Hurricane Ophelia and Storm Brian may have come and gone, but the stories of how scouting helped in a very small way are still coming in following through on our story of Mayfield on last week’s page.
Former National secretary Bill Holohan got a phone call from two families from Cloghroe and Whites Cross who were without electricity and were looking for help.
Whilst Bill is still a registered member he would not be active in the general sense and the thought of ‘once a Scout always a scout’ immediately comes to mind. He made contact with Pat Spillane, group leader of the 37th Cork (Togher) who immediately answered the call and got gas rings and gas bottles and tied up with Bill who collected them and delivered them to the families in need.
They were without power for six days and there is no doubt that the help was much appreciated.
Meanwhile in Passage West, Una O’Regan with the 41 st Cork opened up their hall and set up a soup kitchen offering tea, coffee, soup and sandwiches to local people.
They sent out runners to inform residents around. People came in and sat down for a while by candlelight and appreciated the hospitality. Many share stories as to how the hurricane affected them. The group also set up a wash station for anyone who needed to wash baby bottles and many people came to fill hot water bottles and flasks for themselves and their elderly neighbours.
These are just two more of the stories and no doubt there are others.
Chris McSweeney from Innishannon has been appointed the new Chairman of Kilcully campsite for the next three years. He comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience being a former National Board Member of Scouting Ireland and former Southern Provincial Commissioner.
The campsite came out of the recent storms fairly well with so many high trees around. Just some large branches came down in the forecourt. A leader training course that was due to take place on the day of storm Brian was postponed.
The next world Scout Jamboree will be held in North America in July 2019. Already Scouting Ireland are preparing with five selection and information days around the country.
The first of these was held at Kilcully campsite last weekend. It was not just an information day, it was very much hands on seeing how young people could mix together faced with challenges that were posed to them. These challenges were not just physical but mind-boggling as well. They had to work in four groups, all the participants being new to one another.
Roverway is a challenging event for venture scouts and rover scouts [16 to 22 years] which is being organised by Scouting Netherlands.
More than 3,000 will be attending the event from across Europe and further afield, it is an opportunity for this age range to have a jamboree type experience just for them.
After spending the night on the beach after the opening ceremony, patrols [6 to 8 people] will travel in international crews on their chosen paths, which will take place across throughout The Netherlands.
The paths will be quite varied and you get to choose, with your patrol, before you go, your preference of paths. Different paths will have a different focus, with themes such as culture, adventure, justice and peace, innovation and energy all available. A great bond will develop between all the patrols in each crew and great friendship will be made.
It is possible for venture leaders/rover advisors to travel on these paths also, as it is permitted for the patrol leader of each patrol to be over the age of 22.
The dates of Roverway are from 23rd July to 2nd August, but the Irish Contingent will continue on its adventure with a Post-Camp in Berlin, Germany, before returning home on 5th August.