Camp 2017 – The full report

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Posted by Conor Crowley | Posted in 2nd Scouts, 47th Scouts, 6th Scouts, Camp 2017, Group News, Venture News | Posted on 04-08-2017

The daily blog didn’t take off as planned this year, three days in and it was abandoned. There was so much going on it just got left behind. Here’s the full report of daily life on Camp 2017. This report, along with a few pictures, will be published in the Evening Echo Scout notes next week.

42 youth members comprising of 24 Scouts and 18 Venture Scouts took part in the 2 week camping experience from July 1st to July 15th

Day one on camp was a early start with the first flight departing at 06:25 on the short flight from Cork to Stansted. From there a bus was arranged to bring us the journey of approx 45 minutes to the site itself. We got down to business straight away and started to build site, put up the tents and get ourselves sorted. The first day onsite was very warm and the early start showed so it was an early night for some. One of our Scouters, Enda Downey, led everyone on a walking tour of the site, having camped there a number of times before.

Our second day included a short hike into Chingford town so that the youth members could get some goodies and then activities onsite on day one were the Ariel Trek for the Scouts and the 3G Swing for the Venture Crew. That evening the Venture Crew went for a hike into the Epping Forest while the Scouts played onsite wide games. Day three for the Scouts was taking part in Frisbee Golf, skittles and bowels while the Venture Crew did a large pioneering project with our Rover Scouts for the site gate. That evening we headed into the forest for backwoods cooking and shelter building and made shelters to bivvy out in that night.

Day four brought the first of our Patrol Hikes. The 5 Patrols (2 Venture and 3 Scout) were given various locations to hike to and they went to visit Loughton, Waltham Abbey, Buckhurst Hill and Enfield. Some of the directions were described as ‘suspect’ but everyone arrived where they should have eventually! Day five on camp was onsite Gilwell activities again which were Bouldering and Jacobs Ladder for the Scouts while the Venture Crew were given Task Master challenges by the Scouters to complete followed by Freefall and Crate Staking activities in the evening

The first of two trips to London started on day six, we all travelled together by Tube into South Kensington and into the London Science Museum. While we queued we realised we weren’t the only Irish Scouts there but were joined by the 112th Dublin Knocklyon who were also on their summer camp. Our youth members spent most of the day in the Science Museum and took part in WonderLab which is an interactive gallery with cutting edge exhibits. A shorter visit to the Natural History Museum followed before we made our way back to site via the Tube and overground train.

Day 7 brought the first week to an end with a lazy day onsite, we all headed to Chingford Leisure Centre for a cool down in the pool. That evening our Scouts and some Scouters headed off North by minibus and car where they’d spend two nights in Abington Woods Outdoor Educational Centre up near Cambridge. Our Venture Crew and some Scouters remained onsite to take part in Gilwell 24 – a 24 hour activity experience for Scouts aged 15 to 18. While spending the weekend in Abington our Scouts were treated to a day trip to the fantastic Flying Legends Airshow at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford Airfield. It was incredible to see the aerobatic displays of the old war planes. The second night in Abington Woods ended with a takeaway treat after a brilliant Scout led campfire.

Day 10 was another scorcher of a day. The Scouts & Venture Crew took part in Desert Island Challenges during the morning then the Venture Crew went Bouldering onsite in Gilwell while the Scouts took part in Freefall and Tomahawk Throwing. Day 10 was also the day we had new neighbours onsite, the 29th Dublin, Blackrock arrived and we made new Scouting Friends.

Day 11 was the second day trip and the most exciting and jam packed on camp. We took in Covent Garden Market, Leicester Square for a visit to the Lego and M&M Store, Piccadilly Circus, Green Park, Buckingham Palace, Oxford Street, Regent Street and a visit to Hamleys Toy Store. By the time we got back to site the first and only rainny night on camp began so we splashed out and bought take away from a local in Chingford and relaxed. Day 12 was the second round of Patrol Hikes to the local towns of Loughton, Waltham Abbey and Enfield.

Day 13 everyone climbed onboard a coach and we spent the day in Chessington World of Adventure Theme Park & Resort. A huge hit with everyone. The final full day (day 14) on camp was with regret as we had to break site, took down our tents and moved to temporary tents onsite for the final night. The last night on camp ended with an epic campfire, lasting two and a half hours. Song after song after song from Scouters, Ventures and Scouts. It was brilliant.

The flight home on Day 15 had us back in Cork for just after 1:30 in the afternoon.

This years Camp wouldn’t have been as much of an experience without the incredible and legendary youth members that went along. The leadership team thank them all for their Scouting spirit and their parents should be really proud.

