The Southern Provincial Conference held at Kilcully Campsite was very well attended with a host of National figures and speakers present.
There were two streams on the day covering Programme related matters and the Governance Review. Each stream was run both with morning and afternoon sessions and delegates had the option to attend both or whichever one they choose.
The Programme stream, in particular, covered JamboRi 18, World Scout Jamboree 2019 and the Uniform Review.
This provided an opportunity to get a lot of information on the Jamborees and indeed there were many thoughts expressed. The youth reps came very much into their own when it came to discussing the uniform and what changes, if any, should be considered.
The Governance stream will be looking for your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions on the future structure at National Level and will also provide an opportunity to get clarification on any Governance related issues.
The Provincial Commissioner Derek Long said: “I was very pleased with the participation of both the senior and youth members and the way they expressed themselves in a confident manner. Some of our youth members certainly brought some lighter moments on the discussion on the uniforms and were good for a laugh themselves in presenting some of the ideas."
"The important thing is that they were given a platform and a voice.”
The 55th Cork (Carrigaline) are celebrating their 40th anniversary next month with a mammoth campfire at Kilcully Campsite.
This is a call especially to all former members and friends to come together and celebrate the 40 years of scouting in Carrigaline.
No doubt it will also be very much an occasion for the golden oldies of the troop an to reminisce with stories of past camps and no doubt with the intro of ‘Do You Remember’.
The event is being called ‘Thinteáin Fein’ and will be held on Saturday, October 14 starting at 7pm and will finish by 10pm.
There will also be a ‘Scouts Own’ just before the campfire to remember all those who have been called home and gone to their eternal reward.
As this is an open invitation to all, if you hope to attend you are asked to make contact with firstname.lastname@example.org so that they will get an approximate number for catering.
The Cork Fellowship Scout Group spent a most enjoyable day in West Cork last Tuesday despite the inclement weather conditions at Mizen.
It was the group’s annual lady’s day where the widows of former members are invited along as guests of the group.
Leaving from the Togher Scout at 9am sharp the group headed to West Cork stopping off the West Cork Hotel in Skibbereen for morning tea and scones. There the group recalled the history of the West Cork Railway with the old railway bridge still standing and part of the Hotel, laid out with some tables and chairs.
The name that very much came to mind was that of the late Wally McGrath who had a lifelong interest in the railways especially the Great Southern Railway and all the lines that ran throughout Kerry. He had an in-depth knowledge of all the lines and very much acknowledged as a great historian.
The group travelled on to the Mizen head and despite the weather braved the wind and rain for a guided tour over the signal station. The Mizen Head Signal Station was built to save lives off the treacherous rocks at Ireland's most south-westerly point, five miles from Goleen.
It is certainly a spectacular location on high cliffs with swirling Atlantic Ocean tides. The walk was about 20 minutes along the path and across the Arched Bridge. We could have gone down the 99 steps to the bridge but wisely decided on the easier option. In saying that the trip was well worth it and the AV presentations at the station showed how perilous it was to get the Irish Light keepers on and off the rock every two weeks. It was, of course, one of Marconi’s first telegraph stations.
Lunch at the Mizen Café went down well after all of that. Special guests for the trip were Mary O’Sullivan along with Margaret Goulding, Sheila Carroll, Maureen Madden and Kathleen O’Brien.
The group would like to thank Kevin O’Mahony who organised the trip and the Togher Scout Group for providing their Mini Bus.
As you are all aware the Scout Programme is centred around Tom Crean the Antarctic Explorer.
There is a one-man stage show in the Everyman Palace on Wednesday, October 11 at 8pm. The stage show dramatises Tom Crean's three voyages to the South Pole. 100 seats have been reserved for the show at a special price of €9, normal price €27.
If you are interested contact David O’Neill by 12noon on Thursday.