Camp 2017 – note re £5 notes….


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…


Cubs Chief Scout Award (CSA) Hike Plan


Posted by Andrew Breslin | Posted in 2nd Cubs, 47th Cubs, 6th Cubs, 93rd Cubs, Cub News | Posted on 06-06-2017

Who: For the 3rd and final year cubs working on their CSA.

When: Saturday 10th June

From: We leave the Scout Hall @ 8.45am

Return: Back at Scout Hall by 5 or 6pm. We’ll update you by Facebook, WhatsApp group and/or text.

Route: Seven Heads OSI Map #89 / #87  Click link for Seven Heads info

Gear needed:

  • Necker
  • Rain gear: Light rain coat and pull ups.
  • Comfortable back pack is important as distance covered will be at least 20km. (25Ltr bag is big enough)
  • Sun hat, sun lotion & insect repellent is a must.
  • Footwear: Ground will be varied so sturdy walking shoes or boots are a must have.
  • Change of clothes in a separate bag, just in case, can be left in car.
  • Cubs can travel wearing their trainers and change into boots at start of hike.
  • Food: Have a good breakfast. Bring healthy packed lunch and plenty of water + bag of Tayto crisps (good for replacing lost salts on hikes).
  • Please no fizzy drinks, they are dead weight to carry and give a false energy boost.
  • Bivvi bag or large plastic bin bag (to sit on during breaks).
  • Whistle, compass and cubs personal 1st aid kit.

No shorts, only long trousers to be worn.

Some parents are helping with transport on the day, so please do offer if you’re free.

You’re also very welcome to join your cub on the hike.

If you have any questions please do contact your cubs leader.

Become a Volunteer…


Posted by Conor Crowley | Posted in Adults in Scouting, Group News | Posted on 03-06-2017

A Volunteer… 1. a person who voluntarily offers himself or herself for a service or undertaking. 2. a person who performs a service willingly and without pay

Running a Group our size is not an easy task, it is made easier however by people who help out in the background, like help us with fundraising and with administration

We currently have voluntary roles that need filling. Please get in touch with Group Leader Conor Crowley ( or Deputy Group Leader Eoin Field ( if you are interested. We’d be happy to talk to you about whats involved

Assistant Group Treasurer
To assist the Group Treasurer manage the Group finances, the assist the Group Treasurer with the reporting of the bank balance at Group Council, to assist the Group Treasurer to produce the annual accounts and manage the budgetary processes.
You don’t need a degree or background in Finance, it helps if you have a good head for figures and an ability to be organised. You will have the full backing of the Group Treasurer, the Group Council and know you are supported by the County Treasurer and National Finance Team.

Members of the Parents & Friends Support Group
The role of the PFSG is to provide support and assistance to the Scout Group. The role could include the following: Planning and running Fundraising events, Den/Property development & maintenance, Support for Group events (e.g. catering at investiture/parents night)

Have you a certain skill or role that you feel could benefit our Group? Would you like to share and get involved? Please come and speak with us if you can help out in anyway possible.

Roles that involve the interaction with our youth members will be subject to Garda Vetting.


Cub County Water Activities Day


Posted by Andrew Breslin | Posted in 2nd Cubs, 47th Cubs, 6th Cubs, 93rd Cubs, Cub News | Posted on 02-06-2017

When: 17th June 9.30am to 4.30pm

Where: Loughbeg Beach, Ringaskiddy. (click on map image below to enlarge)

Cost: €5 covers cost of BBQ at the end of the day.

Is your cub going? So county organisers can ensure plenty of BBQ food for your cub please let your leaders know at your next cub meeting, or sooner.

What to bring: Have a good breakfast before leaving home. Bring a healthy packed lunch and lots of water. Please no fizzy drinks as they only give a very short false energy boost.

Swim wear or a wet suit if they have one, a towel and change of clothes. Water resistant sun lotion and sun hat.

Neckers must be worn.

What if my cub can’t swim? All cubs will be wearing life jackets, so if they’re happy to get wet they’ll have a great day.

Activities include:




Raft Building

Raft Race

Water Safety / Leave no trace

Beach games

Our Sea Scouting friends from Crosshaven are supplying sail/rowing boats and sailing equipment as well as their qualified leader instructors.