Pictures from Camp 2017

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Posted by Enda | Posted in 2nd Scouts, 47th Scouts, 6th Scouts, Camp, Camp 2017, Group News, Scout News, Venture News | Posted on 16-07-2017

Hi All,

Firstly, a huge thanks to everyone for making Camp 2017 the success that it was!  Take a big pat on the back!!!!

Secondly, we’ll be putting together pictures etc over the next while.

If you’d like to submit pictures, please use the link:

https://script.google.com/macros/s/AKfycbzJNDbgnt80phsQiBtHa5JqbLED_oh1VyiVtHAVstjWkLz5cl4C/exec

This is secure – the files will only be available directly to us.

At the moment, this site will only upload one file (picture) at a time.  You can, of course, upload your pictures individually, or if you like, you could zip them into one file & then upload that.

Come back with any queries,

Thanks,

Enda.

Camp 2017 Blog – Day One

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Posted by Admin | Posted in Camp 2017 | Posted on 01-07-2017

Day one draws to a close, it’s been a long day for many of us but as the Scouts turn in for the night it sure has been a memorable one.

Our day started at 0500 where the first group met in Cork Airport. The next Group met at 0830, both of the groups went through security and onto the flights without any holdups or delays and we want to thank the team at Cork Airport and Ryanair.

We arrived and our bus was waiting to take us to the site, we’re staying in the Essex Chase site within Gilwell. There’s a lot of other Scout, community and school groups from the UK onsite but heading home tomorrow (school isn’t out here yet) Today was mainly spent putting up our tents, including our grub and store tents. Enda led the group on a orientation tour of Gilwell itself and proved to be very interesting! 

The weather today has been lovely, very warm and plenty of sunshine to boost! We’ve plans for tomorrow which include our first Gilwell run activities in the afternoon plus much much more.

The staff here in Gilwell have been very helpful, this evening after dinner one of the staff called up and introduced himself, he’s Sean from 2nd Meath Trim and has been a volunteer staff member here since last September so promised ‘access all areas’ when it comes to activities over the next two weeks

Signing out for now, the site is getting quieter and a few of us leaders are just shooting the breeze about a great first day of Camp 2017

Conor

Camp 2017 – Update & Full Gear List

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Posted by Conor Crowley | Posted in Camp 2017 | Posted on 18-06-2017

Camp 2017 for our Scouts & Venture Crew is now less than 2 weeks away!

Next Wednesday night all those going will meet again at 19:00 for one hour, and continue to get to know each other, answer any last minute questions and gather all outstanding documentation

By next Wednesday night all Scouts and Venture Scouts should have done the following:

  • Paid in full the camp fee of €650
  • Submitted their passport details online using this link
  • Bring their passport down to the hall and leave it with the leaders for the airport check in
  • Handed up their STERLING camp bank money to the leaders. All Scouts & Venture Scouts must do this…
  • Bring down the signed parental consent form. If not already done it can be downloaded by clicking here

In addition the the gear list already handed out here is a more detailed list for those who require it

  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Waterproof leggings
  • 2 kneckerchiefs (optional if you wanted to swap with another Scout onsite from another troop. You must at all times however have a Douglas & St. FinBarres kneckerchief to wear)
  • Socks for two weeks
  • Underwear for two weeks
  • Shorts and t-shirts for two weeks
  • FULL UNIFORM for travelling – THIS IS NOT AN OPTION, YOU WILL NOT GET ON THE PLANE WITHOUT YOUR FULL UNIFORM
  • Trousers
  • Good walking/hiking boots – make sure you’ve worn them in, new boots are going to hurt you on your first hike!
  • Runners/Spare casual shoes
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Ground Mat
  • Torch
  • Knife, Fork, Spoon, Plate, Bowl & Cup
  • 2 towels and a tea towel
  • Personal wash gear
  • Swimming Gear
  • Baseball hat
  • Good sun cream
  • Insect repellent
  • A small day bag

Any questions speak with us at the meeting on Wednesday night or email one of the section leaders

2nd Cork Scouts: evancauser@douglasscouts.ie
6th Cork Scouts: eoghanhealy@douglasscouts.ie
47th Cork Scouts: vickieswanton@douglasscouts.ie
DSF Venture Crew: richardscriven@douglasscouts.ie
Group Leader: conorcrowley@douglasscouts.ie

Camp 2017 – note re £5 notes….

