Last week at a special ceremony at the Togher Scout Centre two leaders in the Cub Scout Section were presented with their Woodbadge and certificate which signifies a fully trained and qualified leader in Scouting.
Both of them were recruited into scouting only three years ago as parents and have gone through most intensive training courses up and down the country. They were only the sixth and seventh leader in the 55-year history of the 37th Cork to receive the insignia.
Later in the evening after the presentation, Mary Egan sent a very nice message that is well worth printing:
“Sincere thanks to you all for organising such a lovely surprise this evening!"
"I was delighted to receive my Wood Badge beads and will wear them with pride. The Wood Badge Certificate will also take pride of place as you suggested Dave. Thank you also for inviting Damien along, because it meant a lot to have him and to have John there."
“I enjoyed the Stages and all that I learnt while doing them. Stage 4/5 combined and Stage 6 were the most challenging though! Not from a learning perspective, but because the overnight we did camping in Kilcully Campsite for Stage 4/5, saw inclement weather conditions! At four in the morning, I thought I and my tent were going to be blown away! that said, I got through it but was glad when morning came."
“Stage 6, the weekend in Balbriggan, brought its own challenges. The thought of being away from Damien and John. To counteract that, I booked a hotel in Balbriggan for them and got to meet them a couple of times during the weekend! Also, John Lyons and I did that weekend together, so it was great to see a friendly face!"
“I appreciate the fact that ye all turned up tonight. I’m sure ye had plenty other things to do. It was very kind of all to make the effort.
“Last but certainly not least Huge thanks to Pat Spillane for his continued support, mentoring and advice. He is always open to ideas and suggestions of which I am more than grateful. He is always very supportive of John and I."
“The journey of learning has only just begun, I hope to learn lots more! We have a great bunch of Cub Scouts and sometimes I teach them things and sometimes they teach me - teamwork at its best.”
Last weekend at a meeting held at the Lough Scout Hall for the joint Ventact Committee there was a surprise in store for long-serving member Tom O’Neill.
He was awarded the Silver Meritorious Award by the National Awards Committee. The framed citation with the award read: “Tom joined the 1st Galway St. Nicolas (SAI) as a Cub Scout in the early 1980’s and rose up through the various sections of the Group becoming a Cub Scout Leader. He gave many years dedicated service to the groups in his District until 1993 when he moved to Waterford.
“Tom joined the 8th Waterford, Tramore (CBSI) in 1998 serving in the Scout Troop. After becoming Section Leader Tom brought the troop to their first ‘Melvin’ All-Ireland Scoutcraft Competition in many years. In the year 2000 Tom joined the 36th Waterford TBay where he helped rebuild the Scout Section, before joining the newly opened 35 th Waterford Dunhill (Copper Coast) Scout Group as the Section Leader in the Beaver Scout Colony.
“Since Tom re-joined Scouting in 1998 he has held many positions within Scouting Ireland and also The Catholic Scouts of Ireland. These have included Regional Secretary during the establishment of Scouting Ireland and as Provincial Secretary in the newly established South East Province. On the 7th of March 2005, Tom was elected County Commissioner of Waterford Scout County and he went on to serve a full three-year term.
“In 2007 Tom was asked to take up the challenge as Deputy Sub Camp Chief of Dún Ailinne Sub Camp at the 2008 Jamboree in Punchestown. The highlight of the Sub Camp was the impressive Sub Camp Gate that Tom built in the weeks running up to the camp and he will long be remembered his trojan work ethic and friendly face during the highlights and more challenging moments of the camp.
“Following on from the Jamboree Tom’s carpentry skills and hard work were once again tested when he was tasked to help with the building and running of the Quest Zone at the 2011 Jamboree. Tom was part of the team from Scouting Ireland who travelled to Sweden weeks in advance World Scout Jamboree. He spent over one month building and running the Quest Zone obstacle working with thousands of Scouts from around the world.
“In 2010 Tom joined the Ventact South Sub Committee and enjoys a very strong working relationship with the staff , leaders and participants of the event. Tom uses his organisational skills to co-ordinate the staff and helps create a safe and enjoyable event for everyone. In 2016 Tom organised and ran the Obstacle Course at Jamóige in Pallaskenry, putting in weeks of preparation work.
“Tom was awarded his Bronze Merit Award by Catholic Scouts of Ireland in 2003 and now he is being awarded the Silver Medal of Merit”