Please ensure all of your cubs gear is clearly labelled with their name.

Please don’t allow your cub to bring any electronic devices, leaders will not take responsibility for lost items.

2017 – Another great Scouting year!


Posted by Conor Crowley | Posted in Group News | Posted on 21-05-2017

To all members, parents and Scouting friends;

Over the next two months the Scouting year will draw to a close and we’re well into the camping season now. Our sections have been under canvas on a number of occasions over the last few weeks already and this weekend one of our Scout troops spent the weekend in Dundrum, Co. Tipperary while our 4 cub packs went to Fota Scout Centre.

It’s not over yet as there’s a few weeks to go before our sections take a break from their weekly meetings.

It’s been another huge year for the Douglas & St. FinBarres Scout Group. I want to say a massive congratulations to our Scout sections on their result in the Cork South Scout County Shield last month and best of luck to them as the Group sends a team to Stormont Castle in August to compete in the Phoenix National Camp-craft Competition.

Our Beaver and Cub Scouts have had a jam packed year also. It’s a huge credit to our volunteer adult members for giving up their time and helping to run a great program of events over the last number of months.

Our Venture Scouts still grow in numbers and under the leadership of Richard and Michael go from strength to strength and are a very active crew.

Our next big adventure for the Scouts and Venture Crew is 2 weeks in Gilwell Scout Centre near London in July.

Our sections cannot continue to run as successfully as they do without support from the parents of our members; thank you for encouraging your kids to come along to the weekly meetings and attending activities each month. A special thanks to the members of our Parents & Friends Committee who over the last 12 months have run various fund raising activities so that our facilities can be updated for our members.

On January 6th 2011 I was nominated and appointed as Group Leader of what was then the 6th/47th Douglas Scout Group and on August 22nd 2013 I was nominated and appointed as the first Group Leader of the then newly formed Douglas & St. FinBarres Scout Group.

Even though I was re-appointed last August I have decided to step aside over the summer break and the Group will then nominate another member of our leadership team to take the reigns and open a new chapter in the history of this fantastic Group that is Douglas & St. FinBarres.

I informed all of our Group Council members of my decision at our most recent council meeting on May 18th having discussed this with the Group Chairmen, Deputy Group Leader, Group Secretary and Group Treasurer a number of weeks ago.

This role has brought with it a few challenges but more importantly it has brought me great pride and joy and it is truly an honour to lead such a brilliant Group within Scouting Ireland.

I have served my time, along with members of the Group Council, by helping to guide and steer our Group through the initial stages of our merger in 2013 and have witnessed incredible growth in our membership. The merger is well and truly behind us at this stage, in 2015 we added the 93rd Cork to our Scouting Family and our membership continues to grow thanks to the hard work and dedication of our Scouters in offering a wide ranging and varied Scouting program to our youth members.

There are so many people I’d like to thank personally for their help and support during the last 6 years but I’d just like to say thanks to everyone who has given me support, offered their guidance and helped me with various tasks in that time.

I am going to say a special thanks however to the youth members of our Group, a number of them who are now adults and still make me smile when I walk into a Scout meeting.

I will remain on as Group Leader for a short while yet and look forward to leading summer Camp 2017 in Gilwell and supporting our Group in the Phoenix in August. I will not be walking away from the Group when I step down and I will offer my assistance when it’s needed.

For now thank you for reading this post, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be the Group Leader and best wishes to whom ever the Group nominates.

Yours In Scouting


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

Cub Camp Fota May 19th – 21st


Posted by Andrew Breslin | Posted in 2nd Cubs, 47th Cubs, 6th Cubs, 93rd Cubs, Cub News | Posted on 05-05-2017

Venue: Fota Scout Centre
Travel Times:
  • Depart: Friday 19th meeting at Kent Train Station @ 1800
  • Return: Sunday 21st return to Kent Train Station @ 12.40

Cost: €30 per Cub – You can use the “Easy Payments System” to book cub places.

Accommodation: Tents

Each Cub should pack their own gear, so they know what they have and where it is.

Full and correct uniform to be worn when travelling

Gear List: Please ensure all gear is labelled with your cubs name.