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Posted by Enda | Posted in 2nd Scouts, 47th Scouts, 6th Scouts, Camp, Camp 2017, Group News, Scout News, Venture News | Posted on 08-06-2017

Hi All,

I’ve a confession to make – any time I’m in the UK, I never worry too much about having a few £’s in my pocket when I get home.  It’s very likely I’ll be there again before too long & I’ll use it then.  A lot of people are the same – you may be one of them.

If so, you may be planning to give some of the cash you have kept to your son / daughter when going to camp.

Just a quick note about “old” £5 notes.  These look like:

 

These notes are not being accepted by any shops or businesses since 5th May 2017.

 

Because of this, we will NOT be accepting those old £5 notes into camp bank.  Also, please don’t give them to them to bring – it’ll only lead to disappointment as they won’t be able to spend them.

You can read more about this at:  Daily Telegraph Old £5 Note

Just for interest, the new (valid) £5 note looks like:

 

 

 

 

As ever, give us a call with any queries…

Enda.

Camp 2017 Consent Form

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Posted by darran | Posted in Camp 2017 | Posted on 28-05-2017

Everyone attending Camp 2017 needs to have this form filled in and brought to your next camp/section meeting.

Click below to download:

Camp 2017 Consent Form

Camp 2017 – Important Update

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Posted by Conor Crowley | Posted in Camp 2017 | Posted on 27-05-2017

In just 5 weeks time our Scouts, Venture Scouts and Scouters will be heading off on Camp 2017 to Gilwell Scout Campsite and activity centre near Epping Forest, close to Chingford, London.

We are really looking forward to it and hope you are too! Here is an update on what’s happening;

  • Travel – IMPORTANT
    We are flying out from Cork Airport to London Stansted on July 1st and flying home from Stansted on July 15th. We are departing Cork over the course of two flights approx 4 hours apart but we are all flying home two weeks later on the same flight. The majority of the group will go on the first flight and the remainder on the next flight. Don’t worry if you’re on the second flight, you won’t miss out on any activity!! On July 1st FR902 departs at 06:25 and FR909 departs at 10:15 and on July 15th FR908 gets us all back in Cork at 13:35
  • Passport Information – IMPORTANT
    We have already asked for everyone’s passport information. This is needed for flight check-in; Please submit the details using the online form made available in a previous post on our website.
  • Consent forms – IMPORTANT
    Update: The Camp 2017 consent form is now available to download on this site. This must be signed by parent/guardian of each youth member in attendance and handed up to the leadership team by Wednesday 21st at the very latest.
  • Spending Money – IMPORTANT
    We operate a Camp Bank during our summer camps. All youth members will hand up their spending money before we head away. Spending money MUST be in STERLING. Over the course of camp the Scouts and Ventures will be allocated their own money during days out & when deemed necessary.
    This is to ensure a) Scouts & Venture Scouts don’t loose their money and b) Scouts & Venture Scouts don’t spend it all at once!
    This service is not optional and all youth members must hand up their spending money by Wednesday 21st at the latest. The spending money MUST be in STERLING.
    We will not take Euro currency as spending money
  • Personal Gear
    Personal gear will be packed on Thursday June 29th into a van and will be taken by ferry to Gilwell. This means that people will not have to carry luggage on the plane with them. All personal gear should and must fit in a suitable camping rucksack, should include your sleeping bag (can be tied onto your rucksack as tidily as possible) and enough changes of clothes for two weeks.
    Carry on gear on the plane is very limited and should therefore, where possible, be avoided. Remember Airport rules are very strict and will limit a number of items.  The details of hand luggage can be found at:  http://www.corkairport.com/at-the-airport/airport-security/hand-baggage-allowances
  • Troop Gear
    All our troop gear (tents, equipment etc) will be transported separately  before hand and will be onsite in Gilwell when we arrive.
  • Meetings before camp
    As the weekly section meetings draw to a close for this Scouting year we’ll move to meet with everyone going on camp on a weekly basis in the run up to camp itself. Meeting on Wednesday nights from 19:00 on June 14th, 21st and 28th.
  • Activities during camp
    Activities during camp are going to be varied and will include a mix of rope, water and ground activities. We have engaged with Gilwell on a daily programme. We will of course have our own self lead activities including patrol hikes and of course a big day out!
    More details as camp progresses!!!
  • Expensive items/mobile devices
    We are camping for the 2 weeks; There are NO charging facilities in Gilwell. We are in a camping field.
    There will NOT be an opportunity to plug a mobile phone in while we are onsite.
    If a Scout or Venture Scout brings a mobile phone/iPad or other mobile device with them on camp please note the following: The Group takes NO responsibility for any loss or damage caused to a device while we are travelling, while we are away onsite or on an activity. The Scouters (leaders) will NOT mind, look after, charge or hold onto such items while we are travelling, while we are away onsite or on an activity.
    Please understand that any Scout or Venture Scout using such a device while onsite in Gilwell or on an activity may have it confiscated and returned to them only when we arrive back from camp. It is therefore preferable that Scouts & Venture Scouts do not bring mobile phones/iPads or other mobile devices with them on Camp.
    Having said all of this we know people will completely ignore this message so please don’t get annoyed with us if your son/daughter comes home without their mobile device or with it broken…
  • While we’re away
    While we are away we will from time to time, when activities allow and we have coverage, update this website with a Camp 2017 blog. This will give people at home, parents and everyone else, a sense of what is happening on our 2 week adventure.
  • Emergency contact
    In the event of an emergency only and a parent needs make contact with us you can first of all ring Gilwell Scout Centre directly on 00 44 20 8181 3151 or try ring the Group Leader, Conor Crowley, on 087 2053671 (mobile phone will not always be to hand so please leave a message). Please help us by understanding that our numbers on camp are increasing every year, and we really don’t have time for general “how’re things going” phone calls!

