Last weekend was a very special weekend for the 37th Cork (Togher) when the first two girls were invested into the Cub Scout Section on Sunday morning.
The group council voted a few months ago for the group to go mixed and the first two girls to be invested were Charlotte Slattery and Leah Durkin.
They both recited the Cub Scout Promise whilst holding the flag before their neckerchief was ceremoniously put on before they were presented with their investiture badge.
The promise which the young people make when being invested is something that they will remember for the rest of their lives. It is perhaps what sets scouting apart from all other youth and sporting organisations.
Adults and leaders who take a full part in Scouting also make a similar scout promise. It is 50 years since the Cub Scouts/Macaoimh were founded in the 37th Cork so this was indeed a very nostalgic occasion.
At the Togher Investiture ceremony there were six invested in total and they were Pater Fitzgerald, Charlotte Slattery, Leah Durkin, Killian Prinder, Sam Hodgins and Alex O’Connell.
Many other in the section also received various stage badges to the delight of the many parents who were present for the investiture.
The Togher Cub Scouts made very much of the weekend of it going on a bridge trail right around the city on Saturday.
They were transported to Fitzgeralds Park in the Togher Scout Bus before setting off to their first bridge, Thomas Davis Bridge.
From by foot and succeeded in crossing over all of 30 bridges around the city. What they did not realise was that it was 12 kilometres from start to finish and to be honest I do not think the leaders realised it either.
When the cub scouts got back to the scout centre at Togher they were all given various jobs to do in preparing a meal and laying out the tables for an evening meal.
A few went out into the grounds and prepared for a campfire later that evening before bedding down for the night.
Campfires are all part of scouting and brings out the best of talent in our young people. Amazing in ways how some cub scouts can be quite shy and when it comes to singing or chanting at campfires, they are different people.
The leaders who looked after the Cub Scouts for the weekend were Pat Spillane, Mary Egan and John Lyons along with paramedic Seán O’Sullivan who drove the bus and the first bridge and collected them at the last bridge on Saturday.
While the Togher Cub Scouts were on the bridges of Cork last Saturday the Cub Scouts of the 71st Cork (Mayfield) were visiting the Fire Station at Anglesea Street and the Garda Headquarters next door.
At the fire station they listened intensely to fire safety in the home and what they needed to look out for. The importance of fire safety was very much stressed and how easy fires can start.
They are now far more aware of what to do in the event of a fire at home, how to alert other members of the family and how to stay safe.
However there was no doubt that whilst they took in much of what was said, it was being able to don a fire jacket and helmet that really made the day not to mention being able to go on board one of the fire appliances.
Judging by many of the questions there can be no doubt that we could see a fireman in the making. Some were even talking how important it was to be fit and trim.
Next door of course was the City Garda Headquarters and that was equally intriguing. Safety again of the young people was very much to the fore but there was no doubt that it was the hands on in seeing the Garda Shields and indeed the handcuffs that drew the most excitement.
Every Cub Scout wanted to have a pair of handcuffs put on and let us hope they will never experience it in later life for all the wrong reasons.
Again some of the questions would bring a smile to the face as they wanted to hear all about dangerous criminals and chases in the patrol cars.
When asked about how they would join the force they were correctly told to concentrate on the studies, enjoy their time in school and in scouting and most importantly stay on the right side of the law.