  • A ruck sack big enough for all gear – extra bags get torn or left behind.
  • Sleeping bag, ground mat, travel pillow – standard pillows get dirty and damp.
  • Bivvy Bag or large empty strong refuse sack.
  • Rain gear – light coat and water proof pull-ups.
  • Warm Hat and Gloves.
  • Hiking Boots.
  • Runners.
  • Tea Towel / J-Cloth.
  • Cup / Plate / Bowl / Knife / Fork / Spoon.
  • Spare changes of warm old clothes for the weekend.
  • Warm PJs.
  • Wash gear – small towel, tooth brush / paste.
  • Personal first aid kit – for cubs with First Aid stage badges.
  • Empty water bottle.
  • Torch or headlamp with spare batteries.

Please DO NOT pack ANY electronic devices or bring any such devices on the weekend.

Douglas & St. FinBarres Scout Group and Leaders accept no responsibility for any loss or damage caused to any electronic devices while away on camp.

County Cub Mt Melleray camp


Posted by Andrew Breslin | Posted in Cub News | Posted on 20-04-2017

It’s happening on the 28th, 29th and 30th April.

The event theme is “The Caribbean”, so, each cub will need to bring a costume.

Depart: 5.15pm Frankfield church. Please Park cars on the left side of the car-park.

Return: (Time change)  Now 5.30pm Frankfield church. Watch Facebook for updates.

We will be travelling to and from Melleray in full uniform.

Cubs must have a good lunch on Friday before travelling.

Gear they’ll need…

  • A ruck sack big enough to carry all gear – extra bags nearly always get torn, left behind or both.
  • Caribbean themed costume.
  • Plain white (cheap) 100% cotton t-shirt – it’s being used at one of the events.
  • 500ml plastic disposable drinks bottle – it’s being used at one of the events.
  • Hiking Boots.
  • Rain gear – light coat and water proof pull-ups.
  • Hat and gloves.
  • Torch and extra batteries.
  • Personal first aid kit – for cubs with First Aid stage badges.
  • Sun lotion – no harm being optimistic!
  • PJs
  • Wash gear – small towel, tooth brush / paste.
  • A water bottle to use over the weekend.
  • Cup / Plate / Bowl / Knife / Fork / Spoon.
  • T-Towel / J-Cloth.
  • Trainers / indoor shoes.
  • Sleeping bag, ground mat, travel pillow – standard pillows just get dirty and damp.
  • Change of warm clothes for the Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Ensure all gear is well labelled with their name. We always find uniforms, clothes and other gear left behind.
  • Small day sack to carry their lunch and water in on Saturday.

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.

Beaver Camp 2017 – 22/23rd April


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.

Race Night in aid of our Group


Posted by Conor Crowley | Posted in Adults in Scouting, Group News, News | Posted on 02-04-2017

The Parents & Friends Committee are running with a Race Night in aid of our Group in Nemo Rangers Hurling & Football Club on May 12th.

We need your support!

How can you help?

For starters, this event is for adults only. As there is alcohol served in the Nemo Rangers complex this event is not suited to anyone under the age of 18.

We are selling the horses… we have great prizes for the winning horse owners of each race! It’s a great night, come along and support us.

Horses costs €20 each; just give the money, horse name and owners name to any section leader as soon as possible. Once they sell out we can’t sell any more!

We will have a raffle and an auction race on the night also. Plenty of spot prizes on offer; spread the word, tell your friends and family and join us. First race kicks off at 8pm


Beaver Scout Overnight Camp – Fota Scout Centre. April 2017


Posted by Admin | Posted in News | Posted on 31-03-2017

All four Beaver colonies from our Group will be attending an overnight camp at Fota Scout Centre on Saturday 22nd to Sunday 23rd April.

More details (gear list) will be sent out via email and posted here closer to the date but the basic information is as follows:

Saturday 22nd

  • 09:30 Meet at Kent Station and travel to Fota Scout Centre on the 10:00 train
  • Set up camp and activities throughout the day
  • Lunch & dinner provided
  • Camp overnight 

Sunday 23rd

  • Breakfast provided 
  • Activities throughout the morning 
  • Return to Kent Station at 12:40

Booking for the camp is only via the Easypaymentsplus system and the cost is €30 which includes all campsite fees, meals, travel etc, 

Easypaymentsplus booking will close on Friday April 14th

Yours In Scouting,

The Beaver Elders….