and Mark Long.
There was a very good attendance at the North Cork Scout Forum which was hosted this year by the 52nd Cork Mallow Scout group.
Scouts from across the county gathered to both review the past year and make plans for the year ahead. The morning sessions were youth-led and covered such topics as the county shield, summer camps and mountain challenges.
After lunch, the election for County Scout Reps was held. Ten scouts put themselves forward for consideration and after campaign speeches and views our four new reps were unveiled; Clare Linehan (Mallow), Lucy Buckley-Keane (Fermoy), Ailbhe Ryan (Fermoy) and John Flynn (Kilworth).
The level of engagement down by all the scouts who attended, their ideas and enthusiasm, demonstrates that Scouting in North Cork is set to go from strength to strength.
Members of the Cork Fellowship Scout Group had a most enjoyable day during the week at the Naval Base at Haulbowline.
Met on arrival by Leading Seaman Ronan Coveney, the group were in awe with him and made the extensive tour so interesting.
He was a naval man who loved his job from the day he joined the naval service 20 years ago. His sheer enthusiasm for everything to do with the service not to mention the naval base was just a joy to listen too.
There is no doubt in listening to account that the overseas missions in recent times, saving so many lives will have left a very deep impression on Seaman Coveney and all the other Naval personnel.
At the annual general meeting of Kilcully Campsite, the camp chief Martin Flahive gave a very positive report and the campsite.
He reported a great season in bookings from individual groups, Provincial, County, National and International groups. He reported that there are already over a dozen confirmed bookings for the 2018 season.
The dormitory project is completed with an extensive central fire alarm system. The dormitory will sleep a total of 40 in four rooms along with toilets and showers.
In recent weeks, the main house has got a very welcome facelift with a new coat of pain with sincere thanks, due in the main to Sean Dineen, a staunch worker at the monthly car boot sales.
Referring to the programme the camp chief mentioned in particular all the new sports gear and equipment which has been purchased for the indoor games hall. This will greatly assist groups especially if the weather is a bit inclement and for evening programmes.
The training room at Kilcully House which was finished to a very high standard is now accommodating all the National Training of leaders in the South.
In conclusion, Martin Flahive thanks all the various teams who had helped out in so many ways over the past year keep improving the facilities at the campsite. The chairman John Maher who has been in the post for the past three years has said that he will be stepping down to make room for 'new blood' as he put it.