We will provide a detailed gear list in the next few days and when we meet up starting on Wednesday 14th we will finalise any items we need too. For now however it is important that you submit your son/daughters passport information.

If your child has any medical conditions that the Scouters need to know off then please speak, in confidence with the Group Leader Conor Crowley, or email him at: conorcrowley@douglasscouts.ie or speak with any of the Scout Leaders and we will deal with you directly.

If your child has any serious food allergies that the Scouters need to know off then please speak with us, again in confidence, and we can deal with that.

We will cater for those Scouts/Ventures that are vegetarian but please make sure we know BEFORE we go that you are one…

For now that’s all. We will have more regular updates over the next 5 weeks. If you’ve any questions please don’t hesitate in contacting your section leader directly

2nd Cork Scouts evancauser@douglasscouts.ie
6th Cork Scouts eoghanhealy@douglasscouts.ie
47th Cork Scouts vickieswanton@douglasscouts.ie
Venture Crew richardscriven@douglasscouts.ie

Come back to me with any queries,

 

Yours In Scouting

Conor Crowley
Group Leader & Camp Chief 2017

Beaver Camp 2017 – 22/23rd April

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Posted by Ronan Keane | Posted in 2nd Beavers, 47th Beavers, 6th Beavers, 93rd Beavers, Beaver News, Camp | Posted on 20-04-2017

Saturday 22nd: Meet at Kent Train Station at 09:30.
Sunday 23rd: Return to Kent Station on 12:40 train.

No uniform is needed this weekend, but neckerchief must be worn at all times.

Gear list for weekend

  • Water bottle
  • Raingear
  • Full change of clothes
  • Spare shoes
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat
  • Torch
  • Cup, bowl, plate, knife, fork, spoon
  • Pyjamas
  • Wash gear with small towel
  • Hat and gloves

The group will not take responsibility for any electronic equipment brought to or damaged while on camp and we ask that all such equipment should not be brought. All gear should be clearly labelled with your child’s name.

Any issues or questions contact your section leaders.

Passport Information for Camp 2017.

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Posted by Enda | Posted in Camp 2017 | Posted on 18-04-2017

Hi All!

We’re a little bit early, but if you have a chance, you might give the info needed below.

If you’re wondering about the EHIC card – while it’s necessary in most EU countries (and some others), it is NOT needed for the U.K.

Thanks,

Enda.

Camp 2017 – Important Update

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Posted by Conor Crowley | Posted in Camp 2017 | Posted on 02-04-2017

Hello everyone going on Camp 2017

We’ve been quiet about our upcoming camp for our Scouts & Ventures; there’s been a lot going on and still a lot more happening up to June in this Scouting Year but our thoughts are now primarily focusing on Camp 2017 – Gilwell Park, Chingford, London

Camp this year is costing €650 per Scout & Venture Scout; everyone who is going has paid their deposits and some people have paid installments as the weeks have been going along. We now require further funds to be paid up please as we are booking activities and have costs against the group.

By Monday 30th of April all those going should have paid up €500 with the final €150 due by the Wednesday 31st of May

If you’ve any issues please contact your Scout or Venture Scout leader at the next weekly meeting or by email.

Payments should where possible be made through the Easypaymentsplus system to allow instant receipts to be issued and ensure up to date funds are accounted for.

Camp 2017… 14 weeks to go!

Yours In Scouting, on behalf of the leadership team,

Conor Crowley
Group Leader – Douglas & St. FinBarres Scout Group

Destination for Camp 2017